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Buying a New Flight Simulator and Getting the Best Value

Posted by Darcy on October 14, 2013 at 2:25 AM

When you’re buying a new flight simulator game there are a few things that you should keep your eyes peeled for in order to ensure the title you decide on is the best suited for you and your virtual aviation needs!

With such a large spike in flight simulator games that are currently available on the market these days, sorted the rubbish ones for the gems can be a little more time consuming than it once was and the margin for error is a lot higher.

To avoid the lemons altogether then you should really know what to look for when buying a new flight simulator so I thought I’d share with you some pointers to make sure that you’re headed in the right direction.

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The very first thing you need to look out for is a good, diverse line up of aircraft that’s available for you to climb into. Far too many games these days will sell you the bare bones of a title and then demand that you flesh those bones out with additional downloadable add-ons. More often than not these additional ‘packs’ and ‘updates’ are not worth the money you pay for them and really, is it too much to expect that the game we pay for these days is actually the game we get?

Unfortunately as much as we love the flight simulator genre, it is not immune from some greedy developers trying to squeeze you for every addition dollar that you have in your wallet. You should make sure that the game you decide to buy contains a sizeable amount of planes to begin with that come as standard.

To avoid getting bent over a barrel, you’re going to want to get at LEAST 100 aircraft – a mix of helicopters, planes and gliders – for your initial purchase price. This is regardless of whether or not you’re buying the base or deluxe version of the game!

Fans of flight simulator games are blessed at the moment because the large amount of choice that we have available to us means that we’re able to pick and choose the games we buy very selectively and are usually lucky to play some truly wonderful titles. Unless we’re careful, however, and follow the tips laid out in this article then there is a chance you might end up spending your money on a terrible flight sim and that, needless to say, should be avoided wherever possible.

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Accessing Our Flight Simulator Games Online is a No-Brainer

Posted by Darcy on October 6, 2013 at 7:30 AM

The idea of purchasing a video game online was foreign to most of us not that long ago. Just before eBay swarmed into our lives and reassured us that making purchases over the World Wide Web wasn’t only super convenient but also incredibly safe, we were forced to trek into video game stores and malls to pick up the latest flight simulator offerings.

Whilst this method had its charms there is no denying that is was a bit of a mission and it really restricted fans of flight simulator games – and all video games in general, really – from being able to access a vast variety of titles and to have them at the click (or two) of a button.

Buying a flight simulator game online is now the on-trend way to do things; the more technology-savvy we become as a society, the more we embrace the concept of streamlining the way we make purchases in our everyday lives.

This evolution is fantastic for fans of the flight simulator genre for a whole host of reasons.

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Firstly, we’re not able to access and download the latest plane simulator games at literally any time of day from anywhere around the world. We don’t need to reply on retail stores to be open and trading and malls to be nearby; we can literally get our hands on a new flight simulator game and be playing it within minutes.

An additional benefit to the online availability of these games is the amount of money we save when it comes to purchasing them. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that purchasing things online is almost always a hell of a lot cheaper than buying them in store.

Alex Travolta, editor-in-chief at Flight Sim Heaven was recently quoted as saying, "It seems almost impossible now for modern PC gamers to justify buying their flight simulator games anywhere other than online."

Retail owners and video game developers have to face overhead costs like rent, shipping, packaging and more and all of these factors only drive up the overall cost that you, me and all other flight simulator fans like us have to pay if we want to take to the skies.

By selling their product online and effectively cutting out the middle man – in this case, it’s the retailer – the developer saves quite a bit of money and that saving is then relayed onto the consumer, meaning we pay a significantly smaller amount if we opt to buy our plane simulator games online.

It almost seems like a no-brainer now, doesn’t it?

How to Find the Best PC Flight Simulator

Posted by Darcy on August 30, 2013 at 10:55 PM

How to Find the Best PC Flight Simulator

With so many flight simulator games available on the market, PC gamers are sometimes a little confused when it comes to finding the best PC flight simulator to suit their needs.


