I'm just recently returning to flightsims after about a three or four year hiatus. Dusted off my CH Products rudder pedals and fighterstick, dug my TrackIR out of the drawer, and reinstalled DCS World (i have the P51, A-10c, and Black Shark 2 modules), Rise of Flight (which I bought long before it was free-to-play--I still have the original installation CD), and just bought a couple of Il-2 Great Battles modules, which I've particularly enjoyed.
I've been watching a lot of Il-2: GB videos, particularly from DerSheriff (good stuff there) and playing a couple of Il-2 "iron man" campaigns. (My first pilot died after three sorties, and two confirmed kills--got hit by AA while pursuing a 110 over an enemy airfield...bad decision, lol. My second pilot died after a single a sortie in which I'd shot down down three planes. That one I am not even sure who got me. I was turning low over some trees and the screen suddenly turned dark and red and I tumbled into said trees. My third pilot has flown four successful sorties, and I've gotten three air-to-air kills and two ground kills.) What I'm trying to do is get some of my skills back before I jump into the competitive bedlam of MP.
My dilemma, however, is Flying Circus. I absolutely LOVED RoF. It's one of my favorite combat flight sims of all time, and believe me, I've owned ALL of them. I loaded it up last night and it still looks and flies fantastically. (The Albatros D.II engine sounded amazing on startup and idle!)
And man, I own a LOT of planes in that game! (I counted. I've got 31 of them, including the Sikorsky S-22. The only planes I didn't buy before were a few of the bombers and some double-seaters, which I rarely flew.) But comparing my RoF plane roster to that of Flying Circus is just...sad. It's also got
My dilemma, here, is whether I should bother buying Flying Circus at all...or just wait until the price is drastically reduced. Which I am reluctant to do, because I believe in supporting the developers that I like, but the RoF-to-FC comparison videos I've seen and the FAQ here don't seem to highlight any substantial changes except integration with the Il-2-GB engine, graphical improvements, and a multiplayer experience that, unlike RoF apparently, still exists. (And don't get me wrong--these things are great and appreciated.)
Also, I can't seem to tell whether it has the single-player career mode, or just some missions and a mission editor. Does it?
$80 just seems like an awful lot for a module that offers substantially less (fewer planes, fewer maps, and possibly fewer game modes) than the great WWI combat game that I already own and enjoy...
I guess what I want is for someone who's been playing it regularly to tell me how awesome it is. Help me overcome my price and content related reluctance.