Recent air combat sim recommendations?

Xaxaxa, check this out:

JF-17 looks like a fun aircraft in terms of all round capability and well modeled:

Deka Ironwork interview

Looks like one to pick up at some stage.

So I just found out that, in SF2, I don’t have to accept the failure of a campaign, and can refly a mission.

I somehow missed this entirely.

Time to start a whole new A-10 campaign and see it through to the end.

Can you play that on Windows 10?

Sure can, I am.

I’ve curbed my DCS module purchases somewhat in recent months, because all of the developers (with the kind-of exception of Heatblur) have gotten into the habit of releasing unfinished things and slooooooowly finishing them while starting other projects.

I think I’m apt to break that streak thanks to the DCS JF-17. Development so far has been quiet, but evidently it’s releasing tomorrow and it’s just about complete—a full weapons suite, all radar modes, etc. etc.

The JF-17 is a neat little plane, too—a Chinese/Pakistani F-16-alike, with a DCS-first full glass cockpit and a bunch of fun datalink and sensor fusion things. Until Eagle Dynamics finishes putting the game in, I don’t have much interest in flying something I already know about (so no Viper or Hornet), but the JF-17’s strange enough to be worth the price of entry for the novelty.

I’m of the same mind and am excited!

Although I think they have enough game with carrier traps to justify the Hornet, I also passed on the Viper. Let them finish and I’ll pick it up on sale.

Thunder’s got some cool stuff, like laser guided rockets, ground radar, a targeting pod, and huge luxurious display screens which should work great in VR! I’ve been following the expansion for a bit, but had never heard of the plane before then. That definitely peaks the interest!

Yep, agree with all of this!

Aint got no money left for toys, so no jeff (JF-17, jay-eff, jeff. see?) yet for me, but when I do, I will. TV guided MITL missile sounds like too much fun. Gently

Nu-Il-2 just got a neat little holidays’ patch. They spruced up combat AI! That is fucking unheard of in combat sim history. It’s not perfect, but it sure as shit is a whole lot better than it was and than (the) other contemporary flighty shooty simmy thing.

What a cool patch… AI improvements and login time has been drastically reduced! I always found the amount of time to start up the game really annoying, especially with the VR helmet on.

Need to get into this game again, I will make it one of my New Years Resolutions (but actually do this one).

AI has been so neglected… I remember interviewing the developers of the boxed version of Air Warrior (remember that?) in the 90s and they were talking about how the AI pilots would fly strategies according to the plane they were flying – boom and zoom vs. turning, doiing head-on passes against bombers, etc. Even ancient sims like 1942:PAW had dramatically better AI than IL-2 Sturmovik originally did.

I’m anxious to try this out! I do hope the pilots fly their planes to their strengths.

IL-2 is really turning out to be the survey sim we need.

Thanks for reminding me I own this. Installing now.

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BZ Forever!

New free map for DCS coming in 2020.

https://www.digitalcombatsimulator.com/en/newsletters/newsletter03012020-851b43a35367471cdaea724efa55d2a4.html

Time for a very pretty trailer to celebrate 2020:

I just flew the last of the MiG-19’s campaign, Crime and Punishment. I wanted to AAR it, all of it for you guys, but the track replays all went bonkers. Missiles going into empty skies where they blew bandits apart the first time, that kind of shit.
Still the flying was hella fun. That’s one hotrod soviet jet, the Farmer.

This is my current cockpit setup. I replaced the thrustmaster warthog base with a very expensive, very good unit built in the former Soviet union. Also extended the stick a bit further. It is now as tall as a real fighter jets’ stick, such as the one in the mirage 2k. I can now shoot the left nut off a gnat at 1.5 kilometers.

Sad to see my ghetto sewerpipe stick mount go, but these wood scraps are fine too :)

Welcome to the Virpil club :)

Thank you, I didn’t know my gunnery could become that much deadlier! Ka-pow go the fokkers!

Speaking of fokkers, I have two promo codes, one for 50% off of flying circus or Bodenplatte and one for 75% the older stuff. PM me if you want one.