World War 2 Online Revamped!

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  1. Priest

    Priest Getting Started

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    Hi Guys & Gals,

    World War 2 Online has had a recent revamp, and for those of you who might have played it before or who might have shown a passing interest in the game, there's a 14-day free trial happening atm. The best times to play are on weekends during the day, which equates with USA friday, saturday and sunday nights.

    http://www5.playnet.com/bv/wwiiol/filefront_promo.jsp

    My in-game name is Priest, and I'm more than happy to help out with the more complex aspects of this deep 1st-person shooter (either here or in-game).

    Below I've included some link to a few ingame vids that will give you a feel for it.

    Infantry training videos (older footage from older version of game)
    http://www.nintendovillage.com/wwiiol/

    Fighter pilot show-off vids
    http://www.alliedhq.wwiionline.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=33405

    Enjoy!

    Cheers and Beers,
    Ripskrieg
     
  2. Priest

    Priest Getting Started

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    Oops! I forgot to say that I play for the Allied side =)

    Priest
    Lt-Colonel
    French Infantry
    3e Bataillon de Grenadiers-à-Pied
     
  3. Fox

    Fox Clown Administrator Administrator Moderator

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    Moved to other games.

    Thanks for the links.

    I'll look at the T&C's and consider it.

    I was looking at a review about a fortnight ago and I was beginning to wish I got involved from the start.

    How much is the monthly subscription?
     
  4. Priest

    Priest Getting Started

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    G'day Fox, at expiration of 14-day free trial, the game itself costs $19.95 US to download, which also covers the first month of play. Subsequent months are $12.95 US, with the usual discount-type patterns associated with 3mth, 6mth, 1yr subscriptions.

    If you're looking for some semi-coordinated squad action on the weekend, or want to hook up for a quick tutorial on a weeknight, you'll find me on ingame text channel 71.
     
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    Priest Getting Started

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    I'll also post a link here to the squad I belong too, which is arguably the most experienced in the game given that its membership comprises a number of retired Allied High Command Chiefs (who plan and oversee strategy for the whole allied side), and two of the best pilots in the game. Its a recently formed squad, so membership is not difficult to achieve right now, particularly for the Asia-Pacific region timezone.

    http://www.lagardeimperial.com/forum/index.php

    An account with the squad is needed to view the training and tactical forums, primarily because Axis wants to know our current objectives - naturally! :)
     
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    I like the training resources describing the tactics for axis pilots and panzers could come in handy for BF1942.
     
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    Salute Ladies and Gentlemen,

    Priest is a squad mate of mine and he has asked me to come here and inform you all about this game.

    First off I have beenplaying WWIIOL for over 3 years now and I started when it was first launched. The game now and the game then are like black and white.

    I understand that many of you are from fast action FPS games like COD and BF1942 etc and if you require the fast, instant, repetitive action that those gams pervide, then WWIIOL is not for you. You won't find players bunning hopping or sniping you from across the map with a scope while he runs between buildings.

    The game is staged in May of 1940 and there for include the French, British and the Germans. I come from the French side, the under dogs. We have tanks, trucks, ATGs, AAA, Infantry, scout cars, fighters, bombers, fighter-bombers, patrol boats, transpot boats with workable crane for picking up friendly tanks for an island attack, and destroyers.

    The war takes place on a battlefield in half scale (1 km in real life = 1km in WWIIOL.) It is on a single zone (No zones, period, you load into the game world then you can travel from England, to France, to Belgium, to Halland, o Luxembourg and to Germany.) and single server online game. Everyone who is playing is playing on a SINGLE server.

    The game also has a 3km vis limit. You can see trees, buildings and enemy and friendly units from that far away and shoot them depending on your unit. I would like to inform you that there is currently a limit on how many players you can see and it is 64 but the developers are hard at work to get that number up.

    I will also point out the obvious, the graphics in WW2OL do not compare to the graphics in COD in any way and that is because of the size of the game. A COD map or a BF1942 map can be the size of a single city in WW2OL (Probably one of the larger cities though) and we have around 500 cities in the game currently with another 40+ being built right now.

    Now, I am NOT an employee of the game and I get nothing out of you joining except another comrade in arms or another enemy to shoot but I bring this to you all because I believe this is the game many have dreamed of playing and we finally have the chance to make it happen.

    There is a 14 day free trial going on right now as priest mentioned and after that it will cost $19.99 USD for a CD key and another 12.99 a month, but it is TOTALLY worth it and I highly recommend you give it a try.

    I would be more then willing to show any of you guys the game and show you the ropes. There is A LOT to learn to be good at this game and it will take some time, but after awhile, you just can't get enough.

