WarBirds 2016 is now in its 20th year of simulating flight combat in World War II. The game includes solo and online versions with over 120 aricraft. New for 2016 are more planes, improved flight models, new terrain areas and more online special events.
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Mixed (26 reviews) - 50% of the 26 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 21, 2015

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WarBirds 2016 availability begins September 28th, 2015! This update to the world famous WarBirds, Combat Flight Simulation, in its 20th year, has 4 new aircraft, 10 new terrains and new flight models for 22 aircraft. The online version of WarBirds now has the S3 Historical Events beginning on Sept 13th and going through June 2016, new Combined Arms arenas, and a new Advanced Flight Model Arena for veteran pilots. If you don't have WarBirds, now is the time to get this great WWII aviation combat simulator. If you have purchased WarBirds 2015 you will be updated automatically, at no additional cost.

WarBirds can be played either in single player "solo" mode with computer-controlled enemies, or online with human and computer-controlled allies and opponents.

Single player WarBirds offers over 20 flight training modules, 12 instant action missions from Bomber Ambush to Rear Gunner action, and a Free Flight mode where the player can pick from 5 different combat game modes, from Air to Air, Free Flight, Target Drones, Bomber Ambush, or Ground Attack in one of over 15 geographic terrains, and choose to fly one of over 120 aircraft and ground vehicles. Gamers choose one of three levels of pilot expertise: Rookie, Veteran, or the highly skilled Ace. In each air battle the player can score points, build rank and acquire medals on the road to the coveted title of WGFP, "Worlds' Greatest Fighter Pilot!"

Online WarBirds is free to purchasers of the Steam version of WarBirds. Online you can sign up for personal training with WarBird's corps of flight instructors, compete in air-to-air action against other real players in online combat and join online squadrons. Go on raids with squadron mates and participate in special events that reenactment many of the great battles of World War II. More information about the WarBirds online community is available at http://www.Totalsims.com. In addition, for no charge, all WarBirds Online players have access to a Teamspeak 3 server. This allows online players to use voice communication within the game.

While WarBirds Online is free, IENT is a business, so of course there are limitations. During the first month online you have complete access to all features at no charge. After the first month, you can still play free, but you are limited to an early war plane set, which varies from arena to arena. To access the full set of all aircraft in all arenas, Steam players can purchase day, week or month passes, which range from $2.99 to $15.95. If you just want to play in a specific event on a specific day, the Day Pass is best for you. If you want to play with the best planes, against the best players, whenever you want, the Month Pass is your best choice.

WarBirds 2016 continues to dedicate itself entirely to remarkable historical accuracy and detail. After 20 years it is still one of the most impressive WWII combat flight simulations available. Choose from countless online scenarios, modes and options that give WarBirds a stunningly deep playing experience. Pick from an array of WWII aircraft and vehicles (even tank battles occur if you want to jump in and participate), each with entirely unique combat characteristic and personality, making each plane a new experience.

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System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7,8
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader 3 Compatible
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Joystick, mouse and keyboard
    Recommended:
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
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Mixed (26 reviews)
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0.3 hrs
Posted: May 22
WarBirds - World War II Combat Aviation:

Warning: This game is not for the amatuer / average gamer

This game was developed quite some years ago and was ahead of itself for what it offered. It has been updated and now out on steam.
The game is air combat flight simulator with a very realistic feel and control. After playing the steam version it still feels the same as the old school versions, very hard to learn and I suggest you def' want to get a joystick to help fly.. trust me the keyboard and mouse does not cut it.

Pros:
~ A good mix of content
~ Realistic controls
~ Flight sim buffs im sure will be happy
~ Dogfights with computers or other people in multiplayer

Cons:
~ Graphics and sound are a little outdated
~ I wish it was easier to learn , this is not for the average gamer
~ I had trouble with this and Windows 8.1 and 10{Windows 7 worked perfect}

Overall: 6.5/10
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majhor
8.2 hrs
Posted: May 19
Tried to into tank arena and wouldn't allow me. guess all access isn't exactly all. Never saw more than 20 or 30 total players
in the main arena that left a lot of dead space. The only difference between now and 20 years ago is less people.
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Strider
18.4 hrs
Posted: April 15
As one who has played this game on and off for close to 20 years, this is THE classic WW2 online flight sim. If you want realistic flight models, an opportunity to fly in historical events run by the community and supported by the publisher, and a mature community, then this is for you.

Most of the negative reviews will be for the graphics and to an extent the difficulty of the flight models. It takes a little time to learn how to fly effectively, but the payoff is that you are getting as close as it gets to what it might feel like to have flown one of these planes into action in WWII. Great community of people, good trainers, and most of the all, the weekly S3 series is immersive and REAL. Want to experience what it was like to escort B17's deep into Germany against the Luftwaffe, where you are constantly looking over your shoulder wonder if those dots on your high 6 are 190's? This is it! The rush of making a clean kill in these series is as good as it gets!

