The new 4.501 spotting changes in IL-2 make a big difference

I’ve had a chance to get some flying in since the new 4.501 patch arrived for IL-2: Great Battles. Here are my first impressions on the changes and some further thoughts on the issue. The problems of the past Let me be clear what the differences are between now and the previous patch. Prior to…

New lengthy statement on DCS: AV-8B progress from RAZBAM

The phrase “better late than never” probably applies to this story. A substantial update from RAZBAM, third party DCS World developers, has appeared today on their Facebook page which goes in depth on what release status for the DCS: AV-8B means to them and what they are still working on for the module both for…

New spotting videos from IL-2’s Jason Williams

The 1CGS team continues to work hard on an issue that has bugged a great many of us in IL-2: Great Battles – aircraft spotting. Some improvements to this feature are on the way and three new videos are showing off what the revised system is looking like with the new haze features working as…

SRS for IL-2 adds immersion, teamplay possibilities

SimpleRadio Standalone, it’s become a staple of DCS World multiplayer and for the last several weeks its been available to the IL-2: Great Battles multiplayer community. Although many are now using it, others have yet to check it out. What is SRS? How can it be used? How do you set it up? How are…

IL-2 devs talk spotting in Great Battles

The issues of spotting aircraft in flight sims takes me back many years to when IL-2 Sturmovik first became really popular in the multiplayer scene and the arguments over how best to see and spot your friends and opponents took on shape (for others it may have happened in earlier titles). One of the biggest…

July was Thunderbolt month!

I said it at the start of the month that July was going to be Thunderbolt month and this month has definitely delivered. Here’s a fun recap of content that has come out or has been highlighted this month that feature the P-47 Thunderbolt from WWII! A striking fighter One of World War II’s most…

Cinematic and video round-up for July 2020

A passion of the flight sim community is creating video and putting together some spectacular visuals in cinematic fashion. This is a round-up, something I haven’t had a chance to do in a while, of cinematic videos I’ve come across recently. Cinematics Let’s start with NassaultFilm’s excellent Night Raid! which blends real RAF radio recordings…

Quick flight with the Su-25 in DCS World

The video from Matt Wagner on the DCS: Syria map showing off another base and some ground attack operations influenced me to jump into the Su-25 myself and fly this aircraft that is part of the Flaming Cliffs 3 aircraft pack. I haven’t flown this aircraft more than a handful of times but after putting…

Did the pause in DCS World patches make a difference?

In mid-June, Eagle Dynamics announced that they were moving to longer patch cycles. This was in response to a long list of complaints and some grievances that came up in the community after yet another open beta patch emerged with significant issues including bugs and performance robbing problems that affected users in both VR and…

Flight Simulator goes beyond just 40 airports

There’s been some confusion since the announcement that Microsoft Flight Simulator is coming out August 18 with some worried that the title will ship with just 40 airports. This is what we know about the locations that you’ll be able to land and takeoff from in the new Flight Simulator. Thirty Seven Thousand According to…