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  1. Ilanin

    trying to play this mod one more time

    Eh, it's a computer game. Drop the difficulty down if you're finding it more effort than you're really interested in putting in. I got through it on Nightmare, it can't be that hard. But my recollection of playing on Hero is that wingmen don't generally last much if any longer than they do on...
  2. Ilanin

    trying to play this mod one more time

    If you're playing on Nightmare (this is about to become difficult - Nightmare is about as hard as Hero in Ep1, Ep2 is just easy all around, and then Ep3 onwards Nightmare is much harder than Hero) then you basically never lose enough fighters that you're ever in danger of running out. You...
  3. Ilanin

    trying to play this mod one more time

    Storming the Rock is the first serious difficulty spike in the game, and it's definitely something of a skill check. (It gets worse, though not for a while.) I did it with five fighters in my Let's Play of Standoff () so it's definitely possible. Some things I'd say: try playing on Hero...
  4. Ilanin

    hardest mission and a mission that was easier than you expected

    WC4, Nightmare difficulty, Tyr-1. Unless you reset your Nav computer and avoid the Banshees, this is easily the hardest piloting challenge I've seen in a WC game. The Banshees are too fast to hit with missiles (you can be right behind them with a lock and you will still miss), and too small to...
  5. Ilanin

    Newb question

    It's not like he'd have had time to pack it, with the way he ends up on the Concordia...
  6. Ilanin

    Happy Birthday to us!

    Belated Happy Birthday, CIC. As a rather late present, I finally got around to getting my Wing Commander: Standoff and Wing Commander III Let's Plays archived (to be fair, I submitted them before the birthday, but baldurk uploads at a rate of one per day, and there's a queue). They're here...
  7. Ilanin

    Is it just me, or is WC1 really freakin' hard?!?!?!

    It's you. WC1 is probably harder than WC3 (on the default setting of Ace), but it's definitely easier than WC4. I'm guessing you might be running the game using too many DosBox cycles (5-6000 is about normal), but yes, as capi3101 says, the other big thing is that 1/2 really benefit from having...
  8. Ilanin

    Increased Bullet Speed?

    It clearly isn't, because if it was I wouldn't play the game exclusively on that difficulty.
  9. Ilanin

    Increased Bullet Speed?

    I'd say you weren't close enough to your target then (Anybody who has watched my Standoff videos will know I tend to fly with my fighter's nose practically touching my target's engines). Standoff is particularly difficult amongst space shooters, yes, and this is the way it was intended to be...
  10. Ilanin

    Relive Wing Commander Saga In Six EPIC Screenshots (April 1, 2014)

    Eh, it sort of plays like WC3, but not quite. Saga Medium plays reasonably like WC3 Nightmare, in that it's essentially impossible to tail anything lighter than a Vaktoth and pretty difficult to hit anything other than a Paktahn, which is probably not the line-up of difficulties you were aiming...
  11. Ilanin

    Increased Bullet Speed?

    I kind of wonder whether you are even playing the same game as me. The only times it's difficult to hit your target in Standoff are when you're flying a Crossbow, and it was pretty difficult to hit your target when you were flying a Crossbow in Special Operations as well. Difficulty in Standoff...
  12. Ilanin

    Q's anger management thread (chock-full of spoilers!)

    I have occasionally argued tongue-in-cheek that "Christopher Blair" is actually an artificial intelligence which operates drones and has merely been programmed to think it is part of a wing of human pilots. *raises hand* Though only for a Let's Play, and it's still about the only WC3 mission...
  13. Ilanin

    WC3 "Missing" Scene with no sound

    So, as I'm sure most people who'll read this are aware, there's an additional cutscene on the fourth CD of Wing Commander III that doesn't play in the game, where Blair addresses what's left of Lancelot Flight before the final approach to Kilrah. If you're using HCl's movie player it's movie 32...
  14. Ilanin

    Pilgrim story-line or not?

    Right, the period you're talking about is during the Pilgrim War. You literally cannot write a story in which the Pilgrim Alliance exists, because the period you are talking about is occupied by the Pilgrim Wars, which happened between 2631 and 2634 (theoretically, the Peron Massacre happened...
  15. Ilanin

    Pilgrim story-line or not?

    It is, at this point, more or less impossible to write a Wing Commander storyline without contradicting some part of the canon unless you are extremely careful with what you reference. For example, if you mention the Pilgrim War, you'll contradict Action Stations, which predates the movie and...
  16. Ilanin

    Freelancer Joystick revisit

    It's easy enough to run Freelancer with a joystick mouse emulator (practically all of them work) but...it's not worth it. Freelancer was designed to be played using a mouse, and trying to fly ships in Freelancer with a joystick is quite a lot like trying to fly ships in Wing Commander using a...
  17. Ilanin

    Guess this is a 'Maniac move' I'll just have to live with

    Ahh, Maniac. Killed a thousand times by his own poor decision making, and yet always back again to be a terrible wingman in the next game. In fact, he's so ubiquitous he even gets into games he's not in. Or at least, I'm pretty sure he sneaked his way into Standoff. You see, I was minding my...
  18. Ilanin

    WC3 Kilrah missions difficulty scaled?

    Since I'm recording video when I'm doing this, I always quit out of the game rather than hitting the "replay" button (because I want the launch sequence), so as far as WC3 is concerned I suspect it thinks I've beaten the every mission first time. I can't remember enemies in Locanda 2 in the...
  19. Ilanin

    Escapist Reviews Wing Command Prophecy

    I distinctly remember feeling at the time "oh look, it's another insectoid swarm race. How original." As you say, scary new extremely hostile races, usually with exoskeletons and multiple legs and often with hive-like social constructs (the Borg Collective are actually social insects, they just...
  20. Ilanin

    WC vs History: Ships of the Victory Battle Group - Part II (October 19, 2013)

    ...I was aware of the rather underwhelming performance in the Falklands, of course, but I had no idea that Coventry was *that* unlucky a name (and I thought Prince of Wales was bad). I'm not surprised the RN didn't build any for 150 years - and only then because the massive Grand Fleet of the...
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