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actionhank1786
01-08-2005, 11:27 AM
I was Reading BlitzPig_DDT's post about how the series hasnt gotten harder, we've gotten better.
and it got me to thinking about my first time with Il-2.
It was a romantic candle light din-...
anyways...
i remember PC gamer had the Il-2 demo on their CD. This came some time after i'd remembered reading about the game in their pages and thinking how cool it would be to fly in the Gunners seat of an Il-2 (then i had no idea russia even had an airforce in world war II http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif )
But i found the Demo on the CD and loaded it up.
My first taste of it...
I was on the runway, visibility was low at best, rain was pouring down, and i was in a P-39.
I Gave it full throttle, ran off the runway, and hit a car i think. Finally i got i gave up on trying to go straight down the runway, and just tried taking off from the grass.
After i'd say about 20 take offs followed by the wing dipping and a nice cartwheel that would make a gymnist blush, i got it into the air.
The German airforce had nothing on me, i took more P-39's down they they ever could have. My a$$ would still be in debt to the Russian airforce.
But i fell in love with this oddly addicting game, and on my first high school dance night, i was found in my room flying my game (this shows my age a lot, haha 19, and i never realized how much older most of this community was until i checked out those age threads) but i decided to buy it.
So rather than be bothered with getting ready i was in front of my computer for 3 straight hours crashing every plane in the game (except the Il-2, can you even crash those? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif )
Anyways that was my first time.
So let's hear about yours

actionhank1786
01-08-2005, 11:27 AM
I was Reading BlitzPig_DDT's post about how the series hasnt gotten harder, we've gotten better.
and it got me to thinking about my first time with Il-2.
It was a romantic candle light din-...
anyways...
i remember PC gamer had the Il-2 demo on their CD. This came some time after i'd remembered reading about the game in their pages and thinking how cool it would be to fly in the Gunners seat of an Il-2 (then i had no idea russia even had an airforce in world war II http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif )
But i found the Demo on the CD and loaded it up.
My first taste of it...
I was on the runway, visibility was low at best, rain was pouring down, and i was in a P-39.
I Gave it full throttle, ran off the runway, and hit a car i think. Finally i got i gave up on trying to go straight down the runway, and just tried taking off from the grass.
After i'd say about 20 take offs followed by the wing dipping and a nice cartwheel that would make a gymnist blush, i got it into the air.
The German airforce had nothing on me, i took more P-39's down they they ever could have. My a$$ would still be in debt to the Russian airforce.
But i fell in love with this oddly addicting game, and on my first high school dance night, i was found in my room flying my game (this shows my age a lot, haha 19, and i never realized how much older most of this community was until i checked out those age threads) but i decided to buy it.
So rather than be bothered with getting ready i was in front of my computer for 3 straight hours crashing every plane in the game (except the Il-2, can you even crash those? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif )
Anyways that was my first time.
So let's hear about yours

DuxCorvan
01-08-2005, 01:08 PM
It tasted of chicken.

TX-WarHawk
01-08-2005, 01:16 PM
Forgot.

x__CRASH__x
01-08-2005, 01:22 PM
I was piloting one of these
http://fasastudio.com/NR/rdonlyres/8463F51A-17D7-4540-948B-5B56CE817155/0/madcat_xsmall.gif
I was the CO of a Mechwarrior Mercenary team called the Kell Hounds. I got sick of the responsibility of running a unit of 50, and Admining for an online league, so i joined a Merc unit as a hired gun. That was fun for a few months, but the game was losing it's luster. The friend of mine who owned the league I worked for wanted to branch out into flight sims. He knew I flew in real life, so asked if I was interested. So I picked up a copy of IL-2.

I was an ace the first time I flew. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Seriously, I met Aristo and Spyder in JG27 through some other friends, and he taught me how to dog fight. Mucho fun was had, and I never went back to Mechwarrior.

But I do miss my mechs sometimes.

TooFastForLove.
01-08-2005, 01:26 PM
I asked for IL2 for christmas when it was first out then got it. I was thrilled by it yet immediatly dissapointed by some of the flyable air craft. I was under the impression that the Ju 87 and 88 would be flyable for some reason.

