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Exciting but unrealistic flight sim
Flight sim fans looking for an ultra-realistic combat experience will likely be somewhat disappointed by F-22, but if you are after an uncomplicated and exciting game, then there is much to be enjoyed here. Taking to the skies in the titular F-22, a hi-tech fighter jet, you will be thrown into a variety of fast-paced and action oriented missions against both air- and land-based enemies. There is a good variety of mission types available, including plenty of high paced air-to-air action, escort duties and ground-based strikes. A campaign mode is available alongside the option to play single missions but there is no real narrative to it, which is disappointing and it would have been nice to take part in an ongoing story. There are some issues with the plane's handling which sometimes just doesn't feel right and while AI is usually pretty good, it can be erratic with some missions being easier than they should, with enemies going easy on you. Graphically however, the game cannot be faulted, with impressive levels of detail in its varied environments. While certainly not the most complex, deep or realistic of flight sims, F-22 is certainly a lot of fun, with tense and exciting missions that will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you're after an action-packed flight game, then this is one to look out for.
Amazing looks, fails at realism
Second in the F-22 series, this is a combat flight simulator game that concentrates on the usage of the F-22 Raptor. The game is not as realistic as it should be but it has amazing graphics, very dynamic action and a whole lot of fun. You start with a few simple missions to get you warmed up, and pretty soon you'll be flying campaigns over beautiful terrains against various aircrafts, all anxious to shoot you down. The plane itself is beautifully designed but unfortunately, it looks like the developers were more concerned with looks over realism, something expert sim players might frown upon. Novice players won't be preoccupied with that too much, since they will be amazed by the game's outstanding and realistic graphics and insane detail, of the highest quality of that time. If anything, the game's a real beauty. If you leave out the objections for realism, you still get a fun and dynamic combat fighter game that will provides tons of action and hours of great time. Recommended!
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