Jane's AH-64D Longbow

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Jane's AH-64D Longbow
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Developer(s) Origin Systems
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Director(s) Will McBurnett
Producer(s) Andy Hollis
Artist(s) Paul Stankie
Composer(s) Barry Leitch
Series Jane's Combat Simulations
Platform(s) PC (DOS)/(Windows)
Release 1996
Genre(s) Combat flight simulator
Mode(s) Single player

AH-64D Longbow is a realistic combat flight simulator of the AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter. Released on May 31, 1996 for the PC, this simulation was developed at Origin Systems. AH-64D Longbow was the second simulator released under the Jane's Combat Simulators line from Electronic Arts.

A mission disk Flash Point: Korea was released as an add-in in 1996, and a compilation pack, Longbow Gold was released in 1997. A sequel, Longbow 2 was released in late 1997. In 1998, Longbow Anthology was released, which included the whole Longbow series.

Gameplay[edit]

The game had the most authentic flight model for a helicopter for its time and every aspect of the electronics systems were meticulously detailed. The weapons had realistic operational ranges and limits, and all friendly and enemy units were strictly based on their real-life counterparts. A wingman helps the player, and the player takes on Russian equipment in multiple single missions and campaigns, as well as a handful of historically accurate missions in which it is possible to 're-live' memorable battles.

Flash Point: Korea was released on November 30, 1996. It features a new campaign set in Korea, the addition of the co-pilot position, improved wingman commands and many bug fixes.

Development[edit]

Release[edit]

Longbow Gold came out in March 1997. It is a compilation pack featuring the AH-64D Longbow and Flash Point: Korea add-ons. It is also fully patched and updated to include a Windows executable, so DOS is no longer necessary. Also included is the 3Dfx update, which adds a Glide renderer.

Longbow Anthology was released in 1998 and is a compilation of Jane's AH-64D Longbow, the mission disk Flash Point: Korea, and Longbow 2 in one box, with an abbreviated manual. All included simulators are fully patched to the latest versions.

Reception[edit]

Longbow, in its various forms, sold over 1 million copies.[citation needed]

Longbow won many awards, including "Flight Simulation of the Year" (1996) from PC Gamer,[1] Computer Gaming World,[2] and Computer Games Strategy Plus.[3] In 1996, Computer Gaming World ranked it as the 100th best game of all time for being "the first helicopter sim to match its fixed wing counterparts for realistic play."[4] That same year, it was also ranked as the 73rd top game of all time by Next Generation, for being "an unbeatable marriage of graphics, gameplay, and armor-blasting fun."[5]

The editors of PC Gamer US named Flashpoint Korea 1996's "Best Expansion Pack", and wrote that it "practically makes [Longbow] a whole new game."[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "PC Gamer Reveals Its 1997 Award Winners". Business Wire (Press release). Brisbane, California. February 6, 1997. 
  2. ^ CGW 154 (May 1997)
  3. ^ Staff (March 25, 1997). "Computer Games Strategy Plus announces 1996 Awards". Computer Games Strategy Plus. Archived from the original on June 14, 1997. Retrieved November 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ CGW 148: 150 Best Games of All Time
  5. ^ Next Generation 21 (September 1996), pp.44, 47.

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