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Microsoft Flight Simulator X Deluxe DVD - PC

by Microsoft
Windows XP
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (412 customer reviews) 10 answered questions 80 / 100

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  • ASIN: B000GCJ6MK
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches ; 8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 17, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (412 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,560 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Microsoft Flight Simulator X Deluxe Edition lets you immerse yourself in this dynamic, living world of fun. Challenge yourself by flying any of 50+ missions all over the world. Whether it's your first time on the tarmac, or you're a Flight Simulator veteran, get set for adventure on a global scale. Includes 24 airplanes, 45 high-detail airports and 38 cities, and more!

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181 of 188 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From a pilot October 31, 2006
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I am a general aviation pilot, flying single engine fixed wing Cessna type aircraft (4 seater). Flight Simulator X gives the feeling of actually piloting a plane. The plane responds to the controls much like "the real thing".

Like other reviewers, I must agree that you must have a great computer. I have a dual processor Pentium D 940 running 3.2 Ghz, 4 gb RAM, 512 mb NVIDIA graphic card. On my system, with maxed out graphics and scenery, it runs very well, with only an occasional slight bump in frame-rates. I am somewhat disappointed with the scenery, which is good in major cities, but still basic in the country-side. The terrain is good everywhere, but the structures lack detail in other than the cities. The detail on airport runways and taxiways is terrific! Aircraft list is extensive. I recommend it.
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97 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most fun I've had on my PC in as long as I can remember November 8, 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I got my copy of this edition a week ago. The last copy of FS I owned was the 2000 version so I was about ready for an upgrade! I dropped the first DVD in and installed it; it took a good half an hour to get through all three DVD's. Then I fired it up. I was immediately prompted for what kind of user was I - novice, experienced FS user or an actual Pilot. I picked novice as I'd not played a game like this one in at least four years and needed all the help I could get. It then talked me though some basics and let me control a plane already in the air at one point and that was cool - very easy intro; I was looking at the plane from behind so no confusing instruments or what-have-you. Felt like an accomplishment!

After this it suggested I go through the tutorials, and told me where to find them, and even though I was itching to just take off from a small airport very close to my home in a Cessna or something and just get flying, maybe try to find my house - I resisted the urge and dutifully found the first mission.

It was in a microlite, which is nice and easy to see out of, which was already flying in the air when the mission started. I just had to navigate it though some huge green squares hanging improbably in mid-air, which I just about managed after the second go. I then wandered about, and found it very cool to see a small boat whizzing along a coast I seemed to be over; I worked out how to get down close to it and was racing along just above it! Well, briefly - I got too low and fell in the drink :-p

I only have a keyboard and mouse and found it devilishly difficult to control the thing with the keyboard; it was a little easier with the mouse.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best flight sims on the market October 19, 2006
By 7772001
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Flight Simulator X is the newest edition and graphically the best of the flight simulators on the market. Many of the graphics has been improved since flight simulator 2004 like the ground textures. It really looks like the real world. You can even pinpoint many recognizable highways and roads from your own city. You can even see moving cars, moving gates at airports, and even moving baggage carts. The airports look much more realistic as they have real markings and even the airport tiles at the gates. Also mountain ranges look much better. Many of the mountains are sculpted to their acutal sizes and makes it very realistic. The graphics have more depth than in 2004 version and when the new Windows Vista 10 comes out, the graphics will look even more realistic than it is currently. There are also more planes in this game. Included are the usual Boeing and Cessnas, but there are also new jets like the airbus a321, and even a new glider, which is towed by another airplane. You can even go to websites to get more planes and decals for free like (Delta, Southwest) by googling the search flight simulator x downloads. Websites like simviation give you a lot of variety and can make it much more realistic. Another feature is the missions. Some of the mission include just getting from point a to point b. Others include landing a plane on a moving bus, or rescuing people in the middle of the ocean. This new mode adds a lot more depth and you even earn rewards for completing them.

Many of the features from Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 is back. Like the Learning Center. The Learning Center has everything you need to know about in aviation. Including some articles about weather, the planes, and many other features in flight simulator.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of the Curve November 19, 2006
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Flight Simulator X is the culmination of decades of programming and product evolution. As someone who used FS briefly back in the 1980's on a Commodore 64, it was always something I wanted to learn but never had the time required. So after following developments on both Microsoft and FS community websites, I decided to purchase a Dell XPS M1710, FS X, and Saitek X52 stick and Pro Rudder controls. While I have been generally happy with my decision, I am a bit dismayed that my system isn't powerful enough to utilize the full capabilities of FS X.

The current incarnation of FS is quite an accomplishment. However with such advanced features and realism comes the commitment of resources, including cutting-edge computing hardware, money and time. While FS X has added missions with specified tasks, this is NOT a game. More importantly, the programmers at Microsoft were somewhat forward thinking in their hardware demands.

Much of the griping heard from the FS community centers around the incredible computing horsepower required to make the game function. Many of the complaints are valid. However, computing power is continuously increasing. Moreover, the rate of increase in graphics performance is actually exceeding Moore's law. Yet, do expect to make a significant investment in your hardware beyond a high-end business PC. Think cutting edge hardware in Q1 2007.

When in the task manager, I routinely see the memory usage exceed 500MB for FS alone. To make FS function properly, you should have at least a 256mb video card, 2 GB of RAM, and a 2 GHz Core DUO processor. Even with such a system, you will have the urge to upgrade. In fact, I am considering dumping my machine in favor of an M1710 with 512MB GTX graphics.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Be careful in buying this one
Wholly incompatible with Windows 8.1 despite many attempted fixes. Buyer beware!
Published 18 days ago by Kenneth Kavula
5.0 out of 5 stars Great flight simulator!
Great graphics; realistic feel to flight; works great with the Logitech Freedom 2.4 ghz cordless joystick.
Published 20 days ago by Paul R. Fontenot
5.0 out of 5 stars but this is still great. Buying newer scenery and planes from others
I wish MS would come out with a newer version, but this is still great. Buying newer scenery and planes from others, really keeps it up to date.
Published 21 days ago by Rich M8NY
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice and clean transaction
Published 25 days ago by Raul G. Garza Salazar
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a profesional simulator but very good to practice on
got what I expected. Not a profesional simulator but very good to practice on.
Published 26 days ago by ernesto
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Worked well.
Published 1 month ago by Claire
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Just Simply Amazing, this game really gives you a feel for what flying a plane/helicopter feels like. You can just feel the weight of the plane beneath you
Published 1 month ago by Ann Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My son said it's the best game he's ever played
Published 1 month ago by Chris Coward
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice. Better than previous versions
Nice. Better than previous versions.
Published 2 months ago by Gerald J. Tristano
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