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Will be interesting to see if a modern multirole fast jet will mean a downtick in sales and development of other modules

 

I know I will only really have time to learn 1 complex module completely and extract all the value and with that the full satisfaction from it (despite owning most of the modules - lol)

 

However I can see the F18 dominating my time in the future and may impact my buying pattern

 

Or maybe the other modules all have their own charm hence it will just be an initial blip and then back to business as usual

 

Time will tell!!!

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Because the hornet seems to be able to do it all, short of VTOL and hover, I don't see how I'll ever have time to fly any thing else. Although I will make time to fly an apache, or cobra :D

 

But despite not flying other aircraft I'll still be purchasing them for my collection

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Personally I will continue to fly and buy other aircraft as well, but I'm afraid as well, that the Hornet will have a negativ impact on diversity in DCS (especially in multiplayer), because of its jack of all trades character. :(


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For sure it will be the best "bang for buck" module, that gives you the most capabilities at roughly the same price as other modules, so people looking to buy just one airplane will probably go with this one.

 

But quite often people who play simulators like a challenge, or aircraft from different eras, so I don't think it will affect other sales that much. Maybe the most similar airframes like A-10 and Harrier will see some drop, but in the long term Hornet should bring more people into DCS, and that's a very good thing. We all know that usually it does not end with buying just one module :)

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Even at 80$, Hornet has the best value of all DCS modules. Once it gets out of EA, it will be capable of doing more missions than other modules can do combined. You will be able to pay less for more, all packed into one airframe.

While it might not be ideal for everyone, I think most people will be able to appreciate this fact.

 

I've noticed that most "DCS people" I know, skipped Harrier/Viggen/M2K because they knew Hornet isn't far away.

 

In our community, Hornet will take the top spot because of it's versatility.

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Right now Im saying, with the F-18 I dont need anything else, until the F-16 arrives. But I also know myself, that Im way too curious, and Ill grab the Tomcat and Phantom too, when they hit EA. Just cant help myself.

If I will look back though, and take the Viggen, Mirage and Harrier out of the hangar?

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I guess that's true for me. Flight time is limited and the F/A-18 will replace the A-10C as my main DCS module. Until the Apache or Black Hawk come along...

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From time to time i hop over to fly all the different modules. I enjoy all the different aircraft. Make missions, integrate audio files and/or military chatter. It keeps DCS interesting. :D

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The F18 is clearly going to be a great all rounder, however:

- some aircraft can do things that the F18 can’t (eg the viggen is probably a better anti-ship strike aircraft and you can’t land an F18 on a road

- regardless of outright ability we sometimes like to fly something different, eg the F5

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F-18 will be fun to work up into as its capabilities expand (proper SEAD missions will rock) but my first love will always be the A-10C!

 

(And the Harrier is just unique enough to live in its own little corner of the hard drive as well)

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It's got great nosewheel turning, so not sure if reversing would add much. Harpoon when it comes is antiship and comparable. So Viggen is a little bit put out by the news.

 

BUT

 

Depending on the person, people like variation. I think we will see Hornet be flavour of the year for a while, but new shiny things attract (some) people. Remember it's not always about what a module can do, but what individuals enjoy doing. We've seen plenty of kills in F-5 and Mig21 on Blue flag. I've nailed a flanker in the complete dark in a 21, so it's not about taking the "best" but what people want to try out.

The F18 is clearly going to be a great all rounder, however:

- some aircraft can do things that the F18 can’t (eg the viggen is probably a better anti-ship strike aircraft and you can’t land an F18 on a road

- regardless of outright ability we sometimes like to fly something different, eg the F5

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i am not seeing myself using a-10c and fc3 after hornet, tomcat and phantom are released but my huey and mi-8 have huge reputation in my hangar. even watching ai versions of these two make me happy.

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There are also the DLC campaigns to consider. Some of the older modules have a great set of campaigns to fly. My favourite campaign was for the Sabre.

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It certainly won't kill off the others for me.

In DCS I mainly fly only the Spit for WWII and the KA-50 for other stuff. While I own most other modules I just have not devoted the time to truly learn them. If I do probably the Huey will be next to learn of the modules I currently have.

 

However the F-18C, oh yeah - this one I will grab by the horns and start learning it right away when the update does drop. So looking forward to some carrier ops. And really looking forward to doing it in VR.

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With current capabilities, the F/A-18 is an aerobatics plane at the moment. If someone is looking for a ground pounding plane, the F/A-18C still can't fulfill that role.

 

Current capabilities are equal to the M2K, with the exception of the GBU-12 series, which the M2K can't use on its own properly. And, the F/A-18C can land on carriers, which makes it even more useful then a M2K ;)

 

My two cents on the topic, I think people will fairly soon realize that being able to do 'a bit of everything' is not going to cut it. Depending on the scenario obviously, you can't just fully complete it with only Hornets. It might be able to kill of some air targets and then do some ground pounding, but it won't have that much of an impact on the overall mission progress.

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Current capabilities are equal to the M2K, with the exception of the GBU-12 series, which the M2K can't use on its own properly. And, the F/A-18C can land on carriers, which makes it even more useful then a M2K ;)

 

My two cents on the topic, I think people will fairly soon realize that being able to do 'a bit of everything' is not going to cut it. Depending on the scenario obviously, you can't just fully complete it with only Hornets. It might be able to kill of some air targets and then do some ground pounding, but it won't have that much of an impact on the overall mission progress.

For me it's more about specific (historical) scenarios regarding what aircraft to fly and not about what is the best tool for the job. Otherwise there would be no reason at all to fly older and less capable aircraft like the MiG-21, F-5E or the F-86.

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For me it's more about specific (historical) scenarios regarding what aircraft to fly and not about what is the best tool for the job. Otherwise there would be no reason at all to fly older and less capable aircraft like the MiG-21, F-5E or the F-86.

 

Thats one way to look it, but I think people will choose the Hornet for everything now and realize it can do everything but not as well as a Hog can do A2G etc. I myself will also primarily fly the Hornet but will definately not allow for dust to settle on my other modules :)

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Everyone has their own favorite...once in a while one may be tempted by the newest “hottie” that comes along, but at the end of the day you’ll still go to bed with the ol’ lady.

 

Even if she doesn’t have a high AOA and smells of JP-4 during flat spins...

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Hornet will be the chief DCS product, yes, but flying only that one aircraft means missing out on a lot of good stuff.

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