Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 - PC

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Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 is the latest version of Microsoft's highly realistic, graphically advanced flight simulat or, the best-selling PC flight simulation ever produced. Microsoft has worked closely with leaders in the aviation industry: aircr aft manufacturers, training and pilot organizations, data suppliers, and flight instructors to make Flight Simulator 2000 Professi onal Edition as real as it gets.

Flight Simulator 2000 is the civilian flight simulator for the new millennium. Built on a foundation of realism that spans over 17 years, Flight Simulator 2000 is the largest leap forward in Microsoft Flight Simulator history. For the first time ever, we are o ffering a "Professional" Edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator in addition to Flight Simulator 2000. The Professional version of F light Simulator 2000 is geared to Flight Simulator enthusiasts, real pilots, those who want "more features and more content" and t hose who are interested in using Flight Simulator 2000 as a PC-based flight training and proficiency aid.

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Fifteen years ago, Microsoft ruled the computer skies with Flight Simulator. More recently, the civilian flight simulation market has seen some impressive competition rise to challenge the longstanding champion, including such sims such as Looking Glass' Flight Unlimited 3 and Terminal Reality's Fly. However, in what can only be seen as good news for fans of the civilian flight sim, Microsoft has met its challengers with another superb product in the Flight Simulator line.

Excluding Combat Flight Simulator, the last version of Microsoft's sim was Flight Simulator 98 - and what a difference two years can make. Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 is available in standard form and in what's called the professional edition. The professional edition includes two additional aircraft (the King Air 350 and Mooney Bravo), six additional cities (plus the six present in the regular edition), and various extra features, including a flight-dynamics editor. Both versions enhance Flight Simulator 98 by adding the Concorde and the Boeing 777-300, as well as updated versions of some old favorites. But the real payoff comes in two disparate aspects of the game: its graphics and documentation.

One of the most daunting things about the early versions of the Microsoft Flight Simulator series was the feeling that you had to do a lot of homework on your own before having any fun with the game. However, Flight Simulator 2000 includes tutorial information right in the manual and actually makes it fun. The outstanding tutorials and accompanying text take you all the way from keeping the aircraft aloft to making an ILS (instrument landing system) approach, and many details in between. There are more than 100 pages of text devoted to these tutorials, and they are supplemented by a great deal of additional material within the game itself. The text is written by Ron Machado, a professional flight instructor whose explanations are uniformly clear, informative, and even amusing. There are even tests you can take to prove your progress. The instructional part of Flight Simulator 2000 is exceedingly well done and should assuage the fears of anyone who is interested in flying but is easily daunted by a steep learning curve.

The greatest strength of Flight Simulator 2000 is undoubtedly the graphics. The whole series has been known for its detailed and wide-ranging terrain, and Flight Simulator 2000 ups the ante with 12 tremendously detailed cities as well as outlying terrain that also looks good, even far beyond the major urban areas. Weather effects such as clouds and lightning are equally impressive and are modeled accurately during flight. The aircraft look great, and the instrument panels remain the best in the business.

Although the graphics in Flight Simulator 2000 might be heaven for the flight sim enthusiast, getting them to look good has a very steep hardware requirement. The box actually says the minimum system for the game is a Pentium 166 with an optional 3D accelerator, but you'd best not even try the game with a machine that slow. In fact, you shouldn't even bother unless you have a high-end Pentium II or Pentium III, or else you'll be too bogged down by poor frame rates to care about much else.

If you can get it to run, you'll find that the flight models in Flight Simulator 2000 are superb and seem like improved versions of those included in the previous game, in that they are slightly less forgiving than before. The only problem is that the smaller aircraft ride too smoothly and encounter few of the continuous bumps and jolts that are experienced in such planes even in relatively calm air.

One of the key draws of the Flight Simulator series has always been its expandability. Users could always expect a host of third-party commercial and free add-on products in the form of additional aircraft and scenery. However, in this case, such expansions are hardly necessary, as the world of Flight Simulator 2000 is impressively detailed right out of the box. You can even join virtual airlines online and fly specified routes. Its expandability and large user base are a significant advantage that Flight Simulator 2000 has over its competitors.

