Reviewing the Tempest Mark V in IL-2: Battle of Bodenplatte

The Hawker Tempest was a powerful British fighter that appeared late in World War II. Despite having a short operational life, it left a mark on history as one of the Allies’ best fighters of the war. The Hawker Tempest Mark V is now available for owners of IL-2: Battle of Bodenplatte thanks to patch…

Reviewing Bodenplatte’s P-51D Mustang

The P-51 Mustang is a legendary fighter of WWII well known for its exploits in the skies over Europe and those of the Pacific. This legendary fighter has returned to the IL-2 series in patch 3.201 for IL-2: Battle of Bodenplatte. How does the P-51D-15 Mustang measure up? Let’s have a look! A brief history…

A closer look at the Prokhorovka map for Tank Crew

In the trio of titles announced in late 2017, Tank Crew was the first to get its new map and it gives us an area of the Eastern Front that has been well explored in multiple previous titles including the original IL-2 series. What’s the new map like and how does it fit into the…

Tank Crew first impressions!

This has been a long time in coming but it’s here now and I’ve finally had a chance to buy in and spend a few minutes with Tank Crew – Clash a Prokhorovka. This is the first WWII tank sim in years and its all part of the IL-2: Great Battles Series which means that…

Revisiting DCS: Persian Gulf. Should you buy this map?

Now that DCS: Persian Gulf is a complete map I thought it was time to revisit the paid map module. It’s been nearly a year of its initial release. How does the map stand up after a year of flying over it and is it worth buying? A map with both scale and scope DCS:…

On mighty wings! DCS: F-14 Tomcat first impressions

Heatblur Simulations DCS: F-14B Tomcat was released into Early Access just a few weeks ago giving the flight sim public their first hands on with this module and with an aircraft that has made impressions to whole generations of aviation enthusiasts. Building a DCS World module to stand up to that kind of scrutiny is…

Review: ‘Fortress on the Volga’ Scripted Campaign for IL-2

Scripted Campaigns still feel like a novelty to me despite the feature now being a couple of years old for the IL-2: Great Battles Series. A variety of premium and free campaigns are now available from the IL-2 website store and through the community forums and that diversity lets several different styles of campaign exist….

First impressions of the FW190D-9 from Battle of Bodenplatte

Aside from some very rare examples, the FW190D-9 is the last of the FW190 breed to see significant service and it rounds out the FW190 series in IL-2: Great Battles. With its introduction into IL-2: Great Battles in just the last week, does this late war fighter live up to initial expectations? Let’s have a…

DCS: MiG-19 first impressions

I’ve been putting off writing my first impressions piece on the DCS: MiG-19 for a while but I don’t want to wait too much longer. It’s been just over a week since the launch of the DCS: MiG-19 into DCS World and there are some big questions that I’d like to answer in this first…

First impressions of Flying Circus’ Fokker D.VII and Sopwith Dolphin

IL-2 patch 3.011 came out earlier this past week and since then I’ve been trying to get as much time on the two new Flying Circus Vol 1 aircraft. The Fokker D.VII and Sopwith Dolphin are the two latest additions and here are my first impressions of both aircraft. First impression: Sopwith Dolphin When someone…