It was great though and I was blown away by the realism. I remember trying to take off with the Mig-3 (I think it was) and stalling to a crash every time I got off the ground. I've come a long way since.

Texas LongHorn
01-08-2005, 06:33 PM
Funny enough actionhank, I too had read about the sim in an article by Andy Mahood in PCGamer. When the demo appeared on the CD a few months down the road the rest was history <ggg.> I got away from it for awhile but then jumped back in earnest when FB was released. I then ended up pre-ordering both the Aces pack and Pacific Fighters to have them ASAP. Somewhere in between all this came a stint with LOMAC, which I still fire up once in a while. All the best, LongHorn

T_O_A_D
01-08-2005, 07:10 PM
I read about it in the pool on the zone when between rooms. So I got on google and found it. It took several days for me to get the demo downloaded, dailup http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif Well pretty much like you I burned several P-39's I had it in my head I was an American and by god I was going to fly an American plane. But the 109 was the only fighter I was able to get off the ground. Well like you I had never a clue of a Russian airforce at the time. It actually took me a week to get the P-39 in the air , to only get lost in the rain, get dissorented and run out of gas. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif So my dad {old CFSer) comes over, I tell him all about the demo. I tell him how hard the P-39 is. The old fart took off first try, boy was I belittled. He still brings it up today, from time to time. But he won't play it anymore cause it is to hard and time consuming to be as good as he thinks he is LOL

Bearcat99
01-08-2005, 07:33 PM
I had a few sims before but I never really dove in. Either life issues or time kept me from getting too involved. Plus back in NY we were on dial up anyway. I had Warbirds II back then but when my PC went down that was it for a while. I moved to Virginia in the fall of 2000.. one day I was in the local Best Buy where I ironically work at PT now and they had CFS1 set up on a system there. I would go in ther and fiddle with it. By that time I had a better PC than the 486 I used to fly Warbirds on so I picked up CFS1 and FS2K.... in fact that was immediately after 9/11 in 01. I had been checking out the sim for a few months but after 9/11 I decided to get FS2K being from the Bronx and having worked in the Trade center area for 8 years and after I heard that the terrorists used FS2K to practice on.... I wanted to check out the skyline that I would never see again. I put in CFS1 and barely touched FS2K. I got on the Zone and hooked up with a group of Redtails there he first night. I was flying with the TRTs in CFS for @ a year... we were all waiting with baited breath for CFS3. I had seen IL2 before in the storeswhen it first came out and when I picked it up I saw two things. One that it had no American planes except the P-39. Hmmmmmmm an IL-2.... WTF is THAT. Secondly I saw the system reqs... PII 400MHZ or AMD equivalent,128M video card,16MB RAM. Well I had the RAM.... but the CPU and the video... well I had aPII233MHZ with a 64M RivaTNT card. Everytime I saw it though I would pick it up and look at it and put it back.
I didnt know about the demo at all and my online experience was basically chat rooms and the Zone. By the time I had upgraded my PC for CFS3 it was 2002 or so, just before CFS3 was due to come out...@ 2 weeks before in fact. One day while hanginbg out in the video game section of the very same best Buy (LOL... I started this madness at best Buy..LOL) I ran into a guy named Phil who was telling me that he had CFS3 already.. he said he didnt like it... (Of coure I thought he was blowing smoke.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif).. anyway he said to check out this sim called.... IL2... I said "Yeah i have seen that around...." He said get it..I gaurantee you you will like it. Well by that time Ias I said I had upgraded to a XP1600 and a 900Pro card.... with 768M of RAM.. for CFS3.. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif So I said "What the hey thats right!! I can run this now.. let me check it out!!"
he told me about here and i came here... and the rest is history. I havent seen or heard hide nor hair of him since..... but THANKS PHIL!!!!!

