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Birds of Prey.,
This review is from: IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
I bought this game expecting it to either be a hardcore simulator, or an enjoyable arcade style flying game. Now, I can't comment on the simulator side of things, because to be honest, i've never been that good at them. However, bearing that in mind, this game is astonishingly fun for people like me who enjoy the arcade side of things, but not too watered down.
The single player campaign is brilliantly executed, really providing a nice overwiew of WWII, with loads of historical facts to get you thinking. You get to play in all the big air battles, starting with the battle of britain, where you get to fly over the likes of kent and dover. The graphics are really quite beautiful, the maps are based on real maps from WWII. Soaring over the white cliffs of dover is a very enjoyable experience. However, the one downside i've noticed is that it is quite easy to destroy enemy planes, and there is some slowdown in the heavy situations, but these do not detract from the experience at all.
However, this games saving grace is the online mode. To sum it up, it's brilliant. The multiple camera views you can choose from make every battle a visceral experience, and enemy planes take a bit of battering to actually destroy, making one v ones last for a long and intense amount of time. It's 3D fighting and the controls work very nicely. The targeting system is interesting, based on a reticule that appears ahead of the enemy, in order for your shots to hit at the right time from the right distance. Definitely buy this game if you're interested a good WWII flying game, and have experienced the likes of flying in Battlefield 1943, which this experience is a million times better than.