F-16 Fighting Falcon Download
Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features:Single game mode
There was a time when you couldn't get anything but F-16 sims for your PC (or Amiga or ST in those days). The F-16 is one of the most widely used fighters around; it looks nice, and it's pretty nippy, all of which make it a good choice for a sim.
F-16 Fighting Falcon is the Csequel' to the excellent-for-its-time Hind chopper sim, itself a descendent of Tornado, one of the best sims ever. This version comes with Hind anti Apache Longbow as part of the Front Line Fighters pack, and includes the Afghanistan Campaign mission disk along with the existing campaigns in Korea, Israel and Cyprus.
F-16 is the oldest sim on test here, but it's recent enough to include 3Dfx support, although we had to download a patch to get it running with our Voodoo2 card. The in-game graphics look dated, but move quickly enough, and there are more ground objects than found in some newer sims.
F-16 comes with a nice variety of missions, although slightly more emphasis is placed on ground attack than dogfighting. The latter isn't particularly easy as there isn't a padlock view - which is pretty much essential fare these days. Still, the cockpit displays look pretty good, although as you'd expect there's no mouse control - all commands are made via the keyboard.
While it's not particularly up to date, F-16tares well in terms of gameplay, and the game world is realistic, with plenty of explosions and other stuff. The campaigns are pretty big, too, and the mission editor, while not as good as Tomadds, enables you to make any required adjustments to waypoints and payloads. There's also a nifty 3D camera view that you can fly over the map to suss out the lie of the land.
Its age is its biggest problem, and it can't compete with most of the other sims here in terms of graphics. Unlike CSFs, what they lack in visual quality they make up in frame rate, which is good news for owners of slower PCs. Still, it can't compete with the likes of MlVand F-15, even on slower systems. But if you don't have Hind either, the Front Line pack is good value for money, and if you want to fly F-16s there's not a lot of choice anyway.