Mass Destruction! Use tactical nuclear weapons to level entire city regions. The most realistic weather environments ever created. Changing weather effects including: rain, snow, hail, and wind. Extreme temperatures affect flight performance. Fly it yourself or let the world's most advanced fighter do it for you!
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Mixed (27 reviews) - 62% of the 27 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 30, 1999

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Mass Destruction! Use tactical nuclear weapons to level entire city regions. The most realistic weather environments ever created. Changing weather effects including: rain, snow, hail, and wind. Extreme temperatures affect flight performance. Fly it yourself or let the world's most advanced fighter do it for you!


  • Extreme temperatures affect flight performance.
  • Changing weather effects including: rain, snow, hail, and wind.
  • Fly it yourself or use the Auto-Options: Auto-landings, Auto-taxi, Auto-takeoff, Auto-shoot list, Auto-formation, Auto-in-flight refueling.
  • The most realistic weather environments ever created.
  • Mass Destruction! Use tactical nuclear weapons to level entire city regions.
  • Voice-Over-Net technology allows players to talk to each other during Novaworld multiplayer combat.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 2000, XP
    • Processor: Pentium 266MHz or better
    • Memory: 32MB minimum
    • Graphics: Direct3D compliant
    • Hard Drive: 488MB Free
    • Sound: DirectX compliant
    • DirectX: DirectX version 6.0 or higher (included)
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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 1, 2014
This game is pretty old but I still play it, no other game has the fine balance between fun and technicality like this one. Amazing game!
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 14, 2014
This game is basically a remake of F-22 Lightning 2. It was released in 1999, so the graphics are obviously low quality compared to new titles, but they are on-par with other flight simulation games at that time. As far as flight simulators go, this game is more action oriented than the true-to-life flight dynamics one might find in X-Plane or Microsoft Flight Simulator.

The first several Quick Missions work you through a tutorial on the game basics and the last training mission is a full combat mission test. The Quick Missions also have a large and variable assortment of non-arc combat missions to help hone your skills for campaign mode.

The campaign mode has a large number of single player missions. You work you way through various deployment campaigns and the mission situations build-up to a finale mission for each campaign (typically culminating to a nuclear strike or combination bombing/multiple enemy squadron mission). It also tracks your stats and has a scoring and flight rank promotion system based on your mission performance. Each finished campaign rewards a medal to the pilot as well.

There is multiplayer available, but only through a community-based mod. The game originally shipped with built-in multiplayer, but since this game is nearly 15 years old, the built-in, Novalogic-based multiplayer system no longer functions.

My biggest complaint is the default keyboard map is not very intuitive and the tutorial could be more in-depth. Despite the game's age, my Saitek X-52 joystick and throttle work fine with no modifications (all basic flight controls work, including firing active weapon, rudder, and throttle functionality).

If you are feeling nostalgic and enjoy flight simulators or air combat games, this one still has depth and fun available after 15 years. Despite another reviewer's issues, I have had zero crashes while doing anything in this game and have not had to modify any game files for it to function properly (I'm in 64-bit Windows 7 with a DX11 GPU and Core i7 CPU).
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2015
Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Pratt & Whitney proudly present, the F-22 Raptor Air Superiority Fighter! Incorporating cutting edge avionics, weapon systems and stealth technology, the F-22 promises to be the air dominance fighter for the 21st century. The Westinghouse AN/APG-77 radar with it's one hundred-twenty degree field of view enables the Raptor to acquire and track multiple targets beyond visual range. It's on-board computer system can identify and classify targets at a rate of seven hundred million instructions per second, the equivalent of four super computers.

Providing power for the F-22 are two Pratt & Whitney F119 turbofan engines. Rated at thirty-five thousand pounds of thrust each, the engines allow the Raptor to supercruise at MACH 1.58 without the use of afterburners, greatly reducing the F-22's heat signature. The F119's engines also feature a two-dimensional thrust vectoring system giving the Raptor superior agility in combat.

