Among the hard-to-please PC gaming flight-sim crowd, IL-2 Sturmovik is one of the few franchises to get even the most serious of historical air buffs nodding their heads in admiration. The original game was our pick for GameSpy's Simulation of the Year Award in 2001, and the follow-up games, for the most part, kept the license's sterling reputation in one piece.
But is the console community ready for a serious flight simulator? 1C thinks so, and IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey represents the company's effort to bring the intensely detailed combat of the IL-2 series to the Xbox 360 and PS3. Three modes of play are available: Arcade, Realistic and Simulator, which run the gamut from casual play to all the hardcore nitty-grittyness that made the original sim famous.