Form Gen designed this flight sim designed to help newbies take to the air and start downing some bogies - without having to wade through a 200-page manual.
Black Knight: Marine Strike Fighter puts you - and a computerized flight instructor - at the controls of an F/A-18 Hornet. To help you get started, the vocal instructor talks you through everything from taking off to targetting to landing. Dialog boxes pop up to explain weapons systems and other cockpit controls. A status bar at the top of the screen keeps you up to date with critical information such as speed and rate of climb.
Green pilots can start with eight training missions, which guide you through such fundamentals as take-offs and landings, waypoint navigation, air combat, and ground attacks. Such basic training, coupled with onscreen text cues and an in-flight instructor, help make this an ideal choice for those learning to stretch their flight sim wings. Free-flight mode also helps novice pilots learn flight controls and cockpit instrument layouts.
Once you're ready for action, Black Knight offers 50 combat missions, escalating in difficulty from simple arcade-style shoot-outs to tactically intense combinations of air and ground offensives.
If you're looking to rediscover classic 90s fight sims, without too steep a learning curve, Black Knight is a perfect choice. It's simple, but sleek, and not at all intimidating.