|Posted by Darcy on February 17, 2013 at 1:15 PM|
Flight simulator games can be and usually are very frustrating to begin with. There is no shame in admitting that and I don’t think it takes anything away from the genre by declaring that to be true for most newcomers. The controls can be really daunting (especially on the better simulators that boast accurately recreated cockpits) and the overall flying experience takes some getting used to.
I can’t stress enough, however, that these are the things that make a flight simulator game so enjoyable to begin with! Sure, it can get under your skin when things do go to plan straight away but by sticking with it and polishing your skills; you become a much better virtual pilot as a result.
That brings me to the MAJOR tip that I have to offer all of the newcomers to the flight simulator community and to those who have been around for a while yet am not enjoying the games to the fullest just yet:
Make FULL USE of the in-game tutorials!
To the more experienced flight simulator enthusiasts reading this, that might sound like a no-brainer but I’m absolutely staggered by how many of my friends have been talked into playing the best flight simulator (by me, of course) and have given up after no more than an hour of playtime because they claimed that it was ‘too hard,’ or ‘something they just can’t master.’
I often stare back in amazement at these kinds of statements.
“Of course you can’t master it in 45 minutes you goof,” I think to myself!
Developers of flight simulator games go to extreme lengths to make tutorials incredibly detailed. It wasn’t too long ago that these guides were printed in the cover jacket or online only but now, each individual aircraft has its own guided tutorial that holds your hand (if you want) and guides you through the process of turning from a novice into an expert pilot for that specific aircraft.
If you’ve played a flight simulator game and haven’t dedicated a good, solid few hours (at the very least) to polishing your skills via the in-game tutorials then you’re doing yourself an enormous disservice! Go back and take the time to learn the skills you’ll need to help you get the most out of these games.
If you’re yet to play a flight simulator but are hoping to have the best flight simulator experience then follow my MAJOR TIP from day #1 and get stuck into the awesome tutorials; they’ll make the world of difference!
P.S. Learn more about how in-game tutorials and how they aid your flying experience via my links/resources page now!
|Posted by Darcy on February 1, 2013 at 2:10 AM|
I’ve noticed a little bit of a trend online lately – especially when searching around for great flight simulator games – and that is that legitimate, detailed reviews are becoming more and more difficult to come across.
I’m not sure if it has anything to do with people just being too lazy to write up a comprehensive review or if they’re simply not interested in sharing their experiences. What I have noticed, however, is that reviews that were once really useful and detailed in the way that they gave you some great insight into a particular airplane simulator are now more-or-less just glorified bullet points and a screenshot or two if you’re really lucky.
When I first started playing flight simulator games way back when, I used to love sitting down and devouring full-length reviews of games that I wanted to buy or at least play a demo of. Knowing as much as you can about a product prior to purchase is a really big deal to most gamers (and customers in general,) so I’m a little confused as to why they’ve dropped away of late.
In an attempt to fix this problem I’ve done my best to sit down and come up with my own flight simulator review for you guys. I started by making a list of all of the things I know I look for when I’m picking a new flight simulator and I was sure to go into great detail about graphics, game play, and value for money and things like that.
I took it a step further though and ensured I covered the smaller, less publicised benefits and features of the game – Virtual Pilot 3D in this particular case – so that whoever was to read it will come away with a really detailed insight into what the game’s positives and negatives are. The whole point of reading a review is to get a really great view of what the game’s strength and weaknesses are; it is so hard to gather all of that from just a few dot points on a page, right?
Anyway, I’ve put a lot of time and effort into my Virtual Pilot 3D Review and you can check it out via the ‘Review’ tab at the top of the page. I hope some of you learn from it and ideally it’ll assist you in making an informed choice when it comes to purchasing your next flight simulator game.