Should you buy IL-2: Battle of Moscow?

Feedback from my review of Battle of Moscow made me think that I should write a short update and directly answer the question: Should I buy IL-2: Battle of Moscow? Let me do that now. Yes, yes you should. If you’re reading this blog, then you are probably already an enthusiast. You’ve probably spent the…

Next chapter of IL-2 to be decided soon

There is currently a 27 page thread on the English language 1CGS forums discussing which theater the IL-2 series may visit next. On this blog I have speculated on several potential scenarios (notably I haven’t ventured into the Pacific theater options yet) but there are dozens of possibilities stretching out along the conflicts timeline. Although…

IL-2: Battle of Moscow Full Review

It’s been a week since the final release of IL-2: Battle of Moscow and I thought it was long past time for my review. I’m going to break it up into several pieces and review each piece independently with an overall score at the end. Visit the Battlefields UK server blog for my original IL-2:…

Il-2 and Rise of Flight video training

Getting into flight simulators can be daunting. There are a cornucopia of settings, key combinations, and aviation knowledge that is needed to really get the most out of a simulator. Sometimes those things are required even just to get into the air. The nice thing about World War I and, to a slightly lesser degree,…

Rise of Flight Sale

I took advantage of the Rise of Flight sale that started today. I’ve already written a post about my recent interest in the product and after taking the plunge and trying out the free to play options, I decided to jump in the rest of the way. The sale is 66% off all of the…

Take off! Battle of Moscow Launches

Battle of Moscow is officially out! Game version 2.001 ushers in the final result of over a year of 1CGS’ effort to update the IL-2 franchise after a successful but sometimes difficult launch with IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad. In many ways, Update 2.001 is an anticlimax as the Moscow content has, for the most part,…

My first flight with Rise of Flight

My story with Rise of Flight has been one of trepidation and some apprehension as I never knew if I’d be able to get into the series WWI theater and the much slower and less capable bi-plane and tri-plane fighters and bombers. I’ve always been fascinated by the aircraft but not as interested in flying…

Speculation: Kursk is next?

An interesting thread stemming from the posting of a video featuring 1CGS developers  Loft and Han has revealed one interesting piece of information that leads me to believe that Kursk could be the next theater of war after Moscow. The source video itself is in Russian and is just a little over 2 hours long….

What Comes Next? North Africa and the Mediterranean

One theater of the air war in WWII that has been given the least amount of attention in games and movies is the war in North Africa and the Mediterranean. A multi-year struggle along the northern coast of Africa, this air war starts with British and Italian bi-planes and leads all the way to some…

Twinkling stars

A lot of games place you in a location that is then carefully constructed around you. A flight simulator is the total opposite where you’re given a playground to operate in and then told to “roam free” in the world that has been created for you. I’ve known for a while that IL-2: Battle of…

Battlefield 1 features bi-planes, WWI combat

EA and DICE have for many years had a successful franchise in Battlefield. It’s never had the simulation level that I really can dig my teeth in when it comes to air combat but most of the series has had some pretty exciting air combat displays – and the latest in the series is taking…