Il-2 1946 includes all of the original IL-2 series content: IL-2 Sturmovik™: Forgotten Battles, Ace Expansion Pack, Pacific Fighters™ and alternate histry campaigns of year 1946. What was years ago began as a one-aircraft study sim is now an astonishing anthology, with a whopping 229 flyable aircraft and over 300 aircraft total!
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Release Date: Dec 15, 2006

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Il-2 1946 includes all of the original IL-2 series content: IL-2 Sturmovik™: Forgotten Battles, Ace Expansion Pack, Pacific Fighters™ and alternate histry campaigns of year 1946. What was years ago began as a one-aircraft study sim is now an astonishing anthology, with a whopping 229 flyable aircraft and over 300 aircraft total!

The game has been updated to the latest version 4.12.2. This community made update includes widescreen support with correct FOV, many new planes, maps and scenarios.

  • New Aircraft: 32 new flyable fighters and bombers, and four new AI aircraft!
  • New Maps: Large new historical maps of the Kiev region; a map of Manchuria focusing on a border region between USSR, China and Japanese-occupied Korea; a large bonus Burma map; and an online Khalkin Gol / Nomonhan map.
  • New Campaigns: Nine new campaigns with nearly 200 missions add incredible realism and attention to detail. There are detailed careers for fighter and bomber pilots, for the German, Soviet, and Japanese air forces, offering such varied objectives as flying jet bombers over occupied Europe, to intercepting American B-29 Super fortresses over Iwo Jima and Japanese home islands!
  • Alternate History: Three of the nine campaigns are a departure into alternate history, focusing on hypothetical battles between the Soviet Union and Germany in the year 1946, while WWII still rages on.
  • Nearly 1,000 new Paint schemes: The new planes, as well as many of the other ones in the series, come with a host of historical paint schemes, showing many of the individual aircraft or squadrons that served in WWII.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP/2000 (only)
    • Processor: Pentium® III or AMD Athlon™ 1 GHz (Pentium 4 2.4 GHz recommended)
    • Memory: 512 MB (1 GB recommended)
    • Graphics: DirectX® 9 compliant with 64 MB RAM (128 recommended)(see supported list*)
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0 or higher
    • Sound: DirectX 9 compliant
    • Hard Drive: 1.1+ GB
    • Multiplay: Broadband Internet connection
    • * Supported Video Cards at Time of Release: ATI® Radeon™ 7000/8000/9000/X families, NVIDIA® GeForce™ 256/2/3/4/FX/6 families, Matrox Parhelia™, Intel® GMA 925X/915P/915G chipsets
    • (Laptop models of these cards not fully supported.)
      These chipsets are the only ones that will run this game. Additional chipsets may be supported after release. For an up-to-date list of supported chipsets, please visit the FAQ for this game on our support website at: http://support.ubi.com
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DimAurora
197.5 hrs
Posted: August 25
Written as of 25 August, 2016.

I grew up with this game, so I may be severely biased, just a warning. I remember getting the original IL-2 Sturmovik/Pacific Fighters pack way back in 2005 as a starry-eyed little kid. I was fascinated with aircraft from this era and it's the main reason I know how much about them I do today. And then, suddenly, this new, vastly superior version appeared! I never begged my parents for something so badly in my life, but I NEEDED this as a child. And so I made the money to buy it. Best idea ever. It doesn't show it, but the amount I have played this game in so many situations must easily be at least 4,000 hours before getting it on Steam alone. But enough of my life story, let's get into the review of this.

What makes this game appeal to someone like me? Vast amounts of aircraft stock in the game, hundreds of AI ground/naval vehicles to populate maps, and the fact that there's actually a very intuitive mission maker within the game itself. Throw in one of the newest massive modpacks (CUP/HSFX/DBW/etc.) and you're suddenly thrown into a game with hundreds of aircraft, amazing graphics, great missions, historical skins, and even more ground/naval cannon fodder. I greatly appreciate the attention to detail (especially for a game released in 2006) and historical value of this game. Some things aren't perfect, but hell, this was released almost a whole decade ago and is still rated as one of the best WWII Combat Flight Simulators out there.

