In the 90s, Jane's Combat Simulations was a whole series of flight simulation games published by EA (you read that right, it was EA before they became the stupid EA we all know today) with the branding of Jane's Information Group, a publishing company specializing in warfare. I have limited experience with flight simulation, and didn't discover it until way after Jane's games stopped being made, but I haven't heard anything but good things about the series.
Now ignore everything I just said because it doesn't apply here at all. That's right, just like all the other reviews said, the "Jane's" name has nothing to do with this game. It's an arcade game; think HAWX or Ace Combat, but Jane's Advanced Strike Fighters is way more like HAWX 1 (I haven't played HAWX 2 so I can't say). Which I'm okay with - HAWX 1 was actually enjoyable for what it was, especially in multiplayer co-op... but where HAWX failed to capture the essence of Ace Combat, Jane's fails to even capture the essence of HAWX. And that's just sad.
First things first, no camera control
and limited controller support. You have to go into the controls menu and rebind the keys for your controller before you can do anything, and even then you still can't control the camera nor can you use the controller for the menus - you gotta have your keyboard handy. Plus, I don't know if this was just me, but some of the graphics seemed really weird - I had some werid light flickering every now and then, and explosions didn't look like explosions at all.
On that last note, the graphics are passable. The aircraft models aren't very-well detailed, but they're not mishapen blocks that don't look like the Super Hornet or A-10 - they're passable, at the very least. Music and sound design are... poor, really. Nothing stuck with me at all, and I'm not trying to look for the soundtrack online or anything. Adding on to that, voice quality is really horrible. I mean, the writing can be okay at times, but the main character doesn't seem to give a damn about anything. He always sounds so upbeat, even when someone you're escorting is about to die. The guy voicing Control sounded like he was reused for some of the ground forces, which really confused me during one of the early missions.
The gameplay of JASF is the worst part, unfortunately. Nothing seems to be obvious enough, especially concerning incoming missiles, which you can't dodge normally unless you use countermeasures. Seriously, those things stay glued to your butt like hell, and it's not like you have an infinite amount of flares when the enemies gang up on you. You'll find yourself dying just because the missiles are magically homing on you. Not like your missiles have the same capabilities. Additionally, when using bombs, your aircraft can be destroyed by those very bombs. Of course, you have no way of knowing this (and no other arcade flight game has this feature AFAIK) until you do it yourself, and even then you'd be hard-pressed to figure it out.
Mission variety is also extremely broken. First mission is a patrol, followed by an escort. Second mission is a low-altitude attack, followed by an escort. Third mission is a low-altitude attack, followed by an escort. Am I the only one seeing a pattern here? Escort missions are the bane of some players' existence in Ace Combat games, so if you hate escort missions, stay the hell away.
For what it's worth, I spent exactly $1.00 of my Steam wallet (so, technically, free since it was from trading cards), so I don't think it was wasted - I did enjoy what I was doing until I got shot down by a swarm of MiGs in... the third mission? Hard to remember since they're so easy to forget.
In all honesty, HAWX 1 is better than this, and most Ace Combat games are better than that. Go look there. Jane's Advanced Strike Fighters isn't worth anyone's time or money.