IL-2 Forgotten Battles IL-2 Forgotten Battles IL-2 Forgotten Battles IL-2 Forgotten Battles
Exhibit - IL-2 Forgotten Battles
Release Date - 2003
Platform -
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.

Enhancements

The list of enhancements over the original IL-2 Sturmovik is absolutely huge - note that this is only a very small selection of them:
  • 81 flyable aircraft , 31 of which are new in Forgotten Battles. That's 81 variants on a small number of types, but the devil is in the details, and IL-2 excels in the details, right down to the choice of flying the personal marques of several ace pilots.

  • New Theatre of Operations - Gulf of Finland
  • New AI ground objects and vehicles, new ships. The tanks, truck convoys, anti-aircraft artillery were always impressive in IL-2, now there are more!

  • Water effects also include reflectivity, splash effects and animated surf.
    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.
    The Torpedo bomber variant of the IL-2 sacrifices all but 2 of its guns.
  • Selectable user-made skins - It's now easy to apply the paint scheme of your choice to your aircraft.

  • Improved flight dynamics - What was already a the industry standard for fluidity and fidelity has been improved further.

  • More realistic AI scripting - Fans have been raving for a couple of years now about the standard of AI in IL-2. It easily passes the "Flight Sim Turing Test" - which means in practical terms it is hard to tell whether you're flying against a human or computer controlled opponent.

  • Manage your radiators, superchargers and fuel mixture control. - Note that like most of the sim options - the option itself is optional! Many players don't want to fiddle with engine management in the heat of battle, but it's there if you want it.

  • Online track recorder and editor - Record, edit, play back and share your most glorious victories and defeats including selection of camera angles.

  • Search lights and barrage balloons - Enemy skies just got busier!

  • Communication with AA artillery (Don't shoot ! Don't shoot !)

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