Summary: Even with a 1GB Radeon HD6450 (Inspiron 620 - 4 3MHz cores and 8GB RAM), I still need to have all graphics settings on low to get a marginal frame rate (about nine fps). Do not purchase unless you have a high-end graphics card. For Radeon it would be a Radeon HD x800 or x900 series. With the HD6450 I have, the game is not playable. Frame rate is too low and with all settings on low, many dials and controls are too blurry to use.
Summary: It never worked smoothly in '98 nor in '07. The old flight simulators for the PC do not work with XP and may not work in Vista. The ads call them "classics" and they are, if you still run Windows '98. There are not any workable sims for XP-don't waste your monies!
Summary: I purchased this yoke thinking that I would get a better flight experience with MSFS but the responsivness of the yoke is terrible. I had an older version from several years ago and it had the same problems. I was hoping that they had improved their product, but it is basically the same yoke that they had 10 years ago with a couple of extra buttons aded. They need to develop a better slide mechanism so that there is a smooth transition when climbing or decending.
Summary: As far as I can tell this is exactly the same game as IL2 1946 but with fewer aircraft. 1946 is available for £2.99 so save yourself some money. As a combat sim the game play is very protracted with long flights between action where nothing happens. The sudden death action throws you back to the start which after several mins at hyper speed to get to the action is a bit daunting.
Summary: The flight sim community has not yet grabbed hold of Cliffs of Dover, and it still has a lot of potential. The AI controlled aircraft on the opposing team don't use evasive action when you attack them, they just fly straight. There are patches and updates available, but still there is a lot to be done with this simulator.
Summary: Unless you have a $3K+ net-new state-of-art gamer PC, this new installment of the IL2 series is little different from the original IL2 released over 10 years ago. Gameplay and controls are nearly identical. High-end hardware will in theory allow you to set graphics to the max and get visuals improved over the original. However, I only have a 3 years old Quad-core with a 1 year old high-end graphics card and therefore have to set everything to minimum.
The original version of the best flight sim. You want 1946
R. Court, Amazon
22 January 2009
Summary: This is the start of the IL*2 series. The missions from this are included in "1946", along with the missions from Pacific Fighters and the Campaigns from Forgotten Battles, and everything else from any other version of IL*2.