Microsoft Flight Simulator X Deluxe Game ReviewDanner -
Closer Look (Cont.)
As with previous versions, gamers can control emergency failures on various equipment on the plane. You can set a time for problems to happen and then attempt to deal with them. These include anything from gauges failing all the way up to electrical failure or engine failure. You have the option in the flight planner stages to set any of the following failures:
Any of these can be set for a timed failure or set at random.
This game comes with a mission option that allows you fly various missions, these range from beginner to expert. There are 20 beginner missions, 14 intermediate missions, 10 advanced missions and 7 expert missions. The missions are fun if you are looking for something a little different. Most have a co-pilot or a dispatcher to help you. Each mission is unique in the goal that has to be accomplished. Some are straight point A to point B flights. There are missions to help game wardens in Africa find an elephant, helicopter missions to save an overturned boat, flight with archeologists to a lost temple, supply runs in Alaska, air show demonstrations, fly a group of workers to Area 51 and many many more. A lot of the times the mission will change mid flight and sometimes you have options on what action you will take.
This game has a multiplayer option that is very easy to use. With a Gamespy account a gamer can join numerous online games or host one of their own at their favorite airport. With the deluxe edition, gamers can also choose to be air traffic controls at any airport. This is a new feature not seen in any previous version. When in the tower you control other players online. You have various views around the airport, but the most useful is the radar screen that displays all the other planes online in your area on the screen by their call sign. Voice communication is used to guide planes into the runways of your choice and help them taxi to take off runways. This new feature is quite unique and is fun to play if you are looking for something a bit different.
There are lots of online games to join and most tell you what they are doing in the lobby before you start. I found a lot of them were either free flight around a certain area, airport hops from different airports along a route set by the host or formation flying. I found most everyone in the multiplayer rooms to be very friendly and helpful when needed.
- Windows XP SP2 / Windows Vista
- Processor: 1.0 Ghz
- RAM: Windows XP SP2 – 256MB, Windows Vista – 512MB
- Hard Drive: 14GB
- Other: DX9 hardware capability and audio board with speakers and/or head phones
- Online / Multiplayer Requirements: 56.6 kbs or better for online play
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