Take on the massive assault of aerial, ground, and naval forces with only seconds to decide your fate of victory or defeat.
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Release Date: Mar 8, 2012

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Turn the Heavens into Hell!

The Southern Azbaristan Democratic Front of South Azbaristan has only managed to hold off the North with the aid of the West, which supplies military and logistical aid to the tiny state in return for the oil exports from their vast reserves. Players will have the chance to assume the role of squadron leader Razor and lead the fight to reunify Azbaristan and protect the West’s vital interests.

Jane's Information Group is commonly recognized as the definitive source of information for the Defense Industry. In addition to its intelligence, defense and military hardware publications, since 1996 Jane's has a long association with simulation games.

Key Features>

  • Intense Expansive Multiplayer: 16 person multiplayer combat to continue the action and intensity of war online. Also included is full campaign co-op play that accommodates 2-4 players.
  • Cunning Enemies From The North: Take on the massive assault of aerial, ground, and naval forces with only seconds to decide your fate of victory or defeat.
  • Combat Over Land, Air And Sea: Over 65,000km² of continuous terrain, including cities, industrial centres, mountainous regions and deserts.
  • Diverse Array Of Advanced Fighters To Fly: 30 flyable jets from the US, Europe, Russia and China. It also features the very best of the next generation in fighters such as the F-22A Raptor, F-35 Lightning II, Russia’s Su-35 Super Flanker and their newest plane, the 5th Generation PAK-FA.

System Requirements

    Minimum
    • Operating system: Windows® XP (SP2), Windows® Vista, or Windows® 7 Operating System
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz or AMD Athlon X2 4000+
    • Video: NVIDIA GeForce 6800 or ATI Radeon X1600 Shader model 3.0+ graphics card
    • Memory: XP: 1GB Main Memory • Vista/Win7: 2GB Main Memory
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Sound: DirectX version 9.0c-compatible sound card
    • Hard disk space: 1.5GB Hard Drive Space
    • Multiplayer: Broadband 256kbps
    Recommended
    • Operating system: Windows® XP (SP2), Windows® Vista, or Windows® 7 Operating System
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 6400 or AMD Athlon X2 4400+ dual-core
    • Video: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon X1900 Shader model 3.0+ graphics card
    • Memory: XP: 2GB Main Memory • Vista/Win7: 4GB Main Memory
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Sound: DirectX version 9.0c-compatible sound card
    • Hard disk space: 1.5GB Hard Drive Space
    • Multiplayer: Broadband 512kbps
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FETTNINJA
0.1 hrs
Posted: September 25
purchaed this game doesnt work
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Insônia
15.4 hrs
Posted: September 22
Even as a flight shoot game, It's still worser than other classcial AC/HAWX level games.
It almost ruined name of Jane's series.
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Soarin'TealYoshi64
8.8 hrs
Posted: September 19
This game most likely sets itself in the description as "Simulation", it's not. And for that matter, I do NOT recommend it to the average player.

This being said, I did indeed like the game, but I do not recommend as it has a mislabel.

Jane's Advance Strike Fighters is completely arcade; the only physics to the game would be your thrust with minimal turning resistance based on the plane. Upon playing it, I do not feel any other force such as the pull of gravity when pushing the nose down, so divebombing is mainly an easy tactic on ground forces.
It's a great time killer, but the difficulty is pretty hard even for 'Normal'.
The one thing I'd hate about this game is that the physics also applies to missles- they are not realistic. To dodge a missle, your plane has to be a good 80-100 degrees perpendicular to it... and a certain speed. Or else you will be spammed from all angles no matter what your manuevers are. I personally do like this as my hobby of airplanes is the A-10 Thunderbolt, which is useful at the beginning of the game, but soon gets overwhelmed and hit by missles from all angles JUST because the SPEED isn't fast enough. I have no problem handling this airplane in 'simulated' games such as Ace Combat, Hawx, or DCS Universe. This puts VERY hard aggression on difficulty and on levels you will face many deaths because of this flaw- the good thing is that every in-mission objective is its own checkpoint to restart from... but your time flying from point A to point B and repetition of in-game voice will be super annoying.

This game does feature some level with friendlies... but they mostly get killed in the first few minutes, even if you're quick to destroy the enemy fighters. And by "Some" levels, I mean about 2-3, out of a good 20 missions it has. (approximate)
You will be mostly alone listening to the dialogue of your Base Control and your Pilot... which in honest opinion Base Control is a very stupid decision maker sometimes and often contradicts himself... let alone your pilot sounds like someone who's very enthusiastic... but doesn't know anything that's going on in the world around him. Most of the time I'd just want to fly back to base and bomb it.