    Feel free to drop me an e-mail at pilotbable@hotmail.com (Subject WWIIOL) or drop a line in my squads forums at www.lagardeimperial.com

    Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy WWIIOL as much as I do!

    Salute!
     
  8. Fox

    Fox Clown Administrator Administrator Moderator

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    Thanks for the post - lengthy and all. Judging by your post and rank, you can't get enough of this game.

    The thing that attracted me, and I may have this wrong, is the mission planning, the goal setting, the persistance of 'the front' - where the results of one mission impact the next (in terms of mission locales I think).

    I read somewhere that as you gain 'experience', you can exercise more influence on a mission - should you choose to. This appeals to strategists like myself.

    The graphics can't compare with latter games and I suspect that the developers don't even try to. They instead concentrate on gameplay and strategy - things I'm prepared to sacrice graphics for.

    If the trial is obligation free, I will indeed give it a bash.
     
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    Yes, very agree with my WWIIOL mates, priest and bable. You'll very soon forget the average graphics and get sucked into the action. Eventhou this game is SOOOO team based (that's what I love about it, that's why I play it), it satisfies all kind of game experiences - instant shoot them up, lonewolfing, team coordinated and team coordinating (being involved in tactics and strategy). See for yourselves. There is 14 day free trial at the moment.

    ..and yes, this game needs more Australasian time zone players. Tasmanians are welcomed too :wink:

    P.S. By the way, the average age of WWIIOL players is in late 20's early 30's.

    P.S.S. At the moment, there are 3 members in our squad playing in Austral time zone, 2 of us from Melbourne and another from Hawai. Priest's (or Ripskrieg's) mate from Newcastle is joining soon, so Priest and I have been discussing and planing some highly organised and specialised squad nights. :twisted: :D

    Beers and Cheers
    Trans
     
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    You must realize that this game is a dream of many and is being updated constantly with a new patch due out sometimes this week I believe.

    Experience in this game is soley on the player. You do not become a stronger player by getting huge amounts of EXP like most RPGs, you actually have to learn what you are doing. I am the French Rifle Trainer and the Rifle (The MAS36) is the only weapon I use. This unit is available to a Private but it all comes down to how you use it. I know people who would have a better chance knifing the enemy then hitting them with the rifle while I can hit an enemy unit from 500m easily.

    There is a whole revamp on the mission and rank system right now which will bring into the game what players have built during the last 3 years. I spent 22 months in the Allied High Command which is the organization that runs the Allied side. There are officers from squads who lead the brigade, then it goes up to Division, then Corps, then Branch, then Theater to finally the CinC of the side. These officers (around 300 about 6 months ago, many more now) planned large operations that were preplanned with large maps and also plans for the immediate map state (attacks that take place in 30 minutes or so).

    A town is also not easily taken. It takes a large force to move the map. About two weeks ago my squad and others teamed up and started moving supply up to the front. We moved 200 pieces of armor to one town and another 100 to another (Thats 10 minute drive atleast). We then teamed up with more units and attacked two towns at once. We ended up taking 4 towns that night and we really put a dent in the Axis assault. It was an awesome day and we all had a blast and really put a hurt on the Axis.

    That is what this game is all about. Large groups of players working together to accomplish a commen goal. There is nothing like standing along a road with your rifle in hand and watch a huge armor column go by and you just know your enemy is going to scream. The sounds, the dust, the sheer volume of players and the huge world, that is what a war simulation is all about.
     
  11. Fox

    Fox Clown Administrator Administrator Moderator

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    I'm sold.

    I'll d/l it Sun or Mon. If I see enough teamplay and enough players in my timezone then I'll give it a bash for a month. That will probably make me an addict. It doesn't take much. :lol:

    Think of my longer term career for a moment - if I sign up, are there any life or death decisions I should know about in advance.

    Like, if I join Axis, I obviously can't play along side you (but against you :twisted: ). Are there any other things I need to know about?
     
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    Hook up with a squad. That is probably the most important thing. Squads are the basis for teamplay and organized fun. In game we use channel 71 and we also use teamspeak 2 for voice comms. Feel free to join us and we can show you around during your free trial. There is a TON of things to learn.

    PS don't get frustrated if you don't get many kills. It takes a lot of time and 5 kills in a single run is really good, especially if you haven't been playing the game for a long time.
     
