IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey

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IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey
IL-2 Sturmovik Birds of Prey.jpg
Developer(s) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows
Gaijin Entertainment[1]
Nintendo DS
DiP Interactive[1]
PlayStation Portable
SME Dynamic Systems Ltd.[1]
Publisher(s) PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
NA 505 Games
EU 505 Games
CIS 1C Company
Microsoft Windows
INT Gaijin Entertainment

Iceberg Interactive
Composer(s) Jeremy Soule
Series IL-2 Sturmovik
Platform(s) PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Microsoft Windows
Nintendo DS
PlayStation Portable
Release date(s) Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable
AUS September 3, 2009 (DS)
EU 20090904September 4, 2009
AUS September 9, 2009 (PSP)
NA 20090910September 10, 2009
PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
EU 20090904September 4, 2009
NA 20090908September 8, 2009
AUS 20090909September 9, 2009
Microsoft Windows
  • NA December 25, 2009
  • EU April 30, 2010
  • JP August 6, 2010
  • AUS September 23, 2010
Genre(s) Combat flight simulator
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer
Distribution Optical disc, download, memory stick

IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey, or Wings of Prey on the PC, is a combat flight simulator video game. As with previous installments of the PC series IL-2 Sturmovik, it depicts combat aircraft from World War II, although with less focus on realistic simulation than other entries in the series.[2] The game has a campaign mode in which players are able to fly the Allies against the Axis, and also a multiplayer mode in which they are able to select either faction.[3] A demo of the game launched on the PSN and Xbox 360's Xbox Live on 29 July 2009.[4]

Birds of Prey is based around the large-scale aerial combat and ground military operations of World War II. Players can participate in some of the war’s most famous battles, piloting fighters, attack aircraft and heavy bombers across a range of missions. There are six theatres of war to engage in: The Battle of Britain, Stalingrad, Berlin, Sicily, Korsun and the Battle of the Bulge, representing the main airborne battles of World War II in Europe.

Birds of Prey has a new damage effects engine. Players can see real-time damage to the aircraft such as holes in the wings and trail lines during dog fights. IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey features hundreds of aircraft taking part in air battles. The environmental engine also produces high-detail, realistic landscapes that allow players to easily see ground support actions.[5]

The game was developed by Gaijin Entertainment, who subsequently developed Birds of Steel, also exclusively for consoles. Birds of Steel shares many traits with Birds of Prey (including HUD, aircraft models, controls, and menu design) but differentiates itself by concentrating primarily on US–Japanese aerial battles of the Pacific theater.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (X360) 80.71%[6]
(PS3) 79.82%[7]
(PC) 79.55%[8]
(PSP) 60%[9]
(DS) 42.25%[10]
Metacritic (PS3) 81/100[11]
(X360) 80/100[12]
(PC) 78/100[13]
(PSP) 63/100[14]
(DS) 41/100[15]
Review scores
Publication Score
Edge 8/10[16]
Eurogamer 7/10[2][17]
GameSpot 7.5/10[18][19]
GameTrailers 8/10[20]
GameZone 8.9/10[21]
IGN 8.6/10[22][23]
(X360, UK) 8.4/10[24]
(PC) 8.3/10[25]
(PSP) 6.8/10[26]
(DS) 3.5/10[27]
Nintendo Power 4/10[28]
Official Xbox Magazine 8/10[29]
PC Gamer (UK) 78%[30]
PlayStation Magazine (PS3) 3.5/5 stars[31]
(PSP) 3/5 stars[32]

On the release, home console and PC versions were met with positive reception, while version for portable consoles received mixed to negative critical reception. GameRankings and Metacritic gave it 80.71% and 80 out of 100 for the Xbox 360 version;[6][12] 79.82% and 81 out of 100 for the PlayStation 3 version;[7][11] 79.55% and 78 out of 100 for the PC version;[8][13] 60% and 63 out of 100 for the PSP version;[9][14] and 42.25% and 41 out of 100 for the DS version.[10][15]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c IGN staff (June 6, 2008). "1C Launches Console Development". IGN. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Whitehead, Dan (September 1, 2009). "IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey (X360)". Eurogamer. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ Ocampo, Jason (June 6, 2008). "IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey First Look". IGN. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ http://www.1cpublishing.eu/game/il-2-sturmovik-birds-of-prey
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  10. ^ a b "IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey for DS". GameRankings. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey for PlayStation 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey for Xbox 360". Metacritic. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Wings of Prey for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey for PSP Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey for DS Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  16. ^ Edge staff (October 2009). "IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey (X360)". Edge (206): 97. 
  17. ^ Stone, Tim (May 10, 2010). "Wings of Prey". Eurogamer. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  18. ^ Cocker, Guy (September 11, 2009). "IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey Review (X360)". GameSpot. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  19. ^ Cocker, Guy (September 16, 2009). "IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey Review (PS3)". GameSpot. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  20. ^ "IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey Review (X360)". GameTrailers. September 2, 2009. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  21. ^ Bedigian, Louis (September 21, 2009). "IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey - PS3 - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on September 25, 2009. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  22. ^ Onyett, Charles (September 1, 2009). "IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey Review (X360)". IGN. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  23. ^ Onyett, Charles (September 11, 2009). "IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey Review (PS3)". IGN. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  24. ^ Meer, Alec (September 4, 2009). "IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds Of Prey UK Review (X360)". IGN. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  25. ^ Butts, Steve (January 7, 2010). "Wings of Prey Review". IGN. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  26. ^ Onyett, Charles (September 18, 2009). "IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey Review (PSP)". IGN. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  27. ^ Goldstein, Hilary (September 23, 2009). "IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey Review (NDS)". IGN. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  28. ^ "IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey". Nintendo Power 245: 90. October 2009. 
  29. ^ Curthoys, Paul (October 2009). "IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey". Official Xbox Magazine: 68. Archived from the original on September 14, 2009. Retrieved December 17, 2014. 
  30. ^ "Wings of Prey". PC Gamer UK: 86. March 2010. 
  31. ^ "IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey (PS3)". PlayStation: The Official Magazine. October 2009. 
  32. ^ "IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey (PSP)". PlayStation: The Official Magazine: 85. December 25, 2009. 

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