There has always been a controversy with FSX.
It's an old simulator, and yet it is so advanced in terms of graphics and user friendliness that many simmers use it to this day. There as many good points as bad points about FSX, so let's go through them.
FSX is easy to use and on the lowest setting can run and most PCs in use today. The simulator already comes with many aircraft to choose from and it's a lot of fun to use. The "Missions" features are a great addition as they are excellent opportunities for those who have just learned the ropes for flying to practice and further their simulator flying skills.
FSX's basic layout is fantastic for those who just want to have a quick practice every now and again and a bit of fun in the missions.
Now FSX can sometimes be a bit lacking, but this is made up by the astonishing amount of free and pay add on software that is available today. If one were to have only two extra add on purchases I would recommended "Active Sky" (for weahter) and "Accu-Feel (for increased realism)."
My final positive point about FSX is the community. There is an incredible community of simmers out there and they're all incredible people. You can fly with them online, use VATSIM to simulate ATC, or simply ask for help in one of the hundreds of forums out there.
Now the not so fun stuff...
Due to FSX's age, it runs on only 1 processor. This can prove to be rather troublesome, even on more powerful systems, especially when flying with the FSX's default weather graphics, which suck up a lot of resources. This is when other softwares come in useful. External weather graphics (some are free) and AI traffic softwares are available on the market and they can be run on seperate cores, making your machine's running extremely smooth.
Another problem of FSX is its coding. Aircraft behavior is solely dependent on their programming, not on their characteristics. The default general aviation aircraft are decently simulated (for best realism, investment in A2A aircraft are worth it) but the airliners are completely off the mark (best airliner add on in the is the PDMG Boeing 737 with various series available).
The final and biggest problem is the crashing. FSX will randomly crash, especially with menu clicks.This is fixable, but it involves replacing a .dll file. This is because FSX is designed for older operating systems when most PCs nowadays run on WIndows 7 and 8. Here's a link to help you fix the problem if you decide to purchase this simulator:
Overall, FSX is great for those who want to:
1) Have a little play around
2)practice instrument flying
3) Get seriously into Simming and heavily modifying their simulator with add on software
4)Enjoy great default and add on graphics (ORBX is a great place to start)
I definitely recommend this sim, but that recommendation would definitely come with a warning.
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Aviation enthusiast? Wannabe pilot? Or if you just fancy a spin in the latest militery jet this product has it all. After many years of jumping around from one flight simulator to the next Microsoft have hit the nail on the head! The simulator is complex enough that a real pilot could no doubt gain much enjoyment from ore-flight preparations and aircraft handling but it is also simple enough that you could let an eager 5 year old loose with it without shouts of 'it's not working'. I personally would very much recommend the additional purchase of a joystick with it as it really does enhance takeoff and landings. I would advise Microsoft to maybe do a joint package with both a joystick and the game itself included in the price, this may sell well amongst beginners to the world of flight simulation! The addition of a greater selection of airbus aircraft would be good, such as an A340, although a great add-on is available through Just Flight for this aircraft.
My biggest issue with Microsoft Flight simulator is the fact that it contains errors that often cause the program to crash to desktop, these errors seem randomly occurring at take place often at different points during the flight. In my opinion a powerful PC is an advantage although no a necessity. Many people seem to believe that it is crucial to have a high quality graphics card, I do not believe this to be true, many standard PC graphics cards are more than able to cope, in reality frame rates are not issue at all for me.
For those more experienced in virtual aviation flight the virtual cockpit has been improved considerably and it now has more interactive features than in previous versions. With regard to the cockpit I was also delighted to see the improvements that have been made to the overhead panel along with the lighting systems on the aircraft, landing lights are strong but mot dazzling and the aircraft lights have now been edited for many of the light aircraft. This is far more realistic and make for a more authentic experience on many of the smaller and less well lit airfields of the world.