In it's air superiority role, the Raptor carries two AIM-9X SIDEWINDER's and six AIM-120C AMRAAM's. For deep strike missions, four AMRAAM's can be replaced with two one thousand pound Joint Direct Attack Munitions. The JDAM is a GPS guided "smart bomb" which can strike at target without active lasing allowing the F-22 to remain undetected.

Designed with stealth as a primary goal, the F-22's titanium and composit superstructure is both lightweight and strong. With the addition of radar absorbing materials, the frontal radar cross section is over one hundred times smaller than on the F-15C.

The rules of war have changed, the battles of tomorrow will be won not by those with the largest armies, but by those who can attack without being seen. The only armor will be the cloak of invisibility. Achieving air superiority will be the task of the only aircraft capable of striking at the heart of the enemy. It is a warplane light years ahead in it's design, a supersonic killing machine.

The F-22 RAPTOR!

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NOVALOGIC is a war game making machine and a decent one, I might add. I am the owner of their many titles, and I can tell you right now what you're getting for your buck. Novalogic's games usually follow the same code in terms of quality. You get a game that is a military simulator in lighter category, but it still contains balance of realism and fun at the same time. Simplified, but well made and written voice-over tutorials to help all new players settling in fast. Sometimes you get those small showcases with short educational facts which I personally think back at the time was awesome. So, whether you are a hardcore simulator freak or more of a casual pilot, please continue reading this last bit.

I consider myself as a space and aviation enthusiast. I'm no Ace, but I have a lot of understanding and ability to comprehend how things work in real life. Nothing is more rewarding than using your own experience to figure out things on your own in a professional simulator. This has inspired me since I was a kid. The F-22 Lightning 3 however does not come close to a hardcore flight simulator, but it's not even trying to. In fact I find this game to be very enjoyable despite it's easy flight modeling and entertaining realism. After all they say the F-22 uses a lot of computer assistance to make flying and the use of instruments fast and easy to manage, so I give it the benefit of the doubt because of 'Murica. If you want to fly a straight line, you can probably do it without a sweat, because this bird is rock solid and holds the AoA even if you go grab something cold in the meantime. If you actually manage to stall the plane and crash, you deserve a medal, because those twin two-dimensional Pratt & Whitney's will not make it an easy task. Even with the "fun option" of a full external loadout of AMRAAM's and Fuel Tanks, side bays with SIDEWINDER's and internals carrying a thermonuclear bomb, the F-22 will fly a straight line. If a simulator is done properly, the payload will affect your flight characteristics and fuel usage tremendously. The F-22 Lightning 3 does not model this and just flies over that aspect. In a realistic flight simulator (DCS for example) depending on the load you carry, a lot of warplanes require constant manual rudder and pitch adjusting in order to maintain level flight.

Now it's time for your tour of duty. Your campaign tour in F-22 Lightning 3 will consist of 6 campaigns over 46 missions. All these missions are scripted, but there's a nice variety of all sort of interception type of missions including air, land and sea. During your campaign you will learn how to use the F-22 effectively and deadly. You'll be flying it into the heart of the enemy and delivering your message before the enemy even realizes you were there. Some of the missions are pretty straightforward and even easy I'd say, but some are hard as nails. Most of the time you know what to do immediately, but some of those escort missions... Like god damn. Seriously. It's not an easy task to protect your mission target when you're approaching the battlefield from a bad angle and your missiles cannot hit the enemy. I wouldn't say it's unfair mission design. The problem is the missile trajectories, they're all wrong. Instead of guidance and at least a bit of prediction where the target could be heading, they attempt to aim directly on the target itself like a beam trail. Getting used to how the funny and a bit of cheating AI works and your missiles to have a good hit success is required. Also cooperation with your wingman is vital. Fear not though, you will always have the advantage over the enemy because of your advanced avionics, stealth and long range missiles. It just takes some practice, that's all.

Graphics ain't great, but they're tolerable. The sounds ain't anything special, but the ATC / radio voice-overs with all their jokes adds a lot of fun drama to the missions.

