View Full Version : How did you get your Il-2?

05-26-2004, 07:38 AM
The first time i heard about Il-2 is on a web site from another simulation that i played, some people where talking about it ( http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/10.gifactually it was a russian web site), i didn't pay much attention to it, but then a couple of month later when was in Computer game store chossing my next toy, and then the Il-2 FB met my yey, so that how i got it. Basicly if i didn't have the that other simulation ( http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/10.gif Operation Flashpoint) i wouldn't know abou this great game.

Regard, http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

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05-26-2004, 07:38 AM
The first time i heard about Il-2 is on a web site from another simulation that i played, some people where talking about it ( http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/10.gifactually it was a russian web site), i didn't pay much attention to it, but then a couple of month later when was in Computer game store chossing my next toy, and then the Il-2 FB met my yey, so that how i got it. Basicly if i didn't have the that other simulation ( http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/10.gif Operation Flashpoint) i wouldn't know abou this great game.

Regard, http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

"Only in the spirit of attack, born in a brave heart, will bring success to any fighter aircraft, no matter how highly developed it may be."

05-26-2004, 07:49 AM
I had to think really hard about this, it was such a long time ago (seemingly) that I first got IL2.

It was after playing the demo, which was on a coverdisk of a gaming magazine. The demo was awesome and just blew me away. I'd played a lot of sims before, but nothing like this.

All that time and STILL nothing can touch it.

Cheers, Spinner


05-26-2004, 07:51 AM
Saw a review of IL2, whilst looking for something else, like you. Thought I'd give it a try.
Haven't played anything but the IL2 series since.


05-26-2004, 08:06 AM
I have seen a promo movie in a gamestore.Was not out.Checked the website , there was a demo. At that time I was on dial-up so I have waited for few months until I got my box. Yes , a real box , not a stupid DVD case. I still have it together with the receipt http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif. Which reminds me that I have to make a backup.
And, yes, same week went broadband , and adventure began. Year was 2001 , or it was 2002 already? Dunno exactly.Have to check the receipt.

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05-26-2004, 08:17 AM
Before IL-2 I haven't play flight sims at all. It was the game wich got me into flight simming.

First time I herd about it was back at home. You'll be suprised but in Russia IL-2 Sturmovik was widly covered by gaming mass media, and not only flight sim magazins. May be it is because IL-2 was first serious Russian achievment in gaming industry. So at thet time I was playing Quake and Half-Life and I red about the IL-2 sturmovik next Unreal Tournament review. I was impressed by the screen shots and I decided to get it.

If you need a software in Russia you go to the street vendors. They have huge table filled with all kinds of pirated software. In fact, I even do not know other places where you can buy software. On the table like thet you can find Windows, Adobe Photoshop, all kinds of 3d games, mp3 cd's video CD's and all of them have standard prise - about $2. So it took me a while to look through all the items and finaly i found what i was looking for. I saw two most identical jewvel case IL-2 Sturmovik. The difference was in the colors of the cover. One CD had faded cover and standard price for pirated CD - $2. Andothe CD looked the same but had richer colors and cost a litle more - about $3. I asked wat's the difference and the sellere said that CD which cost more is original, not pirated. It was another innovation brought by IL2. Their publisher in Russia - 1C, knowing that it will be difficult to compete with pirots just offered the product at almost the same price but with benefits of original software like customer support.

Since that time I learned a lot about WW2 history and aviation and I paid 30 dollars instead 3 dollars for Forgotten Battles.

05-26-2004, 08:23 AM
I first heard of Il2 on bbc.co.etc - mainstream!

05-26-2004, 08:32 AM
1. Saw it in a software shop. `What`s a sturmovik?` looks Russian, looks ****. Ignored it.

2. Applied to join an online Squad. `We don`t do EAW any more. We do IL2, try it, it`s good`.
It can`t be that good, I thought, especially with no dynamic campaign.

3. I got it, it was a little buggy with my voodoo graphics card. But the first impressions of Sirens on the runway, everything in 3D even the pilots, the detail of wheels rolling to a slow stop after take off suddenly made me realise that there was something very special here...

The rest is history.



