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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December 3

Version 1.007

Version 1.007
  • Polish localization added;
  • A tree was removed from a runway near Davydovka;
  • Signal fires were moved to correct positions at the Illarionovsky airfield;
  • Model of the prop twist on FW 190 fixed;
  • The bug with sun filter on Ju 87 fixed;
  • Head plate shadow bug that appeares with a turret installed was fixed;
  • Shadow and SSAO bug on removed flaps fixed;
  • Lag between pushing the button and firing decreased from 0,1 sec to 0,02 sec;
  • Collision with invisible objects on Lapino and Tatsinskaya airfields fixed;
  • The bug with AI wingmen taking off on Fw 190s fixed (both tail wheel and engine management flaws removed);
  • The issue with a damaged plane getting a speed boost fixed;
  • Oil pressure indication added;
  • Field cannon Pak 38 added;
  • Shaking of a slightly damaged plane decreased;
  • StuG III Ausf C-D added;
  • Color of armored glass framing fixed on Bf 109 F-4;
  • Player limit on dedicated servers set to 48. We ask all hosts to decrease the number of server clients in case if tickdelay gets higher than 18ms;
  • Time of drawing plane's skin was decreased;
  • A plane that is caught in the enemy airspace after the side rotation on a MP server is no longer getting the "captured" state;
  • You may hear dogs barking in the villlages.

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November 28

Developer Blog #85

by Zak

Hi Everybody,

As you could have noticed already, we switched to a more regular schedule of weekly updates. New versions are released in the middle of each week, but Fridays remain to be the special time when we are ready to share some interesting and important news with you.

It's one of these days today. First of all, we are going to change the limit of players on dedicated servers and make it 48 pilots per server. During a test period, hosts will be sharing the performance data with us, and the future of this setting is going to be determined by these results. I hope that this extra capacity will help the mission makers to create even more exciting experience for all pilots.

Secondly, we are working on the unflyable Ju 52, so here're 3 screenshots with it for you below. Obviously, it's not complete yet. We'll keep you informed about the progress of its development during winter.

Have a nice weekend everyone!





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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

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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 favourite 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.
  • Unique and detailed damage model shows how deadly the weapons can be and will challenge even the best pilots.
  • For those that won’t make it back to base, each plane comes equipped with a handy parachute!

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: Windows® XP (SP3) / Vista (SP1) / Windows® 7 (SP1) / Windows® 8
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
    • Additional Notes: DirectX®-compatible flight stick required
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® XP (SP3) / Vista (SP1) / Windows® 7 (SP1) / Windows® 8
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 10 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®-compatible
    • Additional Notes: DirectX®-compatible flight stick required
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
153.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
I have just recently gotten in to the flight sim games, and i really enjoy them. This is the first real flight sim I have actually played properly. So i am biased so you might not want to trust my opionon but well I am going to give it anyway. I think this game is apsoulutly amazing in every way ( not every way, exageration). One of my favorite things about the game is the flight model's are amazing the planes feel almost real. I love it. It is actually enjoyable to just fly the aircraft. The damage of your weapons feels like you are actually shooting real cannons and guns they feel so powerfull i love it. Also the collisions are nice sould use improvement i thing thought. the game run smoothlly and looks great. the game sounds pretty good too i like the engine sounds when inside of the cockpit or leaning out the window.One big thing about the game for me is the multiplayer. It's my favorite part. I love it, but there is quite a big problem with it. There is never enought players so my advice to you is buy the game we need more players .
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Bought Rise Of Fliht for about a year ago. Same developer as IL-2. After a short while i bought the Logitech 3d Pro (good and not to expensive flystick) and i had some fun hours with it.. I really like rof but wanted a ww2 game more.. Some days ago i found this game and right from the beginning i loved it. Sure you have to unluck things but that dosnt matter. Only makes it more fun, cause you have something to look forward to. I really like the rank you gain. Graphis is very nice. The skyes looks awesome. The ground is not the best but they just used more resurces for the planes ,sky etc.. So if you want a action packed game yet a game where you can still chill and fly around the same time, this is it! It takes some time to get good at shooting, but if you stick to it and practise, you will be rewarded! See you in the sky..
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33 of 60 people (55%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Update Nov 28th 2014 : New user based missions are making an appearance which could directly address one of my issues with this game. (http://forum.il2sturmovik.com/topic/168-developer-diary/page-3#entry206660) Once I have had a chance to try this out I will come back and amend my review)

