|Microprose EAW 1.1
by Leonard "Viking1" Hjalmarson
What did you not get for Christmas that you had REALLY hoped for? How about EAW in high resolution?
Ok, I admit that hi res alone wouldn't be reason for a lot of excitement, even though it does affect gameplay by giving you greater perspective on the happenings around you, and the ability to tell aircraft type from greater distance. But what about if the high res modes came with other significant improvements?
I reinstalled EAW just before Christmas because I hadn't flown it for almost two weeks. On my second mission in a FW 190 I took out five B17s and eight P38s before quitting. I was beginning to think that I was hot stuff, and beginning to be a little disappointed in the AI, when I realized I had forgotten to change the flight model to REALISTIC when I reinstalled... !
Anyway, this afternoon I did just that, AND I installed the patch, which among other things increases the armor on the bombers. Hmm. Suddenly I wasn't so hot anymore, and I've gone back to the Me109. That Focke-Wulf is for someone else to fly. Small adjustments in dogfighting AI makes most knife fights more challenging.
No matter, at 1024x768 EAW is indeed impressive! I could swear that another cloud layer has been added, I don't recall flying between layers previously. At 950 meters in high resolution you can tell that your target is a bomber, and the jaggies are greatly reduced on cockpit and external views. You can crank beyond 1024 if you have the hardware. Static cockpits are not available beyond 640x480, but the virtual views work great!
And I KNOW you have been dying for some 1024x768 EAW wallpaper. Who am I to deny you your rights? ;-D Click any of the following shots for a high resolution image.
Improvements are numerous, and include bug fixes as well as enhancements. General improvements include the following:
There are also a dozen campaign fixes, including fixes to the resupply/replacement problem and targetting DTDT error. Multiplayer fixes include the addition of two new options to the multiplayer game setup screen: Loadout and Weather. And for you Voodoo gurus, the 2 meg limit is now history!
The patch has been released at 6 meg. Click HERE to download.
© 1997 - 2000 COMBATSIM.COM, INC. All Rights Reserved.
Last Updated January 11th, 1998