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.

Difficulty

Beginners get a fair shake in the Instant Action module.

With a couple of clicks you can set up a situation that's as easy as you like. In fact I spent many enjoyable hours just sightseeing.

The pop-up map makes navigation a breeze. Press 'M' and a windowed map appears which you can manipulate with the mouse, dragging and zooming. It shows
  • your aircraft
  • enemies
  • rivers
  • roads
  • airports
  • runway orientation
  • place names
All this without obscuring the main view! This care and attention shown to the map implementation is typical of IL-2 and shows the focus on the needs of the user.

The torpedo bomber tutorial informs us that a single torpedo attack rarely hit a ship let alone sink one, and then goes on to show a successful hit on a cargo ship.
The torpedo bomber tutorial informs us that a single torpedo attack rarely hit a ship let alone sink one, and then goes on to show a successful hit on a cargo ship.

When is a runway not a runway?
When is a runway not a runway?

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