Thursday, July 23, 2009

Gallery: IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey

505 Games has announced that its upcoming (and amazing looking) WWII flight combat game IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey will hit retail on September 15, 2009 for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PSP and Nintendo DS. Here's a quick rundown of the game from the press release, followed by some screens and box art:

Developed by Gaijin Entertainment for Xbox 360 and PS3, DiP Interactive for Nintendo DS and SME Dynamic Systems Limited for PSP, IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey features the greatest aerial battles of the Second World War, and boasts the most realistic landscapes and aircraft seen in any flight game.
Players participate in the most famous confrontations of the era piloting fighters, battle planes or heavy bombers across a range of daring and action-packed missions. There are six theaters of war in which to engage - The Battle of Britain, Stalingrad, Berlin, Sicily, the Battle of the Bulge and Korsun - representing the main airborne battles of World War II in Europe. Unlock more than 40 planes, all faithfully recreated in amazing detail, and pilot them in breathtaking air battles and daring bombing runs spread over 50 campaign missions and four multiplayer modes.

From what I've seen so far, the combination of beautifully modeled classic WWII birds and the truly stunning topography just might make this the best game of its type to date. If the controls are spot-on and the multiplayer is awesome, there just might be a lot more flyboys clogging up the skies over Xbox Live or PSN this fall.

I'm super interested in the seeing how the console versions have turned out, however, both portable versions have me really intrigued in terms of how they'll look and play. Hmmm... now I'll have to review them all, I suppose...

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