gamers (100%) found this review helpful
IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds Of Prey is arguably one of the strangest releases in recent years, as the core of the game, simulation, is an unlockable and not immediately available on booting up. Forget Arcade mode, it shows you none of the series' genius as every plane handles like an F-22 and is armed and armored like an M-1 tank. Its in Simulation that BoP stands out, by faithfully reproducing the flight characteristics of tons of beautifully modelled WW2 warbirds. Quite simply there isn't another game like BoP in the history of consoles, EVER. Sure its not easy, but when you actually pull off a rolling scissors without stalling and your opponent rushes past you and into your gunsights, you know that you've really achieved something. The multiplayer has its hiccups (though the BoP dev team has been very responsive to the community and is working hard on improvements) as of now, but on the whole its a lot of fun and remarkably free of obnoxious 13 yr olds. Long story short, if you are looking for a game that plays itself for you, DO NOT RENT BIRDS OF PREY. However, if you belong to that shrinking category of players whom maintain the now quaint notion that good games take time to become good at, then you should absolutely rent this title as soon as possible. Also it looks real pretty.
posted by HSAlphaWlf (FORT MYERS, FL) Sep 15, 2009
Member since May 2006
gamers (95%) found this review helpful
IL-2 Sturmovik is a well-crafted, and impressively executed flight sim. While the option of an arcade difficulty is included in the game and makes it slightly more accessible to the Crimson Skies/Blazing Angels crowd, the game is definitely geared toward those who like their flight games as realistic as possible. The plane selection is excellent, with a good variety of Axis (German) and Allied (British, Russian, and US) birds available to use. The planes handle very well, and based on the input of a real-life pilot I am friends with, pretty accurately. There have been some reviews complaining about "jerkiness" in the planes, but that is a characteristic of the era. With a decent mission variety, and a decent story, the game pulls you through the campaign, although you won't be hanging on every word in the cutscenes. If you enjoy cutthroat dogfighting, and WWII period aircraft, this is definitely a strong contender. I would recommend that any serious ace consider getting a flight-stick, as it greatly improves the experience.
gamers (90%) found this review helpful
Their is nothing like getting into a realistic type game and it actually being realistic! Get behind your favorite WW-II plane, mine being the liquid-cooled supercharged V-12, 1,490 hp, North American P-51 Mustang D up against the Luftwaffe it a all out dog fight over the battle of the bulge! Now the game has a lot of good things about it, if you're into realistic games, but it also has the basic arcade future.
Arcade - You know you're basic controls, can do un-realistic stuff such as climb as much altitude as the game will let you, turn on a dime, recover from a stall faster, unlimited ammo/fuel and just basic things like that.
Realistic - It's slightly harder, controls a little more shakey but not all that bad to get used to, you won't be able to turn as quickly with out stalling, stalling spins your plane out of control and must get control back, and you have a option for unlimited ammo/fuel or limited.
Simulator - Is that hardest and probably should have been called "Realistic". I have not learned this mode yet but I practice from time to time. It's always in the cockpit view, no radar, no target indicator, you stall very easily even in a slight turn or climb. But I am determined to get the hang of this game.
I can not judge on online elements because of my current situation of where I live, for this I am sorry.
The story line takes you from Battle of Briton, the skies over Stalingrad and back over Berlin. Their is single mission, this is more of what it would it would be like to be a real pilot. You don't always go fill the sky with with lead but perform tasks but most of the time it's attacking but sometimes you get to do other things. For Example, on the Battle of Briton their is one where you have returned from a bombing and you just have to fly to the air field, but another is you defend against a bunch of Stuka Dive Bombers.
I give it a 9/10 because it didn't it didn't have a high resolution cut scenes, it just has game graphics, which is still good!