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  • Summary: IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad is the continuation of the legendary IL-2 Sturmovik series that has set the standard for PC combat flight games for more than ten years. This new entry into the series offers virtual pilots an even more accurate simulation of the most famous air battlesIL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad is the continuation of the legendary IL-2 Sturmovik series that has set the standard for PC combat flight games for more than ten years. This new entry into the series offers virtual pilots an even more accurate simulation of the most famous air battles of World War II. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jan 15, 2015
    80
    Last chapter of the famous series IL-2 Sturmovik, Battle of Stalingrad is an hardcore flight simulator during WWII, visually stunning and able to push the genre to new levels of realism and fidelity.
  2. Nov 11, 2014
    80
    IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad is really good and provides lots of fun as long as you have the required dedication to exploit its potential.
  3. Dec 1, 2014
    80
    It's a game suited for veterans (no tutorial whatsoever), and the realism is all it cares about. If you're into historic combat flight simulator, you should really consider buying.
  4. 70
    When a toothless campaign and the restrictive unlock policy are the only real problems a new Sturmovik has, sim fans know they're not making a mistake in picking this up.
  5. Feb 10, 2015
    70
    The excellent handling and the immense realism that Battle of Stalingrad offers, manages to balance out the poor single player campaign and some of its design flaws.
  6. Feb 8, 2015
    70
    The lack of content and generous helping of bugs can be easily forgiven thanks to the developer's high reputation. [Feb 2015, p.16]
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  2. Negative: 57 out of 146
  1. Oct 23, 2014
    10
    I played Il2- Forgotten battles, I played SB War Thunder, Rise of Fligt etc. So far, Il 2 BOS the best and perspective flight-simulator.I played Il2- Forgotten battles, I played SB War Thunder, Rise of Fligt etc. So far, Il 2 BOS the best and perspective flight-simulator.

    Guys, dont forget how much content there was in Il 2 sturmovik in 2001 y. Almoust nothing,
    Now Il 2 BOS its a platform made to make a game of our dream,but not in one day.
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  2. Oct 26, 2014
    10
    Well, what we have here…

    Best ever feel of light on your home PC? Yes, it is. Graphics, Sounding, Flight Model, Force Feedback effects,
    Well, what we have here…

    Best ever feel of light on your home PC? Yes, it is. Graphics, Sounding, Flight Model, Force Feedback effects, Camera effects – everything is focused on Your feeling of flight. Really great feeling, never have experienced something like this before anywhere, may be in a real flights only.

    Boring lifeless campaign like in previous flight sims? No, Il-2 BoS Campaign is really fun and it provides single-player gameplay which is incomparable with any other combat sim on the market. Simply the best single-player fun in flight sims ever.

    Amazing realistic sound which can’t be heard in any other flight sim? Yes, it is. Very natural sounding in cockpit, heard like I’ve experienced in real prop planes. Incredible external sounds, while looking on plane with fly-by camera I hear same what I hear on flight show on airfield.

    Useless and predictable AI? No, Il-2 BoS AI is really close-up to men-style air combat. Sometimes it is hard to determine – are you fighting with AI or with a real man in Multiplayer. It can perform different specific maneuvers like split-S, turns, Hi and Low Yo-Yo, climb and dive, combat turn and so on. It’s never “just turn on you like a bull”, no, it’s really smart opponent.

    Best plane damage model on the market? Yes, it is. There is no any other flight sim which will show you such details of airframe damage like BoS can show. Airframe deformation - broken parts which are falling very realistic with full-physics calculation. Amazing Graphics Effects of Fuel fire, Engine fire, Fuel and Water leaks, plane Explosions when it collides ground or obstacle, sounds of damage and hits – all these are incomparable with any other flight sim, simply the best.

    Not realistic flight models? No, Il-2 BoS keeps a super-high standard of plane performance data precision. All main airplane and it’s engine characteristics are kept in 2% precision range in compare with real historical plane performance data. Till the day no one haven’t success in proof that something is wrong. Many have tried but all they have fail in their attempts to proof that something in plane FM is really wrong. Developers always have strong base of proofs that BoS airplanes are really high close-up to real prototypes.

    Best WW2 combat sim ever? Yes, it is. You need to try it and you will confirm that. Best graphics, best Flight and Damage Models, best Sounding, best Game Play, best AI. Simply the best. You need to try it, I’m hope you will – everyone who loves or just likes the combat aviation need to try this life experience.
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  3. Oct 24, 2014
    9
    The team behind the WW1 sim Rise of Flight did this WW2 game with 1C. Fundamentally this is a hardcore simulator which is visually veryThe team behind the WW1 sim Rise of Flight did this WW2 game with 1C. Fundamentally this is a hardcore simulator which is visually very appealing and polished. The developers probably glanced at War Thunder when they created an achievement based singleplayer campaign. It allows the player to quickly drop in and out of the game, which is positive, but in its current state it is not terribly engaging. Nonetheless this is an excellent package with much to offer the serious simmer Expand
  4. Oct 22, 2014
    6
    A good core is hampered by poor design choices in IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad. As I play the game, more and more it feels like a shinierA good core is hampered by poor design choices in IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad. As I play the game, more and more it feels like a shinier version of Wings of Prey or Birds of Steel for the xbox 360.

