Il-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey Preview

Having been a PC Flight Sim buff for most of my gaming life, I must have played anything that flew on the market at the time and like any genre you had to dodge the flak to find the truly great flight sim games. Of course Microsoft started to lead the pack with its Flight Simulator franchise relying on more sim than anything else but if you wanted true realistic battles above the surly bonds of earth then you really looked no further than 1C Company and IL-2 Sturmovik. The game had everything that a true combat flight sim fanatic wanted, realistic flight models, authentic battles, great dogfighting and awesome graphics and the success was further enhanced when a series of add on packs were launched and every PC flight sim fans dreams came true.

With consoles at the forefront of modern day gaming there isn't much choice for those who want to jump into a virtual cockpit, Ace Combat series on the PlayStation and more recently the Xbox 360 has dominated for the most part and only this year Ubisoft launched Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X which certainly freshened up the genre and added realistic satellite imagery as well as some other great innovations.

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