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The Secret to FSX,
This review is from: Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Deluxe Edition (PC) (Computer Game)
First, to make a point:
Contrary to popular beleif, you do not need the Godfather of all Systems to run this game. You do not need the mother of all systems to run this game on respectible settings. You do not need to spend your life savings on a system to run this game at full settings. Infact, you can do it for around £500, and that was 6 months ago.
My system specs:
-Intel C2 6420 (overclocked from 2.13GHz to 2.4GHZ on stock cooling)(£99.85)
-Geforce 8800GTS 320 (£153.18+vat)
-Atrix 650W Silent Power Supply (£27.99)
-Maxtor 320gb 7200RPM SATAII HDD (36.00+vat)
-ABIT Fatal1ty Motherboard (58.18+vat)
-Corsair 2GB Kit (2x1GB) DDR2 800MHz/PC2-6400 (5-5-5-12) (59.57+vat)
My FSX Settings: Ultra High
My Monitor: Samsung SM226BW 22" Widescreen (1680x1050 res)
My Gameplay: Smooth as any simile you want
The key here is the graphics card: The GeForce 8800's most basic model is around THREE TIMES BETTER specification wise than the best GeForce 8600 model. Nothing else listed here is that different from what other reviewers have listed-I cannot stress enough how important a good graphics card is.
In short, if you are serious about your flight sims, you may want to spend a bit upgrading your system (or, build your own)
Second, To Review the game:
As realistic a flying experience as this can come from no other. The new 3D virtual cockpit is just what was needed (You can look around the flightdeck, and operate everything in view), and adds great realism. Every plane, as expected demonstrates its own flying characterstics-it is possible to detect differences between the Maule Orion variants (with and without skis).
The scenery is good, not excellent. Built up areas are represented by large block buildings, except in larger cities, where the skyline is similar, but again, not perfect. However, saying this, it is an improvement on 2004, and besides, it can't be that easy to cram the whole world into 15GB.
The airports are largely accurate, the bigger the airport, the more accurate it is-don't expect your local field to be a carbon copy, and don't bother looking for your house when you take off from it :p (I can't even find my university)
The missions are enjoyable, challenging for any skill level (possibly exempting those with an ATPL), and come in great quantity.
All in all, with the right graphics card, this game is a winner, providing the most realistic flight simulation available today. It can be used for fun flying, serious flying, to assist in flight training, and for landing a 744 on an aircraft carrier. Happy Landings-JM FL