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The Last Best Hope
Fighter Operations with 8./JG-51 and I./JG-54 Jaboschwarm flying the Fw190A-4 at Kursk.
Read the Read_Me Please.
1) Open the Missions_Paintschemes_Last_Best_Hope.zip and extract the files within to:
C:\Program Files\Ubisoft or whichever directory you have your main IL-2 Sturmovik 1946 game folder installed. Will write own folders. If uncomfortable with having folder overwrites extract to desktop working folder and cut-paste to your directory. This campaign has been tested with versions 4.08m and the beta 4.09m. And is compatible with IL-2 Sturmovik 1946. *Although not imperative for the campaign to work. It is suggested that the player have Aces Highs Mat_Manager_V2.36 installed for proper markings to be displayed. Link and the settings I used are included within the Read_Me.
*Player will use _Harpia_Mafra55_ skin (Fw190A-5_White8_JG51_1943) “markings off” for the first 19 missions with 8./J.G.51 and RDDR skin (FW190-A4 JG54 JaboSchwarm Blank) “markings on” for the last 4 flying with I./J.G.54.
About three missions into the campaign I did a little research into this Hubert Strassl and was stunned to find out he had shot down 30 planes in 4 days. The briefings are informative and set the mood. Some have complained about gramatical and spelling errors, but show me an IL2 campaign without them. I don't want to spoil things for future players, but as the campaign progressed, I was finding myself tensing up knowing what lay ahead. Well done. You put a lot of time into this and it shows. Thanks.
on Wed Jan 28, 2009 5:45 pm
High quality campaign
This is a very good campaign that has obviously had a lot of time spent on it. Overall, it gives the convincing feel of being part of a tactical air force that is contesting airspace over the battlefield.
The use of weather conditions and 3rd party skins is excellent. Briefings are both informative and dramatically compelling, if somewhat prone to strange grammatical and spelling errors. Groundwork, though some way short of epic, is well-designed and generally convincing. Although I generally dislike airstarts, they worked pretty well in the context of this campaign.
Enemy aerial opposition, at least early in the campaign, is fairly benign, with the MiGs being particularly feeble and toothless. P-39's would have been a more historically accurate and challenging foe. Nevertheless, they allow the player to rack up a good score. Towards the end, the enemy becomes a great deal more challenging.
On the whole, despite a few criticisms, this is an essential campaign which everybody should have in their Luftwaffe folder. Highly recommended.
on Tue Aug 05, 2008 9:11 am
Excellent work although you got the planesset wrong. No Mig-3 should be used, instead a lot of Yak-1B and 7b. Drop me a mail from my site if you need a correct plane distribution table.
on Mon Jul 21, 2008 1:46 pm
Last Best Hope
Excellent campaign with plenty going on in the air and on the ground. Great skins included and I liked the historical accounts in the briefings. Maybe for your next campaign switching sides to the La5.
on Sat Jul 12, 2008 12:09 am
last best hope
excellent campaign. flew first 4 missions and had a great time. people wanting to do campaigns would do good to look at this great effort. looking forward to the rest of the missions.
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