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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. 68
    This is an arcade-style game through and through, and a short one. Expect a few thrills once you acclimate to the controls, but don't expect to stick around for very long.
  2. More than anything, the PSP version of IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey is a surprise. [Holiday 2009, p.85]
  3. The overall lack of complexity and repetitive nature of the gameplay will seriously reduce the time you'll spend playing this game. It shouldn't take you longer than a weekend to win this war.
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  1. DJN
    Sep 16, 2009
    3
    The whole package was a mess. Graphically inadequate, even when compared to other PSP flight games. The controls had one setting. There was no option to customize anything but the pitch up/down. They completely took out yaw control. Controlling the plane just felt slippery. There were no checkpoints mid-mission to reload from, so if you collided with an enemy plane, you get to start over. That last one I could allow in a sim, but this game WASN'T EVEN CLOSE to a simulation. If you want a good flight game for the PSP, buy Ace Combat X. Otherwise, DO NOT DO NOT DO NOT BUY THIS GAME! It only encourages developers to make shoddy games, and we need them to work harder to make GOOD ones. Expand
  2. NikiDD
    Sep 18, 2009
    2
    I've been playing it for about 1 week now and while it is entertaining, the graphics are very mediocre and the playability is somewhat lame. Don't get me wrong, IL-2 for the PC is one of my favorite flight sims to thisday. I still hook up my flight stick and battle once and a while. Ace Combat X, IMHO, blows IL-2 for the PSP away. Talk about 'arcade-like'? IL-2 for the PSP is like a mid-80's WW2 arcade shooter. Come on guys...couldn't you have been a bit more creative and given this game some real teeth? The game doesn't have nearly the amount of depth I would have hoped and it quickly becomes repetitive and boring. Did I mention how much the graphics disappoint? LAME! Whatever screenshot and video being shown on the web currently are clearly from the PS3 or XBOX versions of the game. I can easily see this title collecting dust in my collection in no time or better yet, I might just unload it on ebay now that I've finished it. Expand
  3. BardBard
    Sep 23, 2009
    0
    The game sucks right from the fact that an aircraft can move freely in 3 axis - you can pull into a loop and you can roll (plus move forward at various speeds). In this game instead of being able to freely move around the game decides you can only roll a certain amount and then you can't roll any more - for no apparent reason. It's like driving a racing game and only being able to turn left.. ridiculous! I simply cannot get past this idiotic design choice.. and what's worse - I can't get a refund! Expand
  4. GarretD
    Oct 9, 2009
    0
    I bought this game the day it came out (I love it on PC) and finished it that same day. I blew threw it in no time and by the final mission, I couldn't wait for it to be done. It is tedious, very uninspiring, has no depth nor challenge, and only has passable graphics. I will say that IL-2 for the PSP does have 1 thing going for it that I am very grateful for (other than it being a short game - though I will never regain those 4 hours or so spent "playing"): it prompted me to start replaying Ace Combat X again. I forgot how beautifully detailed the graphics are in that game; how enjoyable the game play is; and how much depth and re-playability that game has. I only wish that that people at 505 Games had actually played Ace Combat X before they sat down to develop IL-2 so that they could have been inspired by how good a flight sim/arcade style game can be on the PSP and maybe, just maybe, gleemed some ideas from it. Stay away from this one folks and spend your money on ANYTHING but this piece of utter crap. It's a bust. Grade: F (F is for Forget about this one). Expand