A look at Rise of Flight’s career system

Rise of Flight has had a successful career option available for quite some time now. The second generation IL-2 series is about to catch up to its World War I cousin with a new career mode of its own. All indications are that this new way of playing single player is going to draw heavily…

Shipping strikes in IL-2

Until now we’ve had a couple of steamship gunboats and some shallow water transports but now the IL-2 series is expanding its fleet and including submarines, destroyers, and large cargo vessels adding the possibility of shipping strikes against some serious naval opposition. How is it? Let me tell you! Next level ships When the 1CGS…

IL-2 patch 2.012 flight model impressions

Any time a flight sim says they are changing the flight model there are a series of emotions I run through from delight to terror. History has taught us that what improvements we gain sometime we loose too. Patch 2.012 for IL-2: Battle of Kuban may be an exception. General impressions After having a few…

Less haze in future IL-2 update

It’s no question that the second generation IL-2 series is a visual stunner. The series has pulled off some impressive pyrotechnics, aircraft models, and lighting visuals however there has always been a weak spot – haze in the near distance. Clearer skies To be fair, I live in a partial maritime climate which sees plenty…

Kuban map first impressions

Having spent the better part of two hours flying over and experiencing the new Kuban map I can only give my very first impressions of it. It’s big… This is a huge map covering a lot of territory and ground. I had a chance to fly over only a few small bits but it has…

Darkened Skies – An IL-2 Cinematic

My latest cinematic creation has just been uploaded to YouTube and I’m very pleased to present ‘Darkened Skies’. The video I captured here was based on track recordings I captured while playing through the Blazing Steppe campaign put together by Black Six and available on the IL-2 online store. The campaign, which I gave a…

FS Resource site hosts excellent IL-2 skins

IL-2 community member Detcord has started his own flight simulator resource site and its the host of some interesting multi-title content including some superb skins! Detcord is an accomplished skin artist for flight sims with a pretty wide selection of skins on his site for civil and military flight simulators. From what I can tell…

Will a new Discord channel help the IL-2 multiplayer community?

One of the best things about the original IL-2 is that it had a strong multiplayer community. That community coalesced around a third party utility called HyperLobby which let players chat, organize games and join servers. This new generation of IL-2 still needs something like that for things to really come together… and maybe we’ve…

First impressions of IL-2’s Spitfire Vb

It’s been a long time if ever that a single aircraft has created this much enthusiasm in the IL-2 community. It seems that the Spitfire Vb has certainly done it and I have some of my first impressions. History, symbol, significance The Spitfire is something else beyond just another aircraft being added to the IL-2…

A demo or free to play option may yet be in IL-2’s future

A while back I discussed the possibilities of a free-to-play or demo option for the IL-2 series. There’s a lot to be said for opening small pieces of content up to potential buyers by giving them a little an enticing them to pay for the rest. Today Jason made a tiny comment that could hint…

What DCS: F/A-18C adds to DCS World

The prospect of flying a highly detailed F/A-18 simulator has a lot of people really excited. Why are they excited? Because there is a lot that simulating the Hornet will bring to DCS World and flight simming in general. A Hornet history The Hornet got started out under the same lightweight fighter program that lead…