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XyZspineZyX
11-07-2003, 06:07 AM
I did a quick search and didn't see anything recent about this so I figure I might start a little thread..

The studio (now part of Atari) that was once Microprose has been closed..

European Air War was an amazing sim and I can't help but feel sad that the company that pushed it out the door at a time when flight sims weren't selling has been completely dissolved..

I haven't felt as desperate playing a flight simulator as I did flying a late war campaign in a 190 A8 in that game trying to intercept allied bombers.. I was squadron leader and had only 2 or 3 planes left and wasn't getting replacement aircraft. I would take off, shoot down one bomber while ordering my wingmen to stand by (didn't want them to get killed), and run home and land. Hoping to see shiny new planes back at my home base... I felt like those two pilots in "The Longest day" strafing the beaches.

The bob campaign was an incredible experience as well, starting my first campaign playing for the Canada No. 1 squadron is a game experience I won't soon forget. The mission breifings were amazing and something I would love to see again in a future game (hint hint)..

I hope the planned Bob game from 1C has an atmosphere and attention to detail that affects me the way the one in Eaw did. I lived and breathed WW2 fighter aircraft the second that game booted up...

From F15 Strike Eagle to European Air War, not to mention games like Xcom and Master of Orion, Microprose made software I still find room for on my hard drive, even if Eaw doesn't work on ATI hardware.

This is probably old news to most people on here, and I seem to have this curse where I'll make a new thread and have 50 people point out its redundant, but what the hell.

XyZspineZyX
11-07-2003, 06:07 AM
I did a quick search and didn't see anything recent about this so I figure I might start a little thread..

The studio (now part of Atari) that was once Microprose has been closed..

European Air War was an amazing sim and I can't help but feel sad that the company that pushed it out the door at a time when flight sims weren't selling has been completely dissolved..

I haven't felt as desperate playing a flight simulator as I did flying a late war campaign in a 190 A8 in that game trying to intercept allied bombers.. I was squadron leader and had only 2 or 3 planes left and wasn't getting replacement aircraft. I would take off, shoot down one bomber while ordering my wingmen to stand by (didn't want them to get killed), and run home and land. Hoping to see shiny new planes back at my home base... I felt like those two pilots in "The Longest day" strafing the beaches.

The bob campaign was an incredible experience as well, starting my first campaign playing for the Canada No. 1 squadron is a game experience I won't soon forget. The mission breifings were amazing and something I would love to see again in a future game (hint hint)..

I hope the planned Bob game from 1C has an atmosphere and attention to detail that affects me the way the one in Eaw did. I lived and breathed WW2 fighter aircraft the second that game booted up...

From F15 Strike Eagle to European Air War, not to mention games like Xcom and Master of Orion, Microprose made software I still find room for on my hard drive, even if Eaw doesn't work on ATI hardware.

This is probably old news to most people on here, and I seem to have this curse where I'll make a new thread and have 50 people point out its redundant, but what the hell.

XyZspineZyX
11-07-2003, 08:30 AM
I just bought my neighbor kids a three sim pack with B-17 The Mighty Eighth and European Air War included.

I couldn't resist reliving old times so I made sure the games worked ok before giving them to the neighbor kids http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I got all three to run beautifully with my ATI 9800 pro. Did you install the patch for EAU? I think the patch just happens to be called V1.2..lol.

Anyway I had fun for a few hours then help the kids install and run the games. They love the detail of both sims. Their PC is not SOTA so the games are well suited to their system.

You're right, some of the old Microprose games bring back fond memories.

XyZspineZyX
11-07-2003, 08:55 AM
My favorites were F-15 which i had on the kapro (my only computer game until i was like 14, then I got Fleet Defender. I played both extensivley. Games sure have come a long way, flight sims thanks to Micropose

XyZspineZyX
11-07-2003, 09:51 AM
As far as I know Micropose are still going. They were bought out by Infograms about 2-3 years ago. I live about 8 miles from Microprose and the sign is still there so I can asume they are still about. My m8 used to be a tester for them.
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XyZspineZyX
11-07-2003, 10:08 AM
check this link

http://oldsite.simhq.com/simhq3/sims/boards/bbs/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=20;t=009689

XyZspineZyX
11-07-2003, 11:07 AM
I go along with everything Urist says (exceot for F15, never played that).

Another thing about Microprose is they made games with replayability and games to last. I still remember X-com fondly. /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

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XyZspineZyX
11-07-2003, 11:26 AM
I had F15 Strike Eagle and AH64 Apache Gunship on the Commodore 64. Man waiting for 30-40 minutes to load, and often it didn't...but it was worth the wait.


