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Freycinet
10-25-2004, 11:02 AM
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Oct. 2004:
News flash:
"After the resounding success of MS Pacific Fighters 2002, award-winning flight sim software developer Microsoft again takes us back to the fierce combat of the Pacific theater with Microsoft Pacific Fighters 2004. US fighters square off against the notorious air power of the Japanese empire. Players can play for either the United States or Japan in this exhaustive simulation of Pacific theatre air war. Target enemy ships, airfields, and a host of AI-controlled aircraft. Re-enact some of the most famous air battles of WWII in places like Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, and Iwo Jima. Also, create what-if scenarios such as the Japanese invasion of San Francisco and Jet combat over Tokyo in campaign modes where YOU decide the action!
* Fly a variety of WWII Fighters.
Fly for the U.S. and Japan in famous fighters such as the F6F Hellcat and the deadly Japanese Zero, as well as the Northrop Flying Wing and the Japanese Shinden. Over 6 flyable aircraft models are available, (2 more than MS PF 2002) four of them with 3D animated cockpits.
* Includes new aircraft carriers. For the first time in the Microsoft game series, players will have the option to take-off from, land on, and engage enemy aircraft carriers in combat.
* Accessible to players of all skill levels. With its extensive tutorials and customizable settings, the game will be appealing to both beginning and expert pilots. Nearly every level of realism and difficulty can be tuned to fit user tastes. Carrier Ops have never been so much fun!
* As with every product in the MS PF series, Pacific Fighters offers unparalleled attention to detail. The smart AI, unequaled damage model, and sense of realism combine to immerse players like no other combat flight simulation.
* Maps cover all of the Pacific, as well as the US, China, Russia, India and Australia. Wave movements on the beach, volumetric clouds, and thick vegetation are some of the visual attributes that are rendered in detail.
* Attack a vast array of targets ranging from railroads to battleships and even dirigibles. Ground objects such as tanks can all be pounded from the air. Torpedo historically accurate ships, drop bombs on enemy airfields, and encounter over 15 other targets on the ground and at sea.
* An unsurpassed multiplayer option. Connect to a friends' computer via LAN and play together in split-screen mode!"

MS PF 2004 will be sold at just 69.95$.

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Nov. 2004:
MS PF 2004 recieves lackluster reviews on flight sim websites, but rave reviews from major game mags as well as MSNBC.com, who claim it to be "even better than MS PF 2002!". Sales at Walmart, Carrefour, Tesco and other major retailers skyrocket, due to heavy exposure on TV shows and bundling of the game with the "WinXP2Ed.+HomeEntertainmentPak". Gamers are generally happy with the product, as exemplified by Seth Johnson, 13, of South Bend, Indiana: "Carrier Ops are so cool, after nailing 7 Bettys and 4 Zeros I always zoom Saratoga before landing and scoring ace status, so I can unlock the Hellcat!"

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Feb. 2005:
Some players on flight sim websites note various issues with the sim, such as the Corsair roll-rate being twice as fast as that of the Zero, as well as the "Betty self-combustion when padlocked" problem. Also the fact that the sim neds 1GB of Ram and not the 128MB advertised leads to some complaints, however MS lawyers demonstrate that a one-on-one A6M-F6F engagement over water is indeed possible with 128MB ram.

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Aug. 2005:
Microsoft acknowledges some issues with MS PF 2004 and assure users that these will be rectified in the upcoming release "MS PF 2006 - 50 years anniversary Pacific Victory celebration". This sim will also include new auto-gen ships, improved trees and clouds as well as 2 new flyables.

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Dec. 2005:
In time for Christmas sales, Jest Flight releases the B-25 SuperValuePak, which allows players to pilot 2 variants of the fully animated B-25 multi-engine bomber (49.95$). This release follows upon literally 100's of user-made planes, which allow players to fly every plane in the WWII Pacific Air War, as well as the North American Sabre and the MiG-15 (without animated cockpits however).

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June 2006:
A number of players group together in the 1-inch organisation, with the stated purpose of improving realism with MS PF 2004 flight modelling. Over the coming months they release a Corsair with improved roll-rate as well as a corrected F4F without JATO rockets. These models are a great success with a segment of MS PF 2004 users.

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July 2006:
Pro-Flight Japan releases the Japan PhotoReal Texture Pak: "No longer will Tokyo look like Los Angeles, Sydney and New Delhi", the developers promise. The also plan a Pearl Harbour PhotoReal pack, if sales of the Japan pack are good (149.95$).

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Oct. 2006:
News flash:
"After the resounding success of MS Pacific Fighters 2004, award-winning flight sim software developer Microsoft again takes us back to the fierce combat of the Pacific theater with Microsoft Pacific Fighters 2006, at a listed price of just 79.95$"....

Hawk_9th
10-25-2004, 11:12 AM
way to much free time on your hands funny though. If pf doesnt hit the states soon we are going to see alot more of this type of stuff :sigh: http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/351.gif

x6BL_Brando
10-25-2004, 01:10 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

PBNA-Boosher
10-25-2004, 03:44 PM
SOB's. Kill Microsoft, kick them out of the flight sim business.

Rola.
10-25-2004, 04:03 PM
Boosher, you are misinformed. It is the CFS4 that is basically dead, MSFS series is next...

WTE_Galway
10-25-2004, 06:11 PM
actually without seeing any figures .. I suspect CFS4 sells in large numbers but rarely gets played more than a few weeks

Freycinet
10-26-2004, 05:31 AM
Galway, I think you absolutely right: CFS3 (not 4) certainly sells well, it is all over games shops and you have to search for Fb, AEP, PF...

Also, the usually uninformed shop assistants always think of MS when people say flight sim to them.... - it is quite sad, really...

triggerhappyfin
10-26-2004, 05:52 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Freycinet:
I think you absolutely right: CFS3 (not 4) certainly sells well, it is all over games shops and you have to search for Fb, AEP, PF...
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Thinking of it...perhaps it´s the other way around?? Those MS-POS games don´t sell at all..Thats why they remain on the shelves http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

I have to admit owning a copy of CFS2 and CFS3 and they have some nice features, but I dont use them much...the big ac´s seem to have some very significant stress levels and need a soft touch. It´s impossible to dive w the A20 from high alt without taking some steps to prevent it to fall in pieces.

In PF A20 handles like some fighter http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Cold_Gambler
10-26-2004, 01:22 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif @ Freycinet http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif
How true it is http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif