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Ever since Microsoft made the first Flight Simulator for the PC, the game has been a hit. There’s 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 they’ve 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 player’s 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 doesn’t 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.