First rate flight sim
Microsoft's Flight Simulator series is perhaps the longest running franchise in gaming history, with its origins stretching all the way back to the 1970s, and for many it defines the flight sim genre. This fifth instalment maintains the series' reputation for high quality and attention to detail and as such is a must play for the dedicated aviation enthusiast. The focus here is on serious flying, so don't expect to see too much in the way of high octane dogfighting, but for those interested in such things, the sense of realism on display here is fantastic. Improvements over previous versions include the addition of textures to bump up the authenticity, expanded scenery and improved aircraft modelling. Weather systems have been tweaked to further enhance the feeling of truly flying, while the AI has also been ramped up. Graphics too are notably improved, adding to the sense of immersion and it has now become all too easy to become sucked into the game. Sound is another area which has seen some serious upgrades, with digital effects included for the first time in the series' history. There are plenty of opportunities for customisation, which will please the hardcore flight nuts, while specific cockpits are now available for individual aircraft, and really this is about as fine a flight sim as you could hope for. Check out later instalments like Microsoft Flight Simulator X for an even better experience but if you're after something a bit more exciting, then try TFX or Tornado.