View Full Version : Why il2's 4 U ?

12-22-2005, 11:33 PM
Many of us fly in RL or dream to fly .
Could explain why did you get involve with this sims, what are the reasons?

Thanks to explain.

12-23-2005, 01:17 AM
I am mazochist. I always look for goals impossible to reach, such as being successful in on-line combat http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

In reality, I have thought about flying since I read a (Czechoslovakian) book about young glider pilots. Inspired by that, I even joined basic flight training for military during high-school, aiming to become a combat helicopter pilot eventually. I did a lot of interesting theoretical training for about 6 months (aerodynamics, navigation, weather, emergency handling), I really started to like it, when some X-ray discovered that I may actually be dead by the time I finish the course. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

I had to quit the training program only 1 month before the 1st real take-off in a Zlin-142. My team-mates were even briefly shown on TV news when they did.

Luckily, few years after I didn't die http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif, the X-ray diagnosis proved to be false alarm. But the military training was stopped by that time due to budget cuts, and I had to find work, establish family etc. I entertained myself with MSFS flights (try VFR at night - wow).

A decade later I explored possibilities of piloting in general aviation, but a single engine PPL is so costly by our terms, I had to give it up, now for good. Last Christmas I had some time to burn (very unusual), and read about combat simulators. I tried something called Fighter Ace II that someone installed on the family PC, but it was a joke. I looked for something more serious, and the reviews about IL2 were great. I tried the demo, and could not sleep for days http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Got FB 2 weeks later, had tremendous trouble to get AEP (nearly 4 months), got PF during summer, so I can finally also complain about the 'dreaded' wobbles. Besides flying, I enjoy DYI work, so I actually work on building/enhancing my flight controls. The best test of accuracy is ALWAYS in on-line DF combat http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

How about you, Gozr? You haven't posted your own story first http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

12-23-2005, 02:04 AM
Got a new PC, first since 1996.

was looking for a game that took me away from my previous console experience, HALO, golden eye et al.

have always been interested in history, in fact my degrees in history!

bought IL2 original and was blown away, the sheer depth and attention to detail and the damage modelling.

hooked since early 2004. still bollocks pilot though!

12-23-2005, 02:11 AM
I love aicrafts of wwII,I was searching for a "real" simulator (not microsoft combat flight simulator,a really ****) and I've found Il2....And was love.

12-23-2005, 02:50 AM
From a child I have always had a big interest in WWII, especially Aviation & the Home Front. So when the first home computers became affordable, flying sims were always big on my list. I could never afford to buy a pc up until about five years ago. So I used to go round a mates & play games there.
I stumbled across IL2 by total accident after clicking the wrong link & it turned out to be an update on this new flight sim that was in development. It sounded like it was going to be something special& the screenshots were stunning. All the other sims I had used over the years just never felt right for one reason or another.
When the demo was released I was not let down. I'm sat here now with a big grin thinking of that day.
In those few years I have spent several thousands of pounds just for this sim as have many of us here have. I don't regret one penny of it.
When I fly the real world doesn't exist.

Immersion at it's best.

12-23-2005, 03:02 AM
When a kid perhaps I saw some movies which impressed me very much, one of them is "Battle of Britain"...

PS Gozr, check movie makers forum, some people are begging you http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

12-23-2005, 03:07 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif My thoughts exactly!

Well, ever since I can ever remember, I've been an aevo boy. Every single day, ive had aircraft on my mind. So, it was only natural so search for every and any flying related game. When I got Bf 1942, I only ever used the El Alamein map, and mastered Spits and Stukas. I then found Il2. Needless to say, I was blown away. When my mate got a demo in his PC Powerplay CD a few months later, I was ecstatic. First mission, Il2, torp german shipping. Righto, lets go. Get the Wingman 3D out, and lets fly! Lousy weather, couldn't see for jack and didn't no half the controls. Needless to say, twas great. Next time, took off in my Il2 as lead, circled the aerodrome and onloaded my VAP-250 on my squadron http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Ahh....the memories. I think the moment I was hooked for life was playing that same mission, but a different time. I was strafing German armour on beaches, when my Wingman called in in excited Russian: "One! Break Right!" Hardly had I read the message up the top, when I felt a lurch and I tumbled 200 metres into the sand, minus my right wing. Looking up, a victorious FW-190 flew away. I literally sat there for at least 5 minutes with my mouth open. That sort of immersion was unheard of in the games I used to play.

THAT is why I play Il2!

12-23-2005, 03:22 AM
I've always been interested in technology, aviation and WW2. As soon as I was aware that you could run a flying simulation on a PC I wanted one but it wasn't until about 6 years ago that I finally decided to buy a PC. I immediately went looking for suitable sims.