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Pros:
- Amazing graphics
- Very realistic flight model and physics
- Plane damage models seem very accurate

Cons:
- Grindfest to unlock anything at all. Every single item in the game requires something be done to unlock it.
- The dynamic campaign system for SP has very little variety
- Already having DLC plane packs for a sim game before it was even released. (IMO no early access game should ever have any DLC available for it before official release. And if you are a dev planning on it still, at least keep it under wraps until the official release date)
- No scenery variety (White snowy horizon, everywhere)
- Low number of planes to pick from although this is understandable since they spend way more time on the flight physics models of each plane to make it perfectly accurate. (This makes adding more planes in time consuming and cost more)

And the big one for me:

- No proper oculus rift support despite the promise: "We’re now sure that Battle of Stalingrad will be released with complete compatibility with Oculus RIft VR". I bought this game because of that promise. Now I find out on their russian forum (via google translate) that for the moment they are abandoning dk2 development (not a single announcment of this in English) and are blaming Oculus for the problems they are having, claiming "Oculus forgot about them" What does that even mean? How did DCS, WarThunder, DCOC, Outerra, Elite Dangerous, Lunar Flight, etc figure it out?

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Summary:
Grindfest with empty promises of OR support.
Don't buy it.


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18 of 35 people (51%) found this review helpful
46.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
This is such a great game to play while listening to the songs from Frozen..
LET IT GO
LET IT GO
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27 of 53 people (51%) found this review helpful
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Casual simmer’s view:
Pros:
- Decent graphics – cockpits lack perfect resolution, aircraft graphics are nice, and during daylight flying there always seems to be a bit of haze in the air. Stalingrad air pollution, perhaps. Very nice environment in lower light levels. Pyrotechnics look good. Can be tough to discern ground elements…am I dropping bombs on artillery or deer hunters out there in the snow? I guess buildings look ok but generic.
- I’m not a rivet counter, but fighters feel like fighters and bombers feel like bombers. I’ll leave aircraft performance reviews to the pros.
- Easy to jump in and get started, so it’s pretty accessible for folks new to the flight sim genre. Forget about tutorials or any game documentation. Youtube does have some good videos.
Cons:
- According to the developers, the team is concentrating on single player first. Wow…The XP grind fiasco is a complete buzzkill. I flew about 15 missions in the IL-2 waiting for the laser death ray, hyperboost and adamantium skeleton for my crews but never got them. Instead I got a tailgunner and turret for my IL-2. I shouldn’t have to grind through missions for that. I don’t play Ratchet and Clank for a reason.
- The inspired-by-genius XP system suffers from a glitch. During heavy playing times (like the weekend) the XP system stops working. Want to grind out a few missions before the Seahawks game? Think again...grind all you want, but none of it will count till admin fixes the system on Monday morning.
- Insipid single player mission design. Take off, fly to “action point,” bomb the train/line of 4 artillery batteries (yep 4 every time…aligned string straight)/two tanks and AA unit/transportation convoy, or shootdown enemy aircraft, return to base. Over. And over. And over. No one should call this a “campaign” by any definition. If the Russian winter and Red Army didn’t kill the German 6th Army, playing this game would have ended them as well…there lies Field Marshall Paulus…bored to death with a joystick nearby.
- Except for the chapter introductions, the missions lack any sense of continuity. Then again, with the mind numbing sameness for each mission, who really cares? At first I was disappointed that we didn’t see the Ju-52 in the game. And I was hoping to see a lot more action on the ground…huge artillery barrages, fierce armor battles, building-to-building fighting in the streets. Nope, none of that. A smattering of the aforementioned ground targets, and that's about it. Then again, after the grind for 3+ chapters, I stopped caring about the war.
- Goofy AI. Sometimes your wingmen listen to you, sometimes they don’t. Enemy AI is equally weird. Very accurate tailgunners, but brain dead fighter interceptors. During my last Il-2 mission, I had six Bf-109Gs on my tail with zero escort. Didn’t suffer a scratch.
- Not as stable as I hoped. Minimum of one mission freeze or crash-to-desktop each time I played.
- A final minor “feature:” if you do purchase the game, do not use your real name or email address as your game name. Some folks have done that and are now stuck with it, which means you’re broadcasting your name onto every multiplayer server you log into. Developers’ response? “We have other priorities right now.” Yes you do boys, yes you do…
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191 of 251 people (76%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Early Access Review
I have been playing this sim since about five months ago via early access so what I will say here is really only based on that experience and not with the final product, if it is possible to edit/update my review once the final release occurs in September, I will be sure to do so.

