View Full Version : What prompted you to get this sim?

08-24-2006, 04:52 PM
I for some reason was thinking about this and would like to here how, or why you got IL*2.
I myself found it at walmart looking for mcfs3 cause I had been playin mcfs and was getting bored, Wal mart didn't have it but I grabed pacific fighters thinking it was what I was looking for, So basically I have this sim and have had all this fun based on an accident. So I'd like to see how you guys got into this.

08-24-2006, 05:06 PM
I was into the panzer sims, Panzer Commander and Panzer Elite. On of the guys from the PE forum told me that I need to check out this new Ostfront flight sim demo. It was free so, WTH, I tried it and...

08-24-2006, 05:07 PM
Total surprise to me. I was downloading random demos when I stumbled across the IL-2 demo.

I thought it was some crummy budgetware title since I had never heard of it, but gave it a try since I had liked Falcon 4.0, and was looking for a new sim to play.

I must have played the demo online 7 hours a day until I found IL-2 in a store, 2 weeks later. Even as a demo it was the funnest game I had ever played. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

08-24-2006, 05:21 PM
I have been a slobbering flight sim addict since waaaayyy back. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I had been itching for a good WW2 sim since the days of Aces of Pacific/Europe and EAW. Saw IL2, read some of the hype, tried the demo. Instantly hooked. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

08-24-2006, 05:21 PM
i got the same story as faustnik i downloaded the demo of filefront and i was hooked. It was like sex once u try it u want it 24 7. this was the best game ive ever played next to battlefield 2.

08-24-2006, 05:43 PM
I'm ashamed to say I came via CFS2 and then 3. I remember at the time thinking they were great, although CFS3 didn't run so well on my system.

Rather than upgrade my PC right then I decided I'd try another sim and see if it ran better. I just couldn't resist that Hurricane on the FB box and bought it.

First shock....it took me several goes to actually take off, let alone shoot something down.

I started using features I hadn't liked on CFS, complex engine management, virtual cockpit (no choice in FB right).

I was blown away by some of the details, little spirals of smoke from some tracers, troops running for cover and the way the aircraft fell to pieces when hit. I used to deliberately belly land aircraft just to see the way they slithered around and broke up.

Next shock was going onto these forums and finding out there were several patches that would give me additional aircraft for free.

I've never re-installed CFS3

08-24-2006, 05:49 PM
Desire to drive a Kate torpedo bomber straight at LEXINGTON, release the torp, and try to avoid extermination---all thwarted by one of the most curious dearths of carrier strike aircraft in sim history. Lt Murata

08-24-2006, 05:58 PM
Been watching TV back in 2001 when I saw this game show reviewing games.Dunno how the heck they`ve done it but the reviewer said GET IT ITS THE REAL THING as if he knew what he was saying.Picked it up since I ever was interested in WWII.Didn`t like it,uninstalled.2 months later I was bored and installed it again.This time I went wow.

Completely same scenario with Fallout2.

08-24-2006, 05:59 PM
It all started with Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe and Red Baron (the 16 color). I loved Falcon3 and from there, I watched for the best of the sims http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif hence IL2...

08-24-2006, 06:01 PM
<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Teh Demo</span> http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/inlove.gif

08-24-2006, 06:52 PM
I was looking for an easy and quick shoot-em up and the guy at my local walsmart suggested Il-2.

08-24-2006, 07:03 PM
I was in a computer software store and they had a big table with piles of software going cheap, a 2 for $50 Aussie(pacific pesos)deal. On the table was "Call of Duty Unified Ops", which I wanted and I thought, why not try a flight sim? So I got IL2 FB as well.
Well, I never finished CoD UO and it's not even on my latest PC. But now I have IL2FB, Aces expansion, Pacific Fighters AND the bloody Pe2 add on.
Well done Oleg.

08-24-2006, 07:22 PM
I'd just moved to a new town and bought my first PC. A couple of months later I read a review of the just released Forgotten Battles. I bought it immediately. Then I stared at the box and waited six months until I could afford a second computer that could even run it http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

08-24-2006, 08:17 PM
Originally posted by uglyohyeah:
I'm ashamed to say I came via CFS2 and then 3.

