IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad is the continuation of the legendary IL-2 Sturmovik series that has set the standard for PC combat flight games for more than ten years. This new entry into the series will offer virtual pilots an even more accurate simulation of the most famous air battles of World War II.
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Release Date: Oct 22, 2014

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June 28

Update 2.002: HTC VIVE, Ranks, New vehicles

Dear pilots,

We continue to improve the sim. Today we release the update to version 2.002, which brings many additions and improvements along with a couple of surprises. First, we added preliminary support for HTC Vive, second - military ranks were introduced to campaign mode. They are separate for each campaign and side and influence the mission difficulty.

Here is the change list for today patch:

We just released a minor fix improving a number of things which is based on your feedback for update 2.002. Most of the improvements are for HTC Vive: realistic cockpit size, better motion blur (it can be turned on and off by 'Cinematic camera' parameter in the game settings), open and close sights for aircraft and tank turrets (aim with right eye), improved head tracking, especially in a tank.


1. Several missing awards are visible again in player profile;
2. HTC Vive improvements listed above. Please note that joystick is recommended for VR mode since mouse controls interfere with head tracking on aircraft;
3. Sky appearance improved at Ultra graphics setting (no more color banding);
4. Oil barrels removed from taxi ways on Tacinskaya airfield;
5. An issue of asynchronous power during engine start fixed for twin engine aircraft.

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May 18

Update 2.001: Battle of Moscow

Dear pilots,

We're proud to announce that the work on Battle of Moscow project is done and we're ready to show you this version. Customers who pre-purchased Battle of Moscow and don't have Battle of Stalingrad can access the game today (previously only the players who own both theaters of war could play the Battle of Moscow). The campaign is ready, now it includes scenario missions (two per chapter) and video cutscenes. Many improvements for the campaign are already in and more will follow, we'll continue to improve it. This version also contains many flight model, plane systems and other sim modules improvements. We hope that this version will be a milestone and will bring you many new and interesting features to try.

Here is the change list for today patch:

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“While IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad is still approachable to folks who have yet to unbox their first flightstick, it should have plenty to offer for veterans of air combat”

“One thing’s for sure, any aircraft that does find its way into this sim is going to be rivet-perfect visually and bally persuasive in the flight modelling department”

“Although IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad is simple enough to play, it also features a lot of depth and technical detail. This is much more a deep simulation than the free-to-play flight games that are very popular right now”

About This Game

IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad is the continuation of the legendary IL-2 Sturmovik series that has set the standard for PC combat flight games for more than ten years. This new entry into the series will offer virtual pilots an even more accurate simulation of the most famous air battles of World War II. Better quality of content, bigger scale , new physics, more realistic aerodynamics and new game elements set this title apart from all which came before. We have only one goal - To give you a New Higher Level of Immersion!

Key Features:

  • Robust Single-Player Campaign that features a challenging and innovative AI system. Includes an extensive in-game achievement system that allows players to unlock historically based airplane modifications and upgrades as your campaign progresses.
  • Realistic graphics and unique visual effects: clouds, lightning, tracers, explosions and huge smoke plumes - all of them fully realized to recreate the aerial combat scenerey of war time Stalingrad.
  • Flexible Quick Mission mode that allows you to create your own custom combat scenario in just a couple of minutes.
  • Classic Multiplayer gameplay with dedicated player controlled servers with your favorite settings for team battles and dogfight duels.

  • Realistic sounds and physics, detailed aircraft systems modeling, advanced aerodynamics and state-of-the-art flight modeling gives you a real sensation of flight.
  • Become an ace fighter pilot or try your hand at flying attack planes and bombers where you can destroy tanks, trucks, AAA batteries, artillery units and even armoured trains.
  • Control your plane with either joystick or mouse keeping a highest level of simulation fidelity and accuracy.
  • For those that won’t make it back to base, each plane comes equipped with a handy parachute!

  • Hone your skills versus AI or join multiplayer where you can fight in the air or on the ground, manning T-34-76 or Pz III Ausf L tanks.
  • Control a plane or tank all by yourself or have your friend aim a tank gun or a bomber turret.
  • Unique and detailed damage model lets you use the pros and cons of various aircraft and tanks to your advantage.
  • Adjust the tank aiming sights for distance and view the tank interior just as a plane cockpit!

  • Action takes place on a 358 х 230 km map - The largest and most detailed recreation of the Battle of Stalingrad theatre ever modeled in a flight simulation with unique structures, buildings and landscapes.
  • Single-Player Campaign scenario follows the real chronology of the battle starting with Operation Uranus on November 19th, 1942 and continues to the complete liberation of the city on February 2nd, 1943.
  • Ten Legendary aircraft of the era have been thoroughly re-created using original drawings and blueprints from the Central archive of the Russian Ministry of Defence.
  • Precise simulation of the flight model allows everyone to learn the special character and limits of each and every plane in the game. Use each of their special abilities and performance characteristics to complete your mission and survive the brutal fight.