Well, that's great and all, but what are some dislikes? Well, I would say the graphics are fairly bad, but I cut it major slack for being made in 2006. There's also the incessant lawnmower for 90% of stock aircraft engines. Plus that music. I love the original 2003 vibes of the original and Pacific Fighters combined, but after playing both for 11 years, that has gotten under my skin to the point of muting the music. Some of the controls are difficult to master, and the game itself takes years to master. Hell, when I first started the series, it ♥♥♥♥♥♥ me off. The tutorials and such are honestly shoddy and you really can't play this well without a joystick, but with even a low quality one in your hands, you can become proficient. All of my dislikes besides the joystick near-necessity (not really a complaint in my opinion) are with the stock game, and mods 100% cure all.

Pros:
Held up to time amazingly well
Can be very relaxing
Amazing 3D models (for the time)
Great flight characteristics
In-game mission editor
Millions of options for custom missions
Near-overwhelming amounts of mods due to roughly 10 communities, creating a very customizable environment

Cons:
Graphics (Can be easily modded)
Sounds and Music (Again, mods)
Lack of hands-on tutorials
Almost requires joystick (But it's a simulator, not some arcade game)

Overall:
9/10. My all-time favorite WWII FCS, and one I've easily sunk thousands of hours into before adding to Steam. Supreme amounts of replay value, obscene amounts of content, and the best installment (personal opinion) in the series that set the foundation for modern WWII Flight Combat Simulation games to this day.
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Hobbes Rotinque
1.2 hrs
Posted: August 19
I realise this will probably be downvoted into oblvion because of the rabid fanbase but it deserved an honest review. WARNING!!! Do not buy unless you have a super crazy joystick, irtracker, mad software for controller mapping to keboard functions, and many many hours to throw away due to massive bugs + time to deal with a learning curve thats like running into the bottom of a cliff (think those rock climbing walls where they are actually angled backwards). I'm sure there is a very niche group of pepole that enjoy this level of masochism but frankly im just not seeing it. Now dont get me wrong i love flight games but this is a billion steps too far. Quite Frankly I LOVE the ace combat series and I have beaten ACE Combat: Assault Horizon on its HARDEST difficulty (on console) but this is an effort in futility. If you expect to be able to get off the ground when you start playing this you are gonna have a BAD TIME!!!! Thiis is a game that is HIGHLY over rated by its reviews and I will be requesting a refund so that I can get the Enhanced Edition of Assault Horizon a game which is extemely UNDERRATED by its reviews. I should add that the AI in this is severly broken enemys and allys both cheat like mad and none of the AI observe the realistic physics and often cannot land/take off themselves without crashing or running into a control tower. If your looking for fun realistic combat WarThunder is a much better option.
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Parauder
2.5 hrs
Posted: August 14
It's like Skyrim with planes.
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Alex ☭
40.9 hrs
Posted: August 14
NOTE: Joysticks are heavily recommended, especially for multiplayer versus I guess, but for Singleplayer a keyboard is passable. Barely. It's just not as accurate as a method of steering for a game like this where planes don't actually just fly straight.

Pretty good sim-game. Haven't played the actual campaigns, but mechanics-wise it's pretty deep and features various planes from the major nations including the USSR, Germany, UK, USA, Japan, even Hungarian and some Italian planes. Probably more nations than just that but I don't know all the planes.

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Virgo
21.0 hrs
Posted: August 6
IF YOU DON'T OWN THIS GAME... WHAT ARE U DOING WITH YOUR LIFE
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MrPijus123
42.2 hrs
Posted: August 3
Absolutely outstanding! Looks decent considering its around a decade old. Flight models are nicely done too (I have quite some hours in DCS so it takes a lot to surprise me). This simulator is incomplete without all 5 modules of C.U.P. and I highly recommend getting it.
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RisenLegend
12.1 hrs
Posted: August 2
umm can u bring the jet age mod to steam please
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Instagrampa
17.6 hrs
Posted: August 2
:)
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Xaphnir
14.0 hrs
Posted: August 1
I can't recommend this game due to one glaring flaw that breaks the entire game: view distance of aircraft. You can't see other aircraft that are more than a few hundred meters away. This is the single most important graphical aspect of any WWII flight sim, and for it to have been bungled this badly is really rather pathetic. Hell, I've played an older game (Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 2) with a view distance of aircraft at least 10 times what this game has.
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RedTez
0.3 hrs
Posted: August 1
An OLD game i bought to use the mods i had seen on YouTube. What a mess - the mods are seemingly made by wazzacks who release update after update after update until they are virtually impossible to install. Then add to that the moderaters on the mod site - SAS - think they are god. Want you to kowtow to them or you get no help - try asking a couple of y/n questions in live chat and BOOM - your gone!! AWFUL experience with an AWFUL jumped up official community - MOVE ALONG - nothing to see here but frustration and abuse!! NOW with that said - i have even been put off the newer game - IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad. If the experience is anything like that of this game - i think i will go play WOFF.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
42.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Absolutely outstanding! Looks decent considering its around a decade old. Flight models are nicely done too (I have quite some hours in DCS so it takes a lot to surprise me). This simulator is incomplete without all 5 modules of C.U.P. and I highly recommend getting it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
197.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Written as of 25 August, 2016.