1.) first impressions.

The menu/UI is slick and easy to work with, not a lot of fussing about is required to do anything at all and it is quick to get from your desktop to the cockpit. The overall menu presentation is pretty nice as well with the hanger containing your aircraft (the last one you flew with), this is not unlike 777's previous sim Rise of flight with it's museum backdrop with your aircraft in it.

Setting up controls was pretty straightforward and will be easy for anyone with any exprience in simulations previously or even War thunder, in fact, it shares some interesting ideas in terms of control binding with War thunder (in a good way).

Setting up the visual options is pretty basic with presets, I am not sure if this is going to be a permanent thing and sadly I suspect this will be something that really gets hit hard from those that are arbitrarily judging games based on the video options (due to some influence from certain youtube personalities).

2.) The visuals.

Visually this sim is stunning, the snowy backdrop may not be the most colorful or feature rich but it looks very impressive, easily giving you a sense of immersion, you will almost feel like you need a hot cup of coffee after flying your first sortie, it really does give the impression of winter very well.

The terrain itself is very highly detailed despite it's rather sparse nature, the snow is not just a flat texture but instead gives the impression of varying depths and snowbacks.

The Sky is very nice, the lighting helps sell the winter setting with a bright, cool sunlight that you would expect from that season, the cloud effects are probably the best I have ever seen in a sim with amazing effects as you fly through them, it really gives the whole thing a dramatic feeling when you set the flight time to early dawn or dusk as the colors get very beautiful.

The aircraft models are fantastic, they are detailed and well animated with rather impressive texture work, including a really nice reflection effect off the metal (this highlights very well that some aircraft were not entirely metal but instead had some fabric or wood parts). Additionally, the damage effects are great, the billowing smoke when you cause a fire is the most convincing I have seen in a sim and the fire effects are second to none at this point.

3.) Gameplay.

Like Rise of flight before it, IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad is a survey sim first and foremost, it is not trying to be DCS WWII or anything like that, nor is it trying to be very arcade like War thunder or Birds of prey, it's realism is found in it's flight models, weapon strength and damage models but like Rise of flight, you don't have a clickable cockpit or anything like that.

One thing to note very clearly however, you still need to manage your engine and it's cooling systems, these controls are not handled with your mouse in the cockpit but instead you bind these controls to your flight stick/throttle so you can easily access and manage them in combat. Additionally, the methods you use to manage your engine/cooling are realistic, you need to understand your aircraft's limits before you hop in the cockpit or else you will be blowing engines all over the place due to neglect.

The combat is the real star of the show (as it should be in a WWII air combat sim), the action feels fast, brutal and visceral, this is punctuated by the brutally effective weapons at your disposal, you will be knocking down aircraft pretty quickly due to the way these planes were armed (usually with a cannon through the nose cone and two machine guns on top of the nose), it will only take a few bursts to utterly trash a opponents aircraft.

One final note on gameplay, the feeling of flight (as I mentioned before) is something really special here, the sound, the control responses and the visuals all combine to really sell you the idea that you are flying in a aircraft, it just feels right in a way that is difficult to describe.


4.) The game modes.

This is a spot that will expand greatly as the game reaches completion, as it stands, you only have quick battle mode and some pretty limited online modes to choose from, this is understandable since these servers really only exist for testing and not for varied gameplay.

Once the mission editor is made available publicly (something that will happen despite what some have said on the forums), there will be a great deal more available for both single and multiplayer gamers.

