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    Strike Fighters: Modern Combat
    MigBuster
    By MigBuster,
      Strike Fighters: Modern Combat   Remember the Strike Fighters series, you know the good old days, when most people were using Windows XP and Thirdwire had the Cold War era combat sim market to themselves. The days when free updates would fall from the cloud(s) giving us new game features for no extra cost.  When we could marvel at flying iconic aircraft over historical battlefields such as Vietnam, Europe, the middle east, and some made up desert place……..all in the latest Direct X 9 Graphics. We thought those days would last forever, but sadly after a while Thirdwire realised it could no longer afford anything greater than a Mcdonalds double Cheeseburger for its lunch. It then released an ambitious new addition set over the North Atlantic, however sadly the games didn’t fly off the virtual shelves and they realised they couldn’t even afford an out of date cheeseburger from the Iceland budget supermarket chain. Then just as all hope was lost, out of nowhere, lady luck smiled on the starving company and smart phones and tablets rained down from the heavens. Not only were these mini PCs locked down for any old idiot to use, they came with interesting new opportunities to make money.   And here we are in good old 2017 with the release of Strike Fighters: Modern Combat. Anyone who has played any of the Strike Fighters mobile series (e.g. Strike Fighters: Attack) will instantly recognise the type of game this is, however there are some changes, and the development of this series has now advanced a bit further on compared to the original Strike Fighters or Strike Fighters: Israel on IOS or Android.   Windows 10 This is the first of the series you can buy for a Windows device from the Thirdwire store, so if you are one of the ten people that have a Windows mobile device (including myself yaah!) this might be good news. I however am not going to buy that version and instead am going to review the version on IOS ( iPhone ).   Features The controls are pretty much the same as before, tilt the phone to bank, pitch and roll, there is a rudder option in the menu if you must.     Because of the large variety of weapons there is a handy mode select (MSL SEL) button to switch ordnance, you always have guns available though(if you have any). Once a weapon is selected it will auto lock onto a relevant target, for example a Radar if you have selected an Anti- Radiation missile, or an aircraft if you have selected an ASRAAM. The veteran F-4 still makes an appearance   There is a handy 360 degree radar type screen you get in the top right corner. Advanced jets like the FA-18C will have a Data Link type picture showing all ground and air targets and if they are friend or foe. Less advanced jets like the Su-22M4 only show an older radar type picture with green blobs. (Note the blob with diamond is your primary target set)   An auto lock on a ground target brings up a nifty Infra Red (IR) view as you might see from a targeting pod, and you can press Mode to get the 360 degree radar view back at any time. (Not that I can make anything out on a tiny iPhone screen anyway!) When out of view, red arrows will point to the enemy jets and blue arrows to friendlies (just like 1980s computer games!). Green thing acquired sir     Missions & Mission Editor The game auto chooses a mission for you (Escort/ Intercept / Fighter sweep / etc) which you then attempt to complete by blowing up as many relevant targets as you can in the given time period. If you destroy all the mission targets your mission ends even earlier.(you can even abort by pressing pause then hitting the cross) On each mission you often have allied jets helping you by blasting those baddies out of the sky! If you want to pay you can unlock the mission editor feature getting options to customise the missions a bit more.   Weapons Loadout You can now select weapons (again a paid unlock), and just like in life the more money you have the more you make (perhaps). For example with the F-16 I can remove the tanks and add 4 x GBU-12s to go with 8 x SDBs and 4 x AIMs which is a potential 1600 points yippee! The flying SAM site!   Points mean prizes Literally the more points you get the more credit you get. On a typical mission you might get 500 to 1000 points with the right aircraft, choose an A-10C or F-5E for the A-A role though and you had better be good with the gun to rack up the points. More points please – plus purists avert your eyes!   Flight models Hmmm……….nothing to see here, I think it might have borrowed the one from the 1980s arcade game Afterburner.   The music Yes, you can still switch that off by putting the phone to silent.   Payware Well yes, the game is free and you can play it for free, however the aircraft you may want are very expensive and so getting enough credits may take a while.   Su-57 = lots of roubles   You can of course remove the adds by always playing off line, which is a good way to save battery and not constantly microwave your hands, however there is an incentive to play online because you get 500 free points per day for logging in every day. So for example 10 consecutive days will yield 10 x 500 points! That’s not all folks, after one mission a birthday cake appeared on the left top corner to which I clicked on. Here I was given the option to watch a 30 second hotel advert for 10,000 extra free credits (which I took). If you click on the trolley with a dollar sign you will find options to buy 375,000 credits per payment and other features to pay for including the mission editor and loadout screen as mentioned.   375000 credits doesn’t go far in Strike Fighters land!     Summary Strike Fighters: Modern Combat brings together good features from the earlier mobile games and adds to them. If you want to pay to unlock the features you will likely get more from it, however it seems to be a fairly fun arcade game, especially when you need to baby sit your daughter or are at lunchtime at work, or instead of work maybe. As for the future, perhaps utilisation of Virtual Reality could be one direction…who knows.   Off to kick some A-A butt!           Anyone not familiar with the original mobile games might be interested to read this previous review:  

