BeachAV8R, Fearless Frog, Wrecking Crew, raven, Lucky812, Bast, USMC Beans - I know I forgot somebody, chime in below, please! - and I got together tonight for a little DCS World multiplayer action. We used my machine as the server (20 MB/s down, 8 MB/s up connection) and I used a modified version of the stock MP-US Company Day Advance - Kislovodsk mission.
Screenshots and video to follow, but it was a blast! Wrecking Crew and I took JTAC roles and started smoking up the place, identifying threats for the A-10Cs to take out (no one had taken the P-51D, Ka-50, or Su-25 slots)*. At first, the SA-9s and SA-13s were pretty brutal, eating up the Hawgs as they came in, but between Wreck and me picking out targets and the Hawg pilots putting weapons on them, we gained control of the air pretty quickly. Then we started taking down the rest of the air threats (ZSU emplacements), and then starting picking off tanks. Even then our ground forces never made in a single tread's length past the original FEBL, but the air pilots had a good time.
We kept the game comms very informal (nobody was reading from a 9-line) which was fun, but did lead to a little confusion and loss of situational awareness from time to time: nothing that really took away from the game experience, IMHO.
The immersion in the JTAC position is pretty good. I'd like to see some better view controls (zooming in and out is awkward) and view modes (toggle HUD/gun sight off/on, smoother transition between vehicle view and monocle), integration of the Link 16, ability to place waypoints/markers/notes on the F10 map, ground unit AI/control improvements, and a bit more of that good ol' ED physics (smoke should be launched towards the intended point and land with some error, not just magically appear where pointing), but all in all it was a very satisfying experience: especially for a beta!
*Frog started with a P-51D but had to bail due to a system failure before even getting to the battle, and Bast eventually brought his Black Shark to the front to plink some tanks. He was able to take out a few tanks before getting mashed by a tank-launched guided missile.
Edited by EinsteinEP (07/25/12 02:56 AM)
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