I think the game needs a graphics update, and some work on gameplay, but if realism, immersion, and a great mature community are important, then this has it in spades.

Great game!
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LordKhil
30.6 hrs
Posted: February 24
Been playing the game for years, its been so much fun, from main arena to Crazy fun Sunday S3's this game has much to offer. If your into flight simulators then this is the game forr you!!
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jimbeamer5
0.8 hrs
Posted: February 13
Can't understand what the attraction is. Sub par graphics (should be called Warbirds 1996), sub par gameplay - you'd have to be autistic to enjoy this - I think that explains it. Only played an hour and there's NOTHING that would make me spend another minute in it. It's not bad, it's just no good. It's like some 13 year old novice coder saw Il-2 and said "I can do better". And didn't. Might be worth $5, it aint worth $15.

Avoid.
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rraaddeekk
8.4 hrs
Posted: February 1
Game graphics are nice, phisics of the planes are nice. I've played this game for 3 days, first two was ok but third day got 5 disconnections, ridiculous! First you have to climb for 5-10 min to get fight or to reach field you want to attack, then you are disconnected! No way people dont pay for this, you will loose time and money. Someone told me at the chat there that it happens sometimes. So its not only me complaining.
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ELSPAIR
0.9 hrs
Posted: January 5
I thought this would be a suitable replacement for Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator. NOT! The realistic settings leave the aircraft uncontrollable, while on the other hand the "easy" setting doesn't allow for any manueverability. The soundtrack is horrible. OMG I got that lousy music going through my head! Dum dum dum do dee dumm do! I could go on, but I've made my point. Don't waste your money. Dum dum dum do de dum do dum de do do............
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petie43
0.5 hrs
Posted: December 24, 2015
SUX
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Kurshuk
0.8 hrs
Posted: December 18, 2015
MMO subscription pricing for a game with an up front fee.

"While WarBirds Online is free, IENT is a business, so of course there are limitations. During the first month online you have complete access to all features at no charge. After the first month, you can still play free, but you are limited to an early war plane set, which varies from arena to arena. To access the full set of all aircraft in all arenas, Steam players can purchase day, week or month passes, which range from $2.99 to $15.95. If you just want to play in a specific event on a specific day, the Day Pass is best for you. If you want to play with the best planes, against the best players, whenever you want, the Month Pass is your best choice."

Recommend you do not buy. Aces high is essentially a more populated version of the same thing with a sub, but no up front fee. I'll admit that the flight model, damage model and graphics are better here. Not ok at all that they charge for the base game if they're going for subscriptions. Feels greedy.

EDIT 1 2015/12/19: Apparently with steam you're supposed to get a month of sub with the purchase so the 15 you spend is supposed to cover the first month of online play. The UI advises to create an account after every training, instant action, mouseclick, but if you make a new account it won't link with steam correctly. Still recommend aces high over this one, free to download and play offline or on private servers, subscription for online arena play, higher server populations.
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SANDMAN838
0.2 hrs
Posted: November 10, 2015
Man I loved this flight sim
went and bought it, does not even boot up crashes every time
guess it does not like win 8.1
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38 of 43 people (88%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2015
MMO subscription pricing for a game with an up front fee.

"While WarBirds Online is free, IENT is a business, so of course there are limitations. During the first month online you have complete access to all features at no charge. After the first month, you can still play free, but you are limited to an early war plane set, which varies from arena to arena. To access the full set of all aircraft in all arenas, Steam players can purchase day, week or month passes, which range from $2.99 to $15.95. If you just want to play in a specific event on a specific day, the Day Pass is best for you. If you want to play with the best planes, against the best players, whenever you want, the Month Pass is your best choice."

Recommend you do not buy. Aces high is essentially a more populated version of the same thing with a sub, but no up front fee. I'll admit that the flight model, damage model and graphics are better here. Not ok at all that they charge for the base game if they're going for subscriptions. Feels greedy.

EDIT 1 2015/12/19: Apparently with steam you're supposed to get a month of sub with the purchase so the 15 you spend is supposed to cover the first month of online play. The UI advises to create an account after every training, instant action, mouseclick, but if you make a new account it won't link with steam correctly. Still recommend aces high over this one, free to download and play offline or on private servers, subscription for online arena play, higher server populations.
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25 of 32 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2015
(3 years of prior experience before Steam version)

Right first things first this isn't War Thunder so if you are looking for flashy graphics this isn't the combat sim for you. Where this sim compromises on graphics it makes up for it in its large open area online combat in arenas spaning 100s of square miles full of targets, such as airbases, towns, docks, supply depots and carrier battle groups. The aim is in closing the enemies bases/towns etc. to allow friendy troop transports to paratroop and capture them for your side, with victory being achieved when you control all of the map (though don't expect it in a single day cause as mentioned they are LARGE maps).

