|Posted by Darcy on February 16, 2013 at 12:05 AM|
Configuring your PC is one of the more common problems that newcomers to the flight simulator genre have. It isn’t uncommon for most games to require you to tweak your overall setup just a little bit to achieve optimal gaming results but for some, when it happens with a flight sim they freak out a little as they feel they’re going to need to do an entire overhaul to get their airplane simulator running smoothly.
If you’re one of those video game enthusiasts who are new to the flight simulator genre then please, don’t get intimidated by the titles that are available on the market today. It is true that they boast sensational graphics and can really look amazing on your computer monitor but very few of them put the strain on your hardware like they once did in the past.
Flight simulator developers have gotten really good in the past decade at getting the most out of just a little. When it comes to system requirements most of the better titles now take a ‘less is more’ approach and they don’t require you to shell out a ridiculous amount of money for hardware updates.
The great thing is that the flight sim community is growing by the day and that’s because computers are a lot more capable than they once were – even the stock standard laptop is capable of running the best flight simulator in most cases.
If you are considering picking up a fresh flight simulator title then yes, you should absolutely do the wise thing and check if your specs are up to scratch – you should do that with any PC game that you’re planning to buy – but don’t shy away from a flight simulator game just because you think it requires the world in terms of graphics cards and memory because that, for the most part, is a thing of the part.
Airplane simulator games can be enjoyed by so many people now that you can’t use your computer’s specs are an excuse for not joining the party any more!
P.S. Discover the airplane simulator that can run on practically any PC by visiting my links and resource page right now!
|Posted by Darcy on February 15, 2013 at 11:50 PM|
One of the great things about being a consumer in today’s video game industry is that because there is so much competition out there for your business, you’re almost always guaranteed to find what you’re looking for – be it a flight simulator game or even a console release – at a discounted rate online.
Some of these discounts are only subtle and come in the form of free postage or other little bonuses along the way but every now and then you’re also greeted with some high-quality value that makes it really difficult to purchase from anywhere else.
We’re really lucky because the Internet makes finding the best price on almost everything a breeze and that wasn’t the case not too long ago; just a few years ago finding a discounted price for the best flight simulator games for PC was near impossible and you’d usually just have to rely on catalogues or word-of-mouth to find the best bargains.
Things are really different now, however, that sharing information online has become such a free-flowing experience. It’s great because regular video game players like all of us can get our hands on the best flight simulator games around while also keeping a fairly large chunk of our hard-earned cash where it belongs; in our pocket.
A perfect example is the discount that you can find on my Virtual Pilot 3D Review page right here on this site. Despite the fact that I do receive a commission for this product – something I’m absolutely not ashamed to admit straight up because it is genuinely a game I love and widely recommend – I’ve still put in a huge amount of effort to get across as much information about the game as possible.
If you haven’t checked it out yet you should really take a minute to visit the page and check out what I’m talking about. A discount is a fantastic thing (especially when it’s like this one that saves you more than 70% of the original price - which works out to you saving up to $165!,) but it is when you couple that discount with some really detailed insight on the game in question that readers truly benefit from that particular offer.
I aim to offer insight and genuine information first and foremost on a gaming genre I adore. If you save 70% and I make a commission in the process then I struggle to think there would be many out there in the wide world of flight simulator fans who could see that as anything other than a true win-win situation.
P.S. Checking out my links/resources page now is the best way to learn more about Virtual Pilot 3D or you can click now to visit the Official Virtual Pilot 3D Website here.
|Posted by Darcy on February 15, 2013 at 3:45 PM|
A lot of how much you enjoy your flight simulator experiences comes down to how you’ve got your PC set up.
Now before you jump ahead and say, ‘Darcy, you’ve already done a post on PC setups before,’ just hear me out because I’m not talking about your actual hardware setup in terms of configuration but instead, I’m referring to how some players choose to set up their flight simulator gear.
From pedals, yokes and additional monitors the at-home flight simulator setup can truly be a sight to behold when you get it right and the first place that you should begin, as far as I’m concerned at least, is by purchasing a joystick to take you into the first step of your flight simulator immersion.
Now, when you play flight sims nowadays playing with the keyboard is entirely possible. The purpose of this post isn’t to sell you one particular joystick or another, but you will get a whole new level of enjoyment out of playing these games if you’ve got the hardware around you that makes you feel like you’re truly a part of the action.
