Reviews and Problems with Lock On: Air Combat Simulation
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Lock On Platinum, an awesome game.
3 November 2012
Summary: Lock On Platinum is an awesome game. It's not an arcade type game, it is a true simulation and with that it is a bit complicated to learn. As usual if all fails read the manual, right! I would suggest reading the manual first, or at least referencing it. It doesn't come with a manual but you can find it online. You can fly pre-programmed missions or create your own.
Summary: This sim is ok but needs some work to fix the issues running it. I have 3 gaming pc's and I have issues on all three with this sim.It will run ok some of the time and then it has issues,maybe I need to find the rest of the patches that are more than likely out for this sim.It is cool and the graphics are ok but not as good as rise of flight or a10 warthog.
Summary: First I must admit I haven't taken the time to learn how to play the game yet. That could take a long time. I'm just including here some notes and first impressions, while I'm still young, that I hope readers will find informative. This is no casual game with which you may start to play immediately. It has a steep learning curve. I found 498 manual pages in 3 PDF files. So if you prefer hard copy manuals you'd better start saving your ink and paper now.
Summary: If you are new to the Lock-On series, like I was, this is the title you need. This Platinum version gives you the original Lock-On, plus patches, then Flaiming Cliffs 1 + 2, also with the latest patches included. I had this mailed to England from the US via Amazon.com as is it quite difficult to find on the .co.uk site. I payed about £30 including shipping and the dreaded tax! - This is cheaper than buying the three separately.
Summary: This is NOT a game. This truly qualifies as a SIMULATION. If you want a "game", look elsewhere. You will be disappointed. This is an adult simulation and requires patience, focus, and a great deal of effort. No instant gratification here. That being said, I taught my pre-teen nephew to fly, land, and operate the basic radar modes and weapons controls. He can find and shoot down the simple bad guys and is progressing well.
Summary: Why did I wait so long? I had put LOMAC up on the shelf because it had joystick issues with my X-65. I figured it was a Windows 7 thing. Well....with the Platinum you get a what I assumed would be a Win 7 compatable LOMAC (Lock On MOdern Air Combat) and the FC 2 upgrade, all for $10.00 less than the Flaming Cliffs 2 Upgrade alone. Well I guess the LOMAC is the same one I put up on the shelf because this one is wonky with the X-65 as well.