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:
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
-Start Glorious Rossiya fighter campaign
-I am Groot
-The last in line for takeoff :(
-Let's cut the line.
-Left rudder and throttle up
-Passed six of my comrades
-oh f*ck
-I crash into the flight leader
-Every comrade starting taking off
-They run into the crater caused by Glorious LaGG
-More BOOM!
-Everyone is ded

10/10 Would f*ck up line cutting again
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
This is the most realistic WWII flight simulator available. I've never played multiplayer, I don't think there is any.

But it is: de best, mon.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
wee woo wee woo, would crash going to quick mission builder again 1946/1938
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205 of 210 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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118 of 124 people (95%) found this review helpful
38 people found this review funny
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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109 of 114 people (96%) found this review helpful
56 people found this review funny
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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118 of 128 people (92%) found this review helpful
100 people found this review funny
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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86 of 87 people (99%) found this review helpful
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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83 of 85 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
84.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2015
-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

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-Outdated, 1998 styled menu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

Final verdict: Definitely worth it.
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122 of 145 people (84%) found this review helpful
110 people found this review funny
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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56.5 hrs
Posted: September 28
buy it if u like planes m8
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3.5 hrs
Posted: September 23
I have over 500 hours on the pc dvd version that I ordered off of Amazon quite a few years ago. Pretty much the same game with a few improved astetics. This is a very good sim that just about has everything you can hope. I played the disk version on an hp laptop (2007-2008 model with vista lol) so I can't imagine there being very many rigs that cant run this adequately. I personally like the fighter escorts and instant action type scenarios. The dynamic campaigns are amazing but I've always struggled with the bomber campaigns. If you are a fan of combat flight sims or flight sims in general, then this is definite must have. If you can find it cheaper on amazon or another site then get it. Both versions are essentially the same.
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8.1 hrs
Posted: September 23
Buy it just buy it if u dont u must go to jail
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7.4 hrs
Posted: September 23
BEST WW2 GAME EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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2.0 hrs
Posted: August 28
I put in a lot of hours into this game in my younger years. I found this game is quite a big step of from Microsoft's Combat Flight Sim series. The developers really put their lives into making this game great while creating it. The variety and accuracy of the fighters is truly impressive. The aircraft sounds can be a little repetitive, however the game has quite a bit modding capability.

The quick scenario creator allows you to quickly create a mission in a logical and quick manner as opposed to Cliffs of Dover. Despite the older graphics engine, this game is a must have for any combat flight sim lover.
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18.7 hrs
Posted: August 26
IL-2 Stumovik: 1946 really got me hooked, as in I played the game for 2 hours when I first got it. It's nothing like War Thunder, but instead better. For one, you can play offline against bots in 'Quick Mission Builder'. Two, with mods, you can fly the B-29 without having to spend 15 days online to unlock it [War Thunder, looking at you]. Some great mods to have with this is SAS Mod Loader, as well as AI Flyables. AIF allows you to fly the B-29, B-17, and even the Cherry Blossom [or 'Ohka'] kamikaze jet, as well as other aircraft. The damage modeling in this game could be better, eg. I was shooting a B-29 with the Me-262 [1946 version] and the wing just snapped right off like a twig. Also, you can't do any good crashes without skill, as in you'll explode if you flip upside down in a bomber on the ground. Overall, I rate this game a 9.5/10. The next IL-2 game I'm getting is Cliffs of Dover, if it'll run on my potato computer. But I can run 1946 at full graphics at the cost of 800x600 Res, so I think it'll run with some graphical tweaks. Anyways, If you're looking for a simulator that's not too challenging or not too boring, but also realistic, then you're in luck. I got this game on sale, for $6 CDN. I highly recommend this game to anyone who even knows only a little bit about WW2. It'll help you learn a little. The only complaint I have is the damage model needs to be a little more realistic. Alright, I'm out. Peace.
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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.

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

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)

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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