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Space Shuttle Mission Simulator - Collectors Edition (PC CD)

Platform : Windows XP, Windows Vista
3.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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  • Experience the Liftoff shakes and engines roar right from the Commander’s or Pilot’s seats
  • Perform mission procedures: press buttons, rotate knobs, control the General Purpose Computer and manually guide the Shuttle to a safe landing etc.
  • Perform variable-difficulty historical missions from STS-1 (the maiden flight), through secret, past DoD missions, and up to the recent ISS missions
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  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B003IHVHA4
  • Release Date: 4 Jun. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,898 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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“Nasa may quit, but the Space Conquest continues on your PC!”

The Collector's Edition Features:
 
Beautifully rendered Space Shuttle 3D virtual cockpit, Shuttle, International Space Station, Hubble, satellites.

TrueEarth Global Satellite Imagery - licensed from TerraMetrics Inc. These are the same textures used by Google Earth.

First Person View, including Space Walks - you cannot get any closer to the ISS or Hubble than that! Launch Control, Mission Control, Shuttle and Astronauts audio smart communications.

Three difficulty modes: from Novice which leads the “astronaut” through the tasks with context arrows and full text subtitles, to “Read the Manual and Checklists Commander!”

TrackIR Support in 3D Virtual Cockpit and first person view during EVA. Multiple-Monitor support for Matrox TripleHead2Go and Nvidia nView. Native support for Vuzix iWear VR920 Stereoscopic goggles + head tracking. This is the closest you can get to the NASA VR Labs where Shuttle Astronauts train for ISS missions!


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A superb simulation of the space shuttle and now includes the first Ares launch as an extra viewable mission. This game follows in the footsteps of the original Virgin Games 1992 Shuttle game for the Amiga, PC and Atari although whereas that one had you start a mission rolling to the launch pad, here you start the mission an hour before launch. And unlike that game this one is generally very stable and you can actually finish the last mission!

About 22 shuttle missions are included all of which comprise launch, orbit ops, re-entry and landing. There are lots of buttons to press in complex sequences, switches to select and a lot of patience is required to operate the MRS shuttle arm in space to retrieve and deploy satellites etc. The launch and re-entry are automated but you get control of orbit ops and landing as in the real thing. So this game isnt for everyone. You have to have a passion for spaceflight and lots of patience.

The developer has continued to support the game releasing new missions as time goes on. There is a new version of the game slated for release around December which promises better earth graphics. In fact this is the only reason I gave this game 4 stars and not five, the earth graphics are not all that great - they arent bad but certainly they dont have you looking down on the earth going wow! Except when the sun comes up that is pretty eye catching. The dark side graphics are particularly lame with big splodges of what can only be assumed to be city lights. However the shuttle is very well modelled and so is the ISS, less well modelled are the payloads. Not anything to complain about loudly but again some of the satellites wont have you gasping in appreciation of the detail.
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Ok first off ive seen a lot of free space sims which give a reasonable feel to the general public on how space flight is and they are all good. So cutting to the chase , the problem i have found with "realistic sims" is that the really are just meeting the needs of people that want a "sim" experience but without the hassle of learning anything.

Having purchased this i can honestly say it meets both worlds. The Simulation in this, if you want it, is complex and realistic ( ok it isnt as good as being in the real thing but as close as).

There are various missions you can fly which mirror the realistic mission and the level of detail your are required to action to enact the right sequences is perfect. You can move from flightplan process to actually moving real space objects such as satelites around.

The graphics are really good and give you a personal feel on whats going on.

The support and help on their web site is great and the community is cool and friendly.

Ok warning . If you look for a sim that is idiot proof this is not it. The further you get in the missions the more complex they become and the harder the are as they are based on the real missions. So if you want easy mode or loads of help files then this isnt your bag.

But if you want a complex well thoughtout real space simulation package for the Space Shuttle... there is no better than this.
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I was well impressed by all of the features involved in this simulator. I had looked at a few and this is one in particular has it all, so realistic and so addictive. Anyone interested in Space Flight or even just Space on a whole, then I would strongly recommend this product. It suits my 10 year old, myself (35) and my dad (62). Top Class.
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My 11 year old son bought this for himself and absolutely loves it. He now flies the space shuttle from his bedroom computer.
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Purchased for my Husband. Brilliant graphics; Very enjoyable to anyone interested in space shuttle and to a wide age range
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