Fite me in Planes - Anyone else play War Thunder?
Flying sorties with IC bros. This is a TON of fun.
War Thunder is a free to play WWII flight sim (and also has tank stuff, but eff tanks, we're only here to fly) that has a stellar assortment of aircraft from the era and tons of customization. The free to play grind is pretty rough, but to be honest we have so much fun flying sorties that we don't even think about it.
I'm currently researching the American bomber tier of aircraft, and have only recently been able to purchase a proper bomber. I love it, and having a couple buddies to escort you to a target and peel off to engage enemy aircraft is the kind of experience I always wanted when I was younger playing old flight sims.
The few of us that have been playing are grouping together in realistic mode (which is mostly simulation, but with some concessions such as limited HUD and the ability to view your plane externally during fight). Right now, @Ilriyas is specializing in dive bombers, I'm sticking to heavy bombers, and @DontCallMeKelso, @Church4252, @cola and @GnomeQueen have been sticking to fighters.
If you want to get in on this, you'll need peripherals. Sure you can play with a mouse and keyboard, but you can't really play. You'll hate it, and it'll make you suck. Some people settle for a gamepad (360 controllers are decent), but if you want to be a real man, you gotta get a flight stick. Ilriyas has the Thrustmaster Hotas X, and I'm running with my old trust Saitek X45:
So yeah. Fite me in planes.