The best setup in my opinion is this:
• Three LCD Monitors
• Ch Pedals
• High-End Joystick
Beginners won’t be able to or perhaps just won’t want to splash out and build this ‘ultimate setup’ right away because unless you’ve got a giant passion for the genre you might end up wasting your money if you find out it isn’t for you.
That’s what brings me back to my initial point (see how I went all 360 degrees on you there!) – a joystick is the ideal setup for a flight simulator fan, regardless of whether they’re a beginner or an advanced player who has been around for many years. They offer increased control, great immersion into the game and can really become second nature once you get used to them. They’ll elevate the best flight simulator games for pc to the greatest games on any platform!
So if you’re already in the air and want to add another level to your flights then jump online and find a suitable joystick now. You can start with the cheaper ones and work your way up or jump in head first if you think you’ll get your money’s worth straight away. There is no right or wrong joystick to buy and online reviews will help you a great deal when it comes to making a choice.
I’m heading back to my mini setup to take a flight now!
P.S. Learn more about getting the most out of your flight simulator experience; read my links/resources page now!
|Posted by Darcy on February 14, 2013 at 2:00 PM|
Modern generation gamers can stand to learn a great deal from flight simulator games when it comes to paying close attention to detail, appreciating the art of keeping your cool and also when it comes to feeling genuine satisfaction from a job well done.
I’ve written a piece of two before about how video games in the modern era are really getting watered down in terms of difficulty. It has even gotten to the point where, in addition to borderline health and generous checkpoints to restart from, some games are even literally providing light up directions on the floor for a player to follow (especially in shooter games,) so they don’t run the risk of getting lost.
Airplane games are an entirely different breed of video gaming experience and if you’ve found your way onto this site then you’re no doubt familiar with what I’m talking about.
There is very little hand-holding when it comes to a great flight simulator game; you’re given a tutorial, showed how everything works but once you decide to start her up and get into the skies you’re entirely on your own. That is where the attention to detail I spoke of earlier comes into the equation. Younger generations play games where they’re reminded constantly on ‘how to win,’ where in the best flight simulator you’re relying on your own knowledge, skill and instinct.
It’s understandable why some people get frustrated with airplane games but when all is said and done, there is nothing more rewarding in video game terms as far as I’m concerned than landing safely in a massive, masterfully recreated Boeing.
If you happen to have any younger children or teenagers who are in-between games on their console then do the right thing as a more established gamer and show them into the light and brilliance of the flight simulator genre. If you’re already an established virtual pilot then feel free to keep up the good work and enjoy one of the greatest games anyone can play!
P.S. Discover which airplane games will suit you best; visit my links/resources page now to learn more!
|Posted by Darcy on February 13, 2013 at 12:25 AM|
If you’re in the market for a flight simulator then you’ve no doubt waded through a series of different websites that claim to have information on a particular product that they insist is the only product out there on the market that deserves your time, attention and most importantly (to them at least,) your money.
Truth is though that while these sites are great at promoting one, particular product, very few of them actually take the time to educate you as a visitor. They’re solely focused on ensuring that the plane flight simulator you decide purchase is the one that they’re going to profit from.
I pride myself on running a site that is, first and foremost, designed to celebrate flight simulator games as a genre and to bring together fans of these fantastic games. I make no secret about the fact there is one, particular flight simulator that I am enjoying more so than any other at the moment but at the same time, I’ll never claim that it is the only one available and that you absolutely must buy it if you want to experience some fun, aviation action.
A few regular readers have even noticed that I refrain from mentioning the name of my favourite plane flight simulator anywhere on my site other than on the links/resources page. I do this deliberately because, as I mentioned earlier, the purpose of this site as far as I’m concerned is to educate newcomers to the flight simulator community. I want those people – as well as long-standing flight sim fans – to know exactly what the state of the genre is these days and what they can come to expect from a flight sim title when they purchase it.
Choosing the best flight simulator for you isn’t about going to a site and having a whole bunch of flashing banners and misleading links push you into a purchase. It is about learning what to look for in terms of features, benefits and price and then making an educated, wise decision.
I hope that my site will help you in that regard.
|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.