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ⓘ Jetfighter, series. Jetfighter is a series of 3D combat flight simulator computer games that was developed by Velocity Development starting in 1988. The player ..




Jetfighter (series)
                                     

ⓘ Jetfighter (series)

Jetfighter is a series of 3D combat flight simulator computer games that was developed by Velocity Development starting in 1988. The player would fly a combat jet aircraft in the skies against enemy forces. The game boasted 3D graphics that were cutting-edge at the time of the games release, and used real-world terrain. The games seldom sold well because they occupied an uncomfortable middle ground of game design - too much flight simulator for action game fans, as they realistically emulated actual combat aircraft, but too simplistic for the hardcore sim fans, who always preferred games more along the lines of the Falcon series. The series ended after the commercial failure of Jetfighter 2015, which was a fully arcade-style jet shooter without even lip service to realism. The later games had support for 3dfx Voodoo cards to run natively in DOS.

Jetfighter II was produced before the winner of the Advanced Tactical Fighter competition was announced; the programmers chose to emulate the YF-23 "Black Widow II" as the winning aircraft rather than the eventual winner, the YF-22 which "entered service" in 2004 as the F-22 Raptor.

                                     

1. Reception

In the United States, Jetfighter IV s jewel case version sold 270.000 copies and earned $2.6 million by August 2006, after its release in January 2002. It was the countrys 75th best-selling computer game between January 2000 and August 2006. Combined sales of all Jetfighter computer games released between January 2000 and August 2006 had reached 450.000 units in the United States by the latter date.

In a 1994 survey of wargames the magazine gave Jetfighter: The Adventur two-plus stars out of five "still an entertaining product". Jetfighter II received three stars "contemporary graphics and play value".