Anyway I have been here since. The first time I booted up the sim... I used the QMB. I diodnt even try to land or take off... I had paused the sim, found the views.. external.. figured out how to turn the pit off..... I ws in external view and i accidentally hit my mouse..... WHOOOOAA!!!!! Something made my left click and move..... WHHHOOOAAA!!! I spent a good hour or so just fiddling around with the views. Then there were the planes..... strange names like Lagg..... an Yak..... the 109s and 190s i was familiar with but those Russian planes.... tha that little stubby one.. the one without landing gear....LOL.. It wasnt long before I went online.. I think the first or second night.... Phil also told me about Hyperlobby.... and here. I umpedinto a server... Redwulf1 was running it.... WHOOAAA!!! Im on the gorund!! $HIT!! Now I have to take off... oh well Im a killer in CFS so... how hard can it be right? Right?...... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif After I dont know..... 9 or 10 attempts I finally got up.. after I listened to redwulf and jumped in an La. The rest is history.

I know thas kind of long winded... but thats my story and Im sticking to it.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

actionhank1786
01-09-2005, 12:36 AM
haha bearcat nice story.
My friend worked at a best buy.
so how do you go about becoming a moderator?
I always wondered, i bet it's some secret picking session in nevada isnt it? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

HotelBushranger
01-09-2005, 01:13 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif I bet it is ey...

Anyways, for me, it was borrowing a mates DVD that came with a game mag, PowerDVD I think it was, and saw Il-2 Sturmovik, which looked good, and loaded it up. Now for me, my joystick at the time was a Wingman Extreme, which isn't exactly an X-45 or anything.. anyways, first level was one of the single missions in an Il-2, attacking shipping, then the next mission, which was attack armour at a beach. Fell in love with it in a second, and lots of fun flying around, strafing enemies, dropping VAP-250 Napalm stuff on my teamates as they were taking off http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif, one time which I won't forget is when i was flying parallel with the beach, strafing tanks, then in my headset I hear "One, break right!", the instant after a read that, some force pushes me to the right, I went to external view, and I'm missing my right wing, about 50 feet above the ground, and spun into the ground. The last thing I saw was a FW-190 flying away. After that, I sat back and just said.....Wow. Watta game, I played it for days, more than any other game I had at the time. My first attempted take-off was in the 109 Single mission, intercepting Pe-2s and Lagg-3's, lol thought it would be easy, stalled the moment I lifted the wheels of the ground. As in, seriously, for those that have PPL's, it's gotta be easier in real life? The only time I took off personally was in a Robin 2160, where I pulled up the stick slowly, as I learnt from Il-2 lol, but the pilot YANKED it up, and loe and behold, I didn't stall (thank goodness). I discovered the beauty of QMB, attacking Ju-52's in every aircraft I could fly, was darn fun. Then I put in some fighters...needless to say, I was made a mess. Oooh, then the P-39 came along. Hours of frustration ensued, with the P-39 stalling and spinning at seemingly EVERY turn I made, wether it was hard or soft. It has taken me 2 years to master the P-39, lol which is how long I've had the Demo, although I spent most of the time flying 109s.
Then the big day came along, when I got PF. I was beyond joy, but after turning my computer on, looked at the Il-2 Demo folder, and was flooded with memories, both good and bad. lol. My first kill, my first takeoff, my first slaughter of 12 enemy Il-2's, with my wingman and I in a pair of 109s, claiming 10 killed, the rest damaged. After deleting it, I let out a sigh, and commenced to install Pacific Fighters. It's got a different feel to Il-2, but still **** good.

NORAD_Zooly10
01-09-2005, 03:49 AM
like most people i first saw the game in the preview section of some PC mag (dang it my memory is failing), then i downloaded the first movie (La7 against He111s iirc). i remember being impressed (i think i was playing SDOE at the time and that didnt come close to what i saw in the movie clip for Il2), next came the demo which i downloaded (with a 56k modem and a download accelerator) it took forever (well it seemed to take forever (bearing in mind we only got ADSL last year http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif)). next came the test and i was hooked, have been ever since though like most other people i have been known to play other games BUT i keep coming back to it and probably always will (at least till BoB is released http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif).
~S~
Zooly

DuxCorvan
01-09-2005, 07:35 AM
Seriously, in Spain it was not distributed by UBI, but by a lame company that made an ominous work. I remember seeing the big cr@ppy box and having fun with the WW2-air-war-illiterate comments: "Fight the evil Messer 1009 in your Poli-Karpov-Rat and the super-fast Yak and destroy the mighty Strumovich (sic) destroyer bomber with your Fokker Wolf". http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

It had had no publicity at all -Maddox Games (???)- but, although skeptical, I bought it because I had never seen a WW2 sim with Eastern Front and Soviet aircraft in it. NOW this was new.

