Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition
An Excellent Simulator For a Good PC
Well, you're probably wondering, first off, why I gave the game such good feedback but would only give it a 7 on recommendation. The reasoning is because the game is so massively expansive and open-ended, that it requires a very high-end computer to run it at even its minimal potential. I would recommend at least an 8800GT, which is what I use, and no less than 2GB RAM (my system has 3GB). Unlike most other games, Flight Simulators, which includes Fs2004 and older, have a very complex graphics settings system that enables you to tweak and screw around with the settings in a way that allows you to play it best according to your computer's capabilities. You can switch the graphics from Minimal to Ultra High and can set a frame rate target from 1 to unlimited. The aircraft's detail is also at your disposal, but I would suggest using Ultra High for that always because that is what we fly 100% of the time and you're going to be seeing a lot of planes if you're an avid simmer. The scenery is probably the most sophisticated apparatus to fool around with, and it should not be taken lightly. My computer uses almost all sliders Maxed out except for water effects, and autogen density. But, this also can depend on what plane you're flying and where you're flying it. For example, you're obviously going to get much better frame rates when flying over the Atlantic Ocean at 35,000 ft, than when you're flying an F/A-18 through the skies of New York City at an altitude of 1,500 ft. So, to add on to the importance of frame rates, while still making the game look good, I would not recommend this game to anyone who doesn't have a computer meant for gaming. If you don't mind really poor graphics and bland scenery, then go for it with a low-end system, but the thing with this game is that most serious flight simmers end up decking out their computers in order to play FSX at its best. And of course there are thousands and thousands of add ons for this game, which unfortunately can either make the game better or worse. If you don;t have a considerable amount of computer experience, you should perhaps learn how to add aircraft into your game before trying. I did this simply by looking at videos on How-To on YouTube, and after a bit of watching, and some trial and error, I now know how to add add on planes, scenery, and much more to FSX. And with add ons comes freeware websites, and pay ware sources where you can buy planes and things to add to the game. The pay ware planes are obviously excellent for the most part, and I have a few for myself; among them is the A330, A340, and A380. I also have a large amount of freeware planes, which tend to be low-end, but with a bit of searching, you can actually find some pretty good pay ware-quality planes. Good luck if you decide to buy this amazing game, and if so, I'll See You In the Skies!
This Game Brings Plane Simulation to another level
Even thoe I have the demo, I still watch Vvideos of this fantastic game. For anybody that want to be a pilot like me or looking for some flying fun should really buy this game and the original. Me myself wants' to buy this game.
I love this game you just should have a good computer. I run it of my MSI Dragon Edition 2, both of my Maingears and my Slinky Supercomputer.