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  • Summary: Experience history at the controls of historic aircraft, such as Charles Lindbergh's Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis, the Douglas DC-3 and the world's first successful powered aircraft, the Wright Flyer. New engaging features such as interactive multimedia provide a wealth of historicalExperience history at the controls of historic aircraft, such as Charles Lindbergh's Ryan NYP Spirit of St. Louis, the Douglas DC-3 and the world's first successful powered aircraft, the Wright Flyer. New engaging features such as interactive multimedia provide a wealth of historical information on the planes that shaped aviation history and the pilots who flew them. Informed and insightful articles explain all there is to know about Microsoft's Flight Simulator and the 24 aircraft included in the software. A Century of Flight also introduces an updated, dynamic weather system, enhanced automatically generated scenery (AutoGen) and detailed visual effects, improved Air Traffic Control functions, and 3D interactive cockpits, as well as 15 modern aircraft, including the Beechcraft Baron and the Robinson R22 helicopter. [Microsoft] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. I can’t think of a more perfect product to celebrate 100 years of aviation or 20 years of simulating flight on the PC. There is so much to learn and so much to do, and you’ll have weeks, months, and even year’s worth of fun doing it.
  2. The real highlight however is the improvement to the graphics engine. The scenery is improved along with general detail enhancements but the weather system is quite remarkable.
  3. The improvements made with Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 - A Century Of Flight make it a worthwhile upgrade, but don't expect photo-realism; hold out for the soon released "MS Flight Simulator X" due in early 2007.
  4. It will take the better part of a day to get comfortable with the controls so plan on using up some of your patience. In a short while you'll be soaring with the eagles - and also dropping like flies.
  5. With enough features to fill a 747 flight manual, MSFS2004 provides a level of flying simulation on the PC that was unimaginable even a few years ago. [Oct 2003, p.116]
  6. It’s doubtful whether fair-weather flight sim fans will get much more out of this than they would from FS2002, but for the enthusiast, A Century of Flight is worthy of the pride and bluster that the title implies.
  7. So - here's a rating for the casual gamer. Add one point for every air show you've ever attended.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. AceMan
    Feb 2, 2004
    10
    This aamazing game to but i know that brand new it is about £50 but i took a trip to Dixons and bought it for an amazing £25 (it This aamazing game to but i know that brand new it is about £50 but i took a trip to Dixons and bought it for an amazing £25 (it was the last one, but it was 1st hand!) This games is worth £50 anyway, the way that you can try to atempt the first flight with any engine "The Wright Brothers"!, or take a masive trip into a boeing 777-300 or a 747-400! In any plane or glider you will have the most fun in your flying live time! Thank You Ace Man Expand
  2. JoeB.
    Sep 2, 2004
    10
    I think Michael C & Larry W fall from the same tree, 60$ for this game is too little but if you're cheap & lack I.Q this might be steep, I think Michael C & Larry W fall from the same tree, 60$ for this game is too little but if you're cheap & lack I.Q this might be steep, & as for putting the cd in the cd rom each time is a strenuous job, you should get out & exercise, instead of being a "dumb American pig" this game is much better than FS2002. The graphics are fantastic & the realism is incredible. I am ready to go out & fly a plane on my own! Well not really. Peace! Expand
  3. Nov 18, 2011
    10
    By far the best flight simulation software I have experienced. In the time this was programmed, I had very little knowledge that this would beBy far the best flight simulation software I have experienced. In the time this was programmed, I had very little knowledge that this would be the "game" (using the term very loosely) that made me want to become a pilot. However, despite it's gleaming report from me, there are some downsides. Due to its age, many super-realistic add-ons for the MSFS series only work on FSX which is a shame. But, even then, the add-ons that have been produced are of superb quality, significantly adding to the overall flight simulation experience. In spite of that, the lack of proper surround sound (without modifications) does slightly ruin it but the simulator gets a respectable and deserving 10. Expand
  4. MattR.
    Aug 12, 2003
    9
    So let me get this straight, "Larry W": you are so lazy that you prefer playing a 2 year old game over the new (and better) version because So let me get this straight, "Larry W": you are so lazy that you prefer playing a 2 year old game over the new (and better) version because you need to put in the CD? Poor baby! Expand
  5. ChrisP.
    Apr 6, 2004
    8
    Realistic, but it gets boring after about 20 minutes of playing it.
  6. ErikL.
    Sep 30, 2003
    8
    Compared to flights simulater 2002 there is more graphical details in 2004's version. In addition i like the addition of the piper Compared to flights simulater 2002 there is more graphical details in 2004's version. In addition i like the addition of the piper having a 360 degree look around the cabin. But i rate this game as a 8 becuase i am disappointed that they didn't put more airplanes onto the program. I think if they had about 50 to 75 more varieties the game wouldn't get as old as fast. I love to fly, but as a greenhorne pilot i am moody as to what i am flying. But overall i would recommend this game to everyone, a easy and safe way to learn how to fly. Expand
  7. MichaelC.
    Aug 28, 2003
    1
    Lacks effort in design and is almost identical to MSFS2002. Microsoft needs to impress me more for sixty dollars.

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