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Game Shark (Sep 25, 2009)
Is the experience worth the purchase price of the game for average console gamers? If you've played Ace Combat and the like and want to try something a bit more involved, that would be a definite yes - even without the flight stick. If on top of that you're still an avid player of HAWX and the other flight sim classics on the Xbox 360 (or just happen to want a decent flightstick that you can also use with your PC), do yourself a favor and spring a bit extra for the Aviator as well. For the price point, I doubt you'll regret it.
90 (Oct 08, 2009)
Una critica, questa, che però non diminuisce lo spessore di un titolo che ottiene il grandissimo risultato di porsi a metà tra un simulatore di volo realistico e una versione storica e deluxe del miglior Ace Combat. Gli appassionati del genere ne rimarranno estremamente soddisfatti così come i neofiti. Sturmovik è di fatto tre giochi in uno, al prezzo di un unico prodotto. Un prodotto ben rifinito, bilanciato, che vi terrà inchiodati per svariate ore (più di 40) in single player e virtualmente all'infinito in rete. La scelta migliore, per soddisfare la vostra voglia di sfrecciare fra le nuvole.
Console Monster (Aug 31, 2009)
IL-2 builds on existing simulation titles that have been landing onto consoles recently, and is probably the best combat flight simulation title I have played on consoles to date. With its stunning visuals, audio score, well structured campaign and insightful exploits from our WW2 heroes, IL-2 will certainly send any budding fighter jock into a flying frenzy.
IL2 has held its own from the PC title, adapted to console beautifully, and is a rich and action packed simulator that gives a great realistic experience while giving enough entertainment to keep you enthralled. The learning's of the game are tough, and will take some time to master for the inexperienced but the visuals are truly jaw dropping and it gives the truest representation of plane flight on a console to date. Fantastic title.
90 (Aug 31, 2009)
IL2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey is the pinnacle of WWII fighters on the current generation of consoles. The sensible approach to offering casual gamers the arcade functions and hardcore gamers the simulation modes will even lure the PC faithful over from their monitors and onto their home TV. This is a title that is well worth your time, if not convinced try out the demo available on LIVE and PSN now.
To this end, IL-2 feels like two separate games: one a solid, fun arcade flyer, the other a testing simulation of true aerial combat circa Hitler-times. It's inevitable then, that if you're at all interested in planes, or just want to embarrass yourself at a different altitude, IL-2 can hardly come more recommended.
TeamXbox (Aug 31, 2009)
IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey, viewed generally as a piece of software, is finely crafted in every way, and it shows a great carefulness on the part of its developers to do right by the subject matter. It’s not for everyone, but if you’re the type that can appreciate that level of game design craft—and hasn’t gotten totally sick of WWII games—then you’ll be charmed, if not amazed, by IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey.
IGN (Sep 01, 2009)
It can be an accessible, forgiving flight combat game for novices, a challenge for veterans, and a true test of will for the ultra hardcore. With some sharp plane models, a number of gigantic and realistic settings, and a flurry of effects onscreen, the game manages to look and sound just as good as it plays. Throughout its campaign and single missions you'll take on huge swarms of fighters in World War II-style dogfights, using your machine guns and tactical knowledge to fly away victorious. It draws you in with its strongly realized setting, gives you plenty of planes to play around with across numerous missions, and offers up four multiplayer modes in which you can test the limits of your piloting talent. This isn't a game that seeks to amaze with some kind of gimmick or flash. Birds of Prey is more subtle and sturdy, where the strength of its play mechanics and attention to detail make it one of the best choices for console-based flight combat.
Hellbored (Sep 16, 2009)
Quite simply the best console flight simulator on the market.
3D Juegos (Sep 03, 2009)
La mayor virtud del nuevo IL-2 Sturmovik es la de su diversidad. Puede ser un divertido arcade para los menos expertos, y un serio simulador para los más exigentes, pero en ambas facetas el juego sale triunfador. Uno de los mejores videojuegos de aviación de los últimos años.
