Theatre Of War – A Little Gem.

Written by Phil on . Posted in Battle, Theatre Of War

 

This series of games got a bunch of mixed reviews when it first came out. This also coincided with the release of the Vista operating system. I purchased all of the games in this series a few months ago for just a few quid. They have been sitting in my Steam library until just a few days ago I decided to try the Africa 1943 campaign because I am in the middle of reading the Rommel Papers (great book).

I tried the fiddly tutorial that comes with the game and I have to admit I just found this annoying. So I plunged into the campaign and Oh Man! I am glad I did. This reminded me of Graviteam Tactics Operation Star. The maps are huge and the battles that take place are brilliant. The detail immense. A lot of the complaints back in the day were of game crashes. I am yet to have any crash of any sort. Vista was a load of crap.

I am goring to do some videos on this series without a doubt. In particular I am going to focus on Operation Epsom the battle that took place shortly after the D-Day landings. The map looks sweet and a place where it is hard to fight.

If you were put off by these games back then it really is worth giving them a go on today’s more stable operating systems. I am sure you won’t be disappointed.

 

Command Ops 2 The Learning Curve

Written by Phil on . Posted in Articles, Battle, Command Ops

 

After  following the tutorial for Command Ops 2 that I posted a few days ago I just got my first decisive victory!! I know it’s the tutorial  and my forces were far superior in equipment, supply and well, just about everything else it was still satisfying.

The best thing about it all was showing me a way to plan and approach the scenario. I took my time and studied my forces in much more detail than I normally would. I thought much more about the terrain and did the same sort of study with that. All adding up to much more enjoyable experience. Another part I thoroughly enjoyed was the less micro managing. I was looking at the bigger picture. I’m now a few hours into my next mission. This will prove to be a proper challenge I know but I don’t feel like I am flaying around in the dark anymore. Knowledge of equipment and how best to deploy is crucial I feel. I am still far from an expert but it’s another part of it that I am more confident in than what I was just a few months ago.

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BFM – The Lucky Approach.

Written by Phil on . Posted in Articles, Falcon 4.0, Latest

 

BFM or Basic Basic Fighter Maneuvers Is a fundamental skill that any fighter pilot should master. I enjoy it and often set up dogfights with various types of aircraft. In a one versus one scenario with a neureral setup IE: Head on against AI or a human component your fist move once into the merge is crucial. This is where the fight can be lost in a split second. In the video below however I give a classic example of good fortune on my behalf. Most of the time if I did something this stupid I would get my arse handed to me.

I’m off to read more “Fighter Combat” by L. Shaw.

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Command Ops 2 Tutorial.

Written by Phil on . Posted in Battle, Command Ops, Latest

 

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Command Ops 2 recently got the Greenlight for the Steam platform. Which is great news, hopefully bringing lots more players to this fantastic game.

This tutorial, no, this brilliant tutorial by a chap called Daz over at the Lock n Load and Matrix forums is a great way to show the new player a skilful approach to playing the game. Of course if you try to replicate what he has done you will probably have a different experience because the AI does not always do the same thing. This makes replay ability that much better.

If you are new or old to this game it is worth downloading just to see how this incredible document was put together.

Enjoy the game it is truly one of the greats.

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Building A Retro Rig

Written by Phil on . Posted in Articles

 

Over the years I have purchased simulations from the past that I never played because my job at the time (Army) simply didn’t allow me to. There was a period of time from when I left school up to the point of joining up when I was on my ZX Spectrum flying and playing various sims. I missed out on all of the Jane’s combat simulations. So now thanks to eBay I have a good collection of them.

These old games from the 1990’s don’t run well on modern systems. I can get them going but they frequently crash and the install process is tedious. So I am going to build a retro PC. It will be based around Windows 98se.I have read some good articles on how this is best achieved but one of the most striking things for me was to get out of the mindset that fast is always good. These games were not designed to be played on super fast PC’s. I tried Janes longbow 2 on my rig and it was like flying at the speed of light.

So I am now trawling through car boot sales and auctions in order to get hold of these old parts.

Does anyone have a Voodoo FX 3 graphics card gathering dust anywhere 🙂

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