Gameplay is quite fast, as said it's arcade, but it's pretty good in non-heptic moments. There's bugs in the game, sometimes it will crash on you in-game so expect those grudges. There was even a moment in game where a convoy I was supposed to protect was killed... I got overwhelmed. Yet a fail screen never came up: the dead convoy's dialogue continued regularly and I ended up finishing the mission with a completion. Okies....
The game does offer some challenges, perhaps a third to half the missions require you to fly low through enemy territory (which amusingly the enemy territory is down the block from your base... I don't know how they never bothered to send a bomber squadron over) so many of of the missions are air-ground combat with missle defenses shooting at you and you looking for a radar tower nearby before continuing with whatever objective you are to destroy. What I do like is a nice double-tap boost the game offers, makes you flick your afterburners to ridiculous speeds close to the ground, the graphics is nice, and the pressure on turning changes dramatically, so make sure you want to do this where you can fly straight.
Soundtrack is repetitive, but quite calming at times. I do like how ever engagement changes the music, so you'd know if you're being attack and you won't go crazy with the same sounds over and over.

Overall, likable game to the Arcade person. Completely disliked by those looking for simulation. For the price... I'd say get it on sale. It's not really worth a full price.

Pros
  • Very Arcadish, Time waster if not too serious
  • Soothing Soundtrack, not obnoxious.
  • Good airplane graphics and building detail, terrain graphics could be better made.

Cons
  • Not Simulative: Querky missles will RUIN your day
  • Poor Dialogue to the main roles
  • Lonely feeling many of the missions- Enemies can easily overrun you
  • Enemies have slightly LONGER firing range than you- WATCH OUT. Take the easy one at a time to win.
  • Hitboxes on ground units may be bugged.. rendering machinegun partially useless (But it still helps)
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Falkor
2.0 hrs
Posted: September 10
My first review of Jane's Advanced Strike Fighters, and any game for that matter.

So first things first, it's Jane's......Yes Jane's, mostly known through NATO recognition books and it's WWII simulators from the 1990's, most famous being Jane's WWII Fighters which came out in 1998. After that no one heard from Jane's again until 2011 when they released this game.

I want to point something out, I have no idea why this game got SO much hate, it's the first time that the team at Jane's ever came forward with a developed game with consoles in mind, XBOX 360 and PS3, PC was already on their cards for this game.

Onto the game itself, now, in the style of the early Acecombat games. You are flying as part of an air force of a tiny but overrun republic which is in itself, close to collapse at the hands of the Northern government and the NPAF forces. There are 16 missions overall and dare I say it they are nicely laid out! Plenty of area to fly around in and having the ability to carry more than 2 weapons on your fighters, which is something Ace Combat never did, so pat on the back to them for including this.

Another good point is the amount of aircraft you can choose from, again in Ace Combat style you have factual aircraft, prototypes that flew or mysterious/fictional Superplanes. All handle well and some are a bit overpowered than they should be. The 3D models are quite nice, however the damage model is non existent, but with what you get into it doesn't really matter.

Looking at Mission design, Yes a couple could have been tweaked a little bit but it's not really noticable, how you execute the missions are down to tactics and what logic you can utilise whilst carrying out these missions, and also it depends what type of plane you choose as well, well with the large selection of 30 fighter jets you have a nice pick and mix bag on how you want to go through your missions.

Next, the AI, now given credit where it's due the AI DO FIGHT BACK, which is a nice touch, and they often outsmart you when you're being blase towards them and they don't mess around either! from the Hedgehog AA's to the defending fighters you WILL have your hands full when the mission is at it's climax!

Onto the final points, and a bit of personal thought on the game, Yes it's not as and never will be as good as Acecombat, but give it a chance and it can be enjoyable if you love a not too hard paced flying game. Unfortunately what they DID try to do with this game, was to try and get a ''Simulaton'' feel to it, which it does feel like in SOME areas of gameplay but not all of it.

Another bit of personal thought and I have a feeling it's why Jane's got so much hate, was Acecombat Assault Horizon was released the same year...I don't think it was JASF's fault. It WAS against hard competition so I feel that the game was released when it's far superior cousin was on the shelves and it ran into the obsolete trolley instantly.

