11 Best Fighter Jet Games for PC

 Best Fighter Jet Games
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Have you ever felt the need, the need for speed? Well then you are in luck. There have been many games for PCs which let you put on the helmet of an elite fighter pilot. The flying genre dates back to the early 90s, with games such as Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe. These days, with computers running modern graphics and years of game evolution, flight sims are better than ever. Here are 11 of the best fighter jet games on PC today. Read on for list of games and a key description of each.

11. Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. epic mission

Frenetic action paired with a thrilling adventure storyline means that H.A.W.X. sets its aim high. This game is one of the most arcade-like on this list. By introducing the ERS maneuver mechanic, players can do otherwise impossible moves, as well as carry dozens of missiles into battle.

H.A.W.X. - Missile lock

H.A.W.X. - Follow the Yellow Brick Road…to victory

10. War Thunder

War Thunder - gameplay example

War Thunder is a popular free-to-play MMO which allows players to create chaotic battles using World War 2 equipment. With multiple game modes, players have plenty of opportunities to spread mayhem on the battlefield. This is a perfect game to jump into and blow up the enemy.

War Thunder - Chaotic battles

War Thunder - Make sure to give the whole nine yards

9. Elite: Dangerous

Elite: Dangerous gameplay

Explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations…and blow them up! The most sci-fi oriented of this list, Elite: Dangerous is also another MMO. It is also unique in that its “map” is persistent and contains billions of locations. The pilots in this game can lay claim to their own planets in between epic space battles.

Elite: Dangerous  - Shields up!

Elite: Dangerous  - Exploration is the name of the game.

8. Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon mission

An entry in the Ace Combat staple, Assault Horizon jumps to PC and moves the storyline to the real-world. The game also updates the mechanics to offer “in-your-face” destruction. The graphics and gameplay  make a perfect combination on modern PCs.  Pilots can take control of many different types of planes, and even do a barrel roll in a helicopter.

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon  - Bogey down

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon  - Get up close and personal with your targets.

7. IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad

IL 2 gameplay

The game promises a supremely accurate representations of the Soviet IL-2 Sturmovik aircraft and it use in combat. Players have a mix of historical-based campaigns and mission editors. This is a must-have for history buffs.

Battle of Stalingrad - Open Fire!

Battle of Stalingrad - The publisher pays much attention to detail, and it shows.

6. IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover (with team fusion mod)

Cliffs of Dover mission

The team behind the original IL-2 Sturmovik transplants the series to jolly old England for The Blitz; the game demonstrates the same borderline-obsessive attention to detail as the other games in the series. Although the original release faced some controversy, a fan-mod called Team Fusion upped the player count and removed a lot of the bugs for a legendary experience.

Cliffs of Dover - We all need a few friends.

Cliffs of Dover - Aerial dogfighting action at its finest.

5. IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey gameplay

Imagine hundreds of fighters flying into dogfight. Birds of Prey offers that experience by taking advantage of a new damage engine. It even shows little details such as bullet holes. The gameplay is also a key aspect, with the key to victory being maneuverability and position. No arm-chair generals to be found here – take control of the action

Birds of Prey - Trigger happy

Birds of Prey  - The thrill of victory in combat.

4. Birds of Steel

Birds of Steel mission

This game features similar playstyles to that of Birds of Prey, but also features procedurally-generated missions, offering plenty of playtime. Again, the attention to detail is what sets the series apart, even outside of the genre. There will never be any boredom with all the content and dogfighting action.

 

Birds of Steel- Flying into the deep blue yonder

Birds of Steel- Take the fight to the enemy across huge maps.

3. Digital Combat Simulator World

DCWS simulator

Unique upon this list for being a free download, the game is an extensive aerial combat simulator. The publisher has almost 30 years of experience in the genre, and it shows with the gorgeous airplane models and realistic combat. Mixing open-world gameplay and aerial combat simulation, the game offers a unique opportunity to play around.

Digital Combat Simulator World - Take to the skies

 Digital Combat Simulator World  -That’s going to leave a mark.

2. Flying Tigers - Shadows Over China

Flying Tigers gameplay

Aerial dogfights. Hordes of relentless enemies. That is just part of what Flying Tigers offers as part of its campaign and included multiplayer. Another historical simulator, the game explores what it means to be a fighter pilot in a dangerous combat zone.

Flying Tigers - Perfect shot

Flying Tigers  - The game offers realistic combat and historical battles.

1. Wings of Prey    

Wings of Prey gameplay

World War II saw the largest aerial battles in history. Pilots will get to taste some of this in this superb game, which recreates historical events of the war on your PC. The developer ensures that the game has been supported with post-release content.

Wings of Prey   - Like fish in a barrel

Wings of Prey  - Realistic combat and gorgeous scenery abound.

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