Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle for Europe

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Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle for Europe
Combat Flight Simulator 3 - Battle for Europe Coverart.jpg
Developer(s)Microsoft Game Studios
Publisher(s)Microsoft Game Studios
SeriesCombat Flight Simulator
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
Genre(s)Combat flight simulator
Mode(s)Single-player, Multiplayer
A B-29 flying over Nazi Germany

Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle for Europe (CFS3), is the latest installment of combat flight simulators from Microsoft Game Studios, released in 2002.


The game is more or less a heavily updated version of the first (Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator), offering a far wider range of options to the player. The game incorporates an active campaign mode, whereby the player may play for the USAAF, RAF or Luftwaffe in a campaign starting in March 1943. Based on the player's performance in the North-west Europe, which spans from northernmost England to eastern Berlin, the player can alter the length and even outcome of the war. By avoiding the aviational errors of the Luftwaffe made in the past, and by targeting key targets in British production centres, it is even possible for the Germans to drive the allies back to London and force their surrender. It is also possible for the Allies to make a landing in Fortress Europe prior to the 6/6/44, or D-day. The multiplayer game allows players to occupy different stations on the same vehicle.[1][2]


Combat Flight Simulator 3 received a "Silver" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA),[3] indicating sales of at least 100,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[4]

Combat Flight Simulator 3 was a nominee for The Electric Playground's 2002 "Best Simulation for PC" award, but lost to MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Microsoft FAQ
  2. ^ Game overview,
  3. ^ "ELSPA Sales Awards: Silver". Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association. Archived from the original on February 21, 2009. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
  4. ^ Caoili, Eric (November 26, 2008). "ELSPA: Wii Fit, Mario Kart Reach Diamond Status In UK". Gamasutra. Archived from the original on September 18, 2017.
  5. ^ Staff. "Blister Awards 2002". The Electric Playground. Archived from the original on March 8, 2003. Retrieved July 7, 2019.