Jane's F/A-18

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Jane's F/A-18
Jane's F/A-18 cover
Developers
Jane's Combat Simulations
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows January 18, 2000
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Key points

With a fix, the game will run perfectly on Windows 7 in widescreen resolutions with full joystick support.

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)
F/A-18 comes on a single CD-ROM. The Team Superhornet Patch removes the CD-ROM check.
Windows

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

The Team Superhornet Patch fixes a majority of the bugs with the game, adds high resolution textures, and allows for the game to work correctly on modern systems.

Video settings[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Main menu is in 640x480, but the simulator works in widescreen resolutions. You must change your Windows resolution if you wish to change the simulator resolution.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Scales with resolution.
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)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
Locked to 60 frames per second.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
All keys and key combinations are remappable.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Mouse is only used in main menus and for cockpit buttons, no invert needed.
Controller
Controller support
F/A-18 supports all controllers reported by Windows.
Full controller support
F/A-18 is nearly unplayable without a HOTAS setup. Using a normal controller is not recommended.
Controller remapping
All keys are remappable.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Warnings, engines, external sounds, Betty (airplane voice), external aircrafts, and explosions all have separate volume switches.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Game is muted on focus loss, but the game cannot be restored if focus is lost on the main menu. Simulation works fine.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
8
Online play
8

Connection types

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Mods[edit]

A huge collection of mods and skins can be found here, here and here.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) 266 MHz Pentium, Cyrix 6x86, or AMD K6
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 350 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6.1 compatible

Notes

  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).

References