View Full Version : Pacific Fighters and Flying On-line

03-28-2005, 10:14 PM
I ordered Pacific Fighters Saturday and the phone company finally installed my DSL today, and my loving wife picked up a mic and headset when she was in town today. I'm thinking about trying on-line dying...I mean flyng...
I've got some questions though. If I understand correctly I have the option of flying on-line in Original Il-2, Pacific Fighters stand-alone, OR combined FB/AEP/PF. I have NEVER tried anything like this on-line. Which do you suggest? Being a newb at this I fully expect to last about ten seconds in a dog-fight, even though I do fairly well against AI (We all know the "I" definitely doesn't stand for "Intelligent").
Off line I fly cockpit on, but I only recently started experimenting with CEM.I just want to try a new challenge, and I want to find a place to gain some experience against human opponents. I don't mind being out-classed (I'm currently flying the Finnish Campaign off-line, Gladiators and Buffalo). After all, it's supposed to be all about fun, right?
Just thought I might ask for a little friendly advice. I honestly don't even know how to find any of the sites you guys talk about all the time, like GG or WC. If any of you can give me a direction to go in, I might take the plunge (to Earth....in smoke and flames...) this week-end if all goes well. Thanks.

03-28-2005, 10:56 PM
You can find GG and WC at hyperlobby. Here is a Link (http://hyperfighter.sk/) to the website to download the client so you can join HL and fly.

03-28-2005, 10:56 PM
95% of the community flies in the FB+AEP+PF merged installation. Yes you will get shot down badly no matter where you go...but if you've practiced all the important stuff offline in the QMB then you should be ok.

You shouldn't go on and wonder what key operates the machine guns, cannons, flaps, or starts the engine.


But once you get online...maybe try some coops (they tend to be friendlier), chat with people, etc.

I fully recommend you grab HyperLobby (http://hyperfighter.sk/). Thats what we all use http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

03-28-2005, 11:45 PM
Online you have the following options:

IL2 Sturmovik (in various non-compatible patch configurations)
IL2:Forgotten Battles (in various non-compatible patch configurations)
IL2:Forgotten Battles + Ace Expansion Pack (plus aforementioned patch configurations)
IL2:Forgotten Battles + Ace Expansion Pack + Pacific Fighters (+ patch confingurations)
Pacific Fighters standalone (+ patch configurations)

As most play online with the latest version of the combined install, I'd recommend FB/AEP/PF with the 100MB 3.01m patch and the 18.8MB (approx 19MB) 3.03m->3.04m patch. This allows the largest choice of servers and the widest variety of missions both in coop mode or in dogfight mode.

While coop does allow for (MUCH) friendlier flying, DF servers are better for quick action. Either way, you have it right that at least in the beginning it will likely be online dying rather than online flying, but stick with it.... it's worth it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Also as mentioned above, Hyperlobby is a good place to start.

The standard of acceptible behaviour varies a little from server to server, so be sure to read the briefings. Don't hesitate to ask questions in the HL chat lobby or in game, this community is mostly really helpful to newcomers.

03-29-2005, 12:20 AM
Welcome online! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

What the guys above said!

Good luck! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
and enjoy ofcourse. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

03-29-2005, 11:27 AM
Ditto what has neen said.

Most online fighting is FB+AEP+PF and then patched to 3.04

My main tip for learning is 'altitude,altitude,altitude!" Never dogfight a plane that has just flown over you from a greater height, coz he'll still be retaining his energy, while you try and climb, at which point you'll either stall or have to level off with no speed. BANG BANG, YOU DEAD!

Get yourself some alt, and always runaway if you are at a disadvantage. As they say, "better to run away and fight another day...."

03-29-2005, 11:41 AM
At least you get more than 9 lives. I've perished 1000's of times it seems. You'll never enjoy dying so much! HEHEHE Have fun!

03-29-2005, 06:12 PM
Thanks for all the replies, guys. I must confess a little trepidation at the thought of flying on-line, as I have never tried anything on-line before. I hadn't played any kind of video game in over 20 years until my wife bought M$ 2004 for me last year, so I could practice IFR flying. She bought original Il-2 for me for Christmas, and since then I have bought all the rest.(I'm expecting PF by the week-end.)
Tully and Ice-fire...how do you find a coop? Do you have to be invited into one, or are they open to any comers? As a student of air warfare history for about 25 years I am fairly familiar with appropriate real-life tactics and I have progressed to the point of being able to complete most missions without taking a hit to my own plane, even Glad againstg Yak-3s, but I know on-line is going to be a lot harder. I don't want to spoil any one else's good time. I also find that I totally SUCK at formation flying. I hope I can find a patient group to fly with, at least to start with.
Thanks again, everybody. Watch for my friendly hand waving to you through your gunsights soon.

03-29-2005, 06:43 PM
Fyh high & find a wingman, consider joining a squadron that will help you.

03-30-2005, 07:27 AM
I started on-line last weekend. Just dive into a dogfight server and avoid shooting your own side or stealing kills and you'll get on just fine. I was nervous at first but soon got into the swing of it.

The opposition will also appreciate the target practice http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

03-30-2005, 08:02 AM
AFAIK in Hyperlobby when you connect to a room you can choose between lots of coops.There are:

-Online war type coops;you need to be registered to fly those.They are historicaly based missions focused on one theater.We have all of those but you need FB and AEP to play other than pacific.

-Coops/ie.COOP/;mostly opened for all generic missions with popular difficulty settings

-Squad missions/ie.TEAM MISSION/;mostly opened for all but also often closed for one or two squads to participate;this room is used mostly for squad training or squadvssquad wars

DF servers-don`t be surprised if you meet a bigot,there are lots of them there.Servers like Greatergreen or Warclouds have good and pleasant pilots so they`re popular.However it is just a airquake mostly.

Welcome and have fun.

03-30-2005, 07:37 PM
Once again, thanks for the replies. Another question: should I go ahead and D/L Teamspeak for voice comms, or is it not used that much?

03-30-2005, 11:17 PM
Definately D/L Teamspeak.....I think it is one of the online essentials.
Also Trackir3 Pro will give you a greatly increased sense of situational awareness..this will help you stay alive longer....trust me!
Also altitude and speed are life when online....as is a good sense of knowing when it's time to run!!! :-)
Once you are online you will probably become addicted and need some sort of therepy or medication to get you through the "non-flying" parts of the day.:-)
Got to go...got to fly....getting the shakes.....

03-30-2005, 11:33 PM
Thanks, Prop_Strike. I'll try to DL Teamspeak tomorrow. Track IR will have to wait a while, though. And, I'm already addicted to Il-2. My wife gave me the original for Christmas, and I was hooked immediately. Two days later I un-installed CFS 3 and haven't looked back since. I have probably flown an average of three hours a day and only missed three days, if I recall.