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  • Summary: Oleg Maddox's Il-2 Sturmovik series of flight simulators continues to expand. The latest offering, Il-2 1946, adds 36 new planes, four new gigantic maps, over a hundred new ground objects, and nearly 200 new campaign missions. This new opus also includes all of the previous Il-2 series content. What began as a one-aircraft study sim is now an astonishing anthology, with a whopping 229 flyable aircraft and over 300 aircraft total! Not to mention that players will have the opportunity to get a first glance at the future of the series arriving next year: Storm of War Battle of Britain via exclusive bonus videos. Collapse
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  1. 100
    1946 might as well be the holy grail of WWII flight sims, a platinum anthology of everything good about no-frills airborne scrimmaging. The new material's a deal, whether you own the earlier games or not. And if you don't, 30 bucks nets you something that -- six years on -- still outclasses everything else.
  2. This is the biggest and best combat flight sim money can buy, but it's by no means flawless. [Jan 2007, p.70]
  3. Aside from the half-functional multi-player and a brutal learning curve, there’s nothing about IL-2 Sturmovik 1946 that isn’t amazing. Superb aircraft flight modeling? Check. Amazing looking aircraft? Check. More than 220 different aircraft and around 200 missions? Check.
  4. It feels like a retro collection, but it's pretty much a no-brainer for flight sim fans until "Storm of War" arrives. [Feb 2007, p.65]
  5. 81
    For forty bucks, you can't really go wrong here, particularly since this version of the game includes every expansion that the series has seen so far. It's a shame that there's not more US or UK content here, but that's to be expected.
  6. For a measly 30 bucks, you won't find a better deal anywhere. [July 2007, p.64]
  7. The definitive "IL-2" collection. [Feb 2007, p.79]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Dec 22, 2010
    This game is by far the KING of Combat flight simulators. Though a little old it is still the best by far and it surprisingly has little or no bugs in it aside from a few minor compatibility issues. This game however is only for people who are fans of this genre due to the fairly steep learning curve. You are basically thrown into the **** of the plane and forced to fly. Aside from this, IL-2 Sturmovik is the finest WW2 flight sim you can get, with a heap of flyable planes, many ridiculously huge maps, mission builders and pre-made missions to fly, giving you plenty to do. Expand
  2. Jul 28, 2012
    Along with Silent Hunter III this is my personal favorite simulator of all times. With the Dark Blue World mod, this game is a masterpiece which never gets old and even newer Rise of Flight is not as good as this one. Expand
  3. Sep 13, 2010
    If you even fancy yourself a fan of flight sims, you need this one. There's no real way around it, you need this flight sim, it is simply one of the finest combat flight sims you can find. Expand
  4. Mar 6, 2013
    The best WW2 flight sim! There is no better one. Grate physics, flight model lots of content because of all scenarios, static campaigns and dynamic campaigns random set of scenarios witch are generated based on your combat performance and general casualties. Game engine is old but there is still unofficial patch support redoing textures and improving graphics so it looks good. Expand
  5. Oct 27, 2012
    I'm still shocked after reading JaredJ's review...the poor guy was trying to play this game with the keyboard. I guess it's Ubisoft's fault, since they don't warn people of the need to buy a joystick. In fact, a joystick is compulsory for anyone who wants to play this game.
    I'm going to review my IL-2:1946 modded install (I'm playing Dark Blue World 1.71 mod right now).
    First of all I'd like to remember the fact that this game was launched in 2001.
    By that time, IL-2 Sturmovik was a total revolution in the pc WW2 flight simulation world.
    Never before a WW2 pc game allowed the player to fly so many aircrafts from so many countries in so many missions, with so much depth and detail.
    Since 2001 this game has been upgraded almost all the time. Now there are different "supermods" that introduce a huge number of improvements, and also there is a big community of modders/players who enjoy and improve the game day by day. Newcomers would ask: What makes this game so special? Well, if you like the idea of flying almost every plane that fought in WW2, if you like the idea of becoming a decorated flying ace (with the possibility of joining almost any airforce involved in the conflict), if you like the idea of flying hundreds of combat missions (from 1941 to 1946) as a fighter pilot or a bomber pilot or even a fighter-bomber pilot, if you like the idea of experiencing one of the most realistic WW2 flight simulations ever (with unmatched physics effects,realistic flying models, realistic damage models, etc.)...then this is THE game. But, of course, all the games have its flaws and IL-2 Sturmovik isn't an exception.
