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The Saxman

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Getting Back Into It
« on: January 09, 2019, 07:39:11 AM »

So I've had kind of an ongoing love-hate relationship with the iL-2 series. I first got into it when I saw the standalone version of Pacific Fighters, before I ever learned about the whole integration system. The PTO has always been my favorite, ever since Aces of the Pacific way back in the day (I STILL think that's the best air-combat sim ever made. What they did with it was just perfect). Unfortunately, I also found it rather frustrating. Glitches like the .50cal bug (where US Brownings had WAY too much recoil, causing you to slew all over the sky when you pulled the trigger) made some aircraft (especially my favorite, the Corsairs) nearly unplayable, and the aggressive engine overheats could be incredibly frustrating (I STILL believe that engine restrictions are way too conservative). Honestly, when I was told the only way to fix some of the limitations was to buy ALL the games kind of turned me off; while on the surface it's kind of cool to have multiple games that connect into one, as a consumer when you had to shell out $30-50 for each expansion (I first played PF before they started bundling the whole collection together into one title, so you HAD to buy each individual game). Also, I'm mostly interested in the Pacific — the Western and Eastern fronts of the ETO just don't do much for me (maybe because I bored of the endless bomber escort missions in European Air War, and I felt Aces Over Europe was a bit of a downgrade for AotP) — which meant that a LOT of content would go unused. Unfortunately there wasn't a choice because the only way to get everything patched and fixed was to get the whole thing.

Anyway, suffice to say I've installed and uninstalled the game multiple times over the years. I've spent most of my time in Aces High, but these days I just don't have the time to spend on it, and I'm just not interested in flying in that environment if I'm not able to compete up to my standards (there was a time I'd maintain a solid 11% hit percentage and a 10+ K/D. Not these days). There's also a dearth of options for WWII sims these days; there's a lot of arcade nonsense, but most of the actual SIMS today seem to focus on the modern era, and DCS is pretty glacial in its release schedule.

So here we go again.
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Mitthrawnuruodo

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Re: Getting Back Into It
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2019, 11:07:25 AM »

Have you tried the Great Battles series? Although it doesn't have the Pacific (at least not yet), the release schedule is quite impressive. If you're looking for a Second World War sim under active development, Great Battles is an excellent option that avoids many of the problems with DCS.
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Re: Getting Back Into It
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2019, 06:01:15 AM »

Really enjoy IL-2 '46 and have 4 installs. VP modpack is my favorite by far as WWII is my only interest. The BoX series is great and a step up in graphics but aircraft is limited and i like the gameplay of IL-2 46 the best. I'm also a huge fan of CFS3 and have 10 installs. CFS3 has come a long way over the years and is totally unrecognizable from the original. Goes good with IL-2 '46 and i play the both a lot. You can get CFS3 cheep at GOG and you can find out more here http://www.sim-outhouse.com/sohforums/forumdisplay.php/7-CFS3-General-Discussion  A lot of work is being done done with CFS3 along with IL-2 '46. I think they are the best all around WWII air combat sims ever made ...and at 54 i've played a lot though the years. Good luck in whatever you choose to do. Regards,Scott
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