Getting the Feel for Aircraft
After creating an account and logging in, we got to the main screen. Here, we could choose from the five available countries (America, Germany, Japan, England and the Soviet Union) to view the aircraft we were allowed to use, view the tutorials and access all of the other features in-game.
Naturally, we went right for the tutorial because we wanted to get to know our aircraft before jumping head-first into a dog fight. The tutorials themselves were easy to understand and slowly led us through the basics steps of getting our aircraft off of the ground. Once we had completed the first three (the basics of flying), the next few tutorials showed us how to perform certain maneuvers, such as dive bombing, which would make us much more effective in combat. In fact, we found the tutorials to be one of the most informative and easy-to-follow we have ever experienced.
The First Dogfight… of Many
Once in-game, we immediately noticed the sheer number of players. The sky was filled with little black dots that were our teammates and our enemies. Because we were a very low level at this point (read: level 1), there was really only one scenario available to us that had us shooting down enemy aircraft and destroying lightly-armored ground targets.