Advanced, veterans of the genre are looking to an enormous amount of challenge and high-end graphics whilst beginners are looking for something that is packed with realism but is also accessible enough that they can learn the ropes without being punished too much for lack of experience.


No matter which category you fit into, here are some tips that will hopefully help you find the best PC flight simulator to suit your needs!

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Don't Ever Sacrifice Quality

Beginners searching for a new flight simulator could be forgiven for focusing mainly on the plane simulator games that have a reputation for being a little easier to ‘pick up and play.’


It’s important, however, to never choose a flight simulator that lacks the vital elements like realism, a large range of aircraft to choose from and real-world cockpit models.


You’ll become more experienced and talented as a virtual pilot the more you play and eventually, the difficulty level won’t factor into your mind at all.


When you’re looking to find the best pc flight simulator – especially if you’re purchasing for the first time – don’t ever sacrifice quality because it’ll come back to haunt you and ruin your enjoyment levels later on!

Consider the Opinions of Other Flight Sim Fans

When trying to decide on which is the best PC flight simulator, one of the most reliable methods has always been to seek out the opinions of other players.


After all, you can read as many reviews as you like – and believe me, there are a lot of them out there – but very little compares with the thoughts and insights of people who have actually had hands-on experience with the games you’re thinking about picking up.


If you have friends or family who are also PC gamers who enjoy flight simulator games then asking them is a fantastic place to start. If you don’t, you could always turn to specific flight simulator game forums online to escape the ‘sales-speak’ of some reviews and get the truth about certain plane simulator games.



Finding the Best PC Flight Simulator Comes Down to Personal Taste

It’s important to ‘do your homework’ prior to purchasing any PC games. Seeking out the opinions of other gamers and ensure that you place a large emphasis on the overall features and qualities of the game you’re looking at is important.


When all is said and done, however, finding the best PC flight simulator can come down to personal taste.


If you’re into combat flight simulator games then you’re not going to fall in love with a flight simulator that is specifically tailored towards helicopter simulations, right?


The ‘best pc flight simulator’ is the flight simulator that suits your needs and puts forward all of the features you want to get out of your experience with the game.


Making up your mind can be difficult but don’t take everyone else’s word for it – sometimes finding the ‘best’ game can only be achieved through getting your own hands-on experience!



Fly Anywhere in the 'Real' World

Posted by Darcy on June 1, 2013 at 8:40 PM

When we’re playing video games –whether they’re on a humble console or an all-powerful PC – the whole point of what we’re doing is to escape from our everyday lives. Some people (mostly non-gamers) have come to assume that this means we’re all anti-social individuals who prefer the company of AI than any other real-life human. Obviously, we know this not to be true.


The reason I’ve fallen in love with flight simulator games so much of the past few decades is because of the intense and satisfying levels of immersion and escapism that they offer to us as players whilst, at the same time, keeping us grounded in a similar – albeit artificial version – of the real world.


Flight simulator games for PC allow you to pilot an aircraft to any point of the genuine globe and witness lovingly recreated monuments and landmarks that due to a whole host of reasons – financial, health, family – we might not have the luxury of visiting when away from our monitors. It’s too easy to condemn gamers for being ‘anti-social’ without looking at a perfect example like the flight simulators we love so much to see just how excited about the real world we actually are.


I’ve personally flown across Las Vegas – all lit up – at night, have seen the Sydney Opera House and Bridge in the one afternoon and have marvelled at the Pyramids in Egypt. In the ‘real world’ I never could have come close to affording the airfare to visit even one of these mind-blowing destinations but I feel satisfying that I’ve at the very least experienced them in my own little way.


PC Flight simulator games offer escapism just like any other electronic title but I think it’s fair to say that what they also proudly offer is one foot grounded firmly in the real world...even if it is a sharp recreation.


