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PC Game Review

MiG-29 Fulcrum
Add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 / FSX


Format: PC
First Class Simulations
RRP: £24.99
5 060020 473661
Age Restrictions: Not Rated
Available 08 May 2009

The MiG-29 was developed and built to counteract the threat of the F-15 and F16 from the West, well over 1200 aircraft have been built since 1982. The MiG-29 is not only an extremely manoeuvrable and versatile fighter aircraft that can be deployed in various different roles but has also been developed into an export success. Apart from Russia, the air forces of over 30 nations have deployed the MiG-29. After reunification, the Federal Republic of Germany took over 24 MiG-29s of the former national peoples' army and, as a result became the first NATO member to deploy this aircraft. AFS-Design has now modelled the MiG-29 in this add-on for FS2004 and FSX. It comes with highly detailed external modelling and a completely animated virtual cockpit...

MiG-29 Fulcrum comes with the following liveries: German Federal Republic Air Force; East German Air Force; Russian Air Force; Polish Air Force; Slovakian Air Force; Hungarian Air Force; and a blank version for you to repaint. Each livery also contains formation flight versions so you control a number of aircraft in flight at the same time.

The formation flight is just for show really, as it's not possible to switch between aircraft or have them do anything other than follow the main plane. They are anchored to your plane by an invisible wire, so that if you bank to the left they do exactly the same. Likewise if you do a barrel roll, they defy gravity and follow you in a large arc. However, it's a fun diversion if you want to sit in your cockpit and glance out at the other aircraft as though you were on a mission.

I was surprised, however, to see that the RRP was a little on the high side for what is a one plane package.

If you want to expand your FS portfolio, then this is worth getting hold of but if you're not a huge fan of modern aircraft, and think they all handle pretty much the same, then there are better packages out there.


Pete Boomer

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