Flight Simulator X - Gold Edition PC User Reviews
Super Gamer Dude
To start off, let me specify my personal computer specs: Pentium 3.0 GHz processor, 2GB RAM and an ATI Raedeon X 850 with 256MB RAM. You might be wondering why; but this is very crucial to the observations below.
Flight Simulator X comes in 2 DVDs and is huge in terms of system requirements! It takes a solid 30 minutes to install it and once finished, there’s a few minutes of waiting before the menu finally show on screen. Apparently, Microsoft has programmed a code to optimize the Flight Simulator X’s settings in your computer. And after the screen has appeared there is a menu that looks like Flight Simulator 9, along with a sweeping music score straight from an Indiana Jones movie.
The Deluxe Edition includes 24 planes you can choose from. When you have chosen and your selection has loaded, you then see a cockpit. The game default places you in a virtual cockpit; however, you may still choose the 2D instrument view. The controls are rather simple, save for the frame rate. At this point, you may set your settings at medium-low. There is a chase plane view by pressing the S key – this view allows you to see outside the plane and the surroundings.
Next, you get a clearance from the Air Traffic Control to taxi into an active runway. The frame rate at this stage still isn’t good. I discovered that minimizing the graphic settings can improve this issue a little, but it’s still worse compared to FS9. And on this note, let me emphasize that FS9 runs on the highest settings in the PC I just described earlier, with no problem whatsoever when it comes to frame rates. This is why I still have my FS9 multiple third party add-on packs installed, to enhance several features such as weather, the cockpit, and other AI planes.
Much to my disappointment – and most likely yours, too when you get your hands on it – the so-called “new” graphics is not at all new but just the same as in FS9. There was nothing substantial that added or improved on the planes. Some changes are mostly on the effects, such as the cloud features and the water effects.
It occurred to me, though that this is probably because I have the settings in minimum; but that’s the only viable option. I have noted that if I set it at Ultra-high, the game turns into a slide show presentation. The minimum setting is the only way I can play the game on the PC that I have.
But I decided not to give up on FS X – yet; and still give it a chance. I went off to try missions. There are more than 50 missions in the game which includes rescue missions and cargo runs. Twenty of the 50 are beginner missions, 14 intermediate, 10 advanced and 7 for experts. The missions sound fun. And there are unique challenges that make the most seasoned pilot sweat. I have to warn you, when doing the missions, the frame rate still interferes.
So here’s the verdict for FS X. If you have a PC that is only at par with what I have described earlier, this is not a recommended game for you. The frame rate is going to be a real problem; and expect the graphics to be dull. I would recommend that you try FS 9: A Century of Flight, instead. For those who have high end PCs, however, install the game and play to your hearts’ content. The game’s strength lies on its mission and on the graphics when in ultra high settings.
Ever since Microsoft made the first Flight Simulator for the PC, the game has been a hit. Theres just something about flying a plane from the comfort of your computer that always makes for an exciting experience. Microsoft is no new-comer in the flight simulator genre theyve been at it for a long time and each flight simulator that has come off the line has brought with it continually improving graphics, more polished controls, and new spectacular planes and environments. Flight Simulator X has a little bit of everything it seems. From flying as a NASA test pilot to flying through blizzards, this game has it all. Every generation of Flight Simulators that Microsoft has produced never fail to impress and Flight Simulator X Gold Edition continues on this trend.
There is a host of new features that can only be found in Flight Simulator X. There are several new modes including a racing mode for multi-player and the new air traffic controller mode. There are 71 new structured missions where the user can earn rewards for accomplishing goals. The game includes six new scenery maps, one of which is an intense Red Bull Air Race course.
Not only have the graphics been obviously improved but this game uses a new Earth model facilitating polar lights and region-specific textures. The player will be flying over roads that actually exist because the game uses true road data. Airports in game now feature jet ways that will move to the aircraft and there are several vehicles that will approach the players aircraft like baggage cars and fuel trucks. The GPS in the game has been upgraded and includes the Garmin G1000 integrated glass cockpit.
Multiplayer has been improved and features Shared Skies which allows users to share a cockpit simultaneously. You can now fly higher than ever before in this game because the maximum altitude has increased to 100,000,000 ft. One of the features of Flight Simulator X is the ability to fly as a NASA test pilot. If that doesnt satisfy the player, they can go to the oceans and perform search and rescue on an ocean liner or attempt to navigate through a whiteout blizzard in harsh environments.
There are 23 different types of aircraft to pilot in this new edition. Nearly every imaginable aerial vehicle can be found in this game, everything from helicopters to sea planes and even gliders. Hours of fun can be had just by switching between the vast assortments of different vehicles.
With all of these new features, Flight Simulator X achieves a new level of reality that has never been attained by any of its predecessors. The only downside to Flight Simulator X is the system requirements. Such intense graphics come with a high demand for system performance. You will need a very powerful machine to run this spectacular game. You will need a 2 GHz equivalent or faster processor, 1 GB of memory and a whopping 32 GB of hard disk space for installation.