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  1. Fennec

    DCS news

    Is VR actually safe for your brain and eyes guys? Not that i can afford it for the moment since i spent so much on the warthog/pedals and several DCS modules recently but I always wondered how dangerous it can be to have a screen within inches of your eyes and fooling your brains and spatial references for hours every day. I would love to try it though, everyone says it is truly amazing. The closest thing i tried is a cinema 4D with special glasses in the futuroscope in France but I can only guess VR is even more impressive. Another great news for DCS is that we will not only get the much anticipated F16 but we will also get Syria/Lebanon map which is really amazing! The devs also confirmed they are working on an Afghanistan map. That is really fantastic. I would have loved a Vietnam map but those 2 will be awesome to wait for it. I've also read that Razbam is working on the F15E two seaters but pledged to finish their existing modules before releasing it so that is also nice to hear.
  2. Fennec

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    That is really a great news for the preorder, this is an aircraft that i can't wait to to fly. Another good news is that ED communicated today that they will allow people online to join a server with the new carrier even if they did not purchase it, which is a fair decision to be praised as i was concerned with a potential split of the community online. For F/A 18 owners they will give a discount on the new carrier which is a nice touch as well. https://forums.eagle.ru/showpost.php?p=3923145&postcount=155
  3. Fennec

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    Yes it is the Free subject section but still.. it seems that this open minded and generous stance of IL2 devs is not shared by the ED forum community manager. Go on their forum and praise some features of IL2 BoX in a constructive manner over DCS or respectfully criticize the latter a bit in then witness what happens to your post .. For more information about the number of people who left the ED forum due to excessive censorship, unjustified bans and plain mod bullying : But yeah i agree with you, 2 different sims though with a somewhat shared customer base.
  4. Fennec

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    Yeah that carrier could actually be amazing and quite unique in the way it is implemented but it is true that it could create a mess online between those who have it and those who dont. Btw just want to thank the IL2 devs over here who allow this thread to even exist... Maybe they shouldnt actually because censorship is quite brutal on the ED official forums...just mention or praise some features of IL2 or criticize DCS a bit and boom...North Korean style commissar steps in and erases it.. I ll move to Hoggit i guess but that was shocking.
  5. Fennec

    DCS news

    Yes i thought like you initially but apparently their WWII modules sold pretty well which is why they made quite a few and plan to add more. Maybe the forum activity is not representative of it? I dont know but perhaps one of the reasons despite the inflated prices for these simpler modules is that the planes are still high quality and really well done, i've watched a few videos and it is true that doing some ground attack in DCS is quite impressive graphically (ground explosions, smoke effects, weather effects etc are really classy and immersive) , plus the fact that the planes are fully clickable with beautifully crafted cockpits and exteriors probably attracts many people to them. Also DCS tends to have this reputation of having the most realistic and complex FM so maybe some people assume that it is the gold standard for WWII as well. I dunno, just speculating here. Then maybe IL2 is not as well know and as much advertised to the general public whereas DCS seems to have high exposure for a simulator which can make it easier to attract newcomers to flight simulations who want relatively simple aircraft to learn and fly rather than jumping straight into a Hornet. The F16 is logically very popular because people are apparently waiting for it since a long time from what i've read and it is a plane that was exported quite a bit.. about 25 countries have the F16's in their arsenal (including Poland where i live) so it makes sense that many DCS fans want to have a chance to fly the plane that their country's airforce is flying. I mean it is like us for the Mirage.. It is likely 99% of French people who own DCS have bought the Mirage 2000.
  6. Fennec

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    Nice video Mono, I grew up watching Airwolf on the french tv so those chopper vids are striking a chord here ☺️ At dusk it makes it a bit "romantic" as well. Sokol, I was more expressing the fact that I would prefer third parties to handle WWII in DCS as in my opinion, the focus of DCS "should" be on modern machines as that is what draws most people to it and what they do best IMHO, and also what justifies the price tag in my view. But apparently WWII now sells very well too so i was just expressing my regret because frankly if what you say is correct ( and i think you are right) then they should bring the price of single WW2 modules down because there is obviously wayyy less work to make an I16 than a super realistic F14 Tomcat with all its systems simulated and an AI Jester on top of it. If they would cut the WWII module prices by half and provide a campaign and its map with it, i would definitely buy it, otherwise no way.. except maybe a P38 later on...else i ll wait for a massive discount and will stick with IL2 for the time being for anything WWII related. But if ED was channeling all this energy to make more high fidelity modern or cold war stuffs like Apache helicopters, F15 ,Tornado, MiG 25/31/29 etc.. I would buy those instantly because there is no one else on this market but that is just my own opinion and i totally respect people who think the complete opposite, not interested by 1970/80's machines and would rather use the potential of the DCS engine for their favourite prop birds. Btw talking about Airwolf, we have the Nevada map already in DCS and could definitely make a fantasy Airwolf module, I would buy that without any hesitation, would be so awesome!! :))
  7. Fennec

