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What are your opinions on flight simulator games out right now?

How about Combat flight simulators? (Like HAWX, Ace Combat, etc)


I am looking to get a fun flight simulator game. The only ones I have actually heard of on the market is Microsoft Flight Simulator, X-Plane, HAWX, and Ace Combat. Before I make a choice I would like your opinions on the topic.

Thanks!
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post #2 of 38
Depends what kind of a "flight sim" you want.

Ace Combat and HAWX are more of an arcade style and not really what I would consider to be flight simulators. If you want to fly around and shoot stuff down and not really do much else, these would be the type of games.

Microsoft's Flight Simulator is more of a "true" simulator. There are a lot of sites where you can download 3rd party planes of every type and variety. But it's not a game where you can fly around and shoot stuff down. It focuses more on just flying around. You do, really, whatever you want (except combat).

X-Plane is even more of a simulator than MS Flight Sim is and seemed a little harder to get into (required a little more configuration than MSFS did for me). Over the next few years, chances are this could replace MSFS as the big flight simulator since Microsoft dissolved their Flight Simulator team.

Between X-Plane and MSFS, I would personally choose MSFS right now because it seems to be a little more user friendly.
Edited by kurt1288 - 3/11/11 at 6:05pm
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I would love more of a True flight sim...

Also, what about joysticks? I have a $75 giftcard to walmart burning a hole in my pocket....
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Stay away from HAWX! Flying a plane in Just Cause 2 or GTA or something would be more realistic (and more fun) then in HAWX!
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post #5 of 38
I'm a bit of a combat sim head. Falcon 4.0 Allied force best. DCS Black Shark new and DCS A10 coming soon. These are realistic and have big flight manuals.
I have the Logitech Attack 3 joystick great for $30.
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Flying the plane into the sunset in JC2 is sweet. It's ridiculously good looking for a video game.

Google or Youtube FSX with REX for Simming. It may not be what you want but it's worth checking out.
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Here's a list of flight sims I can think of off the top of my head:
DCS: Black Shark
DCS: A10
IL2: 1946 (I have this one, I really enjoy it even though I'm a total nub at flight sims)
FSX
Falcon 4.0
Lock On series

All of the above games are "true" sims. As for a Joystick I would recommend a X52.
post #8 of 38
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Originally Posted by Ding Chavez View Post
I'm a bit of a combat sim head. Falcon 4.0 Allied force best. DCS Black Shark new and DCS A10 coming soon. These are realistic and have big flight manuals.
I have the Logitech Attack 3 joystick great for $30.
THIS

I had Falcon 4.0 and it is a great game once you get into it.

Very hard to get into though, but i was still able to have fun in it without understanding how most of it worked!
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Not released yet but very soon is Jet Thunder. Its based in the Falklands. It we have 3 expansions. The best thing about this sim is it will have a true working Harrier jump jet.Areosoft took it over and is developing it further now.
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post #10 of 38
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Well, for now it looks like I am going to order the following:

Saitek X52 Flight System for PC
Falcon 4.0

May pick up FSX, X-Plane, or DCS A-10 later.

Sound good? Is that joystick good?
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