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05-26-2004, 08:34 AM
Back in 2002 I was unemployed and was sent to some sort of IT training, a waste of my time, really. It was like sending Jim Clark to driving school. Anyway, one of the teachers caught me downloading some aviation pics. I thought he was gonna get mad at me, but instead he proposed a new flight sim - Il-2 "Stur-ich-something". His friend made him a copy and he offered to make me a copy.

Wow! What a game it was. Quickly I forgot about the MSCFS 2 that I was heavily playing at the time. So, when Forgotten Battles came out, I duly bought the game. I also bought the Aces Pack. But I still have that old illegal copy of Il-2 Sturmovik somewhere! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/10.gif



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05-26-2004, 09:01 AM
I saw it in a game store when it was released.

Always on the look out for something WW2 flight simmy and new I thought I would give it a go (I thought the screenies looked rather good http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif)

I tried the training missions first and after some confusion I finally got in the cockpit of the IL-2 and got it off the ground. It was about this point I got hooked http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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05-26-2004, 09:08 AM
Got mine free when I bought my CH Products Combat Stick.. almost didn't load it, just figured it was another "give-away" game... then I read some reviews, tried and it and the rest is history...



05-26-2004, 09:22 AM
Heard about if from Gambit21, on another (unrelated) board. I hadn't flown a flight sim since I put XP on my older PC which goofed up CFS2. I had just bought MSFS2004, but have yet to install it on the new PC. LOMAC is still unopened as well, I may be stuck on the Bf109 until PF comes out. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

05-26-2004, 09:25 AM
I was a xbox/ps2 jock before I could finally afford a good PC rig...which is already WAY out of date...lol Never played any flight sim games other than at the arcade(a cheesy F-14 fighter game-can't remember the real title) but I thought it was cool at the time. So after having a new PC for about 3 months, I stumbled across this game IL-2 in a "grocery store" - no kidding...lol My girl and I were getting some groceries and just happened to look in this 50% off basket of PC games and there it was! For ten bucks! Went home and immediately installed it and the rest is history...still a hardcore addict and still can't wait for more...PF, BOBhttp://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif!


05-26-2004, 09:26 AM
Downloaded it on accident, was trying to get another game (don't remember what), and got IL-2 when i tried to install it. Said "eh, i'll give it a shot i guess... ".

Good reason for file sharing though... since then, i've bought FB, and AEP. If i didn't get the original from file sharing, then i would have never bought anything from UBi.


05-26-2004, 09:34 AM
A friend of mine bought it back in 2001 and showed it to me. I tried a Bf 109 against a bomber in QMB and hated the game instantly. Half a year later, my roomy had bought the game. This time I tried the wonderful little I-16 (remember, this was back in good old, Sturmovik times) and immediately started sending He 111s from the sky in cascades.

It got me hooked instantly. I have not put it down since. The flight models have improved tremendously since then, and so has game balance. But the little "Rata" is still my favourite plane for "fun flying".

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05-26-2004, 09:43 AM
It was a rare impulse buy for me. I saw it on the shelf and thought 'cool it's not the typical BoB ****'.

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05-26-2004, 09:52 AM
I had been flying WWII Fighters and CFS2 for a while. Got bored with that so went down to the software store looking for something new. Found IL2, looked interesting but I saw GTA3 and picked that up instead. Few weeks later, I went back to the store and IL2 was still there, couldnt decide what to get cause silent hunter was right beside it. (My brother is a sonar tech in the Navy.) I picked IL2 up and began the journey. Never got online until I got FB. Didnt know about it until I ventured onto these forums. Been luriking here since early summer of 2002, but never registered lol.

Ahh, the good ole days......

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05-26-2004, 09:53 AM
I joined an EAW squad who were in the process of changing to IL2. My PC was hopelessly inadequate at the time (ATI Rage II C vid card) but I managed to scrape up the readies for a GF2mx 32MB and the rest is history.



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05-26-2004, 10:28 AM
I had downloaded the demo of IL2 back when it was advertised at IGN or GameSpot, some place like that. Having only played MicroSoft FS5 before, IL2 was very fresh and enjoyable, and the ground attack combat in the IL2 hooked me immeditately. A couple weeks later, in the spring of 2002 I was in a Hastings, sitting in a chair in the software department considering two games... IL2 Sturmovik, and Front Mission 3 for the PlayStation. Which should I get? Which would last longest and give the most enjoyment?

