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Microsoft Flight Simulator
Microsoft Flight Simulator

Simulation 2020

A realistic civil aircraft simulator that continues the classic series. Microsoft Flight Simulator faithfully reproduces a rich set of licensed machines and a large part of the Earth, using satellite data and the computing power of Azure artificial intelligence. It offers a wealth of missions and extensive gameplay mechanisms.

The Crew 2
The Crew 2

Racing 29 June 2018

The second installment in a multiplayer open world game series developed by Ivory Tower Studios, which employs the creators of the Test Drive Unlimited series. Like the first installment, The Crew 2 features open world races taking place all over the United States of America. Players participate in various motorsport competitions and try to beat other players or the AI-controlled drivers. This time around, we get at our disposal not only a number of different cars but also motorcycles, motorboats, and airplanes. The Crew 2 delivers an arcade vehicle handling model, which consorts with the tracks filled with obstacles and quarter pipes. The title focuses on giving players the freedom to drive anywhere they want, anytime they want – there is nothing standing in our way to e.g. get to a building’s rooftop and take a small spin. The well developed social aspect of the game allows us not only to race other players but also to form crews and share unlocked achievements. The entire experience is well complimented with detailed graphics and dynamic day and night cycle.

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

Action 18 January 2019

An arcade flight simulator and continuation of the popular series published by Bandai Namco. Like its predecessors, Ace Combat 7 is set in alternative timeline, in which there are different countries, and humans have constructed unique flying units. Game focuses on the story, which we learn both through events during missions and many cutscenes. The gameplay is mostly arcade, with only a few simulation’s features. Due to that, realism has to move over and make space for dynamic and eye-catching sky fights, including battles with powerful bosses. Each available plane flies slightly differently, resulting in a more varied experience. Ace Combat 7 offers a story campaign for one player and multiplayer mode. Developers made use of Unreal Engine 4 and also added support of PlayStation VR goggles.

War Thunder
War Thunder

Simulation 29 November 2013

A free-to-play MMO flight simulator. It was developed by Gajin Entertainment, a Russian studio which previously created such titles as Wings of Prey, Birds of Steel, and Apache: Air Assault. The players assume the role of fighter pilots and can pilot hundreds of carefully recreated World War II aircrafts. The developers made sure that battlefield reality is faithfully reflected not only in the air, but also on the land (artillery, infantry) and at sea (navy). Progress allows us to upgrade our planes, buy new kinds of weapons as well as learn new piloting skills. War Thunder stands out from its competitors thanks to its high-quality visuals and realistic flight physics.

X-Plane 11
X-Plane 11

Simulation 30 March 2017

Another edition of one of the most advanced flight simulation games in development since the 90s by Laminar Research, a studio connected to NASA. X-Plane 11 does not deviate from the standards of the series in any way and offers its players the possibility of piloting a wide variety of civilian and military aircraft — starting from light planes, through giant passenger planes, and ending with helicopters. Traditionally, the game is characterized by impressive realism both in terms of the accurate recreation of available machines and flight physics. Compared to its predecessors, the production offers a revamped user interface, enhanced avionics, and even more detailed, fully functional 3D cockpits. Moreover, the title features new buildings and roads that better recreate the characteristics of Europe as well as airports that teem with life. There, we can see all kinds of vehicles, including maintenance and other AI-controlled machines.

Microsoft Flight Simulator X
Microsoft Flight Simulator X

Simulation 13 October 2006

A new installment in the most famous civil aircraft simulator from Microsoft. The new edition stands apart with its improved visuals and support for DirectX10 multimedia libraries, enabling the developers to introduce spectacular weather effects and accurate aircraft models. The world of Microsoft Flight Simulator X is built from over 24 thousand airfields from all around the world. The players can choose from numerous authentic aircraft, from commercial airliners (including Boeing 787 and Airbus A321), through stunt planes and helicopters, and up to hydroplanes (Grumman G-21 Goose). Moreover, we are also given a Learning Center, an extensive training mode, and a number of basic missions and challenges that offer a number of hidden rewards when completed. The game contains a multiplayer component, with LAN as well as online modes. Microsoft Flight Simulator X also introduces the ability to use all of the add-ons released for the previous installments of the series.