85 (Sep 02, 2009)
Dal punto di vista del gameplay l’obiettivo è perfettamente centrato, grazie a tre livelli di difficoltà ben separati e a se stanti: arcade, realistico e simulativo. Ognuno di questi livelli è un vero e proprio mondo a sé, quasi un gioco a parte. A limitare un po' l'entusiasmo restano i difetti congeniti del genere di appartenenza, quale una generale ripetitività dell'azione di gioco. Eppure, il vero valore aggiunto a livello complesso è comunque la cornice storica e l'efficace impianto narrativo, corredati da un'enciclopedia In-Game, che raccoglie notizie storiche sulle battaglie, piloti, tattiche dell’epoca e manovre aeree. Insomma, Birds of Prey è un buon titolo, che si adatta a tutte le esigenze ed è fortemente consigliato agli appassionati del volo. Anche i neofiti possono avvicinarsi al prodotto, nel caso siano affascinati dal setting storico, dato che la struttura tripartita del titolo permette un approccio graduale ed una “crescita” sostenibile.
IGN UK (Sep 04, 2009)
All in then, it’s a leftfield delight, and one that can hopefully find a bit of traction with not just established flight simmers, but also loose-walleted everymen at a loose end before the AAA-release silly season begins in a few weeks. The 16-man multiplayer is something that could do with being a quiet success, so there’s room for quick, drop-in dogfights whenever, and also the chance to play with the Axis planes for a change. What’s really key to how strong Sturmovik is it how neatly it pulls off the two-games-in-one trick. Sure, it’s only a different in AI-assistance when it comes down to it, but it means /anyone/ can get something out of this without feeling that the game’s cheating somehow. The dry subject matter will keep it well below a lot of folks’ radars, and while that’s understandable it’s a bit of a shame. You really don’t need death rays and power-armour to have a fine, shooty old time – rattatat and all that is more than enough.
Vandal Online (Sep 10, 2009)
Birds of Prey es un milagro en lo relativo a las formas y el cariño. La campaña no resulta especialmente memorable, el apartado gráfico es sensacional pero por su cuidada ambientación mientras que las opciones extras no son un aliciente lo suficientemente potente como para rejugarlo. Ahora bien, obviando pequeñas taras, Il 2-Sturmovik es delicioso, honesto, maduro y profundo, uno de los simuladores/arcade de aviación más complejos y fascinantes jamás publicado en consola, que logra tras años de sequía, devolver el esplendor sin demasiada pirotecnia: "Vuelan Sturmovik, camino de Leningrado, dejen a los niños llorar, no es para menos".
It doesn't take long to blow through the campaign on a first pass, though going back to test your mettle on a more advanced difficulty setting and playing through additional unlockable missions is worth exploring here. A handful of online multiplayer modes let you engage in dogfights, bombing runs, team battles, and other challenges. However, it's tough to find enough other players to go up against, and some server wonkiness muddled numerous attempts to dive into the online fun. Despite that, Birds of Prey shines brightly as a solo endeavor in large part due to the extreme level of authenticity and attention to getting the flight mechanics just right.
1UP (Sep 04, 2009)
When Birds of Prey was initially announced, I (like many IL-2 Sturmovik fans) was very apprehensive about this series coming to the console. Now that I've spent a number of hours playing the game, I can assure that these worries were unwarranted; as 505 Games and 1C did an fantastic job of not only crafting a fine flight simulator that just about anyone can pick up and play, but also doing a fine job of paying homage to WWII pilots and aircraft. This title is a far cry from a cash-in or a port -- it is the best combat flight simulator one can own on the console. Still, for the hardcore, you would be better off on the PC, where the flight simulator still reigns supreme.
XboxAddict (Dec 04, 2009)
IL-2 doesn’t try and wow players with a certain gimmick or crazy stunts; it is simply the best recreation of its era’s airborne warfare that you will find. If you are lucky enough to own a flight stick for your 360 it will be compatible and I would actually recommend it as while it’s not needed, it’s like playing a fighter without an arcade stick; it’s just not the same and one is needed to play truly properly. Since flight sticks for the 360 aren’t the common or easy to find, I feel that many will truly be missing out on the simulation recreation that IL-2 is meant to give by using one.
