Epic gaming moments

Written by Antony Leather

August 11, 2009 | 07:58

Tags: #battlefield-2 #flight-sim #fps #il2-sturmovik

Companies: #game

A few months ago after searching for a new game to get my teeth into, I revisited an old friend and was soon hooked on Battlefield 2 again.

It's years since it was first released, but the servers are still teeming and my G36E felt just like it used to. What's more, it's one of the few games I've played that seems to have no problem generating epic moments, which is one of the main reasons why I love it.

One such moment happened a few nights ago. On the map Operation Cleansweap, myself and two other soldiers were defending the shoreline and picking off individual enemies with our sniper rifles when from across a bay appeared an armoured personnel carrier (APC) - Uh Oh! [break] Our jet had missed it on its last bombing run and it immediately spotted us and sent a few cannon volleys our way. They're pretty deadly to infantry so we huddled down behind some bushes hoping it might pass us by.

At that moment another soldier equipped with an anti-tank missle sprinted up beside us, kneeled down to steady himself (in full view of the APC, while we, err, valiantly huddled in fear) and proceeded to take out the APC with a well aimed shot. For that moment I got a glimpse of what being in a successful armed engagement might feel like.

Epic gaming moments
The APCs in Battlefield 2 are fast, amphibious and deadly

Another favourite game of mine is IL-2 Sturmovik. This is another game that over the years has given me plenty of epic moments but one sticks out as being particularly crazy. Flying a variant of the IL-2, I'd come out the other end of an epic engagement having strafed and rocketed scores of tanks all while taking quite a bit of damage to my aircraft.

Those of us that were left headed for home dodging the odd German fighter. All of a sudden we came across a formation of enemy bombers returning home that were several thousand feet above us. With my engine on its last legs, my guns depleted and just two volleys of rockets left I fired them off in the direction of the bombers allowing for plenty of lead so the rockets had a chance of getting somewhere near them.

Epic gaming moments
Rockets are normally used for ground targets but can prove effective against aircraft too.

About 15 seconds later, I spotted an explosion in the direction my rockets had gone. I actually hit one! Not only that but the explosion had damaged another one which began to lose altitude and eventually crash landed. Muhahaha!

All games have their faults and I can name a few with both of the above games. However, sometimes even the worst games can have moments of sheer awesomeness that stick with you forever. Now of course, it's over to you - what are some of your magic gaming moments?
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