IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey, or Wings of Prey on the PC,[2] 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 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 be able to select either faction.[4] A demo of the game launched on the PSN and Xbox 360's Xbox Live on 29 July 2009.[5]

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.[6]


Birds of Prey received a favourable reception on consoles. It achieved a Metacritic average of 80% on the Xbox 360, and 81% on the PlayStation 3.

IGN gave it 8.6 and said that the "strength of its play mechanics and attention to detail make it one of the best choices for console-based flight combat".[7] IT Reviews commented that it was "thunderingly atmospheric and visually breathtaking, [but] it has some balancing issues".[8] EuroGamer said that it was a "rousing aerial shooter... [but] sadly rather too easy to complete".[9]


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