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IL2 Sturmovik: The Forgotten Battles (PC)

by Ubisoft
Windows 2000 / 98 / Me / XP / NT / Vista
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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  • IL2 Sturmovik: The Forgotten Battles is a Standalone title

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  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / 98 / Me / XP / NT / Vista
  • ELSPA Minimum Age: 11
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B00006IR21
  • Release Date: 21 Mar. 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,666 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

In addition to the already existing IL-2 campaign system Forgotten Battles will include a new dynamic campaign system. It will work with all existing IL-2 and Forgotten Battles maps for single play. The new map areas include: Finnish Gulf map area representing the large territory from Helsinki to Leningrad: Tallin, Kronshtadt, the lake Ladoga, and so on. Hungarian map area representing the Balaton Lake area in Hungary, L'vov map area (Ukraine and Poland).

There will be 20 new single-player missions using the Finnish and Hungarian map areas and Order of Battle, 10 new cooperative multi-player missions using the Finnish and Hungarian map areas and Order of Battle as well as new AI ground objects and vehicles for each new map area. It will also include 3-D modelling of new types of buildings for each new map area. In addition to the current Russian and German ranking and award system a new ranking and award campaign system will be added for Finns and Hungarians. All IL-2: FB aircraft will be available in the Quick Mission Builder except for seaplanes and gliders

