Join the Royal Air Force, face off against the deadly German Luftwaffe and the Italian air forces and battle for Britain!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (228 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 19, 2011
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About This Game

Join the Royal Air Force and Battle for Britain!
Fly into the pivotal aerial battle for the skies of Britain. As a member of the British RAF, face off against the deadly German Luftwaffe and the Italian air forces. IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover is the next exciting World War II flight combat simulation title from 1C: Maddox Games, creators of the critically acclaimed IL-2 Sturmovik series.

Features

  • Fight the Wars of History – England, 1940; Germany is waging a massive air campaign for the absolute supremacy of the skies. Join the battle to save Britain.
  • Over 25 Aircrafts – English, German & Italian aircraft including the Spitfire, The Hurricane, and the Messerschmitt Bf-109. Every detail faithfully recreated.
  • Enormous Environments – Fly through the cities and towns of London, southern and northern England, northern France, southern Belgium and more.
  • Incredible Damage Model – Every single aircraft component can be damaged for incredibly realistic and satisfying results.
  • Massive Multiplayer – Customizable modes allow for up to 128 players in huge ongoing battles or hop in deathmatch-style free-for-alls.
  • New Groundbreaking 3D Engine – Huge variety of photorealistic ground vehicles, buildings and environments.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® 7 / Vista SP2 / Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: Pentium® Dual-Core 2.0GHz or Athlon™ X2 3800+
    • Memory: 2GB
    • Graphics: DirectX® 9.0c compliant, 512MB Video Card (See supported List*)
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 10GB
    • Sound: DirectX® 9.0c compatible
    • Peripherals: Mouse, keyboard
    • Multiplay: Broadband connection with 128 kbps upstream or faster

    *SUPPORTED VIDEO CARDS AT TIME OF RELEASE:

    ATI®: 5830/5850/5770/5870/6870/6950/6970

    NVidia®: 250/260/275/285/460/465/470/480
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® 7 / Vista SP2 / Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 2.66GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 2.6GHz
    • Memory: 4GB
    • Graphics: DirectX® 10 compliant, 1GB Video Card (See supported List*)
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 10
    • Hard Drive: 10GB
    • Sound: DirectX® 9.0c compatible
    • Peripherals: Joystick with throttle and rudder control
    • Multiplay: Broadband connection with 128 kbps upstream or faster

    *SUPPORTED VIDEO CARDS AT TIME OF RELEASE:

    ATI®: 5830/5850/5770/5870/6870/6950/6970

    NVidia®: 250/260/275/285/460/465/470/480
Helpful customer reviews
23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
320.7 hrs on record
Cliffs of Dover is an excellent World War 2 flight simulator, recreating what it is like to be a British or German combat pilot during the Summer of 1940. HOWEVER, it is excellent only if you use the Team Fusion patch. Let me make that clear. Cliffs of Dover should have been an excellent product from the first. Its vision and the designed scope of improvement over other WW2 flight sims was, and still is, truly next generation. However, the sim was a commercial flop - for a variety of reasons.

More than anything, the effect its release had on the flight simming community was to generate at first epic anger, and later, epic sighs of disapointment. We all had high hopes, but they were decisively dashed after the initial boot-up of what has become known as IL-2 CloD. Frame rates when the sim was first released were slide-show poor, stability was enough to make Job tear his hair, and menu navigation was inexplicably difficult. These and a myriad of other major issues kept anyone from feeling they got their money's worth. Most who had purchased Cliffs of Dover, eagerly expecting the best WW2 sim experience possible, quickly shelved it after vigorously (and justly) lambasting the developers online. The issues with which this product first shipped are unacceptable for any entertainment product if it is going to succeed. And, therefore due to the quality, or lack of it, succeed IL-2 Cliffs of Dover did not. The vision was there, the scope was there, the basics were there - but the execution left all the positives absolutely irrelevant.

Now fast forward in time to the present. Over the years since release, a series of patches from the developers have addressed many issues in the software, partly to silence their critics, but also in an effort to salvage their reputation for further software development. The most recent developer's patch, however, came with a statement: No More Work Will Be Done. Although the official patches fixed many issues, serious flaws still remained unaddressed. Seeing that CloD had been abandoned by the developers, a small group of historically-minded flight sim enthusiasts took it upon themselves to fix the glitches that remain, adding content as well as restored functionality. The result has been, literally, a game-changer. Frame rates are at 60FPS on modern machines, flight modeling is impressive, software stability is great, and the single player campaigns have even been re-written. Multiplayer is fantastic. 50 to 100 human pilots routinely fly together, in one server, over the English channel and French and English countrysides, re-enacting the dramatic days before, during, and after the Battle of Britain. You can find your aerial combat fix nearly any day or night on the ATAG (TF) multiplayer server. Team Fusion continues to poll the community for needed changes, and to add more content and bugfixes regularly. Their forum, and their patches, can be found at: http://theairtacticalassaultgroup.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=91

