• Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Release Date: Mar 13, 2007
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  • Summary: Oleg Maddox's Il-2 Sturmovik series of flight simulators continues to expand. The latest offering, Il-2 1946, adds 36 new planes, four new gigantic maps, over a hundred new ground objects, and nearly 200 new campaign missions. This new opus also includes all of the previous Il-2 seriesOleg Maddox's Il-2 Sturmovik series of flight simulators continues to expand. The latest offering, Il-2 1946, adds 36 new planes, four new gigantic maps, over a hundred new ground objects, and nearly 200 new campaign missions. This new opus also includes all of the previous Il-2 series content. What began as a one-aircraft study sim is now an astonishing anthology, with a whopping 229 flyable aircraft and over 300 aircraft total! Not to mention that players will have the opportunity to get a first glance at the future of the series arriving next year: Storm of War Battle of Britain via exclusive bonus videos. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 100
    1946 might as well be the holy grail of WWII flight sims, a platinum anthology of everything good about no-frills airborne scrimmaging. The new material's a deal, whether you own the earlier games or not. And if you don't, 30 bucks nets you something that -- six years on -- still outclasses everything else.
  2. PC Gamer UK
    91
    This is the biggest and best combat flight sim money can buy, but it's by no means flawless. [Jan 2007, p.70]
  3. Pelit (Finland)
    90
    Many of the new planes are a bit odd, although admittedly pretty fun to fly. As a collection Il-2: 1946 is a true masterpiece. The best version of the greatest simulator of all time. [Jan 2007]
  4. PC Format
    83
    It feels like a retro collection, but it's pretty much a no-brainer for flight sim fans until "Storm of War" arrives. [Feb 2007, p.65]
  5. 81
    For forty bucks, you can't really go wrong here, particularly since this version of the game includes every expansion that the series has seen so far. It's a shame that there's not more US or UK content here, but that's to be expected.
  6. 80
    Excellent gameplay and an amazing level of detail should make those who enjoy flight sims giddy (and may even convert a few that aren't into amateur flyboys).
  7. The definitive "IL-2" collection. [Feb 2007, p.79]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. Mark
    Jul 5, 2009
    10
    This is the absolute best WW2 flight sim yet. Given the age of the engine, it is still amazingly good looking and now supports a huge modding This is the absolute best WW2 flight sim yet. Given the age of the engine, it is still amazingly good looking and now supports a huge modding comunity which keeps me still very interested in flying after thousands of hours on both single and multiplayer. No other sim even comes close in scope and detail. Minor flaws are the, at times, dull dynamic campaign missions and AI flying into terrain occasionally. The weather is not very detailed and has limited user controls. Forests are only visible from above, meaning you may fly into them when very close to the deck. But really, as I said the greatest WW2 combat sim ever! Expand
  2. Jul 7, 2011
    10
    Years after its initial release, thanks to unprecedented support for this game from the developers, this simulation still stands alone as theYears after its initial release, thanks to unprecedented support for this game from the developers, this simulation still stands alone as the best WW2 combat flight simulator of all time. While the flight model might not be perfect, it is very, very good, and the planes are very smooth to fly (provided you have a joystick with throttle and rudder). The patches for this game not only contain minor fixes, but a wealth of realism and balance tweaks, and new free content including dozens of new planes. Despite concentrating on the Eastern front theatre of war, IL2 1946 presents a very complete history of WW2 aircraft (and beyond, with the theoretical 1946 aircraft) and their relative performace. There is a very devoted online community for this game, who are very vocal in making sure that the weapons and relative flight performance characteristics between aircraft are as true to life as possible. The fact that this game can be found for only a few dollars in the bargain bin just make it an unbelievable deal. Although it has no real interactive tutorial, the game does have excellent options to make the planes easier to handle, if you're not 'hardcore'. The downsides? The graphics aren't quite up to today's effect-laden standards, but you can forgive it that because it's an older game, it still looks nice with a few config edits to enable 'perfect' water/clouds mode, and damage modeling is still impressive. The main flaw in the game is the campaign generator, it is more random than dynamic. However the game includes a full featured mission builder, and robust online play which more than compensates. If you like the subject material, this is the only game you will need. Expand
  3. PeterB
    Aug 4, 2008
    10
    After all this time, this is still THE best World War 2 simulator out there. Period. The insane number of flyable planes, the superior After all this time, this is still THE best World War 2 simulator out there. Period. The insane number of flyable planes, the superior physics, the realistic gunnery and dogfights. There is simply no other game that even comes close. I suspect that IL2 is going to hold that crown for a long time to come. Expand
  4. Jul 31, 2011
    9
    Extremely realistic and addicting, provides the best immersion experience in "hardcore" servers in multiplayer. Large learning curve forExtremely realistic and addicting, provides the best immersion experience in "hardcore" servers in multiplayer. Large learning curve for players who have never played flight-sims but nevertheless, was endlessly fun. Expand
  5. DashC.
    Jan 26, 2007
    9
    Terrific value. Easily the finest WWII flight sim available with over five years worth of content, all for $50.
  6. Sep 27, 2020
    9
    Note: Game is a Flight Sim if you’re not into Flight Sims step away!