When it comes to dedication and maintaining some standard, I think Novalogic does it's job well. Despite the game's small bugs, it's still a very rewarding and entertaining game to play. If you always wanted to pilot an F-22, and you don't want to spend weeks of learning the controls, this is the game for you to start with.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 1, 2011
Always Loved Novalogics fighter games. It does seem a shame that games like this are not being made anymore. The worst example is as a Star Wars fan I loved the X-Wing series, XWA was made over a decade ago now and no signs of another fighter sim to come. Seems the same with novalogic and jet fighter games too :(
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Great game but doesn't work at all on Windows 7 64 bit, which is a bit of a problem if you want to play it. If you want another useless icon on your desktop though, it's a great purchase.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 2, 2014
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2015
I've been ragging on the game Vector Thrust and comparing it to this game in past. Well I decided to bite the bullet and play(buy) this game again on my Windows 7 game playing 1024x768 resolution. Well I got an education with a flight Arcade that is over 15 years old. Here is my conclusions.

Vector Thrust is worst than I thought. It suck not only Bad, but really bad.... I mean Really Really Really Sucks. What a piece ..... (well Steam has warned me to be nice - So I will and not finish that last comment)

Yeah I know the graphics for this game are dated. But this "Arcade" game is so Far Superior, It Glides, Its Smooth, Its Intuitive, and it D@mn fun (Assuming you can get it to run)... For me I had to mess with the L3.ini (just a liitle) in order to get it to play. Configuring via the in-game option menu cause my game to freeze (i7, Windows 7, NVidia GTX 550 ti ). Made the changes to the L3.ini - Worked like a Dream


HW3D_DLL_FILENAME "hw_3dfx.dll"

This Game is Great. My favorite flight game on Steam. Nova Logic did their homework back then. Too bad some developers have no concept on what it takes to make a good game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
36.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
The game has a serious bug: If you destroyed all enemy radars and missile launchers in every mission of final campaign, then you can't complete the final mission because you can't receive the voice authorization of release the nuclear weapon. So you must just achieve the mission's goals to avoid this trap.

On the other side, even if you had completed the final mission, your character's status was still "Active", not "Retired". That means: You will never complete the game!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
this is a great game although there are room for improvmentents
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: January 22
I loved this game back in the day, especially the mod that gave you unlimited nukes. Hate DEV's today that won't touch on using nukes in warfare. Unfortuanetly, this game wont even start on win7/8/10 64 bit. Think you can play the origional through a DosBox if you can find the disc at a goodwill, etc.
Yes: Recommend the game
No: Because it won't play sadly
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The Chef
0.6 hrs
Posted: October 4
In 1999 when I had my first pc, this game was my first 1 out of 3 game. I couldn't play it well at that time but I am playing it now just to remember old times and I am having fun. Well balanced between simulation and fun-action. Do not expect visual quality or you will be disappointed.
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18.5 hrs
Posted: September 10, 2015
I am not a happy camper right now, I just downloaded $69.00 worth of games and I cannot fly F-22 Lighting I get a dump file.
F-16 is to large on the screen that I cannot pick anything, it does fly but I do not know how to change the settings on the computer.
Steam I need help, Ace Combat I love, so why not get these flight simulators right?
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1.6 hrs
Posted: July 28, 2015
This is one simulator that pops out for me. The F-22 is an aircraft used to this vary day. If you wanted to learn how to pilot one, this is the game for you. My only complaint is that the learning curve is on the steep side but once you get past this, the experience is a good one.
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Daniel Alves
5.8 hrs
Posted: June 18, 2015
i purschase and update , but i purchase the novalogic war pack!
After updates (full hd, suport direct 3d, etc) f16 anda mig 29 missing CD, but a game is a digital copY!

I like simulation and grafics is great but this is fail in pack is bad! :(
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0.5 hrs
Posted: January 8, 2015
Old times... One of the best combat flight simulation game.
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