The campaign mode is not yet implemented but it is probably coming soon to early access in some form or another, if it is like they describe, it will offer a good, historical experience that will span specific phases of the Battle of Stalingrad in a realistic way.

5.) Final thoughts.

I can understand the feelings that some may have when they visit the store-page and see the price and the "DLC" but it is important to note that in the flight simulation market, this price is indeed not only fair but very much business as usual, the seemingly high price comes from the fact that flight simulations are a extremely niche genre with a relatively small built in user-base, this is why IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad is not price the same as you might find from a more mainstream genre game, it is the only way that they can make enough money to justify the continued work on it.

As far as the "DLC" goes, it was made clear on the forums by the dev's some time ago that the extra planes were added as a fun extra for those willing to get the premium edition, they were not "removed" from the main game at all since they did not even serve in the Battle of Stalingrad anyway. More to the point, they are not "Pay to win" since they are not really the best aircraft anyway.

Those that are complaining about the extra planes should keep in mind that they were never really part of the main game anyway, they were simply a extra for the premium buyers, they are not objectively better, they are not "pay to win" they are just like any other premium edition of a game with extra content.

As a flight sim enthusiast first and foremost, I can happily say that this sim brings back a lot of the fun that one could find in IL-2 1946 while still offering a experience deep enough to keep DCS players intrigued.

If you like flight sims, if you like interesting multiplayer opportunities or even just the Eastern front air war in general, this is a great sim that will give you hours of fun.
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105 of 142 people (74%) found this review helpful
57.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Early Access Review
Excellent.

Even at this stage of early access the sim is highly polished and very impressive. The planes themselves feel very faithfully modelled, both visually (particularly the damage modelling) and in terms of flight characteristics. The narrower selection of planes means that each has been finished to a very high standard, although the developers have already made some suggestions about planes being added following release.

At the moment there are 10 planes scheduled for release, with only one (the HE-111 medium bomber) not yet added. The Soviets get the much-loved but definitely disadvantaged Lagg, the Yak-1, the Pe-2 and the IL-2. The Luftwaffe have the 109 F4, 109 G2 as well as the Stuka and the Heinkel. In addition to the 8 basic aircraft there are two additional "premium" aircraft (the FW 190 and the LA 5). These extra two aircraft can be purchased either in the premium version, or by waiting until launch and buying them individually.

The visual effects are obviously excellent and the sound is generally very good, although a few effects appear to be missing (eg some hit sounds on your own airraft), but that can probably be put down to the game still being in early access.

The AI is also very impressive and provides a very challenging opponent without resorting to any cheating: the AI follows the same rules as the player, has his vision constrained by the cockpit and controls his plane via control inputs as well. I've occasionally forgotten that I was fighting the computer rather than players online.

AI gunners also man the gunnery positions in the Heinkel, Pe-2, the Ju-87 and IL-2, however they can also be manned by other human players. Gunnery stations in each of the planes that have them are fully modelled from a first-person pov.

The multiplayer is also very fun, even at this early stage where it appears to be a basic team deathmatch placeholder. Servers offer two difficulty settings; Normal (icons, automatic engine management, navigation assists) and Expert (no icons, manual engine management and navigation).

EDIT: From reading the community page, a lot of people seem concerned that the La-5 and FW-190 premium aircraft are some sort of pay-to-win issue. They're intended for enthusiasts as neither played a significant part in the Battle of Stalingrad itself, and neither are the highest performing aircraft on either side: multiplayer is still largely a contest between the Yak-1 and the 109s.
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96 of 138 people (70%) found this review helpful
42.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Even though 1C GS claims BoS to be "The next generation of the legendary IL-2 Sturmovik series", the game has very little to offer for its hefty 50€ price tag.

In every aspect that the game seems to have something good going for it, the flaws set it back atleast two steps and severely hamper an enjoyable experience.

The focus on a single, major event of the war had promise for an immersive, story-driven campaign, but instead, the game is broken into five chapters of the same copy-pasted, "random" generated quick missions, of which there are five to choose from (Intercept, Escort, Ground Attack, Ground Support and Bombing).
These chapters all include a short intro cinematic, giving you a brief history lesson by recapping the most crucial moments of any operation or such at the time, but these are rather easily forgotten because everything is thrown at you in the 30 or so seconds these clips last.
But in the end, you'll just be flying the same missions, over and over again, while the tactical map looks a bit different each chapter.