    IL-2 is more or a semi-sim between arcade and a real simulation; this
    Note: Game is a Flight Sim if you’re not into Flight Sims step away!

    IL-2 is more or a semi-sim between arcade and a real simulation; this due to there being no clickable cockpit (like DCS of BMS) or advanced flight management or planning (which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on who you are). Though like all Sims it still suffers in the Boredom Simulator (flying around doing nothing, feeling like a commercial pilot unless that’s your cup of tea) to which all Sims suffer from not a real surprise; though this can be overcome by time compression and best of all TimeSkip which skips you to the next waypoint much like in Combat Flight Sim. So you can take off, set up your plane, then TimeSkip to the mission point no boredom involved. The A.I (friend and enemy) is competent in most situations and will follow orders when given, along with ground control.
    There is a lot of content in this Sim from single missions to Mission Builder, and Campaign; you can also record and replay your flights and the replay system is one of the best still in a flight sim!

    It’s originally from the early 2000's (first release), and it can show in its rather overly sensitive flight controls of some of its planes (especially on takeoffs and landings), much like other early flight Sims from the early 2000's (They can be tweaked somewhat in control settings). Though ‘Damage models’ and ‘3D Models’ in general of the planes, ships, and ground forces are really Impressive; especially the planes and their cockpits (with fully functional gauges). Visuals are still pretty decent today (really good for its time; compare it to Microsoft Combat Flight Sim of the same time.

    P.S. I would only recommend for those who are flight sim aficionados, and love flying in WWII. A Flight Stick is also recommend but not necessary; because of the touchy controls. Really if you want a cheap and samey experience along with updated graphics and flight controls/flight models get the 2008 IL2: Birds of Prey for the 360, or Wings of Prey for the PC (it’s a little more on the arcade side but feels like IL-2).

    Pro: It’s a Flight Sim. Mission Builder so always new content, Tons of rendered Cockpits (Fighters and Bombers). Great looking models being eighteen years old!

    Con: Its ‘Flight Models’ and’ Flight Controls’ leave something to be desired on some planes.
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  7. Jul 23, 2020
    0
    Oh dis donc le jeu de coucous foireux ! qu'il est relou sa mère, ce gros bâtard ! déjà, rien que pour décoller, il roule en crabe et il voleOh dis donc le jeu de coucous foireux ! qu'il est relou sa mère, ce gros bâtard ! déjà, rien que pour décoller, il roule en crabe et il vole de travers... oui, rien que pour décoller, il faut être un astronaute de la Nasa ou s'appeler Gagarine... il paraît que le jeu gère la manette et dans les réglages, il semble avoir compris mais en fait que dalle, il s'en fout de ta manette ! ou alors faut tout reparamétrer chaque putain de touche de A à Z... laisse tomber.

    On clique quoi qu'il en soit sur l'entraînement pour s'entraîner... et on a droit qu'à des "vidéos" faites avec le moteur du jeu, des "leçons" pas interactives pour un kopeck... comment tu veux apprendre si tu peux pas essayer "en vrai" ? Alors, on va dans les options et on décoche toutes les conneries réalistes, on lance une mission du côté du Reich avec un BF110... déjà que l'espèce de "briefing" est super mal présenté (qui a torché ça ? le stagiaire ?) mais en vol, aucune indication de rien... faut aller où, mon couillon de jeu, hein ? dans ton cul ?...

    Graphiquement, c'est plutôt pas trop vilain (enfin pour l'époque je crois) mais uniquement en 4/3 et la musique du menu, on dirait de la FM des années 90, quelle horreur...! le jeu a l'air de toute façon bien buggué (souris qui disparaît dans les menus, jeu entièrement muet une fois sur deux, joystick non reconnu) et n'est pas d'une fluidité exemplaire : encore un machin programmé avec le fion !

    Bref, on arrête cette connerie de jeu à la con qui soûle et qui ne vaut pas un radis : envoyez-moi tout ça au goulag !
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