The IL-2 series buyers guide: 2018 edition

A lot has changed since the last time I did an IL-2 series buyers guide and I thought that it was time to update with the latest information and my latest recommendations. Have my suggestions changed since the last time I wrote about buying into the IL-2 series? Read on! Getting started Since 2001, PC…

IL-2: 1946 is available for $1 from Humble Bundle

The folks at Humble Bundle have been releasing older games in large bundle packs as a way to raise money for charity. This time around, Humble Hope for Orphans Bundle, is offering one of my old favourites – IL-2: 1946 as part of the bundle. Unlock it for $1 You can get access to IL-2:…

Jumping back to IL-2: 1946 for a quick flight

In 2002 I learned about IL-2: Sturmovik and the forthcoming IL-2: Forgotten Battles follow up. Having been a fan of games like Aces of the Pacific, Fleet Defender and F-15 Strike Eagle III and not having flown a flight sim in a while… I was interested. The Eastern Front focus at that time seemed difficult…

How many planes does IL-2 really have compared to the original?

One of the consistent complaints I hear about IL-2: Battle of Moscow and Battle of Stalingrad from some veteran fans is that the new sims just don’t have enough aircraft. While there certainly is a big difference in total numbers between the two, the gap isn’t quite as large as many people might assume just by…

A nostalgic look back at the P-51 Mustang in IL-2: 1946

One of my favourite compilation videos from any sim from any time is “Mustang” created by DBS Thor. Its been a while since I watched it but this nostalgic look back at an earlier IL-2 version is an entertaining testament to what that sim was and to the skills of one sim fighter pilot. This…

Which IL-2 should I buy?

If you want to jump into flight simulators and you think you want to fly around in a vintage World War II aircraft then the IL-2 series the the defacto standard – but there are a lot of different versions which can make things confusing. So which one should you buy? Let me break it…

Will the jump to the Pacific make IL-2 more popular?

The reboot of the IL-2 series had a bumpy start. The restart of the series has come built-in with fewer players than at the height of IL-2. Will the jump to the Pacific in 2018 change the fortunes of the series bringing old and new players into the fold? How we got from there to…

IL-2: 1946 patched to 4.13.3!

Over 16 years from the release of the original IL-2: Sturmovik and the sim continues to be a strong presence. Team Daidalos, a third party outfit made up of fans of the series who were given official access to the source code, continue to add content to the sim and the most recent patch brings…

What is the “Spirit of ’46”

In early September when Jason Williams from 1CGS/777 Studios announced IL-2: Battle of Kuban he also laid out a development plan that potentially stretches over the next 2-3 years. In that plan he mentioned “Spirit of ’46” and I wanted to write a little about what that means to me and how the folks at…