Planning on Getting IL-2

Gnomey

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OK, I received some vouchers for Christmas (as you do) and have decided to get IL-2, from what I have read in this forum the original is not the one to get so it that case do I go for Forgotten Battles or Pacific Fighters (or just the original with the aces expansion pack)??? What would you lot recommend?
 

Nonskimmer

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The Aces Expansion Pack is for Forgotten Battles, not the original IL2. These days, IL2:Forgotten Battles and the Aces Expansion Pack can usually be found together in a Gold Pack, if you can still find it anywhere. It's probably a bit harder to come by now, but you never know. Your local shops may still have a copy or two kicking around. I still see it for sale at the local EB Games store here. You could probably always find it on e-Bay too.

The ideal thing would be to get all three together (FB, AEP, and Pacific Fighters). That way you get every patch included already, up to patch 3.04 I think it is, and a huge assortment of planes and mission map objects to play with. You can then download the latest patches (that include even more planes 'n things) from Ubi's official site: http://www.pacific-fighters.com/en/updates.php

As you know though, you could always play Pacific Fighters by itself if you wish, just as with IL2:Forgotten Battles, but you'd only get a fraction of the planes and maps. Pacific maps, naturally.

Go for the gusto, man! Get the lot! :D
 

Gnomey

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Had a look on Amazon and I think I will get PF and FB there (and have some money left over for a book and then get AEP from HMV. How will it run on my PC anyway because if it is going to be lagging, I might not get it and look at CoD or something similar instead?

Specs:
Celeron 1.5Ghz
512MB RAM
64MB Gfx
40GB HD
 

Nonskimmer

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My specs are actually very similar to yours (*sigh* :( ), although I have a bigger hard drive, and the game runs great. I do occasionally experience some stutter with the game play when too many moving objects are going at once, but it usually takes quite a bit to cause that to happen. Most of the missions I play take the action in stages or logical sequences, so the action at any one time stays manageable for the most part.

C'mon, go for it. Y'know ya wanna. ;)
 

Nonskimmer

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The AI has been improved somewhat with the latest patch (4.02). The computer pilots are still a bit predictable, but with the difficulty set to veteran or ace, it's alright. I like it. You'd have to judge for yourself of course.

For anyone who might be interested, here's a good FMB tutorial. It works the same way for both IL2 and Pacific Fighters: http://www.jumpintojapan.com/index.html
 

cheddar cheese

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I know how to use FMB, but I dont have the time or patience to set up a mission. Once I put an enemy mistel on there to see what it looked like but it only came up with the Ju-88 part :cry:
 

Gnomey

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Well I purchased it on Amazon today (both FB and PF) so (hopefully) it will be arriving next week. I will get some screens for you at some point as well (although not up to the standard shown - not yet anyway). Will be getting AEP at some point from HMV as well.
 

Nonskimmer

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cheddar cheese said:
Once I put an enemy mistel on there to see what it looked like but it only came up with the Ju-88 part :cry:
Yeah, that one's a bit tricky. It was a pain in the ass to finally figure out, but I did it. You have to set the Ju-88 Mistel way-points first, and then set a single Fw-190 landing way-point attached to the Ju-88. It usually works. I still sometimes have to frig around with it to get it to work properly.

:combustion:
 

Nonskimmer

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Or another way that I'd forgotten about is this. It works a little better. This is a mission I created a long time ago, using the Mistel.
 

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Gnomey

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Ok I have got IL-2:FB and PF (I will get AEP next week, when I will also install PF). At the moment I only have FB installed for the reason I just said. What patches do I need? As I haven't seen any on the Ubisoft website but I know there are some to get.
 

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