I grew up with this game, so I may be severely biased, just a warning. I remember getting the original IL-2 Sturmovik/Pacific Fighters pack way back in 2005 as a starry-eyed little kid. I was fascinated with aircraft from this era and it's the main reason I know how much about them I do today. And then, suddenly, this new, vastly superior version appeared! I never begged my parents for something so badly in my life, but I NEEDED this as a child. And so I made the money to buy it. Best idea ever. It doesn't show it, but the amount I have played this game in so many situations must easily be at least 4,000 hours before getting it on Steam alone. But enough of my life story, let's get into the review of this.

What makes this game appeal to someone like me? Vast amounts of aircraft stock in the game, hundreds of AI ground/naval vehicles to populate maps, and the fact that there's actually a very intuitive mission maker within the game itself. Throw in one of the newest massive modpacks (CUP/HSFX/DBW/etc.) and you're suddenly thrown into a game with hundreds of aircraft, amazing graphics, great missions, historical skins, and even more ground/naval cannon fodder. I greatly appreciate the attention to detail (especially for a game released in 2006) and historical value of this game. Some things aren't perfect, but hell, this was released almost a whole decade ago and is still rated as one of the best WWII Combat Flight Simulators out there.

Well, that's great and all, but what are some dislikes? Well, I would say the graphics are fairly bad, but I cut it major slack for being made in 2006. There's also the incessant lawnmower for 90% of stock aircraft engines. Plus that music. I love the original 2003 vibes of the original and Pacific Fighters combined, but after playing both for 11 years, that has gotten under my skin to the point of muting the music. Some of the controls are difficult to master, and the game itself takes years to master. Hell, when I first started the series, it ♥♥♥♥♥♥ me off. The tutorials and such are honestly shoddy and you really can't play this well without a joystick, but with even a low quality one in your hands, you can become proficient. All of my dislikes besides the joystick near-necessity (not really a complaint in my opinion) are with the stock game, and mods 100% cure all.

Pros:
Held up to time amazingly well
Can be very relaxing
Amazing 3D models (for the time)
Great flight characteristics
In-game mission editor
Millions of options for custom missions
Near-overwhelming amounts of mods due to roughly 10 communities, creating a very customizable environment

Cons:
Graphics (Can be easily modded)
Sounds and Music (Again, mods)
Lack of hands-on tutorials
Almost requires joystick (But it's a simulator, not some arcade game)

Overall:
9/10. My all-time favorite WWII FCS, and one I've easily sunk thousands of hours into before adding to Steam. Supreme amounts of replay value, obscene amounts of content, and the best installment (personal opinion) in the series that set the foundation for modern WWII Flight Combat Simulation games to this day.
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9 of 17 people (53%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
IF YOU DON'T OWN THIS GAME... WHAT ARE U DOING WITH YOUR LIFE
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200 of 205 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
494.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
An outstanding flight simulator for those WW2 freaks. I've been playing the IL2 series since the first iteration, and with these expansions, this is by far the greatest piston flight simulator ever made. Even though it was released in 2006 and sometimes feels like it, the gameplay is still tight, flight models are still amazing, damage models realistic, and editor still the greatest ever made. Multiplayer is nonexisteant without using Hyperlobby, but that is free software. The dynamic campaigns are serious fun and can eat up hundreds of hours, and the sheer volume of them means you'll never run out

Also. Members of the dev team are STILL updating the game. Just in October, they added 3 new aircraft and a large number of features. There have been hundreds of patches which fix even tiny bugs. The community is HUGE, and replayabillity is paramount.

