Another retro title that I missed because I was to poor to afford a computer back then. I installed this on my purpose built retro PC. The first thing that struck me was how good the graphics were. Even by today’s standards they are not to shabby and I even said out loud “Wow!”. It’s far from a study simulation such as Janes Longbow 2. One really nice feature that I am having great fun in trying is just playing as the weapons officer. The optics are really good to use and switching from thermal imaging to the day sight and zooming in on a target is so satisfying.
hate love affair with retro simulations I have recently set-up Janes AH-64D Longbow 2 on my purpose built old hardware PC and managed to get Longbow 2 to work really well. It took me a long time to do because XP is no longer supported, because of that I don’t have it connected to the internet. So every patch/update/driver I need is all done by relaying a USB pen drive between my two machines. Nevertheless it was all worth it.
I have spent many hours over the last couple of weeks learning this simulation and I can honestly say, hand on heart this has been the most enjoyable time I have had flying and learning in years. The thing is I have never played this up until now. It was released in 1997. I was in my 20’s back then and had a full head of hair. I didn’t have the money to own a PC but I was well aware of Longbow 2 and desperately wanted to try it out as I did with most combat flight simulations. I would go into a shop (we had to go outside to get games back then) and lift the hefty box up and marvel at all the potential complexity of it all.
I am unable to capture in game footage with the old PC and taking screenshots crashes the system. So I have find a way to run Longbow 2 on my more modern Windows 10 system. It’s not an ideal setup because of tedious technical issues but it’s enough for me to get some screenshots and I plan on making a video of a mission or a “how to set it up” tutorial. I don’t know yet.
In the mean time this love affair goes on.
A few weeks back I spent a long time trying to get really old games and simulations to run on a modern Windows 10 system. It was all hit and miss, frustrating and inconsistent. I could get some simulations such as Janes F-15 to run but this process was long, fiddly and required lots of patience, which at my age is a rare resource.
So a good friend of mine at work asked me if I wanted his old XP system. I nearly bit his hand off and I now have it up and running in my computer room with all those classics running sweetly. Some of these games I never got to play back in the day due to my job and other factors. If you look past the obviously aged graphics the reward is depth and longevity because a lot of these really have stood the test of time.
Apart from Falcon 4.0 which I have been using for about 20 years now non stop my favorite so far is Janes Longbow 2. I have just completed the tutorial sessions and they are so well written I did them again. I am going to open up another branch to the site dedicated to this old school stuff.
If you have any old games/ simulations you think I should try then please let me know.