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I recently picked this title up for just under $10 US from GamersGate. I've read all the reviews, and I'm aware of the controversial DRM and the YuPlay issues. Well, the version at GamersGate is patched up to the most recent (and sadly, final) release, and the DRM can now be switched off, by selecting "No Startup Check" under advanced options.

 

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And I've also figured out how to defeat YuPlay.  :biggrin:

 

As the game is now only single player, YuPlay has been mostly rendered superfluous, but it still rears it's head on occasion, and loads a process every time one starts the game.  Even after one exits the game, that process (YuPlay32.exe) stays in memory until one manually stops it. Using a simple hack, I was able to replace the YuPlay executable files with similarly named text files, and eliminated this behavior.

 

This game runs smooth as butter on my Pentium G 3258/Geforce GTX750ti combo. I'm running it in full "simulation" mode, which I find to be about on par with "normal" mode in the Strike Fighters series.  This title is supposedly built upon the IL2 engine, albeit with somewhat simplified flight models, which seem to share global stall characteristics.  Prop torque, however, is nicely modeled, though it is perhaps a tad heavy handed in the case of the various Spitfires, Bf-109s, and P-51D.

 

Missions and campaigns are canned, that is they are not random nor dynamic.  They also have set time limits.  Again, this is a game as opposed to a sim, albeit one with scaleable flight dynamics, excellent effects, and beautifully-detailed and bump-mapped models.

 

Anyway, Judge for yourselves, here's a link to the free demo: http://www.gamershell.com/download_54548.shtml

 

Here's the link to the full version at GamersGate: http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-WOP/wings-of-prey

 

Now for some screen shots:

 

PS: I've gotten Dave, (yes, old cantankerous, hard-core Dave) hooked on this game!

 

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How to configure your joystick for Wings of Prey, parts 1 & 2:

 

 

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This game ran great maxed out on my old Athlon 64 PC. The colors/lighting are a little odd, but the overall feel and detail were pretty good. It was my favorite rendition of the P-51D until I got the DCS version. I bought two separate licenses on Steam in case my son wanted to play, but he never did.

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This game ran great maxed out on my old Athlon 64 PC. The colors/lighting are a little odd, but the overall feel and detail were pretty good. It was my favorite rendition of the P-51D until I got the DCS version. I bought two separate licenses on Steam in case my son wanted to play, but he never did.

 

Yes, the P-51D in this game is indeed a visual treat...especially when illuminated by searchlights  :biggrin:

 

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Take a look at War Thunder.It's the same game but it's free.

 

It's not the same game.  The 3D models and effects are carried over, but the flight and physics dynamics are simplified, and the terrain isn't "historical" to the degree that WoP's is. As such, War Thunder is tailored to multiplayer, whereas  Wings of Prey (due to MP support being dropped) is now a single-player game.

 

I do believe, however, that War Thunder is one of the best things to happen in the PC-gaming arena in the last few years, as it is attracting new players into flying (and tank) games. I'm of the opinion that eventually a significant number of those same players will eventually discover flight simulators, and become simmers. When that happens, they'll start to not just demand realism, but realism served along with cutting-edge graphics.

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Yeah you're right.Multiplayer was never a good enough stand point for simulation games.This game however is the closest 'Sim' you can get on a console.Now if it only had a mission editor\creator......

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You forgot to mention WoP has prop wash and recorder.

 

Falcon

 

 

You too, Falcon? LOL.  Wrench is now involved, as well.

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After playing with this for a couple days I really like this. It has a good mix of aircraft and it can be hard to get kills at times. The graphics are nice and the planes look really good. The controls are a slight pain to set up but what Ed posted about that makes it a less daunting task. You get a good bang for your buck that is for sure. Thanks Ed!

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I must say that this is the wrong aircraft type and the wrong bomb type to use against a Hipper-class cruiser.  The escorts are another matter....

 

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