First try was FS98. Learned to fly but didn't like the sim.
Second was CFS2. Liked it but had my suspicions about the FM's and was disappointed at not having the European theatre.
Thirs was EAW... now this was getting more like it, but once I learned to shoot I began to have my suspicions about the hit bubbles being twice the size of the aircraft. Joined a squad who'd been long time EAW fliers.
Bought CFS1 to augment my ETO options but was immediately disappointed with the flight model.
My squad were transitioning to IL2 Sturmovik which was new at the time so I bought it. On loading it, I was immediately disappointed. My PC (particularly graphics card) was no match for the demands it made.

After a couple of months I was able to do a small upgrade and after a modicum of tweaking got IL2 running to a flyable (though not really pretty) standard. Though appalled by the difficulty I was having keeping up with my squadmates, I was delighted with the challenge, the flight model, the damage model and a bunch of other little details. From there on I have rarely flown anything else though my squad disbanded after the first 2 years.

12-23-2005, 04:08 AM
Nice topic http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I live in Valkenburg (ZH) next to a navy airfield where the 320 and 321 sqd are/were stationed. These were founded during WW2 and as every Valkenburger I'm very prowed of our airfield.
When I was a kid I used to go to my uncle to play games like Red Baron and the early Flight simulators. My uncle works at Fokker and is a real a/c fanatic. I think I got my interest in airplanes from him and our airfield ofcourse http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif . My grandfather was in the Dutch resistance during WW2 and that really triggert the interest for WW2 and the Dutch front. 1+1=2 so Dutch WW2 airfront and its fighters.
I didn't do anything with these interest till almost 4 years ago I wanted to play a flight game again. I bought IL-2 Sturmovic and a cheap joystick and was hooked. Flying these planes really feels good, I injoy all espects of the game. It's not just the air combat for me. Every time I take off and tuch down I get the same rush of exitment as I got with my first succelfol take off's and landings. And flying these classics really tops it off.
This game also brought back some mamories. When I was young I wanted to be a bushpilot (back than I din't know it was called that) but I was young and forgat all about that. Now with IL-2 that desier has come back. I don't know how I will do that yet but It will happen some day.
Funny is that I got my uncle (the a/c fanatic) to play the IL-2 series. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

That's about it I think, sorry for the spelling.

12-23-2005, 04:52 AM

russ.nl, Good story m8, spelling doesn't matter it's the immersion that counts and IL2 has it big time.
I started my flight sim experience with the original Falcon4, oh man what a rush, a real war going on all around you, ground forces and air forces, but really for me prop planes were the greatest and IL2 is the one.


12-23-2005, 05:30 AM
This thread is a bit like the "Hello, my name is XXX, and I'm a flight sim junke"-tread we had http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

I grew up not unlike Monty Thrud with the ceiling of my room filled by WWII aircrafts (1:72 was my scale of choice). I even added smoke and fire with coloured cotton, punched small holes in the planes with a hot needle to make bullet holes and so on. I think I had 7 Spitfires hanging in a nice wing-over formation at one point.

One day I decided to grow up and took my air-gun and blasted them all down. Although I still liked WWII aviation, I found my plane-less ceiling worked better with girlfriends.

I never was much of a computer guy, and didn't even own a computer of my own until a few years ago. The only games that ever managed to capture me were "Masters and Magic" and "X-wing". I really loved X-wing, but could never stomach the follow up (TIE-fighter). I guess I'm a guy with pre-computer era reflexes.

Then one day 3 years ago my roomy showed my new, hot game he was playing. It was called Sturmovic, and all the memories of Humbrol paint, glue and the old X-wing game came back in a flash. Now, my roomy is out and my girlfriend has moved in with me, but the Sturmovic/FB/PF remains.

12-23-2005, 06:07 AM
Please Fiendly_feller ...its Thrud...thats THRUD..i say..Thurd is to close to poo http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

12-23-2005, 06:15 AM
I thought Thurd was between Secund and Forth....

12-23-2005, 06:24 AM
Sorry, sorry, my fault.

12-23-2005, 06:36 AM
Well I just love vintage planes, plain and simple. And since there's no way of trying out the real ones, then what's left?

I did consider getting myself a PPL a while ago. That would be expensive, of course, but I _think_ I could afford it... but what would be the point??? Modern-day aviation sounds pretty boring being as heavily regulated as it is (albeit out of necessity of course), so all you can really do is to take that stupid Cessna from A to B while someone (ATC) watches your every move... blech!

So nope, cannot be a**ed I think http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

12-23-2005, 08:27 AM
My internet was down so I had no way of looking at porn, so I needed something else to do. I found a disk that said IL2 on it, and while I've never played the original IL, I thought I'd give it a try anyway.

han freak solo
12-23-2005, 10:03 AM
The flyin' angle is what does it for me. Nothing else is as cool for PC gaming. Oops, simming . . . . did I offend? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

This forum keeps it going, too. Lots of input, ouput, tricks, mental help, sexual advice, updates, tips, philosophy, history, bickering, crying, appreciation, and virtual beer drinkin'.

This forum provides a mild form of entertainment, eh? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif