Piloting a wide range of aircraft, players engage in aerial dogfights and dangerous fighter missions across the major theaters of war during WWII.
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Mostly Positive (292 reviews) - 72% of the 292 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 21, 2012

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Piloting a wide range of aircraft, players engage in aerial dogfights and dangerous fighter missions across the major theaters of war during WWII. Featuring realistic aircraft, DOGFIGHT 1942 introduces cutting-edge flight dynamics with unprecedented arcade accessibility. Fly over 40 historically accurate planes, ranging from the fabled P-38 Lightning and Britain's Spitfire, to the feared Messerschmitt 109 and Japanese Kate.

Key Features

  • Explosive arcade action alongside advanced physics and painstaking recreation of actual events and aircraft creates an experience that’s easily accessible but hard to master
  • All aircraft are based on authentic models and all combat missions are representative of actual WWII engagements
  • Fun, dynamic battles offer a wide variety of action and most importantly targets to destroy – any given battle will combine dogfighting, escort missions and ground assault
  • Dogfight Mode - Fly against a friend in head-to-head aerial combat, to determine who is the top Ace.
  • Survival Mode - Fly with your wingman battling countless waves of enemies.
  • Campaign Co-op Mode - Fly with your wingman through various Co-op campaign missions fighting the Axis Alliance.

System Requirements

    • OS: Win XP SP3 / Win Vista / Win 7
    • Processor: Core2Duo 2.2GHz (E4500)
    • Memory: 1024MB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2.95 GB
    • Video Card: GeForce 8600GT 256MB
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
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34 of 37 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2013
Dogfight 1942 is an arcade WW2 airplane shooter where you pilot various planes on all fronts, jumping from hotspot to hotspot, taking roles of different pilots. You're be jumping from Pearl Harbor to Battle of Britain, from infiltrating occupied France in a captured Bf-110 to torpedo bombing the Japanese flatops at Midway, and many more. The controls must be played with an Xbox360 controller or similar twin-analog controllers (or mouse/keyboard), as this uses mainly the RC plane control method. The AI handles stuff like landing gear and throttle, you just concentrate on turn and burn. Landing is often done for a little extra challenge, and occasionally you need to go after an enemy ace. On easy the planes are responsive and the plane even "regenerates" if you don't get hit for a while. There's even kill cams where the victim of your gun mastery breaks apart in a shower of flames. There are variety of activities, from bombings to rocket attacks, from gunnery to torpedo runs, and if you are desperate you can even call in your wingmen to assist. Graphics are quite good. This is not a sim, nor does it pretend to be, as often your kills will be in the 20's, 30's, even 40's in a single mission. It's a fun game, and it delievers the shallow fun for the turn-and-burn crowd.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 30, 2014
Little WW2 arcade sim... it runs quite smoothly, there's some mission variety to keep things from getting boring and it controls OK with a gamepad.
I played at the default difficulty level + Simulation mode; it is a bit on the easy side, but not without some mild challenge here and there, missions do not drag too long, and there is at least one checkpoint, usually more, in between, so you'll never have to repeat too much if you fail.

Completed the main campaign in about 3.5 hours, and i guess there is a couple more hours to play to complete both DLC.... all in all, not a bad title if you like this sort of gameplay and can get it cheap.
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 1, 2015
Dogfight 1942 is exactly what it sounds like, an Aerial combat game taking place after the events of Pearl Harbor during The Second World War. Instead of being a Flight Combat Simulator, Dogfight 1942 is more of a Flight Combat Arcade-type game. Playing with a traditional Keyboard and Mouse, I found the flying to be slightly unrealistic and to smooth to classify it as a simulator; However, it still has appeal as a fun aerial combat game. Similar to the Ace Combat series, You attack a varying range of adversaries both Aerial and ground-based, using a variety of different period aircraft you unlock through campaigning. The game can be played in Campaign mode, Through Single-player as well as Coop play with online friends. Graphically, I think it looks decent for the type of game it is. The scoring system, as well as earning 5 stars on each mission are what really give it an arcade feel. For a World War 2 type combat game, you could do worse. For an Aerial combat game, I've played much worse. Dogfight 1942 has some appeal, especially if you have friends whom you want to thrash with your own high score.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
I bought this game soon after its release. It was 10% off I think, and it seemed great at first. The campaign got tiresome and was insanely difficult because of the dodgy controls. If you like arcade shooters, get it. If you want a WW2 air combat simulator, play war thunder. I like it for the arcady feel.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 1, 2015
I love WW2 games and I saw this one in a shop and it looked fun so I bought it. I played some hour with this game and its fun but the its not realy realisim like War Thunder and the Storyline is realy short too. You can only play as the Americans and Britanians in the Storymode. I like the Idea of a coop Battle you can play but you need a X-Box controler wich sucks. The DLC's are some fun but end realy quicky too, but in my opinion they are to expensive. I had fun playing this game.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Product received for free
Basic Information
Title: Dogfight 1942
Developer: City Interactive
Publisher: CI Games
Genre: Arcade Flight

