Exhibit: US Navy Fighters
Release Date: 1993
Developer: Janes Combat Simulations
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Collection: Yes, Classix CD-ROM reissue, shrink wrapped.
Comments: This sim was the successor to the wildly popular Chuck Yeager's Air Combat and started a series that ran to the end of the 1990's. Get an overview of the series in the Fighters Anthology exhibit. The combat-focussed gameplay was enhanced by the atmospheric and user friendly interface. The ability to tweak most aspects of the sim from the graphics to mission waypoints and loadouts made you feel in control without overwhelming you with detail. It still remains a model of good interface design. The first mission of the Ukraine campaign remains for many fans a reminder of just how atmospheric a sim can be. Check out the videos, showing the entire first mission from briefings, through mission planning, arming, carrier takeoff in the F-14, intercept and carrier landing.
MiGMan's Fighters Anthology guide has over 200 pages describing how to fly in US Navy Fighters, Marine Fighters, Advanced Tactical Fighters and NATO Fighters.
Here: Fighters Anthology
- Checklists covering the basics, air to air, air to ground and emergencies.
- Downloadable training missions
- An extensive campaign near the South China Sea, where you can fly both sides of the conflict in the F/A-18 Hornet, F-14 Tomcat and the Chinese Shenyang MiG-21.
- A guide to the Vietnam campaign from US Navy Fighters '97
F-14 Tomcat catches a wire
Screen resolutions up to 1024 x 768 pixels, texture mapping, light sourcing... it pushed the state of the art yet was still playable on a 486 at lower settings.