303 Squadron: Battle of Britain
303 Squadron: Battle of Britain

Simulation 31 August 2018

A flight simulator set in the World War II period; the game was developed by Atomic Jelly and published by Movie Games. The story focuses on the titular 303 Squadron - a Polish combat unit formed in Great Britain. No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron played a key part in the Battle of Britain. The player is given an opportunity to get acquainted with the stories irs pilots, mechanics, and other people who worked at the squadron's main base in Northolt, as well as to take part in authentic battles from the period, recreated in the game on the basis of historical evidence. Mechanics-wise, the creators emphasize quick and dynamic air battles, which situates the game somewhere between a simulation and an arcade experience. Between the subsequent missions, the player visits the aforementioned base, which can be freely explored. One can also fix their plane here and install various modifications. Additionally, the game features a lot of side assignments - those take the player to other military theaters.

Digital Combat Simulator World
Digital Combat Simulator World

Simulation 30 April 2012

A free gaming platform that integrates all installments of the popular Digital Combat Simulator simulation series into a single interface. It was developed by Eagle Dynamics, a Russian developer studio. Thanks to this solution, each game of the franchise is compatible with the rest and lets their users play on the same servers. The product works as a kind of an operating system for Digital Combat Simulator titles. It provides a common service with a simple interface that allows us to combine games into a single installation and to manage their data. Not only does it improve their cooperation but also updates them automatically. DCS: World features mod support and a mission editor. The above features are complemented by a gameplay recording system and a multiplayer matchmaking mechanic.

Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2
Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. 2

Arcade 03 September 2010

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. 2 is the second installment of the aeronautical arcade game by the Romanian developer studio of Ubisoft. Players sit at the helm of modern fighters (including F-22, Su-27, Harrier and Eurofighetr) and take part in heavenly battles. The creators abandoned the realistic model of flight physics in favour of a dynamic and spectacular action.

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.

Arcade 03 March 2009

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. is an aeronautical simulation produced by Ubisoft's development studio in Bucharest. The player plays the role of a pilot of a modern military fighter and participates in an imaginary armed conflict taking place in 2012.

IL-2 Sturmovik
IL-2 Sturmovik

Simulation 21 November 2001

Contemporary airplanes are mainly electronics, in machines dating back to the Second World War, man was the most important. Il-2 Sturmovik gives the player the opportunity to play as a pilot of planes from this period and to fight great heavenly battles.

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

Arcade 11 October 2011

Brick Rigs
Brick Rigs

Simulation 2020

A simulator, in which the players assume the role of constructors of various vehicles like cars, trains, helicopters, planes, and space shuttles. In Brick Rigs the constructions can be tested in multiplayer battles with other players. The designs can be also shared with other users.

IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover Blitz Edition
IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover Blitz Edition

Simulation 14 December 2017

An enhanced version of the 2011 IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover. The developers have improved the game's visuals, added new airplanes, and perfected the damage system.

Il-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Bodenplatte
Il-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Bodenplatte

Simulation 07 November 2019

At the end of December 1944, the idea of carrying out a massive attack on 20 Allied airfields in the Netherlands, Belgium and France appeared - it was the so-called Bodenplatte Operation.

Airport CEO
Airport CEO

Strategy 2020

An economic tycoon game that enables the player to assume the role of an airport director. The title was developed by Swedish developer Apoapsis Studios, and it challenges the player with designing and expanding a well-working airport complex consisting of many coexisting installations: runways, control towers, bus stops, sidewalks and roads to connect it all, etc. The most important part of the airport is the terminal – the building in which the passengers are checking in, waiting for the plane, visiting bars, shops and toilets. The freedom in designing the look and layout of the terminal enables the player to decide about the placement of each seat and plant. However, the placement of the key objects is most important: information points, security gates, toilets. The player must also hire personnel and cleaners. At some point it is possible to sign contracts with airlines and create air connections with other cities. Arriving planes will bring and take many passengers – each with unique traits and needs.

