IL2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey PlayStation 3
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Released on 04/09/2009
Master the Skies of Wartime Europe!
Pilot fighters, battle planes or heavy bombers through a diverse range of thrilling missions. Five epic battles representing the main airborne conflicts of World War II in Europe are available – The Battle of Britain, Stalingrad, Berlin, Sicily and Korsun. As well as advanced environmental visuals, IL-2 also boasts an all new damage effects engine allowing for real time damage to the aircraft such as holes in the wings and trail lines during dog fights.
Hundreds of airplanes taking part in air battles is a distinguishing feature of IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey and the unique environmental engine also produces realistic, highly detailed landscapes that allows players to see a brand new simulation of ground support actions.
Features of IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey on PS3 include:
- Choose a difficulty level to match your experience, from adrenaline-fuelled arcade action to realistic simulations.
- Relive the golden age of military aviation, guiding classic aircraft including the iconic Spitfire, through 50 death-defying missions.
- Battle enemy aces for control of the skies in intense multiplayer modes.
- Enjoy detailed visuals including revolutionary real-time damage effects and an atmospheric audio experience featuring a stunning soundtrack by Jeremy Soule.
Here's what the games press is saying:
' . . . it looks incredible. Honest to goodness, jaw on the floor incredible’ - PSM3
'Damage detail like I've never seen before, dogfights over familiar and beautifully realised scenery, and missions which compel you. I love this game.' - inc. gamers
‘. . . ultra-realistic movie-quality effect that puts every other flight/combat game to shame.’ - GZ
A new instalment in the IL-2 Sturmovik flight simulation series is to be launched this year that allows PC gamers to relive some of World War II's most dramatic conflicts.
IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover has been slated for a March 2011 debut and sees players take to the skies in a recreation of the pivotal aerial conflict that took place above the UK between the British, German and Italian forces.
The game features more than a dozen meticulously recreated aircraft, including iconic machines such as the Spitfire, Stuka and Messerschmitt, with players able to fly in any of the crew positions.
Gamers can expect a variety of immersive single-player campaign action and epic online multiplayer conflicts for up to 128 combatants, as well as authentic environments that look exactly as they did in 1940.
IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover will also be released in a special Collector's Edition that includes added bonuses such as a cloth map, a 150-page pilot instruction folder and a replica of the actual Pilot's Notes from the Spitfire I.
The franchise was last seen in 2009 with the launch of the acclaimed multiplatform title IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey.
There's nothing quite like World War II to conjure up images of heroism under extreme conditions. Over the past few years, much of videogaming WWII combat has been ground-based. This time, however, it's the flyboys who are going to grab the glory.
Sturmovik is a game that has been impressing PC owners for many years now and is, by many players' reckoning, the best and most challenging combat flight simulation ever made. The great news for console owners is that they too can now enjoy all the thrills of aerial combat in IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey.
The Real Deal
Just in case you're wondering what the heck that title is all about, this game is created by Russian developers and the IL-2 Sturmovik was a Russian fighter plane used extensively during WWII. Now, we've already mentioned that Birds of Prey is a flight simulation, but we really need to stress that point. This is not just some arcade thrill ride like Ace Combat, it is to all intents and purposes the real deal.
planes not only handle like the real thing, but are also subject to the same stresses and combat damage
Each aircraft is modelled exactly on the real thing down to the last rivet. This means that they not only handle like actual aircraft but are also subject to the same stresses and combat damage. The result is that if an attacking plane's bullets hit your tail, it will have a markedly different effect than if it hits your pilot's head, say, or the fuel tanks. In fact there's all manner of ways you can buy the farm in Birds of Prey.
The game's aircraft handling and combat gameplay are so realistic that you'll be hitting the ground - a lot. But don't panic if you're the sort of gamer who likes a more manageable challenge - the developers have included a host of difficulty levels to enable you to choose the balance between arcade game and simulation.
players can pilot a number of different planes while taking part in some of the most historic battles of the time
As you've probably gathered already the game is based around the major aerial operations of WWII and players can pilot a number of different planes (fighters, battle planes and heavy bombers) while taking part in some of the most historic battles of the time. There are five theatres of war: The Battle of Britain, Stalingrad, Berlin, Sicily and Korsun, and the action takes place over 50 demanding missions.
The scenery shows the same attention to detail as the aircraft and combat gameplay. It looks amazing and is detailed to the extent that as you swoop low over the landscape you'll be able to see ground-based operations taking place below. Challenging weather conditions add to the fun and, best of all, the planes take damage in a realistic fashion so you see bullet holes and engine smoke as the dogfights hot up.
The excitement increases still further when you're fighting real people thanks to the excellent multi-player mode (in which you can even customise your plane's paint job). The icing on the cake is a suitably dramatic orchestral soundtrack by renowned composer of film and game scores, Jeremy Soule.
Whether you want a totally authentic recreation of WWII aerial battles, an accessible airborne shooter or a great multiplayer combat experience, get Birds of Prey in your sights.
- Realistic planes.
- Amazing scenery.
- Intense combat.
- Arcade mode..
- Not for the faint-hearted.
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