F-16 Multi Role Fighter by Novalogic combined a lightning quick graphics engine with accessible gameplay.
The terrain looks great.... a lovely spot for a picnic if it weren't for the low flying F-16's!
F-16 MRF balances fast action and impressive terrain with a quick learning curve. The avionics (radar and Navigation gear) are fairly simple, enabling you to concentrate on flying and fighting! The rugged terrain makes dogfighting a white- knuckle affair as the bandits attempt to drag you to a rocky end!
|Difficulty||This is sim I can recommend unreservedly to sim newcomers, the aircraft are easy to handle and difficulty caters from newcomer to expert level.|
|Value for money.||In a time when many flight sims are released with a fairly limited set of missions, Novalogic goes over the top with 10 campaigns... that's right not 10 missions but 10 campaigns. F-16 MRF comes boxed with MiG-29 Fulcrum. Either of these products alone are worth the full retail price, with both in the one box this is the flight sim bargain of the year!|
|Hardware||It runs well on average machines. The Hardware requirements are modest in today's terms, running extremely well on a P233.|
|Graphics||The graphics are superb even without 3D acceleration. The variations in secenery and the effort given to creating convincing scenery is awesome.|
|Sound||Sounds are well placed in 3 dimensions, you can hear where your wingman is by his engine noise and when you padlock an enemy the sound of your own engine lets you know which way your head is turned... a life- saving feature.|
|Missions||Missions are very well designed, casual players can end the mission after achieving the main objectives, but if you choose to play on and land the missions often take unexpected turns.|
|Stability||The game/s play straight out of the box without the need to download patches. I was disappointed that the Banshee card wasn't initally supported, but by February 1999 a new .dll file was available for download and it worked perfectly.|
|Comms||Communications are simple but effective, with the radio chat from your wingman and controllers adding tension and atmosphere. The option of Russian language voices in MiG-29 is like iciing on the cake, another example of how Novalogic has gone the extra mile in this product.
The wingman commands are fairly limited.
|Objects||A wide range of enemies is modelled in great detail.|
|Multiplayer||Multiplayer is smooth and supports 128 players at Novalogics' IBS.|
|Load time||Quick loading. I can sit down at the computer and know I'm in for a session of fast and furious flying with quick load times. (And re-load times if I completely mess up a mission!)|
|Explosions||Explosions look pretty lame. Objects, including aircraft, just blow up when destroyed. No wings falling off, smoke trails, just sudden obliteration.|