System Requirements

    • OS: 64-bit Windows®
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Quad 2.6 GHz / Intel® Core™ i5/i7 2.6 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 260/Radeon HD5850, with 1GB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
    • OS: 64-bit Windows® 7 (SP1) / Windows® 8 / Windows® 10
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5/i7 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 660/Radeon HD 7770, with 2GB VRAM, or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
    • Additional Notes: DirectX®-compatible flight stick recommended
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Mixed (40 reviews)
Mixed (676 reviews)
Recently Posted
( 11.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Its fun
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T. Bishop-Charvet
( 16.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Its a really fun game to fly with friends in the turrets of your bomber online while you try getting past two fighters. Beautiful graphics too. If you enjoy flying games this is worth it. It's not a hardcore sim, but its not basic either.
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( 8.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
Ok, I really wanted to love this game, but I am really disappointed in the campaign. First off, if doesnt feel like it's telling a story. It feels more like a grind to unlock future missions and equipment. But by far my biggest complaint is the fact that I cant change the difficulty settings in the campain mode besides normal and expert presets. This basically makes the campaign worthless to me becasue of my old joystick and lack of formal pilot training. Please, team at 1C, tell me why you only make games for a niche audience when all you need to do to open it up to a wider audience is to unlock the stupid settings that are already in the game for the quick missions? I understand that this was done for some unknown reason due to multiplayer, but everything I've read tells me the multi crowd hates this as much as I do, albeit for different reasons.

So, bottom line, dont buy this game unless you have a state of the art joystick and are REALLY REALLY into flight sims, oh and you have a pilots license, because otherwise it's just not fun AT ALL!!!
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( 286.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
This game has wonderful flight models and gives you a unique sense of flight you don't get in many other sims.
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( 14.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
I'm not sure what to call it we used to call them flight simulators but there was stuff in it to fly this game is more fascinated by the buttons you push than the planes you to get to fly. it's a cash grab I'm not even sure how long I've had this game but I can only stand it for 14 hours I've had thousands of hours in the real IL- 2 games

if you only started playing War Thunder and whatever then it might be ok

no vast collection of planes no Dynamic campaign, I don't even think a lot of the stuff , the 3D model are brand new for this ?
there's no Regional battles
box missions
something weird with the weather it doesn't go all the way to high altitude
they put out DLC 10 years ago that had more stuff than this game.
every scenario ENDS THE SAME.
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( 164.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
This flight simulation is AWESOME!
The feeling of speed as you fly through clouds is unsurpassed.
The flight models are so demanding, in combat, that you barely notice the landscape.
The feeling of being in a war zone is well simulated, with columns of smoke, vehicles, and ground AA fire.
The planes are magnificient and the air to air combat is outstandingly portrayed.
It's amazing when a true love comes back better than before.
Welcome back IL2.........Wow.

You that don't understand my review, this game is AWESOME!
Maybe that helps.
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( 154.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
This is by far, the best flight sim I've ever played. I have yet to see a flight sim that rivals this game in terms of physics and damage models. And as a player who used to play Warthunder beforehand I've noticed a huge difference in the game. And I had to basically relearn everything from taxiing, actual combat, and landing.

Each plane has been meticulously designed and rendered in great detail. From the instruments on the cockpit, to the way the plane behaves. Every plane has it's own unique features that make it stand out from the rest. And that is all complemented by the awesome graphics this game has.

Be mindful that this game has a steep learning curve, it's not your typical flight sim. Overall, I highly recommend this game to all you flight sim enthusiasts who want to have a real flight sim experience.

- Great physics.
- Awesome graphics
- True to life aircraft recreations, all down to the last detail.
- A very helpful playerbase

- Very steep learning curve, you won't get any "easy kills" unless you have a proper understanding of how your plane works.
- Issues with server connectivity.
- Occasional unbalanced matches.
- Small playerbase, but still a great and helpful community nonetheless.
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( 52.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13
A good inbetween DCS and Warthunder sim mode game, if you haven't played the older IL2s.

Damage/flight model and sounds are very good, visuals are good for a flight sim but the performence is not so good, atleast on my weak AMD FX8120 CPU.

Still I would recommend it if you want to get into flight sims and have atleast a HOTAS. TrackIR recommended, pedals too.
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( 33.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
A fat chink runs better than this game
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( 44.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 9
Great Game!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Great simulator, stellar graphics, and some really nice view models, but beware... This is a simulator, NOT A GAME. If you buy this expecting it to be as easy as flying a plane in Battlefield, you will be suprised, and not in the good way. The game is very realistic, and every plane has different limits as to how fast it can go, can turn, and how steady it can fly. It will take you many hours of re-playing missions before you can even hit an enemy plane. Your sights will be shaking harder than a meth head experiencing withdrawal. But when you finally hit a plane, or even take one down, you start shaking like a meth head, and you feel great! Right up until 10 seconds later when you crank the joystick a bit too hard and your plane spins out of control.
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24 of 35 people (69%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
I have been with IL-2 Sturmovik since it came out. The only reason why I decided to get IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad, is because I wanted a simulator that is made using todays technology, a modern game. I have hundreds, if not thousands of hours flown, all over the IL-2 Sturmovik world, as well as sorties. I have been playing most of the campaigns. Thousands of air kills, ground kills, and in general thousands of everything.

