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Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition

by Microsoft
Windows Vista / 7 / XP
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (788 customer reviews) 37 answered questions

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  • Choose from more than 80 missions that will show you the world with fun assignments from around the globe
  • Experience the day change from afternoon sun to evening dusk while flying at 32,000 feet
  • Keep track of how you have done on each mission and improve your skill levels until your ready for the next challenge
  • Fly from your local airport during the winter and then experience the change as you fly from the same airport in summer

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Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition + Logitech Extreme 3D Pro Joystick (Silver/Black) + Combat Flight Simulator 3: Battle For Europe - PC
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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001DPZE84
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 7.5 x 2 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (788 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Flight Acceleration X-pack enables gamers to play head to head against their friends or others in exciting racing missions, in addition to 20 new missions and new content.  Looks better than ever with enhanced DX10 graphics.

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672 of 694 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-refined leader of the genre March 20, 2009
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Flight simulation for your PC just doesn't get any better than this. Microsoft has been at this for a long time, and they make it better with every release.

A few things seasoned flight simmers will know that new users will certainly WANT to know are:

The system requirements to really make this software work well are dauntingly advanced. You'll need something approaching a top-level gaming machine, with a huge video card, to get the full benefit of the entire visual, audible, advanced controls experience. Got a laptop you think is pretty smokin'? Forget it.

Microsoft follows every release of this product with massive service packs you must download and install, and each one takes a huge chunk out of your hard drive. Be prepared with LOTS of disk space. This particular release (meaning, the "Gold Edition") includes service packs one and two, so you won't need to download them.

An internet connection is required to register the product.

A note to real pilots (I am also a pilot): Keep in mind that this is a $30 product for a home computer, not a Flight Safety training machine. The flight model is basic and stable, and is not intended to simulate extreme attitudes and emergency procedures. If you're looking for a realistic spin trainer, or a procedural instrument trainer there are expensive add-ons that will get you CLOSE, but you should generally be looking elsewhere.

Bottom line is that this is, hands down, the best of the lot, but you really DO need vast hardware resources to run it. If you own those resources, be prepared for a real-time, audio-visual feast.
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158 of 174 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Fun once you've downloaded the three disks. There are over 5,000 Airports, 30 planes plus three if you buy The Gold Version, and Loads of Missions to fly. My Favorite Feature is Free Play. You can take off from your Hometown Airport or any other and vist landmarks like The Egyption Pyramids, The Leaning Tower of Pisa, and Niagra Falls. You can download any plane you want online like UFO's, Futureristic Fliying Cars, and my favorite, a Thunder Bird version F-16. I love this game. Make sure you buy a controler like A Saitek X52 joystick and throttle. This game is unplay able witout one.
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436 of 493 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dumbed down to dumb January 8, 2010
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
As a Pilot, I bought this version because it included the G-1000 glass cockpit. The G-1000 simulator from Garmin is $119, FSX was only $34.95.

So, overall, I got what I wanted. I was very disappointed that MS decided to dumb down the flight physics even more than in FS9. Lot's of silly things too: For example, the left turning tendency is pronounced in a single engine propellor aircraft. This is caused by Torque, P-Factor, Gyroscopic precession and slipstream. Why do the 2 and 4 engine Commercial Jets in FSX also require heavy right rudder on take-off? They are immune to these forces. (They don't have props!) Stalls are so subtle and gentle as to be pointless, FSX wings never drop and full recovery is possible without relieving back pressure on the stick. FSX Planes will not spin, even when forced into cross-controlled flight. It's impossible to get the spin started and spin recovery; one of the most important basic flight skills to master, is impossible to properly simulate in FSX. Forward slips don't work properly and the glide ratios (at least for 172's) are ridiculously exaggerated (maybe I'm flying really "dirty" planes in real life?). I was also disappointed that there are no physics included to simulate the F-18 breaking the sound barrier. :(

It's great for learning instrumentation and navigation, but as a simulation of flight; it is pretty useless. The things this simulator lets you get away with (Yes, on Full Realism) would kill you several times per day in a real aircraft.

Graphics are good, but not the quantum leap you would expect from FS9-FSX (I'm running a quad core i7 940 at 2.93ghz, 6gb ram and a nVidia GTX-260 and have pretty much everything set to medium. Even set that low, NYC can knock me down to 6 FPS.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Awesome August 14, 2010
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I'm using MS Flight Sim with a CH Yoke to practice cockpit procedures as I work through my pilot instrument rating. I'm only using the 172 in the Sim. I set it up to keep practicing in zero visibility, 5000 ft at GQE VOR NW of M01, the airport I normally fly out of.

The simulation of cross winds, VOR operation, compass acceleration - deceleration and turning errors, operation of the cockpit controls is faithful to what I see in the real airplane. I believe its saving me 100s of dollars to practice cognitive and interpretation skills before going out and spending big bucks flying them in a real airplane, when I'm much busier. It's been great for basic maneuvers, flying VOR radial intercepts, and holds.

I can't log the time, but it is better than sitting in an empty room using an imaginary airplane. The ability to review the ground track and altitude control afterwards is really helpful too. Of course it doesn't feel exactly like an airplane, it's my desk, and it drives me nuts the GPS always operates track up, but I just fly it, it's great. I operate dual screen, it's easy to set up a side window if I want, but I don't use for VFR at all. The scenery is off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Flight Sim... Chances are... You know what it's about. Simulating...
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Published 7 hours ago by Anthony Shrader Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game!
Great game for everyone loves airplanes. It is hard and will need a learning curve.
Published 17 hours ago by H. Huynh
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To get this game to work the way you want it to, you need a lot of money, time, and knowledge about why this game only performs well if you have CPU power, having thousands of do... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Dennis
5.0 out of 5 stars No complaints
Just perfect!! I bought this as a training aid while working towards my private pilots license. a lot has been said on whether using a game simulation is good or not. Read more
Published 1 day ago by B. white
4.0 out of 5 stars It was nice to have both FSX and Acceleration available as a ...
Installed as a replacement for the original programs which were somehow corrupted. Now back to full functionality with no muss, fuss or bother. Read more
Published 1 day ago by A Joseph Sinnott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great game for serious flyer.
Published 2 days ago by Joshua Gelona
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Terrific !!
Published 3 days ago by Dwight R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent software package
Excellent software package, which I am using in conjunction with Prosim737 and Prosim Jetstream to provide an authentic flight simulation of the Boeing 737NG.
Published 3 days ago by Michael Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice for the price.. nothing fancy but fun and a great intro Flt Sim...
Nice for the price.. nothing fancy but fun and a great intro Flt Sim game..
Published 3 days ago by Hoaloha
5.0 out of 5 stars learn to fly
worked as designed on windows 7 no probems
Published 4 days ago by David J. Willey
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