Microsoft Flight Simulator X is a flight simulation video game developed by Aced Game Studio and published by Microsoft Game Studios. FSX is part of the Flight Simulator series but it is the first installment that comes with an upgraded graphics rendering engine. The game offers a comprehensive list of features including navaids, a global position system, and airways. You can fly one of 18 planes and travel to 24,000 airports from over 28 cities. There is also a selection of 24 deluxe aircraft that can travel to 38 remote locations. With the help of the traffic control system, you can fly over the Atlantic with ease.
The tenth installment of the FS series has two editions: Standard and Deluxe. Compared to the Standard version, Flight Simulator X Deluxe includes a software development kit, three additional airplanes with the Garmin G1000 Flight Deck, and access to the game’s Air traffic control. A third edition - Flight Simulator X Gold Edition - includes the Deluxe version and the Acceleration expansion pack. The downloadable content adds three more aircrafts to your selection, one of which is the racing version of the P-51D Mustang.
Task-oriented goals have also been added to the game to encourage users to fly internationally and domestically. This implementation of multipath and event-oriented situations provides an incentive for users to interact with one another. You will reap rewards for completing missions and meeting specific quotas throughout the game. Beginners can use the Learning Center to help them reach their goals. The flying lessons were sourced from real-life pilot and instructor Rod Machado. By completing your training, you will receive simulated pilot ratings namely: Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot, and Airline Transfer Pilot.
Another key component of the missions is artificial intelligence aircraft. The McDonnell Douglas M-83, the Piper Cherokee, and the de Havilland Dash 8 are non-playable vehicles that create a dynamic environment for trainees. They’re also seen during regular operations for the purpose of scenery and ambience.
In spite of the three-dimensional graphics, Flight Simulator X is a lightweight game that can be installed on a desktop computer or laptop. Aviation enthusiasts and casual gamers can install this game on any device that meets the following system requirements:
Operating System: Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or later
CPU: 2.0 Ghz or higher (single core)
Memory: 2 GB RAM
DirectX: DirectX®9 compliant video card or greater
RAM: 256 MB video RAM or higher
Storage: 30 GB available space
Take note that the game requires Shader Model 1.1 or higher as well as a broadband internet connection to run.
High-octane flight simulator
Flight Simulator X allows you to experience flying large jets, helicopters, and other aircrafts in various conditions. You will be challenged by the unique combination of terrain, season, weather, and time of day. In addition, meeting the requirements set by the trainors and control towers will test your problem solving skills, awareness, and time management, making it a suitable game for air travel enthusiasts and experienced gamers.