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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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:
http://forum.il2sturmovik.com/topic/12826-game-updates/?p=358037

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April 22

Dev blog #128

Hello everyone!

Battle of Moscow open beta is available for BoM owners for three weeks now. Of course, during this time we were busy improving the game.

First, the map of Moscow region has been improved, more evergreen trees were added.
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Second, we use the time it takes to finish the campaign cutscenes to improve the campaign missions. Additional story scenarios for the campaign are ready, as well as tactical overlays that show the current situation at operational level:
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Third, we're making some changes and additions to the campaign. We'll describe them in detail later, but here is a teaser:
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You can see full text and visual materials on our forum:
http://forum.il2sturmovik.com/topic/168-developer-diary/?p=351999

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Reviews

“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”
IGN

“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”
PCGamer

“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”
Polygon

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:

PLAY:
  • 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.

FLY:
  • 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!

COMBAT:
  • 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!

LEARN:
  • 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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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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Spooky Skellington
( 8.0 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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aawebb1
( 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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joesfoundry
( 27.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
super highly detailed to hell with warthunder arcade crap
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Bathturd
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
too hard and lame, uninstalled, my expectations where too high
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blackadder
( 49.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
great simulator, good graphic, best flight sim for me out there but not so good campaign (from start till end just like they repeated same 3 missions, there is no story, no epic moments, no character, no fun at all as a matter of campaign-zero fun)
after a while it's get boring, not game to play all the time just occasionaly but still great game in other aspects....
awesome simulator, lausy campaign
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xvii-Dietrich
( 39.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
TLDR : IL-2 Battle of Stalingrad is fairly limited, has a dull single-player campaign, and a poor multiplayer environment. The flight models are good, but the environment, graphics and sounds feel flat. It feels like a chore to play it.

Full review : IL-2 Battle of Stalingrad (IL2:BoS) is a flight simulator set on the Eastern Front at the turning point of the Second World War. The battle and backdrop are epic, but this simulator does not do it justice. Technically, the game engine is pretty good, and the simulation of the flight, damage and world environment are actually quite good. However, the interface, presentation and engagement with the player are poor.

There are a limited 8 aircraft in the game that you can fly, with a further two available as premium extras for purchase. Some of these are very similar (e.g. two variants of the Bf 109), making it feel even more limited. The implementations are okay, but there are some bugs which greatly detract from the experience. For example, there is a constantly flashing warning message telling you to retract the landing gear... on a Stuka (an aircraft with fixed undercarriage)! The aircraft have various degrees of automation, which I found frustrating. Another example is that the official paint-schemes are just a random assortment from throughout the war... such as desert camouflage in the Soviet Winter. Again, it doesn't stop gameplay, but it is detracting and unnecessary. Also, many of the interesting systems (radios, radar, navigations, etc.) are not implemented.

The graphics are fairly flat, making it feel cartoon-like. The icons/interface overlay is cluttered and confusing. The sounds are okay, but the radio messages sound very repetitive and stilted (like badly automated railway announcements). There are also modern "beep" sounds, which detract from the ambiance.

There is a multiplayer scene, but it is a bit quiet and lacking depth. However, the real let down is the single-player campaign. Rather than a career, where you can follow the progress of the squadron, get promotion, look after an individual aircraft and feel a sense of being there... the campaign is just a string of missions that feel randomly generated. There is some text and the missions work in themselves, but they feel very canned and lacking in depth. It is difficult to feel committed to them. Yes, there is an overall pilot rank and medals, but they are just for the gamer, and not for each individual career or aircraft.

Even the "unlock system" is weak. I know that some players hate them. To the contrary, I actually really like the unlocks. It gives you a sense of accomplishing something. However, these unlocks are a bit dull. Just extra bombs or new paintschemes, and it is often possible to bag several at once, removing the sense of accomplishment.

Although I've had this title for quite some time, and have an interest in the Eastern Front due to personal connection, I simply have not had any enthusiasm for this title. Given its age, it has already matured, so no significant development can be expected to improve the situation. For an arcade player, there are far more extensive titles. For the hard-core simulator enthusiast, IL2:BoS falls short.

I do not recommend this title.
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Ragerpac
( 69.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
Best current WW2 flight sim next to il-2 CLOD and DCS. Good physics, good graphics and gets regular updates. It is a simulator though so if you want to just shoot at planes and do not want to learn how to fly, this is not for you (then you might want to check out War Thunder or something like that).
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katanassov
( 25.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
Graphics is good, game probably good for professionals, but can’t comment.
A lot of restrictions for people who just what to have some fun…
Not additional pilot can be added, so the game literary cannot be shared in the family?!?!
Sorer, never seen a game like that…..
Score probably 6/10
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Kackspacken
( 233.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13
There are some Pros and Cons.

Pro:
Good flight feeling
Realistic damage model
Detailed map
Good graphics

Con:
Leveling system
Game crashes sometimes
Expensive DLC planes

All in all still the best WW2 flight simulator i think.
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ivomajic34
( 160.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
As far as the flight model goes this game is perfect, but I'm not satisfied with sounds and effects at all..
For example, stuka siren sounds like old Zitroen DS car..it's terrible!
I know this is simulation and I love ultra realistic flight sims myself, but flyby sounds are total crap..
The effects of bullets hitting airplane are quite fine, but bullets hitting ground are very bad.
Ground explosions are all the same (they look a bit of static..).
And most important, there are so little missions, and only two campaigns.
Campaigns are very borring and only reason that you can play campaign is because you can unlock something, not because they are exiciting..
I hope that some day all of this will be changed because we all want WW2 athmosphere, but there is no ww2 athmosfere in game except in intro..

