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flieger701
08-28-2005, 08:21 PM
Greetings all!

I've been a simmer for a long time, but haven't done any combat simming for several years. I am interested in the WWII era, and am going to buy IL2 FB. Are there any other addons I need? I see there's mention of patches on this site. But it seems that the text speaks of the PF/FB merge....do I need the patches if I don't merge the games. Also, if I decide to get PF also, are there merge instructions posted somewhere?

Thanks,
Scott
KJMS

flieger701
08-28-2005, 08:21 PM
Greetings all!

I've been a simmer for a long time, but haven't done any combat simming for several years. I am interested in the WWII era, and am going to buy IL2 FB. Are there any other addons I need? I see there's mention of patches on this site. But it seems that the text speaks of the PF/FB merge....do I need the patches if I don't merge the games. Also, if I decide to get PF also, are there merge instructions posted somewhere?

Thanks,
Scott
KJMS

Kuna15
08-28-2005, 08:26 PM
FB is excellent game, but you really should consider merging it with Pacific Fighters (even if you do not like Pacific theatre much).

http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/26310365/m/5581083643

In that thread you will find everything about patching for latest game version 4.01.

In order to have merged version of the game you must have Forgotten Battles Gold Version (FB+Aces Expansion Pack) and Pacific Fighters.
You may even install Pacific Fighters as stand alone game, just like FB, or merge it with FB+AEP. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Forgotten Battles Gold (FB+AEP):
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00018RR6...&s=software&n=507846 (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00018RR6G/qid=1125282459/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-8534440-5339050?v=glance&s=software&n=507846)

Take note that it is more convenient that you purchase FB Gold Version than just FB, because Gold contains Aces Expansion Pack. And besides if you plan to upgrade to Pacific Fighters you need AEP.

flieger701
08-28-2005, 08:31 PM
Kuna15,

Thanks for the info and the quick reply!

Scott
KJMS

flieger701
08-28-2005, 09:06 PM
Before I order...just wondering if my system will handle the sims ok. I see what the minimum requirements are on the UBI page, but I'd sure like to hear someone else's opinion.

I have an AMD Athlon 2500+, 512RAM, ATI 9200 128MB card, WinXP SP2.

Thanks,
Scott
KJMs

tjaika1910
08-29-2005, 01:49 AM
It will work fine. You will want more ram and a faster graphics card, but you will manage.

A lot of tweaking will help you getting good graphics with desent fps.

Check out Bearcats link (http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/6/ubb.x?a=tpc&s=400102&f=23110283&m=51910959)

pettera
08-29-2005, 05:08 AM
You will manage OK but 1GB of RAM makes it run more fluid so think about that. In the graphics department the settings are quite scalable so you will get decent FPS.

Welcome on board.

Petter

PS. Buy all IL2:FB + AEP + PF. The combination is great at gives tremendous variation. Also it is required to play online.

flieger701
08-29-2005, 12:10 PM
Thanks for the replies!

I did order the FB Gold pack along with PF this morning. Looking forward to learning the sim.

I will look into upgrading from 512Mb to 1 Gb of RAM. However, is the added RAM more for online/multiplayer play? I intend to pretty much use it as a stand-alone sim.

Regards,
Scott
KJMS

vanjast
08-29-2005, 02:43 PM
Everybody forgot to mention a Joystick... You NEED a joystick and please do not waste you cash on cheapo stuff. Get mid-range to expensive. It's well worth it's weight in hmm.. your virtual life maybe !! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Triggaaar
08-29-2005, 04:01 PM
Having just built my first PC for years, I've come here looking for my first game, which has to be IL2.

Reading above, it sounds like I should get The Gold Version of FB (FB+Aces Expansion Pack) and Pacific Fighters.

I assume it doesn't matter if I get FB and Aces seperately. Has there been more than one Aces release? I ask because I've seen 'ACES CAMPAIGNS' costing more than Gold packs.

Thanks

Bearcat99
08-29-2005, 07:14 PM
Get the FB GOLD... the Aces Campaigns are just campaigns for Aces.... Also consider spending @ $200-$250 for another 512 of RAM and another video card... not too much.. but if you want to really enjoy the sim and see it better upgrade a tad then start saving for BoB. ou should be able to get 512MB of DDR and a 9800Pro for under $200... Look here (http://www.pricewatch.com/) or here (http://www.magnum-pc.com/).

FlatSpinMan
08-29-2005, 07:55 PM
@trigaar,
Welcome to the game. If you buy AEP Gold pack it INCLUDES Forgotten Battles and Aces Expansion pack (there is only one - other things you have seen are mission packs containing extra aircraft skins and campaigns). I don't see any reason why you couldn't but them separatetly but it would be easier to buy the combined AEP Gold pack. That's what I did. You are going to love this.

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pettera
09-07-2005, 06:00 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by flieger701:
I will look into upgrading from 512Mb to 1 Gb of RAM. However, is the added RAM more for online/multiplayer play? I intend to pretty much use it as a stand-alone sim.
</div></BLOCKQUOTE>

No, the 1GB RAM is equally important offline.

Petter

Triggaaar
09-07-2005, 08:08 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by FlatSpinMan:
@trigaar,
Welcome to the game. If you buy AEP Gold pack it INCLUDES Forgotten Battles and Aces Expansion pack (there is only one - other things you have seen are mission packs containing extra aircraft skins and campaigns). I don't see any reason why you couldn't but them separatetly but it would be easier to buy the combined AEP Gold pack. That's what I did. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Unfortunately it's not been so easy to buy at all. I couldn't find the Gold pack in the UK. I got FB & PF in a uk shop, for 10 (bargain), and I've ordered AEP in two places - waiting to see who gets it first. Also looked at a German ebayer, who would post AEP to me, but he doesn't take PayPal and I'd have to post cash, which would take time.

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">You are going to love this. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>Mmm, we'll see http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif I love what the game can do (asside from bankrupting it's followers, but I'm very daunted by the learning curve. My dog is better at chasing tails than I am. Moving beyond tail chasing seems a long way off.