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F18 Campaign Recommendations


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Hi All

I've just finished all of the training and core missions in the standard DCS F18 and Super Carrier modules, and am now thinking of buying a couple of paid for add-on campaigns.

Does anyone have any recommendations?  Are there any 'must do' campaigns?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions

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My number 1 recommendation doesn't involve the carrier, but has a great story and excellent, highly detailed supporting material: Operation Cerberus North

After that, I recommend the Raven One campaigns, which are both carrier-based.

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I’m just finishing Operation Cerberus North and agree it is really good….finding targets and avoiding air defence are challenging through most of it without being impossible for a novice like me. Final mission is really beating me at the moment as it seems like it’s never the same…probably just my frustration :-)

I didn’t get any major AI issues but I know some campaigns are suffering due to core DCS AI bugs in Open Beta. So if you are also in Beta OCN is a good option.

I did the free Serpent’s head before, although not very well, so I’m planning to try Serpent’s head 2 next rather than Raven One as I’ve not mastered AAR yet.

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In no particular order:

Raven One
Raven One Dominant Fury
Bold Cheetah
Operation Cerberus North

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Badger's campaigns are excellent especially for new Hornet flyers. They start off not too complex and gain in complexity the further you go. I have learned a lot flying his campaigns.

There is currently the freeware The Serpents Head campaign, a nice 6 mission introduction, then there is the pay-ware follow up - The Serpents Head 2 which is fantastic. And then there is Rise of the Persian Lion which is also great. I have had many hours of fun and learned a lot from flying these three campaigns. All utilize the Super Carrier which I love!

 


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8 hours ago, dburne said:

Badger's campaigns are excellent especially for new Hornet flyers. They start off not too complex and gain in complexity the further you go. I have learned a lot flying his campaign

Concurr.  Excellent Hornet missions and voice work on the payware.

Also, and no small point, very easy on VR FPS.


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Serpent Head 1 (free) and 2 (excellent), maybe Bear Trap (free)

Then, after getting some experience: "Oil in the Water" (free)  and "Rise of the Persian Lion" 

Then, after getting much more experiece: Raven 1 

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I bought Raven One first and found it to be a bit of a challenge for a low time pilot like me. I am enjoying the hell out of Persian Lion and it has greatly improved my understanding and knowledge about the systems on the Hornet. I also recommend Rising Squall for the training mission that comes with it. I’m really looking forward to finishing Persian Lion before jumping into Rising Squall. I think after that I will be ready for Raven One.


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+1 on all that has been said (except Serpent Head 1&2, too "arcady" for me, but it's a matter of taste). Note that most require additional maps (Persian Gulf and Syria) and usually Supercarrier too. I can't recommend Bold Cheetah enough, it's free and on-par with if not better than most paid stuff.

I'll just add two free campaigns (from the User Files) : Eastern Friendship (Hornet Edition) and Interceptor, both on the Caucasus map. Ground ops. Ah, and Operation Resolute Spear, somewhat repetitive but good practice, for Syria and Supercarrier.

Have fun !

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1 hour ago, BuzzLine said:

I'll just add two free campaigns (from the User Files) : Eastern Friendship (Hornet Edition) and Interceptor, both on the Caucasus map. Ground ops. Ah, and Operation Resolute Spear, somewhat repetitive but good practice, for Syria and Supercarrier.

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