For a dogfighting newbie, IL-2 Sturmovik seems like a great place to start. Outside of the occasional vague objective, the controls and mission set-up were accessible enough to be fun, without being so challenging that it was impossible to succeed without an actual pilot’s license. I doubt I’ll ever get to the point where I will play on anything other than the arcade mode, but it overall a very pleasant surprise and sold me on flying games as a genre I could return to.
80 (Sep 02, 2009)
Solche Versäumnisse anzukreiden, heißt aber schon auf extrem hohem Niveau zu jammern. IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey schafft eine elegante Brücke zwischen gelungenem und keineswegs billigem Arcade-Spaß für die Masse und dem Simulationsanspruch des Hardcore-Modus. Natürlich hinkt dieser immer noch dem PC-Vorbild hinterher, aber auf einer Konsole ist das auch besser so, denn diese Zielgruppe würde eh nie das Pad anrühren, für das hier die Anpassungen perfekt gelangen. Als Action-Simulator funktioniert Birds of Prey perfekt, nur den leichten Mangel an Abwechslung muss man halt verschmerzen. Ich bin gespannt, ob es dem Spiel gelingt, das Nischendasein abzustreifen und die breite Masse zum Fliegen zu bewegen. Wahrscheinlich nicht, aber das ist dann nicht die Schuld von Birds of Prey.
MondoXbox (Oct 03, 2009)
Gaijin Entertainment ha dimostrato come un titolo famoso per il suo realismo possa essere portato su console senza il bisogno di mappare i controlli su un'intera tastiera, come sembrava accadere con il suo predecessore su PC. Oltre a questo, l'inserimento della difficoltà Arcade e della via di mezzo “realistica” permettono anche ai neofiti di avvicinarsi ad un genere che sta conoscendo un periodo di forte espansione. Le imperfezioni riscontrate non intaccano pesantemente il risultato finale, tenendo anche conto del fatto che l'arrivo di contenuti scaricabili potrebbero allungargli la vita, rendendola anche più varia.
80 (Sep 18, 2009)
Die Luftgefechte sind hochdramatisch inszeniert, steuern sich super, hören sich beeindruckend gut an und sehen unverschämt gut aus - auch wenn diese Prachtkulisse mit erhöhtem Ruckelaufkommen bezahlt wird. Die lange Kampagne bietet mehr als genug Anspruch für jeden Pilotentypen, außerdem hat die Wahl des Schwierigkeitsgrades hier bemerkenswert starke Auswirkungen auf das tatsächliche Spielerlebnis - auch wenn wohl nur wenige den »Simulation«-Grad wirklich zu schätzen wissen dürften. Allerdings ist es schade, dass sich die Abwechslung über den Wolken in Grenzen hält: Teilweise fühlt man sich bei den stetig nachkommenden Gegnermassen an Serious Sam im Himmel erinnert, außerdem ist das Design der Hauptaufträge sehr gewöhnlich. Unterm Strich bleibt ein Spiel, das zwar nicht ganz den Hardcore-Anspruch des glorreichen Namens erfüllen kann, diesem Ideal aber so nahe kommt, wie es mit dem Gamepad in der Hand eben möglich ist.
Meristation (Aug 31, 2009)
Gaijin Entertainment y Digital Bros lanzan al mercado un producto consumado y completo en cuanto a contenidos, que ofrece un holgado número de horas de juego y diversión para los seguidores del género de la aviación. Aquellos que nunca antes hayan accedido a juegos de este género también podrán disfrutar con la vertiente más arcade de IL-2 Sturmovik, algo de agradecer. Gráficamente el juego está al más alto nivel en detalle de escenarios y efectos. La única pega que encontramos es la tasa de imágenes por segundo, que en determinadas situaciones –cambios de cámara– se resiente visiblemente. Con todo, IL-2 Sturmovik es un videojuego de nivel, con un enfoque técnico y táctico de calidad y opciones multijugador que, sin deslumbrar, entretienen. Aficionados a la aviación con consolas en casa, están autorizados para despegar desde este aeródromo.