    CAP2 v810.4 COMING EARLY OCTOBER 2017
    MigBuster
    By MigBuster,
    v810.4 COMING EARLY OCTOBER 22 September - f.scio Here's where you can keep track of what to expect from the next CAP2 update.

    In the run up to the update, we will edit this announcement, adding lots more info, eye candy and footage so stay tuned. Alternatively, submit your email address using the link below and we will send you a round-up and notification when we drop the patch:

    http://combatairpatrol2.com/stay-updated   Release Date We are as eager to release this update as you are to play it. We're literally working day and night to get it out and at the moment are on track to deliver in Early October. As soon as we have a more specific date we will let you know.
      Richer environment To begin with, let us tell you that we are working hard to enrich your environment. As you can see from the screenshot below of the Harrier leaving Khasab, we have added thousands more buildings and lots of additional vegetation. You may be aware (and have contributed - thank you!), this is done by adding more OpenStreetMap data. It's been done as an aside and hasn't impacted general development. Abu Musa and Kaneohe Bay are also now more significantly built up. We've also added lighting to roads, runways, taxiways and buildings, improved vegetation, adding different trees and increasing their density. We've also added a host of custom objects including power lines, lighthouses, water tanks, ATC towers, rigs etc - more screens and footage on its way.


      Fuel Tanks As you can also see from this screen, the Harrier now has external fuel tanks, including associated fuel flow logic and displays.   http://steamcommunity.com/games/347170/announcements/detail/1474223766995336391    