There's a reason why this game has the most hours of play out of my entire library.
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112 of 118 people (95%) found this review helpful
34 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
Decided to try and dog fight at 10000 feet on Normandy. After destroying 4 A-20 bombers, I then decided to drop down to about 1000-2000 feet to get a better view of the map. Now I am no pilot from the 1940s and this proved it because in my mind I figured the best way down was to just point the nose down and drop. This was a mistake. Around 4000 feet, my engine stopped and my left flap had literally sprung off the plane. I ended up gliding until I reached Caen and then crashed landed....all in all this is just utterly fantastic as a flight simulator and a dog fight game.
2000 feet out of 2000 feet.
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103 of 108 people (95%) found this review helpful
53 people found this review funny
Recommended
96.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2015
I began my career as Lt Hanz Schmit.
Being assigned to 109's defending the fatherland against thee communist invaders on the eastern front. I was the best of my squadron unit with 46 kills ranging from bombers to attackers to fighters, i began to lead the missions onto enemy territory but as the years passed, i began to realise the war was lost.
In the spring of 45' i began to fly the 262. The skies above were covered by the four engined menaces heading to bomb the cities where our families resided.
A tough fight ensued, we took heavy casualties but brought down most of the bonbers. Then it happened.
Left engine failed due to overheat and the aircraft plummeted toward the earth.
I jumped out as the aircraft as the left wing separated from tge main body and parachuted relatively safely on the ground bellow. Seconds later, my character was stiken by the loose wing from the skies above, ending the life of my brave little soldier.
Best. Sim. Ever.
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113 of 123 people (92%) found this review helpful
95 people found this review funny
Recommended
37.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 28, 2015
The Pe-8 was a Soviet four-engine heavy bomber used during the Second World War. As the default list goes in the game it carries one of the most powerful munitions in the form of the FAB-5000, a 5000kg conventional bomb.

As I was flying I flew low and dropped this munition because I'm stupid and didn't map my bombsight controls. My ventral gunners were killed instantly, all four engines burst into flames, and I was sent to a fiery death at an altitude of 400 meters.

11/10 would doom aircrew again.
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84 of 85 people (99%) found this review helpful
Recommended
69.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 10, 2014
I remember picking this game up back when I was a kid, and thinking that this is the best flight simulator to date. I logged a couple hundred hours with the hard copy of the game way back when. Then I just stopped playing for whatever reason. Later on I noticed that it was for sale on steam. Time to give it another shot I guess. Might as well burn a few more hours into it. Then when I loaded up the game I noticed a whole bunch of extensions tacked onto it. Some that I never even heard of. So I started up a quick dogfight with my usual Spitfire, and Tally-HO! Even to this day I feel as though this game is still in it's prime for an old WW2 Flight sim. Not only does this game give you endless hours of missions, dogfights, bomb runs, and flight support. Now you can extend your gameplay by creating your own missions in the full mission builder! And with endless aircraft to choose from, you're pretty much in it for the long-run. I cannot simply find enough time to try everything out in IL-2. It's just that good!
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77 of 79 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
84.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2015
PROS:
-Highly detailed aircraft
-Massive library of flyable aircraft
-Adjustable realism settings, allowing full simulation or more arcade style gameplay
-Time warping for faster play or slow motion
-Flexible camera, allowing for dynamic camera angles
-Customizable noseart and airplane skins
-Option to play own music in game
-Hours of playability with multiple campaigns, custom missions and scenarios to try

CONS
-Steep learning curve
-Outdated, 1998 styled menu
-Poor and repetitive voice acting
(I'm nitpicking)

Final verdict: Definitely worth it.
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115 of 137 people (84%) found this review helpful
106 people found this review funny
Recommended
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2015
I took off in a P-40 in Hawaii and shot down two Japanese fighters over Pearl Harbor then successfully landed my damaged plane on a runway after my engine stalled and my landing gear was stuck.

11/10 Would Ben Affleck again.
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