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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-13-2008, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
 
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Flight Sims

Is anyone here into flight sims?

I've been into them for a while, been playing F16 Falcon 4 and I love it.

Recently bought Microsoft Flight Sim X and it's good, can go from airfield to airfield, like real ones that exist and the lay out is good, but sometimes the game play and handling is a bit sloppy, not as 'realistic' as say, Falcon 4 is.

Just wondered if anyone else here is into them and could introduce thier input and feedback on it.
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-13-2008, 05:03 PM
 
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Re: Flight Sims

I was into them,
But my dog ate my joy-stick
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post #3 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-13-2008, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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I had a girl who liked to eat mine, but that's a different story
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post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-13-2008, 05:30 PM
 
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The performance problems with FSX are well known. Most people agree that FS2004 provides all the benefits without the performance problems of FSX.
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post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-13-2008, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hmmm, not sure if the performance is as bad, more like the game play, sloppiness of the aircraft handling.
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post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-13-2008, 06:52 PM
 
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I used to like flight sims, alot when I had my AMiga 500, but haven't since then. I think il download one, whats the best ultimate flight sim game available ?

Also if you fly from airport to airport, does it take literally hours, like in real life, cause thats weird !!!
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post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-13-2008, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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Yeah, it's pretty realistic in those terms. Needless to say, I'm sticking to more local airports.
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post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-18-2008, 05:21 PM
 
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Love Flight Sim games although I'm more into combat types. Flying around a sim Cessna gets a tad boring. I have the microsoft version before X. I thought it was pretty decent. Plus it actually has the lake in MN that my grandparents lived on. I heard the new version isn't as good as the prior version. If you like the combat jets, F-18 is a good one, Combat sim II and III are very good, although I prefer II. Haven't played around too much with that stuff lately as I am working on building a 7-string as we speak! Thats WAY more fun!
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post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-18-2008, 06:08 PM
 
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Also if you fly from airport to airport, does it take literally hours, like in real life, cause thats weird !!!
Uh oh I must be weird.

Yep it does take, 'literally hours'.

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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-18-2008, 11:08 PM
 
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Re: Flight Sims

X Plane 8 for me. Just got it for my mac, now awaiting the funds for a new joystick!

It's been ages since I've been able to run a flight sim. In the mean time I've controlled the urges with Ace Combat for xbox360, but it just isn't the same. It feels somewhat weird having 250 missiles on an F22, not having to worry about blacking out when turning at ridiculous speeds or a bogey's AOA. Awesome graphics though. Very much makes up for the lack of realism.

I did get to fly in a REAL simulator on an airbase not long ago though. That was quite frankly mind boggling. Great fun, too - the ultimate sim.
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post #12 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-19-2008, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
 
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Infact, night flying is a pain after touch down, cos they don't bother with taxiway lighting. I mean, how the hell are you supposed to know where you're going?

The taxi lights on the aircraft aren't great. In the real world you'd be following taxiway lights to your parking spot.
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post #13 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-21-2008, 08:53 PM
 
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I see that Mall of America here in MN has a flight sim you can hop in. Next time I'm down there I'll have to check it out.
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I have Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 or whatever the last version was. I like it a lot, and I think it serves its purpose, but it's not really realistic for "hands on," actual simulation. Simulators give you a good approximation of what flying is like, but be prepared for some surprises if you decide to take flying lessons. In real life, a) there's always a crosswind of some sort. Sometimes gusty, sometimes not; b) the winds and uneven heating of the ground below you will result in all of your instrument readings bouncing around by +/- 5% or so; c) radios are scratchy sometimes and you can't always hear other planes or controllers that great; d) the controls are tighter at higher speeds and looser at lower speeds due to aerodynamic loads on the control surfaces, which means that you actually have to pull back on the yoke a bit when you're landing....on a computer joystick or yoke you'd be pressing down against the force of the springs in the stick, and this is inaccurate.
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post #15 of 20 (permalink) Old 01-22-2008, 09:14 PM
 
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I agree, plus things like water t/o and landings cannot be "simulated" period. First, depth perception is key in landings, glassy water being BAD, slightly turbulent water being "ideal". Getting your seaplane "onstep" is something in real life that is felt and requires more than just pulling back on the yoke, to take off. But hey....it's just a sim right!! Why take the fun out of em.
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