IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad is a World War Two era flight simulator. In IL-2 Sturmovik: BoS you take control of WWII planes from both the Russian side and the German side of the fighting that took place during the Battle of Stalingrad. You pilot these aircraft on missions ranging from intercepting enemy bombers to taking out artillery or even war trains.
IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad excels at being a great simulation, sadly it fails at being an enjoyable game for the most part so I would suggest only getting this if you're serious about flight sims. Before I get started I'd just like to point out I played this entirely with a Logitech Extreme 3D Pro flightstick, the controls are pretty complex and planes are difficult to handle even with a flightstick so if you're a KB&M only player you might want to think about getting a flightstick to play this.
IL-2 Sturmovik: BoS is certainly a game which has mixed reviews on the store page but, despite it's issues, I enjoyed playing it and at the end of the day that's what matters.
+Gorgeous graphics, even on medium settings everything looks great
+Excellent aircraft models
+Fantastic, realistic physics and fully customisable realism settings though even on relatively low realism settings the physics still feel real
+Great and importantly accurate plane damage models
+Has a campaign mode, pre-made missions, quick missions/free flight and multiplayer
+All of the aircraft feel very responsive
+A good mix of fighter aircraft and heavy bombers, not that that's difficult with so few aircraft but more on that later
+Very large maps
+Great sound effects
+The devs are currently working on Summer and Autumn maps which is exciting as the game currently only has Winter maps
-Only eight aircraft (excluding the two DLC planes) which really isn't good enough for a flight sim
-Unlocking anything requires grinding in the campaign mode. Having to grind to unlock skins and weapons in a simulation game is bad enough but the fact that you can only unlock things through the campaign is rather disappointing for those who have no interest in playing the campaign, let alone grind the campaign missions, such as myself
-They've already released DLC which I think is unacceptable for an Early Access game and such an expensive one at that (just for the record I own the Deluxe edition which comes with the DLC)
-I experienced quite a few issues with freezing and crashing during loading screens
-Not many graphics options including no way to disable motion blur
A solid WWII flight simulator with gorgeous graphics and great realism that is let down by its lack of planes and all of the grinding to unlock things. If you can look past the lack of aircraft and all of the grinding or you're simply looking for a WWII flight sim then I recommend picking this up.
***This review was written using a Deluxe Edition key provided by the Publisher for review purposes***