IL2 1946 - 68361
|Oleg Maddox’s world famous Il-2 Sturmovik series of flight simulators continues to expand. The latest offering, Il-2 1946, adds 36 new planes, four new gigantic maps, over a hundred new ground objects, and nearly 200 new campaign missions. This new opus also includes all of the previous Il-2 series content. What began as a one-aircraft study sim is now an astonishing anthology, with a whopping 229 flyable aircraft and over 300 aircraft total! Not to mention that players will have the opportunity to get a first glance at the future of the series arriving next year: Storm of War Battle of Britain via exclusive bonus videos.
The game offers 32 new flyable fighters and bombers, and four new AI aircraft. Over the Russian Front, the player will gain access to six new versions of the Petlyakov Pe-2, the most famous Soviet level and dive bomber of the war. In the Far East and the Pacific, players will finally fly the long-awaited one true heir to the series namesake, the Il-10 Sturmovik. Other new planes range from the Ki-27 Nate, the plane that fought against the Flying Tigers in 1941, to the N1K2 George and J2M5 Jack, the two most advanced Japanese fighters of WWII. The player will fly over a dozen new jet and rocket aircraft such as the MiG-9 jet fighter, the predecessor to the famous MiG-15 that gained world-wide fame in the Korean War; the Ta-183, a jet fighter designed by Kurt Tank, the creator of the famous FW-190, and the Arado Ar-234 Blitz, the world’s first operation jet bomber.
Large new historical maps of the Kiev region; a map of Manchuria focusing on a border region between USSR, China and Japanese-occupied Korea; a large bonus Burma map; and an online Khalkin Gol / Nomonhan map.
The game features nine new campaigns with nearly 200 missions, all with incredible realism and attention to detail. There are detailed careers for fighter and bomber pilots, for the German, Soviet, and Japanese air forces, offering such varied objectives as flying jet bombers over occupied Europe, to intercepting American B-29 Super fortresses over Iwo Jima and Japanese home islands! As opposed to dynamically generated campaigns that shipped with our previous offerings, the new missions are all hand-made, giving the player much more detailed environments, and much more exciting missions.
Three of the nine campaigns are a departure into alternate history, focusing on hypothetical battles between the Soviet Union and Germany in the year 1946 where WWII still rages on. Both the VVS and Luftwaffe now have access to advanced jet and rocket fighters, and other revolutionary technology. All of these new planes are modeled with the same incredible degree of historical accuracy and attention to detail as all the other planes in Il-2.
With the alternate history campaigns, the player will gain access to such exotic equipment as Soviet mixed-power fighters, using both piston and rocket engines; will fly incredible jet aircraft capable of sub-sonic speeds; and launch wire-guided air-to-air rockets at enemy bomber formations. 1946 also adds an incredible variety of new ground targets, including, for the first time in the series, trenches and bunkers that give a whole new dimension to the ground attack aspect of the sim.
The new planes, as well as many of the other ones in the series, come with a host of historical paint schemes, showing many of the individual aircraft or squadrons that served in WWII.
Also included is a detailed document, totaling over 450 pages of information, giving the low-down on every single one of our 229 flyable aircraft, and allowing new players much easier access to the incredible variety of aircraft in the sim.
Rounding off the package is a slew of exclusive bonus content including a making of, interview videos and screenshots of the new features, plus exclusive screenshots and never seen before videos taken from the next Maddox game: Storm of War: Battle of Britain. Those videos highlight some of the great improvements players will enjoy at end of next year. You’ll also find IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles, Ace Expansion Pack and Pacific Fighters.
"...the biggest and best combat flight sim money can buy... PC Gamer UK
"...a true masterpiece. The best version of the greatest simulator of all time. Pelit (Finland)
Customer Reviews of IL2 1946
Apparently the best WWII flight simulator to date.2/19/2008
This game/simulator is extremely fun, challenging, and interesting. This game does not technically require a joystick to play, but using one (with twist / rudder control, or even separate foot pedals) is effectively required to fly with much control. My computer has a 3Ghz CPU and an 8800GTX graphics card and can handle the graphics on their highest settings with just a few frame drops when the action gets really hairy. There are lots of options in the settings for less powerful computers and for easier (i.e. less realistic) flight control. I've only had this game for about a month, and the first week I couldn't manage to land without crashing, but it proves to be very rewarding and I expect that it will continue to be for many months if not years. Last night I bombed a railroad bridge in central Europe, fired rockets at a tank stationed at the bridge, and strafed an enemy train hidden in a small city near the bridge. I was flying an USSR IL-2 1941 model. I practiced the mission several times with varying degrees of success. In other words, I damaged the bridge, destroyed the tank, blew up most of the train, and crashed trying to destroy some of the armored vehicles loaded on the train that I couldn't get in my first few passes. Having used up all my bombs and rockets, I had to get close for cannon fire and ended up clipping a tree or a house after the attack. Afterwards, frustrated with the lack of total success (i.e. destroying all identified enemy equipment in the area, and returning home to land safely), I started a new mission in a P-38L over Okinawa. That was the first time I had flown that aircraft, and it was a lot of fun. I lost control trying to do a loop with a full bomb load, went into a bad spin, but managed to recover, destroy my targets, and land safely. This game is the best purchase I've made in years. (However, I should note that it is also the first game software I've purchased in over a decade!)
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