View Full Version : Flight Sims: IL2 Sturmovik and Lock On?
Hi guys, first time user of this forum section, didn't even know it existed!
Was wondering if any of you had the two above mentioned Ubisoft Flight Sims IL2 Sturmovik Forgotten Battles and Lock on Modern Air Combat sims?
What Are your thoughts on the games, any problems, glitches, unrealistic modeling etc?
Have just bought IL2 FB and think it's wonderful, only puzzling thing is why some of the German machine gun and cannon ammo leave smoky trails behind the tracer shells/bullets- is that accurate???
How about the realism of Lock On? Looks good from the makesr site screen shots.
I have the IL2 sim, I really liked it. I dont' know about the realism of the smoke trail, seems like I have seen this in some gun camera footage but I am not sure. I enjoyed playing it when my computer was up and running good. I don't think it is as good a sim as the MSCFS series, I have all three of those. CFS3 rocks!!
Both are very realistic, from what I can tell as someone who doesn't actually fly. I think that while CFS series may have hte edge in accessability (meaning you can sit down and play well in 5 minutes and then have something accomplished), whereas IL2 is more for the dedicated simulation afficianado (because of things like cowl adjustments, manual mixture control, prop pitch control, etc).
I love that kind of depth in a simulation, I want to have to learn how to operate every button, lever, switch, etc in the cockpit. Another of my favorites is "b17 - the mighty eigth" which is an update of the old B17 Flying Fortress, both by Microprose. Excellent simulation focusing of course, on the B17's, but you can also jump in and control US or German escort/intercepters.
I still want an updated version of Aces of the Pacific though. That game was the most fun, with switching to different squarons and flying different planes, but without the whole points thing of CFS3, but with actual limitations unlike in CFS2 where you could just select the plane from a drop down list.
That was the pinnacle of ww2 flight simulation for me. Makes me want to buy an old 386 with dos 6.0 and find a copy of that game (on 6 3.5 inch disks ;f) and play the hell uot of it.
I played aces of the pacific a long time ago, and it was a very limited exposure. Like you, that was a real interest for me. Initially I didn't really care for CFS2, for me it was more of disappointment thing because it wasn't all that much like CFS 1. I didn't like the graphics, and I didn't like the set up, if CFS2 was more like CFS1 in the point where you could just get in a plane and fly it, in combat against x number of planes, or just fly, I would have liked it better at the start.
After getting a better video card and a computer with more RAM and processer, CFS2 changed for me, it was a lot more fun. But I still miss the mission and flying set up of CFS1.
LOMAC is a pretty sweet sim, IMO. So far I've only really flown the F-15 and I've found that things are quite realistic. The graphics are excellent as well (you can even see scratches in the canopy when you look up).
One problem I had: my old video card wasn't up to the challenge. The game would often give me a blank light blue screen while the game ran in the background. I bought a Radeon 9800 Pro 128 MB and I haven't had any problems since.
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