Exhibit - IL-2 Forgotten Battles
Release Date - 2003
Developer - 1C Maddox Games
Publisher - Ubisoft
In collection - Yes
Comments - The sensation of speed at low level is the best yet in a flight sim. I enjoyed whizzing past excellent ground textures, individual trees, small stands of trees and whole forests of trees, vast cities (Moscow alone has 500,000 buildings in the sim), flying through clouds, fog, rain and snow, and all with a smooth frame rated with no s-s-stuttering at all on the test system. All this would be an impressive achievement for a civil flight sim, to create a world in such detail and still enjoy a sedate and fluid sensation of flight. But IL-2 is a combat sim and once you add multiple aircraft manoeuvering vigorously, tanks, trucks and ships, bombers, anti-aircraft fire you would expect the sim performance to take a severe hit. Not so.
Without a doubt the most outstanding World War 2 flight sim of the 2000's.
Speed and Conclusions
Air to AirTrack IR in IL-2 FB
LinksDeveloper: 1C:Maddox Games
Publisher: Ubi Soft
Distributor: Ubi Soft
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A MiG-3 in winter livery.
The in-cockpit map adds modern functionality to the sim without disrupting the period feel.
Many of the aircraft have multiple gunner positions which you can man. Im multiplayer mode you can even share your aircraft with other humans!
The sim models what must amount to millions of trees. Clever use of textures and transparency give the illusion of a real forest canopy at lower altitudes.
As well a muzzle flash and spent cartridges falling you see thin lines of smoke marking the bullet trajectory!
IL-2 The Forgotten Battles gives you the opportunity to fly play World War 2 crash test dummy from the safety of your own home.
Check out the walled city with detailed docks in the distance and fully animated surf and wave effects.
Industrial targets are fully destroyable.
Damage modelling is a key feature of the series.
Water effects also include reflectivity, splash effects and animated surf.
The Torpedo bomber variant of the IL-2 sacrifices all but 2 of its guns.
On touchdown, or on one of my typically bumpy take-offs, the wheels independently spin up or slow down as they contact the runway, with accompanying smoke effects.