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SKY SESSIONS: Jane’s Advanced Strike Fighters – Visualizing the Surroundings

Andrew Stevens from Fanbolt.com periodically shares his Twitch series “Sky Sessions” with Saitek. 

Even though the first few articles I’ve written here on the Saitek blog may say otherwise, I do actually enjoy more than just War Thunder. I pretty much like any game that’s flight related. This means arcade, flight combat racing games, and even strategy games that deal with flight. Show me a plane and I’ll be happy! As for today, I decided to take a look at Jane’s Advanced Strike Fighters.

Jane’s Advanced Strike Fighters is a game I grabbed during one of the many great Steam sales. I hadn’t heard the best things about it as apparently the series has a past that I’m not aware of. I guess this version of the game is far off from what the series used to be. (After doing some research into the series, I found the box art of many of those Jane’s games and my goodness does that logo look familiar. Maybe I have played them before.)

Anyway, I’m not worried about the series’ past. I’m just here to check out the first mission of Jane’s Advanced Strike Fighters.

As the video displays, the game is definitely heavy on the arcade side of flight. It doesn’t go too overboard as the controls feel rather nice, but insane immediate speed and unlimited ammo definitely says everything. What boggles my mind though is the altitude limit. Why in the world can’t I fly higher than 10,000ft?

I actually like flying around in the game and checking out the landscape. It doesn’t look as bad as some people say in a few reviews I’ve read. I actually think the entire sway movement for the aircraft during flight is rather interesting. It provides an extra sense of flight in a way and gives a little more for the player to adjust in control.

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I actually enjoyed just scouting the land at the beginning of the game, and the video shows just how much fun I had flying around the city and under the bridge. I like doing that in all flight games though.

The first mission wasn’t anything special. In fact it felt really simple and straight forward. Apparently (from what I read) it doesn’t get any better than that. But if the flying is manageable, then I’m sure the missions can’t be too annoying. It’s not like anyone will ever run out of ammo and fail a mission because of that!

CaptureI think I’ll be interested in checking out more of Jane’s Advanced Strike Fighters in the near future. Maybe I’ll even feature it during a Sky Sessions episode and go through many of the missions. After that I’ll definitely have a good idea of what this game is all about.

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What are some of your memories of Jane’s?

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