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

IL-2 Sturmovik 1946 is one of the most difficult games we’ve played in recent years – expect a steep learning curve, especially for newcomers to this game or genre – thankfully a slew of difficulty options helps lower that curve. Further enhancing the massive replayability of Maddox’s masterpiece are static and dynamic campaigns, single-player & custom-designed missions, and multi-player. We found the latter problematic until we discovered HyperLobby, a nifty flight-sim matchmaking utility that works far better than the barebones options in IL-2 1946.

Aside from the half-functional multi-player and a brutal learning curve, there’s nothing about IL-2 Sturmovik 1946 that isn’t amazing. Superb aircraft flight modeling? Check. Amazing looking aircraft? Check. More than 220 different aircraft and around 200 missions? Check. Strap in and watch your ass - this flight sim is ready for take-off - if you are.

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


  • CreeplyTuna - October 14, 2009 10:19 p.m.

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

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