Even worse is that since the campaign has nothing to offer on top of what the other gamemodes already don't (Quick mission builder and pre-made missions, no difference to the campaign), in a desperate attempt to draw you in or give you some sense of accomplishment, they opted for unlocks.
Yes, you actually have to grind the same scenarios over and over again in order to use some of the available weapons or mods, some of which were even the standard factory setup for the planes. Not very... simulationy.. is it?
This is excellent way of 1C telling you that they did not have anything to offer for a proper campaign, and instead force you to take the free-to-play design of slow grind for small progress.

With that said, the campaign atleast works in its own way and AI behavior is not outright ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, although your flight will often take the route of attacking a bomber directly from behind, and you'll most likely be dive-racing PE-2's at +600km/h in order to even have a chance to shoot them down.
Other gamemodes are similar to the campaign, though quick mission builder allows for more customization. Do note that you cannot "grind your unlocks" in any mode except campaign.

Plane selection is pretty much what you'd expect from such a title, Luftwaffe sports the ever-iconic Bf 109's, models F-4 and G-2, the Ju-87 "Stuka" divebomber, He-111 medium bomber. Soviet airforce has the less enticing selection consisting of the LaGG-3 and Yak-1 fighters, iconic IL-2 Sturmovik ground attacker and Pe-2 light bomber.
Both sides also have a special DLC fighter plane available, Fw 190 A-3 for the Luftwaffe and La-5 series 8 for the Soviets. And no, the premium DLC planes do not come fully unlocked, you still have to "grind the unlocks".

Each plane has it's unique characteristics; the 109's are fast and easy to handle, with cockpit layouts simple enough to learn fast, while the LaGG-3 is a tumbling mess, most dedicated into driving you to the ground while you try to make sense of the gauges, with the Yak staying far more competetive with the superior German fighters.
The Stuka and Sturmovik attack planes are both slow and steady, with very different methods of attack. The Stuka will mostly dive from above with its nose pointed almost directly down to bomb accurately, only airbrakes to slow the descent, while the IL-2 will attack almost level with rockets, bombs and big cannons for widespread destruction.
The bombers fly level, and bomb, when they're not just for target practice. Really, what else is there to say?

Commenting on flight or damage models is the hardest thing, but while the planes fly and get shot down like planes do (I guess), one can definitely say a lot of the arcade-like simplicity the mechanics and maintaining have.
All of the planes do their start-up routine with a push of a single button, with crucial actions remaining automated, or optionally, under manual control in a very simple way. This takes away a lot from the potential immersion, with "detailed aircraft systems modeling" being mostly text on the screen and few animations.

Multiplayer works well, with no larger bugs around, although the lack of servers and even the amount of max players per server is disappointing.

While the gameplay is definitely lacking, is there anything the AV department can salvage?

BoS does have decent lighting to complement the snow-covered potato fields and the clouds aren't low-resolution mush, gun and engine sounds are enjoyably powerful with models representing accurately their real-life counterparts.
But besides that, what can a game of such limited sensual experience give?

Sadly, this is again where the game falls short. Planes otherwise being well-detailed, their textures are low resolution, with blurry and blocky normal maps reflecting the sun off your wing in a gringeworthy glare, and jagged, low resolution shadow maps looking like they're about to cut your cockpit into half as they pass.
Sounds are incredibly bugged as well, with sound latency up to the level of you hearing your gunfire hits on the enemy plane, and it being impossible to hear your plane being hit.
Despite the seemingly low amount of graphical detail at any given time, the game has issues with low framerates, suttering and overall poor performance even on a modern, mid-end PC (i5-4690k, R9 270).

This is most likely due to the ancient DirectX 9 renderer the game uses, and very limited graphical customization, being limited to resolution, four presets of Low, Balanced, High and Ultra, with an added MSAA option.
Not even the v-sync is properly implemented with triple-buffering, so you'll most likely have to choose between massive tearing, or being locked to 30FPS on the slightest framedrop.

