The BOBII learning curve can be a bit high. Here is the order of learning I recommend but take your time (BOBII is a hobby to many and not just a game):
1. learn to fly well and get around the map
2. learn to control the sim's keys, options, features, and setting (use the users manual)
3. master combat in Instant Action (using skills from #1 and #2 above) and learn the BOBII padlock system
4. master the campaign (the top of the BOBII ladder and the most rewarding, IMHO) Skills learn in #1, #2, and #3 will pay big dividens so you can focus on learning the campaign. Completing a campaign is super and winning a campaign is the best.
My advices for those throwing themselves into the heat of real battles for the first time(s).
1. Automatic pitch control helps you at the beginning. At the point of making yourself good enough to face massive battles the automatic pitch control is your disadvantage. Do whatever you can to get yourself an extra axis to map the pitch/CSU control. If you fly 1A varsions of both Spits and Hurris you don't need an extra axis since you have only max coarse and max fine settings which can be mapped to keys of your choice!
I think I can spare you talking about how helpful it is to have rudder pedals instead of twisted joystick grip.
2. Master squadron take offs.
3. Squadron landings - make yourself aware how the AI sqdn members taxi after they land. Do your pancaking and observe. Then you'll know which part of the base is the least crowded.
3a. Master the padlock system. You'll have a lot targets to pick from back and forth. Plus remember the F5 view.
4. Learn how to use autopilot if you're not into 45 minutes flying and 5 minutes of dogfight. I use it like this (if I wan't to get the most of action and the least of cruising):
- take off and join the formation
- Ctrl+A to engage "autopilot"
- M to enter the Map choose
- '1' for accelerate
- '5' for home
- keep your eye on the map. If targets appear near you press '0' to exit acceleration and map soon enough
5. Know your Sqdn callsign (Jaunty, Caleb, ...) and position in the formation (I always fly as Blue2) and listen to what the leader is saying.6. Engaging massive formations:
a) YOUR SIX o'clock is your priority! Chck it often both by using snap views and by zig-zaging
b) don't fly straight or very smooth
c) try to fly in proximity of your squadmates
d) picking your first target - pick it up, get close to him and fire as soon as possible!
- before you pass by enemy formation go 45 deg ascend, flip on your back and pick a target using the best field of vision you can possibly have
- don't turn on them too late or you'll end up chasing a target with higher initial speed
- you choose a target at your buddy's six first!
- then lone targets
- targets already engaged as with the lowest priority
- CHECK YOUR SIX EVEN AFTER THE FIRST TURN INTO BATTLE and keep doing it often
7. Refresh your sqdn position information using radio and F5 view
8. If your out of ammo you don't go home. Help squadmates distracting their targets flying by closely or making fake engagements.
9. Watch for friendly collisions.
10. If your squade mates engage a target in a turn fight it is preferred you choose vertical engagement. Choosing turning fight same as already engaging aircrafts can put you in the same position at the same time as your squadmates meaning ... collision
11. Use help command only if you really need help.
12. When you hear someone begging for help and you are not directly engaged check the call using F5 key.
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