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7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
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  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 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).
  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 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.
  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 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.
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82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Even if you have a previous version, the new features in version 8 more than justify the upgrade price.
  2. Even though it is better looking and easier to grasp than any flight sim to date, X-Plane feels unfinished. Serious fans of flight sims will enjoy X-Plane, while casual fans may want to wait for a more streamlined interface, hopefully in "X-Plane 9."
  3. If you're hunting for the ultimate flight sim or learning tool then look no further.