Now I laugh at my skepticism.

horseback
01-09-2005, 12:17 PM
I'd built scale model airplanes for a number of years, so I was quite aware of the Eastern Front/Great Patriotic War. I had just bought a 'modern' computer (a 900MHz Celeron eMachines with 4Mb [shared] graphics), and had spent the last six months playing M$CFS1&2, and Red Baron 3D sharing time with my modeling. I'd gotten a very nice Sidewinder Precision2 on sale at Frys', so I was well equipped

I'd just picked up an Accurate Models Il-2M3, and just googled (or was it yahooed?) 'Il-2' to find some info for a good paint scheme that hadn't been done to death by everyone else, and I found the Il-2 homepage about halfway down the first page. I oohed and aahed over the screenshots, but the required system specs were beyond my machine's capabilities.

A few weeks later, I saw a review of the game in a mainstream aviation history magazine, and my desire was rekindled. Talking to more computer savvy friends, I learned that I could add a more capable video card to my computer, and add a decent soudcard as well.

I saved my pennies for a while, but my salvation was a company road assignment with a set per diem, no receipts required. I ate at McDonald's for two weeks and came back with enough cash for a 32Mb Nvidia MX100 PCI video (the mobo on my system had no AGP slot) card plus the $30 bucks needed for the game.

After a couple of weeks of tweaking and learning that (at the time) my XP OS wouldn't support OpenGL, I set my video for DirectX and played the game for the first time. Taking off and landing the 109 or P-39 was not a problem (6 months of CFS2 carrier landing + Red Baron with the torque on is a great teacher), but the whole stall and spin thing had me pulling out what was left of my hair.

I spent many weeks just playing the QMBs before I got the hang of it sufficiently to risk the campaigns...I never got around to building the Il-2 model -- it's still in its box.

I build computers with my spare cash now.

cheers

horseback

Chuck_Older
01-09-2005, 01:13 PM
My first taste was probably like many people's.

Slick. Tough. A bit crinkly, and not easy to chew. Painful to swallow. Then papery, and pulpy. Not very pleasurable. Hard to swallow.

As I got deeper, it got much harder. It cracked and broke. The slivers were painful. Then my Dad said "You don't eat those things, dummy, it goes in the PC where the cupholder is". Well of course once the bleeding in my gums went away and I had rinsed with warm salty water, I relaised that instead of lunch, I had been gnawing through the Il2:Sturmovik box.

Bearcat99
01-09-2005, 01:39 PM
ROFLMAO!!!!

XyZspineZyX
01-09-2005, 01:54 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
Hello,

Like many at the time I tried the demo before even the game was out! During more than two months I did play with the P-39, IL2 and BF109g-2 every day during at least one hour a day.
At first it was not easy, I remember that the planes where not really perfect and it was about impossible to take of with the IL2 in full charge! Then came the game and it was a new and an even more experience. I love it and to still love it more than three years later.
Now that I have more than 2000 hours of this simulator of fly time the experience is different but still as enjoyable!
Thanks Oleg and is team!

Sensei.

Waldo.Pepper
01-09-2005, 06:19 PM
Demo boy here as well.

Hooked like a Walleye.

actionhank1786
01-09-2005, 07:22 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Chuck_Older:
My first taste was probably like many people's.

Slick. Tough. A bit crinkly, and not easy to chew. Painful to swallow. Then papery, and pulpy. Not very pleasurable. Hard to swallow.

As I got deeper, it got much harder. It cracked and broke. The slivers were painful. Then my Dad said "You don't eat those things, dummy, it goes in the PC where the cupholder is". Well of course once the bleeding in my gums went away and I had rinsed with warm salty water, I relaised that instead of lunch, I had been gnawing through the Il2:Sturmovik box. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Why oh why did i word the title like that!? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

SabreF-86
01-09-2005, 08:57 PM
I torque rolled about a dozen 109s before I got the first one into the air, then discovered high speed stalls. The number of dents I've left in Mother Russia is beyond counting. Since then I've got takeoffs n flight, gunnery n bombing down pretty good, but I still have a heck of a time landing. Too fast, too high and bouncy bouncy bouncy crash.

