View Full Version : Help! - Want to play online. Where to start?

04-14-2005, 02:07 AM
I want to play Pacific Fighters online. I have the out of the box stand alone version. I believe I need to download a patch or pathches. Can anyone tell me which? Help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you - Len

04-14-2005, 02:42 AM

04-14-2005, 03:17 AM
Hi, Signalnorth, and wellcome aboard!

It is highly recomended, that you try the first steps offline. PF is more a simulation than a game, and requires a lot of learning - with this I mean just basic procedures, eg. to clear questions like these:

"I'm on a carrier, apply full power, and don't move" (remove chocks)
"How do I rise gear on my F4F" (it has manual one)
"Ki43 has broken gunsight" (Ctrl-D does the trick)

to more complicated ones, like what prop-pitch settings mean, how to not get lost on a full real servers, etc. etc...

Once you master those basics, you will still need to learn a lot, because your most powerfull weapon in dogfight is knowledge. Know your aircraft, know opponents. Know where (at which altitudes) you are faster, and where he is. Know who turns better, know who climbs better. Also knowing terminal dive speeds is essential...

It is good to check out IL2 Compare (http://www.airwarfare.com/Sims/FB/fb_essential_files.htm#018) and Hardball's Aircraft Viewer (http://magnum-pc.netfirms.com/mudmovers/Sims/FB/files/HardBalls_Viewer_AirWarfareUpload.zip).

You can find both and many more essential material on www.airwarfare.com (http://www.airwarfare.com)

Cu in virtual sky.

04-14-2005, 03:17 AM
Hi SignalNorth,

To patch the out-of-the-box standalone version, you need the 3.03 and 3.04 patches from the link Frankyboy provided above. Make sure you don't get the 3.03m/3.04m patches as those are for the merged install.

You'll also need a neat little program called Hyperlobby, which is where you'll find everyone who plays Pacific Fighters online. Get hyperlobby at www.hyperfighter.sk (http://www.hyperfighter.sk)

As I understand it, you can't play PF standalone on the ubi.com service anymore. But that's ok, Hyperlobby is where the community flies at, anyway.

Note that Patch 4.0 is coming out soon: I imagine it will install over 3.04 fine, but best check to be sure when it's released.

Another freeware program you should definitely get is TeamSpeak. This allows you to voice chat online: many of the online servers have a Teamspeak channel for you to join, and if you find yourself flying with a squadron TeamSPeak is a valuable tool.

This should be plenty to get you started ^_^

Surviving online is another matter entirely. Get prepared to die a LOT before you ever manage a kill. Don't sweat it, just keep practicing and you'll make it.

Be aware that there are some practices frowned on severely online. These include 'Kill Stealing', in which you jump in and pop a few rounds into a plane which is obviously already fatally damaged (either burning, smoking black or grey smoke, or stalling out of control), in order to get the points for the kill. Don't do it. If you see somebody chasing an enemy plane, fly above them and be ready to jump in if they need help, but don't start shooting over their shoulder.

Vulching is another practice which should be handled with care. Vulching is strafing enemy aircraft while they are on the ground (whether they are stationary, taxiing or taking-off/landing). In itself vulching isn't wrong, but servers will set the rules here. If the server rules state 'No VULCHING' then don't do it...simple as that. Some servers allow it, as it was a regular wartime practice. Some servers allow it, but only with bombs (this means that you can't hang around the airfield 'spawn camping', as you run out of bombs quickly and have to run home for a resupply). Note that repeated spawn killing is never acceptable on ANY server, even with vulching allowed.

Try to avoid shooting people's parachutes, too. That's generally considered quite an insult.

Aside from that, the aim is simply to fly your aircraft to the best of your ability and have fun!


04-14-2005, 01:49 PM
I was just over at Ubi.com.They do indeed have PF standalone servers for both coop and dog fight.They are in the Forgotten Battles section.There were 20 people in the PF dog fight room at Ubi.com and 16 people in the PF dog fight room at HyperLobby.