posted by NightFuryP51 (FEDERALSBURG, MD) Sep 8, 2012
Member since Sep 2012
I love this game! I really love the detail and the graphics. The damage is cool and more realistic. Also i like how oil gets on your screen when you get too close to an aircraft explosion haha. Also when your too close to an explosion on the ground the plane shakes. It's really a nice game. The campaign is not too long or too short. It also has shorter single missions to do. Overall a must buy or rent!! :D
posted by Markus1142 (SOMERVILLE, NJ) Dec 30, 2011
Member since Oct 2010
Il-2 Sturmovik isn't a bad game, per se. The WWII premise is factual, and not completely ridiculous. The controls aren't the best, but the planes are flyable. It doesn't have the kind of major bugs that other titles have that render a game unplayable - it just isn't any fun to play.
Targeting enemy planes is a nightmare; even when you have your reticle in the "lead indicator" box, it's a total crapshoot if you hit the target or not. I had better luck ignoring the indicators and half the time shot planes down by aiming somewhere other than where the game told me to.
The audio is forgettable, the cutscene dialogue and narration is ludicrously bad, and despite having very unpolished graphics, several scenes include close-ups of ground units that leave you with the impression that you're fighting over a grade school diorama, rather than WWII Europe. Add in the fact that there seems to be no checkpoint system, and you have a rather poorly designed game (although a difficulty setting with unlimited continues does help.)
Most air combat games (since they can't truly be called flight simulators) have several flaws or a learning curve that need to be overcome in order to enjoy the game within; there are simply too many here to deal with, and the game within is just not good enough to justify the frustrations.
Ace Combat remains the gold standard of what an air combat game should look, sound, feel, and play like. It's obvious Il-2 doesn't have the budget or developer pedigree that Namco's Project Aces team has, but there are plenty of worthy WWII air combat titles out there that can stand out in the crowd on their own merits. Fans looking for a taste of history should check out Blazing Angels instead.