Nothing to be ashamed of at all.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif
In thier day both sims were great. CFS1 was my first sim experience online. I got cable internet just so I could do that. I had a ball in CFS1... just before 3 came out zI pupgraded my rig since I had heard CFS3 was going to be more demanding. I had seen IL2 but didnt think I could run it on the 233MHZ PII that I had... but when I upgraded to an XP1600 and got a 900128 Pro video card on 512M of RAM.. and plus after two people mentioned it and said it was good I figured what the hey!! The rest is history.

08-24-2006, 08:22 PM
I always loved flight sims but never flew one online until Original IL-2. I was hooked when I read the preview story ran in a PC Gamer. Got IL-2 the day it shipped and every copy since.

08-24-2006, 08:35 PM
I heard it`s the best, and surprize! it was!

08-24-2006, 08:38 PM
CFS1 and CFS2 were great sims for their time. Microsoft, however, screwed up greatly with CFS3. CFS2 on lowest settings looks far better to it. In fact, Combat Flight Simulator 2 was my first combat sim.

I got into the IL2 series when I recieved for my birthday a couple years back. I was blown away by the game's attention to detail (I loved, and still do, the tracers), and even more I loved the fact it ran great on my then 4 four year old 533 Mhz computer. And I also rather liked the new theater - Every sim I'd seen up till then was set in the Pacific or Western European theater, so the the Russian Front was a nice change of pace.

08-24-2006, 08:42 PM
played the original demo when it came out and was hooked, line, and sinker! Been with Oleg and the game since!

08-24-2006, 08:57 PM
Been playing flight sims since the days of The DamBusters! and 50 Mission Crush on my Apple II+.

08-24-2006, 08:57 PM
Read a write up of the original IL2 in the IT section of the Sunday paper.
The writer was orgasmic.
Not having had a home computer since my Atari 520 (that I purchased for my kids while they were at uni and I used to play Falcon and several other flight sims on), I went and purchased a computer built for IL2 specs.
Followed by thousands on upgrades, TIR, pedals, throttle, several sticks (culminating in a CH)video cards, RAM,etc, etc, etc.

08-24-2006, 08:57 PM
back in il2 early days a friend said 'try this IL2 game' when I told him I was bored with fps games.

I downloaded the demo to fly with a friend 1v1 and we couldn't get the demo to work with routers. I had never flown a flight sim.

We bought the game after coming to the forum, found out the regular game worked.

We dogfighted in Il2's for 2 hours and it was sorta fun.

I kept flying, curious how to land and takeoff - my friend was bored with it. I bought a MS force feedback after that and thought it was pretty cool.

I've been flying ever since.

(PS. if it was today, I'd probably never have tried it considering there is no 'demo')

08-24-2006, 09:32 PM
Hmm. Let's see now. I was a very active player of CFS3 and MSFS2002. Then, visiting a friend who had just recently bought IL2 Sturmovik, I thought it looked cool but was too complicated for me. But after something happened to my computer in August 2004 so it wouldn't run CFS3 anymore I thought what the heck, I'll try to learn. . .

So through ebay I bough IL2FB+AEP for like 5 pounds. I first tried the game a month or so, but it went straight back in the box. I was so frustrated over how hard it was comparing to CFS3 where I used to be an ace. . .

But then im the middle of november 2004 I tested again and. . .

I was hooked.

I bought PF later that month,

08-25-2006, 01:09 AM
Much less expensive and more free than the real one. The Camaraderie is fantastic.

08-25-2006, 03:19 AM
My mate had the Il-2 Demo on his PC Powerplay goodies CD, so me being interested in planes, powered it up. Had an orgasm the first time I flew, flying over fellow Il-2s and dropping VAP-250 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gifhttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gifhttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

08-25-2006, 03:32 AM
I wanted a WW2 flight sim and all the magazines pointed to the original IL2, so I bought it.

08-25-2006, 03:37 AM
CFS 1, CSF2, Jane ww2fighters, then that unexpected IL2 Demo http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Wow the very best, hooked and never looked back. All those constant 2 week waits of patches, new sim additions and more patches. Total Quality sim!! Actually for the price compared to those others
very very good. Biting my nails for BOB.