  13. Priest

    Priest Getting Started

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    There are small actions during our weeknights, Fox, and much bigger ones during the day (US evening). From my point of view as an Australian player, the weekend daytime is the time that i see almost a ten-fold action increase. This is not to say that weeknights are dull! :)

    You are not locked in to one side or the other. You can change at any time. Most serious players (and most are serious) are loyal to a particular side, and they belong to a 'squad' (eg clan) which receives orders to fulfill from high command. Once you get to know people, you'll likely be accused of being a spy at one point or another if you often change sides, because every persons stats show who killed you/who you killed. You cant hide :). My advice is to pick a name that will not be mistaken for Axis or Allied. e.g if u settle on Allied side and you're name is Rommel or Himler, theres gonna be constant questions asked of you.

    Having said that, theres no character creation to muck up, and no mistake you can intially make that you cant undo. The biggest mistake i think one can possibly make is to join a squad thats not right for you. You can only be a member of one squad at a time.

    My suggestion would be to play with a few squads, and try them out. See which ones you like and which ones annoy you. But please do join La Garde Imperial for an action or two before you make your decision.

    Personally, I'd love to see you on the allied side, as more players during our weeknights would greatly help us. We hold our own, and of course theres usually a bucketload of greybies to shoot at, but sometimes axis makes moves in numbers we just cant hold back - until the weekend when we move in with our superior leaders and take it all back again. I really enjoy the challenge of the allied, which I guess is why i enjoy playing the french because they're even more challenging lol, and i guess i enjoy shredding panzers with my m3a3 Stuart, or sneaking up and sapping them much more than i ever enjoyed driving a panzer... theres such a sense of accomplishment at taking out those great grey masterpieces.


    Hmm, im starting to rave...this game is sorely under-appreciated!
    Enough from me!
     
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    Karmajay Retired Advisor

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    Sounds interesting. I'm going to check out the videos and look over it.

    Do you guys have a US section also?

    Thanks for all the info!
     
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    Oh boy...jumped in after a brief getting to know my infantry guy ( I guess it takes a joystick to use any vehicle?)...pretty darned big.

    Had no idea what I was doing, could not find any enemies...I can definitely see big battlkes being very fun.

    I guess I'll try to read some more and then jump back in...
     
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    Priest Getting Started

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    Hi karma, so glad you're giving it a go!

    As bable said, theres a lot to learn isnt there :) Whats your ingame name? Bable's my infantry commander and trainer, he's located in California, and he really enjoys showing people the ropes. Reply here, and he'll arrange a time to meet you ingame, drag you into teamspeak, and get your heart pumping with a coordinated action.

    You can drive all the vehicles with keyboard, planes being the exception.
    Once you get used to the Keymapper function, you can set up the controls to your satisfaction. Go to the link below, and download the "premade cfml files", then follow the instructions to replace the old files with these. They make for much easier vehicle control with keyboard. Many people use these, with some personal modifications.

    http://www.4n4rchy.com/spoon/downloads.htm


    Not many vehicles are available until you hit the rank of segeant however. And you obtain separate rank for Infantry/Tanks, Navy and Airforce.
     
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    My in game name is Karmajay.

    I'd be glad to jump on anytime to learn some stuff, thanks!
     
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    Yes, our US time zone unit within our squad is the largest. We usually field from 10 on slow nights up to 30 on good nights. It all depends.

    Make sure to tune 71 and ask where we are.

    Finding an enemy can be hard at first, then when you get the hang of it you will smack yourself because you keep running into them when you don't want to. :)
     
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    I am a fighter pilot and would be keen to join a Squadron to try this during the trial.

    As a rookie pilot, would I get an opportunity to fly (given you say vehicles are only available to seargents and above) before the two week trial runs out?

    Bable, do the french and your squad in particular have an active air force (Hurricane IIcs?)? Or are the asia pacific time zone mainly ground pounders?

    Flying in a squadron would be the only incentive to tear me away from Desert Combat and BF1942/BFv in general.
     
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    I'm happy to ground pound.

    Don't like noisey vehicles.

    I'm in for co-ordinated ground assaults on an objective. I'll certainly be on channel 71 (when I work out what that means :lol:) and shout out. I'm sure I'd enjoy joining your squad permanently if I get hooked.

    You've all been generous with your answers but if I can ask two more :-

    - will I be able to change my name after creation? I'm guessing not. It's just that Fox is very common and it's probably taken already. Do you have a TAG in-game to identify your clan/squad? Could I prepend/postpend my name with your TAG?

    - what happens when one dies? Are there fast and rapid respawns every few seconds? Do you wait out the rest of the round (are there rounds)? Do you log off and come back a few hours later (like one life per night/day)?

    Thx guys - if I weren't busy in R/L I'd be playing right now ... :eek:
     

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