I’ve owned the F14 since pre-order and like everybody else, was blown away by the detail, the characteristics, the sheer art and love adorned into this module. It truly felt like a once in a lifetime kind of release… or at the very least, raised the bar for everybody else. What a time to be a simmer.
But I just didn’t enjoy flying it. Until now.
I’m a stick and rudder guy, I can plop a Huey down on a picnic table, am drawn to the F86, F5, 737-200 and 727s in X-Plane. But no matter what I did I just couldn’t get those warm feelies for the Tomcat until now.
It really is a whole other beast. In every sense of the word(s). In sim world there is no gravitational force, there is no rumble and reaction to air frames. I’ve learned that all those clues ARE in this module, and that is why she is so hard to master.
This majestic bird is the ultimate hotrod, and anyone that’s ridden a Harley or high powered bike can relate. It requires the finest of touches. You really have to stroke the controls and make the most minor corrections. The rudder and stick movement is a ballet like I’ve never experienced. And when it starts to click, it really is incredible. When it goes bad, it goes really bad.
It’s still early days for me, but now I’m finally starting to get the Heatblur F14 Tomcat, and can understand why everybody else is (still) so in love.
I feel the need.