Summary: My brother in law (I bought this as a gift for him) had all of the required programs that were listed by the product, but his computer still had trouble running it. He had to get upgrades on his computer before he could play it effectively. It's apparently pretty realistic and fun once you get it to work. I wouldn't suggest it for someone who isn't serious about wanting to play it though.
Summary: My husband is a licensed pilot and loves flying. Recently, because of the costs associated with "real" flying he has started flying flight simulators. He loves Microsoft's Flight Simulator in particular but is somewhat disapointed with the realism. Specifically, he would like to see Microsoft add moving people to the software. The airport depictions in particular seem very baron.
Summary: Microsoft Flight Simulator X Deluxe DVD Over all I like and have enjoyed Flight Simulator X Deluxe very much (4.5). However, FS X has one serious fault that is not on FS 2002 or 2004. When I request a list of my flights I DO NOT get the list in alphabetic by the flight name I gave them. Instead the list is in LAST DATE UPDATED order.
Improved for VFR pilots, little improvment for IFR flights
Robert Neary, Amazon
29 July 2009
Summary: Many reviews have focused on the graphic display capabilities (or limitations) so I will not contribute to this already well covered topic. My review is directed toward serious simulator pilots who fly in controlled airspace under a flight plan, either stand-alone or virtual online airspace. My review is based on evaluating the "Demo" version of FSx. I use FS2004 to fly in a virtual (online) environment.
Some problems but nothing that online tech support could not assist with.
uriah1970 "uriah1970", Amazon
13 July 2009
Summary: I had to un-install MS FS X. It failed to load up after multiple restarts (not responding); lost about 30 hours of flying time from the logbook function, probably 70+ landings, etc. After re-installing MS FS X; downloading SP1 and SP2 for FS X, the game logged some of my flight time and then quit logging flights (I like the logbook function). Long story made short; the logbook bin file was corrupted.
Summary: After about three years without Flight Simulator I decided to invest in the latest one, "X." Unless I have missed some addons that are crucial to making this interesting, it's DISAPPOINTING! Scenery in minimal, action is slow, manual is nonexistent. I'm going to look for addons, but I'm not too hopeful. I think Microsoft has lost interest or misjudges FS flyers.
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.
Probably a good game...if you have a really powerful computer!
Brian E. Mccarthy, Amazon
10 September 2007
Summary: I have been playing FS2004 for several years now (since it was originally released), and I have enjoyed every minute of it!! Unfortunately, the game CD was damaged, so instead of replacing it, I went out and bought FSX. I found, to my dismay, that FSX won't work on my computer. I have a fairly good (though not great by today's standards) computer: XP-Professional with SP2, Intel Centrino Duo CPU @ 1.73GHz, 1GB of RAM, and 100GB hard drive that is only about 1/3 full.