Exhibit - Total Air War
Well, I won my first campaign in TAW last night. It's possible that this is the first campaign I have EVER completed in a sim (I think I may have completed one in Marine Fighters back in '95, not sure.
The TAW campaign was "Urgent Shield" which has the US and Russia defending Eritrea against Ethiopia, backed by China. It's a "one star" (easy!) campaign (there are 10 campaigns in all, up to 4 star difficulty), and I won it after 63 game-hours -- two phases, the anti-EWR/C4 phase (degrade by 20% in 15 hours) and the anti-air forces phase (degrade by 60%).
Allied losseswere rather brutal too -- this was no Desert Storm! I actually lost more missions than I won, of the F-22 flights (won 12, failed 26 -- but you fail if you eject or don't land at your home base, even if you meet all the other objectives -- and the AWACS you kill is still dead, even if you "fail"). I won most of the many AWACS missions I flew. My active pilot now has 196 kills and several medals (but also 17 KIA's!). When the air force losses reached 63%, Eritrea and China called a cease fire and I got a "you won the war" screen. Cool!