Summary: Parents need to know that the recommended age rating of "14 and older" isn't due to graphic material -- Microsoft's Flight Simulator products are family-friendly adventures with no violence, sexual content, or inappropriate language. But this simulation is very challenging and not suitable for younger kids.
Excerpt: As with most PC games, the longevity of any title is down to the mod community. Flight Simulator X is one of those titles, with First Class Simulators releasing a staggering amount of add-ons to keep you playing this epic simulator and to let fans have a go on some of their favourite aircraft. The Flight Simulator X Lancaster CD allows us have a go at the many incarnations of the legendary Avro Lancaster Bomber.
Excerpt: First Class Simulations have brought us another interesting add-on for the great Flight Simulator X, this time allowing us to travel across the globe in a mammoth Pole to Pole journey using the robust Aero Commander AC680. Whereas the previous Lancaster add-on was all about the planes, this time it’s all about the journey, in this case an epic 20,000 mile flight from the Alert Nunavut Airfield in the Arctic Circle to Palmer Station in Antarctica.
Excerpt: Developed by TALEWORLDS, originally just two Turkish developers, Mount&Blade is a sandbox game that muddies the water between Role Playing Games (RPG) and Real Time Strategy (RTS). Players choose a back-story, name and appearance and then are thrust into the medieval world of Calradia. Unlike most RPG titles, Mount&Blade does not force the player down a particular path, there’s no friendly patriarch to ease the young hero into his destiny.
Excerpt: Whilst Final Fantasy continues to dominate the western world in the RPG market, it is a sad fact that some of the other long-running and successful Japanese RPG series often go unnoticed. The Dragon Quest (or Dragon Warrior ) series has been running since 1989 on the NES and now the fourth game in the series, The Chapters of the Chosen has been remade for the Nintendo DS.
Excerpt: Metal Slug 7 brings the long running side-scrolling shooter series to the DS and in one foul swoop, completely revolutionises the genre. Okay, that’s a lie, if you’ve played any other Metal Slug games then you’ll quickly realise that this is pretty much any other Metal Slug game, alas missing one or two features.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 Professional Edition
20 July 2007
Conclusion: It is still the flight simulator of choice for enthusiasts and pilots alike. The range of aircraft is fantastic. The editing software that comes with the simulator is also top notch. It is just a shame that the tutorials were not fully subtitled.