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Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Gold Edition

by Microsoft
Windows Vista / 7 / XP
Everyone
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (934 customer reviews) 85 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



Product Details

  • 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (934 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,826 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.


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
700 of 726 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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168 of 184 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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461 of 524 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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29 of 32 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Program was everything I expected but has been difficult to configure.
Published 3 days ago by John F. Brenner
5.0 out of 5 stars but its a lot of fun flying.
Still haven't gotten the hang of landing on the runway, but its a lot of fun flying.
Published 3 days ago by TriniMysteryShopper
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to fly
Very. Realistic , Fun to fly, scenery could be better.
Published 6 days ago by Phillip Kundis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good
Published 6 days ago by latchman Harricharan
1.0 out of 5 stars Very boring and no action
Very boring and no action. Not what I was expecting. Sure it is fun if you like to hold a stick still for 30 minutes.
Published 9 days ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Exccellent
Published 10 days ago by Lorne Spence
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Ordered as a replacement for the lost program, it is one of the top simulators on the market
Published 10 days ago by William McAdams
4.0 out of 5 stars Good program, but!
Would not install on my Windows 8.1 system. Indicated error 1628. I had a tech work on the problem for a few hours and she was able to configure my computer to accept the... Read more
Published 11 days ago by George Barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars MS SimX :-)
The last of the MS SimX ;-) , classic product.
Published 12 days ago by leefuji
5.0 out of 5 stars Take to the skies and enjoy the thrill of flying - even on an entry...
My son (10) and I play this often and really enjoy it. We purchased a joystick and taught ourselves how to fly some of the planes and regularly enjoy 30 - 40 minute flights... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Gareth
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