Strike Commander is a flight simulation game released in 1993 by the now defunct Origin Systems and was designed by Chris Roberts.
Strike Commander featured 3D graphics including gouraud shading and texture mapping, which were impressive at the time it was released, and had an interesting plot and cut-scenes similar in style to Origin's earlier Wing Commander games. The game has been called "Privateer on Earth," due to the commercializing structure of the game.
The events that occur in Strike Commander are triggered by events starting 20 years before the game is set, actually the seeds are sown in the 1980s and onwards, with the collapsse of the Soviet Union, the disastrous economic policies of the United States, conflict in the Middle East, the world-wide dependence on petroleum and the resultant rise in nationalism globally.
The game takes place in a fictional near-future 2011 where significant political changes have occurred in the world. It revolves around a group of crack mercenary fighter pilots in a group known as the 'Wildcats', based in Turkey who fly F-16's.
The player accepts missions from interesting characters and gets paid for doing them which allows the player to buy more weapons. The missions involve flying an F-16 and, in the last missions of the game, the more advanced F-22 and F-23, and accomplishing certain objectives.
Like other flight simulation, we need to memorize all the keyboard functions to be able to play it effectively. The game is better and more fun if played with a good joystick.
You can download Strike Commander here.