June 9th, 2001

"Greetings, MiGMan.

I have to say this: you are one helluva flight sim enthusiast, and it shows, brilliantly and devotedly. Your pages inform and help to spread the word about flight simulators and the developers history. Congrats to you, sir.

I have a degree in Physics, and love aeronautics and astronautics. I've been an afficionado of flight sims ever since I laid my eyes on ... F-15 Strike Eagle II (1989), F-15 Strike Eagle II, F-117A Stealth Fighter and Chuck Yeager's Air Combat.

In those days...well, in those days I just wondered if simulations would ever get off the ground and depict reality as much as possible. I would go crazy when my 386 machine had a brain malfunction and my campaign was blown to pieces when I had to reboot it.

Then came along F-29 Retaliator and us guys in the University, had dogfights among us playing F-29 Retaliator.

I pretty much lost contact with the flight sim world because I assumed that no one really cared enough to make sims more accurate and less arcade.

Then...recently, I bought...

F-16 Aggressor
F-16 Aggressor

FA-18 by Janes - 2001
F/A-18 by Janes

Nap of the earth flight in USAF - 1999
USAF

F-16 Multi Role Fighter by Novalogic - 1998
F-16 Multi Role Fighter...

... and I'm awaiting for the arrival in my mailbox of ...

F-22 Lightning 3
F-22 Lightning 3

Total Air War by Digital Image Design is a simulation of the next generation in Air Warfare.
Total Air Warby Digital Image Design

and

EF 2000 - Eurofighter.
EF 2000

I love F-16 Aggressor- good flight modeling, good graphics, good soundtrack, more than fair enemie's AI, albeit having an average campaign and not having a deep storyline.

But I wonder what the fuss is all about, when they talk about Jane's simulations. I have a pretty good machine (AMD DURON 700 MHZ, 128 SDRAM 133 MHZ, 32 MB GRAPHIC CARD - TNT2 RIVA 64, A DVD PLAYER FAST ENOUGH), and these games, with settings on maximum detail, seem to die before my eyes, getting slow and boring.

On the other hand, real combat is, without a doubt, more intense, fast and deadly than the combats I have fought through these games!

Everybody seemed so eager in beating (up on) F-16 Aggressor , giving emphasis to its faults, but to me , this seem, is very much one the best simulations (whatever the genre you consider) ever done. Ok, I grant that Bethesda Softworkscould have given it more time to test it, to develop it, to give it more variety, but it's a fine simulation.

I would very much like to know your opinion on this, if you have the time. As for me, I certainly consider myself as belonging to the hardcore type of flight sim enthusiast, and certainly hope to find in Super EF 2000 and Total Air Warthe super realistic and engrossing simulations everybody talks so much about (I know F-22 Lightning 3is not a hardcore simulation).

Keep up with the good work.

Sincerely,
Miguel Lousado Margarido "