    DCS news

    Oh yes LuseKofte, that is possible though i can't confirm as i have only tried the Mirage campaign (only 3 missions, spent most of my time learning ) so far and a bit of the unofficial/user made AV8B Harrier one. Yeah in DCS it tends to be hand crafted like Sea Dragons in IL2BoX, but i was talking about WWII. In Il2 there is this dynamic campaign generator which as far as i am aware, does not exist yet for DCS WWII content, that is what i meant. But definitely, i get what you mean when you say that it can feel lifeless, as a user made and handcrafted campaign with love and passion will always be much better than dynamic ones. But Dynamic ones allow you to play for months and have a different experience every time with a 'continuity' ( track records, awards, squadron history etc) which can help increase the immersion in a different way, especially in a sim like IL2 that attempts to simulate the historical battle itself, not just the plane you're flying.
  8. Fennec

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    No doubt that you are right about the differences, this is what i was saying too too ( historical immersion, campaigns, more planes per expansion, etc makes IL2 superior for a more comprehensive Ww2 experience in sp ) However one cannot ignore the customers budget and pricing. For instance I discovered DCS about more than a week ago and bought 4 hf modules and one map. This far exceeded my initial budget and means that I will not be purchasing TC, FC and BoBP any time soon. Yesterday i was watching a DCS channel on youtube to check how the WWII DCS birds fly These guys have invested quite a bit in DCS WWII and even if the sp is incomparably better and more immersive in IL2, it is likely that some of them may not purchase IL2 GB simply because they have invested a lot in DCS or because WWII may not be their only interest in terms of planes they want to fly ( but having "a bit of Ww2" in DCS means that some may not go for IL2). What i meant is that both sims achieve very different objectives and have a different audience for the most part. However a part of the audience would happily jump from one sim to another, from Il2 to Falcon4BMS, Xplane or DCS And like WarThunder did for instance, i believe that having alternative WWII content to IL2 can syphon potential revenues away from IL2 for all those customers who want both ideally, but cannot afford both at the same time and thus have to make a choice. ( and then with new modules coming out, if someone chooses to invest primarily in DCS, it means he will invest minimally in IL2 and possibly abandon it eventually). I am not saying this represents most customers as most of them would purchase both. But yeah of course IL2 has a bright future ahead of it, i really hope so as i started in the original one back in 2003 but i cant help thinking that if there is more WWII content indirectly or directly competing with IL2, it can inly fragment the Il2 BoX crowd further.
  9. Fennec

    DCS news

    Imagine if they would put this in DCS , would be really awesome
  10. Fennec

    DCS news

    So this Fw-190 will be made by ED and not a third party? Surely that means that their other WWII modules are selling well then if they focus so much resources on those WWII prop planes? It is not a good news for the IL-2 BoX community because it means that it will be divided even further... I remember the good old days of Hypperloby where thousands of pilots were online every night and all playing on the same IL2 simulator.. It was really amazing. Right now I am totally addicted to DCS as i purchased the Harrier that i love so much, but when i see that ED is diverting energy and resources for WWII.. doesn't really make me enthusiastic when there is so much potential untapped for more modern jets or helicopters in order to have a more complete picture of modern warfare. I can only hope that more third parties will work on modern DCS modules in the future. I respect their choices but basically if i want to recreate a WWII front in DCS, I would have to spend thousands of euros and wait 10 years to have all the aircraft needed, so I don't get it. I get it when someone loves a particular aircraft so much like say the Mustang or the Corsair or the Fw-190 or in my case the P-38 (that would be the only one i would consider to buy just for the joy of flying it in DCS). But to buy all these modules that are sold without any campaign and with the map sold separately... I dunno 😕 I hope that 777 will survive this by focusing on what DCS cannot do. Historical context, maps, campaigns, more content and a/c per expansion for maximum immersion, Theater of operations that DCS did not touch yet like the Pacific (and ofc finish the Eastern front) and maybe at some point integrate infantry ( like a Red Orchestra style of gameplay) in order to attract more customers aside from planes and tanks so that IL2 can turn into a massive WWII Combined Arms simulation without the navy. I dont know but it is a bit scary for IL-2 because DCS are releasing more and more WWII stuffs... that is 'stealing' customers away from IL2 potentially.
  11. Fennec

