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GameVisions Review: IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey

IL-2 Sturmovik is one of the first names in WWII combat simulations. Does Birds of Prey ace its expectations or does it share the fate of the Reichstag?

From the Review:
"In one of the lengthier dogfight missions I spent about 20 minutes per plane for several enemies. While I expected my end of mission report to cite my accomplishment time as poor, it instead gave me a proud "Average"....this means that over an hour of pushing and pulling the stick trying desperately to get an enemy in my sights is actually considered to be the expected gameplay experience. This isn't a slight against the game for doing anything wrong, mind you. It's the sign that it's actually accurately simulating the way the planes handle quite realistically. In real life, only the top of the famous aces had kill totals over 100 spanning their careers, consisting, usually, of several wars. In this game you'll be shooting down two dozen or more in a single mission, so it's clear you're taking on the career role of an ace pilot. It should be rather time consuming to acquire all those kills."

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