I just started playing again over the past week or so. I took several months off from SH4 to play a few other games, Dragon Age and Tropico 3 mostly. I tend to bounce back between games with quick action / rewards, and slower strategic games like SH4. I can not find a good medium between the two.
I am trying out OTC 1.5 on top of TMO 2.5, without RSRD, and playing without map contacts. It definitely is a change, I am not sure I like OTC but I am going to give it some more time.
I have started about 4 or 5 careers and given up because I did something stupid. My patience has not readjusted to SH4. In my last one, I made a pretty nice attack on a small freighter that sighted me on the surface but I was able to close after submerging and got one hit out of two fired. I usually have problems with rapidly zigging targets, but I think the OTC mod might have helped me with the quick set up.
But the one torpedo was only enough to set it on fire for about 30 minutes, then it went out and I was trailing directly behind the target which had stopped zigging. From about 1000 yds I got one more front tube ready for an up the tailpipe shot. I could see it was presenting a very tiny angle to the right, not quite 180. So I fired, and saw the torpedo take a pretty bad jog to the right. Frustrated, I ticked the AOB back over to 180, fired another, and watched it pull right too. At that point I broke off the chase, got frustrated and closed the game.
Next day I was sitting around thinking what in the world went wrong and if I should start yet another career. It dawned on me that the first two torpedoes I fired at the freighter were a spread, and the last one had a 1.5 degree right gyro setting. I forgot to turn it back. SMH.