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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Having recently done a review on a pretty basic flight simulator (Flight Unlimited 3), I thought it might be a good idea to do a review on some more professional flight simulation software, so here goes.
Plot/StoryMicrosoft Flight Simulator X is a cross between a game, and a proper, professional flight simulator. It involves the player completing missions, flying for fun and learning how to use the simulator through training missions. There are a wide variety of planes that you get in the Deluxe Edition, but if these aren't enough for you then there are plenty of planes that you can download from the internet.
Flight Simulator X does have a multiplayer option, although unfortunately the centralised version of this was abandoned a few years ago. You can however, still use the multiplayer function on a local network or through direct connection to another player or player(s) on a server.
PlanesBecause the Deluxe edition contains the Acceleration add-on, you get a few more planes than with the simulator alone, and all the planes you do get a varied. As stated earlier you can also download additional planes online.
FSX has lots of different airports you can fly to or from all over the world and it even has a facility to search for airports in a specific area of the world that you want to start from. There are many UK airports both civilian and private and if you can think of an airport, it's likely on FSX.
DifficultyAdmittedly, I have to use the simple, crash-allowed settings, because for a normal person, the handling of a 747 even in a game can be quite tricky. I recommend having the simplest possible settings enabled to start with, especially for children.
A joystick helps when controlling an aircraft in Microsoft Flight Simulator, but if you don't have a joystick then keyboard controls will suffice. I personally recommend looking on the internet for the controls so that you can familiarise yourself with at least the most basic actions, pull up, throttle up, throttle down etc.If you really want to, in most aircraft it is possible to control the aircraft with the mouse from the cockpit. This means if you know where controls are in the real-life aircraft, life is slightly easier. I love experimenting with buttons and hearing the bing when I accidentally flick the seatbelts or non-smoking sign to off!
Because Flight Simulator X is such a professional piece of simulation software for a comparatively small amount, I really believe that it's excellent value.
Graphics and SoundThe graphics and sound in FSX are in my opinion, pretty amazing. The sounds of engines and alarms are identical to the sounds in real life, and the graphics and picture quality of both locations and aircraft are exceptional (especially compared to lower-end flight simulation software).
I really think that FSX is a great piece of simulation software, and I recommend it to people of all ages!
Product Information : Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Deluxe Edition (PC)
Manufacturer's product descriptionIn 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
Genre: Flight/Transport Simulation
Sub Genre: Flight Simulation
Release Date: 13th October 2006
EAN: 882224749305, 882224258326
Operating System: Windows XP / Vista, Windows Vista / XP
Listed on Ciao since: 04/11/2006