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IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey

by 505 Games
 Ages 7 and Over
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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Platform: PlayStation 3

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Game Information

  • Platform:   PlayStation 3
  • Media: Video Game

Product details

Platform: PlayStation 3
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  • ASIN: B002BSI7A4
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 13.6 x 1.2 cm ; 32 g
  • Release Date: 4 Sept. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,623 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: PlayStation 3

Manufacturer's Description

IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds Of Prey is based around large-scale aerial combat over the ground-based military operations of World War II. Participate in the war's most famous confrontations piloting fighters, battle planes or heavy bombers through a range of thrilling missions set over stunning landscapes - from the patchwork fields of Southern England to the smoking ruins of Stalingrad, all recreated with amazing detail.

As well as advanced environmental visuals IL-2 also boasts an all-new damage effects engine. Players can see real-time damage to the aircraft such as holes in the wings and trail lines during dog fights.

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best flight sim on a next gen console!.. Period 6 Sept. 2009
By Laurie
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I have to say that this is the best flight simulator currently on PS3.

The single player is extremely fun being able to fly a whole host of world war 2 aircraft in a variety of locations. The graphics are simply stunning on PS3 totally wiping the floor with Hawx or any other flight sims on PS3.

There are three difficulty settings which are arcade, realistic and simulator. Arcade is instantly playable and very fun with full Head Up Display and driver aids. The other two are much harder and will take a lot of practice before you are any good at it.

The online system leaves quite a lot to be desired as it is quite difficult to get into games successfully and i often find that games sessions suddenly just end randomly. Hopefully the online system will improve with time. Online multiplayer also lacks some of the excitement that you get with other game genres such as first person shooters so don't expect too much.

It is very disappointing to see that sixaxis has not been utilized at all in this game as a flight sim is the ideal game to use this feature... oh well.

Overall, for £30 this game is worth it for the single player alone but the online feature does have its flaws and it does lack a certain charm that you get with other games. If you want a flight sim, this is it!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IL - 2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey 19 Jun. 2010
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This is a really good game but is not a flight simulator like Microsoft Flight Simulator which I believe makes it much more fun. The graphics are fantastic and whether you are bombing ships,firing at bombers or in a dogfight it is just hellish good fun. The one thing I would say though is that you must play it using a joystick to get the best gameplay. I use the thrustmaster and the two work perfectly together.Forget the comments from other people saying it is not a real simulator,it's not meant to be , it's a game and a good one at that. BUY IT you will be more than pleased.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A game for WWII Plane fans 20 Sept. 2009
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
If you have an interest in WWII planes, or if you like realistic flight combat,then this is the game for you.

The level of detail is stunning - when peppered with enemy fire your wings become tattered and Swiss cheese like and bullet holes appear in your glass cockpit which makes the whole experience stressful and disconcerting. But awesome!

The planes look gorgeous and the light, smoke and cloud haze are conveyed with such a professional sheen,that it takes your breath away.

I play the game on the realistic setting, as the arcade setting has no feeling of realism i.e a Hurricaine turning on a sixpence, doh! If you want an arcade style plane shooter then go for Hawx (which i did not like) and Heroes over Europe looks mediocre and workman like in comparison.

But with the realistic setting, once you step into the pilot's seat you are drawn into the chaos, the drama and the thrill of WII dogfighting.

I love this game so much that it prompted me to write this review(something that i have never done before).

If the above sounds appealing,then go out and buy this game - it's ace! Bombs away!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PS3's most realistic flight game. 16 Dec. 2010
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
What a wonderful, and sadly under-rated, game. Forget the likes of HAWX, this is at the pinnacle of PS3 flight games, sharing the top spot with the very different Heroes Over Europe from Ubisoft which takes a similar theme but comes out as a far more arcade style game. IL2 is a drier simulation that does have an Arcade mode but one that doesn't offer nearly as much challenge as the Realistic or Simulation modes. It's a game that offers very realistic physics should you choose to use the better modes. The only downside being that simulation is particularly unforgiving and also offers no radar or HUD, so target acquisition has to be from the map and visually. Simple enough for enemy planes but very hard for ground targets! The other fly in the simulation ointment is Gaijin's wish to set controller sensitivity to maximum as a default. They've done the same in their new game, Apache: Air Assault, and it makes the game unplayable, yet lowering them to around 30% on both games makes a massive difference! Simple mistake really.

Graphically, the planes are very well rendered, the landscapes look great, and realistic, unless you get very close to the blurrier ground textures ( a feature of all this generations flight games still) and most planes have a detailed and functional cockpit view as well (though a few don't, strangely, like the Me 262). If the cockpit view is too constructing, you can also have a virtual cockpit with HUD but no dash. The campaign mission structure is a little weak, certainly less varied than Heroes Over Europe, and less fun as well, but Gaijin have made up for this by including more challenging single missions to unlock, and a mission creation mode as well where you can define planes, numbers of enemy and whether ground targets are present, which is a very nice touch.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars IL2- Birds of Prey 7 Sept. 2009
By Iain
Platform for Display:PlayStation 3
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Been waiting months for this, finally got it two days ago. I'd played the original IL2 on the PC and found it felt very realistic (as much as an armchair pilot of the 21st century can decree what does and does not feel realistic about a WWII aircraft). The arcade mode is quite fun, while the simulator mode seems a bit too sensitive. Indeed if it was that easy to get your Spitfire into a flat spin during a turn I'm not sure if we would've won the Battle of Britain! There's no real feel of an impending stall, one second you're pursuing Johnny Foreigner in his 109, the next you're plummeting earthwards.
The controls cannot be moved around, an unforgiveable omission. You are stuck with a left hand controlling the pitch & roll stick while the right hand controls the throttle stick (fwd and back) and the rudder (left and right). This is might be a nod toward flying an airliner game as a captain, but the vast majority of single seaters were designed with the more natural Left hand on the throttle and right hand on the stick. And we have triggers on the PS3 controller! The ergonomic ideal for rudders! The lack of ability to map controls to your personal preference in my opinion marrs the game considerably. Pushing the right stick allows your to look around, but I found this to be a bit of a pain.

Great graphics but this game just didn't grab me the way the original IL2 did, however I'll keep playing it!
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