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X-plane Carrier?

12-08-2009, 06:01 PM
#1
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X-plane Carrier?

I've been seeing mentions of X-plane Carrier in the other X-plane games (like Giant Fighting Robots and X-plane Trainer) but I can't find it on the itunes store. Anyone know anything about this?
12-08-2009, 06:07 PM
#2
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Laminar have frequently announced new apps prematurely on the splash page of their other apps like that. My guess is it'll be out in a week or so.

12-08-2009, 08:01 PM
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still in review I'd say. should be out in a couple days. might be looking forward to this one, a description says it involves shootings things..
12-09-2009, 02:55 AM
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Originally Posted by wootbean View Post
still in review I'd say. should be out in a couple days. might be looking forward to this one, a description says it involves shootings things..
Yeah, I'm intrigued as well - would love a good combat flight sim - FAST and Ace Combat have been disappointing. But the name Carriers makes me wonder - X-Plane Combat I think would have been better if it's a combat sim. So then maybe it's just an aircraft carrier flight sim (flying jets normally on carriers)? But you said you read there's shooting - where did you read that?
12-09-2009, 04:14 AM
#5
just read any of the descriptions of the current x planes on itunes, the part that talk about the tracking system to see other planes in your screen.
12-09-2009, 04:54 AM
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Austin told me before they wouldn't do a combat flight sim. At least not on the PC/Mac. He's not comfortable with effectively training people to fly missions to kill.

I'm guessing Carrier will be just controlling the guns to defend a carrier.

On the other hand, I really wish he would do a combat sim
12-09-2009, 05:09 AM
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The update description did seem to indicate some kind of combat, hence the target box. That might only be multiplayer though. Or it might actually be another form of shooting altogether, as in shooting traps (slang for carrier landings).

I don't really care if there is combat. I'm kind of excited for normal carrier operations (takeoff/landing). Should be a challenge.
12-15-2009, 01:26 PM
#8
Ok, seriously, anyone know when we can expect Carrier to be released??
12-15-2009, 05:13 PM
#9
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No doubt it will have a 2.99 release price with a rapid increase to 5.99
12-16-2009, 11:54 PM
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Just came out today(US at least). $9.99 just like all the rest.

It does have combat.

Only tried it for a little bit so far. There are two maps, San Francisco(for training-no combat) and Hawaii(combat). Four planes: F4-U Corsair/A6M Zero, F-4 Phantom/Mig-21 Fishbed.

Combat mission consists of carrier takeoff, dogfight enemy(1v1 - F4UvZero or F4vMig), then land on carrier. Jets have AIM9 heatseekers as well as guns. The gun are the same for both jets and WWII aircraft. They sound something like a vulcan cannon with a high RoF.

Carrier ops are pretty much what you would expect. Nothing fancy. You do get text prompts to help line up and power setting. Carrier moves and turns. No pitching that I could tell. WWII planes have a flattop and the jets looks like a Nimitz class. There is a white light where the meatball would be on the modern carrier, but I never noticed it change color or do anything useful. While you can crash and burn(in all x-plane apps since 9.50), landing on the deck seemed pretty forgiving, but your landing is scored on the basis of AoA, heading, roll, and location.

Overall, pretty much what I was expecting from an x-plane app. The combat is very basic and not very interesting or challenging from what I can tell so far. Carrier ops are fun.