I am recently making the transition from Strike Fighters 2. I downloaded the BMS 4.33 a few weeks ago before the take down. I’ve been watching the videos form Krause and others and studying the manuals on my tablet in my spare time. My girlfriend is a fellow gamer who has been cutting her teeth in Flight Simulator X the past 2 weeks learning to fly because she has an interest in BMS now as well.
So it boils down to this: with the recent 4.33 take down is it even worth it for me to install and try to learn if my ultimate goal is participate in multiplayer operations. Let’s talk worst case scenarios, a blanket take down notice for BMS mod. Can they also force the take down of the forum discussions which are invaluable resource? Can they stop people who already have the mod from organizing multiplayer at places like UOAF? Can they block the multiplayer functions somehow or the servers?
I really don’t know enough about the technical back end of multiplayer so I’m sorry if some of these questions seem unintelligent or uninformed. But I just want to know what you would do in my shoes as a brand new BMS fan wanting to play multiplayer because I really don’t want to regret putting the hours into a study simulation when I could have just jumped right into DCS World.
What would you do?
Just sit with the manual and go through the training missions. BMS isn’t as hard or steep a learning curve as people tell you. It matters on how interested you are and how much time you are willing to put in to learn that interest. I’ll tell you from first hand experience it really isn’t much it’s just repetition. Just do each thing over and over and over and over again till you know you can do it without thinking. Overall I tried DCS many times i know how to fly the A-10 only but really well and i just find BMS is just so much better. DCS feels like you aren’t “in” the sim. BMS feels like you are right there i can’t explain it better than that. One thing about BMS that tops every other sim out there is it’s Dynamic Campaign. I’ve never seen another done better infact not even close to it. As for Microsoft Flight Sim X make sure you practise a lot in the cessna 172 and download the Realair C172. From all my flight training I’ll tell you just practise Take off and landings and pattern flying. Keep your speed and altitude as steady as you can and understand the concept of slow flight and Angle of Attack and Trimming. these will help you out in any sim you try whether il-2 or DCS or BMS. also if you get your hands on Il-2 1946 it is a great game to learn flying and dogfighting on full realism only. Read about VOR’s and ILS in MSFS also these things will help you out a lot. Basically BMS is completely worth it and probably the best sim out there in terms of a modern jet flight sim.