IL2 Sturmovik has proved to be an extremely stubborn little game. So far, only a short-lived Play sale and Tesco's one-shot FTSL 15-1 voucher code have provided a sure-fire way of getting a copy for less than £20... but ShopTo are now retailing for £16.85. This will only save you a few pennies compared to Tesco Entertainment's FTSL 15-1 price, but this way, you get to save the v0ucher code for something special and save 3-4 quid into the bargain.
Named after the infamous Soviet ground attack fighter, Il2 Sturmovik delivers an uncompromising and authentic World War 2 combat flight simulation experience. You'll fly a selection of fighters around six major theatres of war (including The Battle of Britain and Berlin), whilst enjoying some impressive graphics and atmospheric visual effects. Damage models are especially convincing- and are great to see considering that most flight sims just add some cosmetic smoke and flames as planes take damage.
The only real problem is that of challenge. The difficulty curve teeters uncomfortably between insanely tough and ludicrously easy, since Gaijin Entertainment have slightly overcompensated on player assists to facilitate the shift from PCs to consoles. Having said that, I almost always prefer fun to realism in my simulations... unless mechs are involved. Give me Steel Battalion any day. Back on topic, IL2 makes up for it with a deeply enjoyable Arcade mode and well-featured multiplayer options.
Basically, IL2 is generally considered to be one of the finest console WW2 sims out there. Casual gamers should stay away- but flight fans should seriously consider snaffling up a copy.