Yep, know the graphics are not state of the art, but I sometimes play classic old games too like Ultima Underworld and those graphics back then were truly horrible, but every year or so, play that game again out of nostalgia, the game-play design for that one was sheer class, deep and involving, after a while you don’t notice the … by today’s standards poorer graphics because you are hooked, its like reading one of the best books in your entire live and being a part of it.
And I suppose that’s why I’ve always loved a truly dynamic campaign in a flight simulation too as opposed to scripted ones, heard some folk say it cant be done any-more, but Falcon 4.0 with bugs and patched was convincing enough for me. It most certainly can be done.
We have the most awesome graphics in all Flight sims now, but are they really any better than good old ones? with better gameplay?
I have played ROF to the hilt, know it inside out and got my moneys worth, fair play to IL2 Flying Circus vol 2, the world is a better place with the sim than without, only give it fleeting glimpses these days though, its no where near complete IMHO … but honestly, fair play to those that love it, have pre purchased FC2 and the future looks good for it, nobody can say I am not supporting that genre.
But for a true Career and perhaps different type of WW1 sim, and if you can forgive its old graphic engine, WOFF is in a different league completely … I think the flight models in WOFF are awesome too, are they better than ROF, are they better than FC1 and 2? who really knows?
All Flight sims do approximations of flight models, they all feel about right, all need tweaking, sometimes we all need to let things slide a little in order to have fun.
WOFF is a very mature sim now on an old engine, it has the best of yesterdays in depth career and campaign mode and if you can forgive an older graphic engine and lack of multi-play … and IL2 FC1 VR, their servers never really got busy that way did they, but oh boy WOFF is still a major WW1 simulation contender and well worth looking at still without all that glitter.
If there is one thing I really can complain about with WOFF and this extends to WOTR too from same company, its the control set up screen, it takes a bit of getting knowing as did ROF … its a nightmare, but so too is MS FS2020 LOL, WW1 Aircraft are not the hardest to set up on today’s sticks though.
I say give WOFF a look, persevere through its not so modern graphic engine, you may well be rewarded with one of the better career flight sim experiences you ever had.
In WOFF I like to choose a pilot, start as a rookie and progress, its almost like an RPG in that respect, develop a career, move up the ladder, gain a reputation, progress through the war …and it was a brutal war with fragile machinery, something WOFF does well too, if you get killed, so does your virtual career and you can start again if you want, no other sim does it like that for me.
WOFF reeks of atmosphere once you get into it, it really does