The Flight Simulator series has quite an impressive pedigree, and the latest in the line still shows its good breeding. While its strong competition means that Microsoft's product is no longer the only great simulation out there, the reigning champion isn't yet ready to relinquish its title. If you have the hardware to run it, this simulation really stands out. -- Bruce Geryk
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3.6 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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MSFS2K is one fantastic civilian flight simulator.
As a student Pilot at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, in Daytona Beach Florida, I am very familiar with how aircraft perform. Microsoft Flight Sim 2000 (i have Professional [mmmm Mooney/Kingair]) is very close to the real thing. The downloadable real-world weather data makes it possible to go fly "right now" in curerent conditions. The aircraft perform how they should, plus you can try things you wouldn't dream of in real life. "Gee Mike, are you doing aerobatics in the concorde again? They have an extra 300 for that you know!"
Graphic/terrain Detail is superb. I can find and recognize airports & major roads (IFR = I follow roads) from just about anywhere and there are more 3D buildings to look at than ever. The weather looks fantastic (check out a thunderstorm in a 777 or a Lear sometime) You need a real fast gaming system to maintain playability though.
With the amount of end-user support for flight sim 98, you can be sure thet there will be hundreds of new aircraft to download, along with other new goodies.
Multiplayer is tons of fun, as several students and i fly together regularly. We even have a dispach student play as an "observer" in the tower view to act as our ATC, just like in real life.
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I was very disappointed because the game is not compatible with many video cards so check for compatibility before you buy and MUST be played with the CD in the drive!Also listed minimum game requirements are misleading you need at least a 500MHZ system with at least 128Mb of ram for just reasonable framerates(10 to 20)!
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Flight Simulator 2000 adds a new level of realism to an already stupendous game! There's just nothing like taking off in a Concorde at sunset in computer gaming - it's a truly unique experience. Panel detail is greatly improved from previous FS versions, and one of the coolest features is the online weather updating - you can fly through a thunderstorm that also exists in real-life. One word of caution, however; make sure you have a 3D accelerator and at least a Pentium II, or you won't experience the effects fully. (It will still be fun with older machines, but you won't get zippy 30 fps framerates and beautiful effects). A great gift for any airplane enthusiast!
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Microsoft has drastically understated the system requirements! Although my system exceeds the listed requirements, the best frame rate I could get was 3-4, compared with 14-18 for FS 98. Make sure you've got a high-powered system or you will be sorely disappointed with this game.
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This is not a game, It's the next closest thing to real flying. Make sure you have a fast PC and MS Force Feedback joystick is a must. Check out the great website where you can download everything to make your own virtual flying world.
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I've been using the line of flightsims that Fs2k is based on for over a decade, almost since they started, and I must say that 2k is impressive. For me the best part is the 3d terrain, rolling hills and steep valleys are represented like never before. The quantity or airports is also impressive; it includes some near my home that I didn't even know existed. What the other reviews say about system requirements is correct, however, and MS's published limits are a bit optimistic. With my 300 mhz Pentium 2 with 32mg ram and a 3d video card, I can get flyable frame rates - with nearly every display option turned off. Clouds and weather are out of the question. If you've got a very fast machine, or were planning an expensive upgrade soon, then you can get the full effect of this software. Otherwise content yourself to being able to have loads of fun flying around in perfect weather all the time. Something I haven't seen mentioned in any other review is FS2k's amazing expandability - several websites exist where one can get free add-ons, and the possibilites are nearly endless (check out flightsim website). Software even exists to create your own scenery enhancements and your own aircraft. People all over the world use these to create great free- and share-ware additions. This is one of the things I liked best about FS98, and will certainly be fun for 2k users as well.
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By Dave on December 30, 1999
The best part about buying FS2000 is that it was a great excuse for buying a better computer!
With a 500Mhz PIII, 128MB of ram and a 16MB nvidia card, this game is now absolutely incredible! With this level of system, I can use weather, precip and high quality images all at once and still get frame rates from 18-25!
If you've got a system like this, you'll love the details, the performance and the options. At night, it even has headlights moving on the highways near the airport!
Bottom line- get a system that greatly exceeds the stated minimums to fully enjoy all the features.
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Let me start out by saying I've been a fan and owner of Microsoft Flight Simulator since version 2 back in the day.. I was excited to see FS2000, but not long after I installed it I ended up uninstalling it and returning to FS98. Why? The main reason was performance.. I have an AMD K6-III 450 with 128MB ram and a Voodoo Banshee graphics accelerator and this thing still crawls unless you disable all of the scenery and graphics detail (which to me is the whole point of upgrading to FS2000).. The other reason I went back to FS98 was that FS2000 lacks some of the "shadowing" effects FS98 has, things like landing lights and airplane shadows. I really like to be able to see my landing lights on the runway and the shadow of my airplane over the runway as I touch down. Microsoft has stated that these effects will NEVER be in FS2k due to changes in the gaming engine.
I'll probably go back to FS2k once I upgrade my machine, but my advice to you is unless you have a 500mhz+ machine with a new graphics accelerator and tons of RAM, spend your money elsewhere.
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