Summary: the best plane fight sim i've found yet for the PS3, but it's also a great arcade game. i wasn't able to try the multiplayer because i don't know anyone that owns the game, and the public servers are ghost towns.
Summary: Comparing Birds of Pray with Birds of Steel. I would prefere to start the mission at the airfield instead of aloft. Also,the controls are not as sentive as I would like. At age 84, my hands shake a lot, which slows down the reaction time required to get results.
Summary: I 1st played IL2 on the PC a few years back, even was in an online squad. I was amazed with what the game/sim could do. The graphics where out standing the flight models seemed to dead on. It even had a mission builder w/ the PC version. As for the PS3 version I have to say that they did a very good job with the conversion, the graphis are still some of the best I've seen, each plane type has its own quirks.
Summary: I got this game as a gift for my boyfriend. He really seems to like it and plays it quite often. He also plays it online with his friend I think. I'm not too playstation savy, but he seems to think it plays well and has good graphics.
Summary: This game, for as inexpensive as it is, is a must have. I use the Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas X Flight Stick and will often just lose myself in the game. The graphics are very good, the controls are good and the story is engaging and very educational. You should be able to find the aforementioned flight stick for under $30 on occasion so keep an eye out and pick up one with this game. The flight stick will work with Appache Air Assault and other flight games as well.
Summary: Not a true sim where you'd have working gauges, etc. but aside from that the graphics and action is great. My Hotas flight stick works perfectly with this game. Some of the missions are a booger to complete. When you are stuck after trying a few dozen times Google for help and there are game forums that will give you good tips for getting through it.