View Full Version : I want to share the most intense aerial flight sim combat I have ever had ,since 1984

11-22-2004, 06:39 PM
I was playing a Ki-61 Tony Campaign in 1944 Palua island. I had been shot down numerous times (I play that if I get shot down, and die, I start over from scratch).
I basically believed this campaign was impossible. Numerous times I rose to meet the attackers only to find myself locked in mortal combat €¦sometimes with 5-1 odds against Corsairs.
No matter how much skill I possessed the outcome was the same€¦.......a wet grave.

In this particular campaign (keep in mind that I am playing full real and have gotten killed at least 10 times in the first mission of this campaign) the mission had 6 Tony fighters going out and patrolling for the American attack force. It was the first time I pulled this mission and I was impressed at how much DGEN (the campaign engine) has to offer in variety. I got up in the air, quickly made the plane €œclean€ bringing up flaps and gear. I wanted to gain as much altitude as possible and set forth to the next waypoint.

The tension was great. If I failed here I believe I was going to give up on this campaign forever.

I spotted dots off to my right. I told my wingman to cover me and the other flight to attack €œfighters€€¦not sure what I was facing, I wanted to leave nothing to chance. Corsairs came into view and swarmed the other flight. I quickly turned and blacked out (has anyone noticed that the ki-61 blackout tolerance is worse after the patch? Maybe it is just me as the plane feels a lot better overall). When I came to, I noticed one of the flight members screaming in Japanese and I caught a glimpse of a plume of smoke as it plunged into the ocean to my left. As the adrenalin took over I did not give this a second thought, and saw a Corsair coming in the opposite direction (The American AI is dialed in, these Corsairs, attacked and quickly turned in for the next kill, the AI was as aggressive as ever). I killed throttle, settled in behind the Corsair and I was determined to go down €œswinging€.

I shot up the Corsair as he banked hard left. Numerous cannon strikes could be seen in the wing section. The effects in the game were great, the bright flashes along his wing section made me even more determined. I heard another shout in Japanese (at this point you can probably tell I have the text shut down €¦it spoils the immersion, so I do not know what the heck he is saying€¦I know my wingman is in trouble€¦.well thank goodness it is not me at this point).

I break off at the last second, and while the F-4 Corsair is showing signs of being hurt (fuel is streaming from his wings) he banks completely under control. At this point I feel that it is over, I have played and flown in this mission about as good as I can ever play and fly and I am coming up short. I hammer the throttle down, bank hard right and I change the view to spot the stricken Corsair. I see his wings wobble, I see him bank quickly left and right€¦I see him plunge into the ocean and a great plume of water erupts. WOW (the new effects in the patch are awesome€¦wow) €¦..man I am stoked, I can€t believe he is down. My revelry quickly ends as I simultaneously see the €œEnemy aircraft shot down€ signal on the screen and orange tracers shooting pass my right wing.

A Corsair is sitting at my 6 and firing. I noticed that my other flying mates are still locked in battle and, for once, the outcome is up in the air. I relax, buckle down and try to control my black outs, this game, is not over. The Corsair gets distracted (it could have something to do with me €œspamming my flight command to cover me€¦but who knows?). He banks away; I swoop in a climb at full power. As I gain altitude I spot a flight of TBM Avengers€¦wow (how cool is this game?). The Corsairs are trying to clear the TBM€s flight path. I go over in my mind, everything that has ever gotten me killed as a Japanese flyer. I am determined to not make the same mistakes, target fixation, bleeding off to much energy, low altitude engagements€¦..it is not going to happen now€¦.........€¦.and€¦.........it matters little.
I tuck in behind the first TBM. My focus is directed at the rear gunner. Every nerve in my being, every muscle in my body, is directed at killing him. If my wife triggered the fire alarm at my house it would have made no difference at this point. I hit him, I hit him hard. I see strikes, I chop my throttle as I will over take the target otherwise , I bank left and right and all my bullets strike home, BAM!.....BAM!....BAM!BAM!BAM! those last sounds were not my bullets but his! My screen blacks out with oil , my engine moans€¦it can not possibly end like this!.... I refuse for it to end like this. I bank hard right. I try to scan the horizon and pick up the target I was just fighting€¦.surely he must be mortally wounded€¦.I hit him hard but I can not see a thing€¦..

