IL-2 Sturmovik 1946 review

  • Dive-bombing Nazis
  • Dramatic dog-fights
  • Huge variety of aircraft, options
  • Brutal learning curve
  • Carnival-esque menu music
  • Clunky multi-player match-making

“Slipping the surly bonds of earth” has never been more challenging or more rewarding than in IL-2 Sturmovik 1946, the new kitchen-sink compilation of all things airborne during WW2. And when we say all things, we mean all things: there are literally 229 flyable aircraft in this game, from bombers to fighter jets, and another 70 or so that you can just turn into flaming wreckage. There are alternate history campaigns, more than 100 types of ground target, and several games' worth of missions. Check your six - there's a whole lot of WW2 bearing down on you.

Like the original IL-2 Sturmovik, this is a hardcore mega-sim - we're talking 450-page manual harcore - with a strong focus on realistic aircraft flight-modeling and loads of depth. It's also quite possibly the best deal of the century: Il-2 Sturmovik 1946 layers all the previous games and expansions in the series, along with two new add-ons, into one tasty confectionary, all for a measly $30. This is a game whose length might be better measured in weeks rather than hours.

The new content,1946 and Sturmoviks Over Manchuria, offers a taste of the unusual. 1946 focuses on many of the more creative plane designs of late or post WW2 in an alternate history timeline (Germany and Russia are still fighting) that includes the infamous German Me 262 and early Russian jet designs such as the MiG-9 and 13. However, controlling these aircraft with any genuine amount of precision is tantamount to running on ice in glass slippers. You'll need to be an ace.

More Info

Release date: Mar 13 2007 - PC (US)
Mar 13 2007 - PC (UK)
Available Platforms: PC
Genre: Flight
Published by: Ubisoft
Developed by: 1C: Maddox Games, RRG Studios
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Language, Tobacco Reference, Violence


  • silvereye - July 27, 2009 4:14 p.m.

    Best deal of the century? This must have been written before the orange box surely? Still bloody brilliant game!
  • CreeplyTuna - October 14, 2009 10:19 p.m.

    its only $10 on steam right now and im definitely getting this

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