Storm of War Battle of Britain Flight Sim Looks Stunning

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Storm of War Battle of Britain

The days of a flight sim on every computer may be past, but the days of the most realistic flight sims ever created are nearly here. Like Rise of Flight. Or DCS: A-10C Warthog.

Or 1C Games' Storm of War: Battle of Britain, the successor to Oleg Maddox's unrivaled World War II flight sim IL-2 Sturmovik. Storm of War's been in development since 2006, and it looks like the game may finally be rolling through beta.

Scan the following video of the game from Igromir 2010, a Moscow-based computer and mobile games exhibition. Be sure to give it a solid minute to get rolling, and pop it out at 720p instead of the default 360.

Check out those hairpin clips securing the porthole bolts in the Spitfire cockpit. The dusk lit cockpit-frame shadows realistically crawling the instrumentation during a turn. The Stuka arrowing toward a freight ship, nose to the sea, detaching its payload before pulling up. The grid-windowed under-cockpit of a Junkers Ju 88 bomber cruising some massively row-housed municipality. The stunning house-by-house detail poured into city quadrants, including a shot of a German plane rising past what looks like Dover Castle. The cloud-shot sky teeming with planes in what promises to be the most authentic by-the-numbers simulation of aerial combat yet.

Rumor has it Storm of War's release is close, perhaps as soon as spring 2011.

Almost time to dust off those X52 Pros and HOTAS Warthogs and X65-Fs then.

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