It’s been more than 25 years since Microsoft came out with their first flight simulator. Now their latest, Microsoft® Flight Simulator X, is about a good as you can get, outside of a military flight simulator. Of all the simulators I have tested, this is one of the best.
They offer what others don’t since they had some much more experience in create state-of-the-art flight simulators. When you first start up Flight Simulator X, you’ll feel first hand what real pilots’ go through when taking off and landing at their hometown tarmac. You get to visit far off exotic places as well as any city you want to visit. You’ll feel just like an aviator on your travels throughout the world.
Whether you’re a novice or a professional, you’ll find Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X the most realistic environment available with today’s technology. There is, of course, several types of planes you can fly as well as the challenges of flying in potential hazardous areas. You can test your skills in severe storms or rescue the injured from a crash site. This SIM has military missions that include bombs, moving vehicles to land on, or a visit to the Amazon jungle to rescue a downed pilot.
While you’re flying, you can talk to other player and join in the challenges of flying with a team or against them. You can fly a Boeing 747 or a small glider or you can customize your own plane with paint, emblems, and any type of hardware you want to make the plane your own. Flight Simulator X increases your knowledge of flying by give you different challenges at different level of flying. However, just like the real world, this flight simulator does have its downside.
It was designed for the top performance computing system, so if you have less than what it tested it on, there is going to be some performance issues. It depends on how you set your graphics settings and the type of computer you have. It will run on Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7, each out performing the next, but you can make adjustment to your graphic setting to make it a total experience in flying. Just make sure you have the fastest everything (network and graphics card, tons of RAM, etc.) to get the total experience of flying your own plane.
Some of the issues are fixed when you download and install the patches and service packs, which you should do right away. Microsoft Flight Simulator X is not designed for the 360 Xbox or PS2, but it can be played on them; just remember the performance is not going to be the same. The SIM is not plug n play. You have to set it up the way you want it to run. As real pilots know, every scenario and flight will be different and so it is with Flight Simulator X.
As you can see, Flight Simulator X can give you an incredibly realistic flight when you go to lower altitudes you’ll feel and see the turbulence. It does have popup icons to explain things to you, but the realistic aspect of this SIM is a great teacher. You can download a trial version that has two planes and several missions you can fly. It gives you a chance to see if this is the flight simulator you want. You can also find the older version on Amazon and eBay if you want to try out Microsoft Flight Simulator first before you purchase the latest version.