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XyZspineZyX
11-07-2003, 11:54 AM
Yeah, Microprose, that was a quality brand, if there ever was any. Hope they don't botch EAW II up.

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Zayets
11-07-2003, 03:03 PM
Don't forget the Tycoon series.Man those were fun to play!

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XyZspineZyX
11-07-2003, 03:26 PM
EAW didn't get removed from my HD until I got IL-2 Sturmovick. And, with few exceptions, I exclusivley played the BoB campagin. Every Squadron, every mission. I set up every conciveable quick mission I could with a BoB theme. I d/l'ed high res terrains, maps and mods. Just before I got IL-2 I was flying the Desert Air War mod.

Man that was a fun sim! Sorry to hear that Micropose is shutting down. It was a producer of quality games. I knew when it said Micropose on the box it was unlikely I'd be disapointed.

There's going to be an EAW 2? Links anyone?

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XyZspineZyX
11-07-2003, 05:36 PM
Transport Tycoon! Whohoo! Still have the original disks for the standard and CD for the deluxe-edition. That games costed me several mouses, not to mention that truly awful midi-music.

Weren't Civilization I/II made by Sid Meyer/MPS too?

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XyZspineZyX
11-07-2003, 06:51 PM
Yeah my first sim was Dynamix's Aces of the Pacifc with its beautiful spiral bound manual. Then Aces over Europe with it spiral bound manual and great game play both DOS based games that loaded from floppy (remember those?). Then F15 Stike eagle and F14 Tomcat ( on floppy too) Then Redbaron 2 and EAW, followed by CFS2 and B17 the mighty 8th.

Wish I could get them to run on my system now and engage in some nostalgia.

XyZspineZyX
11-07-2003, 07:11 PM
My first real sim was thier F-117 Stealth Fighter. I got hooked then and its been a gas ever since.

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XyZspineZyX
11-08-2003, 06:05 AM
My first combat sim was Dawn Patrol on an Apple 2, I can't really remember much cept wire frames...

On the PC we had MS Flight Sim 3 or something, and it had a little combat game for the sopwith camel, the scenery consisted of a grid (feilds) with a river running through the middle of them and triangles (mountains) down two sides of the map...

The first real sim I got was Chuck Yeagers air combat, that was quite the game for its time. Only got about 3 fps on my 8088/2 but hey it worked... Only thing it needed was like, 601k of free conventional memory or something.. Didn't care if the video card you had was a Trident 8900 or an ATI VGA Wonder. Looked pretty much the same reguardless, I guess the 256 colour version is sort of like "Perfect mode" in sturmovik. I think it even supported CGA.... That might have been Test Drive, the other game on my 30 meg mini scribe back in the day... Maybe warlords fit on there as well...

I advanced to through the excellent aces series from Dynamix (320x400 in AOE!!! Now that was high tech **** man) and then along came some game called Pacific Air War. I had never had a Microprose sim (had played them at freinds houses, F19 stealth fighter, f15 strike eagle, etc..) but never actually had one reside on my HD...

Shortly after, I bought the only game I know of to try and accuratly model a bomber interceptor of any kind, again from Microprose... F14 Fleet Defender... I could play in the back seat of that damn thing for hours and I wish someone would come out with a game that tries to do that again...

How about a thermonuclear war game with F-106 Delta Darts, f-104 Starfighters, Mig 25's, F-4's, and hey, how about a CF-105 eh?

Maybe they don't sell very well, but online play with 23 people going at it in the middle of a thermo nuclear war circa 1964 would float my boat.. 30 years of military aviation is just getting ignored... There was never a real "nuclear war" but it would be pretty damn cool to fight a fake one online..

I bet Microprose would have made that game by now... Someone at that company realized that period detail and atmosphere played a HUGE role in gaming.. The flight sim part of EAW was nothing special, even simplistic, it was everything else the game had... The one big plus it had was sheer numbers... B17's, Tracers, and escorts oh my...

Allied Pilot "Whats it like attacking a formation of B17's?"
Luft Pilot "Have you ever looked into a blast furnace?"

(quote I remember from an old video tape series on aircraft I have called "Reaching for the skies", I don't remember it exactly but that gets the spirit of what one guy said.)

The only game to ever come close to capturing that was EAW... Of course, I haven't tried intercepting a flight of B17's in Sturmovik yet, have to wait and see if that statement remains true.

XyZspineZyX
11-08-2003, 06:34 AM
Knights of the Sky on the Amiga. My first and favourite flight sim !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!