    Yes, this game has one of the best physics engines in flight simulator history. All the aircraft have their own unique "feeling" that make learning each one's nuances very satisfying and fun. The Engine-related systems are all modeled as you would expect in a simulator like this, although the lack of clickable cockpits is very disappointing.

    The graphics are very good in this game, with reflections on the planes/glass, realistic smoke and fire, excellent lighting effects, and clouds that look almost real. The sound engine is a work of beauty as well, when it works properly.

    Unfortunately, there are some big problems with this game. First, and most obvious is the lack of any type of campaign or career mode. The built in "campaign" is only there to serve as a mission generator for the main focus of this game: Unlocking equipment for your planes by earning experience points in the campaign. The missions in the campaign are what can only be referred to as boring. Autopilot is disabled and time compression is limited, so there will be significant stretches of time where you sit idly and do nothing. Doing nothing is not fun.

    The unlock system and the random mission generator would be interesting components if they were not so tied together with the profile system. Instead of medals, there are achievements, of which there are many to earn and some that are pretty challenging. Unfortunately your pilot profile also is tied to the unlocks system, so even for multiplayer and quick missions, you will have to play the campaign to unlock equipment.

    The multiplayer component runs well and has a very simple server browser that anyone can use. When there are people playing, multiplayer is very fun in this game, however the plane set for this game has shown to be chosen very poorly.

    First, the German fighters are the best planes by a wide margin. Superior to Russian planes in most performance measure with the exception of turn radius vs the Yak, these planes have next to ruined the online atmosphere. Russian pilots are outnumbered 2 to 1 by better aircraft nearly every single game. That is not an exaggeration. While this situation is easily overcome by an experienced pilot, for new players this is extremely off-putting and for early access players like me has become a very frustrating feature of this game.

    Also in the multiplayer you will notice that more often than not, you will not hear when your plane gets shot. This is a bug in the sound engine that causes your plane to outrun the sounds of it being damaged, essentially.

    Avoid this game if you do not like to grind for exp, and also avoid it if you are looking for a deep, involved single-player campaign: there is not one here. As there is no way to get out of grinding for unlockable airplane components, the game's experience will be severely hampered even if you are a MP exclusive pilot.

    On the other side, if you can stand to play the same missions over and over again so you can unlock the rear turrent on your IL-2, then buy this game. If you want to fly one of the most graphically and technically impressive flight sims of all time, and can stand to play or ignore the horrible unlock system, then get this game.

    Pros: Excellent graphics, Excellent Sound (mostly), Excellent physics, Excellent Server Browser for MP
    Cons: Terrible forced grind, shallow and boring campaign, no career mode, no advanced graphics options

    One more thing: There is a screenshot and movie recording functions built into this game that are very easy to use and work very well.
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  5. Feb 4, 2015
    5
    Good looking planes, weather, tracers, flight and damage models. Released without mission builder or ability to host multiplayer games unlessGood looking planes, weather, tracers, flight and damage models. Released without mission builder or ability to host multiplayer games unless you have a Dedicated server (still pending release to rest of the customers). No Oculus support and limited Single player content as mentioned already. Expand
  6. Oct 27, 2014
    3
    I have played flight games and sims since falcon 3.0. I like many others backed Il2 BOS because of 777 studios great work with Rise ofI have played flight games and sims since falcon 3.0. I like many others backed Il2 BOS because of 777 studios great work with Rise of Flight. I thought it would be a reskinned ROF set in WW2. I would expect movement forward, new ideas, and new improvements to what Il2 1946, and ROF offered.

    Instead it is a step backwards. Instead of focusing of making a complete study sim, they focused on game elements, unlocks tied to a quick mission style campaign. You are part of no squadron, and can pick and choose randomly what you fly. It really is a quick mission generator with a skin trying to give you the impression of a campaign. Calling it that almost feels generous.

    The camera effects are great, head movement from G forces and maneuvering are great. Combat is over the top Hollywood. Everything burns instantly. There is no such thing as a self sealing fuel tank in BOS. Planes go down very fast, AI seems about as good as ROF. Feeling of flight is not on par with Cliffs of dover or DCS. In fact the feeling of flight is the #1 issue with the game for me. It feels wrong, but the camera masks it well. Sound is good, graphics are alright, good lighting, and textures which seem 4 years old.

    It could be a good game for a fast 10 min quick mission, but the feeling of flight, unlocks, and mediocre cockpits keep me away. Whats left with the price of extra aircraft doesn't the ability to stand on it's own. Modders have made Cliffs of dover superior in every way....and they don't get paid.
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  7. May 8, 2015
    0
    This game is a very good arcade game.
    If you're looking for a *flying* arcade game there's non better.
    However, if you're looking for a
    This game is a very good arcade game.
    If you're looking for a *flying* arcade game there's non better.
    However, if you're looking for a combat flight simulator you'll probably be a tad disappointed and I'd advise that you save your money.
    I should've known better given my previous experience with 1946 and CloD ... but there you go, I'm a slow learner. I won't be touching the IL2 franchise again.
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