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!
User reviews: Very Positive (492 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 15, 2006

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"The famous of the IL-2 series. An amazing flight sim. Worth getting especially at the price. There's a new version out as well."

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January 26

IL-2 Sturmovik 1946 Updated

IL-2 Sturmovik 1946, the complete collection of many addons released for the legendary sim, has been updated. Russian-speaking players can now play the game in its original language while everybody would benefit from Steam Cloud addition (profile data such as player controls and campaign progress are now backed up online).

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About This Game

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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78 of 81 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.9 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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38 of 40 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
I highly suggest you buy this over Cliffs of Dover, or any other. 1946 allows for better modding which in turn gives massive freedom over it, as well as near infinite replay value. It is worth the investment. Also, this includes the Forgotten Battles and Pacific Fighters expansion packs, though it is not stated.
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
48.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Fantastic flight sim. Great graphics even for today, fantastic flight models, and most of all absolutely awesome shootdowns. The game offers and array of hundreds of planes and probably 60-80 different maps.

Great Game!
9.5 out of 10
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
127.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
One of the best in (WW2) flightsims I've seen, with varying difficulty that you can customise in details and plenty of mods available to change up your experience. This is the one I'd recommend if anyone wants to get a flightsim.

Grab a joystick(Keyboard flying is possible, but can't beat a joystick), take off and go on a long campaign that can be lengthened further by mods, or just fly around in random battles. The only thing I can think of that this game doesn't do right is the AI, who seems perfectly fine with flying straight at an AA gun in formation while it is shooting them for over 30 minutes straight, and missing every last shot. Other than that, I've not found much wrong with it.
Multiplayer took me a bit to get working, but it's worth it

Good damage modeling, good flight models, and it's pretty to look at as a bonus. If you're into flightsims or want to get into flightsims, grab this one
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
I just wish they remake the classic with the new technologies.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
The greatest ww2 combat flight simulator since 2001.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
115.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
The euphoria from coming home an ace in a day is too much.

On a serious note, this game is a steal for its price, great varied content, and thats not even with mods. With mods, its practically endless, do note however, this game is not easy to learn, and to get the most out of it you must invest time.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
Simply the best flight/combat sim I have ever had the pleasure of playing.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
i have successfully landed a plane

how do i play this game
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
49.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
I got killed by a little biplane in a Tempest V and I spun and twirled. 10/10 Would become a metal ballerina again.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
169.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
The best flight game i have ever played. the only complaint i have is that you need to download somthing to play online. i don't know what you need to download yet though other then that it is very fun and adictive and it runs well on most computers aslong as your computer isn't a toster
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26 of 42 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
Accidentally bought this on my account, 10/10.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
It's harder to call this the 'be all end all flight sim' out there right now, and thats a good thing. With stuff like DCS and even new IL-2s coming out, this one is definitely starting to show its age, if only in the multiplayer department. However it is still an old classic of the genre. Pick it up if you like your flight sims with a side shot of vodka when its on sale, and I doubt you'll be disappointed.
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
BEST SIMULATOR EVER
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
According to this game New Zealander and Australians sound the exact same in accent


10/10 would unleash 24 rocket silo any day
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
113.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
Amazing simulator, you need to buy it.
I got a couple of mods installed, but it is absoutlutly amazing.
Love it, Mustangs in there, all amazing.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Very good game ,may be old but still lots of content being made for it visit the SAS forums a must very replayable lots of mods and mission and campaigns and a full mission editor that isnt to hard to grasp to make your own missions .
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
Despite being a bit dated, IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946 is still a top notch flight sim. The game had a number of substantial updates since its release, with the most recent being just last year (2013), though I'm not so certain if the game will see as much now with Battle of Stalingrad on the table. A plus in my book, some aircraft that have multiple crew stations can be manned by human players in multiplayer, so there's a possibility you can even get friends who don't care for flying to join in.

If you're looking for a solid World War 2 to 1946ish era flight sim, this is a safe pick and you especially can't really go wrong with it if you get it on sale. If you're new to the flight sim scene, I would suggest trying the A6M but be careful of your dive speed. If you excede 350mph, you could cause damage to the airframe --even to where the wings tear off...

Edit: I was just thinking about this review the past few days and it occurred to me that I should mention (emphasize) that this game is a flight sim and not an arcade style flyer. A flight stick is highly recommended for this game because flying with mouse and keyboard is going to give you a pretty lousy experience.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
A Classic...must have for flight sim fans.....still looks good...runs great on newer PC's....tons of mods and missions out there. Years of content. I bought this when it first came out....its like an old friend now. Now, it's time to down some Zeros.....
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
95.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
Its a legend and there is not yet another what I would rate so high as this.
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