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Not quite IL2,
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This review is from: Wings of Prey (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)I wanted to give this a rave review. New Simulators are as rare as hen's teeth. I heard it was a development of IL2, so was quite excited!
I am able to run it at maximum settings, so expected something rather special. However, I'm afraid I was a bit disappointed. I assume the depiction of (the very few) flyable aircraft includes a greater polygon count than IL2 but they don't look as good. In fact they look a bit 2D to me. The cockpits aren't as crisp either.
On the other hand, the terrain and skies are superb. You can fly over the White Cliffs of Dover and easily recognise them. Rain drops splash against your windscreen as you pass through clouds.
There are several difficulty settings. However you can't customise them, as far as I can see. You can't mix and match (eg high realism but no stalls & spins).
The single missions are timed. I can't see how anybody can successfully complete them on "Simulator" setting. On the other hand, knocking down an entire squadron of (rigidly formated) bombers on "Arcade" setting is ridiculously easy.
The campaign is reasonably absorbing. German campaigns are promised later.
Setting up my joystick took a bit of fiddling and I have yet to link the camera to the hat switch.
If this review sounds totally negative, it isn't meant to be. I'm happy to own it. Updates are promised. Additionally, I don't need to keep the disk in your PC to play, so it's tempting to just click the icon and have a quick flight. It's corny but fun!