Microsoft Flight Simulator X Deluxe Game ReviewDanner - March 13, 2007
: GF City Computers
Almost everyone that has an interest in flying and owns a computer should be familiar with Microsoft Flight Simulator. This is Microsoft’s longest running franchise.
The very first version was released in January 1980 by SubLOGIC for the Apple II and TRS-80. 1982 saw the release of the game for the IBM computer along with exclusive rights given to Microsoft for the game to officially become Microsoft Flight Simulator 2. The game continued to be a success throughout the 80’s and 90’s with versions; 1.01, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0 and 5.1 being released in 1983, 1988, 1989, 1993, and 1995 respectively. Microsoft followed the success of these releases with FSW 95, FS 98, FS 2000, FS 2002 and FS 2004.
On October 17, 2006, Microsoft released its newest version with the release of Microsoft Flight Simulator X, making it officially the tenth version in the series. FSX has taken the best qualities from all nine previous versions and added many new features to make this one of the best flight simulators on the market today. This game allows taking off from any airport in the world and flying continuously to any other destination on the planet in real time.
- Realistic cockpit views with fully interactive and functioning gauges
- Extremely helpful Tutorials and walk-throughs
- Fully dynamic living world with amazing visuals and thousands of airports all around the world
- 18 fully detailed aircraft, everything from ultra lights to 747 to fly
- Full multiplayer option, allowing friends to fly together, share the same aircraft or even become air traffic controllers in their favorite cities.
There are select group of people, in my experience, that love a great flight simulator game. Yes, most gamers love to fly around and shoot down other planes with cannons, rockets, missiles. This game has none of that. This game I find appeals to a different group of gamers. They are, from what I have discovered in multiplayer, to be any age group and from any walk of life. These people like me have a real interest in flying. This game is best suited for someone who can enjoy sitting in a simulated cockpit and flying any type of plane in the most realistic fashion. I have found a lot of people on the multiplayer sessions to be actual pilots.
The detail that Microsoft has put into this game is truly amazing. I tested the deluxe edition, which gives you the added option of being an air traffic controller in addition to starting with 18 planes to choose from. The menus are very easy to follow and you can get right into flying after a few simple steps like choosing your aircraft and airport. The planes range from an ultra light right up to large Boeing 747’s. There are numerous types of planes in between including gliders, piper cubs, cessenas, beach craft, Learjet’s, helicopters, Airbus jets, Douglas DC-10’s, Grumman Goose and many more.