Flying is not to difficult as long you don't stall ('Realistic' flight mode), I recommend using a joystick not a gamepad, and flying the training and offline combat in easy flight mode first in order to get a feel of the 100+ aircraft (all of which are available to fly, none of this unlocking and paying for special types), though I do stress that all online flight is with the 'realistic' flight mode so get the hang of flying with it on before venturing into the online arenas.

The aircraft models are are mixture of realism and the need to allow ease of playability, and I will say straight away to head off the 'they don't fly realisticly' crowd, of course they won't this is a COMPUTER SIMULATION (this is why I put qoutes unquotes Realistic above), as with all sims compromises had to be made in order to have a large number of combat flyable types within a 4gig package ALL READY TO FLY FROM THE GET GO!!
That being said each aircraft has its own quirks, and you need to know whether the type you are flying is a 'Turn and Burner' Like say the Spitfire and A6M Zero or a 'Boom and Zoomer' like the Bf109 and F4U Corsair, because this will dictate how you use them in combat. Also bombers, you need to know whether you will need a full fuel load or not cause this will dictate whether you would be able to take off or not with that heavy bomb load of yours.

The online community is for the majority freindly and approachabl with great comradeship within the arenas and the different sqauds available to join once you have been flying online a while. Though the number of online players will Vary from day to day and within in the different timezones due to us all spread out over different countries.
I also recommend getting the free downloadable TeamSpeak com system since this is where all squad voice coms are controlled.

As a note basic online membership is around $13 a month or there abouts (don't qoute me on that) and that gets you unlimited access to the main arena.

I am sure to have forgotten to mention a large number of things but these are what I could remember off the top of my head for the time being.

This is Vulcan member of the 'Doolittle Raiders' signing off and I hope to meet you in the air sometime.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2015
Ive played the older versions of this game for a long time and loved those. the new 2016 version runs very smoothly and it is a refreshing updated game! the online play against other real pilots is a fun and exciting experience, especially the coordinated events that have large numbers of people sometimes upwards of 200 people flying missions at one time. i reccomend this game to any avid WWII flying buffs that enjoy a realistic take on WWII dogfighting.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
535.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2015
Highly Recommend this simulation! Been playing it since 2009, finally glad it is on steam. Very realistically structured, in terms of flight models of aircraft and weaponry and load outs. This isnt your typical shoot em up and fly home simulation. A lot of variables to keep you busy, and coming back. Very addictive once you get hang of it. Check in with some squads, and people will help you out :)
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
WarBirds - World War II Combat Aviation:

Warning: This game is not for the amatuer / average gamer

This game was developed quite some years ago and was ahead of itself for what it offered. It has been updated and now out on steam.
The game is air combat flight simulator with a very realistic feel and control. After playing the steam version it still feels the same as the old school versions, very hard to learn and I suggest you def' want to get a joystick to help fly.. trust me the keyboard and mouse does not cut it.

Pros:
~ A good mix of content
~ Realistic controls
~ Flight sim buffs im sure will be happy
~ Dogfights with computers or other people in multiplayer

Cons:
~ Graphics and sound are a little outdated
~ I wish it was easier to learn , this is not for the average gamer
~ I had trouble with this and Windows 8.1 and 10{Windows 7 worked perfect}

Overall: 6.5/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Tried to into tank arena and wouldn't allow me. guess all access isn't exactly all. Never saw more than 20 or 30 total players
in the main arena that left a lot of dead space. The only difference between now and 20 years ago is less people.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Game graphics are nice, phisics of the planes are nice. I've played this game for 3 days, first two was ok but third day got 5 disconnections, ridiculous! First you have to climb for 5-10 min to get fight or to reach field you want to attack, then you are disconnected! No way people dont pay for this, you will loose time and money. Someone told me at the chat there that it happens sometimes. So its not only me complaining.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
Been playing the game for years, its been so much fun, from main arena to Crazy fun Sunday S3's this game has much to offer. If your into flight simulators then this is the game forr you!!
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 24, 2015
As some others may have mentioned - Warbirds is, at it's heart, an on-line, massive multiplayer, very realistic WWII flight simulation. It has extensive offline options that can be enjoyed for itself - well worth the price - these are used by members of the on-line community to hone their skills and as a learning center for new players to develope their flying skills. They can be enjoyed for themselves but the real action is head-to-head play online.

It certainly does NOT require continual in-game purchases to upgrade and/or grinding to get into an aircraft that is competitive. From day one - in off-line and on-line play (depending on historical arena timeframes & subscription) all aircraft and loadouts are available. The selection is entirely up to you.

The flight models are as realistic as the WB development team can make them and they are based on actual performance data. Some aircraft are more forgiving than others - just as they were in real life. There is a learning curve as in all flight sims. A joystick will be the preferred controller - you don't need a super pricey model.

And the community is very welcoming and helpful, esp. for new players. Well worth the investment!
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2015
This is the best ww2 flight simulator i have played in a long long time. ive played it for three years and i love it still. Highly recommend it
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