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  1. Great stuff, didn't know about this guy. He's doing God's work. Thanks!
  2. As the title says, I'm fairly accustomed to the majority of the planes in the game and the techniques of flying them efficiently in combat, but I realize there's still stuff to learn. I know the basic and somewhat advanced stuff, but I still get my ass kicked and it's hard to understand where I screwed up. Need some knowledge on the smarter ways to fly. I already watched tutorials from Sheriff, Central, Air Combat Tutorial Library, Bismarck and a few more well known tubers, I wonder, if there's anything else I missed out on? Vids with commentary dealing in how and why are greatly appreciated, dive-bombing stuff in particular, but also load-outs - just recently figured out that dual 12.7s on the Mig-3 is kind of a bad idea.
  3. Not talking about performance, utility and viability. Just looks, overall feel, the engine roar, what you like to just fly. Any low-tier kites that suck, yet you still love them? Maybe it's all about that legendary status, or you just prefer what works? For me, the Mig-3 won my heart a long time ago, mostly due to the challenge of just getting this thing into the air cleanly if at all. It sounds great, likes high speed and low altitudes, can equip a dual .50 cal setup and pretty much looks like a hot-rod dragster. The long nose does not help deflection shooting, but hey, I did mention the challenge aspect.
  4. It's not my intention to push the dev or even do any sort of poll. Just interested in what you folks want to see, but more importantly why. Pacific comes to mind, and while it's already been said that it's not an easy task to do, at least realistically, I'm curious about the appeal. The old IL-2 had it and... it was by far my most beloved theater plane-wise and most hated gameplay-wise. All these looooooong booooorin missions looking for enemy carriers to come up with bingo and return to the boat. Not to mention super-agile Zero's demanding some expert knowledge to fly against. In SP it was terrible, since you could forget team tactics with AI wingmen. The Med I think is pretty much out, considering Team Fusion's release - why compete against yourself? Which leaves us with... IDK Korea? I personally would love that - old school BFM without the engine management hussle. Hell, you could put carrier-ops here easy. But then again... Maybe some other Cold War theater? Honest question - we got Eastern Front and Western Front covered, sans BOB, except Pacific and Med, what esle would be fun? Post WWII Isreael, some obscure 1960s conflict? What would you like that seems viable in terms of data and development effort?
  5. Don't have much historical knowledge on the subject, but since I ride a grave bike, I'm gonna say "steel is real" and also pretty cool. This is not a serious answer by the way, but I still felt like I had to contribute some nonsense, just to get notifications - this seems like an interesting topic.
  6. EAW is one of those games I missed out on and can't get over it. For it's time it looked amazing and had this typical 90's Western sim style with cool menus and briefings and music and such. I only played the demo, but it didn't run well on my machine, not to mention some graphical issues. Someone borrowed my a copy years later, but it did not run on a modern system at all, so I stuck with Sturmovik. Anyway, Microprose appears to be back and they have some impressive titles announced - they are not flight sims though. They are making a B-17 remake, but it's supposedly a VR game rather than a flight sim. Should be interesting, I can't play VR though 🤢. Hopefully with all the stuff they have lined up, they will make some money and maybe revive some other classics. Task Force Admiral and Sea Power are definite insta-buys for me, so if they turn out good, I'll be shilling all over the web about it. Also, Operation Harsh Doorstop is something they are publishing and it appears to be shaping nicely (free to play game, similar to Squad and Project Reality made by the one and only Bluedrake and his #community)
  7. Just noticed your avatar and it did not disappoint. All the best to you, mate!
  8. I know it's probably not going to happen, but since I saw EA taking X-Wing more or less back to its roots (basically space-SIM, rather than space-GAEM), I thought it could be an interesting idea to revive another classic. Not in simulation sense, but more of an immersive arcade game sense. FS 2020 is generating quite a lot of hype in the general gaming community, mostly thanks to its graphics and scale (mark my words, those casuals are going to start trickling down here soon), so why not something with a Hollywood budget in the WWII combat setting? Here's a vid for whoever is not a boomer. PS I know I've been hammering this for a long time in different places, but I think the genre needs something entry-level for everyone to raise interest that is not War Thunder, which I kind of hate.