Hehe, well, I chose IL2 Sturmovik of course, and I doubt that Front Mission 3 would have lasted me for two and a half years. http://www.geocities.com/adlabs6/B/bin/1/happy.gif

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05-26-2004, 10:38 AM
I got it because it was one of the few ww2 game that dealt with Eastern Front at the time. I hated flight sims - no I love them. http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif I think most people who do not get the game get turned off by the fact that it is a game made by Russians and with Russian planes. (Since for about 60 years people get drilled into their heads that Russian planes are horrible).

05-26-2004, 11:38 AM
I was wandering down the pc game aisle & saw the box for IL2. I knew what the plane was so i picked it up & looked at it. The game looked good but I've always been a fps type. After I got online to check it out, I went out & bought IL2 and a joystick. I have never regretted that decision. Now I get to fly stuff I had seen in books or airshows.

05-26-2004, 11:40 AM
I was looking for a flight sim since I finally got graphics card. I used to love AOTP and Europe back in the day. Wanted a WWII flight sime found my way to the IL2 website found out there dozens of flyable aircraft. The next day I went out and bought IL2 and FB thinking you had to have one to play the other.

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05-26-2004, 12:02 PM
yeah AOTP and ..over Europe were great. those were my first computer games (as i was always interested in aircrafts).
well, back on topic:
i used to play EAW, but then it didnt run anymore on my new pc, my father bought CFS2, i thought it was very boring and just looked unrealistic.
so i had quite a large break in combat flightsims. then one day i found a demo of Il-2 Sturmovik (before Il2 was out) and loved it, it just reminded me on the EAW so much. I played the demo all day long (almost http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-wink.gif).Then i ran to our local shop the day Il-2 Sturmovik came out, got it, and after that also bought FB and AEP the same way.

05-26-2004, 12:06 PM
I heard some people in the cfs1 chat talking about an upcoming release of a demo for IL2.

So when the demo finally game out I d/led it.Sold me on it the first time I pancaked the IL2 on the runway on takeoff.

To this day it is the only demo I have tried that has multiplay enabled.

05-26-2004, 12:42 PM
Picked up a copy of UK PC Gamer (used to be a monthly reader, but now I get it couple of times a year if I feel like it) saw the preview.... news on section or whatever - IL2:FB sequel to IL2 Sturmovik. Thought oooh! that looks good http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif was/am a bit of a WW2 history buff and I had just got a brand spanking P4 1.8 as part of a Special Needs equipment package at the end of 2002 so I thought... I'll have some of that - found the IL2 Sturmovik site thanks to the review and DL'ed the demo for however many hours on Dial up http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif. That was that - bought FB and latterly Aces almost as soon as they became available. Also got a MS Precision 2 immediately as well - even when I only had the demo!

18 months down the line - still playing FB, the precision 2 has made way for an FFB2 (2 as of last week - got a "spare" off ebay) am now looking at other (more expensive) upgrades to try and get more out of it.... radeon 9800Pro here I come!.... when I have the cash - still a "poor" student y'see http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif and yes I'm STILL doing the damned masters, for which this machine was originally intended... wonder if the two facts are related?... hmmm http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

FB and Aces - best ‚£30 odd I spent in a long time.... closely followed by my (new) MSFFB2 at just under ‚£40... The ebay one was actually more expensive... http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif




05-26-2004, 01:43 PM
A biology lab. tech. gave me a demo CD he found in a magazine. After my first few take off attempts I said "this sucks" and went back to CFS2 for a few months. Every once in awhile someone would duck out of the CFS2 chat zone saying "I'm going back to Forgotten Battles now" so I decided to look into it again by checking the forums for screenshots and opinions. It all sounded good and I recognized the names of some of the posters so what the heck ... Now there's a copy of FB on two of my computers as well as a copy of the original IL-2. Several of my friends have been surprized with gift CDs as well and they're all still flying them. Yes, all the CDs were paid for and I don't regret it one bit. With TIR and rudder pedals it's insanely fun but I don't think I'll ever survive online. Tried a few times but as my wife says I lack the killer instinct lol.


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05-26-2004, 02:05 PM
Yep like Troll2k I saw it mentioned on The zones chat pool. While searching for a room to join. So i jumped over on google and did a search for it found the demo took all night to get on dailup using the DAP The rest was history after that.