General Impression
Dogfight 1942 is an arcade combat flight sim that looks and controls fine, even after several years since its release. The “main” game focuses on the Pacific Theatre of operations and I was disappointed to find that it is such a short experience without the inclusion of the DLCs. These mission packs (containing the African and Russian fronts) are a clear cash grab and they should have been part of the full retail game, which costs enough as it is. If this wasn’t a fun experience, I wouldn’t have recommend it at all. But it can provide you with detailed and pleasantly easy to master, flight mechanics. I had no difficulty running it on the mouse and keyboard layout and the game has Achievements at least. Perhaps some Trading Cards in a future DLC?

Strong Points
+ Nice graphics and sounds.
+ Steam Achievements.

Weak Points
- No Steam Trading Cards.
- DLCs should have been part of the main game.

Rating 6/10

This review was submitted for SUPER Giveaways.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 16, 2015
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From a purely arcade standpoint, this is one heck of a lot of fun. Only 3 missions in so far, but this is the best flying fun I've had since the Aces series by Dynamix (Sierra). Take-off and landing are quite simplified in arcade mode, which is fine by me. I wanted an up-close dogfighting game with nice graphics for this decade and that's what I have got. All the more modern war-flight sims focus so much more on reading the radar screens and locking on targets to take down the enemy. This is up-close, personal, get 'em in your cross-hairs and take 'em down fun.
So far, 4 out of 5 stars

Finished Act 1, parts of Act 2 and some QuickPlay. rating goes higher - 4.5 outta 5 stars
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2015
Well it's no simulator. But if you don't want to spend a lot of time reading a hefty manual you're in for a treat. The missions offer a great diversity of tasks and you've the chance to fly a lot of different planes. The aircraft models and the overall graphics are decent enough and if you want to take some amazing screenshots wait for the killcam. The missions are short enough to complete in 15 to 20 minutes max - so if you're no hardcore simulation gamer just hop in your plane and have some casual fun.
I strongly recommend to buy the DLC as you get a lot more content.
The game is well optimized and runs smoothly on my system - (see my profile) - and it's worth the asking price although if you're patient you can pick it up on sale quite often.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2014

A surprisingly fun little arcadey dog fighting game. As of writing this the price is £7 and while I'm not sure I'd pay that, I certainly would pay pretty much any sale price.

The game can be a little confusing at some points with regards to how to execute certain parts of a mission, but other than that the game runs really well and is a genuinely fun experience in a genre which is currently very sparse.

My only minor gripe with it is that it's rather short and the controls feel a bit floaty, but other than that it's an enjoyable game.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 4, 2014
Polecam tą gre fanom samolotów 2 wojny światowej i polecam też kupna DLC
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0.3 hrs
Posted: October 8
Decent flying, nice views and runs smooth. I have tried a lot of these games this is the first one that didn't repulse me ^^
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0.6 hrs
Posted: October 4
I felt like an arcady fly around and shoot down planes type of game and got this + all DLC for around $4-5 total on the Summer 2016 Steam sale

It's not really worth more then that, poor optimization (graphics look early-PS3 era and it stutters on even high end systems) and no joystick controls. Just mouse/kb and xb360 controller. :(

