|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.
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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|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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|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!
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.
|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.
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!
|Posted by Darcy on April 18, 2013 at 1:55 AM|
When I try and explain my adoration for virtual flying to the friends, family and co-workers I have who aren’t flight simulator fans they always seem to turn and look at me a little funny. They can understand why so many guys are hooked on football and hockey and even get the compulsion most women feel to hit up a sale or two at the mall, yet they seem to struggle with my loving these games so much.
I know that most of you who are visiting this site understand the appeal so this isn’t really a post that has been written for to sway your opinions or anything; you’ve already seen the light and jumped on board so to speak.
This post is going to serve more as an ‘Open Letter’ to all of the friends, colleagues and family members around the globe whom question your love for plane simulator games. Next time they ask you what you see in these ‘boring video games,’ feel free to direct them here so they can be schooled!
Believe it or not, everyone finds joy in different things and it is this diversity that makes us all individuals.
You know the intense rush of adrenaline you receive when your team’s quarterback throws an unbelievable ‘hail Mary’ with seconds to go to steal a victory?
You know the giddy feeling you get when you pass a bargain that is almost too good to be true yet is sitting right there in front of you?
Well, that’s what we feel when we climb into the cockpit of an expertly recreated aircraft cockpit. These virtual planes take practice, patience and legitimate levels of skill to master and keep in the air. Excitement and enthusiasm doesn’t need to be restricted to things that mainstream people consider to be ‘cool.’
Flight simulator games might not be as widely recognized and adopted as Facebook and Twitter but they’re equally – if not more – entertaining then both of them put together.
If you want to know ‘what the fuss is all about’ regarding flight sims and why we love to escape into them, take a minute to click on the following link and look at the virtual pilot 3D review that I’ve penned exclusively for this site; you’ll quickly understand there is a lot more to this genre than the ‘boring video game’ you once thought it was!
Now if you guys want to pass this on to people you know, feel free! Once they’re convinced, get them to view the links/resources page so they too can be in the air ASAP!
|Posted by Darcy on April 9, 2013 at 6:00 AM|
Many are often surprised when they discover the overall demographic of the type of people who enjoy taking some time out to play a flight simulator game.
The common conception with video game in general often centres around the thought and belief that the industry is a ‘young man’s’ game and that the typical ‘gamer’ falls into the category of the 18 – 35 year old single male with the occasional female thrown in for good measure.
That couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to airplane games though:
The stereotype of the PC gamer is shattered into pieces when you take a look at the type of people who take to the skies in virtual aircraft on paper:
• Around 60-70% of flight simulator enthusiasts are male there are a whole host of females who also love the genre too.
• The average age of a virtual pilot comes in at over 35+ years old in more than 50% of the people surveyed! So you can see why people who aren’t familiar with our favourite type of game can be taken aback by who it appeals to most and on what a large frequency too.
• Slightly over 60% of flight simulator lovers are also not parents. Perhaps that just means that they get more time to hone their skills than the rest of us, huh?
I think it’s refreshing to see – in numbers – just how the humble flight sim has shattered the stereotypes surrounding video games and has genuinely opened up what is usually a tight-knit industry for more and more individuals to try and fall in love with.
All of these statistics, of course, are based on one specific set of data and are in no way concrete. There are always exceptions to every rule, however, I wanted to include them today to illustrate the point that the games we love are playing a large part in opening up the industry to a generation that, perhaps, isn’t often commonly associated with ‘having fun’ in the virtual realm anymore.
What are you, my lovely readers like? Do you fit into the stats I’ve detailed above or are you the type to shatter the mould? I’d love to know more!
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|Posted by Darcy on March 12, 2013 at 4:10 PM|
There is little worse than raising your expectations up only to be disappointed in the long run. I’ve had this happen to me a lot in the past – as I’m sure many of you have too – when it comes to the pending release of a video game that has been hotly anticipated.
It’s no secret that I’ve played several PC flight simulator games across the journey but they haven’t been the titles that have ever really let me down that much; with a flight simulator you kind of know what you’re going to get.
Console games are an entirely different animal, however, and I think that’s a reason why I’ve always preferred to shy away from them a little in the past in exchange for the good old PC games.
You know how the story goes, right?
Developer hypes a new title coming out and more-or-less describes it as the second coming. They spruik revolutionary graphics, epic storylines and a whole host of other features that almost sound too good to be true and, sadly, often turn out to be exactly that.
I’m not the type of bitter person who is going to tell you that all console releases disappoint, that’d be crazy but I feel that there is more than enough evidence at hand to prove the PC Games, flight simulator games in particular, have a better track record when it comes to delivering exactly what they say that do.
