I remember when patch version 1.02 of this sim came out and everyone was ecstatic just to have fps tweaks so they could run it on their 256mb systems...
I have been playing Lomac and its many "updates" since the title was available for order not so long ago (well I hope it was not so long ago :-D ). Although the updates and support has been sparse and lacking at times, especially with the loss of a carrier buddy tanking with the S-3 many patches ago, the multilayer and the 3d models and flight characteristics are about the only things that have kept ,e engaged with this sim for many years.
Yes I have been playing Lomac for sometime now, but let's face it...
The gameworld is somewhat sterile.
The AI is fairly dumb.
There has been sparse developer support. (one patch and that's it)
There are no coms whatsoever (unless you are in multiplayer on voice).
No true sense of AWACs, GCI, etc.
No real separation of bad or good territory or airspace, just places where you don't fly because of S-300s.
The campaigns have no "point".
The single missions are there because???
The mission editor, although useful, still lacks a lot of basic functionality.
The list goes on and on, but frankly the only thing that has been keeping this series going has been the "eye candy", multiplayer, and "eye candy" enhancements by the sim community (which in themselves show the dedication and skill of the modders, because "tweaking" the Lomac world is worse than getting service at the DMV during lunch hour.)
No sim "code" will ever be prefect, and basic rule of thumb is you can't please everyone.
But Lomac (and a good chunk of the DCS series) will always be known as the sim (or sims) that was (were) missing "something".
There is part of me that hope FC3 may improve part of the Lomac. Unfortunately, based on precedent, I believe we may just see another minor "eye candy" update just like all previous incarnations, and to a certain extent DCS, with more convoluted menus/interfaces added and previously functioning features "broken".
If the developer were to focus on fixing or adding one feature to Lomac besides "eye candy" improvements, I believe they could take an sim with some decent and ok aspects, and make it truly great.
Edited by Ironroad (12/03/11 01:47 PM)