F-22 Lightning 3 was created by Nova Logic in 1999 and was (and still is in my opinion) one of the best flight simulation games ever made. It was never designed as a hard core flight simulator but more of a combat flying game for casual players. It received a rating of 8.2 out of 10 in the GameSpot review
and a rating of 8.4 in the IGN review
You can read about the complete Nova Logic F-22 series on the Wikipedia
Specifications for playing F22 Lightning 3 are very basic compared to modern computer technology:
- OS: Windows 2000, XP (will also work with Windows Vista, 7 and 8)
- Processor: Pentium 266MHz or better
- Memory: 32MB minimum
- Graphics: Direct3D compliant
- Hard Drive: 488MB free
- Sound: DirectX compliant
- DirectX: DirectX version 6.0 or higher
The game can be played alone on a computer where you play various different types of 'Campaigns'
but to really enjoy the game you need to get online and play against pilots around the world. It is quite easy to play to a good level of skill but to get to become an Ace requires many, many hours in the sky with alot of flying lessons and information from experienced pilots.