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The Ultimate New Flight Simulator Experience

Posted by Darcy on May 3, 2013 at 7:10 AM

It should come as little surprise that one of the most popular reasons given by flight simulator fans as to why the love these types of games is because of the unrivalled, thrilling experience that they get while playing.


Several 3D Flight Simulator games are quickly reaching a point where they’re getting so vivid and realistic; it’s difficult to tear yourself away from your PC monitor at times as you feel so engrained in the virtual world you’re piloting your way through.


All you have to do is think for a moment about how a flight simulator game stirs your emotions more than most other titles and you see why they’re so popular.

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Imagine this for just a second:


You’re soaring majestically, thousands of feet in the air and you’re totally focused; you’re ‘in the zone.’


The safety of the aircraft you’re currently sitting in the cockpit of as well as the lives of all of the passengers you might have on board – depending on which aircraft you’ve opted to fly today, of course – are all in your hands.


Some people might panic when given this much responsibility but you love it; you crave it.


All of the gauges are lining up perfectly and your journey is going smoothly. You savour this moment; you make it look easy but the process of flying this enormous machine is literally sending the adrenaline coursing through your body almost as rapidly as your aircraft is moving through the skies.


It isn’t long before you have to think about touching down but a fleeting second you take a look outside the windows and realise just how spectacular the view really is; no matter where in the world you fly, it always looks amazing from the seat you’re currently sitting in.


This is similar to the feeling that I – and every person who chooses and plays a new flight simulator – feels each and every time they pull on their virtual pilot uniform.


If you haven’t played a flight simulator game yet, or if the game you’re currently playing doesn’t make you feel like this, then you’re absolutely missing out.


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Cheap Flight Simulator Games for PC

Posted by Darcy on May 1, 2013 at 3:00 AM

When Microsoft Flight Simulator was first released all of those years ago, flight fans and wannabe pilots all across the world were beside themselves with excitement. Although the game doesn’t hold up too well by today’s standards – in fact, it in fairly basic to say the least – at the time it was the height of virtual flight experiences and it opened the minds of PC gamers around the world in terms of what they could come to expect in the future.


Fast forward to today and the genre is entirely different; the level of detail that is presented in flight simulator games for PC is almost unbelievable and the realism that you experience when you climb into the cockpit is unrivalled by most other games.


It wasn’t all that long ago that the only way that any of us could get the thrill and rush that can only be experienced by being a pilot was to, well, go out and become a pilot! You’d have to study up, sit your tests and get countless hours of experience under your belt.


What about the people who were just not up to it, though? How about those who didn’t have the right eyesight, reaction times or, heaven-forbid, were afraid of heights?


The best flight sim games have altered the video game landscape more than most people can possibly begin to understand and this level of innovation is why the genre has such a devoted and passionate fan-base!

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Getting your pilot’s license takes a remarkable amount of effort and time - not to mention it also requires forking out an insane amount of money also.


Savouring the sights and adrenaline rush of being in the pilot’s seat, however, has never been cheaper and more satisfying now that it is well and truly available to everyone in the comfort of your own lounge room or study!


Microsoft flight simulator may have grown a little stale and dusty on the shelf over the years but those that have come after it – including wildly popular games like Virtual Pilot 3D – are giving everyone the chance to take to the skies.


If you’ve been on the fence about buying a flight simulator game previously then you’ve stumbled in at exactly the right time; getting into the cockpit of literally hundreds of aircraft has never been easier or more affordable.


Learn how to download the flight simulator games that will give you the most realistic experience by visiting the official Virtual Pilot 3D website now.

If you're new to these kinds of games and want to learn a little more before actually making a purchase then that's a wise decision. Perhaps the best place to get started is over at Flight Sim Heaven where the team have put together a fantastic beginners guide to airplane simulator games. It's perfectly suited to both newcomers and established pilots who are looking to brush up on the basics.



