Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
Buy On
  1. Sure, you can fly a zeppelin on Mars if you want, but aside from slightly more responsive flap settings, blowier wind (to use the technical term) and a guest appearance from Stephen Hawking as the voice of air traffic control (joke), X-Plane offers very little that Microsoft's doesn't already do both prettier and more intuitively.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Nov 2, 2011
    10
    The most realistic flight simulator, period. Graphical and ATC inferiority with microsoft FSX is being addressed in V10. Outside of those 2The most realistic flight simulator, period. Graphical and ATC inferiority with microsoft FSX is being addressed in V10. Outside of those 2 things, X-Plane is the flat-out best flight simulator, and many of the add-on planes are free and good also (thanks to x-plane.org). Full Review »
  2. ChrisH.
    Apr 11, 2006
    10
    Microsoft Flight Simulator is a game, and X-Plane is an FAA certified SIMULATOR. Actual aircraft have been designed using X-Plane's Microsoft Flight Simulator is a game, and X-Plane is an FAA certified SIMULATOR. Actual aircraft have been designed using X-Plane's flight dynamics engine. MSFS is fine for casual play but for true flight physics simulation (not just running predefined aircraft flight models), X-Plane is the only way to go. Full Review »
  3. MathhewF.
    Dec 13, 2005
    10
    X-Plane is designed to be the most accurate flight simulator out there, and it is. Although its graphics are still lagging behind X-Plane is designed to be the most accurate flight simulator out there, and it is. Although its graphics are still lagging behind Microsoft's eye-candy, no real pilot will neglect the huge difference between these products. For pretty colors, go with Microsoft's FS 2003. For accurate flight dynamics, choose X-Plane. Full Review »