Boomtown (Sep 02, 2009)
Birds of Prey is a very special achievement and I hope it is a great financial success - that way publishers may get the message that there's a market out there for console games that don't treat us veteran gamers like adolescent morons. This is a brave, thrilling and fun-packed game that sets out to entertain us with recreations of daring do from the last century. It really achieves those aims, but in doing so while also giving us a say in how we play it, it makes the game all the greater.
GameTrailers (Sep 02, 2009)
Il-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey delivers a top notch flight sim experience that manages to remain accessible thanks to its scalable controls. Aside from a few bumps in the air, it has certainly earned its wings.
Teletext (2009)
The PC flight sim makes a near-perfect landing on consoles, with some of WWII's most exciting combat.
Spazio Games (Sep 08, 2009)
L’approdo su console di questa importante serie si è rivelato certamente riuscito. Il gioco risulta già un ottimo titolo basato sugli scontri aerei in piena Seconda Guerra Mondiale se giocato a livello arcade. Nonostante un livello di simulazione ovviamente più annacquato, il grado di sfida non ne risente per via di un’intelligenza artificiale buona e scontri sempre al limite. La varietà degli scenari e delle missioni garantiscono un alto grado di interesse per tutta la durata della campagna ed il resto dell’offerta inclusa non fanno altro che aumentare la buona longevità. Resta purtroppo il dubbio per quanto riguardo i due più alti livelli di simulazione, ottimamente realizzati ma a nostro parere difficilmente godibili per via del sistema di controllo. Un comparto tecnico degno di nota, l’inclusione di numerosi filmati d’epoca ed una ricca modalità online completano un giudizio sicuramente positivo sull’esordio console di IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey.
Official XBox Magazine (Sep 10, 2009)
So while IL-2 doesn’t quite manage to be the awesomest air-combat game of all time, it comes temptingly close. And really, between the gangbuster graphics and the sensational dogfights, it’s definitely worth taking for a ride.
Thunderbolt Games (Sep 14, 2009)
IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey is a step in the right direction for flight-sims on consoles. It’s accessible for both newcomers and hardened veterans alike, and its variety of locales and mission types should hold your attention for a good few hours at least. It’s a shame there’s no local multiplayer, and at the time of writing the online servers still aren’t up; but if they’re sorted and working properly, the intense action of Sturmovik should transfer well to the multiplayer space – hopefully with the brilliant visuals fully intact.
Cynamite (Sep 20, 2009)
Gaijin Entertainment macht es sich mit seinem Ziel, sowohl Arcade- als auch Simulations-Fans zufrieden zu stellen, nicht leicht. Das actionorientierte H.A.W.X. bereitete mir auf Dauer zwar mehr Spaß, kann sich aber keinesfalls den Simulations-Charakter zuschreiben, mit dem Birds of Prey aufwartet.
Despite a few minor issues such as frame rate drops and occasionally mundane gameplay, IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey is an engaging title that will appeal to simulation veterans and newcomers.
InsideGamer (Sep 04, 2009)
Ik heb respect voor ontwikkelaar 1C Company, voor het naar de console brengen van de IL 2-serie. Het getuigt van lef, en moet zeker niet onderschat worden. IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey is de meest realistische vliegsimulatie die op de consoles verkrijgbaar is. De game mist helaas de uitstraling van een toptitel, maar is door de diepgaande besturing, de prachtige graphics en de mate van authenticiteit toch een aanrader. Geef deze game dus een kans, of je nu een doorgewinterde simulatiefan bent of er slechts van houdt om oude vliegtuigjes te bekijken!
MS Xbox World (Sep 19, 2009)
IL-2 Sturmovik is strange in a sense that for arcade flying fans it offers a reasonable package with a single player that seems to cover almost every type of mission possible for the type of game it is. It might seem a little short, but playing on realistic settings it seems that's how it was supposed to be and that's the reason the developers have the fan base they do. Fans of flight combat simulators will surely spend plenty of time doing missions and unlocking the extra aircraft but simply put, the game offers little else that stands out for the average gamer.
