• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Nov 18, 2001
Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. A vitamin injection of originality, putting the sheer joy of flying back into combat flight simulation. It's an experience you do not want to miss.
  2. Likely the best WWII flight action you'll see for some time, and with user made missions and aircraft in the offing, it doesn't get any better than this.
  3. The best World War II flight simulator ever. [Mar 2002, p.90]
  4. 94
    Superior AI, breathtaking graphics, unassailable realism, a growing user made add-on community: expect IL-2 to grab a lot of "Simulation of the Year" awards in the coming month.
  5. Destined to be a classic. This is one of those simulations that reminds you why you love the genre. It has all the fidelity, immersion, playability, polish, and graphical splendor that enriched classics like "Red Baron," "Aces over the Pacific," "Falcon 3.0," and "European Air War."
  6. Quite simply, this is a must-have flight simulator for war buffs or flight sim nuts alike, and will surely remain as a resident on your hard drive for a long, long time.
  7. Put simply this game is such a well rounded and comprehensive effort that it will take some beating before it is shot down and rendered missing in action by a competitor.
  8. This is quite simply the best World War II flight sim this pilot has experienced in years, and it’s an instant classic for the genre. [Feb 2002, p.66]
  9. The quality and individuality of presently pilotable planes and the extraordinary variety of AI airpower should satisfy all but the most hard-hearted hangar habitues.
  10. It’s evident plenty of time was spent recreating these historic battles and aircraft. The immense amount of detail associated with the control system and interface is evidence of this.
  11. 83
    Sim fans have had a few titles to choose from over the past few years but the flight modeling and choice of theater are more than enough to make IL-2 stand out.
  12. For combat flight sim enthusiasts, IL-2 Sturmovik is a dream thanks to its countless solo missions, meaty historical campaign, smooth multiplayer options, flexible customization, accurate handling and great graphics.
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 108 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Mar 5, 2011
    8
    Realism is good,almost always anyway graphics rule and that stuff. the only problem is that it gets boring later. The best flight simulatorRealism is good,almost always anyway graphics rule and that stuff. the only problem is that it gets boring later. The best flight simulator I've never played its just awesome and i agree with TheHutch,yes, the menus are really boring.

    (sry for my bad English:D)
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  2. RaymondK.
    Dec 5, 2003
    10
    Beautiful graphics, superb realism, runs smooth even without top notch hardware. love the cannon smoke, it's like I am looking throughBeautiful graphics, superb realism, runs smooth even without top notch hardware. love the cannon smoke, it's like I am looking through the lense of a gun camera, beats MS CFS 3 hands down! Full Review »
  3. Jan 3, 2015
    9
    This totally blew me away like no game has since. The flighty model exceeds Microsoft FSX despite being an older game. Multiplayer is veryThis totally blew me away like no game has since. The flighty model exceeds Microsoft FSX despite being an older game. Multiplayer is very well implemented.

    For the 2014+ audience, if you have a shred of interest in flight, get IL2 1946, which is the most updated version still has some online players, and costs next to nothing now).
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