This game is massive. 24,000 airports across a simulated real life world. Realistic looking aircraft, airports and world landmarks really give the impression that this is a simulation rather than a game. For instance you could take the controls of a tiny one seater plane and fly through a thunder storm to a small, far flung airstrip or set the autopilot on a 747 from London to Australia. The possibilities with FSX are endless. Thousands of add Ons, both officially sanctioned products to home designed software are widely available to download and buy. Buying the initial software is just the beginning of the flight sim experience. You have the facility to add more detailed scenery, extra planes, airports and Air traffic control systems to really take the realism of the simulation to a while different level. Thats the most important thing I could say about the software is that it feels real. So much so that I've heard real life pilots actually use this software as a practice aid. I personally bought this game along with a small control column which balances on the table and I think thats almost a must and really expected if you are lookin to use this sim with a by kind of seriousness
This is possibly the most detailed, huge and difficult game ever! To start off, theres an absolutely huge number of airports and the whole world has been modeled for you to fly over. Obviously it's not the most detailed when you get up close but the sheer size of the map is mind boggling. There's a reasonable number of default aircraft to fly and these are challenging enough for the casual gamer such as myself. Most cockpit switches and panels are functioning however if you want a 100% functioning cockpit, payware addons are available. For the beginner, theres a fantastic tutorial and learning center which will tell you everything you need to know, from the basics of taking off a small single prop, right up to a full ILS landing in a 747. The only major downside is that the game does have fairly high system requirements and even then, probably wont run on maximum settings. However even on lower settings, this game is still great fun.
Microsoft Flight Sim was one of the games I played when I was really young, it has been around for a long time and it's given them a lot of experience to make and develop a really excellent game.
Gameplay can be a little daunting at first - if you want to jump in and get flying you'll probably find yourself either unable to take off, or if you do take off you'll be unable to land. There are several simple tutorials designed to teach you the basics, I would thoroughly recommend running through these to get you used to the cockpit and the controls. After a few basic lessons on taxiing, taking off, landing and flight control - you can head onto some of the missions.
The set missions are good fun and there are plenty to keep you entertained for a good amount of time! They are categorised into their ease, starting at the easier ones allows you to learn your new skills and the controls - and are still very fun.
If you want to create some of your own flights you can pick from a massive selection of airports. This is quite good fun flying over famous landmarks and seeing airports you know of - all this is enhanced by excellent and details graphics. By default the game set my details settings quite low, I increased this and there was no loss in stability but the increase in detail made the game so much more fun and realistic.
It is quite an advised game, so it's definitely worth ensuring your system meets the minimum requirements before you buy it!
I have always been a great fan of the Microsoft Flight Simulator range since I can remember so I thought it was only right that having been very impressed in previous versions that I upgrade to this. I bought this game for £30 from Amazon which is actually a very good price because other places that I looked were selling it for £40. The game was released in October 2006 and it really is a fantastic game.
The first thing I will say is that this is a demanding game in that wit will require a fairly good computer in order to run it to its full potential. The hard drive space required is a huge 15GB and it says it will require 512mb ram but realistically that is a minimum and you will need at least 1GB ram. The graphics card will also need to be quite good in order to get the full potential of the graphics available.
Microsoft Flight Simulator X is a flight simulation game that allows you to fly planes on ove 30 missions and carry out free flights in both aeroplanes and in helicopters. The game is the latest version out of the sequel of 10 now and I have seen that significant imporvements have been made since. You have the option of flying all over the world which is what I like about it because the maps are so varied. The graphics really do make the maps look absolutely fantatsic and the realism is umbelivable.
Flight Simulator X is a game in which I would really recommend using the tutorial because it is not that easy to understand at first! There is so many different features and tools to choose from that it can be complicated at first. There is a whole set of tutorial missions and flight school which prepares you for flying within the missions. I really like how when flying you can change all sorts of things includign the planes and the wheather. When flying you can earn reawards and you can even land on water!
The realism is what makes this game what it is and I really could not recommend this anymore. I would also recommend the expansion pack that is available called 'Flight Simulator Acceleration' which allows you to fly Fighter jets etc and that really is fantatsic. You can even do aerobatics and to perform tricks to shows! I absolutely love this game and I would really recommend first trying the download to see if your computer can run it ok and then if it can and you like it, definately getting it. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading!
Microsoft Flight Simulator X (10) marks the 25th Anniversary of the venerable flight simulator series started in 1982, by the Redding, WA, software giant.
As expected, Flight Simulator X (FSX) improves on FS 2004: A Century of Flight, and previous installments of the series. Air Traffic Control (while still not a hundred percent authentic), offers a much more robust and interactive experience than previous games. There are now ground vehicles like concession trucks, baggage carts and pushback trucks present at major airports to allow simulation pilots the more realistic experience of ground operations pre, and post-flight. In addition, retracting jetways also add to the immersion when at major hubs when piloting some of the larger jets like the A380 Airbus, or 747-400.
Improvements to FSX aren't just limited to airports and ground operations, either. FSX has a completely new graphics engine that takes advantage of DX10 for those who play on Vista, but that also increases the overall fidelity and realism of the simulated world for DX9 users as well.
