Working my way through Ten Days of Autumn

When Ten Days of Autumn was announced as the first paid campaign for the IL-2 series, I was skeptical. I bought it to support the developers and $9.99 seemed a worthwhile way to try out the new Scripted Campaign system and to see if a pay for campaign would be worth the money. I’m onto…

IL-2 scripted campaign progress

My time spent playing IL-2 is divided between quick flights in the Quick Mission Builder and more lengthy time spent playing multiplayer but when I’m not doing those two things I’m playing the new scripted campaign mode – and its been fun! In December the IL-2 series added the Scripted Campaign feature to the game…

The mystery of why Red wins more missions than Blue in IL-2 multiplayer

The Wings of Liberty server is a popular one with IL-2 multiplayer pilots attracting relatively large numbers of players on a regular basis. In my experience it is the most consistently filled server available. Attracting large numbers of players, a wide variety of skills, and hosting hundreds of matches a month keeps things pretty exciting…

Rise of Flight previews the new IL-2 3D wave technology

In 2013, Rise of Flight debuted the Channel Map addition to the game which added a new series of campaigns covering the English Channel and northern France and Belgium. The Rise of Flight team took that opportunity to show off the power of the Digital Nature engine by putting in water physics above and beyond…

The history of the IL-2

The aircraft that inspired the creation of one flight simulator which lead to a sequel probably has some significance to it. The Ilyushin IL-2, numbering over 36,000 aircraft produced, is the most widely produced combat aircraft and the second most produced aircraft of all time (the Cessna 172 comes in first at 43,000). Popular defense…

We’re basically getting an early La-5F

In the last developer update it was announced that a new technology had been added to the game that would allow modifications to include new engine options and that the first two instances of this would be the FW190A-5/U17 with a 1.65ATA boosted engine and an La-5 with a M-82F engine. We’re basically getting an…

Sopwith Camel – Love and hate

If you know anything about the the First World War air war, you probably know about the Red Baron and just after that part you learn about the Fokker Dr.I and its infamous foil, the Sopwith Camel. In my mind the Camel invokes the same kind of legendary status inhabited by the Spitfire. This is…

Pre-order skins

The new IL-2 series has had special releases of pre-order skins for a variety of aircraft over the years. I missed out on the initial offering of a custom Bf109F-4 and LaGG-3 Series 29 pre-order skin by a matter of weeks. With the Bf109F-2, Ju52/3m and Yak-1B, however, I have pre-ordered just in time to…

IL-2: Why Kuban?

I have seen on the discussion forums some players questioning why the Battle of Kuban is the next battle for IL-2. Why not Kursk? Or Lenningrad? Let’s explore why Kuban makes the most sense and why Kursk or Lenningrad aren’t yet features for the series. Planning for change In many ways, IL-2: Battle of Kuban…

Hidden Gem: Hanriot HD.1

Rise of Flight is still new to me and so I’m still enjoying jumping back 25 years in technology (from IL-2) and taking to the skies in aircraft made of canvas, fabric, and wood. Today I wanted to talk a little about the Hanriot HD.1. Designed by the by Pierre Dupont in the summer of…

Video: Some great FW190 gameplay

With the advent of YouTube and technologies like FRAPS, Shadowplay and others enabling gamers to capture millions of hours of gameplay, there is no end to great gameplay footage from anything you are looking to watch. I wanted to share a great piece of gameplay footage by J√ĄGER_ Kampf that recently came up in discussion…

Participation makes it happen with the Dedicated Bomber Squad

Flight simulators tend to be a much more open world experience than most games and that means that having a group that can help organize events is incredibly valuable. An organized flight sim event can take everything from interesting to spectacular in a short period of time as a team (or two teams) fly their…