Sabre

DarkCanuck420
01-09-2005, 09:05 PM
My first taste of this sim was with PF.

Lets just say it was a wet experience.
in fact the first dozen take off attemps where wet or burning hot http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif

now its just the landing that are blazing or bubbling
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JG27_Dacripler
01-09-2005, 11:06 PM
Being new to IL2 and being my usual self, I ended up downloading all of the stuff from UBI with the server included. I was told by a close friend and Squadmate from CFS1 (FR_Tailwaxer) who made his switch before the CFS3 debacle and said this was a better game. I bought IL2 before CFS3; Il2 was installed first but I did not pay much because I was somehow convinced CFS3 was going to be the sim of all sims (jaded no0b indeed)
I downloaded CFS3 and was hightly disappointed and learned to fly the IL2 series without any tuitorials (my usual stubborness) and did not listen to those who were willing to help. To be honest I didn't know a Yak or an IL2 from my elbow so it was a point of self-discovery by trial and error.
CFS3 went back into the box and I choose to continue to fly was CFS1 and IL2 hand and hand because of the new rig I made was fully capable of all of the games I mentioned
Me being a noob to computer gaming; it was a learning experience downloading the right patches. The old PL was intimidating for a noob to gather information- Old 'sticks from Janes and other Sims (The predecessor of CWoS)

So, Tailwaxer and I never did make it together in Hyperlobby where he suggested. I was under the impression the UBI servers WERE Hyperlobby! (Total noob indeed)
But I did get to fly with some MOH guys and a few DR guys back then. I remember flying with a guy named Uncle Ivan who has disappeared completely and a fellow from CFS/ Toxic pilot.
I had my 6 handed to me back then as I do today. But it is an education in every aspect learning the game and accepting my limitations of my own flight skills and the fact this game had competition that was simply amazing. CFS was narrowly focused and had the majority of players from England and predominaly USA players.
I went to Hyperlobby after I mistakenly hit a link on the forums and then found the place Tailwaxer initially told me about. My callsign went to Molitov Koktail and I remember flying in the rooms with other squadrons such as the Asscats, APAC, JG27, squadrons and others from overseas: Llv34?, JaVa, and Jamboc. The language barrier was something I did not get used to and my game never improved.
The CFS following came about late in the FB series as I recall. Many in CFS did not have the system requirement was the major denominator in their reluctancy to change.

I belive this game was an eye opener when it came down to the pure physics and dynamics of flight and the attention to shot making. It's a two-fold proposition with attention to gunning and flight managment which have to coincide with each other to be a sucess or failure.

I have been both but love it all the same.

Smokin256
01-10-2005, 12:17 AM
Pre release demo for me. Got it the day after it was released. I had to get a friend at work to download it on DSL & burn it to a disc for me. I'd been watching the sim at Combatsim I think it was for a year prior. Once I got it I proceded to crash my brains out in the P-39 for the next week. I remember thinking, this is going to be really interesting!

Cheers.......Smokin256

JG52MadAdler
01-10-2005, 01:20 AM
I stumbled on to these message boards first.
Then I ran out and bought it.
(Il2)had just been released.
The rest is history.
Back when Stomin Normin was the big cheese.
The Blitz Pigs Ruled the boards
and Oleg would show up on HL and fly.

Ah the good ol days!

WildeSau
01-10-2005, 01:48 AM
Oh, the good old times...

Flying CFS1 and EAW for months, I wanted to see something different. I heard of an upcoming sim called Il-2, so I went over to it's web page and wondered that the chief of the company used much of his time to inform the sim community of his upcoming project and he answered almost every question.

I thought, wouw, this is going to be someting different then what we can expect from Microsoft and couldn't wait.

When I got the game in my hands and have it installed on my PC, I was just in heaven. Never before saw such good looking planes (also if I have never heard something of them before) and such good flight models. I loved to see what damage I did to the other planes and spent hours just doing that - flying in the QMB and assess the damage I have done the all the cool planes that this game gives you. I knew, this is gone be my game - bye bye EAW and CFS1.

