I first played Blue Lightning on the Lynx. So when I played the game on the Jaguar I did fight one or two days with the controls. But finally I got the hang of it and then BL wasn`t that hard. I played most missions with the standard fighter jet (A10 Thunderbolt) and only in later levels (especially air levels) I did use the F14 Tomcat or the Tornado. The F16 and MIG-29 are quite weak in this game (I only used them for air fights at the beginning missions) and the other british and swedish fighter jets, well forget about them, they are crap (for both air and ground missions).
When you play the game for the first time, start with South America or Somewhere in the Pacific, as these missions are the easiest in my eyes. Use these two missions as well as the simulator missions for training and getting used to the controls. North America, Russia and Africa are also not that hard, so choose them next. There was not much to shoot or bomb in Africa and I often got complaints for a too low quota of shooting/bombing (they named it disaster, but therefore I finished the mission alive). Europe should be one of the last missions (before new missions are unlocked), because its a lot tougher than the others. But eventually you will even master that one, I did it with the A10 thunderbolt, as said before.
When you have the choice between Napalm or other bombs, I always chose the other bombs, because they were -most of the time- more effective. Regarding crashes and lock-ups, alas this game crashes or locks-up often, so I skipped the FMV whenever possible, but from time to time the game even crashed when I wanted to choose the fighter jet - thats where the Memory track comes into play, meaning save every finished mission. Regarding the end, well when I reached it, I was very disappointed, because the end/outro FMV is even shorter than the intro FMV. On the other hand, the game has lots of "final bosses" (targets, buildings, etc. one has to destroy), cool rock music, nice FMV and the "shoot everything" option for shooting fans. So, BL is not that bad at all, but could have been much better...
Last not least, I sold the Jaguar and my CD-ROM many years ago, Blue Lightning, Battlemorph and Hover Strike were the first three games I finished. I do not remember anymore which other games I also finished - but all three of them were mission-based and fun to play. Since I liked the music of BL, Battlemorph, Hover strike, Myst and a few other Jag titles very much, I recorded them with my Hifi system (the in-games music, as well as the CDA track) onto an Audio-CD...
Edited by CharlieChaplin, Sun Nov 20, 2011 6:37 PM.