Posted 05 December 2011 - 12:57 AM
The truth is, you want to face the brunt of TAW...
Well the training missions isn't the best way to "battle harden" in my opinion.
It is the campaigns, things that seems simple can quickly turn into a friggin nightmare.
Like the "milk run" description I gave Home Fries a while ago, it was all bandit and SAM clear until my return trip, where I got damage, fuel leak, and I spent my remaining fuel climbing to have a high potential energy.
While I was gliding towards my homebase, 2x fully loaded strike flights spot me, and I cannot manouver or do anything as I have no engine power and barely enough energy, my airspeed was similar to a 737's climbing speed.
In short, I belly landed that Raptor with barely any systems left, and empty stores of chaff and flares...
That is what the campaign can expect you to pull off, and that is on easy.
Yes ...... its the uncertainty you experience within the Campaigns. No amount of training missions can get you completely ready for that. The other of course is MP missions. Particular if you've got me as your trusty, ever dependable wingie. That's why the AI wingman are so popular when I fly. They at least don't fly up your tailpipe when protecting your six, or accidentally letting off a stray missile when locked to the Lead for navigational purposes.
Custom built PC:Hardware:
Gigabyte Ultra Durable 3 GA-EX58-UD4P motherboard, Intel ® i7 920 2.67Ghz CPU, 8Gb Memory, NVIDIA GeForce GTX275 (896Mb mem) video card with Direct X9c, Realtek ALC850 sound circuitry, Samsung 21"(4x3)Flat LCD, TM Cougar joystick, TrackIR 3Pro, Logitech G330 Headset, ConnectAccess621 ADSL2/2 Router.
Software, 1st partition: XP Home SP3 32bit OS with3.25Gb available memory running TAW2.0 Ed:2.20 Baseline + 2.21 Patch + 2.22a Patch + 2.30beta4, nGlide Wrapper 1600x1200 (Gamma Correction 1.2).
Software, 2nd partition: Vista Home Premium SP2 64bit OS with 6Gb available memory running DCSWorld plus DCS FC3.
MSI GE60 OND-288AU Notebook:Hardware:
15.6" (16 x 9) 1920 x 1080 HD anti-glare LCD screen, Intel ® Core i7-3630QM 3rd Gen 3630QM Intel Core X64-based CPU, Intel HM76 Chipset with Turbo Drive Engine and Cooler Boost Technology, 16Gb DDR3 1600MHz Memory in two slots, NVIDIA Geforce GTX660M 3D Graphics Card with Direct X11, 2Gb GDDR5 Graphics VRAM, 750Gb SATA 7200 rpm HDD, Blue-Ray Optical drive, Saitek X52 joystick (alternatively, MS Sidewinder), Sierra USB Telstra 4G wireless modem (or WiFi in Bali).
Software: Win8.1 64-bit OS with 15.9Gb available memory running TAW2.0 Ed:2.20 Baseline + 2.21 Patch + 2.22a Patch + 2.30beta4 Patch, nGlide Wrapper 1920 x 1080 (Gamma Correction 0.7) Res. and DCSWorld plus DCS FC3.