Reviewing the Spitfire Vb

I haven’t done an aircraft review in a while but I intend to do a little catching up on that over the next couple of weeks. The Spitfire Vb was added to the second gen IL-2 series earlier in the summer and its made a dramatic impact on the series. The Russian Spitfire Although never…

‘Blazing Steppe’ IL-2 campaign has the secret sauce

Priced at $9.99 the Blazing Steppe campaign is not what we would call free. So is it worth it like its predecessor? Ten Days of Autumn was an excellent experience and I was curious if Black Six, the campaign author, was able to top it. Summer on the steppes A steppe is a geographical region…

Review: JG 51 over Velikie Luki

I’ve been on the lookout for good Scripted Campaigns since the feature debut late last year and I’ve been pleasantly surprised on the whole. Cold Winter was a decent remake of an old favourite and Ten Days of Autumn was an epic opus to the Bf109F-2 at Moscow. So where does “I./JG51 over Velikie Luki” stand…

Reviewing the IL-2 Model 1943

IL-2: Battle of Kuban introduces another member of the IL-2 family, the Model 1943, a variant of the IL-2 that finally lets the series explore the definitive model of of the IL-2 series. This is the titular aircraft of the series and it’s time to do the deep dive on this aircraft – is it…

Reviewing ‘Ten Days of Autumn’

‘Ten Days of Autumn’ is the first Scripted Campaign to be released for the second generation IL-2 series and it serves as both an introduction to scripted campaigns as well as a superb example of how to do it right. This is my review of ‘Ten Days of Autumn’ for IL-2: Battle of Moscow. The…

Pfalz D.III: The other fighter

As a kid when you read about World War I, a couple of fighters immediately jump to mind and the Pfalz D.III is not one of them. Very much the ‘other’ fighter, the Pfalz D.IIIa is a competent complement to the Albatross D.III and D.Va fighters. Pretty good but never exceptional Impressed by the Nieuport…

Reviewing the He111H-16

The He111H-16 seems like a carbon copy of the earlier H-6 variant so what makes it a unique aircraft and what does it add to the IL-2: Battle of Kuban mix? A slightly better He111? The last patch brought with it both the FW190A-5 and the He111H-16 and while I was eager to fly the…

Reviewing the FW190A-5

The FW190A-5 forms the other half of the legendary Luftwaffe fighter duo of World War II and its come to IL-2: Battle of Kuban. Firepower, crisp handling, and excellent view are all hallmarks of the FW190 series and they are represented well with this aircraft. Overall performance Normally I like to pull some of the official…

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….

Reviewing the Bf110: Enter the Zerstörer

The Bf110 was conceived as a heavy fighter that was to be flown by the elite of the Luftwaffe fighter force and used in long range operations supporting the Luftwaffe’s medium bombers. Though proving inadequate in that role, they were quickly turned into potent fighter-bombers and bomber destroyers or Zerstörer. Is the Bf110 still a…

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…

Review: VKB Gladiator

A few weeks ago, my trusty old Saitek X-52 started to act up. After 9-years of service, the twist sensors were spiking and causing all kinds of trouble so I started my research project on what stick I should get to replace it. I was faced with a difficult decision to go with what I…