The light aircraft enthusiasts will no doubt be delighted to see the Beechcraft King and Baron models with various styles of cockpits including glass ones which are great for low flight. Cessna are also present on the simulator with both the 172 and the C208B Grand Caravan which is modelled poorly in my opinion due to the fact it is not as manouverable as it is in real life.
One of my previous major issues has been the lack of a quality helicopter range on a simulator, however I am extatic to report that the addition of the Augusta Westland EH101 in the extension pack has more than made up for this. The Augusta can be used on missions involving North Sea oil rigs and also in free flight mode to perhaps island hop.
All in all it is a very worthwhile product for anyone with even just a passing interest in aviation. Well done to Microsoft.
Microsoft Flight simulator X is the best flight sim made by far. The realism here is at a level never seen before. The entire world has been put into this game and many of the landmarks have been created using an extra level of detail.
My favourite aspect of this game is how the missions become less "boring simulation" and more "sandbox fun". During the course of the game you will have the chance to search for lost animals in Africa, rescue an injured climber from the side of an icy mountain and even explore a mysterious Aztec temple that results in your plane going a bit haywire.
There is a wide variety of planes to fly from the small training cessna type planes all the way to huge jumbo jets filled with passengers. There are also a few helicopters and gliders to teach you a few things about flying that don't apply to fixed wing aircraft.
This game comes with multi-player support that lets you fly the skies alongside people from all over the world who are usually very helpful at telling you how to improve your flying and speed up your training as a pilot.
It is generally a fantastically well made game that should appeal to hardcore flight enthusiasts as well as casual gamers.
Had this flight simulator for over a year and love it! Flight Simulator X has a load more fantastic features than previous versions of FS. Straight away you notice the "virtual cockpit" view when flying, this allows you to see the whole of the cockpit like you are actually in it, rather than just the instrument panel as before. You can move the pilots "head" with the keyboard or hat control on your joystick. The graphics are much better in this addition as well as the variety of aircraft. The Boeing 747 is especially fun to fly, aswell as the seaplanes. The multiplayer feature is brilliant, you can fly with people from around the world as either a pilot, co pilot or air traffic controller, with full voice communication. The missions are more involved and interesting than in previous FS editions, although some can seem a bit long, the longest taking over 90 mins to complete (with not much action). But there is a good mix in the missions of scheduled flights, aid flights, resue flights etc. This edition is very hungy on system requirements, especially if you use the top graphics settings, so make sure you computer can handle it! All in all, a very good simulator!
one word sums this game up REALISTICNESS, theyve got the details down to the bottom, the graphics are amazing provided your pc is fast enough and the realism of flying effects, ATC (Air Traffic Controll), etc are very true to life. if your a little worried about using the ATC its not problem you dotn have to use it. new to flying and seem to fly causing damage all the time? no worries just set the settings to begginer or Easy level. an add-on pack called 'Flight simulator X Acceletration expansion pack' in this pack you get more aircraft and more missions which use the new aircraft. overall the game has pleanty to do, the graphics are amazing and the realisticness is un beatabe. i do recormend buying this game although expensive its worth the money and you can find some price bargans out there too. Top game i recormend it!
This is an exeptional game, the graphics make you feel like your flying a real airplane. The virtual cockpit gives you the sense your inside the cockpit and the sounds also give an awsome feeling. Graphics can be changed to match your computers capabilities and realism settings can be set to maximise the experience. It is said that even real word pilots have bought this game to enjoy flying from the comfort of there own home and touch up on their piloting skills. When i bought this game I wasn't expecting the depth the game goes into, with great missions and new airplanes you can download from the internet you'll never want to leave your computer. Within the deluxe edition you can even become an air traffic controller (ATC) and be in charge of airplanes coming into your airport.
From flying upside down in a stunt plane to flying from London the Auckland, New Zealand this game is a definite buy for the airplane fanatic.
Flight Simulator X offers players a rich and innovative gaming experience with new technological advancements, incredible graphics and added realism including weather, time of day and seasons.