View Full Version : Enjoying immensely as online noob!

11-02-2004, 12:45 AM
As a relatively new online player in PF (or any other combat flightsim for that matter--I regularly fly MP in FS2004 but that's non-combat LOL) I must say I had the most wonderful afternoon today.

There was a server up that featured a dogfight mission but it had a little story to it, about some Japanese recon plane that went down in the ocean right smack in the lines. Your job as Japanese pilot is to patrol the area so that your pals can effect a rescue attempt while the Allies must try and stop the rescue and also take out targets of opportunity in a nearby Japanese airfield. Also, the Allies can try to sink the Japanese carrier.

I went in as a Japanese player and was surprised that it was a "cockpit-only" and "no-external-view" affair! At first it felt disappointing, but after an hour of playing, the realism level given by these restrictions can really be addicting! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif I mean, it also works for you--I managed to pounce on some unsuspecting Hellcats and Corsairs too! I managed to shoot down about 2 planes and collided with a P-38 once LOL.

Since I don't have a trackIR, monitoring the airspace for enemy fighters becomes a lefthand joystick--righthand mouse affair, and it almost feels like I was playing a 3D First Person tactical game due to the many mouse movements I had to do to constantly watch the skies for Bandits.

TO whoever put up that server, I want to thank you for a lovely time! I really enjoyed it! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif


11-02-2004, 05:01 AM
Welcome and glad you're having fun!

My best experience thus far in PF - a small thing, I know, but made me happy - bringing a stricken, smoking Seafire in to make a decent landing on a moving carrier from six and a half thousand feet with the engine out. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Cheers, Spinner

11-02-2004, 05:23 AM
I've been playing on-line too over the last couple of days and have enjoyed it so far. I haven't actually had a kill yet though but i'll keep om trying.

What is trackIR??

11-02-2004, 05:45 AM
TrackIR is a motion tracking device that lets you control your point of view by slightly moving your head. It sounds funny but it feels very natural to control your viewpoint this way. Having used it for almost two years I can't fly without it.

Have a look at http://www.naturalpoint.com/trackir/ - there's an animated graphic in the lower half of the page that explains all you'll need to know.

Obviously this has other advantages than immersion - it frees up a controller for other things, be it hatswitch or mouse.

Lots of TrackIR fans on these forums.


Cheers, Spinner