After all this, who is this game really for?
With its simplified systems and gameplay, I wouldn't recommend it for people looking for the most authentic simulation experience, it offers too little for the price.
But the same thing is true for the more casual player or enthusiast, it offers too little for the price and there are games out there that do most of what BoS offers, better and for less.

I can't help but feel this game was released crippled and is simply trying to ride the IL-2 name to simply break even. There's potential to this, but as it is currently, I can't recommend it to anyone.

Rating: 5/10 at the time this is written. Mostly for the working multiplayer, although many of the issues creep into there as well.
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148 of 233 people (64%) found this review helpful
71.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Battle of Stalingrad Falls Way Short of the Mark!
Firstly it should be renamed The 'Winter' Battle of Stalingrad because the winter map is all you get - no summer or autumn maps. And perhaps even the word 'battle' is inapropriate given that instead of the massive Stalingrad campaign involving vast numbers of planes, tanks, infantry and equipment you are presented with a bleak landscape where very little action takes place. You would hardly know there is a war going on let alone one of the most bitterly fought campaigns in history. And on top of that, there are so few available planes to fly. I don't expect a sim to be 100 % historically accurate, but really, a Stalingrad air battle simulation without JU52s? I can just about live with the fact there are no ME 110s (just about) but no JU52s? The whole point of the final phase of the Stalingrad air battle (and I repeat that is all you get) was providing the trapped German army with vital supplies from the air. In this important part of the battle JU52s were key. To a lesser extent the HE111 also contributed to the air-drops (and you do at least get this plane in the under-crowded hangar) but the JU52 was the principal work-horse. Making a Stalingrad sim without it is a huge oversight. In addition the different phases of the so called 'Campaign' are simply repetitions of the same meagre selection of missions given another title. Nothing more than scripted, non-dynamic quick missions with little or no variation. Last, but by no means least, you have to pay extra for two planes you should have received with the main product in the first place. After spending 50 euros on an incomplete sim it is a slap in the face to the customer to have to dish out another 18 euros for one additional aircraft. And by the way, DON'T. These aircraft are not in the same league as DCS World aircraft. For example, the flight characteristics of the FW 190 are almost laughable. Generally considered to be one of the most nimble, agile fighter of WWII, this simulated version snatches into a spin at the least provocation. It spins when you bank steeply and even during a simple barrell roll! Loops and Immelmans are performed reluctantly and the controls lock when you go into in a steep dive. The worst 190 flight model I have come across to date - a complete waste of money. (By the way, my HOTAS joystick equipment is top-notch.)
In general this over-priced sim is a missed opportunity. Instead of the high quality sim that flight enthusiasts were hoping for it is simply an upgraded IL2 1946, but without the variety, and with far fewer planes and far less playability. The graphics are ok, but they fall way short of Cliffs of Dover (which is better than BOS in every respect) and, inexplicably, there are no clickable cockpits! As for the unlocks, it is ridiculous that you are forced to grind your way through hours of mind-numbing, repetitous campaign missions just to unlock features you have already paid for. These locked features include gun-pods, rockets and even bombs! Incredibly, you have to do this for every single aircraft type! I suggest you wait and see before you buy. If the developers invest time and effort into completing this product and fixing the many problems it could potentially be an interesting simulation, and worth the price. But for the moment, don't buy it.

UPDATE
I tried and tried to like BOS. Being a flight sim fan I flew hours and hours of tedious missions (starting way back in pre-order days) hoping the devs would fix some of the many things that needed fixing. But very little has been done and enough is enough - I have deleted the game from my PC. I may try again in 6 months to see if anything has improved. But somehow I doubt things will have changed much. For now I have the feeling I've thrown my money away on a total rip-off. Back to Cliffs of Dover for a top flight-sim experience. Over and out!
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41 of 54 people (76%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Early Access Review
Being a fan from the first IL2 , and badly disapointed by the following Cliff of dover, i went through all the video and preview I could find about this new tittle.
And i'm really glad of having bouth it ! It's a gorgeous game (i owned Rise Of Fligh, so i knew the guy could do wonderd). It's fun to fly and weapons have a good punch (i'm not a great pilot, but it took me ALOT of bullet to take down something in CLODO).

