FHSW 0.552 released!
After a long wait the FHSW devs have finally released version 0.552. There was also 0.55 and 0.551 but I skipped them because they were very buggy and laggy and the devs said they would release a bugfix very soon.
I'll list all the news since the last release to give you an quick overview of what has been added:
- T28/T95 GMC Super Heavy Tank
- M24 Chaffee + T24E1
- Flakpanzer IV Wirbelwind + T77MGMC
- Tiger remodelled + Sturmtiger + rare Tiger variants
- Aichi E16A1 + Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa
- Japanese handheld AT weapons
- Huge landing crafts for the IJN and US Navy
But there are also a lot of things added which haven't been mentioned in any news yet or we didn't cover properly on moddb like the new Panzer II late variants or Japanese tankettes. Also see the pictures below for some examples.
(thanks to MinefieldJoe for the translation)
New level bombing mechanic
One huge gamplay related addition is the new bombing sight which allows proper level bombing for heavy bombers. On the minimap you can see two new icons which show the current position of your plane (reticle) in relation to the horizon (half blue/black circle).
If you go for a bombing run both indicators you have to be aligned which means your plane flies level.
Use then the bombing sight (left mouse click) to aim at your target. The center of the reticle is where the bombs will approximately hit.
Be aware that bombers with this new bomb sight can't be used as dive bomber anymore. Because of a built-in game mechanic you'll always miss the target. Practice and stay over the clouds! Then flak and fighters will have a hard time shooting you down.
How to install?
Please follow the instructions of this guide.
In short, you need:
- Battlefield 1942 1.61b (CD) or 1.62 (Origin)
- Forgotten Hope 0.7
- Forgotten Hope Fan Mappack 6
- Forgotten Hope Secret Weapon 0.552
As you've probably heard Gamespy shut down the online support for BF1942 which means either your game locks up or it doesn't show any servers when updating the in-game server browser. But as always the community puts EA to shame and within days a solution was available, huge thanks to the creator s[sk]. I included the fix into the FHSW installer so no additional steps are required to play online. Go to here if you want some information about the changes he did.
Where to play?
As you might or might not know FHSW is a pure multiplayer mod, the game crashes if you try to play singleplayer. There are two servers but you'll only see players on them on specific times.
The European server hosts events regularly with a lot of people participating the next one is right around the corner, see you there! To avoid any timezone confusion use this timer as reference:
Alternatively there's the Japanese server which is always full at about 8pm Japanese time. Be aware that you'll get kicked with a high ping which you usually have when connecting from Europe or the America East.