Guess it has been almost a year since i've played a game ( Wii doesn't count, it more like a social event). Probably was DCS Black Shark , UC or Armed Assault. This time last year my wife got pregnant and didn't see a PC gaming after that time
Was talking to a collegue last week about games being better in the past ( ok i admit i'm gettin old). At least the gameplay part. Eyecandy is nice but it doesnt last very long. Was waiting for a new PC since my current PC ....old. but it wont be coming soon so i figured i order AoA /AAW anyways.
What can i say......WOW!.... even on this old rig!. Feels like....napalm in the morning ( i mean smells like... ). Feels like coming .....HOME. A sim which i love to play! Some things do get better just like the old days.
I fired up steam ( was initially looking for CDs to order ) and tuned down the graphics. Didn't want my old PC to have a meltdown. I started a mission as brad but lookign at the start menu i watched the rotating marine and thought "wow that looks pretty good already on this machine". Did a selection since was vaguely familiar with the weapons profiles with previous 3000ad series.
No IA mission for me need to look around first and see how it al works, it has been awhile. So character appeared a selected my weapons ( still remembered the buttons 1-5 ). I was already impressed with the graphics at this point. Then i zoomed with the mousewheel and i went "cooool".
Nice crosshair with a blurry out of focus sideview. I fired some rounds and had some serious backfire. Then i a tossed a few flash grenades which looked very cool ( though there is not much you can see u few seconds later).
Running around the base i noticed the detail in the objects and ran to the gunships. The interior alone looked very nice and smooth. Looking closer you'll see the seats will become yellow, you can now actually sit and be a passenger. So i ran to an APC checked in with "e" and there i was in the APC looking at the cockpit/dashboard. Switched to the gunners position and fired a couple of rounds.
I fired up my jet a flew to a jumppoint and was teleported to a hostile base. I selected V and was on the ground. Zoomed in and some not so friendly contacts where heading my way . I took some shots and sneaked past a building and noticed and entrance . I thought "cool but it will probably be a closed door" but i could actually go into the bunker ( i think it was a bunker ). I looked inside
and admired the view but while i was doing that it seemed i was not welcome and got and got a final resting place.
Dusk, dawn and weather effects are really cool even on my system. Later on i switched to fighter pilot in an IA mission trying to defend my base. Found and old Thrustmaster gamepad ( no joystick here yet ) and configured it. I ran to the nearest fighter VTOL-ed and then full throttle and gain some height. Warning sounds were alraedy over the place and missiles where heading my way. Activated the EMD and pulled hard to the right trying to dodge the missles.
I swicthed to the external view. You could see some contrails from my wingtips while i was franticly
trying to avoid being hit..........beeep...beep..beep....boom. "Shield are down" echoes through the cockpit and my head. I take a hard turn to the left and hear the missile alarms screaming. Beep...beep..beep.........and a lot of smoke guess i didn't make it. Tried this a bunch a times.
Yeah , this is what i was looking for. Not many survived but there are still a few good sims.