This is one of those games that you'd see in the value software bin at walmart for a few dollars. If you're looking for a very-arcadey flight game to scratch an itch and play once a while, this is it... but not worth full price imo. Get it on sale.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: October 3
You need to change the languish to something other than english, let the game settings save and then you change it to english and save again Tadaa now the game is in english.
And it is a ton of fun
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0.1 hrs
Posted: September 15
Pure ♥♥♥♥
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CR@ZY @ Ek Mulaqat- -Ҳ
2.9 hrs
Posted: September 1
cool dogfighter game with decent graphics. 10/10
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2.2 hrs
Posted: August 24
Enjoying the s*** outta this game.

There is a certain thrill about learning to only fire when flying serpentine because so many a**holes are on your six. This game has awesome AI.

> taking off in formation to defend Midway
> hiccup from Mountain Dew
> fly into own control tower and explode
> personally sink Yorktown

9/10 would derp again
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0.1 hrs
Posted: August 19
Ridicously hard to control the plane!
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0.7 hrs
Posted: August 10
Got this game in a Bundle. Wouldn't dream of wasting this much money on it. Boring and midless,"shoot wave after wave after wave of baddies" gameplay with ZERO realism. Oh, and if a game's loud, obnoxious intro requires a "ctrl-atl-delete" to stop, I ain't playing your crappy game again.
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2.5 hrs
Posted: August 7
Single player is absolutely boring. Split screen with a friend adds some fun to the game.

Game is repetitive. Every missions feels like the last. Kept my interest for 2 hours.
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16.5 hrs
Posted: August 5
A moderately fun dogfighting and bombing game. Moderately recommended.

If you're playing with Mouse+KB, the game supposedly offers 3 types of control - Casual, Arcade and Simulation. In reality, Arcade and Simulation are completely worthless as they'll just have you spinning out of control the moment you try to turn towards the enemy. And even Casual is a bit too wonky. On the other hand, pure keyboard controls are decent, so I play with those.

You get to play a campaign with various types of missions. Despite the name, this game offers lots of different targets and objectives, not just dogfighting. You'll be shooting at bombers, submarines, boats, ships, anti-air emplacements, V-1 rockets, V-1 launch sites, tanks and other vehicles, fighters on the ground, fighters during takeoff, kamikazes, bridges, various other buildings, and mountain cannons. Well, you won't actually be shooting at most of those, you'll be launching rockets or dropping bombs or deploying torpedoes.

Bombing is actually the most fun part of the game. It's much more enjoyable to attack ground targets and ships than to dogfight. So it's a good thing that about half the campaign consists of not-dogfighting. There's also a stealth-ish mission and a bunch of times when you have to land, often in challenging conditions.

Now, as to why dogfighting isn't particularly fun. The controls. See, whenever you try to shoot at a target in the air, the game insists on trying to auto-aim. Except it always auto-aims you to the side of what you're shooting at. So you constantly have to fight the controls to actually aim at the target. It's not fun. At all. Shooting at ground and sea targets doesn't trigger the auto-aim, so it's fun. I think you can disable auto-aim by playing in Simulation mode, but that makes the plane near impossible to control anyway, so I can't tell.

This all culminates in an ultra annoying mission where you have to shoot V-1s flying towards London before they hit. Yeah, good luck with that.

Meanwhile, enemy planes aren't affected by this. They gracefully maneuver in a way the player can't replicate and don't have impaired aiming.

It's also slightly disappointing that this is YET ANOTHER game set in WW2 where you only get to play as the Allies. In the campaign, that is. You can play with a few German and Japanese planes outside of it, in Deathmatch and Survival modes. But even so, the campaign is the main part of the game. Also, even when you get to fly a non-Allied machine in the campaign, you're still playing an Anglo-American pilot who's flying a captured fighter.

Also, the devs somehow mixed up Ireland and Northern Ireland. There's a map on the main menu showing the territories controlled by the different blocs during WW2, and Northern Ireland is depicted as neutral while Ireland is depicted as part of the UK.

Overall, it's a game I'll play once and forget. I don't regret spending time with it, but it wasn't a particularly memorable experience either.
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