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Combat Squadron

Score: 70%
ESRB: Everyone
Publisher: Abacus
Developer: Abacus
Media: CD/1
Players: 1
Genre: Miscellaneous

Graphics & Sound:

I really never did like the graphics in MS Combat Flight Simulator. However, when playing with the Combat Squadron add-on, the graphics aren't that bad. Although I found the images blocky and a bit too pastel, Combat Squadron adds detail and smoothes out the polygons, making it a little more bearable. Even when running with Flight Sim 2000, the graphics measure up to that of Combat Sim. In other words, this add-on enhances the graphics of the Combat Sim, but degrades the graphics of Flight Sim 2000.


The only thing that Combat Squadron brings to the plate is more planes (WW II planes to be specific) and new missions. If you play it with Microsoft's Combat Simulator, Combat Simulator 2, or Flight Simulator 2000, it will play exactly like the respective game. The only things added to the game are aircraft and missions. Otherwise, the game is exactly the same.

Almost 20 WW II aircraft are included to look and feel like the real thing. The control panels are accurate, the plane models are okay, and the flight characteristics are unique. If you're in to the WWII planes, you should appreciate this add-on.


I found that the game was not too difficult. It was no walkthrough (or should I say flythrough), but it wasn't exactly impossible either. The flight mechanics for the Combat Sims are much easier than that of the Flight Sim, but as a whole, if you can handle the originals, you will have no problems here.

Game Mechanics:

I thought the game handled better than the original Combat Sims, but a little simpler than the Flight Sim. The controls were responsive, the layout was intelligent, and it just ran smooth. I like the fact that all of the fighters are simple, but it tends to over simplify the game. I did enjoy the game even though it didn't seem to offer much in the way of gameplay.

-Storm, GameVortex Communications
AKA Jeremy Kelso

Minimum System Requirements:

95/98/ME, 16 MB RAM, 30 MB HD Space, CD-ROM, Sound Card, Joystick, Keyboard, MS Combat Flight Simulator or Flight Simulator 2000

Test System:

PIII 800, Windows ME, 256 MB PC 133 RAM, 3D Prophet 2 Pro/64 MB RAM, 5x24 DVD-ROM, Monster Sound MX300/4 point speakers, Phantom 2 Joystick, MS Flight Simulator 2000 Professional

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