F-15 Strike Eagle III
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|F-15 Strike Eagle III|
James M. Day
|Genre(s)||Combat flight simulator|
F-15 Strike Eagle III is an F-15 Strike Eagle combat flight simulator released in 1992 by MicroProse and is the sequel of F-15 Strike Eagle and F-15 Strike Eagle II. It is the final game in the series.
The fighter is equipped with a M61 Vulcan and both air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, as well as free-fall and laser-guided bombs. Available scenarios are: Iraq, Panama, and Korea. Missions usually involve taking out one primary and one secondary target, while avoiding attacking friendly targets. The player can receive promotions and medals based on their mission scores.
For its time, Strike Eagle III boasted impressive graphics, although enemy planes are not nearly as detailed as the player's F-15. Special attention was put into the terrain and geography, to the extent that real buildings and geographical sites are visible ingame, such as the Iraqi Presidential Palace in Baghdad.
The game had a development budget of $1.2 million.
Computer Gaming World's reviewer, an F-16 pilot with the Vermont Air National Guard, in April 1993 praised F-15 III's graphics, detail, and realistic flight model. He disliked the slow performance, but concluded that "It definitely is a worthy simulation". In a January 1994 survey of wargames the magazine gave the title four stars out of five, stating that it had "state-of-the-art graphics and game value". In April 1994 the magazine said that the CD version was "a good buy for either the novice or veteran sim enthusiast". In August 1994 the magazine's simulation columnist called the flight model "a mixed bag", approving of aircraft performance varying by altitude but criticizing the "instantaneous" handling. He concluded that although superior to Falcon 3.0 in many areas, F-15 was not a simulation because "many things ... 'burst the bubble', that constantly reminded me this isn't for real".
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