3 great books arrived today. Battle For The Bulge, It Never Snows in September and Jane’s Tank Recognition Guide. The first two are to expand on my limited knowledge of these 2 very famous battles after getting into Command Ops Battle For The Bulge which is based very accurately on the historical tactical skirmishes of that time and likewise It Never Rains In September is all about Operation Market Garden.
Jane’s recognition guide i got because i thought i knew a lot about tanks with me being an ex Infantryman in The British Army but it turns out i know nothing after playing Steel Beasts Pro. Plus i find the subject quite interesting anyway and why not? My Dad was in the forces and as such i got to play on Armoured vehicles like the Scorpion and Spartan when i was a kid so its great reading up about these playground toys of my youth.
This has to be the best Combat Flight Simulator that has ever been created for the home PC. At least i think so anyway. I have been flying this sim for well over 12 years now on and off. Through its many guises it never fails to bring a smile to my face when your able to execute a well made plan or simply firing a sidewinder in a tight dogfight and getting that hit. I have recently mastered Air to Air Refuelling Mastered is probably the wrong word but i am confident enough to do it that i do add it into missions i design because it enhances them.
I have put off trying to learn it after some very frustrating attempts over the years but once it is cracked it really adds to the already great immersion of the sim. The graphics are of course dated but they certainly don’t take away from the experience of flying a modern fast jet. I am sure i will still be flying this in years to come and i say that with a positive mind set. It maybe a reflection of what’s on offer out there but i feel confident that with the work DCS are doing and others in the pipeline our genre for hardcore sims will make a great comeback if it isn’t already doing so.