Take to the skies once again in the latest title in the successful IL-2 Sturmovik series. IL-2 Sturmovik Birds of Prey is the most ambitious title to date as it features scalable gameplay geared towards newcomers to flying games, as well as the more seasoned flight sim fans alike.
This is a great flight sim for the 360 console. I'm still working on the campaign but overall its been fun and lengthy. I used to play Pacific Fighters on my PC before switching to Mac and I loved it because you can fly for all the major participating countries of WWII and pick how you want to fly the campaign (fighter pilot, bomber, dive bomber, etc). I loved this aspect of Pacific Fighters because whenever you got bored flying the same aircraft or type of missions then you can switch to flying for a different country and, likewise, different aircraft. I was a bit disappointed that Birds of Prey didn't follow this similar layout to the game, instead opting for more of a story line approach with some of the pilots that you play as. Nevertheless, the game still holds true to the mechanics of the previous games in the IL-2 franchise and is still enjoyable shooting off a wing of an enemy fighter or seeing damage inflicted onto your own aircraft.
However, Birds of Prey does have its flaws. The game is full of glitches. Probably the most of I've seen in a 360 game. The music will often catch and loop several times and unfortunately many times the game has frozen on the loading and saving screens and I was forced to restart my xbox and replay the level I had just successfully completed. One time I had to play a level/mission three times before the game would finally save without freezing. This was very frustrating but so far has not occurred in the latter stages of the game.
Overall, I have enjoyed this game and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in realistic flight sims or has a general interest of warfare during this time period, especially aviation.
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