A funny thing. Apparently there have been reports of US flight sim fans returning Flanker 2.0 the shops after watching the opening FMV of a pair of SU-33s blowing up some good or Falcons and Hornets, outraged that the commie pinkos could ever defeat Uncle Sam. I've no idea if this is true or not, but if it helps in some small part to bring down America's reign as the world's number one superpower, then I'm happy to do my bit. Da!
As, it would seem, are SSI and the Russian programming team behind this very impressive piece of work. Flanker 2.0is what we in the industry call a flight sim par excellence and it proves that along with our boys at Digital Integration and DID (or the ones who used to be there anyway), we don't need the US of A to keep the genre alive thank you very much.
Steady On The Vitriol, Tosvarich
A word of warning though. Flanker 2.0 isn't for the newcomer. It's a beast to fly, a devil to understand and a monster of a simulation. Just getting a radar lock on a stationary target takes an inordinate amount of work. For once I actually felt as though flying a modern, military fighter was actually difficult. As it should be. I had become so used to the ease of US jets, that it took me three attempts just to take off without crashing.
It looks superb too. You may have read my review of Flight Sim 2000 elsewhere in this magazine. Flanker 2.0shorn just how to do city areas well. There's barely a building in the whole of the Crimean that hasn't been modelled, and yet it still flies smoothly on the average PC.
A Fistful Of Roubles
A friend of mine used to keep himself amused for hours on end with the mission editor in F/A-18 Korea. He'd put together some intricately plotted missions involving dozens of units, then simply sit back and watch the computer play them out. He'd never take part himself, just watch. He's what's known as a hardcore gamer. We had to have him committed after a while. He'd love the mission editor in Flanker 2.0-it's beyond excellent. It's the heart and soul of the whole game and almost makes up for the lack of any kind of dynamic campaign, career pilot modes or friendly presentation (it's a very sparse-looking game before taking off).
Flanker 2.0 has really got the lot. It's just that it takes some work to get the most out of it. The hardcore flight sim crowd will be quite happy to put that work into it of course, and they'll be the ones who get the biggest rewards. The casual pilot would be advised to look elsewhere however. This is no-frills flying. But then, true pilots wouldn't be seen dead in lace.
Processor: PC compatible, P-100
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode
Flanker 2.0 Screenshots
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