I want to get hold of the FJC mod for RB3D but at $30 from their ebay store that frankly seems pretty steep for a 7-year old mod, let alone a 13-year old game! i don't want to cheat the makers of FCJ of there hard work but is there anywhere else to get it cheaper?
As things would have it I have a copy of FCJ,purchased years ago. As I was just able to get RB3d running on my 64 bit system.thanks to GOG. I have instaled FCJ and played it for 2 days just this week.
Let me tell you I had forgotten how awful FCJ really was.
Don't get me wrong,the planes are super beautiful. The downside is that FCJ ruined gameplay by making it so hard to score a kill. They "hardened" the planes so much that it is nearly impossible to score a kill. You can turn up the bullet mass density to a full 250 via FCJ's control panel but it makes little difference. For example I did a Fly Now mission pitting a Spad XIII against a Hanley Page Bomber. With unlimited ammo turned on it took me a full 20 minutes to shoot it down. This with opponet set at novice level.
What this means in game play is that campaigns will be very frustrating. FCJ could do nothing about curbing the way AI fly your opponets. They zoom around ignoring the laws of physics. Lets say you are flying an Albatros and run into a flight of Neiuport IIs. You should be able to defeat them rather easily but not in FCJ. They zoom around like jet aircraft while you plod along barely able to make headway. In other words..your first mission will likely be your last.
So for my 2 cents worth be glad that you can't get hold of a copy. I know a lot of people will probably disagree with this but there it is, I've played RB since it first came in the very beginning. For me FCJ is great eye candy but not much more than that.