Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight - PC
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- Dynamic weather system based on realistic atmospheric physics, with true three-dimensional clouds that form and dissipate
- Worldwide scenery with accurate 3D terrain and auto-gen objects that fill in the world with appropriate buildings and vegetation
- Enhanced interactive air traffic control (ATC), including traffic at all airports around the world
- Improved support for 3D graphics hardware acceleration in multiple windows and across multiple monitors
- For 1 or more players over LAN or Internet
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I saw FS 2004, and I thought it was probably mot much of an improvement based on reviews I had read. Let me just say that the first reviews I read were wrong. FS 2004 is a major improvement over FS 2002, and it stands as a all-time great product for aviation buffs like me.
1. Weather: for the first time, flying on FS2004 simulates almost perfectly the experience of actually flying. Clouds have the mist look when you fly through them. The weather systems seem to generate randomly, just as in the non-virtual world. Also, I like the weather themes that can generate snow conditions, thunderstorms, and fair weather with high altitude stratocumulus clouds. In short, the weather is a fantastic approximation of reality. FS 2004 truly represents a quantum leap in simulations. (although IL-2 still has the best clouds).
2. ATC: FS2002 had the feel of real ATC but with some stupid problems. For example, if you fly using IFR (instrument flight rules), and you failed to reach your assigned altitude, the ATC would terminate their services (what the heck is that about?). If you wanted to fly at a different altitude you couldn't. Also, you couldn't change you IFR route, or change from VFR (visual) to IFR in flight. FS2004 makes those changes.Read more ›
FS-2004 Century of Flight is the new state of the art, the new gold standard. By itself, this software is worth going out and buying a new, hot PC just so you can fly it.
If this is your first flight sim experience, you'll have fun just doing loops and looking at the pretty scenery.
But here's the truth: the more aviation experience you have, the more you will appreciate this sim. Quite frankly, I can't think of a single significant element of the real-world flying experience that isn't precisely modeled and simulated in FS-2004.
Want to climb in the 172 and practice NDB approaches down to minimums in rain and a stiff crosswind? No problem, you can do that here. Want to captain the 747 from San Francisco to Honolulu by moonlight? Consider it done. Want to fly neck-straining aerobatics "in the box" over the runway at Oshkosh in Patty Wagstaff's Extra 300? Start the engine and go. Want to load up the DC-3 and fly "The Hump" to gain an appreciation of true aviation heroism? Yep, you can do that too. With or without the snowstorms and turbulence.
Quite frankly, if you can come up with a non-combat flying scenario of any kind, you can almost certainly experience something very close to it in FS-2004. This sim isn't just fun, or accurate - it's realistic training and practice for the IFR pilot.Read more ›
Published system requirements:
* Pentium 450 or greater processor
* 64 MB RAM for 98/Me, 128 MB RAM for 2000/XP
* 8 MB/3-D with DirectX 7.0 or later videocard
* 1.8 GB hard drive space
* P4 2.x GHz processor; the faster, the better
* 512MB RAM, with ideally 1GB under the hood
* 128MB / 256MB AGP video card that pushes TONS of pixels - the more, the better
* At least 5GB free hard drive space - You'll want to do a full install, and that comes in just under 3GB (2.88GB, I think)
I run on:
* P4 3.0GHz processor
* 1GB RAM
* Windows XP PRO (SP1)
* 256MB 8xAGP GeForce 5700 series NVidia video card
* Sidewinder joystick (soon to go, thanks to some pedals and a yoke I ordered!)
* On-board surround sound processor
The software itself is practically infinitely extendable, with software and hardware add-ons supported. A quick look around in the flightsim community will support my assertion that the software is CHEAP compared to what can be done to augment it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Coordinating with a joystick, seems that the game is slow than I thought when only in flightmode. While in game, its like your digging into a packed storage, looking at boring... Read morePublished 1 month ago by St905
I have win 7 ultimate with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285. Drivers have been updated to latest.
Flight Sim 2004 does not load nor do I have any screen. Read more
Couldn't get this to work with Win 10. Tried different compatibility modes, etc. Gave it a 4 because of Amazon Prime's excellent return policy, which worked perfectly.Published 3 months ago by jruth
I have a question: I have been using Flight Simulator 2004 for many years. I could not use it now as I get a note, "Please login with administrator Priveleges and try... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Yohannes desta
Apparently the last disc had a flaw in that there is an issue with compressing the scenery the result being a partially functioning program.Published 4 months ago by Doug Stender
I was told this would run on Windows 8 and it does except for the following issues. "Choose a Flight" does not always load,and and when it does, it does not always allow me... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael Auby