View Full Version : Off Topic - Rise of Flight (Iron Cross)

04-27-2011, 08:28 AM
To All,

I have been playing IL-2 for several years now, and although I still find it very interesting, I am looking to broaden my horizons slightly.

For a while, I had contemplated trying Rise of Flight, but I believe when it first came out, flying offline, like I have been in IL-2, was not a readily available option.

To those of you who currently enjoy ROF, I was hoping to ask for some inside advice.

The Iron Cross edition I believe does come in a CD / DVD format, but is it also available as a separate download from the internet?

Although I have flown a few missions with early war planes (Hurricane MKI specifically), I have developed certain bad flying habits that make matters more challenging when flying such aircraft as I tend to stall them very frequently.

I would guess that in ROF planes would have similar flight characteristics (is it something to do with the carburetor)?

Is it easy to learn how to fly the planes?

I once saw somewhere that you can buy / download more planes? (How much does this cost)?

How is the offline game play?

Are there many built-in missions / campaigns?

If not, are there places like www.mission4today.com (http://www.mission4today.com) where talented gracious individuals donate their missions and campaigns?

Do you need to be registered to play the game or have constant access to the internet?

Any experiences you are able to share would be welcomed.

I also saw a game by the name of Wings of Prey.

Is that any good?

Thank you and my apologies for posting this here, but having the insight from those who play IL-2 will give me a better understanding if this is something worth pursuing.

04-27-2011, 11:53 AM
I have ROF and enjoy it very much! You can download the demo from their website for a 14 day free trial. The demo is the complete game(a little over 3 GB download) and has two flyable aircraft to start. If you like it you can buy an activation key and it will open more flyable planes. (8 or 9 total for ICE I believe) Additional planes can be purchased one at a time or in bundles. You DO NOT have to buy more planes to enjoy the game, but they are there for those who wish to add to their collection. The price for planes starts at @ 7 USD. They do have some great sales on occasion also. (They have one going on right now until the 29th.)

The aircraft each have their own distinct flying characteristics. If you are used to WW2 planes, be prepared to re-learn some things! LOL
It takes practice but it is definitely do-able. ROF has a great "feeling" of flight to it. The physics are really immersive and the scenery is great.

Offline play is very fun. They are going to be coming out with a patch soon that will include a new career mode that will very much add to the offline enjoyability.

Online games are hosted through their game servers and are very fun also. The numbers of online players is kinda low for now, but hopefully will increase soon.

There is a great community at ROF! They have all kinds of user made missions,skins, etc.

I do not have Wings of Prey, so I am also interested in some opinions of that game as well!


04-27-2011, 11:36 PM
Yeah it's very good IMO and is holding me over just fine until Cliffs of Dover is fixed. TBH, I don't think Cliffs of Dover matches it in physics or graphics.

What Tazman said about the planes, they sale is just about done with but they usually have these half price sales every 3 months, fighter planes cost $2.99 during these sales, quite a good deal imo if you look at other games expansion packs or what high quality planes cost in FSX.

But as Tazman stated, you don't have to buy them, if you get the ICE version you get 8 planes and a bonus plane which is plenty to start out with. If you do not own a plane, you can still fly against it, as AI in single player or against human players online, so it shouldn't spoil your game too much.

Currently, the single player campaign is what I would call average compared to something like IL-2 (which isn't that great) but when the new campaign mode comes out it should be ground breaking if it holds up to the hype.

Another great thing about RoF is that they are constantly updating the game with patches full of goodies every month, there is always something new and awesome being put into the sim, you really get your moneys worth from the developers in that regaurd.

As for the carbs, the engine can cutout similar to an I-16 or other early war plane but since these planes only do between 90 and 140 mph the massive g-load you'd get in those WWII planes is less prevalent in these first war birds. If you push down on the stick hard it wont cut out immediatley and then gradually start cutting the engine out, it's very noticable and easily correctable, much more so than IL-2.

As for combat, it does take some getting used to. You think you can get on someones tail but by the time you turn into them they have rolled around and are facing you. The turn fights are much quicker because these planes are much better at turning than anything in WWII and it can catch your timing off guard. That being said, if you take the Spad or SE5A out to use energy fighting tactics that are similarly used in IL-2, you will be right at home.

04-28-2011, 04:30 PM
I didnt rate Wings of Prey very much.

I found the Easy mode far too easy, enemy planes being killed with 2 bullets, and the Realistic mode too hard. But not in a realistically hard way. Hard in a way that my bullets didnt seem to do anything at all, then all of a sudden the plane would explode. I couldnt see when I was registering hits at all.

There didnt seem to be anything inbetween.

However maybe that just me. I havent heard the same complaint from anyone else, so maybe I just had a bad experience or some bug/driver error was stopping me seeing the hits.

04-30-2011, 05:08 PM
ROF is a great sim, you won't be disapointed. Just downloaded mine during the easter sale & filled up z hangar with all the fighters! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
..one of my favorite screens so farhttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

05-01-2011, 12:14 AM
Only 1 thing better about that screenshot ^^ better than CloD is the color of the trees.

05-01-2011, 03:04 AM
I think RoF looks better than CloD, in general.

05-01-2011, 06:49 AM
So would you guys say that it was realistic as IL-2, but for WWI planes?

I've been looking into it for a while http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

05-01-2011, 08:53 AM
I would say so b34856, maybe more http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif Wish I would have picked it up when it first came out..

05-01-2011, 08:54 AM
Originally posted by r_c:
I would say so b34856, maybe more http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif Wish I would have picked it up when it first came out..

no you don't, lol.

its great now, but it was a bugfest for the first year or so.

05-01-2011, 09:04 AM
lol, guess I started at the right time then! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

05-02-2011, 05:34 AM
Yeah I picked it up last fall so I as well did not witness its original iteration http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

But it is quite a bit more advanced than IL-2 as far as physics are concerned and other systems being modeled.

05-03-2011, 11:37 AM
Thank you all for your responses!

Special kudos to PB4Tazman & Stiletto- for the details and r_c for that beautiful screenshot!

Xiolablu3, if I might ask, how long ago was it that you tried WoP?

Does anyone else have any flight time on that game?

Do these games have the need for registration in order to be played?