    DCS news

    I dont own any WWII module in DCS but I tried to check how it is online out of curiosity yesterday. I joined a server with a (very) heavy mission and i noticed that despite having 16gb of RAM, it was borderline unplayable at times for me. I would need at least 32GB to enjoy it without stutters. I guess that with WWII planes, there are less things to compute but i dont think that you could run a massive bombing raid with their escort on a realistic scale unless you have a computer with 96gb+ of ram or something. Maybe I am wrong though, i dont know how it works exactly, i just noticed yesterday that it is RAM intensive online and concluded that I can only go in servers with light missions ( or moderate perhaps) if i want a smooth experience.
  12. Indeed, series 29 were the result of countless improvements over the original Lagg3 design. In real life, the Lagg3 had a bad rep among Soviet pilots due to the number of non combat related accidents initially. However a lack of pilot training on this specific plane was also a significant factor. It was somewhat underpowered so slow to accelerate compared the La5 and slower overall.
  13. Fennec

    DCS news

    That is really a terrible news, I did not know about that :(( Surely everything has changed since the early MiG 29As compared to the modern ones like MiG29K carrier versions? I mean they exported it all over the world since more than 30 years so it is not like it is confidential 😕
  14. Fennec

    DCS news

    Hopefully we cant get that in IL2 at some point Lusekofte. If they make a Leningrad front, they could put a map that encompasses Gulf of Finland and Estonia/Latvia, so we could have the Soviet-Finnish war and even a user made Kurland pocket campaign. I am with you on this too, I would love pre war stuffs in IL2 though it could be a long wait as it is less attractive for them commercially. In my order of preference for the next IL2 expansions : 1944 Bagration ( one of the largest op of all time, i would not understand if they dont finish the eastern front, i bought IL2 for that initially) then the Pacific ( carrier ops, exciting atmosphere and beautiful scenery, torpedo and dive bomb ops which i love so much, plenty of fun with ground attack and lots of really nice airplanes on all sides) could be absolutely amazing. For DCS, never tried helicopters unfortunately and they cant touch still classified stuffs like Eurocopter's Tiger but they could put the AH64 Apache perhaps? I think DCS is also due a high fidelity modern Russian jet module like a MiG 29 since we have several Nato birds already and will hopefully get the F16 "soon". Then maybe a British jet in parrallel from a third party like Tornado would be cool. For Mig15/21 and F86, I would consider it once i resplenish my wallet if they would include a great campaign or if there was say a dedicated server about the Korean war where many people would fly all the time. But if it is just to merely fly it alone over a Nevada map, i dont know... as good as the plane is, i would get bored quickly.
  15. Fennec

    DCS news

    So far I have only seen youtube videos of DCS WWII stuffs but it "feels" like DCS is really setup people who enjoy either pure flying sensations when it comes to prop planes and trainers/aerobatics and people who want a modern jet/helicopter experience with all the systems simulated and environment around it ( ground radars, awacs, radio procedures, anti air batteries etc..) for either "what if" or more realistic scenarios. The reason I love BoX so much is the fact that they really want to re create the historical context of major WWII battles with the right maps, planes, units, timescale, ground troopsetc... and go into lengths to make it as immersive as possible for the player to really feel as one of those pilots that flew those missions for real. Personally I cannot wait for IL2 BoX to move into the Pacific battles with as much details as they've put in BoS or BoK. They do this really well and it is consistent with their initial objectives when they started BoS. I am not qualified to tell what are the differences in FM between both sims regarding prop planes ( and dont own any in DCS bar the free TF51) but even though I would understand why having the Corsair or any other iconic WWII plane in DCS would get attention and love for passionate flyers, I would rather have DCS devs to focus on what i think is unique to their sim that nobody does better, meaning modern jets implemented with all their systems to an insane level of details. Initially i wanted to buy the Korean wars early jets like MiG15 or F86 but when I ve been told that you just get the airplanes without the historical context of the battle simulated, it was a deal breaker for me. Since they allow third parties to develop planes in DCS, I dont see the problem but Id rather have ED really focus on channeling their energy towards more consistency in terms of time period (modern) and plane types ( military jets/ helicopters) than jumping from A to Z without adding more depths to the modules already released in terms of the environment where they fought and historical content. BoX did a bit of that by releasing BoBP without B17s and a strategic bombing campaign but they have been honest telling us that the engine would likely not handle 4 engines well at high altitude and who wants to fly a 8 hour mission from England to Germany and back to drop bombs on factories/cities anyway, aside from a few passionate people. Going forward with DCS, in my personal opinion/taste, having the F16, the Tornado or a MiG 29 high fidelity would be amazing. For anything WwII related, I would rather purchase an IL2 expansion but that is just me.
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