08-25-2006, 03:41 AM
Il2 Sturmovik was the first Prop sim i'd ever bought...
I was a REAL F4 junkie (and Janes F/A18)
Still fly the fast movers (LOMAC and F4AF now) but this takes up the bulk of my time...
I bought the original Il2 when it first came out...but didn't play that much...when I upgraded my PC I bought Pacific Fighters...loved it realised I needed the FB/AEP for the full experience and have never looked back...
I was fortunate enough to have an X36/X35 combo already but since really getting into FB/AEP/PF have bought - an X45 HOTAS, a TrackIR, more memory, a soundcard, just ordered a new Graphix card and will be after some rudder pedals when pay day comes around!

08-25-2006, 03:54 AM
Hmm well, beeing a WWII airplane junkie since I was a kid, WWII sims has always enticed me.

After quite many hours in Jane's WWII fighter, Screaming Devils over Europe, and EAW ( the latter for me Nr 1, the only Microsoft Combat sim I ever owned was the 2nd in the series, but I HATED the comic style), I saw the original IL2 on the shelves - so I bought it. It really struck me how "hard" it was to fly the planes compared to the other games/sims I had, I will never forget the first couple of time I flew the P39... MAN did THAT stall easillyhttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

At that time, my life was pretty hectic, job took a lot of time and I really never thought it was that fun to fly ag AI's.

When Forgotten Battles showed up in March 2003, well I just bought it by default as I always do. I took it for a spin, and wow was it a beautiful sim. I loved flying these planes, but again, offline was boring as I have always thought. But this time around I tried out online and my god,I saw the lighthttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
THIS is what it was all about, fly online against REAL people, at last a challenge!!!

After a few weeks flying online by myself, it hit me that to have a bunch of guys who flew together would help alot, so in April I started F19VS (http://www.f19vs.se) for fun, thinking maybe we would get to be 3, maybe 4 guys flying together. Well, we ended up with 26 to this date (lost a few on the way) and with our sister squad F16, we are still having a great time, found some great guys to share my interest with.

Beeing a part of the team that made the J8a (The original F19 fighter), made my interest and joy even bigger.

Without Online Flying I wouldn't be sitting here. AI never did it for me, not even with a great sim as this is.

08-25-2006, 05:05 AM
Please note the following is in comparison from CFS1/2 FS99/2000

From demo to ?,
Direct contact with Oleg/1c team, patches, free aircraft/updates, wow factor scenery, flight & gunnery difficulty, damage moddeling, the mission builder, hosting ability, hardware/software tweakability, encrypted files, AI controlled vehicles/ships/aircraft/artillery, eventually buildings and objects were added to FMB.

Hmm what else...................

08-25-2006, 05:08 AM
there wasn't a single event, it was rather a chain of events that led me here

just one wrong turn, and i never get here (or only after 4.07)

08-25-2006, 05:36 AM
I was a co-op in a 'warez irc-channel' and all of a sudden a game worth both playing and buying landed in my uploads. I've been a faithful paying customer since.

08-25-2006, 06:08 AM
I used to fly offline a bit. Afriend used to play online and he turned me onto it.

Dunno if any of you guys remember him, he used to post here a bit. Fluke_39. He had a Me110 in his sig.

I have been addicted ever since, and he gave up playing. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

TgD Thunderbolt56
08-25-2006, 06:21 AM
I've bought just about every flight sim released over the past 15 years. I had been talking to a couple buddies about some things I thought could make CFS1 better and shortly after one of them told me to take a look at a demo...IL2.

Took me about 2 seconds to rush out and buy it...pre-order. Only time I've ever done that.


08-25-2006, 06:44 AM
Purchased CFS3 then took it back because it wouldn't run properly. Saw Il-2 on the shelf and thought, 'would be unlikely to get two duffers purchased in the same week.'

08-25-2006, 06:50 AM
I was a big fan of the Dynamix games back in the early 90's on my 486sx25. Then for a while I pretty much stopped sims because they had a nasty habit of sucking. Then I saw the il2 screenshots back in 01 and grabbed the demo and played the heck out of it. Unfortunatly I had other things to do at the time. So finally I picked it up two winters ago and never looked back. I spend enough time on-line with it that I am wearing the silver grey paint off the hanldes on my x52.


08-25-2006, 06:51 AM
Well this is gonna hurt to say.

