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Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Deluxe Edition

Released on 13 October 2006

Rating: 3+ (PEGI)

4.0 out of 5 (28 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Flight Simulator X is the culmination of nearly 25 years of the landmark Flight Simulator franchise and its most significant addition to date. The 10th addition to the highly successful Flight Simulator franchise, Flight Simulator X will immerse players in a beautifully rich and realistic world, offering a completely new and innovative gaming experience with dozens of new aircraft to choose from, including the AirCreation 582SL Ultralight and Maule M7-260C Orion with wheels and skis. Gamers of all ages, types and skill levels will experience firsthand what it is like to be an aviator traveling the globe either alone or online with others.
  • This version of Flight Simulator X features 22 airplanes, 21 detailed airports, 38 detailed cities, 65 structured missions, glass panel (G1000) cockpit, and tower controller.
  • Immersive world. Flight Simulator X offers players a rich and innovative gaming experience with new technological advancements, incredible graphics and added realism including weather, time of day and seasons. Pilots can watch moving cars and detailed buildings in cities below, traffic on highways, indigenous houses, farmland and livestock, and wildlife in its natural habitats.
  • Mission-based gameplay. With the addition of new mission-based gameplay, players will have a specific purpose as their world comes alive for the first time with automobile traffic, moving boats and ships, and animal life. With more than 50 new missions to choose from, aviators can build their skill levels and engage in even more stimulating gameplay than before. Players can choose to compete in the Red Bull Air Race or bring relief materiel to the Congo, keeping track of their progress on each mission.
  • New aircraft. Flight Simulator X will enable pilots to fly the aircraft of their dreams, from the DeHavilland DHC-2 Beaver floatplane and Grumman G-21A Goose to the AirCreation 582SL Ultralight and Maule M7-260C Orion with wheels and skis. Players will be amazed at the details - such as shaded rivets, reflective paint, and glint from glass and chrome - as they view the world from 100 feet to 1 million feet.
  • Interactive airports. More than 24,000 airports feature AI-controlled jetways, fuel trucks and moving baggage carts, allowing players to explore their hometown or venture to a favorite city.

customer Reviews

 Average rating (28 reviews)


| | See all Roachy's reviews (1)

This is the pinnacle of Microsoft's simulators, after 20 years of development and refinement I can finally say the simulator looks realistic. I have played on all the series titles since Flight Simulator 98, but this is the only one which can actually impress a person to the degree where they can say "wow, it's actually like flying". Though it requires 14GB of hard drive space it is definitely worth it. The data provides massive accuracy worldwide, in both textures and terrain shapes. It's graphic detail of objects, aircraft and terrain is superior to any other games I have played and with the huge varieties of aircraft to choose, as well as thousands of realistic airports the flight experience is exhilarating.
Since the 2004 title Microsoft have innovated all aspects of the game. Aircraft are no longer inferior to the free expansions that can be downloaded. They are also redone from scratch, rather than being improved versions of the aircraft in the previous flight simulator: this has occurred since flight simulator 95 until the 2004 version but not in this one.
Sattelite data is far better than before, giving brilliant sloping of land. Autogen is integrated into the terrain far smoother too: buildings not longer appear in clumps or on slopes because they are on roads in street formations, with hills ocupied by bare land instead. Coastlines and cliffs integrate far better in comparrison to the previous simulator, they no longer cause jagged border marks between water and land, and the terrain does not dip below water with the water being above the land. This is due to the very advance physics engine used, where water is a solid, flexible, moving object rather than just a texture as was in the earlier Flight Simulator games. Now a person can fly through the grand canyon experiencing slopes, gulleys, gaps and mountains, instead of flying across a big gash in the desert with a puddle at the bottom.
Objects appear full of life in this new game, trees are not randomly dumped and appear in clumps and formations, forests and woodlands. Species of tree are now used, before you could pretty much have bushes in the desert, and trees in temperate areas. Now there are vineyards in France, cactuses in Libya and sequoias in California. Seasonal blending of this foliage works far better, they appear very changed in winter when they are devoid of leaves compared to the summer where the leaves and flowers occupy every inch of their branches.
Other objects are now present too, across the whole world. There are moving oil tankers in Saudi Arabia, recreational yachts in monterrey and fishing trawlers in Sardinia. All major roads, motorways, highways and freeways are plotted to great detail in the correct location, with road traffic abundant on most motorways and highways. Airways are the same, realistically planned with extremely dense, abundant air traffic and when a virtual pilot finally does have to escape from an airway and land the plane there is plenty of airport traffic such as pushback trucks and luggage loading vehicles waiting at all gates to greet them.
There are a few issues with his game that need to be adressed though. It was intented to work on Windows Vista, but it has became apparent that there are error with this, such as failure to load or failure to exit. There are crashes on both windows XP and Vista, but from using this game on different PC's I have noticed that only lower spec PC's experience this problem. To run the game with settings at absolute MAX you probably need at least 2.4Ghz dual core with 2gb ram and 512mb graphcis card. It operates with low settings fine on a PC with 1GB ram and single core 2.6Ghz, but detail is sacrificed.
Overall this is worth £50, must buy

 Fly-Tastic [Deluxe]

| | See all TheVampire's reviews (20)

Its amazing. Ok, lets get started - Deluxe and Normal are 2 seperate games, just they have different amounts of HIGH detail airports.

The game has such good graphics, remember, have at least 2GHz 2Gb Ram and 256MB Video card, this way you will get good preformance, my laptop lacks the 256MB and it runs really well regardless.

This game is worth your money - deluxe even more so. The downloadable aircraft make it even better!

You can even just drift around in a boat or in a car. Its superb, dont bother buying ship simulator if you were going to (...).

With this version you can be an ATC as well! Isn't that amazing? It really is!


| | See all poshboy111's reviews (59)

Im actually running this on a basic laptop with a basic in-built graphcs card and a basic control and it works well. Occassionally there are glitches but in general its fine.
Graphics are good and as there is unlimited gameplay available, its a bargain. In theory, I can fly across the world repeatedly, with real time conditions and that to me makes this worthwhile.
There are so many (non-flight sim) short games available for considerably more cost, so as this has unlimited playing time, it makes it a great buy.
I bought this to fly planes so it does exactly what it claims it will.
If you are new to flight sims, the lessons are vital as there is so much to learn for each individual aircraft. Patience is a requirement early on and expect many failures before you can fly with style.
The stunt planes are a great way to start as they are so manoeverable and a good way to get up close to the sights and scenery from around the world. In time you can move on to the larger craft but remember the lessons or you wont get too far.
Good value for such a large game


| | See all Robbie92's reviews (4)

I have the following:

AMD64 3800+ @2.52 GHz
1GB DDR400
ATi X1950 pro 512mb PCIe

..and this game runs like a pig! 5-23 FPS! This may seem fine, but only when you're flying in the desert!!
The ATC hasn't even improved! They just redesigned the shoddy window; same voices and buggy communications! The planes are all boring and the 747 panel is exactly the same as in FS9!
There are even bugs in the installer, what a rip off.
Yet again, Microcrap mislead me over system requirements and screenshots. My old machine had 4X the min required to run it, and simply did not! In additon, 15GB of space?? IDIOTS!!!

Please refrain from getting this game, bloody waste of time. Graphics look nice, must admit. But only with a good system!

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Rating3+ (PEGI)
Minimum RequirementsWindows XP with SP2 / Vista
1GHz Processor
256MB RAM for XP / 512MB RAM for Vista
14GB HDD Space
32MB Graphics Card (DirectX 9 compatible)
Sound Card
Speakers or headphones
Mouse and keyboard
56.6Kbps or better modem for online play