I'm just getting started on this game and after reading the blogs and watching entirely too many YouTube clips I've really been expecting big things, but I'm sad to say I've been sorely underwhelmed.
I have both a Logitech Extreme 3D Pro joystick and a CH Eclipse Flight Yoke and have elected to start with the joystick because it is easier to throw around. Being the veteran of the odd flight-sim (not a guru by any stretch but never the less experienced) I decided to opt for "Realistic controls". I simply couldn't make it through the tutorials so switched to Mouse-Aim to get through then went back to the stick to fly "Historic Battles", but I just can't get it together.
I'm slogging away on the Single Missions Offline as I don't want to interfere with other peoples games while I work things out. After unceremoniously bumbling my way through the "Night Fall" mission I progress to "Cossac Village Krymskaya" but just can't make any head way at all. I spend a long time flying my little plane to the yellow target at 10,000', then climb to 15,000' - 20,000' waiting for the Ju88's them spend the rest of the game either spinning out of control or being shot to pieces. I have read many posts about "Boom and Zoom" and other fighter tactics and watched many YouTube clips of people carrying out these manoeuvres (admittedly all using Mouse-Aim) but when ever I attempt anything like what I see my plane breaks into a spin. Once in a spin I push the nose down and input full rudder to arrest the spin and eventually pull out, by which time there is usually a bogie on my tail that I am utterly unable to shake as I can only do the gentlest of turns lest I induce another spin. And this is how it continues all the way to the ground; either constantly being shot at by the enemy or plummeting headlong to the ground in a spin. What gives? I then get re-spawned and it all begins again. It really sucks. Just about the only fun I can have in this game is hugging the ground flying contours, which gets pretty plain. How do you guys manage to work out what to do?