WildeSau

Redwulf__1
09-22-2005, 11:52 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Hehe Ace I remember your first flights very well. I remembered my first flight in IL-2. Couldnt fly anymore, couldnt hit a barn.lol. My Squadmates took me by the hand and I felt like a lill boy doing his first steps in life. But it was fun.....

ashley2005
09-22-2005, 12:39 PM
my first taste was when i had it with steak and chips....

ok first time was at waddington airshow 2004 ..the belgian tigers where there with a booth set up with a bunch of computers there ..they were playing msf2004..falcon 4.0 and il2 aces expansion +lock on ...me and m8 mate spent all day playing flight sims there loland we entered the competition and came first and second on il2 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

GerritJ9
09-22-2005, 03:16 PM
First read about FB in a Dutch computer magazine, a very positive review, saw the original IL2 for sale at a local computer shop at a discount, so bought that (FB had just been released). Unlike most, I was quite aware of IL2s, Yaks, LaGGs etc.
First try after installation was the MiG3 single mission, shoot down the FW-189. Repeatedly crashed on takeoff.... went out and bought a Logitech joystick. Still crashed on takeoff until after 30 or so attempts I finally staggered into the air. Found the FW but was shot down, more practice required. Finally managed to take it down by flying into it!
Installed all the patches........ then went out and bought FB....... followed by AEP about 2 months after it was released, and PF the day it became available here in the Netherlands. Dumped the Logitech in favour of a Saitek, added extra memory, all the patches, missions, skins........ and bought all the Ukrainian IL2/FB/PF CDs plus the add-ons while in Kiev last year.

FritzGryphon
09-22-2005, 03:20 PM
I'd never even heard of IL-2, and the last sim I had ever owned was Falcon 4.

I just stumbled across the demo one day on Gamesdomain, and got it. Played the demo online for a month, hours and hours each day, until I finally found a store that stocked it.

VW-IceFire
09-22-2005, 04:02 PM
Well you know my story isn't all that different.

I had been out of the flight sim arena for a long while (since Aces Over Europe). Then I saw an add for CFS3 and I was in love again. Thunderbolts and Typhoons and Mustangs and Spitfires...that was where I was at.

And then CFS3 came out and it was widely reported that it sucked. And so I was at a loss...and then I found the IL2 Demo. I got hooked but I didn't buy the Forgotten Battles game until the following January (I had to get through exams and Christmas insanity). And then I've been buying the addons and whatnot ever since.

I'm getting pretty good, I can land and takeoff and shoot bandits down these days http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

But for the first little while, it was a serious challenge to do any of those.

Stackhouse25th
09-22-2005, 05:28 PM
Demo, P39 had me drooling

knightflyte
09-22-2005, 06:07 PM
Well, I was a convert from CFSIII. I bought a pretty powerful computer in 2002 (2.4 w 512 ram and a geforce4 ti4600). I thought CFSIII should run pretty well on it. It didn't.

While parusing through a MSCFSIII web forum someone mentioned IL2. I remember seeing it at (Hey Bearcat http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif) BEST BUY. I even picked it up but what could a Russian team know about programming? The plane was ugly too. I was so disatisfied with CFSIII I bought IL2 out of spite to all things MS.

I fired it up. I remember sitting on the tarmac in my ugly IL2 and I used the HAT SWITCH to smoothly pan left to right. MSCFSIII snapped to view. That one difference increased the realism tenfold. They spoke Russian too. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I had a Logictec Stick with FF. I was taking off and fighting the plane to takeoff. I did okay..... I crashed a few times but mostly took off. Then came flying. MAN O MAN O MAN!!!!!
The feeling of air buffeting over your wing as you approach stall conditions. Whhhhhohoo Hooooooooooooo!

I next got into the BF 109. My task was to take out the Sturmoviks as they attacked my fleet in the harbour. I'm 2400 meters up. I see them below me. I dive in and come up behind them. Whhhhoooooo look at the cool tracers! (I miss the olde 109 tracer smoke trails) Suddenly I'm dead. I don't remember if sudden blackness was in the original IL2 of in FB....but I died by a rear gunner. So I load up the mission again and come in behind them.... but BELOW them now to avoid rear gunner. I fire on the Sturmovik at VERY close range. He loses control and drops his torpedo payload...ON me as I pass underneath him. I only hear the KA of KABOOM!

