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  • Summary: IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey is based around the large-scale aerial combat and ground military operations of World War II. Players can participate in some of the war's most famous battles piloting fighters, battle planes and heavy bombers across a range of thrilling missions. There are five theatres of war to engage in 0 The Battle of Britain, Stalingrad, Berlin, Sicily and Korsun' representing the main airborne battles of World War II in Europe. IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey also boasts an all new damage effects engine as well as advanced environmental visuals enriching the game play. Players can see real time damage to the aircraft such as holes in the wings and trail lines during dog fights. IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey features hundreds of airplanes taking part in air battles. The unique environmental engine also produces highly detailed, realistic landscapes that allow players to see breathtaking ground support actions. [505 Games] Expand
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  1. The IL2 series is known for its high realism, also the latest part Birds of Prey. Easy to learn, but hard to handle. Good that there is also an arcade mode.
  2. Birds of Prey is both a realistic flight simulator and an historical and deluxe edition of Ace Combat, leaving the fans of this genre of games extremely satisfied. Sturmovik is a well-finished and balanced product, that will nail you to your seats for more than 40 hours in single player and virtually forever in multiplayer. The best choice for all those willing to fly high in the sky.
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    IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey has almost all the bases covered. It can be an accessible, forgiving flight combat game for novices, a challenge for veterans, and a true test of will for the ultra hardcore.
  4. You get all aspects of what it's like being a fighter pilot. IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey is one of the best games I've played in a while and I'll keep playing it well beyond this review.
  5. Far and away the best flight game we've played - a huge surprise and thoroughly recommended. [Oct 2009, p.68]
  6. IL-2 Sturmovik is the most realistic flight-simulator on the consoles. Although it misses some appeal of a top-game, it has very profoundly controls and beautiful graphics. Give this game a shot if you’re a hardcore simulation fan or if you just like to see old planes.
  7. Straightforward, aerial combat. [Holiday 2009, p.85]

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  1. Sasha
    Jan 3, 2010
    this is one of the best games ive ever played! i never was really in to flying games or sims, but after playing sturmovik, i cant get enough of either. its simple controls are easy to use and simulator mode makes the game very challenging and even more fun. BUY IT! Expand
  2. LiberL
    Sep 14, 2009
    Im not a fan of sims at all but this game looks prety nice 2 me. I really liked the multiplayer mode "capture airfield", its funy and hard on "realistic" mode. Expand
  3. VV
    Sep 11, 2009
    I have been a fan of the IL-2 series on PC for some time, and playing IL-2 Sturmovik Birds of Prey for about a week now I must say I am really enjoying it. You can have some real good light fun in "arcade" difficulty but the real deal is in "realistic" and "simulation" modes, the physics are great and the graphics photorealistic, with real time damage model, the combat is intense and fun. It may not be as deep or as long as the PC IL-2 games but it is a unique game very well executed. Play it with a Thrustmaster or Saitek flight stick(I use the Thrustmaster TFlight HotasX for PS3) to really appreciate the physics and gameplay. Expand
  4. Feb 25, 2013
    Well, if you've played IL-2 Sturmovik on the PC, you'll realize that the console versions aren't exactly the same. It's like they're two completely different games. However, it's not a bad thing. But if you want a more realistic WWII flight experience, get IL-2 Sturmovik:1946 on the PC. Yet, as I said before, the PC and the PS3/360 games are like completely different, so buy the PS3/360 game if you have the chance. Now onto the review. It's quite fun! The difficultly can be changed according to your flight style. Yet, of course, the real deal is the Simulation difficulty. The Simulation difficulty, though not as realistic as the PC counterpart, offers a great challenge. In this mode, you'll feel accomplished just by downing an enemy plane. Also, the singleplayer in this game has a story. There are no twist-and-turns (it's WWII, what else do you expect), but after each mission, the pilots tell about what they have done, and how they feel about it. As they speak, you feel how war is a frightening thing. Online mode is fun, but they're not many online. Online on the PC is better. So that really it. I have both the PC and PS3 games. Believing that both are epic in their own right, I can only tell you that sooner or later, you should own both. They're cheap nowadays. Expand
  5. WeirdN
    Sep 15, 2009
    I had this on PC several years ago. I have to say I'm really enjoying it on PS3. I'm not a purist, just a casual gamer crying out fora break from the monotony of yet another First Person Shooter, and IL2 is the remedy I've been craving! Great fun on Arcade, it's almost a shooter, but crack it open on Realistic and you start to feel some respect for what those pilots went through! It's also stunningly beautiful at times and has good presentation for a "sim". I'm thoroughly enjoying it and it makes a nice change to play a sim on a console. Expand