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…

How many planes does IL-2 really have compared to the original?

One of the consistent complaints I hear about IL-2: Battle of Moscow and Battle of Stalingrad from some veteran fans is that the new sims just don’t have enough aircraft. While there certainly is a big difference in total numbers between the two, the gap isn’t quite as large as many people might assume just by…

Bismarck’s YouTube series examines the Wildcat and the Zero

A YouTube video by Bismarck examines the pros and cons of two iconic fighters of the Pacific theater during World War II. It is perhaps one of the best ways to understand the strengths and weaknesses of these two fighters. Two icons of the Pacific war The F4F Wildcat and the A6M Zero are two…

IL-2: Battle of Kuban progress so far

No new developer updates this week from 1CGS. Jason briefly came on the forums and announced that they were too busy at this point to provide a complete update. After weeks of continuous updates we can definitely let them by with a pass I think! Plus this is a great time to look back at…

Of flight sims and fake reviews

Flight sims have a rough time when it comes to critics. In this post I want to unpack why and talk a little about the issue of ‘fake reviews’ and the issues that they cause for this community in particular. It’s been a while since I editorialized so… let’s get into it! Professional reviewers The…

An IL-2 sale with a twist

Jason Williams announced earlier today that for a limited time you can buy IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad, Moscow, or Kuban at full price and receive 33% off a total of 3 Collector Planes. Although this is maybe not as good of a deal as the sale that we saw some weeks ago, there is a…

RAZBAM developing a convincing Cold War duel for DCS

Since purchasing the Mirage 2000C last week, I’ve been checking into some of the projects that third party RAZBAM is working on for DCS. It’s an impressive lineup and if all goes well, by the end of 2018 they may have a great selection of Cold War aircraft available for combat. The Mirage IIICJ &…

Should IL-2 offer up a free to play option?

Today I thought I should write up something about what a free to play option might look like for the IL-2 series and if its a good thing. Other sims have done it so why not IL-2? What does free to play mean? The free to play model has been used around the gaming industry…

IL-2 patch hot-fix release imminent

Update 2.009 was released on Tuesday this week unveiling the much anticipated VR experience for the IL-2 series. The response has been overwhelmingly positive from VR players exclaiming just how good the VR is, however, there have been some glitches and in this blog post I wanted to let everyone know whats going on. New…