Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 – A Century of Flight – Software Publisher’s Description:
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight review:5 stars (ms flight simulator 2004) – Just spoke to my 34 year old son, for whom I bought the simulator, and he said he was absolutely crazy about it. It’s his second flight simulator and because he always enjoyed the first one, he wanted the new 2004 edition. He does a lot of traveling all over and gets such a kick out of landing and taking off in airports that he has actually be in. It’s fun to “fly” planes that he knows he will never have an opportunity to even see, ie. Wright Brothers first plane, planes from the 1950’s, let alone get as close to “flying” them as the simulator lets him. 4 stars (Microsoft Flight Sim 2004) – The tutorials are decent – you have to use them to have any chance of piloting even the basic plane.
The scenery is sometimes rather sketchy, sometimes very realistic, but apparently very accurate.
You have to use a good joystick to make any progress, probably a yoke would be best.
The 737 is very difficult to master! Whenever I fly now, which is often, I am amazed at how smoothly the pilots can make their approaches!5 stars (The best flight sim I have ever played!) – MS Flight Simulator seems to get better every time they make another one and this edition is no different. There are new aircraft and more controls to learn. Many of the weather concepts they described has changed since 2002. The clouds are more realistic and that is a definite plus!
When you first load up the game. You are introduced by King Schools John and Martha King. They help you get familarized with the controls and the indicators withthe plane. Then you take a flight with instructor Rod Machado who helps you with a introductory flight. He will help you with landing, turning, and taking off. Plus this game has a whole section on flying lessons with him to help control the commercial jets as well. The section that is very cool is the learning center. It helps with understanding what is a GPS, what are taildraggers and more. The videos with John and Martha are a nice touch. There are scenarios where you can recreate everyday flight. In one you can drive an author in a Cessna 172SP around to all of his book signings and pratice ILS stuff. There is also a tour of famous sights you can visit. Like the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and more. At the big airports if you set the textures at high settings you can see the features at international airports like the jetway at airports signage on runways and baggage carts.
The only problem is you need a big computer to run it at max features and this game you want to have the sharpest images possible.
This is the best game yet for the Flight Simulator series and will make any flight simulator junkie happy.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight Features:
- Computer Games
- Flight Simulators (Simulations)
- Flightsimulator flightsim
- Strategy (Strategic)
- World Building (Builders)
- For 1 or more players over LAN or Internet
- Dynamic weather system based on realistic atmospheric physics, with true three-dimensional clouds that form and dissipate
- Worldwide scenery with accurate 3D terrain and auto-gen objects that fill in the world with appropriate buildings and vegetation
- Enhanced interactive air traffic control (ATC), including traffic at all airports around the world
- Improved support for 3D graphics hardware acceleration in multiple windows and across multiple monitors