Cold Winter campaign review

Mission builders have been busy creating campaigns for players to work their way through since IL-2 added Scripted Campaigns back into the series in the December patch. Cold Winter is a remake of the Blinding Sun campaign from the original IL-2 and though the presentation is a little rough – the missions themselves are outstanding….

More stories from IL-2 multiplayer

Most of you know that I spend the majority of my time flying single player missions and campaigns with the new IL-2 series but I do sometimes jump on multiplayer. I’ve played on the official 1CGS server in Normal mode and I sometimes jump into Wings of Liberty to get some experience with a more…

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…

Reviewing the Ju52/3m

In the fall of 2016 it was announced that the Ju52/3m would be upgraded from a non-flyable aircraft type in IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad into a fully flyable type. Adding the Ju52 to the series was not just an exercise in adding another plane to the hangar but adding a new type of plane and…

Happy New Year! First flight!

Happy New Year everyone! All indications are that 2017 will be a great year for the PC flight sim community with lots of activity for DCS, IL-2, War Thunder, and Falcon. I started the new year with a pretty fun mission in IL-2 and I thought I’d share that story. First flight of 2017 For…

Comparing the Yak

With the impending arrival of the new Yak-1B Series 127 to the series and some useful data points available from the devs on what the performance of this aircraft will be like, I thought it was a great time to break down just what this aircraft is and isn’t. The Yak-1 Series 69 was introduced…

Adventures in IL-2 multiplayer

I’m more of a singleplayer type of gamer when it comes to IL-2 these days. Although I still play online with Battlefield and War Thunder, for a while it’s been harder to get into IL-2’s multiplayer scene. That said, I’ve recently taken more tentative steps to get in there and fly a few rounds. Popularity…

Yes, single player can be epic!

Single player can be, at times, a predictable experience no matter the game or genre. AI opponents and scenarios can sometimes be very predictable in a way that online humans aren’t. With IL-2 the issue is the campaign system auto generates missions offering unlimited replayability but it also means a lot of the same tired…

Airco D.H.2 multiplayer madness

Rise of Flight forum user HotleadColdfeet posted a thread recently talking about some of his fun flying as a team in online servers with the Airco DH.2. The DH.2 is largely regarded as one of the lowest performing aircraft in Rise of Flight. The RFC fighter has a low horsepower pusher propeller and a single…

It started off as a great mission… and then…

I started my first campaign mission in Rise of Flight picking an earlier battle and ending up with a Royal Flying Corps squadron equipped mostly with the Nieuport 17.C1 GBR. The mission started well with an easy takeoff as a formation of three headed to rendezvous with some F.E.2b’s on a bombing mission. It took…