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I took a brief look at the simplified settings and was happy to see they really have made things easy. The radar doesn’t require any fiddling with elevation and azimuth, it gives a 360 degree sky view of bad guys and good guys. Locking up targets is simply a matter of using the page up/down key to scroll through the targets. When the enemy is in range of your selected ordnance, a flashing SHOOT cue appears in the HUD. Simple doesn’t mean invincible though. The enemy can still kill you (unless, of course, you have invulnerable selected), so don’t get too cocky!

Beach had one issue with F4:AF right off the bat: running F4:AF at 1600×1200, 32-bit with everything maxed-out. Video card set to 4x FSAA but ran into a problem where the mouse cursor was disappearing in the bottom half of the 2D cockpit. Turning off FSAA solved the problem. Anisotropic filtering was turned on and there were no issues with that. Testing on a second computer with 4x FSAA the cursor exhibited no anomaly, so perhaps it is a driver issue of some sort.

20mm experienced definite terrain shimmering. It was pretty much evident down low all the time, the terrain would redraw in a “wave” which was fairly noticeable. Higher altitudes, as you would expect, reduced the effect quite a bit. It was a bit of a distraction, but perhaps turning down the detail may help.

Neither 20mm or Beach had any stability problems and this is huge. We had no problems ALT-tabbing out of F4:AF while in the menu systems, checking some things, and returning to the sim. 20mm had a Windows update pop-up while in the sim, but this did not cause a CTD, he simply checked it off and went back to flying. For someone who experienced a long series of CTD’s in campaign missions, many of them after a long, exhausting, and ultimately successful combat mission, the apparent stability of F4:AF is welcome indeed!

For newcomers and veterans alike, the ACMI utility is a useful way to post-construct your successes and mistakes. With a multitude of angles and the ability to switch to other aircraft, it is easy to figure out where you went wrong or what exactly hit you!

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