Take a look at the virtual pilot 3D review on this site, for example. This title is extremely forward in what it offers and doesn’t try to keep anything up its sleeve in an attempt to pull off some marketing ploy. You know right from the beginning there are literally hundreds of planes, thousands of airports and a whole plethora of other features. You know this because it’s all there in black and white, as presented by the people who release the game.
I suppose I just prefer to know exactly what I am getting when I buy a new game as opposed to having to squint to see through all the smoke and mirrors.
Do you agree?
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|Posted by Darcy on March 6, 2013 at 6:40 AM|
I’ve been a PC gamer for the most part for my entire life and have only really ever dabbled in console gaming. I haven’t ever been drawn into consoles the way that I have with PCs so when I was having a conversation with a friend recently who is an avid console gamer, I was enthralled to learn about some difficulties they’re having at the moment with pre-owned games within the industry.
Apparently because pre-owned games are such a big drawcard in the market (remembering the purchasing games and downloading them directly is still a relatively new concept on consoles when compared to PC,) developers are starting to create ‘access codes’ that are one-off and exclusive to the original purchase of the game in question. These codes give the original buyer access to online content and multiplayer options but expire after its initial use. This means that people buying the game second hand have to then pay again to buy a new ‘access code’ if they want to play the game online.
I thought that this was a good idea on the behalf of developers in order to keep earning on their game but, honestly, I think that the entire thing is a little silly to begin with. I could never imagine flight simulator games for PC charging additional fees and stuff to play online if you were to buy the game second hand. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’d probably shell out the money if the online features were good enough but I think the consoles have it all wrong by locking their players into these situations.
After my conversation I was even gladder than I usually am to be a PC gamer. I love the idea that I can take the best flight simulator that’s available on the market today – as far as I’m concerned – and install it on as many of my computers as I like, allowing me online access and free updates for life, all without having to pay an additional dime.
As far as I can see this is just another shining example of why flight simulator/PC fans are the smartest gamers out there!
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|Posted by Darcy on March 4, 2013 at 1:05 AM|
Despite still being only a relatively new concept, I know there is a lot of avid video game players out there today who simply can’t get into a game properly unless it has some sort of multiplayer element to it. This is even the case with lot of console titles and shooters as well as PC versions. Playing online with friends isn’t an added perk anymore, it is a part of the must have criteria and this is very much the case with everything from a modern FPS (first person shooter) through to a beloved helicopter simulator game.
If you happen to be one of the gamers like me who hinges their enjoyment of a title on whether or not you’re able to play it with your buddies (or even other random flight simulator fans,) then you’ll probably love one of the features I wrote about on my review page more than any of the others.
My favourite of the entire list of flight simulator games that are available on the market today offers a multiplayer network feature that pairs you with other virtual pilots from across the globes that are also playing online at the time and allows you to explore the world together which, in my opinion, is an incredible feature.
The pairing system utilizes a built-in Google Maps finder which allows you to easily identify the location of users near you whom may be interested in flying alongside you. If you’re looking for a wingman in your local area then this is the best way to go about it.
The absolute best part of the fact multiplayer exists in modern flight simulator games as far as I’m concerned; midair, adrenaline fuelled dog fights There is nothing more thrilling in the virtual flight simulator world than battling it out, midair, with a buddy while you’re both piloting some unbelievably powerful planes!
Learn which flight simulator games allow you to play online; visit my links/resources page now to read more!
|Posted by Darcy on March 4, 2013 at 12:35 AM|
I am no newbie to the video games industry; I’ve played video games my entire life and I’ve even had the pleasure of writing about the professionally – both for this site and for several other guest posts – yet I’m still sometimes blown away by how many games fail to live up to modern-day standards yet somehow still manage to sell so successfully.
A friend and I were having a conversation recently about a new, ‘AAA’ title that he had purchased and was playing on PC (and to my shock and horror it wasn’t a plane flight simulator!) He said he was a huge fan and that the graphics were incredible and that he thought I’d absolutely love it. I told him that once he’d finished playing it he should absolutely lend it to me and I’d give it a shot – after all he’d given it save a rave review.
He was quick to point out to me/remind me, however, that the particular game he was talking about was similar to so many modern titles in the way that they only have one-off licenses, meaning that they can only be installed on one computer and then that’s it.
A lot of people see this as standard practice now for PC games but I still think it’s a load of rubbish. I’m a supporter of games that are flexible enough to give you multiple licenses so you can at least install it on your laptop or another computer within the house. The days of having one, fixed computer at home in the one spot are gone and multiple computers in one household is the new status quo.
When I told my friend that the Flight Simulator I’d been playing to death had an unlimited amount of licenses meaning it could be installed on as many computers as I pleased he couldn’t believe it and was jealous of the flexibility that my game offered that his didn’t. Developers who actually care about the needs of their customers will always offer a multi-use license as far as I’m concerned.
What do you think?
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