Sure there isn't as close as the plane choice there was at the end of IL2-1946. but here you have very well modelised aircraft, with believable Flight model.

The online already works well ( i tested with 30+ players).

And concerning the price, i don't understand all the hatred i've read ?! every single AAA game coming out on pc is at 50€ ! and it's not offering a longuer play time !! So yes it's worth every penny, and unlike Free 2 play game, you don't have to buy the 17€ DLC to win. (by the way, any DCS addon is twice this price ... )

So in conclusion, GO FOR IT, it's the real sequel to IL2
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51 of 71 people (72%) found this review helpful
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Not the greatest SIM, Very far from the worst..

Only played for a few hours but i'm really enjoying this. There are only a few minor things that I kind of dislike, but for the most part it's a very well created sim and looks pretty damn good.

They could do away with the unlocks but hey its not a sim killer
graphics are pretty amazing
the missions are a bit bland and the friendly ai planes just get in my way (think they are more hungry for the kill than I am) - although i have not looked at how to give them orders yet so probably my own fault
flight dynamics are pretty good
damage models are awesome

that is all...... for now..
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226 of 368 people (61%) found this review helpful
133.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Early Access Review
I highly recommend this Flight Sim, it is however not for the faint of heart, and you defiantly need a joystick.
Advanced flight models, each plane has its quirks. The graphics for a DX9 games is basically the best and if not better than DX11.
If the price scares you just get the lower end and when they come out with a sale in about 3 to 4 weeks you can pick up the other planes.
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50 of 71 people (70%) found this review helpful
49.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Early Access Review
The best combat flight sim since IL-2:1946. Buy a joystick, learn to fly, be amazed. Seriously, just go do your first bombing at night-time. Go fight competitively in multiplayer. Hop into a gunner position on a bomber. Adjust your prop pitch, A/F mixture, Radiator/Oil grilles, flaps, bombsight, etc or just play normal and have the computer optimize it for you as your focus on dogfights and bombing.

Seriously, this game is awesome. Get it, learn it, enjoy!
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133 of 213 people (62%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Early Access Review
If you search for a WW2 Flighsimulation which focuses on the combat and flying aspect with reasonable plane systems depth then this is the one to go with.

The flightmodel is great and each plane behaves completely different and believable.
The damagemodel includes all different kinds of parts flying off your plane while beeing shot at - even by wind resistance when a part of your plane is already weakend.

Its still in development but supersedes most flightsims which were released years ago already.
Highly recommended! - imho.
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38 of 51 people (75%) found this review helpful
147.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Early Access Review
Hands down the best WW2 flight sim out there. I've owned the others and nothing comes close. Not even finished yet and it's good. Great FMs and DMs. Cool graphics. Runs great on my rig. Can't wait til it's finished. No stupid mouse aimers letting their computer do the flying and claiming what great "aces" they are. So far it has everyting I've wanted in a WW2 flight sim.
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84 of 130 people (65%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
very easy control, you take off, you shot, you no ammo you ram, comrade stalin be pround
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131 of 214 people (61%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Early Access Review
NNNNOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! THAT IS NOT OK!!!!!

YOU CANNOT PUT UNLOCKS IN A FLIGHT SIMULATOR!!!! IT DEFEATS THE DAMN POINT!!!!!

Really, the dullards who would lose interest without unlocks are not the type of people who play serious flight simulators.

Look at Red Orchestra, there are no meaningful unlocks, nobody cares about them. People play the game because anyone can do anything regardless of how long they've been playing.

People who play flight simulators are intelligent people with work and ♥♥♥♥ to do!!! WE DON'T HAVE TIME TO GRIND TO UNLOCK THIS CRAP!!!!!!

This was my previous review which mostly holds true.
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Excellent interface and physics.

They even let you change the response function on your input. (which is really quite excellent for a flight sim)

The crash and damage physics are exactly what you'd want them to be. (like 1946, but more modern)

Now that it's not published by ubisoft, we're getting much more game for the money.

Ok, here are some nit picks (obviously it's not done yet):
The slomo is not as good as in cliffs of dover. (cliffs of dover let you see the individual prop blades) So, the trailer is a lie....

