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7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 96 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 65 out of 96
  2. Negative: 15 out of 96
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  1. May 26, 2015
    7
    The final entry in the long running Flight Simulator series that started so many years ago with Bruce Artwick's Flight Simulator. In many ways it's both the best and the worst entry in the series. The best because it's a huge sandbox that can be crammed full of third party content to satisfy even the most demanding flight sim geek. The worst because it's built on a creaky old engine thatThe final entry in the long running Flight Simulator series that started so many years ago with Bruce Artwick's Flight Simulator. In many ways it's both the best and the worst entry in the series. The best because it's a huge sandbox that can be crammed full of third party content to satisfy even the most demanding flight sim geek. The worst because it's built on a creaky old engine that just doesn't cut the mustard any more.

    Straight out of the box it's a pretty bland experience. If you are prepared to spend the time and money, you can transform it into a much more compelling simulation with astonishingly detailed aircraft, scenery and weather. The downside of this is the cost involved, and that creaky old engine that will eventually collapse under the weight of everything thrown at it.

    There are newer flight sim platforms out there (P3D, X-Plane) but to be honest right now FSX is still the best for most users.
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  2. KarlL
    Aug 4, 2009
    5
    The system requirements for this game are though the roof. Its also a bit unstable. Most of the game is hideously ugly aswell. The majority of the scenery is just flat ground with meaningless roads scribbled all over it.
    When buying this game, keep in mind that your going to have to spend hundreds of dollers on 3rd party scenery packs.
    However, if flying planes is all your after and you
    The system requirements for this game are though the roof. Its also a bit unstable. Most of the game is hideously ugly aswell. The majority of the scenery is just flat ground with meaningless roads scribbled all over it.
    When buying this game, keep in mind that your going to have to spend hundreds of dollers on 3rd party scenery packs.
    However, if flying planes is all your after and you dont care about enjoying yourself much. Then this game will be great for you.
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  3. TerryS.
    Nov 23, 2006
    6
    A very good simulator in general and a good improvement on previous versions. Found the resource intensiveness a hinderance to the simulation. You need a very high spec graphics and CPU to run this game effectively. Microsoft could do with placing a recommended specification on their website for people interested in the game - won't stop me playing though - just going to upgrade my machine.
  4. Oct 30, 2011
    7
    As a flight simulator fan i came to love FSX, but this does not blinded me towards its flaws. "MISSION PLOTS BUT NO STORY":as you would expect, flight simulator X doesn't have a story with possible exception being its missions which have a one time plot each(you wont see any plot connections between the various missions) though this can't be considered a flaw. We are lucky to get plots onAs a flight simulator fan i came to love FSX, but this does not blinded me towards its flaws. "MISSION PLOTS BUT NO STORY":as you would expect, flight simulator X doesn't have a story with possible exception being its missions which have a one time plot each(you wont see any plot connections between the various missions) though this can't be considered a flaw. We are lucky to get plots on missions at the first place. "GAMEPLAY":The game itself now is fairly easy to learn. tutorial missions do a fairly good job on teaching you the basics and some more advanced flight techniques don't be fooled though. the game will gradually get very challenging and the more advanced missions will require dubious amounts of effort and lots of trial and error. fortunately, the save feature allows as many saves as you want and whenever you want, sparing you the frustration(although its only up to you to save since there is no autosave feature). also many will love the clickable **** as memorizing each and every keyboard combination might be time consuming and annoying. "INTERFACE": the interface in the menus is good. its easy to navigate the options, set up a free flight(set up the weather, choose aircraft and payload, place to start etc.). The ingame interface on the other hand, is a bit of a chore. the reason for this is that one monitor cannot fit all the instruments inside it. you will constantly need to turn and zoom the camera to the instruments you need to see, forcing you to let the controls of the aircraft. a hat switch on the joystick is a convenient feature, but still you would have to let the controls and grab the mouse in order to use the clickable virtual 3D(as well as the 2D) **** because one entry level joystick and one keyboard cant cope with the seer amount buttons and button combinations. final verdict on the interface: you will need at least a decent HOTAS joystick and a second monitor in order avoid frustration "TECHNICAL": It mostly feels great to fly in the world of flight simulator X. there are lakes, coastlines, fairly detailed big cities and famous land marks like Eiffel tower and Parthenon. There are actual cars on the roads(to a point where the technology allows it, dont expect miracles) and there is also wild life though it feels like its only placed on specific places to enhance missions. unfortunately the technical is where the most drawbacks are. If you take a close look on the ground you will notice randomly placed textures and at many parts the textures are like someone took the paint tool and randomly started placing square texture dots. beyond that there are the human models which they are horrid with an equally horrid repeating animation. in missions where you are supposed to have people entering or exiting your aircraft(heli or otherwise) there is no animation of it. The only confirmation of it is by the dialogue and sound effects, not to mention that there is no copilot or passengers visible from the virtual **** nor spot plane view(copilot is actually visible from the outside). The biggest black page on the game's technical faults is the performance. Bugs, glitches, crashes, constant stuttering, sudden lag and poor framerate add an immense amount of frustration. Even the first patch which improves the performance and fixes bugs is not enough. fortunately there are solutions to make the game more smooth(smooth framerate is what you want, the very nature of the game makes low framerates acceptable). even if you got past the lag and stuttering, the game is still very demanding and power hungry(even today a power rig might have problem running on full settings. yep is the single most demanding game ever, even from crysis). generally this is not like other games and lowering graphical settings might not only improve performance, but in fact make it worse. so in addition to the flying gear and extra monitor you will need a very beefed up PC making it more expensive than the price of the individual game.
    "FINAL VERDICT" despite its major technical flaws that can be overcome with lots effort and tweaking by the user, playing this game can be pure magic. the missions are varied without getting boring and i will add the huge number of third party DLC as an advantage as there is everything for every taste. the physics have only a few hiccups, but generally are excellent. BE WARNED this game is not for everyone. you need high budget gear, and the game it self although more accessible can be unforgiving later on more advanced missions. hopefully the new Microsoft flight will be a major advancement in solving the performance issues that plagued this game.
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  5. Feb 22, 2017
    6
    Great Flight Simulator In Free Flight, But When I try to land in a mission, it shows that I crashed! :(Great Flight Simulator In Free Flight, But When I try to land in a mission, it shows that I crashed! :(

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Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. New levels of interactivity and performance feedback from the newly enhanced mission model will appeal to the offline flyer, and enhanced multiplayer capabilities will benefit the virtual airline crowd. This one is worth the upgrade price.
  2. This is, bar none, the best consumer available flight simulation to date. Notice the word “simulation.” Flight Simulator has game-like elements, missions, online play, etc., but at the end of the day it’s a hardcore simulator that the average “gamer” probably won’t enjoy.
  3. The real bonus for this version of the sim comes from pilot immersion. The focus on high quality 3D cockpits instead of 2D panels combined with some excellent new default aircraft with convincing flight dynamics makes for a wonderfully engaging experience. [Deluxe Edition]