I highly recommend IL-2 CloD if you are a serious WW2 flight sim enthusiast. To date, it has the highest degree of period engine and flight modelling that a complete WW2 flight simulation product has delivered. You will feel as if you are piloting a piston-powered, 1400 horsepower, state of the art (for 1940) aircraft into realistic and deadly combat using nothing but a compass, high-power guns, crosshairs gunsight, and your wits. It is not an easy sim. It is a realistic one. If that is what you want, you have found it. Just make sure you use the TF additions. -Venturi
Posted: July 2
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
91.7 hrs on record
This is by far one of the BEST WW2 flight sims out there.

Alright, first things first. The Metascore is low, that is because when the game was released it was extremely buggy and the developers couldnt be bothered to fix it or ran out of funds to do so. Then a cool group of people developed the Team Fusion patch which fixes the entire game. There is a big community around this game and the servers have people in most of the time (Usually around the 40 mark).

Again, this is by far one of the best flight sims for ww2 I've ever played. Also, the learning curve isnt as steep as the one in DCS, making the game enjoyable for newcomers (You still need to get your head around the basics).

10/10
Posted: June 22
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
759.0 hrs on record
With the superb Team Fusion patchs this is now a premier league flight sim,Thank You!!
Maybe a little biased to the Allies side but has the core that you want.
Definatly not for the casual player!
Posted: July 5
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
37.4 hrs on record
Together with Team Fusions awesome community Patch maybe the best "real" ww2 sim ever.
why:
- stunnnig graphics
- extremely detailed aircraft
- perfect physics
- helpfull community
- convincing sound
- just the real deal! At least for the simulated feel of a real aircraft
Posted: July 14
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18 of 30 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
It just simply doesn't work on win8. I installed a mod what made it work but then it still doesn't work like how it should work. All in all you shouldn't buy this game when you have windows 8.
Posted: April 29
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105 of 109 people (96%) found this review helpful
1,293.1 hrs on record
This is the best WWII combat flight sim out there at present..BAR NONE...It is the most complete WWII fighter pilot experience you will get....I have tried other WWII flight sims on the market and they are all very arcade like...This is the REAL DEAL...I have flown this sim over 1000 hours and I am still amazed at how real it feels, how good the landscape looks, the flight characteristics, the damage models, it is breathtaking!..and it is still being improved

When this sim originally came out it had flaws that put a lot of people off and gave bad reviews on sites like this. Unfortunately this has marred what is now quite literaly a brilliant sim. Its taken a while (2 years actually) but for those of us who gave this sim a second chance we have not been disappointed. For that reason I feel that I should make people aware of what they are missing if they don't get this game, but don't take my word for it..checkout the recent youtube videos..

The online experience is probably the best part of this game...To fight in the skies over Kent and the Pas-de-Calais in real time, scan the skies for enemy contacts, wing with a buddy and engage a deadly foe, it is exhilarating. You can change your shells to whatever shells were available at the time, you can change convergence settings so that your bullets hit exactly the same point, you fuel up to what amount you need which will influence your aircrafts balance and weight. The dogfight tactics are still the same from 1940, the flight characteristics are different for each aircraft and at different altitudes too....You can also fly bomber runs in 1940 bombers and take control of every manned gunning position as you try to fend off hungry attackers.

Even for new players there is plenty of help on youtube with 5 minute startup procedures, and how to dogfight in every flyable aircraft, you can be up and flying in just a few minutes. The best online server is ATAGS and they also have a website (link at bottom of this review)to checkout which is a must for new flyers with questions. Most importantly a large group of WWII aircraft enthusiast program techs have taken this sim and are constantly modifying it for a more complete experience. They are called the Team Fusion (TF) and they also use the ATAGS website as their base for discussion. The issues that once surrounded this game have now been resolved and the TF are now dedicating their time to making game enhancing changes like contrails and reflective cockpit canopys. Thats where this sim is at now.

If you want to fly online with us (and I would highly recommend the dogfighting online as its so much more full on than offline)...you must install the patches that can be found on the ATAGS website..and also for any questions...link to website here:

http://theairtacticalassaultgroup.com/forum/forum.php

So my advice is to ignore any review earlier than 2013 as Cliffs Of Dover is as different now to when it was released as night and day and is nowhere near comparable with those early reviews.
Posted: February 1
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