I put the real game on my Christmas list. It drove my wife nuts trying to find it. Since it wasn't realeased till late November if I remember correctly. She shops for Christmas in July LOL Then once I new it was realeased it drove me nuts not to buy it early since I knew she was going to get it. Then seeing the box under the tree, well it looked like a PC game box, Drule slobber peak, Smack %^@^*!$ No I didn't honey, I swear!

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05-26-2004, 02:36 PM
I found IL2 just 2 weeks ago. I used to play flight sims all of the time, going all the way back to Flight Simulator 2 on the Apple IIe. Then I sort of fell out of PC gaming 3 or 4 years ago and just recently started getting back into gaming when I picked up MS Flight Sim 2004 a few months ago. I started itching for a combat game and decided I wanted a WWII sim. Dogfighting the way it was meant to be, with guns and the Mk. I eyeball. I asked around on some MSFS message boards and IL2 came highly recommended. I was also intrigued by the fact that it simulates the Eastern Front while all other WWII games I've played represent US/UK vs. Germany or US vs. Japan, it's something different. So I picked up IL2 Gold. I've also gotten two other coworkers into the game, we plan to meet online at some point.

05-26-2004, 02:45 PM
I built my computer right about this time last year and the IL-2 demo came with my graphics card (an NVidia 5200). I installed it and when it took me a week just to learn how to take off (no joystick then) I figure "Hmmmm, this isn't just a game...this could be fun".....The rest is one long series of husbandless nights for my wife...http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

05-26-2004, 02:53 PM
Just like Nickdanger....I built my rig last year at around the time FB was released. I was actually upgrading to play CFS3, as I already was playing CFS1 on a Pentium upgraded to a K6CPU (really primative). Anyway, on a lark I downloaded the IL2 demo (I wasn't interested in the eastern front BTW), and was impressed with the detail in the 109 models. The engine smoke, the curling smoke coming from the MG151 cannon tracers. Just a fantastic looking sim. At the time I only had a CH gameport stick, but immediately after purchasing bought a CH USB stick and rudder pedals. This sim has taken over my life at night (I barely even play the guitar anymore http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-sad.gif.

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05-26-2004, 04:53 PM
There was a review of it in a magazine WWII Aviation, or something like that. Anyway, I'd been playing a lot of Red Baron 3D and MSCFS1 & 2, and thought, "Hey, that'd be cool" and went and checked out the website.

That was even cooler. The screenshots filled me with anticipation, but the requirement for a 32 Mb video card filled me with dread. I scrimped up the money for a PCI MX200 (my crappy little eMachines 'puter had built in video with 4Mb shared), and bought the game when it went on sale at Best Buy for $29.99.

At that time, Windows XP didn't support OpenGL, and it took me forever (okay, three weeks) to get the game to run for more than three or four tantalizing minutes. Then some charitable soul on this forum made a few suggestions that got me up & running in DirectX.

Life was good, and now I'm addicted. I've built five computers now, each with an eye to giving me better performance in Il-2 or FB, selling them to players of lesser games when something better could be built within my budget.

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05-26-2004, 05:11 PM
When I got the original IL2 a few years back I had already been playing Combat Flight Sims for a while. I was browsing the PC game aisle at Best Buy and IL2 caught my eye. The fact that it was focused on the eastern front got my attention. Best decision Ive ever made http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

After I got IL2 I didnt even need to think about purchasing FB or AEP...it was kinda involutary http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif


05-26-2004, 08:57 PM
I'd been moderately into flight sims back in the old days. Gunship! on the C64 was a lot of fun,, and that brought me my love of ground attack. My last serious sims were Red Baron 1 on an old Mac and Chuck Yaeger on a slightly-less-antiquated Mac. Red Baron was f---ing IT man, but I'd lost the maps early on (they turned up last month) so the campaign was great but I spent a LOT of time navigating and trying to find my objective. CYAC was also fun, but for me was best for quick battles and just shooting stuff down.

Then a long pause in flight simming (did I mention the Macs ?) which paid off since there were good turn-based wargames back then. I took home a cast-off work PC in 2000 (P2 450) for a gaming machine. I picked up Crimson Skies and a Voodoo 5. CS is a very fun game, but it's obviously not a real flight sim. So I started trying demos.