I can not see anything trough my windshield. It is black with oil €¦€¦.and smoke is pouring from the engine. I catch a glimpse of Palua Island , I reason that with one kill and one helluva of a good showing , this would be a major and respectable victory. I can angle in and with a little luck,I can be on land in about 8 minutes. I hear a flight member scream in victory! I search the sky and catch a glimpse of an avenger plunging to his demise! WOW! We are doing it this time, we are really doing it!

My mind is made up, I search and search and spot my Avenger, low in the water, streaming fuel and smoke€¦ I bank towards him but risk crashing into the water as I can not see a thing. €¦€¦€¦suddenly€¦I spot the €œenemy aircraft destroyed signal€€¦I see a great plume of water off to my left. The TBM fought well, but I am still up in the air and in semi control, he is down and possibly dead as I see no chutes€¦..

As all of you know landing is hard enough under normal conditions at full real , Imagine it with oil on your windshield and smoke€¦..15 minutes later, amid the sounds of screams, check sixes, victories, spectacular crashes(in Japanese of course) , 3 Tonies come back€¦..we won this one as we scored 6 kills€¦.2 of them attributed to me€¦....the best and most exciting mission €¦I ever remember€¦.


11-22-2004, 06:49 PM
awesome story man!
Makes me want to go get into the game http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
Hmm...I have yet to try taking on a Corsair!
*runs off to play*

11-22-2004, 06:59 PM
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its what makes this game great

And if my wife tripped our smoke alarm in a similar situation, I would have stayed the course also.

11-22-2004, 07:54 PM
Fantastic mission' Thanks for sharing it http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

11-22-2004, 07:56 PM
Great story! I'm firing up PF RIGHT NOW!

11-22-2004, 09:36 PM
Great story thanks. Suddenly inspired to have another crack at that darn Rufe campaign...

11-22-2004, 09:50 PM
Yes, it was nice to read. But for me that intensity is about an everyday thing!! That would be a typical mission for me. And I feel your KI-61 pain, I have a campaign going in it too and it's tough to survive in it. After all, it's almost exactly like flying an Emil around in the mid and late war!! It's slow, oh lord is it slow! Not exactly a competitive aircraft in the period it flew in. Now if it flew in 1940 or 41, it might have been something.

11-22-2004, 09:52 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Hendley:
Great story thanks. Suddenly inspired to have another crack at that darn Rufe campaign... <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>Hehehe, the only way I was able to survive that first Rufe mission was to go into my campaign folder and reduce the number of Wildcats by editing the mis file and the status.dat file. I cheated!! But hey, the odds of that mission are insurmountable against the Rufes.

11-23-2004, 02:01 AM
Excellent mission and well-written story. Really made me want to fire up my PC and get back to flying! Those `start new game if I die` rules are good and a real test of your abilities-kudos!

11-23-2004, 02:11 AM
Wow, that was an intense and great read! I think I'll have to try out a campaign.


One Tin Soldier

11-23-2004, 02:30 AM
Thats what is cool in Pf the imersion factor is sky high.I like Pf more than Fb+aep thanks too this even if im not a pacific diehard fan.
It dosent matter which side you are playing for,if you are an f4 on a escort mission or a zero on a cap,you will always be surprised when you dont expect it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

11-23-2004, 08:11 AM
Did you mke a track of that mission?? I like to watch other people's tracks to see how others fly.
And it's a change of pace too.

11-23-2004, 01:23 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by SeaFireLIV:
Excellent mission and well-written story. Really made me want to fire up my PC and get back to flying! Those `start new game if I die` rules are good and a real test of your abilities-kudos! <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I always do that. I have to confess I have never finished a whole war campaign, but I've managed to survive three or five stages before dying... and try luck with another campaign.

Reflying a mission kills immersion -and surprises- for me.

11-23-2004, 07:26 PM
Thanks for all the cool feedback. I went up and actually flew the second mission and , while not as intense I am sure it would make an interesting follow up