Jane's F-15

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Jane's F-15
Jane's F-15 cover
Developers
EA Baltimore
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows February 28, 1998
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Key points

The game requires a Glide and DirectDraw wrapper to be playable on Windows 7.
A joystick is required for proper gameplay in Expert mode.
DirectX compatibility is only available through a patch and does not work on modern versions of Windows.
The game will run on almost any computer out there.
The game is locked to 20 frames per second and cannot be unlocked.

General information

CombatSim.com - A huge hub dedicated to all war games and simulations
SimHQ - Has a sub-forum for the Jane's flight sim series.

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
There are both 1-CD and 2-CD versions. The differences between the two are unknown.[citation needed]
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

V1.17f and V1.12f[edit]

This patch will not work for the Spanish version of the game.

The 1.17f patch is the latest official patch for the game. It fixes many of the crashing issues that earlier versions had, increases multiplayer stability, enhances the avionics\flight model, adds Direct3D support, along with many other things.

Modern Windows Patching[edit]

The menus for F-15 do not work correctly on Windows 7 and requires a DirectDraw wrapper to fix. ddwrapper is the only DirectDraw wrapper that works with F-15 currently. The simulation will work correctly if nGlide is used to emulate the 3dfx renderer. Certain movie files that are played in the menus can cause crashes.
Patching and Installing Wrappers[citation needed]
  1. Install Jane's F-15 using the installer included on the CD.
  2. Download the 1.17f patch.
  3. Extract the patch to where you installed F-15. Overwrite any files if asked to.
  4. Download and install nGlide.
  5. Download ddwrapper and open the .zip.
  6. Copy aqrit.cfg and ddraw.dll to where F-15 is installed.
  7. Open aqrit.cfg in the F-15 directory and change ForceDirectDrawEmulation = 0 to ForceDirectDrawEmulation = 1
  8. Delete all the *.UV2 files in Movies from your F-15 directory leaving the following:
IR.WVE
IR_L.WVE
IR_T.WVE
IR_W.WVE
JANES.WVE
OP.WVE
SH.WVE
ST.WVE
ST_L.WVE
ST_T.WVE
ST_W.WVE

9. Start up F-15 and go to the Options menu. Make sure 3dfx Glide (Voodoo) is highlighted in Video Driver. F-15 will now play correctly.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Disable videos in Options[1]
  1. Go to Options, Miscellaneous.
  2. Uncheck Jane's Video, F-15 Video, and Trailer Video/Credits.
  3. Click OK and Accept to apply the changes.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Jane's Combat Simulations\F15\Config[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows

Video settings[edit]

Video options.
Video options.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
640x480 only.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
nGlide forces some antialiasing, but it cannot be manually changed.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
vSync is enabled by default in nGlide.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Locked to 20 frames per second.

Input settings[edit]

Control options.
Control options.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
All keys are remappable, though the menu is convoluted.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
The mouse is supported in menus, though the cursor appears twice in gameplay.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
The mouse can be inverted when using the virtual cockpit.
Controller
Controller support
F-15 supports any joystick that is recognized in Windows.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Opening f15keys.ini with a text editor and manually adding FORMATION_LIGHTS, COCKPIT_LIGHTS, DISPLAY_FPS and MEET_SMUT to bindings will give you the ability to toggle the various lights on the craft, toggle the FPS display and enable the flying pigs cheat. These are not normally assignable through the game's menu.

Audio settings[edit]

Sound options.
Sound options.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Warnings, engine, radio speech, Betty (airplane voice), and external noises all have separate sliders.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Enable the female wingman voice[citation needed]
  1. Copy regit.exe from F-15 CD to install directory. Run the program. (If it doesn't appear quickly, you may need to set Windows to run it in compatibility mode for Windows 98/ME.)
  2. Click on "ADD".
  3. In the value field type women (all lower case)
  4. In the data field type 1.
  5. Click on OK. Close regit.exe.
affects only every 8th team slot.

Note: Instead of using regit.exe this can also be accomplished by manually adding it as a new string value directly to the Windows registry in the location cited above.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Spanish
Spanish is not available in any version but the Spanish version of the game. It cannot be updated past the original version.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8
Online play
8

Connection types

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D
DirectDraw
Glide
Software renderer
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium, Cyrix 6x86, or AMD K6 at 166 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 5 or Glide capable video card
2 MB of VRAM
DirectX 5 compatible

Notes

  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, 32-bit programs writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (more details).

References

  1. Verified by User:Garrett on August 30, 2017