    DCS Weekend News 22 September 2017
    MigBuster
    By MigBuster,
    Su-33 for DCS World Now Available Owners of DCS: Flaming Cliffs 3 and those that pre-purchased the Su-33 can now update DCS World 1.5.7 open beta and receive the updated to the Su-33! The Su-33 Early Access can also be purchased from our e-Shop. Features of this upcoming Su-33 update include: Professional Flight Model (PFM) More detailed and accurate simulation of the wing control surfaces that include the leading and trailing edge flaps and the differential ailerons. In addition to the conventional differential stabilizers, canard behavior has also been improved for more realistic behavior. The Flight Control System (FCS) will automatically reconfigure itself depending on the flight mode. The adaptations that make the Su-33 aircraft carrier-capable have been updated and improved to include the wing-fold mechanism, reinforced landing gear struts, and the inclusion of high-gain nose wheel steering for use on crowded carrier decks. The physical mechanisms by which the arrestor hook engages the aircraft carrier arrestor wire has been greatly improved. Correct physics have been applied to the arrestor wire and its’ interaction with the aircraft. The engines now have a "special mode" that adds up to 12,800 kg of thrust (instead of the normal 12,500 kg of thrust). This mode also includes realistic operating time restrictions. A new FCS mode used when aerial refueling has also been implemented. When in this mode and the control stick is released, the aircraft will automatically maintain level flight. This FCS mode allows fine-control and thus making it easier to make contact with the tanker within a pitch range of plus or minus 5 degrees and of a roll angle of plus or minus 10 degrees. The Auto-Thrust Control (ATC) is used for automatic speed holding and can be fine-tuned with a set speed switch. This can be useful with landing on the carrier. The automatic collision avoidance system ("Uvod" mode) is now included and allows safe nap-of-the-earth flying. DCS: Flaming Cliffs 3 with 70% Off Bonus Deals Today we are announcing 70% Bonus Deal for DCS: Flaming Cliffs 3. With the release of the updated Su-33, now is an opportune time to add DCS: Flaming Cliffs 3 to your DCS World stable of aircraft. Bonus Deal will last from today at 1500 GMT and last until 2 October at 0900 GMT. Purchase DCS: Flaming Cliffs 3 from our e-Shop. DCS: Spitfire LF Mk.IX Now Available on Steam We are pleased to make our Spitfire LF Mk.IX available on Steam with a 10% launch savings! Please visit our DCS World Steam store. The British Spitfire is one of the most iconic fighter aircraft of World War II. Most famous for its role in the Battle of Britain, the Spitfire served as Britain's primary fighter during the entirety of the war. The Spitfire combines graceful lines, eye-watering dogfight performance, and heavy firepower in its later variants. For DCS World, we are happy to bring you the most accurate and realistic simulation of the Spitfire LF Mk IX ever created. The Spitfire Mk IX was originally developed as a stopgap measure as a response to the appearance of the Focke-Wulf FW 190A. The Spitfire IX is powered by the Merlin 66. This engine produces its best performance at slightly lower altitudes than the older Merlin 61. Spitfires equipped with this engine were designated LF Mk IX. This was the most numerous version of the Mk IX, with 4,010 produced. The majority of Mk IXs of all types used the standard "c" wing, which would often carry two 20mm cannon and four .303in machine guns. The Mk IX was a significant improvement on the Mk V. It had a top speed of 409 mph at 28,000 feet, an increase of 40 miles per hour. Its service ceiling rose from 36,200 feet to 43,000 feet. It could climb at 4,000 feet per minute. In July 1942, an early Mk IX was flown against a captured Fw 190A, and the two aircraft were discovered to have very similar capabilities. The RAF had its answer to the Fw 190 problem. The Mk IX replaced the Mk V from June 1942. It allowed the RAF to go back onto the offensive in occupied Europe, and resume the "circus", "ramrod" and "rodeo" raids. Its first combat success came on 30 July 1942, when a Spitfire Mk IX shot down a Fw 190. Amongst other notable achievements, the Mk IX took part in the highest altitude combat of the Second World War, when it intercepted a Ju 86R at 43,000 feet over Southampton on 12 September 1942. On 5 October 1944 Spitfire Mk IXs of 401 Squadron were the first allied aircraft to shoot down an Me 262 Jet. The Mk IX remained in service until the end of the war, even after the appearance of the Griffon powered Mk XIV. Key Features of DCS: Spitfire LF Mk IX Unmatched flight physics that allow you to truly feel what it's like to fly this legend Highly detailed, six-degrees-of-freedom (6 DOF) cockpit Interact with cockpit controls with your mouse Accurate Spitfire LF Mk IX model, squadron markings, and weapons Detailed modelling the Spitfire LF Mk IX instruments, weapons, engine, radios, fuel, and electrical systems Fly along with fellow P-51D Mustangs as you battle Fw 190 D-9s and Bf 109 K4s in single and multiplayer games Instant Action and Single Missions Interactive training missions Sincerely,
    The Eagle Dynamics Team

    DCS Weekend News 15 September 2017
    MigBuster
    By MigBuster,
    Weekend Sales and Bundles This weekend we have some rather large sales on the fantastic work Belsimtek has done on their helicopters. Particularly with the new Normandy 1944 Map and the upcoming Caucuses map update and the new Strait of Hormuz map, flying helicopters has never been so good in DCS World. Starting today at 1500 GMT and lasting until 18 September at 0900 GMT, we are offering the following sales: 60% off DCS: Mi-8MTV2 Magnificent Eight 60% off DCS: UH-1H Huey 65% off DCS: Combined Arms We are also offering two great Belsimtek helicopter bundles with campaigns with 65% off savings: DCS: Mi-8MTV2 Magnificent Eight + Mi-8MTV2: Oilfield Campaign DCS: UH-1H Huey + UH-1H Argo Campaign Find these bundles in the Special Offers page. A-10C: Tactical Training Qualification Campaign for Steam A-10C: Tactical Training Qualification Campaign is now available purchase on Steam. DCS World Steam Store. The A-10C Tactical Training Qualification campaign puts you in the cockpit of an A-10C Warthog, and tests your ability to interact with JTACs, Airborne FACs, AC-130 Gunships and manage Close Air Support (CAS) assets. Based on real world qualification requirements you will fly 15 performance check rides to execute against pre-defined performance objectives. If successful you will rate a Qualified rating and proceed to the next performance objective. The campaign covers a number of key areas including FAC & JTAC Coordination, Stationary and Moving Target Tasking, Danger Close Tasking, SEAD Tasking, Deep Interdiction Tasking Day & Night, and Deep Interdiction Special Forces Coordination. In addition you will work with additional CAS assets and cover SADL Datalink Engagement, CAS Mission Management Day & Night, Battlefield Air Interdiction Mission Management Day & Night, and Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) Mission Management Day & Night culminating in a final Simulated Combat Mission using everything you have learned in the previous missions. Additionally 15 single player practice missions are provided so you can perfect your tactics, techniques and procedures. There are over 1300 voiceovers and over 470 pages of briefing material including the A-10C Amplified Checklist, Blue Force In Flight Guide, Operation Agile Spirit SPINS, Maps, Target Diagrams, Mission Data Cards and Custom Kneeboards. Please note that this campaign is for DCS World 1.5 and requires DCS: A-10C Warthog. This campaign also uses Steam keys. DCS: AV-8B Night Attack by RAZBAM Update This past week was an important milestone for RAZBAM's AV-8B NA as it entered internal testing. Over the next several weeks, the module will be de-bugged, tuned, and added to in order to bring it to being available for pre-purchase and then its Early Access release. Here are some images of this beautiful machine that RAZBAM is bringing to DCS World. More WIP screenshots Sincerely,
    The Eagle Dynamics Team

