I’ve been looking through a few 80’s/90’s era computer games magazines and it seems that back then every other game released was a jet-age military flight sim, from the mid-90’s on it seemed to dry up and now a modern-era military flight sim is a very rare thing indeed.
A user-updated version of the 1998 release Falcon 4.0 and DCS World are pretty much it, every other flight sim is either a ‘lite’ sim with emphasis on user friendliness rather than realism or WW2 era sim like the IL-2 Sturmovik series.
Why did the suffer such a precipitous decline in popularity, or are there other factors? The rise of the consoles? That it costs so much time and effort to make a realistic sim? Something else? Personally I much prefer realistic flight sims but I have so little free time these days I don’t have the spare hours to put into playing and mastering them.
I mean proper sims, not the ‘Ace Combat’ style games, as fun as they are.