A Fantastic Alternative to Mindlessly Violent Games

Posted by Darcy on April 29, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Recently I wrote a guest post for an extremely popular online gaming blog; I was asked to pen an article about violence in video games. I didn’t want to go down the same road as most of these articles go – preaching about the sins of the video game medium and how it’s polluting the mind of this generation’s youth – so I bucked the trend and focused on some positive points instead.

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Most of these articles you read nowadays are all about finger-pointing and playing the ‘blame game.’ I took a different approach and turned the focus to a more uplifting topic – the benefits of pc flight simulator games!


Let’s just get this opinion of mine right out of the way early on in the piece; I think the response to kids and video game violence is mostly an overreaction. There is no doubting, however, that there are some games out there that have been designed violently simply for the shock value in an attempt to sell more video games to gore-fanatics and to patch over game play flaws, hoping no one will notice them.


This article I wrote turned to spotlight firmly onto the flight simulator genre because it highlighted just how engrossing and entertaining and video and PC game franchise or genre can be in the modern era of entertainment, even without all the blood and guts!


Flight simulator games for PC are not only fantastic value for money in terms of entertainment hours provided per dollar, but they’re also a great advertisement for a game stimulating the average player far beyond pushing the same two buttons over and over again.


Think about it for a moment; just how much do you actually get out of being a flight simulator fan?


I know, speaking only for myself, I’ve found that flight simulators can assist you with everything from increasing your patience right through to encouraging lateral thinking. Considering the fact that so many aircraft in new flight simulators are so lovingly recreated, piloting them takes a great deal of focus and expertise that only practice and a wise head can achieve.


Add to all of this the fact that a flight sim can be extraordinarily entertaining – offering literally hundreds of hours of game play – all without a single drop of blood being shed and it’s easy to see why I consider these games to be such a hallmark of the industry!


If you’ve got teenagers – or even if you are a teenager yourself who is reading this – spread the word about just how brilliant flight simulators are and how incredibly well the stand up against their console rivals!


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New Features for a New Flight Simulator

Posted by Darcy on April 26, 2013 at 5:25 AM

It isn’t easy to find a flight simulator game that is perfect; in fact, most people would argue that the perfect game hasn’t yet been created. Some have come very, very close but as it stands, no title has received the virtual ‘10 out of 10’ score from the flight simulator community.


There is a game that comes extraordinarily close, however, and the thing that sets it apart from the rest of the back – its many, various competitors within the genre – is the huge array of features that it offers players right from the very beginning.


Some flight simulators games will give you the bare bones, especially those which are free to download or are destined to play in your browser while on a lunch break at work. They’re very basic and aren’t designed to blow your mind but instead exist to keep you entertained for a few hours here and there.


If you’re searching for a more in-depth flight simulation experience though, you’re going to have to look for a much more in-depth game.


Simply jumping into the cockpit of a few planes shouldn’t be good enough in your eyes – set the standard higher than that!


When you’re deciding on which new flight simulator games are for you, keep an eye out for these relatively new features:


• Real-Time Weather Updates – An incredibly well thought out detail that keeps you immersed and involved with your virtual flight journey more than just about any other feature.


• Reasonable PC Specs – You don’t want to have to rebuild your entire PC from scratch just to enjoy a flight; the best flight simulator has reasonable specs that mean its playable on a large variety of computers while still remaining a stunning game in terms of visuals and graphics.


• Aircraft and Airports – A handful of planes isn’t good enough anymore; if you’re looking at a flight simulator that delivers any less than 200 planes and aircraft then you’re looking at the wrong game!


• Free Updates for Life – Don’t get suckered into constantly shelling out more and more of your hard-earned money for additional planes, airports and scenery. Make sure the flight sim you buy comes with free software updates for life.

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Many new flight simulator games have a small of features that make them stand out and makes them ‘must play’ titles but very few have all of them in one.


The flight simulator I’m playing at the moment might not be ‘perfect’ but in my opinion it’s hands-down the closest thing to perfect flight simulation that I’ve ever played!


