10 Best PS2 Flight Simulator Games of All Time

10 Best PS2 Flight Simulator Games of All Time
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We already published the list of best PS2 games of all time, now it’s time to discover the best PS2 flight simulator games of all time.

With amazing titles available, the PS2 definitely has a great library of flight simulator games.

So, if you’re a fan of both the PS2 and flight simulator games, there’s a chance you’ll like this list.

And some of you may already know some of the games mentioned in this list.

#10. Fire Blade

  • Release Data: Kuju Entertainment/Midway, 2002
  • Genre: Simulation » Flight » Combat

In the end, Fire Blade is a surprisingly good game that will more than satisfy helicopter combat fans.

Its mix of gameplay—which alternates between stealthy first-person sniping and the classic frenzy of a traditional shooter—really makes Fire Blade entertaining and exciting all the way through.

#9. Thunderstrike: Operation Phoenix

  • Release Data: Core Design Ltd./Eidos Interactive, 2001
  • Genre: Simulation » Flight » Combat

Thunderstrike: Operation Phoenix is technically sound, but the chopper can take so little damage before it’s destroyed that it’s impossible to enter a mission with guns blazing without it ending in failure.

Players looking for a detailed flight simulation will enjoy Thunderstrike‘s tactical gameplay, but fans of deep action will find its strike-and-hide gameplay requirements a bit too strict.

#8. Lethal Skies II

  • Release Data: Asmik Ace Entertainment, Inc/Sammy Europe Ltd., 2003
  • Genre: Simulation » Flight » Combat
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From top to bottom, Lethal Skies II is a well-crafted, entirely satisfactory arcade-style flight combat game—much like its predecessor.

If you’re new to the series or to flight combat, or you just couldn’t get enough of the original Lethal Skies, you should be able to jump into Lethal Skies II, no questions asked.

#7. Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War

  • Release Data: Project Aces/Namco, 2006
  • Genre: Simulation » Flight » Combat

Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War doesn’t change the formula established by its predecessors.

It does, however, add yet another layer of polish and refinement to a series that’s near perfect at what it sets out to do.

Plus, the addition of a rewarding multiplayer mode, not to mention improvements in AI and mission variety, make it a worthy successor.

#6. Dropship: United Peace Force

  • Release Data: Camden Studio/SCEE, 2002
  • Genre: Simulation » Flight » Combat

Though it may seem overly complex at first glance, the experience it provides is definitely worth overcoming whatever learning curve is associated with the control scheme.

It’s an altogether unique flight combat game, and one that can also be quite impressive from a technological standpoint.

If you’re up to the challenge, then definitely check it out.

#5. Heroes of the Pacific

  • Release Data: IR Gurus/Ubisoft, 2005
  • Genre: Simulation » Flight » Combat

While the online mode was a little too standard for its own good, the game’s campaign is compelling, and the game plays well overall.

Some flight-combat fans will probably dislike the game’s loose style, but people who aren’t necessarily looking for a pitch-perfect simulation of the conflict will enjoy Heroes of the Pacific.

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#4. Sky Odyssey

  • Release Data: CAProduction/SCEI, 2000
  • Genre: Simulation » Flight » Civilian

Sky Odyssey is not a game for everyone—the slow-paced missions and the flight simulation influences will turn away those looking for pure arcade action.

But those that are willing to overlook the game’s graphical imperfections and can stands its relatively steep learning curve will be rewarded with a satisfying game experience.

#3. Secret Weapons Over Normandy

  • Release Data: Totally Games/LucasArts, 2003
  • Genre: Simulation » Flight » Combat

Secret Weapons Over Normandy is a decent air combat game that takes a stripped-down, arcade-style approach to the genre.

However, anyone who’s looking for a meaty challenge or something with some simulation aspects of air combat won’t find much to like here.

#2. Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War

  • Release Data: Project Aces/Namco, 2004
  • Genre: Simulation » Flight » Combat

Not much was needed to keep this series feeling fresh and exciting, especially since there just aren’t many other flight combat games on the market.

Those looking for a complex flight simulation on consoles need not apply to Ace Combat 5, which is much more interested in delivering the thrills and drama of Top Gun-style cinematic depictions of modern dogfighting.

#1. Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies

  • Release Data: Project Aces/Namco, 2001
  • Genre: Simulation » Flight » Combat

Overall, it’s hard to find fault in the game.

Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies is a highly enjoyable, well-executed flight sim that perfectly blends the action elements found in the series’ earlier games with the sort of narrative typically reserved for other genres.

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