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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.
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)
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I own and play quite a few sims. I thought this would be a vast improvement over "European Air War" but I was wrong about this. Very, very disappointedPublished on December 2, 2003 by Michael Barrett
...It is still difficult to fly and even experienced simmers would be advised to start with the "novice" flight model. Read morePublished on October 8, 2002 by John Dynan
I can't even review the game, because I never could get it to work properly on my computer. Even after receiving tech help. Read morePublished on August 5, 2002 by JD
Judging by the 25+ reviews here, a few people who buy this game will find it runs on their machines, and love it, and many many more will find it plain doesn't work, even after... Read morePublished on July 1, 2002 by Ser Bluhair
BoB is the best Flight Sim I have ever played...
For my comparison I also own MSFS 2002(Microsoft Flightsim),
IL-2 Sturmovik and Mig Alley, which I love too... Read more
If you are a fan of the period, you ought to try this. There is a very helpful flightsim community at ... Read morePublished on February 5, 2002 by Paul T. Rogers
Got started this week after buying a joystick-thought it would make gaming easier. Have found BOB to have great potential, but poor printed instructions that just don't tell you... Read morePublished on January 21, 2002 by Franklyn Elliott
I am going to be selling back this game, or I guess just selling it used immediately, and I bought it this afternoon. Read morePublished on December 7, 2001 by Curtis Turner