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!



Where to Fly in Flight Simulator Games

Posted by Darcy on April 15, 2013 at 5:35 AM

One of the more appealing aspects of a great flight simulator can be found in the fact that it presents its players with the ability to visit almost anywhere in the world.


The vast majority – if not all of the top-line flight simulators available now have an ‘open world’ type set up where you can literally plot a course and pilot any aircraft of your choosing to any number of brilliant, breath-taking and real-life locations. We’re no longer limited to enjoying the scenery of fictitious landscapes.


Naturally with so much variety available to those who take part in the airplane simulator experience, it can be a little tricky to decide exactly where it is you’d like to fly first.


Are you the type of pilot that wants to make a direct path to the Eifel Tower in Paris, France?


Maybe you’re more of a history buff and you’d like to use your freshly laminated virtual pilot’s license to take you over the pyramids in Egypt?


Perhaps you’d just a kick out of flying around your local area – imagine flying a plane over your own home! Flight simulator games have opened that surreal experience and have placed it directly within reach.


The beautiful thing about this genre of games is the nowadays, you’re not restricted to visiting the most memorable and noteworthy landmarks. It is entirely possible for you to pick any town, at random and go and visit it via your PC or laptop. The variety of locations that have been introduced to flight sim titles – even just over the last 5 or so years – is stunning. When you add to all of that the fact that graphics are crisper and more vivid than even and you’re in for a real treat no matter where you choose to go.

where to fly in flight simulator games


For those playing at home and wondering where my favourite place to fly is, I’m more than happy to share that with you.


It might be a clichéd and some people might debate with me, however, as far as I’m concerned there is nothing more exciting and breathtaking in a flight sim than to take to the skies and fly over the amazing Las Vegas at night time. If you’re a flight simulator player who is new to the genre, please do yourself a favour and make it one of the first things you do. If you’re a long-time player and haven’t visited, then you have a new destination just waiting for you to take flight!


Everyone has their opinions and I’d love to know more about yours! Where is your favourite virtual location to visit? Is there anywhere that you’d like to fly but haven’t yet gotten around to it? Let me know!


Learn more about the staggering amount of locations available to visit in flight simulators nowadays, head on over to my links/resources page right now!


Play a Helicopter Simulator Game with Your Buddies

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.

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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!


Flight Simulator Games Should All Be Multi-Licensed!

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.

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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?




P.S. You can read about a flight simulator game that has unlimited licenses on my links and resources page right now!

What Makes the Best Flight Sim Scenery So Great?

Posted by Darcy on February 22, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Scenery obviously plays an enormous role in any flight simulator as not only does it set the backdrop for each and every one of your journeys, but it is also one of the most important elements in determining how involved a player gets with a particular simulator and how real the overall experience feels for you.


In short; you need realistic scenery if you want a realistic flight simulator.

best flight sim scenery


Flight Simulator software has come along in leaps and bounds in the past few years with its digital modelling of locations, landscapes and backgrounds and Virtual Pilot 3D is just one really good example of what can be achieved when the developers of these games are ready and willing to use all of the tools and utilities that are available to them to inject the most reality possible.


The attention to detail that some of the best flight sim goes into is truly amazing when you consider what previous games used to look and feel like.


Real world scenery is painstakingly recreated in this simulator, so much so that even things like ground lighting in built up suburban areas as well as car headlights on major roadways are perfectly laid out and only go to further your involvement in the experience and build on that feeling that you’re actually up in the air for real.


All of that doesn’t even take into account the accurate approach lighting at all of the airports around the globe that are accessible to you or the warning tower lights that guide and protect you and your passengers.


If you’re looking for that final cherry on the top to convince you that this flight simulator is the real deal then look no further than the fact that unlike other flight simulator games, this title used 3D, real life terrain from Google Maps to achieve an ever more authentically-rich appearance.


Take a look at some of the screenshots to see for yourself. It doesn’t matter what flight sim you end up getting, just make sure that when you do purchase a title that it matches up to all of the things I’ve mentioned above because when all is said and done, realistic scenery is vital and cannot be ignored.




P.S. Learn more about the best flight simulator game scenery I've ever, um, seen - view my links/resources page now!

How to Choose the Best Flight Games PC Has to Offer

Posted by Darcy on February 16, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Choosing from the several flight simulator game titles that you’re thinking about purchasing can be a really tricky decision, even for flight sim enthusiasts who have been fans of the genre for years now.


The thing is that thanks to the Internet being such a fantastic source of information, honest and genuine reviews are readily available everywhere online. Some are better than others, of course, but there has never been a time (as far as I can remember at least,) where purchasing any sort of video game title has been so minimal-risk.


Choosing which of the flight simulator games you should buy can really be broken down into two, easy-to-follow steps. These will almost guarantee that the decision you make when you finally decide to buy will be an educated one. There is nothing worse than handing over cash for a game you know little about and although that was the status quo just a handful of years ago, now we don’t have to go into the purchasing process so blindly.


Step #1) First you want to read some reviews. No one is going to be able to give you better insight into what a flight simulator has to offer than someone who has always played it. They know what is great about it, they know what elements need work and they’re able to accurately comment on the type of value-for-money the title is going to offer you.


You can read my Virtual Pilot 3D Review if you’re looking for an example.


Step #2) Pick a game that has a money back guarantee; there are not a lot of them out there because most developers think once they’ve gotten you’re money, that’s the end of the transaction. The better games – the ones made by developers who actually believe their product is one of the best flight games PC has to offer – are willing to put their money where their mouth is. This is brilliant for the buyer because it removes all of the risk; if you don’t like the game you just get your money back. I won’t buy a game now that doesn’t offer money back – it is on my main list of things to look for!