    DCS Weekend News 8 September 2017
    MigBuster
    By MigBuster,
    Belsimtek's NS 430 Navigation System Now Available for DCS: Mi-8MTV2 Purchase from DCS E-Shop. Developed by Belsimtek, The NS 430 GPS navigation system, is an optional add-on module for DCS World aircraft. Starting with DCS: Mi-8MTV2, the NS 430 provides powerful, yet intuitive, navigation and radio communications options to supplement the navigation and radio systems already integrated into our aircraft. The NS 430 is just one of several, planned expansions for the Mi-8MTV2. The NS 430 is particularly useful for older aircraft with less sophisticated navigation and communication systems. The NS 430 was introduced in 1997 and quickly became aviation's most popular GPS. Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) capability was added in 2006. The sharp, clear display and intuitive button layout of the NS 430 made it the standard for general aviation around the world. The DCS NS 430 includes: Dozens of user interface screens Chapter and Page layout functionality Moving map capability Serves as both a communications radio, navigation radio, and GPS receiver Concentric knobs are used to navigate the various pages, scroll through data, and enter information Options to configure to displays based on user preference Ju-88 for DCS: World War II Assets Pack For this week’s update, we are pleased to show some initial renders of the Ju-88 medium bomber of the Luftwaffe. The Ju-88 will be a welcome addition to the DCS World War II battlefield as both a target or an asset to defend. The F-5E: Aggressors Basic Fighter Maneuvers (BFM) Campaign Available on Steam The F-5E Aggressors Basic Fighter Maneuvers (BFM) campaign puts you in the cockpit of an F-5E Tiger II, as a new Aggressor pilot with the 65th Aggressor Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base. This campaign is based on real world procedures you will fly as Red Air against Blue Air Forces. Upon arrival, you will fly a familiarization flight around the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR). Then you will face a series of challenging Basic Fighter Maneuver (BFM) missions against similar and dis-similar aircraft. Your opponents include the F-4E, F-5E, F-14A, F-15C, F-16C, F/A-18C, M-2000C, MiG-29G, CF-188 and MiG-21. There are over 1000 voice overs and over 45 pages of briefing material including the RED FLAG Spins, Red Forces In Flight Guide, Maps, Diagrams, Custom Knee boards, and Mission Data cards. Please note that DCS: F-5E Tiger II and DCS: NEVADA Test and Training Range Map are required to be installed and activated into the DCS World 2 Open Alpha for the campaign. DCS World in Steam Sincerely,
    The Eagle Dynamics Team

