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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. Positive: 38 out of 43
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  1. Is the experience worth the purchase price of the game for average console gamers? If you've played Ace Combat and the like and want to try something a bit more involved, that would be a definite yes - even without the flight stick.
  2. For those who have been hoping for an incredible flying game to play on their home consoles, the wait is over. The variable controls, the authenticity and the sheer enjoyment of taking down Axis planes is something that everyone can enjoy. From top to bottom, IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey is an absolutely incredible journey and certainly one of the biggest surprises of the year; don’t hold back, pick this one up.
  3. Combining superb atmosphere, setting, and visuals with a learning curve that will appeal to casual gamers and experience simulation pilots means that this is the best all round console flight combat game, bar none.
  4. 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.
  5. IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey is a step in the right direction for flight-sims on consoles. It’s accessible for both newcomers and hardened veterans alike, and its variety of locales and mission types should hold your attention for a good few hours at least.
  6. Fans of flight combat simulators will surely spend plenty of time doing missions and unlocking the extra aircraft but simply put, the game offers little else that stands out for the average gamer.
  7. It's arcadey enough to be fun but engine issues and a confusing UI and missions bring it down. [Issue#50, p.91]

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  1. Feb 13, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. el sueño del hombre es el de poder volar y de alcanzar sus sueños y triunfos en lo mas alto del cielo
    il 2 es un juego que simula a ala perfeccion lo que los grandes aces del combate lograron en esa gran batalla que se dio en europa en la segunda guerra mundial.

    il2 nos lleva a sentir la emocion del piloto ,la subida de adrenalina que cada uno de ellos sintio en el combate. se siente toda la emocion de pilotar y de la simulacion que este juego nos hace vivir.

    la banda sonora es espectacular queda un poco corto el audio de los instructores en el doblaje al español pero eso no es problema,cuando lo importante es combatir y sentirse un as del combare
  2. AlexNewman
    Sep 14, 2009
    If you liked IL-2 for the PC and like me no longer have a computer, this game is the closest you'll get to the realism of flight on a console, the realistic mode is awesome and makes the game feel real, after the first couple of missions the controls come easy and the game is just fun. Expand
  3. Nov 9, 2012
    Of all the World War Two fighter sims I've played, and simply historical games in general, this game ranks with me among the best, if not the best. I'd recommend it and do recommend it to all of my friends quite frequently. The environment of it is stunning, even for a game that's three years old, it possesses graphics better than many new releases. Although those that are in it for the multiplayer should pass this one over- the multiplayer of this game is virtually dead, and its beautiful single-player campaign and quick missions is where the playability lies. I urge any history nerds to buy this game immediately, along with anyone else who appreciates terrific flying/fighter sims. Expand
  4. MattT
    Sep 8, 2009
    This is easily one of the greatest fighter pilot games out there. As a huge Ace Combat fan I adore the controls and physics of this game. Along with a fantastic campaign that's in your face and lots of fun. Expand
  5. TJ
    Sep 17, 2009
    Currently, one of my favorite air combat games on any console. In some ways, it's more viscerally satisfying than ace combat - the destruction of enemy planes is so realistic and the plane models all lovingly hand-detailed - it gets so many things right it's easy to ignore the few flaws. Amazing audio work and excellent graphics make this a must buy for anyone who likes aerial dogfights. Expand