Choosing the best flight simulator games isn’t hard to do, you just need to know what to look for and what to avoid. The two tips above will go a long way to seeing you satisfied with your next flight simulator purchase.




P.S. Discover exactly how to find the best flight games for PC by reading my links/resources page now!


How to Get the Most out of Your PC Flight Simulator

Posted by Darcy on February 6, 2013 at 1:15 AM

When people play a flight simulator for the first time (ever or even just after a long break from the genre,) more often they not they come in with a head full of steam, extremely eager to fly as much planes as they can, as soon as possible.


I’ve spoken to a lot of friends and colleagues (mostly flight simulator game first-timers,) who have fallen into this trap and in my opinion, it is one of the most common mistakes newcomers make and it usually leads to them becoming disenchanted with flight simulators. They throw their hands up and declare that the game is ‘too hard’ and that ‘all they want to do is fly.’


Having heard that so many times recently, I wanted to just take a minute to write a blog post, directed at the readers out there who perhaps haven’t tried a flight simulator yet, that will ideally help them get the most out of their PC flight simulator experiences.


It comes down to three words, really: take it slow.


Seriously, it’s incredibly tempting when you start up your new flight simulator game to think about jumping into the cockpit of as many aircraft as you can. I’ve found that the best approach, however, is to just keep your cool and take your time. Pick a plane and dedicate yourself to learning how to fly that one particular plane perfectly. Put in the patience and work required and by the time you’ve mastered everything involved between taking off at Point A and landing at Point B, you’ll have developed an appreciation for the nuances of the genre that most fly-by-night virtual pilots miss out on.


Once you’ve mastered one plane, then you should go out and experiment with the feel of some more. Most of the best flight simulator games now offer 200+ aircraft to choose from so there is no way that you’re going to run out of options any time soon. You’ll appreciate climbing into your second, third and forth aircraft much, much more if you take the time early one to get the basics down.


I know it might sound painfully simple but you’ve honestly be taken aback by how many people don’t do this. They whiz in, jump in 20 planes, get annoying when they can’t master them all in 15 minutes and then go back to their mindless shooter games. It’s a tragedy because they’re missing out on so much.


Here’s hoping that this post inspires a newcomer to the genre to just slow down a bit and savour the experience. The best way to get the most out of your pc flight simulator is to ensure you take the time to enjoy the little things because, after all, that’s what the simulation genre is all about.



Which is Better Flight Simulator Software – Download or Hard Copy?

Posted by Darcy on February 6, 2013 at 12:50 AM

Downloading video game software straight to your PC or gaming console after you’ve purchased it has really taken off in popularity of the past 2 or 3 years. It isn’t the newest revelation – downloadable content has been around for a long time in PC gaming terms – but never before has it actually been the preferred purchase method as opposed to actually heading into a store and buying a ‘hard copy’ of a game, complete with discs, covers and all. Most flight simulator software is now purchased online – using credit cards or PayPal accounts and downloaded directly within just a few hours.


I know a lot of video game enthusiasts who still prefer to head into a store and buy their games on-site but personally, I’ve gotten to the point now where I can’t consider purchasing a game unless ‘direct download’ is an option. As far as I’m concerned, the advantages to getting your game instantly (or at least, very quickly) as opposed to heading into a shop or waiting for postage are too many to ignore.


- You wait minutes/hours before you can install your new flight simulator and start flying when you opt for direct download. Opting for a mailed hard copy of any title can take days/weeks to come and honestly, I don’t have that kind of patience.



- You have to juggle and install countless discs when you go for a hard copy as opposed to a downloaded copy and there is nothing worse than having to sit and install a game the ‘old fashioned,’ way. Why would I want my flight simulator games split into multiple, easy-to-lose/scratch discs when I can just get the .exe file sent directly to me?



There are no doubt a lot of people out there who are more traditional when it comes to their flight simulator game experiences but I’ve personally jumped onto the ‘digital bandwagon’ and now much prefer to getting direct download links after purchase – to the point where I’ll actually consider not buying a game unless downloading the content is an option.


How about you guys? Hard Copy or Digital download; how do you prefer to receive your flight simulator software in the modern era?


Whose Helping You Discover What is the Best Flight Simulator for PC?

Posted by Darcy on February 5, 2013 at 2:20 AM

Those of you who have followed this blog and visited my site in the past will already know a little bit about my background in video games and where my passion for playing flight simulator games originated from.


As the number of visitors to this site continues to grow each and every day, however, I realised that there are a whole bunch of people pouring onto these pages each day who have no idea who I am or more importantly, why I’ve decided to establish a website that is dedicated entirely to helping you all to find out what is the best flight simulator for pc.


In order to increase awareness of exactly where this entire site’s information is coming from, I’ve decided to write up and publish a new ‘About Me’ page that you’ll be able to access by clicking on the relevant tab in the menu you’ll see at the top of this screen.


Many of you might have already taken a look at it but if you’re new to the site (welcome,) take a minute if you’d like to head on over to that page and read a little bit more about me. You’ve no doubt found your way to this post because you’re a huge fan of flight simulator games so we already have that in common!


I’ve dedicated this website to educating flight simulator players relating to what they should come to expect from the genre in this modern day and age. We’re no longer living in the dark ages and with so many options available to us in the way of virtual entertainment we’re very fortunate to be spoiled for choice.


If you’ve just been searching around online looking to find out what is the best flight simulator for PC then I’m pleased to say that I think you’ve come to the right place.


Take a look around the site and I’m confident you’ll learn a lot about the genre. I’m really pleased to have another flight sim fan onboard!





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