Longbow 2 – Retro Heaven

Written by Phil on . Posted in Latest, Longbow 2, Retro

Continuing my 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.

 

 

Tank Warfare – Tunisia 1943

Written by Phil on . Posted in Graviteam Tactics Operation Star, Tank Warfare Tunisia

It is freezing here in the UK and countries that are actually cold and experience this sort of thing all of the time are laughing at us and our ineptitude. I work in quite a remote place on the side of a mountain and as such have been sent home.This weather has now given me time to get stuck into Tank Warfare Tunisia.

Battle Intensity

I have always liked and enjoyed Graviteams stuff but never really got into Mius Front or Tank Warfare Tunisia. I read this post and it suddenly perked my interest again. The first battle I set up was really  intense and reminded me how good these games are. The noise and the high quality visuals are fantastic. In larger battles you can zoom in on local actions where a tank is trying to destroy a threat or a group of soldiers far away from that are trying to take out a well defended bunker. Tank Warfare gives you all this and asks you not to micro manage. That is the key. The AI will do a good job if you don’t fiddle about with it and concentrate on tactics and strategy. The user interface has always been a bone of contention with some people. However if you have a bit of patience and are willing to learn how it all fits together suddenly it will click and you realise you have a powerful tool in your grubby hands.

Artillery

Artillery in this game has always been quite tricky but I found an old video I made for Mius Front which is still applicable to this that helped me out with that. I completley forgot I  made this and found it through a google search which was a bit odd.

FSLabs A320

Written by Phil on . Posted in FSX, P3D

I have been flying PMDG’s Boeings for many years now and to be honest I was getting bit bored with them.  So naturally a good Airbus simulation is always going to be the preferred option but nothing has been made that is on the level of complexity or detail that has been done by PMDG. That is until FSLabs made this A320.

The Airbus

Every switch, knob, light and system is simulated in grand detail. Even the various computers are simulated. The sounds are fantastic and really add to the immersion. The flight model as you can imagine is rendered in excruciating detail. The outside visuals are not that important to me. For me it’s the systems and then the learning process you have to go through to understand them.

Putting all this together and then flying using the checklists etc is relatively easy but throw in some AI traffic with a realistic ATC system (Radar Contact) and real weather you now have quite a challenge.

This aircraft is an absoloute joy to fly and I am getting a lot out of it.

The price makes the eyes water a bit £99………..ouch!

DCS F/A-18C Hornet $£

Written by Phil on . Posted in DCS, DCS F/A-18C

I’ve been waiting about 5 years for this module to come out and now it looks like it’s going to be released sometime in the spring of 2018. I’ve just got it for £40 on pre-purchase which is a great deal because of the $20 discount and the favourable exchange rate against the dollar. A few people have expressed some discontent at the price, $79.99 when it is released but even that price seems perfectly reasonable when you take into consideration the price PMDG and FSLabs are selling there top of the line products for which rise well above $100. So I’m really pleased with the price I just got it for.

Can’t wait.

 

Retro Simulations

Written by Phil on . Posted in Retro

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.