I have them both. I love them both. My knowledge on aerodynamics is near nil. I do fly aerobatics every minute that I can spare when the weather cooperates and maybe that experience skews my perspective. I have a certain expectation of what the world is going to do outside my canopy when I push the stick in one corner and the rudder in the other. When I break out of a cloud deck with the setting sun behind I have and the ground below transitioning from obscurity to golden clarity, my mind has a fairly rigid idea of how it should look. When I fly through someone else’s contrail there is a whispy sense of speed and vibrating shadows that I have seen and felt. IL2 gets these things right to me. The manipulation of switches and the mastery of systems is a different and no less tangible pleasure. Few would argue that IL2 is a study sim. But it is an excellent flight sim.
I did get Clod back in the day but could barely run it with the system I was using at the time. No opinion on that one other than it just may bring back Friday Bomber Nights from the IL2 classic days.