I FREAK OUT ..... THAT WAS AWESOME!!!!!! UNFRICKIN BELIEVABLE!!!!!!!

Then came TRACK IR....


If you notice my UBI registered date it was Dec.8,02. I bought IL2 December 7th. Haven't left here yet.
I plan to be here throughout BOB's life too.

blakduk
09-22-2005, 08:14 PM
I'm a very recent convert to Il2- i bought a copy of the original Il2 last xmas for $10AUD online. My rig is underpowered and i checked that this game was one that run on it. I'd become quickly bored and disapointed by the sims i'd played to that date (including CFS, Crimson skies, F-16 fightig falcon... anyone remember Amiga's?)
Once i fired up Il2 i was genuinely awed- the sense of space, the awesome chunks of stuff falling off planes, the simulation of a heavier-than-air machine with intertia, torque, and stalling/spinning. No fly-by-wire nonsense, these simulated machines felt like they needed to be 'flown'. I was hooked- just taking off was a challenge (I've never flown a WW2 fighter so i cant directly compare but i've witnessed how much rudder Spitfires, P40's, and P51's need to stay straight when starting off).
Before i knew it that $10 purchase had cost me hundreds as i obtained a FFB stick, updated software (FB&AEP), and trackIR. Those marketing guru's have won- and i'm quite glad about that http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif
My rig is stretched to the limit now however so i'll have to forgo any further software for a while.

triggerhappyfin
09-23-2005, 12:16 AM
It´s a long time gone now http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I read about a test of IL-2(original game)in my son´s gaming magazine. They had tested the game, wich was due to release some time later, and gave fair critics.

The pics looked so nice and the story about it so intriqueing, I had to preorder it.

Some weeks later the envelope with the cd inside dropped in to my mailbox.

The first mission was defending an airbase witch was due to be attacked by IL-2´s. I was supposed to take off in a butcherbird http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif.

A whole afternoon I was trying to get that kite off the ground, allways beeing too hard on the stick, dipping the wing into ground and explode.
As I never read manuals http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif I made this error.
I took a little glimse in manuals and discovered there were something called minimum take off speed http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_redface.gif. Watching the speed raising to some 180 km/h I eventually got off. Well off the ground my speed never exeeded take off speed http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif...Those IL-2´s, when I eventually figured out how to find them, left me behind. How could they be so bloody fast? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

A number of tries later I realised, I never let the kite level out.... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_redface.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_redface.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif.

Well, after overcoming all these difficulties, I was hooked http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/1072.gif.

Have I improved my self since? Not really but I´m addicted to it http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

dazza9806482
09-23-2005, 12:57 AM
I decided to stop smoking dope.

I then needed something immersive to fill the void and having bought my first PC in 10 years decided to see if simulations had moved on since F22 Interceptor.

Now i endure merciless abuse from my mates...

'pint, Biggles?' etc.

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WOLFMondo
09-23-2005, 02:58 AM
I bought a new PC around the same time Il2 was released. I read some reviews of various games to try out on the new PC and as a fan of WW2 aircraft I though I'd give this new and very different sim a try.

Its been fun but more of an educational experiance as the Soviet/eastern front is very overlooked in western education and its impact isn't really discussed but IL2 was a real eye opener to what went on. I thank Oleg for that alone as I've learnt allot history in the last few years.

Zjoek
09-23-2005, 04:44 AM
I came from Warbirds when il-2 was released. I always flew the Messer in Warbirds. So I saw the il-2 box with the il-2 on it and I thought: "What? An il-2? I want to fly a bf-109G2!"

...After two months I finally bothered to read the back of the box and saw that you COULD fly a 109, and it looked terrific too! Buy, home, install, fire it up!

I sat on the runway. So I opened full throttle and I suddenly exploded. What the hell?!
After about an hour I saw that I was hitting my teammates in front of me who hadn't yet took off. Allright, I'll wait.

