Slipper <S> Sir!
I run both the original and the Matrix edition of this fantastic game. IMHO it is purely a matter of personal choice as to whether the Matrix version is “Worth getting”. However I have been playing both for many years and there are a few actual reasons you might consider obtaining the Matrix rebuild. Bare in mind that I exclusively run the Allies, for my own personal reasons so my views are from that distinct perspective.
The “Dover Dash” of your P-38’s in the MTO for the Allies has been fixed by the Matrix version. This is where your P-38 FG’s at some point in their mission in the MTO turn Northward and fly to Dover then return to the MTO. Flying over numerous Flak concentrations along the way. Both very costly and extremely frustrating. Tremendous thanks to the Matrix crew for killing this beast!....
In the original game for the Allies you only have 2 waypoints to the target and 2 waypoints on your return from the target. This makes it extremely challenging to avoid Flak concentrations while navigating to and from your targets. In the Matrix version you have 4 waypoints to the target and 4 waypoints from the target. This is quite adequate to avoid Flak and hit your targets. In the original game this elicited thoughts in my mind of wishing for 5 minutes alone in a room with a big stick and the Developer of the original game that determined this feature was acceptable for release. Again many Thanks to the Matrix crew for making this Trivial change that has extremely profound effects to this fantastic game.
Another feature of the Matrix version is the Electronic Warfare features actually work. EW features like FuG, Serrate and AI Mk XX on the various Night Fighters actually get many locks, engage and both the Allies and Luftwaffe get kills. This IMHO adds significant enhancements to this game. Yes I actually like it when I get my buns handed to me by Luftwaffe Night fighters because it forces me to adapt, innovate and overcome. I find it very exhilarating to watch them interact in my Night Bombing and Intruder operations. With the various Allied radar interdiction EW platforms I can actually shut down regions of both Freya and Mammut radar on my Night operations and my RCM AC are much more effective at seducing Luftwaffe Night Fighters away from my actual Bomber streams. My Night Fighters are much more effecting at engaging various NJG squadrons. Again, <S> to the Matrix crew for this.
The Matrix version has tremendously improved the capabilities of the Allied Recon operations. In the original game you could only designate a Primary and a Secondary Recon target. The Matrix rebuild allows you to designate a Primary Recon target then by adjusting your RTB course very near other targets your Recon AC will attempt to Photo Recon up to about 3 or 4 targets they fly close enough to. This allows you, if intelligently utilized, to greatly reduce the number of Mission slots you use for operations allocated to Recon and freeing them up for other types of operations. Recall there is a hard limit of Missions of 200. So this little feature really opens up the possibilities. That is, IF, you realize the value of Recon. I really love this feature and this, IMHO, has really increased my enjoyment of this game. Thanks Matrix !!
Matrix has also really cleaned up and made significant corrections to the AC, Target and Weapons Data over the original release. I do disagree with a few of their changes, but those are really quite trivial. But an Editor can make easy work of that if you are so inclined.
The Matrix crew has also really improved the overall presentation of the game and many of the bugs associated with the look and feel of the game. Tremendous improvements and enhancements IMHO. Again <S> to the Matrix crew for their fine work.
So at the end of the day it still comes down to Personal Preference. Just because I say these features are significant does not mean you will agree with me. To you they may be Trivial or meaningless. Always keep in mind this important caveat, “Results May Vary”. What you value may not be what I value. So the Choice is Yours. Make it and I hope you enjoy your choice.
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