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Texas LongHorn
09-15-2004, 07:49 PM
Fellow flight sim lunatics, how do you stand? It seems like everybody on this forum speaks to online play as if it is the de facto way to sim. I have no time to play online and with the kids are lucky to get in an offline campaign mission a night. My gut tells me that the ratio of offline vs online must be something like a hundred to one, as in a hundred offline (who never contribute to the forum) for every flyer in Hyperlobby. What do you think? I would love to fly online if I could fit it into my schedule <ggg.> All the best, LongHorn

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Texas LongHorn
09-15-2004, 07:49 PM
Fellow flight sim lunatics, how do you stand? It seems like everybody on this forum speaks to online play as if it is the de facto way to sim. I have no time to play online and with the kids are lucky to get in an offline campaign mission a night. My gut tells me that the ratio of offline vs online must be something like a hundred to one, as in a hundred offline (who never contribute to the forum) for every flyer in Hyperlobby. What do you think? I would love to fly online if I could fit it into my schedule &lt;ggg.&gt; All the best, LongHorn

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huggy87
09-15-2004, 08:44 PM
Offline.

I'm too busy to spend a half-hour searching around for an opponent. I will agree that online kills are much more satisfying, but in a half-hour I could have fought 4-5 offline dogfights.

unseen84
09-15-2004, 09:08 PM
Offline 90% of the time. Ditto what huggy87 said. Online can be a good diversion, but I'd usually just rather fly some good qmbs instead.

9th_Spitin
09-15-2004, 09:24 PM
Online 99% AI are too easy to kill, would be like dogfighting a game full of Noobs.

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VF-10_Snacky
09-15-2004, 10:08 PM
Online here, but I think you will find the majority of folks playing offline. Both are equally important to a sim IMO.

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IV|JG51Flatspin
09-16-2004, 12:07 AM
Online 99% here as well. Offline only very occasionally, and then I get bored with the AI and go online again so I can be a proper lead-magnet.

But I agree: I think even statistics will show that most simmers are offline players. Thing is: offline players might not even have internet access...and so couldn't respond here.

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IV_JG51_Razor
09-16-2004, 12:59 AM
99% online here too. I find it much more satisfying to get shot down by a fellow human rather than the constant humiliation of getting whacked by a BOT!!

For me, it's the camaraderie of being in a squad and working together toward a common goal that attracts me to online play, plus the unpredictability of a human opponent.

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RAC_Pips
09-16-2004, 02:57 AM
Definitely offline here.

That's why the quality, and variety, of the campaign will be so important to me.

WOLFMondo
09-16-2004, 05:06 AM
I like both but I find with many servers the time limits on maps is to small. Climbing to 4-5000m with a P47 with bombs and rockets takes an age, by the time I usually get to the height I want and get some airspeed and head to the target the map finishes! because theres no time left! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

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Salfordian
09-16-2004, 08:40 AM
Offline only unfortunately, don't have internet at home http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/cry.gif

JG53Frankyboy
09-16-2004, 08:47 AM
100% online.
and than mainly onlinewar COOPs from VEF,VWF and VOW . with lot of comrades (from my own squad ore others all around the world !) on voicecom its a very good experience.

im very seldom flying dogfight servers. if than Warclouds ore BajaMaja

i using this game offline only for missionbuilding of Squadintern missions ore OnlineWarmission creating ,namely VOW missions

SKULLS_Exec01
09-16-2004, 08:53 AM
100% online here, started a campaign and after a hour or so, got bored and flew online - never been back to it.

Flying with friends and or squadron mates online could not be better, even more so with comms to talk to them, much more realistic and fun - offline can't touch it! IMHO
Been flying online with squadron mates since cfs2 days...

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Mashie_Nibblick
09-16-2004, 09:49 AM
Offline, here. It's all about the campaigns for me, plus I spend way too much time in the FMB to be healthy, throwing together little missions purely for my own enjoyment.

horseback
09-16-2004, 09:53 AM
Offline-as others have stated, that's why the quality of immersion and AI behavior is important to me.

Gunners who could shoot out a squirrel's eye from a maneuvering ac going 250kph at a range of 700m never existed, and should never be tolerated in a sim that tries to be "realistic."

cheers

horseback

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IV|JG51Flatspin
09-16-2004, 10:07 AM
Others might like your missions too Mashie_Nibblick. Why not send them to Extreme_One and see if they post it on the website (http://www.il2sturmovik.com/games_elts/missions.php)?

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Baco-ECV56
09-16-2004, 10:45 AM
100% on line here.
Ever since I started to fly on line (1999) I just feel too aone off-line.

And regarding the waiting and stuff.. The best way to maximize your On Line time is to join a squad.

You have scheduled flights so you don´t wait a minute.
You make excellent friends and the camaradery is awsom.
Ussually squads participate in On line wars or have (us we do) our own personal On line campaign.
Nothing beats fliying with a squad.
Oh, we meet every 3 months or so also so the virtual relation cecomes a real life relation http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif.
I flew Off line onlly for 10 years, after trying On line with my squad I was hooked for good, now Off line does not atrack me at all. I onlly fly off line to practice a specific manouver or to test my missions...

weasel75
09-16-2004, 11:45 AM
AI easy to kill?
Mhmm.. take 4 of them at ACE-level http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
But they cheat, so it spoils the fun http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Since playing online is more time-consuming, I'd play offline for shooting-practice too.

SKULLS_CoyMS
09-16-2004, 12:00 PM
90% online...and 90% of that in co-ops with my squad....nothing like flying with friends,a common goal,watching their back,knowing that they are watching out for you,the chatter back and forth on voice comms. Now thats what gives you imersion.....nursing a crippled ride home...and pulling up in formation on the pad and seeing that everyone made it home....

the other 10% off line....well I do need to test my missions out to make sure they flow right....

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owlwatcher
09-16-2004, 12:47 PM
99% off-line
Like making my own missions.
The online dog fights just do not catch my attention.
Now the coops on line does.
Would join but I like to switch sides alot.
Plus have not bought TR3 yet.

9th_Bloodfist
09-16-2004, 03:21 PM
100% online. I take no satisfaction in killing a bot. Playing against another person and not knowing what he will do next is by far the closest thing to a cmbat sim this game has to offer. Nothing is scripted, and the pure pleasure of having teamates to communicate and work with is awesome. Especially if their anything like my teamtates!

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