I had not problems taking off, although it was an ugly take-off. But there I was, airborne! Looked mighty good it did! So, the wing leader reported enemies incoming, and I chased after them. But... wait, where's my gunsight?! It's off to the left! So after expending my full ammo load by trying to guess where my gunsight was supposed to be, I quit the game, frustrated.

After a week later I saw that I had to press shift-f1. Second try. Saw the Lagg's again, but even with my gunsight I had great difficulty hitting things! Another ammo load expended, no kills.

Another week later I tried the quick missions, and gradually I became a better shot. I was hooked! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

scottmal1
09-24-2005, 08:50 AM
I first saw il2 in 'pc world' and presumed it was an add on for msfs, so i stupidly did'nt even pick it up, how wrong i was. I read an article about it in 'micro mart'magazine as i was getting into computers, and as a teenager was so into ww2 aircraft, although i knew very little about the vvs planes, mainly spitfires, hurri's and mustangs etc as russian front stuff was poorly covered. the review made me rush out and buy it, a month later FB was released!! I had to build a new pc to run it, and i spent the first evening just looking at the tracks,the vvs planes, i was amazed, i still am, i'm just an average pilot, i play offline, i enjoy it, i think il2 and all it's add ons (i've got all of them except TLD, i'm currently unemployed, so this will be my first purchase when i secure a job) are a bargain, it's a cheap hobby, and as WOLFmondo says it's educational, it's really rekindled my interest, especially in this theatre of WW2, i've bought some books and even an 'accurate miniatures' il2 kit! I come on these forums everyday just to see whats going on, it's a part of my life. Cheers.

carguy_
09-24-2005, 09:12 AM
I saw the review on TV.I had my TV set on by default just showing music clips,films,it just ran all day.One night I was doing a little overview and I stopped by the GameChannel.It looked like it had some reviews.Among them was IL2.Graphics really made my eyeballs fall out and reviewer stated that there were about 30 flyables!
I have been searching for a good computer flightsim since `90 and bought IL2 right away after the review.

After installing two obvious cases appeared to me.The first was that my PC barely ran it over 20fps,second that I had to learn to look around the cockpit.

I took Me109 and I16 for a spin with all realism options set to on.After 2hours of trying to develop an Immelman I was left with like 40% realism options set to on.Couldn`t fly succesfully against AI.I was able to land cuz I knew many things bout WWII airwarfare but nothing more.
Frostrated,without a chance for a refund I left the game on the shelf to be forgotten and returned to CFS1 pwning Spitfires in a Me109.

Two months later after all standard CFS1 campaigns completed(300AA kils nuff said) I decided to give IL2 another try.
Turned out flying in CFS1 gave me skills to make flying in IL2 possible.
I had a wonderful time going through IL2 flightschool and campaigns.
I wondered if there were some updates for it on the net.When I chacked it came out that 1.1b was released already with fooking Emil flyable!
And so it all began.

Airmail109
09-24-2005, 10:43 AM
Been flying sims since I was 7..im 17 now so thats 10 years LOL! I flew the demo of Il2 back in 2001 and was blown away by it! Never looked back since.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Old_Canuck
09-24-2005, 06:22 PM
I was having a positive experience with CFS2. Enjoyed the CFS2 forum, Island hopping with other oldsters and getting shot down in short but fun dogfights but kept seeing posts in the forum along these lines: "well I'm going back to IL2 now LOL."

A friend gave me an IL2 demo while I was still getting over the great CFS3 cash grab and after the first takeoff (or rather attempted takeoff) in a Yak I quickly wrote it off as just another cash grab. But the comments in the CFS2 forum about IL2 finally got to me so I decided to dig in and give it some more time to learn the controls etc. Then I discovered THIS forum, asked a few questions, got a few answers (got called "nOOb" a few times and wondered "what the h3ll is a nOOb"), learned a lot of good tips by lurking here for awhile and now after a few years of practising I'm starting to get the hang of it. Can't thank Oleg and Team enough for all the hours of fun it's provided.

DarkStar68
09-24-2005, 06:45 PM
Well Sherman - Let's turn on the wayback machine...

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y254/0utlier/IL2/IL2_team.jpg

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