Rowan's Battle of Britain - PC

2.4 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
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From the creators of MiG Alley comes Rowan's Battle of Britain. The game offers an environment of 800 square miles to recreate the famous air war over WWII Britain. Choose to go on raids with 1,000 other Luftwaffe aircraft, or respond with fellow 200 Royal Air Force fighters. Fly the Spitfire RAF fighter, Hurricane RAF fighter, Me 109 Luftwaffe fighter, Me 110 Luftwaffe twin-engine fighter, or the Ju87 Stuka dive-bomber, then act as a gunner in Junkers 88, Heinkel 111, or the Dornier 17. The virtual cockpits feature interactivity, which allows for realistic engine management. Play a campaign from the perspective of either a pilot or commander, where the Artificial Intelligence can be set up to react historically or with the benefit of 60 years of hindsight. Alternately, play quick missions to jump right into the action. Hide in and behind cloud banks, listening to radio chatter as you prepare to strike, escort, or intercept. The landscape model features elevated sections in simulated city areas and a coastline that blends the sea and land.

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ASIN B00004VWUE
Release date January 31, 2001
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2.4 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

2.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #52,123 in videogames
#9,234 in Video Games > PC Games > PC Games
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Product Dimensions 9.3 x 7.9 x 1.6 inches
Media: Video Game
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I purchased this game for my Dad (who's a pretty savvy computer user in his own right), based upon our mutual enjoyment of Rowan's "Mig Alley". This game WON'T install, we can't uninstall it, and to add insult to injury, Mig Alley now crashes when we try to run it (so there's obviously some kind of heinous conflict going here).
Just another case of a game, delayed ad infinitum, and finally foisted on the public so that we, having paid full retail, can debug it for the developer.
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Don't believe the reviewers that say the game doesn't work. I found that to be true at first. Then I went to the Talonsoft webpage and downloaded FAQ and patch. The patch wasn't needed, but the FAQ clued me in that my machine's settings were way too low. Beware, you will need a higher end machine--1078X840 whatever, is required at minimum to run the game. Resetting to that solved all the problems and man does the game run smooth. Lots of planes in the air, chatter, and gorgeous graphics.
I don't usually like flight sims. I have a hard time with them. So, the ability to lock out "true" aerodynamics is a must for me to enjoy it. B-o-B has a "novice" setting that allows this, yet keeps the unique nature of the planes a game factor. Brit planes stall out in dives (no fuel injectors), Germans don't (injected). You can also set the various settings for unlimited ammo vs. limited, backout, whiteouts (glare)etc. The views take a bit getting used to (can see why that Mustang bubble top is a big plus later in the war) and that is why I don't usually like flight sims; but this one is functional completely from the joystick. A ten button joystick is best but my 8 button works fine (but no airbrake, dang).
I like the game alot. I like Red Baron 3d but did not like Rowan's other game I bought (Mig Alley). Guess I just like prop action--a little slower than jets.
But don't be lulled--those Spitfires and Focke Wulfs really move!
Don't hesitate to buy this one--just be sure to get the FAQ from Talonsoft's website (and the patch if you have graphic cards problems)
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If you are a fan of the period, you ought to try this....
BoB realistically recreates England and the huge scale of events of the Summer of 1940 in full authenticity. There is no other title that allows you to manage an entire airfleet (Luftwaffe) or the whole of RAF figher command, and then jump into the cockpit of your Spit or Hurri to face over 200 enemy aircraft. The attention to detail is stunning, and since the game's source code has now been released it is now being developed and continues to mature.
Once you have it running it is quite unique.
Superb.
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First, the people who have this game at the bottom of their closets are right. Unless you have just the right vid card, monitor, and memory you can forget it. Second, what comes in the box is incomplete. You will need the version .973 from the Battle of Britain Developers Group. There is no key card (CFS@ comes from Amazon with no manual or card) so you will have to get on the forum there and ask where to download the most up to date, and then you will have to deal with the the fact that the European keyboard needs to be hand marked to match yours, if your from the USA. On the plus side the people on the forum are very helpful.
You will find the learning curve daunting. If you want to fly Spitfires and you start learning on them, you will probably fail. You need to master the Hurricane first. The flight sim is harder than CFS2 and IL-2. B-17 has a tough learning curve but that has to do with it's complexity and all its quirks. BoB has a tough curve because of the flight sim. I've been "flying" sims since Lucas Films BoB. Then the Dynamix trio and the stuff from Microprose (all DOS). Picking up again a few years ago in Windows I found that much has changed. But I have yet to meet a learning curve as steep as BoB.
My copy too sat at the bottom of the closet until my old machine fried and I had to get a new one. So far I haven't had the CtD problem, but if I do it will be back to the BoBDG forum.
You have to be really interested in the Battle of Britain to buy this one. So don't buy unless your frustration level is high. Of course the BoB add on for CFS2 is a joke (misnamed for one), and I don't know of any others.
30+ at angels ten bearing 261 degrees
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This title sucks big time. I can not get it to let me fly the planes. It's looking for some kind of a dll. file. bob.dll or something like that. It should not have to be rocket science to make these games work right. I gave it to a frind at work and he could not get it to work on his pc.
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After reading all the major reviews like avault.com and gamespot.com I was expecting a fun, engrossing, exciting flight sim about the historical battle of Britain. I was severely disapointed. I have a Wingman 3D joystick and even after alot of calibration the controls were still a little ify. The graphics were nothing special, the planes had reasonably good rendering the ground was a flat texture tiled over and over hundreds of time which is to be expected but still disapointing. The only real fun i could find besides taking my Spitfire into huge drones of Luftwafe bombers was playing the gunners on the German bombers. This was loads of fun. You can play as a tail gunner, top, belly, and front gunner. The interface for the campaigns(the primary portion of the game) was dificult to understand and took a lot of getting used to , and most controls were not exactly intuitive. Overall the game has strong and weak points but on the whole you would be better off buying a Jane's flight sim over this one. By the way don't even try this game if you don't have a joystick it is unbearable.
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