F-117 Night Storm

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F-117 Night Storm
F-117 Night Storm
North American cover art
Developer(s) Rare Ltd.
Designer(s) Michael Kosaka
Composer(s) David Whittaker
Platform(s) Sega Mega Drive
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Flight simulation
Mode(s) Single-player

F-117 Night Storm (F-117ステルス オペレーション:ナイトストーム?) is a Sega Mega Drive-exclusive video game that was released in 1993 by Electronic Arts. This game was considered to be the 23rd worst video game of all time according to Flux magazine.


While dogfighting, players are advised to steer clear around surface-to-air missile launches; like the Soviet-made SA-11 Gadfly shown below.

The player pilots a Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk. There are two modes: arcade mode and campaign mode. Arcade mode allows players to pick and choose every aspect of the mission, while campaign mode is basically a career in the United States Air Force. From training missions in the deserts of Nevada (during the player's original enlistment period in 1982) to tours of duty in Panama (of the 1980s) and the Gulf War (lasting from 1990 to 1991), each mission has a primary objective that must be completed before moving on.[3]

Players are given the option to equip from seven different weapons; including Sidewinder missiles.[1] Digitized speech is included in this game. During the era of this video game's release, it was considered to be the most realistic combat flight simulator available for the general public. Cinema-like inset are used for dramatic storytelling during cut scenes. Laser targeting is used on the players' aircraft along with infrared displays of enemy aircraft and other targets.[4]


  1. ^ a b F-177 Night Storm at Mega Drive/Genesis Database
  2. ^ F-117 Night Storm at GameFAQs
  3. ^ F-117 Night Storm at MobyGames
  4. ^ F-177 Night Storm at Retro Mags
Review scores
Publication Score
AllGame 2.5/5 stars
Power Unlimited (8.5/10)