Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Deluxe Edition (PC)

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Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Deluxe Edition (PC)

In a nutshell:Microsoft's original civilian flight sim is still clocking up the air miles with the most significant sequel for years and a genuine att...

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published 13/11/2006 | burnsey81
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Pro Excelent graphics, sound, multiplayer function and easy to use for beginners
Cons High spec PC needed to get the best performance.
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"Flight Sim X (Deluxe) Im impressed already!"

Wow!! I'm now impressed and I'm not even using realistic settings.

I went out and bought FSX on the release date 13.10.06. I am an avid flight simmer and have had all of the Microsoft Flight Sim releases since FS5. After a 30min+ installation time I managed to get my first chance to take to the sky. At first I was little impressed with the graphics and the scenery on my first flight. The frames were jerky and the aircraft and screen movements took about 4 seconds to respond to the movements of the joystick. I have a 2.8GHz processor, 526mb DDR memory and Direct x9 installed. I was not happy and was seriously thinking about resorting back to FS9 (2004) until Windows Vista is released. However I persisted with FSX and tweaked my FSX settings more towards the left of the sliders and now I am running on very basic scenery and textures but it runs smooth and jerk free.
At the moment I can't really comment on the scenery as you will need Direct x10, Windows Vista and a whole load of memory at least 1GHz recommended and a decent graphics card! However I have completed about 17 of the 52 missions and I am now impressed. The missions are more realistic than FS9 and I have managed to get plenty of flying time in on these alone! The other bonus of the Deluxe version is the Multi Player Online Gaming. I recommend that you get yourself a set of headphones with a microphone for this added experience!
Other positives about FSX is the extra default aircraft, there is a challenge for any skill level of pilot. Beginners can work their way up from an ultra light all the way to a Boeing 747, with plenty of other aircraft in between with various colour schemes. Also the views options are much better than in FS9, you get more options in the view menu, with the spot plane moving smoothly around the aircraft and the tower view is the closest tower to your aircraft. Extra ground vehicles on roads and at the airport makes for that better experience, as the fuel truck comes to your aircraft, and a pushback from the gate really does happen.

Overall, Much better missions, good multiplayer function with regards the tower options, greater range of default aircraft, better graphics for the high spec PC, Easy for beginners to get into and also a challenge for the more experienced of us, good use of dynamic scenery, more accurate airports especially in the UK. The downsides are you need to wait until Windows Vista is out to experience the best of the game, and you need a decent spec of PC to get those really high quality graphics and scenery at the moment.

Final Verdict: If you can't wait buy it now you won't be too disappointed, if you can wait, get Vista and Direct X10 first to really get the flying experience.

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  • flystar published 21/04/2007
    I have this too and for current computers its too slow. It's got potential though on stronger machines such as Alienware.
  • liz1102 published 13/11/2006
    I love Flight Simulator, but my snail of a computer doesn't run any computer games right :-(
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In a nutshell:Microsoft's original civilian flight sim is still clocking up the air miles with the most significant sequel for years and a genuine attempt to make it more accessible for non-propellerheads.The lowdown:While almost all other flight simulators have fallen from grace on the PC, Microsoft have never given up on the genre with a game that's as ruthlessly realistic as it is completely free of any kind of violence. Every major, and minor, airport in the world is simulated and every major city has its share of recognisable landmarks, allowing you to fly anywhere in the world. There's a huge range of different aircraft to fly too: from jumbo jets and seaplanes to helicopters and everything in between. The only problem is that the game needs a seriously powerful PC to run at full whack, but even on lower detail levels this is still a stunning achievement.Most exciting moment:Despite the realism, the game isn't all dry simulation. There are a lot of fun missions to try out, including acting as a Hollywood stuntman, going on search and rescue flights, fighting fires and even flying over the infamous Area 51.Since you ask:The deluxe version of the game includes more cities, airports and aircraft as a well as an extra series of twenty-odd missions. There are also some additional multiplayer options, including the chance to share aircraft and have a go in the control tower.The bottom line:The most realistic commercial flight sim ever. Again.-HARRISON DENT From award winning game developer ACES comes Flight Simulator X.The latest installment will include the usual genre leading realismthat continues to awe real pilots and will serve as the graphicalbenchmark for games on Windows Vista. Additionally Fl See all

Product Details

Age: 3+

Publisher: Microsoft

Genre: Flight/Transport Simulation

Sub Genre: Flight Simulation

Release Date: 13th October 2006

EAN: 882224749305, 882224258326

Operating System: Windows XP / Vista, Windows Vista / XP

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