    DCS Weekend News 1 September 2017
    MigBuster
    By MigBuster,
    DCS World 1st of September Flash Sale To celebrate Knowledge Day in Russia, we have a 50% off sale on several popular DCS World aircraft modules. This sale starts today 1500 GMT and will last until 4 September at 0900 GMT. What is Knowledge Day? DCS: Flaming Cliffs 3 DCS: Combined Arms DCS: A-10C Warthog DCS: Black Shark 2 F-15C for DCS World Su-27 for DCS World DCS World 1st of September Bundle Deals Also to commemorate the Knowledge Day, we are offering several new 60% off Bundle Deals! These bundle deals start today at 1500 GMT and will last until 11 September 2017 at 0900 GMT. DCS: Flaming Cliffs 3 + DCS: Combined Arms DCS: A-10C Warthog + DCS: Black Shark 2 Su-27 for DCS World + Su-27: Ultimate Argument Campaign F-15C for DCS World + F-15C: Georgian War Campaign Find these great bundles in the special offers section. F-15C: The Georgian War Campaign "The Georgian War" is a fictional campaign created by Chris "Viper" Long and Baltic Dragon, and is inspired by real events that took place during the Russo-Georgian War of 2008. Download from the campaign section of the DCS E-Shop. This campaign puts you in the role of a pilot who arrives in Tbilisi as part of a small detachment intended to present the capabilities of the F-15C to the Georgian government, which has expressed interest in purchasing several airframes. You and your colleagues are caught by surprise when armed conflict breaks out. As the fighting escalates, your small group is drawn into the war. Throughout the campaign's 16 missions, the authors recreate some of the real-life events that happened between the 8th and 13th of August 2008. The fictionalized events presented in this campaign are based on extensive research from numerous Western and Russian publications, interviews with people who were directly involved on both sides, and several visits to the ABL (Administrative Boundary Line) with South Ossetia. The campaign aims to capture the pivotal moments of the 2008 war from a military perspective. Video trailer: F-15C: The Georgian War Сampaign Key Features: 16 story-driven missions with some factual events from the 2008 Russo - Georgian war in the background Historically - accurate descriptions of the situation on the ground and on the front line for the specific date and time when the mission takes place Extensive briefings based on real life FRAGOs (Fragmentary Orders), as well as tactical maps Over 1,500 custom voice-overs and thousands of triggers DCS World 2.1.1 and Content Now Available on Steam Today we are happy to announce that DCS World 2.1.1 and associated DLC content are available on Steam. In order to install DCS World 2.1.1, please select to install the open alpha version from your Steam Library / Properties / BETAS window. From the "select the beta you would like to opt into:" drop down, please select the open alpha – Public alpha versions (2.x). As part of the DCS World 2.1.1 release, we are also making available the DCS: NEVADA Test and Training Range map. As DCS World 2.1.1 does NOT include the Caucasus map, the NEVADA map is a required DLC purchase to use DCS World 2.1.1. Additionally, we have released two campaigns for DCS World 2.1.1: A-10C: 16-2 Red Flag Campaign and F-15C: 16-2 Red Flag Campaign. Please note that these DLCs use Steam Keys instead of Starforce keys. As such, this purchases cannot be activated on the DCS World E-Shop version. DCS: NEVADA Test and Training Range Map Steam Store Page: DCS: NEVADA Test and Training Range Map The Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) has the largest contiguous air and ground space available for peacetime military operations in the free world. The NTTR is home to RED FLAG and other military exercises that include countries from around the world. The NTTR map for DCS World 2 includes Nellis AFB, Creech AFB and the infamous Groom Lake AFB (aka Area 51) and many other military and airfields in the region. This map also includes the city of Las Vegas, McCarran International Airport, and Hoover Dam. Features: 366,000 sq. kilometers that covers portions of Nevada, Utah, Arizona and California. Highly detailed modelling of Nellis Air Force Base, Creech Air Force Base, McCarran International Airport, and the Area 51 facility. Hoover Dam and Lake Meade. All VOR and VORTAC radio navigation beacons. High resolution mesh and textures around the detailed airbases. The entire NTTR airspace as well as indication of all sub-ranges. Las Vegas, Pahrump, Mesquite, Moapa, Indian Springs, Boulder City and other cities and towns in and nearby the NTTR. This also includes all major roads, railways, and power lines. Please note that this DLC uses Steam Keys instead of Starforce keys. As such, this purchases cannot be activated on the DCS World E-Shop version. A-10C: Red Flag Campaign Steam Store Page: A-10C: Red Flag Campaign The A-10C: 16-2 Red Flag Campaign is a depiction of flying the A-10C "Warthog" during a typical Red Flag exercise in the skies over Nevada. This campaign includes extensive briefing, map, and lineup card PDF files for each mission and was designed in consultation with the renowned author Steve Davies. All of the missions are based on input from pilots that have flown in Red Flag exercises and will provide you a challenge that will test even the most skilled virtual pilots. F-15C: Red Flag Campaign Steam Store Page: F-15C: Red Flag Campaign The F-15C 16-2 Red Flag Campaign is a depiction of flying the F-15C Eagle during a typical Red Flag exercise in the skies over Nevada. This campaign includes extensive briefing, map, and lineup card PDF files for each mission and was designed in consultation with the renowned author Steve Davies, the authority on the F-15C. All of the missions are based on input from real F-15C pilots that have flown in Red Flag exercises and will provide you a challenge that will test even the most skilled virtual pilots. Sincerely,
    The Eagle Dynamics Team

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