Learn which flight simulator game has all of these must-have features and more by visiting my links and resources page right now!


Identifying the Best Flight Simulator for PC and for You!

Posted by Darcy on April 22, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Everyone who is in the market to buy a new flight simulator game should always consider a few vital elements and factors during their search. Unlike a lot of common ‘shooter’ and other console games, the standard of detail built into a flight simulator by the game’s developers can literally be the difference between a fantastic title and a horrible, sub-standard release.


Knowing exactly what to look for is a brilliant first step, however, unless you’re aware of exactly why these features are important then you’re in danger of falling into the age-old trap of going for impressive-sounding game play options as opposed to genuinely solid additions to the title.


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The primary thing you’re told to look out for when identifying the best flight simulator for PC is the controls. How many people though – especially those without prior flight sim experience knows exactly what the means? The controls of all games in this genre should be complex and take a fair bit of tutorial-following in order to get the hang of. If the game you’re looking to pick up boasts ‘straight-forward controls’ or ‘easy to fly’ planes then you know it’s time to keep on walking. New flight simulator games should be a challenge, not child’s play.


Ensure that the flight simulator games you’re looking to purchase are compatible with your computer: this is vitally important and gets overlooked far too much in reviews that I’ve read prior to launching this site. Not all PCs and laptops are made equal so ensure you’re specs are up-to-scratch before making any decisions.


There’s every chance that a newcomer to the PC flight simulator genre is going to become hooked really quickly and find that they want to add on some of the cooler accessories that experienced virtual pilots use. Advanced joystick controls, yokes and pedals are all accessories that can enhance your flying experience; you might not need them to begin with but you’d hate to grab a game that doesn’t allow you to use them should you choose to go down the path later on. Hardware support is very, very important when picking from airplane simulator games.


Remember to scratch beneath the surface when you’re making a decision on your quest to find the best flight simulator. There are so many other things that you should take into consideration; money back guarantees, the amount of aircraft and airports available to choose from and overall appearance and graphics are to name just a few.

Doing your homework and taking the time to make an informed decision is the wisest step you can make. A flight simulator game is something that you’re going to get many, many hours of entertainment out of so it’s reassuring to know that once you’ve made your purchase you’re going to be happy with what you got.


If you are interested in checking out a flight simulator that I think has all of the qualities I’ve mentioned above and a whole host more, visit my links/resources page now for some more info.


Flight Simulator Software Used by Real-Life Pilots

Posted by Darcy on April 19, 2013 at 3:15 AM

The most common thing that people look for when they’re choosing a video game – and more specifically, a flight simulator – is the level of realism that is presented to them. The further technology evolves the more people are coming to expect from their entertainment mediums and flight simulators are absolutely no exception.


The encouraging thing about all of this, as far as plane simulator game fans are concerned at least, is that our favourite genre of game seems to be leading the pack in a lot of ways.

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A prime example of this is the ever-increasing amount of flight schools are using simulator training in order to assist aspiring pilots to get the amount of experience they need in order to take off and man an aircraft in a safe and effective manner. Needless to say, the sims used by these schools are a little more advanced than your average PC flying simulator games but there is no denying that even the versions you and I get to play are still well ahead of some of the other games out there on the market.


The similarities between a professional school’s flight simulator software and the games that you and I download and play are a lot more than an outsider might expect.


Just like in the professional training simulators, flying simulator games often feature expert recreations of the particular planes that are included in the game. Cockpits are created in the exact image of the real-world aircraft and a lot of the gear that are featured in the games are a replica of what genuine pilots operate on a daily basis.


If you’re searching for a video game experience that delivers realism that, if we’re being honest, hasn’t actually been seen all too much in the market thus far then you’re not going to be able to do much better than a flight simulator.


Attention to detail and loving recreations of professional instruments and aircraft are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what technology offers up for lovers of plane simulator games.


To learn more about a flight simulator used by real-life pilots then make sure you visit the links/resources page right now!



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