F/A-18 Hornet 3.0.x

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What is F/A-18 Hornet 3.0.x?

Graphic Simulations has leapt to version 3.0 of F/A-18 Hornet, adding lots of features, most of which support and surround the core game rather than change it. New on the checklist: an interactive training guide that features videos and whiteboard drawings; true radar masking that lets you evade enemy radar, SAM sites, and anti-aircraft weapons; rolling terrain that simulates actual hills and canyons; better graphics that include haze, clouds, and smoke; and improved missile modeling, which enhances weapons guidance and performance.

All these features make flying the F/A-18 quite an experience, especially considering they are additions to an already complex flight simulator. The learning curve for Hornet 3.0 is steep, so if you’re planning on jumping into the cockpit to down a couple of enemy planes, don’t count on it.

Instead, you’ll probably need to go through part of the interactive training guide. This informative section of the program includes some great videos, but there seems to be a bug in the video player. After a movie runs for a couple of minutes, the audio resets to the beginning while the video continues to run — frustrating when you’re just about to get a vital piece of information. The manual isn’t much more help: It looks like something issued by the Navy, and it assumes that you already know something about flying a combat aircraft.

Once you’re in the air, Hornet 3.0 is tons of fun. The simulator runs at up to 1,024 x 768 pixels, and it was silky-smooth on a 200MHz 604e (go figure). Its multiple views are also a pleasure — just wait until you watch your first AIM-120 slam into an opponent’s plane. The enemy aircraft and anti-aircraft sites are tough, with good artificial intelligence, so be prepared for a challenge. You may want to crank the difficulty down a couple of notches until you get the hang of things. If you don’t find playing against your Mac challenging, you can always use Hornet’s networking capability to go up against another human pilot.

If you’ve played Hornet 2.0, you’ll probably find the missions familiar. Fortunately, for those who own earlier versions of Hornet, there is an upgrade option to version 3.0 for only $19. The Korean Crisis expansion set, however, will not work with version 3.0, so you’ll have to continue to play that set with Hornet 2.0.

Once you are comfortable in Hornet 3.0’s cockpit (and you ignore the occasional bug, such as being able to pull a nine-G turn without blacking out), you’ll find that this is a great game. The missions are not new, but they play better than they did in 2.0. Besides, this is the best combat flight simulator around.

Reynolds, David. (August 1997). F/A-18 Hornet 3.0. MacAddict. (pg. 68).

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