This is my first post here. I registered because I thought this was the best place to start, so here I go...
One of the first games I played on my 386 was F-15 Strike Eagle III followed by F-177A Stealth Fighter. This is where my "sim" experience starts. Later, I moved to ATF Gold, Fighters Anthology, and briefly Longbow 2. FA was the LAST flight sim I played, and that was over 12 years ago. I remember using the 714 lib for FA, really extended the life of that game.
Now, I'd like to get back into combat flight sims. I prefer to play a sim that can be enjoyed multiplayer (co-op or vs.), and where you have the choice of flying at least 5 different aircraft. With that said, here are my questions:
1) What sim would you recommend for me, that has a decent multiplayer community, and meets my requirements above?
2) I have a Radeon 4870x2 with dual DVI outputs, and was wondering if I could hook up 2 more VGA monitors to it, in addition to my current LCD (DVI)?
3) My soundcard is an X-Fi Forte, but I need a gameport for my MS Sidewinder 3d Pro, so I was wondering if installing an old sound card alongside the Forte would mess things up? I only need the gameport really...
4) What's the best HOTAS for combat flight sims? I like the CH fighterstick/throttle and TM Cougar, but I've never tried any of those, and would appreciate suggestions, recommendations, and so on. Probably won't be getting one now (lacking $$$), but I will later this year.
I think I'll stop now...heh.
I appreciate any help and advice you can give. Thanks!