At first I wanted to write a huge block of text, but after after a while, I came up with an idea, of pros/cons, since people seem to like that kind of review.

- it works
- graphics
- sound
- community is amazing, just look at the forum, look at all these ideas, suggestions etc., shame noone cares
- I received refund from Steam

- even though it works, I would not dare to call this release an early access, it is rather a tech demo with couple features, to show of the engine
- it has less than 7% (IMO, or even less than that) content of the genuine IL-2 Sturmovik
- campaign is divied into chapters/episodes/phases/whatever
- campaign consists of randomly done quick missions, based on which option you select [you can fly the same mission, all the time, with the same airplane]
- there are 4/5 types of missions in campaign, which depend on aircraft you will be flying, expect restrictions such as not being able to get a bomb on interception mission [yeh, it might make sense, but you could always drop it on something]
- campaign is static/linear, it is not dynamic, which means noone gives a f... what you do, neither should you*
- *you are a nameless pilot, in a nameless regiment, flying alongside nameless kameraden
- there is hardly any birefieng/debriefing
- complete lack of squadron features
- made up awards/rewards
- standard edition lets you fly 8 airplanes, while premium 10
- user interface
- IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad will be finished after 100 years, devs are busy with their new [same quality] game called IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Moscow

To sum it all up. Get IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946, get all the updates that are available, and enjoy. Game is supported to this day.
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
68.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Start He-111 engines in midst of russian winter. Keep oil and water radiator closed before take off. 10/10 would destroy engines again.

In all seriousness, a great game, with a community willing to help those who are new.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad is an accurate and substantially immersive WW2 Eastern Front experience. It provides the player with extremely accurate aircraft flight - models and physics, spectacular graphical elements, historically accurate interpretation of the area in and surrounding Stalingrad during both the batttle itself and the Soviet counter - attack and extremely accurate start - up procedures. The physics are extrodinary; the damage models correspond with such realism in accordance to the situation. In summation, IL -2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad is a very well manufactured game and leaves few mediums undesirable. The game is worth the $50 price tag, as the experiences you will endure and the duties you endeavour upon will contribute to a fully immersive and realistic experience of the most cataclysmic theatre of war ever to be fought upon.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
If you want a WWII air combat sim, you have no choice. Sure DCS has the planes and War thunder may have planes and looks. But after you try this, there is no turning back. This one has planes, looks and feels. Nothing like the IL2 saga offers the same level of immersion.

They also have tanks and mouse aim. While mouse aim is not as refined as War Thunder, it gets the job done while the available tanks (T-34 1942 and Pz III L) are leaps and bounds better than warthunder even in simulator mode.
It helps that distances are much larger and that there are proper objectives (like, take this airbase or prevent enemy push).

So, you can try it with a mouse (totally worth it. It made Warthunder very meh to me afterwards) and once you have the money invest in a proper HOTAS and enjoy the game to its fullest (there are a couple of nice sticks coming out including Thrustmaster cheap hotas based on the T16000 stick and a $100 stick made by a Russian company called VKB Gladiator which is a replica of the german WW2 flightstick found on the Bf109 and Fw190 and others).

Highly recommend. Can't coment on VR as I don't own a VIVE yet but as far as I know, it is very early access so don't go out and buy this game just for that just now.

Another good point, the devs are very involved with the community and very open for feedback if you manage to substanciate your claims and present it in a non insulting manner.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
40.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Best WW2 Flight Sim, its hard, its unforgiving and its awesome... the only major negative is the lack of settings, that might cut some players off, and is a bad choice by the developers.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
63.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
A must have if you are into the WWII flight sim genre.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
I don't have crashing issues on this game so I feel for the people disliking the game for those reasons but everyone else is just a filthy casual.

If you want to unrealistically swoop through the sky and get ez kills go play war thunder, but if you want a real sim, something that actually resembles real warfare, this game does that wonderfully. Get a joystick and trackIR or a vive and it's go time boyo. Also my game time is much much higher than 3 hours but it doesnt track my time since the game exe launches through Thrustmaster Target software for some reason.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
55.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Higly recommend especially after updates. If you like WWII Flight Sims then you will enjoy the attention to detail of this sim. Even on the lowest graphic setting everything still looks great. If you prefer authenticity over arcade like gameplay then this is for you.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
40.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Great game, people saying "its too hard" and "theres no tutorial" are just ♥♥♥♥.
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