Also, It defaulted to using my CPU's integrated graphics instead of my GPU... I've never had a game do that. So if yours runs really slow, open your nvidia control panel and make sure it's set to use the GPU instead of auto selecting.

The DLC is overpriced.... (but I bought it anyway.. :-P)
Really though... I'd like more planes as DLC, but they need to be much cheaper, like 2.50 or something, maybe 5, not 20.

Overall, I'm really happy with how it's coming along.

PS I noticed some people don't realize that you must register the CD keys with your account that you create... So do that.. (or you can't log in)
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46 of 67 people (69%) found this review helpful
86.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Early Access Review
The first time i played IL2 8 years ago i was amazed how real it felt.
Never found a flight sim like it.
Very realistic flying.
Just as good or better than the first.
Early Access so far is sweet stuff!
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36 of 50 people (72%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Early Access Review
About 10 years back I was really buissy flying IL-2 Sturmovik. I spent all my free time after work on it for many years.

But one important thing happend to me. I dicovered 3D. I flew FSX for a couple of years because that SIM was close to exellent regarding 3D. If the SIM/game didnt have 3D, I did not buy it.

I have read a lot about this SIM before I bought it. No one said anything about 3D.
Anyhow, this SIM beats even FSX as I see it. ALL 3D works almost exellent, (except around the widows in clouds, and waypoint-icons are not yet fixed), but I hope thouse small bugs soon will dissapear.

After flying IL-2 Sturmovik for all these years, this SIM finally appear. As I see it, other WW2
SIM´s are far from this class.
If you, the reader, have been convinced that a SIM/game is not worth spending time on if it don´t have exellent 3D, this is (when the the above mentioned bugs have bee sorted out), the best WW2-SIM that you can buy today.

I have heard some talks about the flight models. After all these years, flying IL-Sturmovik for hours most nights, I cant say that there is something wrong with this SIM-models, (maybe a little bit harder to land if anything :)

And when the Campaign came out, I didn´t even try it for a couple of days. Starting in the air was not real to me. But when I finally tryed a few missions, I was amazed at the way is was done. After just a few missions, take off was also from the ground, (and that was not as easy as it was in Olegs very exellent IL-2 Sturmovik SIM´s).

I just finally want to say, if the work on this SIM is kept up as in Rise of Flight, I don´t think there will be any real competition for a long time, regarding exellent WW2 SIM´s.
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37 of 52 people (71%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Well, after playing for over 4hrs, I love it!

I've been playing flight simulators since the early 80's, and actually that's the reason I got into computers to begin with. I remember a time when a person could walk into a computer game store (yes, it only sold computer games, not console games), and that's all you would see on the shelves.... Flight Simulators!

It's sad that now you don't see Flight Sims that much, so I'm very pleased to see that 1C/777 are doing what they can to keep the genre alive. I played the hell out of the original IL2 games, and still do actually. I was so excited when I heard that they were coming out with a new IL2. And I'm just blown away!

The graphics are top knotch! The realism, again top knotch! The fact that I can't lean my head out the window (using TrackIR head tracking) until I open the canopy is freaking cool! The way the cockpit rattles when you fire up the engine, and the damage models when objects are hit by bullets is unbelievable!

Now there are a few things that I've seen that people are complaining about, such as the inability to use multiple monitors, and the way you have to gain EXP to unlock paint schemes and new guns and so on. But if you ask me, that's all really minor stuff. I use one monitor, and with the head tracking using TrackIR I don't see the need for multiple monitors. And I sort of like the EXP system that it has, gives me something to work for, other than just getting through missions.

I was a little dissapointed in the number of planes you are able to fly, the original IL2 games had freaking tons of planes! I'm hoping that 1C/777 release new planes, and if this game is as big of a hit as I think it will be, I'm sure they will. Unfortunatly I'm also sure that each new plane will be through purchasing (looks like they will be priced at around $20 by looking at the two extra planes they have available now). But personally I don't mind, the company has to make money, and in this day and age, where the younger generation just wants FPS games, paying $20 for a new high quality plane is nothing. I've spent way more than that on my other flight simulator addons.

So would I recommend this game? HELL YEA!

Even if you have never flown a flight simulator before, this is a good way to get started!
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