The first IL-2 demo didn't 'wow' me, but nothing else had either. Then the second demo came out. I put in the time to learn to handle the 109s groundloop, and to develop a real appreciation for the Sturmovik's rockets for shipping strikes. Ahhh those days ;-) The single-player IL-2 missions are lots of fun - try the one in a thunderstorm if you have it. After a couple weeks I HAD to have more :-)

Trust me, flying the IL-2 campaign on a P2-450 with a Voodoo 5 is a labor of love. I got good at ground attack during slideshows :-)

And here we are today, desperately waiting for PF.

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05-26-2004, 09:50 PM
I had seen IL2 in the stores around the time it forst came out but my rig couldnt handle it at the time... (P2233MHZ,256MRAM,TNT64M Vcard,SB16 on a 15" monitor) I was in a ssquad in CFS.. I met a guy named Leost over there... I wonder whatever happened to him... anyway we were talking on RW one night and he was talking about it to us.. he said it was a great sim. All my buds were in CFS (my first online experience). I had CFS2 as well and CFS3 was just an anticipation at the time. Eventually I upgraded my rig for CFS3 to a XP1600,768>RAM,R9000. That was the first time I saw how much hardware was important to your game and where I learned if you are going to upgrade... upgrade.. dont nickel & dime it your just wasting money. I was doing well in CFS and waiting with eager anticipation for CFS3. One day about a week before the release of CFS3 I was at my local Best Buy at Potomac Mills and I ran into a guy named Phil who told me he had CFS3 and was sending it back He said it was awful and it was a step backwards for MS. To me that was almost unthinkable.... (little did I know) I figured it hd to be at least AS good as CFS.. out of the box. He handed me IL2 and said it was the best sim he ever saw and I wouldnt be dissapointed. He gauranteed it. I figured since I now had a rig that met the system reqs and i had this great recommendation i might as well try it. At that time i was collecting sims is seems... LMAO.. I had a few that I didnt like very much. Phil told me about a place called.... the Hyperlobby... he sent me an email with the link and an offer to join his squad. I lot touch with him.. I wonder what hes doing.. Id like to thank him. IL2 was more than I could have ever dreamed up in a sim. By day 3 I was hooked and by the 2nd week I was raving to all my squadmates about it. By that time CFS3 had come out and I was so dissapointed. I told all my squadmates about it and out of a squad of about 14 guys only one came over... and he has become a huge aset to the community and still thanks me to this day. The rest is history. I got branded a turncoat by my squad for leaving to fly a "Russian" sim and I have had more horizons opened up sinceIi bought IL2 than I ever would have imagined. My IT skills are growing by leaps and bounds, I now have a whole nother realm of history in my head that I wasnt even aware of till IL2, I have met some great folks, learned Photoshop and how to skin, started my own squad with the help of a very talented brother.. and have spent goo gobs of money on my rig and my accessories.. more than i ever thought i would ever spend on something like this. All and all it has been a real blast.. one that i hope to be doing for a long long time.

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05-27-2004, 04:12 AM
I've been in combat flight simming since the original Lucas Art Battle of Britain 1940 ans SWOTL... I first got the Il2 Demo and I was hooked. Since then I brought the Original Il2, then FB, then AEP. Will prolly get PF and the new BoB... The circle will be complete...

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05-27-2004, 06:07 AM
Have always been a flight simmer (my first was Luftwaffe Commander) and seen some post's on Race Sim Central about this "cool new flight sim" called IL-2 so I had to try it out.

See you in the fence....

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05-27-2004, 06:57 AM
S!Ahh is it not amazing how addicting this game is? I to like Bearcat and others have been constantly upgrading my cpu to get the most out of these games. I think I have learned more about cpus and East front history as well as my beloved German planes then I ever would have if not for this game. My next attempt is to build my own cpu for the upcoming BOB.

Back on topic now i used to fly CFS2 for a squad using the Japanese planes. My one friend from Germany told me about Il2. Researched IL2 online for reviews and went out and got it. WOW was getting the 109 off the ground hard, but the graphics and detail of the cockpits was unreal. Needless to say my friend and I were hooked, so we began practicing together in the 109. Our squad mates were still heavy into Cfs2 so we both started pushing it and always talking about it. Then FB came out with all of those planes and the possiblites with the online missions is what sold our group to finally switch over. I have never looked back at cfs2, though I admit i bought cfs3 and tried it for 2 days http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/51.gif http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/52.gif and well...
This sim is the best game i have ever owned, i never get tired of it cause it is always something new.