    Some people would find the game's interface just ugly, even tatty. Some people would find the graphic engine to be obsolete (we are talking about a 2001 game...true that the game's graphics were astonishing by then, but things have changed a lot since then. Though I must admit that, still, IL-2:1946 graphics aren't too bad...considering). Some people would say that the game is too difficult, that it's impossible to survive some dogfights (in WW2 this was the reality for most pilots...when outnumbered it was best to run than to fight). Some people would say that it's impossible to take off or landing without crashing the plane (specially in carriers) and that there aren't proper tutorials. Well, it's true that tutorials could be a lot better, but believe me when I say that it's perfectly possible to take off and land your plane without crashing it, all you have to do is to get the knack for every aircraft (this is one of the great virtues of IL-2 Sturmovik. Every aircraft has different handling characteristics, it's not the same thing flying a Yak-3/BF-109 than to fly a IL-2 Sturmovik/BF-110, for instance.).
    If you want to survive as a combat pilot, you must master the rudder in order to compensate the propeller wash effect during take-off, your must learn to trim the elevators in order to keep your plane in a straight course, you must learn how to get the best performance from the engine using the mixture, pitch and supercharger controls, you must know your aircraft's capabilities as well as the enemy's.
    This isn't an arcade flight game, this is a WW2 combat flight simulator, and you must learn to handle your plane gently and efficiently unless you want to die. Flying and shooting down other planes will get increasingly easier as you progress through the war. By 1943 almost every fighter will be very dangerous, fast and lethal...by 1945 all fighters are dreadfully destructive, fast and maneuverable. Obviously, if you don't know how to aim your machine guns and cannons or when to shoot them, you won't destroy many aircrafts...it's a matter of practice.
    The AI in this game isn't perfect, sometimes your aircraft crashes without reason when in autopilot, sometimes a plane from your squadron simply crashes into you (or between them)...as I said, the AI isn't perfect, but isn't bad either. Another problem that a lot of people find is that there are HUGE distances to be covered and it takes many minutes of flying an empty sky to get to the action. In fact there is a time compression feature, autopilot and a time skip option to cope with those HUGE distances...but anyway, this is a "realistic" WW2 flight sim, what did you expect? Of course you'll need to fly huge distances through empty skies, that's what WW2 pilots did most of the time!
    Lastly I'd like to say that there are countless supermods for this game that take it to another level and make a big deal of improvements.
    If you want the most complete and realistic WW2 flight combat sim, this is the one.
  6. Dec 16, 2012
    great game with fantastic gameplay and excellent graphics. There are many enjoyable modes and campaigns to fly and have a really good time doing. There is a great damage engine to enhance the sense or realism and difficulty menu which lets you taylor the realism to your own preferences. However there are some complaints such as lack of tutorial, poor editor and the fact that many of the best planes are unavailable for use. For example if you want to do a mission with a bomber you are stuck with a smaller bomber or the TB-3. Also not that many different missions in single missions many are just take off or land missions. Other than that great game. But best for simulation fans. Expand
  7. Nov 22, 2010
    Actually, this game needs two scores: one as purchased and one as patched. As purchased, it's about a 5 by modern flight sim standards. I know the IL-2 fanatics will disagree with me here, but truthfully the flight model isn't really as convincing as, say, Aces High 2 or Rise of Flight (my two fav prop sims). Patched, the graphics bring this about the AH2 standard, and the game deserves a 9 there--- BUT you'll either need a friend to point you in the right direction, sift through forum posts, or just suffer trial and error. For example, it took me forever to figure out how to integrate TrackIR, whereas any state of the art game just is plug and play. Before everyone gets snotty about the guy who gave it a 0 for lack of tutorial, imagine if you came to this game with no previous flight sim time. Not explaining controls isn't a badge of honor, nor does it make those who figured it out better people.

    Bottom line, although its age shows, as played probably the best WW2 flight sim out there. But expect to put some work in-- not in learning to fly, but in futzing with patches and such. Then again, at $10, you can't beat the price (AH2 is $15/month, and while it has a better FM, the graphics are just painful)

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