Conclusion: This is what I want in a World War II flight simulator. I want all aspects and all situations that I can possibly have when it comes to this type of game. IL-2 Sturmovik provides you with all of this and more. It takes you into battle; let's you go nuts and pulls you back to help defend your country. You get all aspects of what it's like being a fighter pilot.
Excerpt: . I had heard good things going in and right off the bat, I knew I was looking at a more complete flight game; an action experience that tends to utilize more realistic elements – even when flying in standard Arcade mode – and feels a bit more authentic at every turn. The in-cockpit view alone separates it from the rest of the crowd, and the combination of excellent effects and ultra-smooth (albeit more challenging) control really stands out in my mind.
Conclusion: IL-2 Sturmovik's dogfights and bombing runs are exciting enough to satisfy anyone with an interest in air combat. It successfully caters to both novices and veterans, and it's good to see such a faithful sim appear on a console. The campaign is a little short and would've benefitted from more mission variety, but if you want to experience some great World War II dogfighting on your console, Birds of Prey fits the bill.
Pros: Thrilling dogfighting, Detailed planes and environments, Plenty of unlockable bonus items, Different control schemes cater to newcomers and veterans alike.
Cons: Frame rate drops dramatically during combat, Limited mission variation, Various glitches.
Summary: IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey is based around the large-scale aerial combat and ground military operations of WWII. Players can participate in some of the most famous battles piloting fighters, battle planes and heavy bombers across a range of 50+ missions.
Excerpt: IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey is a mouthful and a guilty pleasure. The European World War II flight simulator series has been released in multiple iterations for the PC over the last decade, but this version marks the first console entry in the series. It's not consistently good and has some issues, but that's not enough to detract from the draw that this game has. It's just too damn fun blowing enemies out of the sky.
Pros: you want to blow stuff out of the sky, the airplane in Battlefield 1943 piqued your interest, you want to see massive air battles on your console
Cons: you don't enjoy guilty pleasure gaming, arcade style and simulation style should be kept apart on the dinner plate, you're easily confused by mission objectives
Conclusion: IL2 has the basics covered and may convert many arcade players to trying the less forgiving difficulties it offers, but even if it doesn’t what IL2 does do is bring the thrill of realistic dog fighting to console gamers, no matter what the experience level and for that it should be commended. A few bugs like screen tearing and frame rate issues hamper the action in some frantic missions, it does nail home the joys and horrors of WW2 flight combat well.
Pros: Frantic large scale battles. excellent damage modelling on aircraft. excellent atmosphere, good online play.