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This is the game previously known as Storm of War: Battle of Britain, but now got renamed to better reflect what it is: a sequel to IL-2 Sturmovik (which is on GOG).

128-player MP, DX10 and DX11 support, UK collector's edition with cloth map and stuff... So, opinions? I didn't played IL-2 extensively, so this sequel might be a good way to get back in, and probably more accessible.

trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MO35o8IRDz0
Err a battle of britain game named IL2? How many sturmoviks were in use on either side of that conflict? I suspect it might be about the same number of supermodels lusting after me at the moment...

Also I can't say I like the name, it makes it sound like an expansion rather than a new game but the logo at least emphasises the new part of the name so it could be worse

As for the game, really looking forward to it, The Battle Of Britain was the first military conflict I really learned anything about, largely thanks to the utterly fantastic manual for Their Finest Hour. I'd love to see some cross game play though, imagine how cool it'd be to be flying a Baufort on a patrol for enemy shipping, spotting a uboat controlled by people playing Silent Hunter 5 and dropping a few torpedoes on him
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Aliasalpha: Err a battle of britain game named IL2? How many sturmoviks were in use on either side of that conflict? I suspect it might be about the same number of supermodels lusting after me at the moment...

Also I can't say I like the name, it makes it sound like an expansion rather than a new game but the logo at least emphasises the new part of the name so it could be worse
Heh, yeah... Did the IL-2 model ever flied over Britain? I'm not much into the history of this conflict.

Looks like 1C/Ubisoft don't care much about it. Personally I'm fine with it, it's better that it reflects that the product is a sequel to the first IL-2.
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Aliasalpha: As for the game, really looking forward to it, The Battle Of Britain was the first military conflict I really learned anything about, largely thanks to the utterly fantastic manual for Their Finest Hour. I'd love to see some cross game play though, imagine how cool it'd be to be flying a Baufort on a patrol for enemy shipping, spotting a uboat controlled by people playing Silent Hunter 5 and dropping a few torpedoes on him
Pretty cool, the crossplay idea always fascinates me, but I don't think publishers care enough for making it happen; hell they barely care about publishing one single simulation game, there's just a few in the market every year.

Only salvation is single games large in scope, like ArmA2. Or what would be of the cancelled Star Wars: Battlefront 3, in which you would go seamlessly from ground to air and to space; and even water if they added water/naval units that is, don't know if there was in the Battlefront series.
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Aliasalpha: Err a battle of britain game named IL2? How many sturmoviks were in use on either side of that conflict? I suspect it might be about the same number of supermodels lusting after me at the moment...

Also I can't say I like the name, it makes it sound like an expansion rather than a new game but the logo at least emphasises the new part of the name so it could be worse

As for the game, really looking forward to it, The Battle Of Britain was the first military conflict I really learned anything about, largely thanks to the utterly fantastic manual for Their Finest Hour. I'd love to see some cross game play though, imagine how cool it'd be to be flying a Baufort on a patrol for enemy shipping, spotting a uboat controlled by people playing Silent Hunter 5 and dropping a few torpedoes on him
I think the company wants to keep the IL2 label because it's a known game system with a large following.
I think "CLiffs of Dover" is a pretty good indication of what the game is about.
Is this related in any way to the game "Wings of Prey" which I could have sworn was called an IL2 game until it got released...

Either way, I hope it doesn't have annoying DRM.

Cos I'd quite like a nice new WW2 flight sim.
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taczillabr: Heh, yeah... Did the IL-2 model ever flied over Britain? I'm not much into the history of this conflict.
No. They were deployed mostly on Eastern Front and flew over Berlin in 1945 - and that was probably the farthest West they ever seen ;)

Still, catchy title is catchy. At least I will have a potential Father's Day gift.
Post edited January 24, 2011 by Thiev
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taczillabr: Heh, yeah... Did the IL-2 model ever flied over Britain? I'm not much into the history of this conflict.

Looks like 1C/Ubisoft don't care much about it. Personally I'm fine with it, it's better that it reflects that the product is a sequel to the first IL-2.
Well it's branded Il2, but there will be no ilyushins in there ... Hawkers, Supermarines, Messerschmidt, maybe Henschells, Fiat or Glosters, yes.

there was only one operation associating il2s and western fighters, over Austria in 1945

70-some Il2s ( or Il10s) were deployed over Korea, by the north, but were no match for the panthers or even the P51. The only British units that could have met one of them would have been Fleet Air Arm, but there seem to be no record of that.
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taczillabr: Heh, yeah... Did the IL-2 model ever flied over Britain? I'm not much into the history of this conflict.
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Thiev: No. They were deployed mostly on Eastern Front and flew over Berlin in 1945 - and that was probably the farthest West they ever seen ;)

Still, catchy title is catchy. At least I will have a potential Father's Day gift.
The only Il2 in the west would be the one in the Smithsonian institute, a wreck recovered in 1992. For us European, there are exemples in Warsaw air museum (Muzeum Wojska Polskiego) and in Prague ( not sure about the name of the museum)
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Phc7006: [...]and in Prague ( not sure about the name of the museum)
That would be Kbely.
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Phc7006: [...]and in Prague ( not sure about the name of the museum)
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Thiev: That would be Kbely.
Remembers me I'm yet to visit Prague...
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Andy_Panthro: Is this related in any way to the game "Wings of Prey" which I could have sworn was called an IL2 game until it got released...

Either way, I hope it doesn't have annoying DRM.

Cos I'd quite like a nice new WW2 flight sim.
"IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey" is the console's release.

"Wings of Prey" is the PC release, same game I think. Don't ask me why of the name change. IIRC it's the better to buy it from retail, since there's a DRM removal patch or other extra stuff.
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Thiev: No. They were deployed mostly on Eastern Front and flew over Berlin in 1945 - and that was probably the farthest West they ever seen ;)

Still, catchy title is catchy. At least I will have a potential Father's Day gift.
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Phc7006: Well it's branded Il2, but there will be no ilyushins in there ... to be no record of that.
Thanks for the background info, Thiev and Phc7006.

Only one IL-2 wreckage exposed isn't a sign of a major air battle with IL-2s involvement, indeed.
Post edited January 25, 2011 by taczillabr
Dunno, maybe it's just me, but it's kinda funny to have a game branded IL-2 and yet not have IL-2s in the game; at first I thought it was an alternate-history game (Britain vs. German-Russian Alliance? An elite/classified wing of Russian hot-shots helping out the RAF?) á la Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe.