Part 1 - Bringing the air war to life
Welcome to a new series in which we will be exploring the latest addition to the highly popular and long-running franchise - IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Normandy.
If I was to be asked what my most-played flight simulations of all time were, I would have to say they would be: Red Baron, Falcon 3, Falcon 4 and IL-2 Sturmovik (in all its iterations).
When the latter was first released, back in 2001, it took the combat flight simulation community by storm with its excellent graphics, superb flight and damage modelling, challenging AI and its sandbox approach. It also provided the ability to tinker with every aspect of the simulation, including the level of detail, the response curves of your controllers and the convergence distance of your guns. In addition, IL-2 Sturmovik was as exciting when played single-player as it was multiplayer. In short, this simulation had so much to offer the combat flight simmer.