For example, when flying over densely populated urban areas like Los Angeles, or New York, you will see an infinite number of three dimensional houses, buildings and other structures you would normally expect to see in these areas. Gone are the days of blurry one dimensional textures that are supposed to represent the tops of buildings, streets, etc. The other new feature FSX has flows directly into this and that is you will now see cars and trucks navigating the streets and major highways that run between those urban structures as well. In contrast, when you fly over more remote areas like the Pacific Northwest, you will see hills and mountainsides landscaped with lush, green 3D vegetation (trees; bushes; grass) appropriate for the region. This attention to detail makes FSX one of the best flight simulators to date for its pure beauty alone. In fact, with all the graphics settings turned to full FSX can often times be more photo-realistic than "Crysis" and similar games.
As far as the actual game play is concerned, the newest addition to the Flight Simulator series are the new scripted missions that give beginning and veteran pilots more of a reason to fly various aircraft they've never flown before and visit various places they've never been to. These missions are divided into various categories (Beginner; Intermediate; Advanced; Expert) and range from standard first-time flying tutorials to more advanced (and sometimes dangerous) missions that require mastery of a specific aircraft to complete a specific task. For example, one expert level mission has you in a Cessna 172 in the middle of a raging snow storm, near-zero visibility, high in the mountains as you help Ski Patrol locate a lost hiker before he freezes to death. Another one has you simply taking an empty airliner from one airport to another as a way to familiarize yourself with how to fly jumbo jets. Many in the FS community have chided MS for adding scripted missions because they feel it makes FS more like a regular game than a simulator. Regardless, the good thing about the missions is they are appropriate for their difficulty level and never overwhelm the player. If you play them sequentially from beginner to expert you learn actual skills you can use when in Free Flight mode -- The main mode FS has built itself on over the years; The "Fly Anywhere" mode -- That helps make Free Flight even more enjoyable. This alone makes FSX the best version of FS for complete beginners.
However, all of these new features like the jaw-dropping visuals come at a steep price.
As mentioned in previous reviews, the game requires a lot of horsepower (hardware) to run with many of these features enabled at the same time and at their highest setting. It should be noted a fast CPU (3.0GHz) or above is recommended along with at least, a mid-range graphics (Nvidia 8800; ATI 3870) card for optimal performance. FSX depends more on a faster CPU than a high-end video card because of the constantly streaming environment data as well as the constant real-time calculations being made to simulate the aerodynamics of flight. So, anybody looking to get into FSX would be wise to invest the fastest single, or dual core CPU available and either a high-end, or mid-range video card to achieve optimal performance. If not, FS2004: A Century of Flight will probably be the better choice. FS2004 is five years old and can be run on most modern hardware with almost all settings on max. This would be the only real flaw FSX has in terms of its technical merits: It still is not properly optimized (even after two Service Packs (patches)) to run at levels most gamers expect given current levels of hardware. It will not be until Intel, or AMD release 4.0GHz chips that one will be able to fully utilize FSX's untapped level of realism and visuals.
The only other flaws FSX has are minor and even these are debatable (subjective). They mainly have to do with the age old debate, "How real can a computer flight simulator be compared to flying a real plane?" and center around FSX being a piece of software and not a real plane subject to real world forces. For the sake of fairness, it should be noted some of the included planes are inaccurately modeled in terms of presentation. Also, some of the aerodynamics (handling) and procedures are not 100% accurate like the use of the GPS and ILS landings, but they are as close as they can be for a game of this magnitude that tries to be as realistic as it can be given its scope while still being accessible to armchair pilots around the globe.
I highly recommend FSX for anybody who is interested in flight simulators and is either a veteran of the series, or a complete newcomer to the genre as a whole.
FSX has a lot to offer everyone, regardless of skill level, as long as you have the right hardware to run it well and have the time to experiment with what settings work best with your specific system configuration. It will give you hours and hours of flying enjoyment and being able to travel to places around the world you normally would not want to go, or cannot afford to go to in real life.
I have to say this game is underrated, no seriously it is. There are more then 24,000 airports to travel to and the look-a-like of the world around you is uncanny, the planes look seriously real, with even control over the seatbelt lights, I couldn't resist doing a loop-de-loop with the seat belts sign off, not that you can see any people on the plane. But if you are a simulator junkie then this is a must in you're collection of PC games, just make sure you have a decent joystick because I found that it does ruin the game only a little without the joystick. You will find that adding stupid amounts of wind does add a challenge to you're landing, this does make it fun. With the extra option to download other planes you should never get bored, unless you are more into FPS or RPG's then you will probably be more trying to crash the planes into other planes, which does take alot of skill.
This is a great game in the Microsoft Flight Simulator series and while it still adopts the same user interface (keys and menu selections), it is designed to get even the most novice flyer started.
One feature I really like is how it adds a green pointing arrow to your destination while in the air, which can be seen for miles!
Novice users can also fly tutorial missions whereby a copilot or instructor talks you through the whole flight and at the same time the airport is clearly marked. This was a feature that wasn't in previous versions of flight simulator.
To begin with by default, difficulty and realism settings may be set lower and then you can easily customise this to make it more realistic and difficult. I've flown gliders before and can say that the handling of gliders in FSX is pretty close to the real thing and the added feature of the viewpoint tilting according to gravity makes it even more realistic.
More than 24,000 airports feature AI-controlled jetways, fuel trucks and moving baggage carts, allowing players to explore their hometown or venture to a favourite far-off city. Flight Simulator X will enable pilots to fly the aircraft of their dreams, from the DeHavilland DHC-2 Beaver floatplane and Grumman G-21A Goose to the AirCreation 582SL Ultralight and Maule M7-260C Orion with wheels and skis. 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.