A buddy of mine brought over his new flight sim game. I wasn't into them at all. I looked and said ok ill give it a shot. So he installed it on my pc and then we went through installing the drivers for his stick and the usual headaches. By 2 am the wifes were pissed and i was like a heroin addict. Then he left and took his game. I said i don't think so. Then he told me about a No CD link. HMMMMMM Ok I dl it. Whats a crack addict to do? I had to go spend $40 on a stick and another $150 on vid card. Well since the original Il-2 I have bought 2 copies of FB, because of a stupid little scratch. At 1st I thought I have the disks i don't need the no cd fix. Yeah when you have to do a reinstall and find you won't have your crack for the evening. My wife couldn't handle it. GO BUY THE DAMN THING ALREADY she said.

I think i have track marks hehehe

08-25-2006, 07:01 AM
A squad I joined was migrating from EAW to IL2 Sturmovik. I'd seen it but avoided it as my PC at the time wasn't up to recommended specs but bought it anyway coz of the squad thing. I'm extremely glad I did http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif been here since.

08-25-2006, 07:16 AM
I wanted 100 points

08-25-2006, 07:40 AM
I've played virtually every single flight game/simulator since that old F-18 simulator on the Amiga 500 fifteen years ago. It featured intercepting rogue MiGs that somehow made their way to the San Francisco bay area!

For me, purchsing the IL-2 / Flanker 2.5 bundle pack a few years ago was just another flight sim purchase...

08-25-2006, 08:08 AM
I happened upon the demo while playing CFS2. When I couldn't get the plane off the ground, I though.... hmmm, this is interesting. But the framerate was so bad on my GeForce 3 that I quickly forgot about it.

When while looking for reviews on CFS3 I found an article at Toms Hardware, an excellent comparison of CFS3 to IL2 and Forgotten Battles. I quickly ran out and got of copy of IL2 + FB and upgraded my hardware. After 4.04 flight model came out I'm addicted beyond hope. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

08-25-2006, 06:03 PM
Well, I wanted a combat flight sim from the WWII era for a number of reasons, but mostly because there is something simple and pure about air combat from the era. No electronics or intelligent weapon systems to learn, just a Mk I eyeball and a gun, and piston-engined warplanes at the pinnacle of their development. I picked up IL2 because I heard good things about it, and it's focus on the Eastern Front was intriguing. I've flown many a mission over the Western Front and the Pacific, and this was something new.

08-26-2006, 03:29 AM
Read a very positive review of FB (which had just been released at that time) in a Dutch computer magazine. IL2 was being offered at a discount so I bought that, thinking that if I didn't like it I wouldn't lose much. Joystick purchased a few days later, then downloaded the patches. FB followed some time afterwards, AEP about two months after its release, PF the day after release and 4.05 on its release day. Oh, and the original Russian (that is, Ukrainian) CDs during visits to Kyiv.
Now eagerly awaiting 4.06!

08-26-2006, 09:24 AM
First, I was into combat flight sim-games.

Second, I heard that IL-2 was historically based on the Eastern Front.

That was enough for me, as Eastern Front is my favourite. I've never looked back since.

08-26-2006, 11:45 AM
Well, playing sim games makes you specially attractive in the eyes of hot chicks, didn't you know?

08-26-2006, 12:57 PM

08-26-2006, 12:58 PM
Just like in the drug world, the first is free, it was a free download that I wanted to try, so now am hopeless hooked addict because of Oleg!

Warn your children! He is always looking for new victims


08-26-2006, 12:59 PM
Wanted to fly an I-16 Download Demo in 2001 and played it on a old Slideshow Computer with onboard Graphics it was slow as
a Turtle but i still loved it!!!

This game is one to remember for the rest of your life it's just that good.

08-26-2006, 11:32 PM
I played European Air War for about a year and thought it was great. Got CFS2 and thought it wasn't great. Saw original IL2 in the computer game shop. Enquired. Reverse hatted saleschild said he thought it might be a flight sim. Bought it. Been here ever since.

08-27-2006, 10:28 AM
The Avenger......sorry couldn't resist http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

08-27-2006, 12:02 PM
Impulse buy really. I was at a computer store seeing if there were any worthwhile WW2 flight sims on the shelves.. Had been quite some time since I'd flown one.

Saw IL2 Forgotten Battles sitting in a dust filled corner of the shelves and picked up, read the back and thought "What the hell, I'll try it."

08-27-2006, 01:13 PM
I think i'm on my way out , i feel it... i discover this. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif


08-27-2006, 02:23 PM
It was just there one morning when I woke up.