IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946
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Il-2 1946 includes all of the original IL-2 series content: IL-2 Sturmovik™: Forgotten Battles, Ace Expansion Pack, Pacific Fighters™ and alternate histry campaigns of year 1946. What was years ago began as a one-aircraft study sim is now an astonishing anthology, with a whopping 229 flyable aircraft and over 300 aircraft total!
The game has been updated to the latest version 4.12.2. This community made update includes widescreen support with correct FOV, many new planes, maps and scenarios.
New Aircraft: 32 new flyable fighters and bombers, and four new AI aircraft!
New Maps: Large new historical maps of the Kiev region; a map of Manchuria focusing on a border region between USSR, China and Japanese-occupied Korea; a large bonus Burma map; and an online Khalkin Gol / Nomonhan map.
New Campaigns: Nine new campaigns with nearly 200 missions add incredible realism and attention to detail. There are detailed careers for fighter and bomber pilots, for the German, Soviet, and Japanese air forces, offering such varied objectives as flying jet bombers over occupied Europe, to intercepting American B-29 Super fortresses over Iwo Jima and Japanese home islands!
Alternate History: Three of the nine campaigns are a departure into alternate history, focusing on hypothetical battles between the Soviet Union and Germany in the year 1946, while WWII still rages on.
Nearly 1,000 new Paint schemes: The new planes, as well as many of the other ones in the series, come with a host of historical paint schemes, showing many of the individual aircraft or squadrons that served in WWII.
Joystick requiredLSD | July 13, 2015 | See all LSD's reviews »
This was my first flight sim. Should be obvious to most people, but it was foreign to me that you'd absolutely need a joystick to play. Was mostly looking for the kind of fun you get from games like San Andreas -- casual dives and rolls and things. This game's beyond that. It's still possible to have casual fun with the game. The difficulty scales from "CONTROL EVERYTHING" "control most things", and finally "your plane bounces off the floor to stop you crashing". It's just that you'll almost certainly need a joystick. The keyboard/mouse controls are horrendous, in that tapping the aileron (wing) controls will make you barrel roll. On top of that, the tutorials are awful, and simply involve watching someone play the game with poorly-synched text flashing up telling you which button to press. With the right equipment, and a lot of learning, you'll have a lot of fun. The only real problem, then, is that the missions aren't very exciting. There's a variety of planes and locations, but they all simply repeat the same process -- with some of the missions having hilariously long travel times to get to the destination (you might spend 10 minutes flying in a straight line, only to reach the target and get destroyed...or have the AI destroy it for you).