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Battle of Britain II: Wings of Victory

Score: 63%
ESRB: Everyone 10+
Publisher: Tri Synergy
Developer: Shockwave Productions Inc.
Media: CD/1
Players: 1
Genre: Flight

Graphics & Sound:

Battle of Britain II: Wings of Victory is one of the best looking and most detailed flight sims out there. The aircraft are finely detailed, right down to the 3D cockpit. Everything screams of dirtied WWII vintage which leads to a fairly immersive experience. Even the physics are, for the most part, accurately represented. The handling of the planes is expertly represented in each, but the damage physics is lacking in variety. Planes break apart and crash in almost exactly the same way every time.

The audio is simply superb. The British and German Dialogue is varied and well put together, taking the game away from the horrible memories of cut-and-paste sports commentary. The actual languages are also finely represented. You?ll learn basic German (at least in aviator terms) by playing the German campaign, and the British dialogue is almost another dialect in itself. The effects are also spot on, especially in regards to the wind, and give each and every mission a very dynamic feeling.


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.


Battle of Britain II: Wings of Victory isn?t one of the easier games to get a hang of. Even for a hard core sim, Battle of Britain II takes it to the extreme. The physics are the most realistic (meaning the hardest to deal with) I have ever seen. The tutorials are extremely unforgiving, and there is no mention of turning on the ?noob? settings for those of us who want to jump into the pilot?s seat and simply take down some Stukas. On the other hand, this means that die-hard sim fans can stop searching for that one game that meets all their aeronautical needs.

Game Mechanics:

Battle of Britain II: Wings of Victory, like in most other things it tries to accomplish, pulls off some of the most realistic controls of any flight sim. Unfortunately, this leads to some issues. Newcomers can expect to spend a day getting used to the controls. These controls are also extremely sensitive, making it hard for those who own a "normal" flight stick to be able to access this game.

If you?re able to accommodate this elitist control scheme, and if you have the patience, the game has a lot to offer. Not only do the physics lend themselves to a great experience, but the interface allows for some intense micromanagement during the strategic portion of the game.

Unfortunately, the rest of the game is hampered by tons of bugs, most of which are crash bugs. Even after the post release patch, the game suffers immensely from glitches that normally result in your return to the desktop. A scant few computers can handle all the craziness that this game proliferates, but these specs seem to be random and there is no standard setup to allow you to play this title. Battle of Britain II: Wings of Victory is a gamble for anyone to play, and a poor sequel. What lies within is a great flight sim, but it will rarely be seen. This is a game that will rub the hardest of the hard core arm-chair pilots the wrong way.

-Snow Chainz, GameVortex Communications
AKA Andrew Horwitz

Minimum System Requirements:

Windows 98/ME/2K/XP, 800 MHz Processor, 256 MB RAM, 1 GB Hard Disk Space

Test System:

Windows XP, 2.4 GHz Processor, 1GB RAM, 256 MB GeForce 6800 GT Video Card, 160 GB Hard Drive, Cable Modem Internet Connection

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