  9. Government today issued a directive forbidding more than 2 people to meet (excluding families). Only going out for food, work, medicine and walking your dog is allowed. Max people in public transport is limited to the number of seats divided by two. I doubt this is realistic to enforce, especially in smaller towns and especially with public transport which has always been super crowded. All recreational areas are closed. This feels like they're in full panic mode regarding the healthcare system to deal with the issue. I fear shopping panic is going to be in full swing today. And here I am working from home, almost finished, talking to mates on discord already. It's surreal.
  10. Same here, it used to be "I hate going to the office" and now it's "wish I could go to the office". Tarkov became popular through Twitch streamers at the end of last year (Dr. Disrespect, Shroud etc). Not sure about the reported influx of IL-2 players. But definitely there is a lot of guys asking on reddit which version to buy so I guess people are getting into flight sims. No idea why, maybe it's the sales, western front stuff and some claim FS2020 got people hyped for virtual flying.
  11. Hope you all have a great time and stay safe. 17 people! Man that must be a sight to behold. Make some screenshots!
  12. It feels like forever and I've only been stuck at home for two weeks. It's not troublesome, just weird. Normally I'd work from home at least 2 days a week, but moving my butt to the office sort of made things a little more orderly. I'm generally a stay-at-home person, but what bugs me now is that the days blend so much, it's hard to keep a well regulated routine. On the flip side I can now game and do coding coursed to all my heart's content and... I feel more like reading books. I used to go out cycling in times like this, watch birds getting all crazy and currently it's when flocks of geese and cranes return and I'm missing all of it. At least I can see those crazy fliers do their thing from my window and there is also a surprising amount of squirrels moping around. So... I took all my gear off the shelf and went simming. And guys, I don't what is with the magic of flight sims, but while other games are nice and easy and accessible (well not all... Dark Souls and the lot), but with IL-2 I guess it's just treading familiar ground. It's relaxing and engaging at the same time. Here's what I'd like to discuss: How are you guys doing? I know it's tough in some countries, does a few hours of BoX a day help? A few mates I flew with yesterday mentioned there is a surge in players recently. What's up with that? Is IL-2 trending now? We getting into the Escape from Tarkov phenomenon territory or something? Any cool streamers on Twitch you'd recommend? I already subscribe to everyone I know of on YT. Any good advice to practice and improve in situational awareness? Asking for a friend here. 😄 Jason's new video on DM improvements blew my mind but also makes me concerned - less clip-wing kills seems good, but what about downing tougher planes when you're low on ammo? The Spit has terrible loiter capability because of not enough dakka. What do you think? We gonna have to aim better or rounds that don't do crits will have more of an impact? More seriously, this whole situation already takes a huge dump on the economy and it will get worse, do you think it can affect flight sims in any way? Lastly, a question for any local scientists and big brained people in general: how come we're in this crisis so deep in just a few months when the SARS epidemic seems to have been similar, but didn't spread in such manner. Is it the time of year, less travel restrictions, maybe the governments screwed up? I know this isn't really all that IL-2 focused, maybe it should be in a different department (mods please don't kill me), but the situation is... I don't know, just surreal and flying IL-2 so far has been the best coping therapy... Which makes it even more weird. It's gotten to a point when I'm literally scared to do shopping. This community has always been super-wholesome. I guess I just want to talk to you guys. 😷
  13. This is a minor thing, but for someone who is on and off flying this, it would really be helpful, to have the store indicate, if I own a given plane/campaign/expansion already. Sorry, but since I basically bought everything until now, except maybe Tanks, with more and more content coming out (and that's awesome!), due to lack of time to follow stuff, I really begin to question what I bought already and the store just says "new". It's a bit confusing. Like the P-38 is listed as 'new', but I guess I have it since BP premium and all, but do I? Honestly, I have trouble keeping track of things. Can we have stuff we already own marked as such?
  14. My thoughts are... Well, not really all that hyped. Maybe I just expected more (like seasons on maps), and definitely I will be able to enjoy the sim more, when there is actual missions and career. So far the Mustang sounds rub me the wrong way. Engine sounds weird and the .50 cals sound different than other planes that use them. Again weird. Not bad, just unfamiliar. Ground handling is obviously boss here, DCS has them baked, while here it's just... organic and feels right. The FM feels less gnarly than DCS and I feel it's a good thing, considering what I have read about the machine. Tempest is... cool I guess, don't know much about it. I missed the P-38. A friend pointed it out to me and I was so mad, too late now, need to go to sleep. Enjoy the sim, all you great people!
  15. Try to change the server in the Steam options. Also, go into downloads and just push IL-2 to the top to download.
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