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not more of the same... 28 Nov. 2003
Apart from the reviewers that have reservations about the German machines being underated, I have heard no-one who has a bad thing to say about this game. This is simply the ultimate combat flight-sim at the moment, full stop.
The only real issue to consider is whether it is worth the upgrade from the original IL2. It's easy to say that this and the last version are very similar... until you play forgotten battles. The keyword is not 'better graphics' here (although that plays a part) but 'better AI'.
The level of intelligence of all the planes, plus changes to the flight model mean that it is now possible to fly *as a squad*. This is especially important with the Russian side, where you will often find yourself against superior planes... if your wingman or senior squad pilots die, the chances of you making it back become much less.
Also new are the actual tactics themselves - at first I couldnt work out why my squad flew the way they did when approaching an enemy - they dont go straight for the enemy. IT took me a few goes to work out that they were actually *thinking* - they were trying to gain a height advantage (if they could) before committing to the main dogfight!
Perhaps the most impressive thing is the way you and your wingman operate as a team - in the original game, it was almost impossible to keep up with your wing leader, but in this game it is, and this makes a real difference: the squad based tactics that this allows really lift the game.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous 24 Mar. 2003
I have to admit that I'm a flight sim novice that only really dips his toe into these sorts of games. However I bought the first game and now, having got a system that will run this have bought this one.
This game takes place on the eastern front of World War 2 where you can take command of a huge variety of planes from the various warring powers. This is not only from the USSR and Germany but also Hungary, Finland and the USA (to do with battles in 1945 I think). Players can command fighters or bombers on a variety of tasks from ground attack, escort duties or air to air combat. This can be on single missions, campaigns or online gaming.
The first thing that strikes me is the enormous depth of the game in it's realism, research and most strikingly of all the downright beautiful graphics. Admittedly I'm running this on a 2.8 ghz processor, 512 Megs memory and a 64mbs graphics card so I am able to ramp up the detail but believe me it's worth it.
As for the gameplay, it's superb with wheeling dogfights and low level chases against the enemy. Various modes such as the campaign side have been revamped from il2 to increase the lifetime of the game and you definately get the feeling that you're really taking part in things.
This is one of the games that you do need to work on but I think it'll be well worth it on the enjoyment side of things.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IL-2 Just Got Better! 3 Feb. 2004
By P.T.
Having played and played and played the original IL-2 I really doubted that any more could be done to make the game better. Then I bought Forgotten Battles. This really is the greatest World War Two flight sim on the market and when compared to expensive, disappointing Microsoft products, is great value. The aircraft are modelled fantastically and realistically, all having their own quirks and peculiarities which tie-in perfectly with what the reference books say, the landscapes are still stunning, likewise the vehicles and the ships and the buildings and the clouds and the airfields and the water textures... However, don't spend too long staring at them in wonder because the artificial intelligence of the enemy aircraft is pretty hot too! If you are unfortunate enough to get shot down (and you will be sometimes) take a look at the damage modelling of the aircraft as you tumble towards the earth spewing realistic looking fire and fragments of aeroplane, it has to be seen to be believed! I really can't fault this simulator, it looks great, handles great, runs great, sounds great, there are a stack of different aeroplanes to fly, some peculiar, some a little more familiar. If you want even more bang for your buck, IL-2 AND Forgotten Battles are very well supported on the net and there are plenty of free downloads for Forgotten Battles that add up to make this the best there is. Like the original IL-2 this is not an easy simulator to fly but it is so immersive that you won't notice the learning curve and every crash will be followed by an instant desire to be back in the air and getting it right. Get hold of the 'Operation Barbarrossa' add-on (now specially edited to run on both IL-2 and Forgotten Battles) and you'll forget what the world outside your computer room looks like for a week or so! Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE WWII Flight sim... 31 Jan. 2004
When the original Il-2 came out I hardly noticed. Until I decided to look at the box one day and buy it. It was astonishing. Forgotten Battles is even better.
The Flight Models are amazing. Some are over/under modelled, but the developers release plenty of patches, if on a slightly irregular basis, to correct some of these. however a little inaccuracy I can stand as it doesnt detract from the gameplay.
This is a game to be enjoyed both on and offline. The single player campaigns are dynamic, with missions generated randomly. This is a big improvement over the original and great for replay value. The variety of missions is good, everything from attacking truck convoys to intercepting bombers. For those new to flight sims or this franchise there are a number of useful training features, which give hints and advice on many aspects of flight. Online this game is great, nothing compares to flying against intelligent human opponents, beware though, as you can be shot down without warning if you don't pay attention!
I love the graphics on this game. My pc is not mega fast but the visuals look great. The terrain is more there to help depth perception and to provide a backdrop, not to blow you away, this is good because it means you pay less attention the the ground and more to your enemies, however the graphics are of a good standard and the buildings and cities look fine.
The thing that really sets this game apart though is the variety of aircraft. There are somewhere in the region of 80 flyable models. Many are variants of Bf-109s etc. but they are all different in there own way and very, very, very authentic. for those who cannot comprehend a flight sim without it, there is a patch to add the p-51, accurately represented for the first time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic
Very good, realistic as with all Ubisoft games. It is a lot of fun if played with as many as possible other players, once you have stopped crashing and learned to fly.
Published on 2 Jan. 2009 by Stanley R. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Il2, Forgotton Battles, Pacific Fighters and beyond.
Threee years ago I wrote the first review on this site of the then new IL2-Sturmovik flight sim. Since then the popularity of this game, or rather simulation, has soared and the... Read more
Published on 4 Feb. 2006 by Francis Cook
4.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Flight Sim!
When I bought Il2 Sturmovik it took my breathe away! The Graphics are amazing and the range of Aircraft is excellant. Read more
Published on 8 Aug. 2005 by "l331_dynamo"
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Out
Well I didn't buy into IL2 :FB very early on when it was released actually I bought it when Pacific-Fighters (its second expansion) was released, and Since I purcheased IL2 : FB... Read more
Published on 7 Mar. 2005 by "eyes_like_an_eagle"
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
simply the best, thanks to Oleg and team they have designed a historically accurate ww2 simulator that is just thrilling in all aspects to play. Read more
Published on 10 Mar. 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars IL2:FB
This is the best WWII flight simulation you will find, it has a steep learning curve(on real settings!) but is so beautifully shown with excellent gfx. Read more
Published on 20 Feb. 2004 by Neil Geddes
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Bunch
I buy just about every single flight simulator on the market, and this one is the very best. (It is more or less the "Falcon 4" of World War II). Read more
Published on 15 Jan. 2004 by Aj Viljoen
3.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic for WW2 fighter plane enthusiast, but not perfect
First, this game is made for a hardcore simmer. If you plan to "fly" this game with keyboard and mouse, you can skip to next title. Read more
Published on 29 Sept. 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice graphics but incomplete Flight model !
graphics are great.
Feeling in the world of FB is also really cool.
However, for the hardcore simmer with a lot of interest in Warbirds of WWII one will sooner or later... Read more
Published on 21 Sept. 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Good attempt but details are spoiled..
grpahics are great. Feeling in the world of FB is also really cool. However, for the hardcore simmer with a lot of interest in Warbirds of WWII one will sooner or later discover... Read more
Published on 19 Sept. 2003
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