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Liberi_Fatali
04-09-2004, 07:29 AM
haai,

I bought FB & AEP two weeks ago now. Im still getting used to flying (this is my first flightsim ever). My question is what would be better to start with, flying on or offline?
Are the two really that different?

And btw; nice to meet you all, the Sturmovik community is great, i hope i can be a good part of it ^_^
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Liberi_Fatali
04-09-2004, 07:29 AM
haai,

I bought FB & AEP two weeks ago now. Im still getting used to flying (this is my first flightsim ever). My question is what would be better to start with, flying on or offline?
Are the two really that different?

And btw; nice to meet you all, the Sturmovik community is great, i hope i can be a good part of it ^_^
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christopher65
04-09-2004, 07:37 AM
Hi there,would start offline to begin with.Get used to the controls and the aircraft you prefer and keep at it for a while.Use the qmb to create some missions and get used to things.
Most online servers fly realistic settings so practice with them on as well.This way you get used to cockpit on etc much more rapidly.
At the end of the day though its up to you and if you want to fly online first then do it.I found that offline was more forgiving as a learner.Welcome on board to the greatest sim ever.Have fun!!! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

TgD Thunderbolt56
04-09-2004, 07:55 AM
Welcome aboard!

If you have some experience in flight sims then the learning curve shouldn't be too steep. I would still suggest you fly some offline missions/QMB just to get the feel of the whole thing. I find online more fun as I'm flying against real people that aren't predictable (which can be both good and bad). I also, fly on coms with a squad which add another level.

Find a good server with the settings you like and enjoy. Since I've started flying online (all those years ago http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif ) I've only flown offline to test and occassionally refly a particularly enjoyable mission. My ratio of online to offline flying is about 95%/5% respectively.



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tonywizzz
04-09-2004, 10:20 AM
On-line new to me also, I think for what it,s worth first fly off-line, play at highest difficulty settings possible, you can customise these settings, add more difficulty over time if u don't start on full difficulty, try on -line soon you'll see how different it is!

Go back off-line & practise practise practise & practise again if u set up missions in QMB set opponebts to Ace, better for experience.

Off-line I always flew cockpit only no padlock, a lot of servers don't de-select these options, and I am having difficulty adapting to the use of externals and padlock, good idea would be to look at the settings on the servers on HyperLobby, decide which you would like to fly in, and adjust your difficulty settings to match, as I said before over time if necessary.

Finally persevere it's a great sim, most on the forums are happy to help, as someone on the forum says there are no stupid questions only stupid answers.

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gates123
04-09-2004, 10:30 AM
I learned online, was well worth the steep learning curve, definetly makes you a better pilot in the long run.

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SKULLS Virga
04-09-2004, 11:03 AM
Start out offline as mentioned but don't wait too long to get online. It's a load of fun and though you will make mistakes, put on your thick skin and get through the new guy stage.

Maj_Death
04-09-2004, 11:26 AM
I suggest playing offline first. Get accustomed to the controls and adjust their settings as you see fit. Find a few planes you really like from both sides and learn how to effectively fight in them. The Quick mission builder is great for testing but once you find a plane you like I suggest using it in campaign mode to hone your skills in it. I suggest starting out at medium difficulty but kill the icons as soon as you can. Then relearn how to fight by identifying targets by plane type rather than icon color. Don't pay attention to markings, learn what the planes look like at various distances. At first they will all look the same but you will start to notice small differences in them after a few hours. For example, Bf-109's appear very boxy at a distance while the Yak's appear more smooth.

Online is far more challenging and fun but until you can beat the crap out of the AI offline, you don't stand much chance of surviving online.

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tttiger
04-09-2004, 11:44 AM
Definitely off line first and maybe for several months. Use Quick Mission Builder and work your way up to harder and harder opponents. I'd quit with veteran though. Most planes on Ace settings are impossibly good.

My best advice, though, is don't coddle yourself. If you make your settings too easy at the start, you'll develop bad habits.

"On Line" is not the "be all and end all" of sim flying. I fly Off Line During the Week and On Line in a squad on weekends. While the AI are not always as challenging Off Line, none of the AI are ********s, either, and there is a high ******** Factor while On Line. Most of the DF pilots act like and probably are 12-year-olds.

The Dog Fight Arenas are pure arcade and more like Quake than reality. The Coops and Virtual Wars come much closer to how air battles were fought.

Try them all and see what suits you. Lots of options (that's one of the beauties) and none of them are wrong. If you find a squad with personalities and tastes similar to yours don't be bashful about asking to join. If you fly on line, being in a squad makes all the difference.

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Liberi_Fatali
04-09-2004, 11:46 AM
thanx for the reply's guys! watch out for my callsign ; Soma. One day, I will be on ur 6! http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_razz.gif http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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