There are two very distinct aspects to Battle of Britain II: Wings of Victory
. The first and most obvious is the flight sim part. This area rivals the most authentic sims out there, including Microsoft Flight Simulator
. The second part is the Campaign, where you take a strategic role as either the British or the Germans in planning the attack or defense of Britain. Both would have been outstanding if it weren?t for the shoddy frame rates, myriad of bugs, or overall lack of accessibility.
The flight aspect of the game is much the same as the prequel. The same assortment of planes is offered, and though authentically represented here, the lack of any additions is a turn off. However, though the missions are basically the same, they are still as broad as ever. Dogfights, escorts, bombings, strafings, you name it, whatever happened in history can happen on your computer screen.
The strategic aspect of Battle of Britain II is as in-depth as any arm-chair general?s strategy game out there, maybe even moreso. As either the Germans or Brits, you can allocate planes, issue flight orders, maneuver resources, or simulate conflicts to your heart's content. The game also allows you to jump in at any moment during the combat into any seat aboard any of your planes, including gunners? seats.
Sadly, what little Multiplayer support the sequel had has been unceremoniously stripped from this version. If the Single Player parts had been pulled off more solidly, this lack of a feature could have been forgiven. However, the rest of the game falls short on delivering, which doesn?t negate the pain of having no Multiplayer support.