80 (Sep 08, 2009)
IL2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey is een geslaagde poging om vliegsims naar de consoles over te zetten. De game brengt een aantal zaken waar consolegamers het al jaren zonder hebben moeten doen, maar het weet tegelijkertijd qua afwerking mee te doen met de minder realistische alternatieven op de consoles. Schoonheidsfoutjes daargelaten is Birds of Prey een aanrader voor de serieuze vliegsim-enthousiasteling.
80 (Sep 02, 2009)
Techniquement impressionnant, visuellement sensationnel, Sturmovik IL-2 : Birds of Prey réussit le tour de force de proposer une jouabilité adaptée à tous les types de joueurs. Ainsi, que l'on soit débutant ou vétéran, on revivra avec une égale intensité les célèbres batailles de la Seconde Guerre mondiale qui y sont mises en scène. Notez tout de même que l'utilisation d'un joystick est fortement recommandée en mode Réaliste et Simulation.
XGN (Sep 01, 2009)
Il-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey is de beste Tweede Wereldoorlog gevechtssimulatie-vlieggame voor de consoles. De game weet goed de sfeer van de Tweede Wereldoorlog neer te zetten. Door de goede gameplay en genoeg content, is deze game zeker het kopen waard.
76 (Sep 06, 2009)
Real flight sim fans can keep defending their preference for PC with ease, but this shouldn't stop them from enjoying this console version. The fights are still as intense and the game offers hours of flying fun. Only the bit lesser hardware compared to a decent PC makes this version a bit weaker than its older brother.
Gamer Limit (Sep 23, 2009)
Any fan of combat flight simulators needs to pick up IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey before I finish the following sentence: it is without a doubt the finest World War II game of its genre. However, the average gamer may have a hard time appreciating what Gaijin has tried to achieve.
GameSpot UK (Sep 11, 2009)
IL-2 Sturmovik's dogfights and bombing runs are exciting enough to satisfy anyone with an interest in air combat. It successfully caters to both novices and veterans, and it's good to see such a faithful sim appear on a console. The campaign is a little short and would've benefitted from more mission variety, but if you want to experience some great World War II dogfighting on your console, Birds of Prey fits the bill.
Worth Playing (Sep 12, 2009)
IL2-Sturmovik: Birds of Prey isn't for everyone, especially not players who expect this to be the next Crimson Skies or to fill in for the next Ace Combat. Its emphasis on traditional dogfighting without frills, along with its low-key presentation, may seem a little dry alongside Jeremy Soule's stirring soundtrack, but the realistic bent of its flight mechanics and gameplay will find an audience among flight sim enthusiasts and would-be WWII pilots who want a reason to plug a flightstick into their console.
70 (Sep 08, 2009)
Resumiendo y como he dicho al principio, IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey es un buen producto, en el que se puede apreciar como sus desarrolladores han puesto muchas ganas, mimo y trabajo. Seguramente se trate de uno de los mejores juegos de aviones para consola de la actual generación, pero el hecho de llevar IL-2 Sturmovik en su nombre quizá le perjudique más que ayude. Su mayor base de fans, aunque insisto en que disfrutarán como enanos con este juego, posiblemente prefieran permanecer en la versión antigua para PC, no sólo porque se trate de un simulador puro, sino por el hecho de que esté para PC con todo lo que ello conlleva: Joysticks, un multijugador mucho más versátil y libre, y sobre todo, contenido creado por usuarios y modificaciones.
70 (UK) (Sep 01, 2009)
Going back to the dilemma from the start of the review, your enjoyment of IL-2 Sturmovik's console debut will depend greatly on what you want it to be. Taken as a rousing aerial shooter, it's easy to recommend - and sadly rather too easy to complete. There's a ton of content, at least, and it's all presented in a whiz-bang style that draws you in with heart-pounding action without belittling the history behind the explosions. It's just a shame that for such a venerable simulator series, it's the more serious game modes where Birds of Prey feels most compromised by its hardware.