Originally posted by Viceroy:
nice to see you at SimHQ I remember reading your stuff on ELO! ...... where I also came across some guy called Andy Bush
Yep, hope you enjoyed that stuff, shame about ELO. Looks as though I'll be spending a lot more time at SimHQ because it is likely that I will soon be using it as my main outlet.
Anyway, my question: What I loved most about EF2000 was the atmosphere. The combination of landscape, music, voice acting and planning made it THE most immersive sim IMO. Does the new game have the same feel?
Not the same feel, different and in many ways better. The moody graphics of EF2000 helped create atmosphere for me, but the new graphics are stunning, and the clarity and detail create an atmosphere of its own.
One thing I do like very much, is the incredible way the music in the sim enhances the feeling of immersion. For example, I was just flying a mission as a female pilot to test the wingman commands for Cat, and I noticed something very subtle, and it had a very powerful effect. Have you every been watching a film, say a thriller, and realized that as the scene changed you become tense, move to the edge of your seat and actually begin to become involved... More often than not, nothing that is happening in that scene could warrant your reaction, it is actually the music doing that to you. Well, when I was testing the wingman commands I noticed that when I ordered a battle formation, the music changed, it became tense and menacing... I actually responded subconsciously by sitting up straight and adjusting my grip on the stick, ready for action... I was there, totally involved!! If it hadn't been for the fact that I issued several erroneous commands one after the other, I would have never noticed what actually happened. I was impressed. If not for the fact that I'm working at it, I could easily lose myself in this sim.
Also, certain aspects of the campaign enhance that effect, its real time nature, the news reports, the intensity of the action, the pressure as you begin losing ground when the invasion begins... Those are some of the things that create atmosphere in Typhoon and so far I couldn't help being sucked in. But that's just me
Hope that helps.
Leon "Badboy" Smith
[This message has been edited by Badboy (edited January 02, 2001).]