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NHawk52
05-08-2006, 10:27 PM
Just came across an old copy of IL2 WWII and loaded it up. Couple of initial questions: game writeups mention flying German, USSR, and US - but a quick look in the game shows no US planes... ?? What patches, updates, utils ought I be looking for??

Thanks

NHawk52
05-08-2006, 10:27 PM
Just came across an old copy of IL2 WWII and loaded it up. Couple of initial questions: game writeups mention flying German, USSR, and US - but a quick look in the game shows no US planes... ?? What patches, updates, utils ought I be looking for??

Thanks

Snuffly
05-08-2006, 10:38 PM
soooo u only have the regular il2???

well ur gonna need il2:forgotten battles, the Ace's expansion pack, and Pacific fighters. then at www.il2sturmovik.com (http://www.il2sturmovik.com) click on game updates and go from there.

Bearcat99
05-08-2006, 11:09 PM
The omly American plane in the original IL2 was the P-39. IL2 was a great sim for it's day.. but i highly recommend that you get this (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16832138156).

That is Forgotten Battles + The Aces Expansion Pack + Pacific Fighters all in one DVD.

Welcome aboard.

Skycat_2
05-08-2006, 11:18 PM
Few people knew this before IL-2 came out, but the P-39 was an American plane sent to the Soviets under Lend-Lease. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif The "Airacobra" was also used by the U.S.'s air forces in the Pacific when America first entered the war.

Regarding your question though, "IL-2 Sturmovik" is the original version of the game and it only focused on battles in Russia and, to a very limited degree, Germany. In fact, the only two armies you can fly for are Russia and Germany although the Italian Mc.202 appears as an AI plane. You'll know you have original IL-2 Sturmovik if the pilot figures look like Lego men ... If you have the original version of the sim, you can apply a couple patches and that's all. "IL-2 Sturmovik" is not compatible with any later expansions; the series started over again with "Forgotten Battles" which has all of the maps and planes of IL-2 Sturmovik (and more) but in higher detail.

If it is any comfort to you, IL-2 Sturmovik is still a great offline game and includes missions and campaigns that did not come with Forgotten Battles. Also, there may be still a few people left who will fly mulitplayer against you using "IL-2 Sturmovik" at Hyperlobby.

Skycat_2
05-08-2006, 11:19 PM
Hmmmph. That will teach me to watch Conan O'Brian while typing a post ... I got distracted and Bearcat99 beat me to the P-39 thing.

NHawk52
05-08-2006, 11:45 PM
Thanks guys. It's been many years since I spent excessive time flying... Way back in the period from F-19 up thru Strike Eagle and Falcon 4. Don't have any of them anymore (they probably wouldn't run anyway), but happened across this one and thought of getting back into it a bit. Guess I'll do a bit of research in the genre and see what's what nowadays...

tagTaken2
05-09-2006, 12:28 AM
I picked up the $10 republished version in a gamestore recently. The front cover has the original (way cool) artwork, but the back has screenshots from FB, including P-47 in US livery... tsk http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Original, rough as it is, still kicks ***. Sound is great, nostalgia +1, and you can fill the sky with planes without processor having heart attack. If it supported trackir, I'd be flying it now.

EDIT:

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You'll know you have original IL-2 Sturmovik if the pilot figures look like Lego men ...
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Olego men... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Bearcat99
05-09-2006, 07:17 AM
All I can say is.... this is the absoulute hands down very best WWII combat sim ever. It has its flaws.. it isnt perfect.. but its plusses far far far outweigh its minusses to the point where they almost dont exist... At the very least they are tolerable. Just make sure youi have a decent PC.. and dont skimp on the joystick either. Go with a Saitek or CH depending on your budget.. You can try here (http://www.provantage.com/) or hit the Magnum PC link in my sig.
Hit
this (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/26310365/m/4591089933/r/4591089933#4591089933) link to get an idea of what you are in for. Keep in mind that that list has actually changed since the Pe-2 add on. The Pe-2 add on sells online for $18... IMO it is woth it.. online flying is s hoot... the AI though at times stupid are the best I have ever seen... the graphics are off the hook.... the FMs are stellar.. all in all a fantastic piece of kit and worth the bucks. Be advised though that this sim ..(I am serious here.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/icon_twisted.gif) is very... shall we say.. adictive... it will suck you in for sure so be warned. If you want a sim that will let you hop in for 30 minutes... save the world and then go about your business..... THIS AIN'T IT... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

But if you are looking for an immersive challenge.... something that you will have to actually learn and practice to master... something that has so many layers it will take years to get through them all..... and something that even while doing the crash and burn.. is a heck of a lot of fun.. then this is the sim for you. This community isnt bad either.. we have our share of malcontents and neerdowells.. and even a few outright di(ks... but over all it's a pregty decent bunch.

Hit the Sturmovik essentials link in my sig to get another taste of whats here.

~!S!~ http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

NHawk52
05-09-2006, 09:35 AM
Thanks again. The PC won't be a problem for a while yet. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

ASUS A8N-E w/NForce4 Ultra
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ (2.2GHz)
1Gb DDR PC3200
120GB SATA-2
60GB IDE hotswap
Lite-on DVDRW
Lite-on CDRW
Gigabyte GeForce 6600 GT "Turbo Ultra" PCI-E
onboard RealTek AC97 8-channel
Altec-Lansing Speaker System
USB Cable Modem
WinXP Professional w/SP2

I'm quite familar with the addictive nature of the genre. As mentioned, I used to fly excessively many years back when the whole idea for PC flight sims, as well as the internet, was in its infancy. Some would be surprised at what we accomplished back then relative to cooperative play.

Before there was such thing as realtime onlining thru the www, I admin'd a group called the "CAC" (Combined Air Command). With an active membership of 50+ PC pilots broken down into Squadrons using such sims as F-15 Stike Eagle (II/III), Falcon 3, F-117, Gunship, and half a dozen others I can't remember, we functioned thru a Prodigy usergroup, emails, and my Wildcat BBS (precursor to websites). Alerts and NOTAM's were sent out to Squadron Leaders who tasked their pilots with flight plans befitting their sim. Then debriefs were compiled and sent to HQ where all were put together in an afteraction report detailing the full command's coordinated mission results. It made for a really fun time and gave a "feeling" of cooperative flight in the absence of realtime onlining. Many's the time I found myself still up and flying at 3am on a worknight. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

For about the past 11 years, I've been pushing 4 wheels around dirt and paved race tracks. I think it may be time to get the wheels off the ground and back up in the air again.