Do I like it more than Ace Combat? in the long term no. Do I respect the game for what it is? Yes a lot! Do I like it better than Assault Horizon....?....Actually Yes! It's a good throwback to the original Ace Combats on PS1 and PS2! Which I think if Jane's had come out on PS2 with these graphics...it would have had fair competition.

Overall I think this game is great and it DOES deserve to be played for what it is. I guess I am probably one of the few users that stands up for what this game is.

All the best to everyone and thanks for reading my review of Janes Advanced Strike Fighters.
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FearNaughtSJ
7.9 hrs
Posted: July 18
General Demichvia just wanted to make Azbaristan great again.



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durian
1.3 hrs
Posted: July 15
Verdict
Get it if you love namco's Air Combat / Ace Combat series

The game features:
  • decent graphics
  • many (30+) modern combat planes to choose from
  • good maneuverability (I use a Logitech X3D Pro joystick)
  • a good campaign (16 missions) www.gameanyone.com/game/PC/12470.html
  • online multiplayer (however, as of 2016 the lobby seems empty)
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hOLDtHEdOOR
0.1 hrs
Posted: June 26
Not playable, I'm very dissapointed in the Jane's name. Everything that was said to be bad about this game is true.
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Dr. HomeWrecker
17.8 hrs
Posted: June 19
Seriously, Do not buy this game. I bought this game when it was $39.99 and only bought it because of the JANE'S Name. Jane's should be totally ashamed that this pile of garbage carries it's name.

Pros:
Realistic-ish looking planes.

Cons:
Controller problems.
Archaic config files make it hard to map controls not visible in the game.
Planes all feel the same.
Mission design is crap.
Game is crap.

Do not buy.

-100/10
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thepowerglove
0.3 hrs
Posted: June 12
Controls are broken and no true controller support. Enjoy flying planes without analog inputs and also the plane turns left for no reason. Tutorial shows Xbox controls even when playing with M&KB. Just a slipshod mess of a game that wasn't ported properly and had no QA. Avoid.
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BlacKholE79
0.7 hrs
Posted: June 9
worst game ive ever played . this is purely arcade - i thought it was sim as tagged. I was DEAD wrong.
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333 of 355 people (94%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
JASF is a travesty that should have never received the Jane's name. It's a turn-and-burn game that has realistic looking planes, but they don't feel that different when flown, and weapons are completely unrealistic. There are also no friendlies in the game: you are ALONE in the game, making 20-80 kills PER MISSION. Yes, your weapons regenerate. The game also relies on throwing a lot of enemies at you. Missions are lame as you seem to be the only person in this country's air force... and you're a Western mercenary! Graphics are good (1680x1050 is supported) but not spectacular accurate like HAWX. All in all, I should be playing HAWX or Ace Combat.
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179 of 197 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 13, 2014
Oh god, please don't buy it if you think it has the remote chance of being anything like the old "Jane's" Sims/Games. If only i had read reviews before i bought it during a sale buying spree..
This is no simulation, it's very arcady. And not in a good way, mission design is poorly done. Plus the graphics and controls are not what you would expect. Please, move along, nothing to see here.
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95 of 107 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2013
Absolutely terrible game. I am not sure what was going on with the controls but apparently using the throttle messes with the camera and the plane just drifts in circles when you can get it off the runway. ABSOLUTE WASTE of 10 bucks.
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101 of 123 people (82%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2013
Waste of money, even though I bought it on sale. Stay away, far away from it.
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90 of 112 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2013
The screens lie, this looks like a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ tablet game (and it plays like one too!)
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61 of 75 people (81%) found this review helpful
31 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
If you were like me and played the Jane's Flight sims back in the day, you don't want this game. It is not a sim. it is not fun. save your ten dollars for a rectal exam, because you'll be happier.
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41 of 44 people (93%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
I miss the days of the real Janes sims - USNF, Fighters Anthology, Longbow, USAF...

this is a poor example of what was once a mighty air combat sim legend... stay far, far away from.
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42 of 49 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 26, 2014
I payed a dollar for this. And I still feel ripped off.
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32 of 33 people (97%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 25, 2015
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.
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 13, 2014
Warning to those interested in this because it says Jane's: This is not Jane's as you may have remembered it. This Ace Combat fare.

Warning to those who know this and like Ace Combat fare: This is seriously boring. It doesn't do anything obscenely wrong, it's just unexciting and droll. It delivers no sensation of speed, no satisfaction of kills, no real strategy, it's just boring.
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