Kind Regards
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
The most realistic ww2 flight sim that money can buy, trust me on THIS. There is nothing more realistic than this, if you ever wanted to fly planes for the russians or germans during ww2 in stalingrad or moscow, this is the simulator for you. Massive coverage, insane realism. BELIEVE ME ON THIS: It is WORTH $80. Dont get standard, as it doesnt unlock everything for you and you will want the dlcs later trust me, just get premium. It's worth saving for if you dont have the moeny. I aint messing with you, get this simulator when you get the chance + the moscow premium

REQUIRED THINGS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF IT:

-joystick is a must

-time to learn controls

-love the history / just for fun

-patience, I know you dont believe me, but if you dont have patience to learn the game and enjoy its beauty then dont buy it.

10 / 10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
69.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Best current WW2 flight sim next to il-2 CLOD and DCS. Good physics, good graphics and gets regular updates. It is a simulator though so if you want to just shoot at planes and do not want to learn how to fly, this is not for you (then you might want to check out War Thunder or something like that).
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
I love it 10/10 a must have for true air sim pilots.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
49.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
great simulator, good graphic, best flight sim for me out there but not so good campaign (from start till end just like they repeated same 3 missions, there is no story, no epic moments, no character, no fun at all as a matter of campaign-zero fun)
after a while it's get boring, not game to play all the time just occasionaly but still great game in other aspects....
awesome simulator, lausy campaign
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.0 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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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
233.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
There are some Pros and Cons.

Pro:
Good flight feeling
Realistic damage model
Detailed map
Good graphics

Con:
Leveling system
Game crashes sometimes
Expensive DLC planes

All in all still the best WW2 flight simulator i think.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
REAL PLANE SIMULATOR WITH FIGHT!!! OF COURSE you have to buy joyistik and freetack.
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10 of 19 people (53%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
39.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
TLDR : IL-2 Battle of Stalingrad is fairly limited, has a dull single-player campaign, and a poor multiplayer environment. The flight models are good, but the environment, graphics and sounds feel flat. It feels like a chore to play it.

Full review : IL-2 Battle of Stalingrad (IL2:BoS) is a flight simulator set on the Eastern Front at the turning point of the Second World War. The battle and backdrop are epic, but this simulator does not do it justice. Technically, the game engine is pretty good, and the simulation of the flight, damage and world environment are actually quite good. However, the interface, presentation and engagement with the player are poor.

There are a limited 8 aircraft in the game that you can fly, with a further two available as premium extras for purchase. Some of these are very similar (e.g. two variants of the Bf 109), making it feel even more limited. The implementations are okay, but there are some bugs which greatly detract from the experience. For example, there is a constantly flashing warning message telling you to retract the landing gear... on a Stuka (an aircraft with fixed undercarriage)! The aircraft have various degrees of automation, which I found frustrating. Another example is that the official paint-schemes are just a random assortment from throughout the war... such as desert camouflage in the Soviet Winter. Again, it doesn't stop gameplay, but it is detracting and unnecessary. Also, many of the interesting systems (radios, radar, navigations, etc.) are not implemented.

The graphics are fairly flat, making it feel cartoon-like. The icons/interface overlay is cluttered and confusing. The sounds are okay, but the radio messages sound very repetitive and stilted (like badly automated railway announcements). There are also modern "beep" sounds, which detract from the ambiance.

There is a multiplayer scene, but it is a bit quiet and lacking depth. However, the real let down is the single-player campaign. Rather than a career, where you can follow the progress of the squadron, get promotion, look after an individual aircraft and feel a sense of being there... the campaign is just a string of missions that feel randomly generated. There is some text and the missions work in themselves, but they feel very canned and lacking in depth. It is difficult to feel committed to them. Yes, there is an overall pilot rank and medals, but they are just for the gamer, and not for each individual career or aircraft.

Even the "unlock system" is weak. I know that some players hate them. To the contrary, I actually really like the unlocks. It gives you a sense of accomplishing something. However, these unlocks are a bit dull. Just extra bombs or new paintschemes, and it is often possible to bag several at once, removing the sense of accomplishment.

Although I've had this title for quite some time, and have an interest in the Eastern Front due to personal connection, I simply have not had any enthusiasm for this title. Given its age, it has already matured, so no significant development can be expected to improve the situation. For an arcade player, there are far more extensive titles. For the hard-core simulator enthusiast, IL2:BoS falls short.

I do not recommend this title.
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7 of 14 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
160.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
As far as the flight model goes this game is perfect, but I'm not satisfied with sounds and effects at all..
For example, stuka siren sounds like old Zitroen DS car..it's terrible!
I know this is simulation and I love ultra realistic flight sims myself, but flyby sounds are total crap..
The effects of bullets hitting airplane are quite fine, but bullets hitting ground are very bad.
Ground explosions are all the same (they look a bit of static..).
And most important, there are so little missions, and only two campaigns.
Campaigns are very borring and only reason that you can play campaign is because you can unlock something, not because they are exiciting..
I hope that some day all of this will be changed because we all want WW2 athmosphere, but there is no ww2 athmosfere in game except in intro..

Kind Regards
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