Welcome to live release pilots! (Update 11-16-13)
Ok, so we have a lot of tips and tricks, but a lot of them are geared towards experienced players. I thought we might try and consolidate a list of tips and tricks for the new guy who has never had a joystick in their hand.
1) Don't fly straight
2) Look around you at the start of the match, and don't maneuver immediately without knowing where your teammates are around you.
3) If someone is flying at you, and higher than you, pulling up is a bad idea. Either fly straight, or dive underneath them.
4) If someone is flying at you, and lower than you, diving down is a bad idea. Either fly straight, or pull up.
5) Get a joystick, that is how planes are meant to be flown. (Personal opinion, many will disagree.)
6) Don't try and dog fight a Ground Attack (GA) or Heavy Fighter (HF) (HF against a Light Fighter (LF) )
7) Practice, practice, practice. Get with a more experienced pilot, and have them help you out. Get in training rooms and practice killing bots. No, the bots are not very "realistic" in terms of what players will do, but they are a great place to start.
8) Bombs and rockets slow your plane down. They serve a purpose, but bear this in mind when you put them on your plane.
9) Bombs and rockets make your plane less maneuverable. They serve a purpose, but bear this in mind when you put them on your plane.
10) LF should try to take out other LF and HF first. Watch for the Boom and Zoom (BnZ) from the HF.
11) If you are flying a HF, your most effective attack against other aircraft is the BnZ.
12) GA, after you drop your bombs, help your team the best you can. If they are behind in supremacy, knock out some more ground targets (GT) to reset the timer, and get your team back in. BnZ other aircraft as the opportunity comes. If your team is ahead on supremacy, go help by BnZ other enemy planes.
13) Don't fly into trees, towers, lines, and the like when flying near the ground, they do damage your plane, and can cause you to crash.
14) Do not follow anyone on a bomb run low and close behind them. If you are in the blast radius of the bomb, you will be killed.
15) If you are in an aircraft with a Tail Gunner (TG), and being pursued, maneuver so that your TG can fire at your pursuer. Getting close to the ground, and using slow yaw turns can be helpful with this, but also makes you easier to hit.
16) When firing, fire in short bursts to help keep guns from overheating, and lead your targets. The red aiming circle is a guide, and not 100% accurate. (I will be happy to explain the reasons for this more, but that discussion gets more advanced, and not meant for this list.) Try to hold your fire until you are within 500 meters, you will be far more accurate.
17) In a Dogfight/Turnfight, and you are outnumbered, don't try to focus on a single target, but keep rapidly maneuvering your plane, and firing only at targets of opportunity.
18) When selecting an enemy to shoot down, getting the one on your teammate's tail is more important to the overall team victory/success than killing the enemy your teammate is already working on and has smoking. IE, clearing your teammate's tail is more important than "stealing the kill."
(help me out guys, I know there are more, and will add them to the list, this is what is immediately coming to mind though.)
Edited by JarethG, 16 November 2013 - 01:43 PM.