DCS: Persian Gulf first impressions

It’s been a busy week for combat flight simulators and that means my time with the latest in content has been limited. I have had a chance to explore a few pieces of the Persian Gulf map and that means I have some screenshots and a chance to write-up my first impressions. Welcome to the…

IL-2: Battle of Kuban In-Depth Review

1C Game Studios officially released IL-2: Battle of Kuban to the public in March of 2018. The title release includes a year and a half worth of development on new content and game features that has added to the value of the entire IL-2 series. Has the third generation of IL-2 now met or surpassed…

Reviewing IL-2’s Yak-7B Series 36

Aircraft reviews are back with five new aircraft for me to cover with patch 3.001’s release. For this first, post 3.001 review, I decided that I would pick an aircraft that may not have been on everyone’s radar – the Yak-7B. Is it any good or does its awkward looks translate into awkward performance? Trainer…

Reviewing the Spitfire Vb

I haven’t done an aircraft review in a while but I intend to do a little catching up on that over the next couple of weeks. The Spitfire Vb was added to the second gen IL-2 series earlier in the summer and its made a dramatic impact on the series. The Russian Spitfire Although never…

‘Blazing Steppe’ IL-2 campaign has the secret sauce

Priced at $9.99 the Blazing Steppe campaign is not what we would call free. So is it worth it like its predecessor? Ten Days of Autumn was an excellent experience and I was curious if Black Six, the campaign author, was able to top it. Summer on the steppes A steppe is a geographical region…

Review: JG 51 over Velikie Luki

I’ve been on the lookout for good Scripted Campaigns since the feature debut late last year and I’ve been pleasantly surprised on the whole. Cold Winter was a decent remake of an old favourite and Ten Days of Autumn was an epic opus to the Bf109F-2 at Moscow. So where does “I./JG51 over Velikie Luki” stand…

Reviewing the IL-2 Model 1943

IL-2: Battle of Kuban introduces another member of the IL-2 family, the Model 1943, a variant of the IL-2 that finally lets the series explore the definitive model of of the IL-2 series. This is the titular aircraft of the series and it’s time to do the deep dive on this aircraft – is it…

Reviewing ‘Ten Days of Autumn’

‘Ten Days of Autumn’ is the first Scripted Campaign to be released for the second generation IL-2 series and it serves as both an introduction to scripted campaigns as well as a superb example of how to do it right. This is my review of ‘Ten Days of Autumn’ for IL-2: Battle of Moscow. The…

Pfalz D.III: The other fighter

As a kid when you read about World War I, a couple of fighters immediately jump to mind and the Pfalz D.III is not one of them. Very much the ‘other’ fighter, the Pfalz D.IIIa is a competent complement to the Albatross D.III and D.Va fighters. Pretty good but never exceptional Impressed by the Nieuport…

Reviewing the He111H-16

The He111H-16 seems like a carbon copy of the earlier H-6 variant so what makes it a unique aircraft and what does it add to the IL-2: Battle of Kuban mix? A slightly better He111? The last patch brought with it both the FW190A-5 and the He111H-16 and while I was eager to fly the…

Reviewing the FW190A-5

The FW190A-5 forms the other half of the legendary Luftwaffe fighter duo of World War II and its come to IL-2: Battle of Kuban. Firepower, crisp handling, and excellent view are all hallmarks of the FW190 series and they are represented well with this aircraft. Overall performance Normally I like to pull some of the official…

Cold Winter campaign review

Mission builders have been busy creating campaigns for players to work their way through since IL-2 added Scripted Campaigns back into the series in the December patch. Cold Winter is a remake of the Blinding Sun campaign from the original IL-2 and though the presentation is a little rough – the missions themselves are outstanding….