05-27-2004, 07:59 AM
I have always been fascinated by flying. I bought a PC 2 years ago and never touched a PC game before. A friend of mine recommended a WWII flight simulator (real flying, decent speed, gunnery...) and provided me with B17 disc that never worked.

Some months late a I spotted an odd looking WWII flight simulator in the shelfs of a large electronics shop. It was called IL2 - an airplane I had never heard of. I also was skeptical to buying a russian game. Would it work or was it just a scam?

Boy was I wrong. By coincidence I ended up with a piece of state-of-the-art PC game. Love the game and its attention to detail. Also, it has made me a lot more aware of the terrible part of WWII called the Great Patriotic War.


05-27-2004, 08:37 AM
A co-worker gave me his copy of IL-2 (still in the original big box version), because he had been too busy in his peronal life to play anymore. I am an avid ww II buff and had known a little bit about Eastern Front planes, but I was never seriously into flight simming. I was into PC RPGs and was playing Morrowind and Neverwinter Nights very heavily when I got IL-2. I instantly got hooked to IL-2 and stopped playing Morrowind entirely for several months http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif. Now I've moved on to FB then AEP to where I am now. I've updated my PC, got broadband, all because of IL-2.

I still play Morrowind and Neverwinter, but now IL-2 has taken it's place in my honor roll of gaming goodness.

05-27-2004, 08:42 AM
I had just purchased a new Dell with a GeForce card and wanted a new video game with nice eye candy. I was also thinking it sure would be fun to fly around and shoot stuff! I had never played any flight sim before, just racing sims, and FPS games don't do much for me. So I went to Best Buy and walked up and down the isles and just by chance spotted the IL2 box. Flipped it over and looked at the printed screen shots and thought "COOL, but no way it looks that good in-game!". How wrong was I! I also thought the screen shot of the ground straffing was cool too, so I just took a chance and bought it!

And of course now I am totally hooked!

Newer PC, new graphics card, more RAM, flight stick, better monitor, IL2-FB, IL2-FB-Aces Expansion, Lock-ON, MS Flight Sim 2004, Janes Fighters. Religious watcher of the History Channel for any glimpse of WWII aircraft, pouring through my Dad's numerous books on WWII, etc, etc! Might even consider taking real life flying lessons!

More that just a game, more than just a sim.
Its life!


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05-27-2004, 10:01 AM
Wasn't into flight sims at all - in fact was a die-hard Battlezone fan (and still am to be honest), but got a new rig last year and decided to try something that would look flash. Anyway, like I say, wasn't into flight sims but loved the mosquito, and knew I wouldn't be able to dogfight for toffee, so bought CFS3 (hangs head in shame). Actually enjoyed it (first flight sim ever - remember) and genreally had a blast shoot up locos in my trusty mossie. Then read a review of FB - hadn't even heard of the original IL2 so thought I'd give that a go as the review raved about grounfd pounding. Bought it, loaded it up and bloody nearly shot my wad as soon as the graphics fired up! Then tried to fly - oh man was I in trouble - there was this whole stalling malarky which just didn't happen in CFS3. Few days later when I could get off the runway and occasionally back ontop it, and just once or twice send a Ju52 spiralling downwards in several large flaming bits I thought I'd have a look at the FMB. First time I hit enter and dropped into 3d I nearly creamed my pants again! I have actually just set up tank assaults on heavily defended villages with no aircraft at all. I guess I must have CFS3 still, but no idea where... The last time I used it was when I found out there was a 1% beaufighter - d/l-ed it, loaded the game, flew it for 2 mins and turned off in disgust. Took a sturmovik out for a thrash straight after - it was like having that first drag on a ... cigarette - deep peace and joy!

Still can't fly, get more kills on the ground by ramming the buggers, and every now and then turn it to full unreal just to kill a rookie AI and watch the glittering debris (esp. after a hard day at work) but the first time I ever downed something on full real and landed in one piece afterwards was like the day I passed my driving test...

Hopelessly hooked! Currently getting into **** planes big style - if only to give myself an excuse for being so harmless with a set of machine guns.