The DCS Tomcat versus Hornet showdown

With Heatblur’s DCS: F-14 Tomcat due out by “winter” and Eagle Dynamics adding more features to the DCS: F/A-18C Hornet I feel like there is a kind of friendly rivalry going on in the virtual hangars of DCS World. I thought it would be fun to have a showdown between these two carrier based aircraft…

The FW190A-8 is now three aircraft in IL-2

When the FW190A-8 appeared on the IL-2: Battle of Bodenplatte aircraft list 10-months ago, I wondered if 1CGS would modify the aircraft to make it both a FW190A-8 and a F-8. The FW190F-8 being a direct modification of the A-8 and optimized for ground attack. It seemed like an easy update. What I hadn’t counted…

What’s the point of the Me262 in Battle of Bodenplatte?

I’ve seen it leveled in some quarters that the Me262 has little to do in IL-2: Battle of Bodenplatte as its traditional enemy, the heavy bomber, isn’t currently present in the series. I don’t agree and I’d like to spell out the reasons why introducing this jet in the line-up is both interesting and historically…

Battling it out on Hoggit’s DCS: Georgia at War server

“Uzi 9-2, Fox 3!” Followed by a second “Uzi 9-2, Fox 3!” and then a triumphant “Splash one bandit!” That was my night tonight on Hoggit’s excellent Georgia at War server that they have setup on DCS World. This newbie friendly server is relatively new on the DCS multiplayer scene but they have an excellent…

Do you fly the season that is outside?

I’m getting my first taste of fall this past weekend with a blustery fall day filled with rain showers and darkened skies. To get into the season I’ve found myself flying more autumn themed scenarios in the last few days to match. What about you? Do you tend to fly the season that is outside?…

IL-2 does solar eclipses?!

IL-2 community members DerSheriff and LF_Manu has noticed a small feature in the IL-2 series that I and many others were not previously aware of – solar eclipses. At this point you may be saying to yourself… Really? I can confirm that yes it does! 21.09.1941 at 06:15 If you hit September 21, 1941 at…

nVidia announces RTX 2000 series GPUs and foreshadows the future

After two years of waiting, nVidia has finally announced their new RTX 2000 series graphics cards and it looks like the long wait between generations may have been worth it as today’s announcement shows off some very impressive technology. Plenty of tech sites are covering this in more detail than I can hope to provide…

Testing out the AMRAAM and 9X on the Hornet

DCS World 2.5 beta has massively updated the firepower on the F/A-18C with the introduction of the AIM-120B, AIM-120C, and AIM-9X air-to-air missiles. I tested them out and here are some reactions. Lobbing missiles at range While flying the Hornet armed with AIM-7 Sparrows I feel like a capable but somewhat limited air-to-air platform with…

The IL-2 series buyers guide: 2018 edition

A lot has changed since the last time I did an IL-2 series buyers guide and I thought that it was time to update with the latest information and my latest recommendations. Have my suggestions changed since the last time I wrote about buying into the IL-2 series? Read on! Getting started Since 2001, PC…

IL-2 developers show off Me262

The Sturmvogel or Storm Bird is the subject of 1CGS’ latest Developer Diary with some early 3D work in progress shots of the Me262 coming to IL-2: Battle of Bodenplatte. The developers asked us if we think it looks fast and I would say that it does with a resounding yes! A few development shots…