Summary: Like any Microsoft product, the newer versions of Systems & Games just makes things more complicaded and worse. Microsoft Flight Simulator Games are great " From 2002, to MFS 2004 "A century of Flight". I love to take the Anfibian Plane and land in a local lake around here Rock Creek Lake "An extinct Volcano surrounded by mountains". They all have tons of local and World Wide airports. But MFS X-Deluxe falls short for My favorite flights.
Summary: If you simply stick the DVDs in and go "click-click-click" you are going to hate this game. I have a very high-end machine and was getting frame rates as low as 1-2 fps! I was shocked! My system: Geforce 8800 GTS 640MB graphics card E6600 cpu, 4GB mem Win XP Pro SP2 However, if you scour the web for "FSX tweaks" and spend the time to carefully adjust the sliders and plow through the fsx.cfg file, you will end up with the greatest flight simulator there is!
Summary: What the heck, you might ask: The game was recently released, I get only 10 fps with everything maxed out and you call it obsolete? That is my point exactly. You need to take a look under the hood to understand why you get such poor mileage. Simply put, the game isn't designed to take advantage of multi-threading, ie it doesn't split tasks to run in parallel to take advantage of multi-core CPUs that we have today.
Summary: I am a student pilot and am looking for a simulator that will help me in my classes. FSX is NOT that type of simulator. It is a game. Yes, it is fun but I think there is little you can take into a Cessna 172 and use to be a better pilot. One example of this is the missions section. You start a mission and the instructer does a little brief, but then he basically leaves you on your own, especially when practicing landing.
Summary: I have been a Flight Simulator fan since the mid 1980's when Bruce Artwick first developed the program for the Commodore and Atari computers (I've bought every upgrade since then). MicroSoft took over the development and marketing of this massive and complicated program in the 1990's and of course as the Commodore and Atari machines faded into the distant past, Flight Simulator went onto the PC platform.
Summary: I got this for Christmas and have had to reinstall it four times since then. This is my first time using a flight simulator and I'm amazed at the realism that the game offers. However, it's darned disappointing to build up hours, landings, mission awards, etc. and then lose everything because the software locked up the computer and thereafter refuses to run.
Summary: I am currently doing my private pilot training, and I just upgraded from Flight Simulator 2004 to Flight Simulator X. My first impressions: 1. Stalls and slow flight are much more realistic in this version of Flight Simulator than in previous verions. Kudos! 2. To make FSX as close as possible to "real" VFR flying, turn on the virutal cockpit and use mouse look mode (shift-O). Finally you can see what hte plane is doing by just looking around! 3.
Summary: This is the 3rd Flight Simulator I have owned. First one I bought in the 80s when it was fairly new. The second one I bought was Flight Simulator 2000. I bought that after trying it at Oshkosh Airshow 1999. That game runs great on my Pentium 4 3.2gigahertz Hyper threading, 1.5 gig of memory, 128 meg ATI video card. This game, which I was excited to get as I usually upgrade every 5 years or so, was a source hog!
Summary: This game is hard to play because I'm just interested in driving the airplane and I don't know how to drive it exactly. I will figure out how to play later. But because this game was released several years ago, the quality of graph is not good enough. And some scenery of airports are different from now, but Microsoft didn't update the data.