Strike Fighters: Project 1, SP1
Fighters Project One was announced quite a while ago, and
quickly became what I like to call the "Great Jet hope".
At first it seemed a bit of an enigma, but as time moved on
we came to realize that it was to fill a long-standing void
in simulations. Here was a sim to portray the glamorous era
of the fighter pilot. The 60's and 70's! The F-4 phantom,
the F-104 Starfighter, and the ubiquitous MiG series of aircraft.
While holding our imagination with these fantastic aircraft
it also offered the promise of true air to air combat without
the frustrations of attempting to learn the intricacies of
more modern aircraft and the weapons systems which they include.
As most of us know, sims like Janes F-18 and Falcon 4.0 require
serious study and huge investment of time in order to enjoy
them. SFP-1 looked to bring the "fun" back into
simulation while captivating us with aircraft which have become
nothing short of legendary in mankind's pursuit of flight
and air combat.
has nothing short of a what I would call a checkered and colorful
history even though it's still a fresh product on retail shelves.
I'm not going to go into the sordid details of the "Wal-Mart"
release and the ensuing flurry of activity surrounding that.
I'm pretty sure that if your reading this you are well aware
of what happened. I could do a whole article on that subject
alone! That's not my job here. What I will do is review the
sim as it stands, several months after release and one patch.
Most everyone reading this knows about
or owns EAW, European Air War. Its a classic in the true sense
of the word. It's one of the defining flight simulations and
has stood the test of time. One of it's prime developers was
Tsuyoshi Kawahito. We all know him as "TK" for short.
TK is obviously very passionate about flight sims. His attention
to detail and dedication to combat simulations is proven.
A quick glance at his resume also includes Jane's Longbow
II, another classic in the rotary wing arena, and one of my
all time favorites by the way! TK heads Third Wire Productions
and they are responsible for this effort along with Strategy
First as the publisher here in the U.S.
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