Reviews and Problems with IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey
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IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey
6 October 2009
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.
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.
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 was one of the finest flight sims ever created for the PC, and with Birds of Prey, the series finally makes the jump to consoles. Thankfully, it makes concessions to its new audience with a very accessible arcade difficulty level while also offering the full-on simulator experience...
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.
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
Excerpt: Publisher 1C and developer 505 Games have teamed up to deliver the latest installment in the long-running Il-2 Sturmovik series, Birds of Prey. You'll take to the skies once again in a game that retains its flight simulator roots, but at the same time caters to newcomers.
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.
Pros: Frantic large scale battles. excellent damage modelling on aircraft. excellent atmosphere, good online play.