World of Warplanes
World of Warplanes

Simulation 12 November 2013

A flight combat MMO game by Russian studio Wargaming.net (known from e.g. World of Tanks), utilizing a free-to-play model with microtransactions. In World of Warplanes, you can play as a pilot of a fighter or bomber plane and participate in spectacular aerial battles with dozens of other planes. The game features many military plane models to choose from, representing the so-called golden age of aviation — from pre-WW2 airframes to jets from the Korean War era. Each plane varies in terms of characteristics, and can also be customized according to our preferences. The gameplay is not a realistic flight simulation, and the production focuses on dynamic action.

Microsoft Flight
Microsoft Flight

Simulation 29 February 2012

Restart of the oldest series of flight simulations. The game focuses on civil flights, so we are mainly involved in transporting passengers and goods, as well as performing various missions, including rescue missions. The authors focused on realism, both in terms of control and flight physics. However, for beginner pilots there are a number of optional simplifications.

Airfix Dogfighter
Airfix Dogfighter

Arcade 02 November 2000

Airfix Dogfighter is a combination of a dynamic arcade game and a simplified flight simulator. As a player you play the role of a pilot of World War II combat aircraft models.

Bomber Crew
Bomber Crew

Strategy 19 October 2017

Bomber Crew is a hybrid of a strategy game and a simulator, with some additional RPG elements. Developed by Runner Duck, the game allows the player to assume the role of a WWII pilot commanding a bomber crew. During the game, one has to complete numerous missions, which involve eliminating strategically important military targets and providing reconnaissance behind enemy lines. The gameplay is divided into two parts – the preparation stage involves selecting recruits, as a bomber crew has to comprise a pilot, a mechanic, gunners, a radio operator, a navigator, and an ammo supply crewman. The player should pay close attention to the recruits they select, as their death on the battlefield is permanent. When airborne, one has to monitor the condition of both their crew and their plane, as consecutive subsystems might break down – a spot-on shot on the plane’s tail might result in losing maneuverability, similarly to a burning engine. Thus, during each mission, the player has to repair the plane. After completing a mission (when over a target, the player gets to operate the on-board systems in order to photograph the target or bomb it), one has to return home safely – provided he has enough fuel. Bomber Crew is bound to attract players’ attention with its colorful visuals and dynamic vessel damage system.

Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers
Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers

Arcade 21 September 2012

Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers is a secondary airborne shooting game depicting the Pacific conflict between the United States and the Empire of Japan. We sit at the helm of realistically reproduced planes and command powerful aircraft carriers. The gameplay is complemented by an extensive multiplayer mode.

IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946
IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946

Simulation 15 December 2006

IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946 is another item in the popular series of aircraft simulators, treating the Second World War. This time, developers from Maddox Games, in cooperation with Ubisoft Entertainment corporation, integrated in one product the content from all previous editions of Szturmovik, enriched with new elements.

IL-2 Sturmovik: Flying Circus - Volume I
IL-2 Sturmovik: Flying Circus - Volume I

Simulation 07 November 2019

Il-2 Sturmovik: Flying Circus - Volume I is an expanded aircraft simulator, for the first time in the history of this series set in the realities of the First World War. 777 Studios and 1C are responsible for creating this production.

Dogfight 1942
Dogfight 1942

Simulation 05 September 2012

IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Moscow
IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Moscow

Simulation 09 August 2016

A continuation of the famous combat flight simulator series, Il-2 Sturmovik, developed, like the previous installment in the series, by the team at 777, working under the aegis of 1C Company. As the subtitle suggests, the action of the game once again takes us to the Eastern Front during the World War II, where we are involved in key air operations of the turn of 1941 and 1942, including the eponymous battle of Moscow. In terms of mechanics the game does not introduce any changes when compared with its predecessor released year and a half earlier, offering a somewhat simplified model of control. During the game we can join one of the parties of the conflict (Russians or Germans), each providing us eight brand new machines, including: I-16 type 24, MiG-3, Il-2 model 1941, and Pe-2 35 series (the Russian side) and Bf 109 E-7, Bf 109 F-2, Bf 110 E-2, and Ju 88 A-4 (German side). The game also offers the option to unlock additional aircraft for a fee.

Airline Tycoon Evolution
Airline Tycoon Evolution

Strategy 05 July 2002

A new edition of the classic economic strategy, in which we managed our own airlines. In addition to the new ten missions and sixteen reconverted, it was possible to build their own planes and use anti-terrorist protection.