X-Plane is considered by their own developers as the world's most comprehensive flight simulation game and we've gotta admit, a lot of work has been put in to this title which offers virtual pilots a very realistic flight simulator. Not to be confused with Microsoft Flight Simulator, this simulator is a newer variant of Microsoft's original game genre. Unlike other flight simulators, X-Plane features real-world airline such as the U.S. Air Force, NASA, United, Quantas and US Airways.
Enter the world of X-Plane with some of the coolest aircraft available at your fingertips to fly. Turbo-props, jets, single and multi-engine aircraft as well as gliders and helicopters. This simulator packs it all in.
It's really hard to describe how cool this game is without showing you some videos, we highly suggest doing a quick search on YouTube to get an idea about how the graphics look. With that said, the graphics here along with the realistic weather really make the game a pleasure to play. X-Plane comes with over 40 aircraft. The aircraft in the X-Plane demo is limited to 1 and only 5 minutes of flight, unfortunately.
What's really amazing about X-Plane is how many users they've taken from Microsoft. Reportedly, the actual physics and accuracy in X-Plane compared to Microsoft Flight Simulator is noticeable. Though as with pretty all products in this genre, getting the hang of flying a computer model airplane takes some time but X-Plane 10 promises to be much easier than "the other sim".
Piloting an aircraft in X-Plane, unlike in MS Flight Sim, is not just limited to Earth. You're actually able to run the simulation in space or even around Mars.
While I can't stop trying to compare this with Microsoft Flight Simulator, I just also have to say that the graphics here are much smoother than MS Flight Simulator X and the details are just so stunning from the moving parts inside the jet engine to the very complex textures. It just looks so great.
A very important aspect of flight simulation is the community behind it. The users who create custom content are really the heart of the community and in that aspect, X-Plane certainly doesn't let down. You're able to create and add literally any textures, sounds, airplanes and instrument panels that you want. You're also able to edit the aircraft which are included with the install, making it easier for the community to learn to and to create new aircraft.
Before wrapping this up, here's a video which gives you an idea of the graphics; it's centered on the Boeing 747.
X-Plane is licensed as Shareware for the Windows operating system / platform from simulation games and can be used as a free trial until the trial period ends (after an unspecified number of days). The X-Plane 10 demo is available to all software users as a free download with potential restrictions and is not necessarily the download of the full version.
Compatibility with this software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version may be available from Laminar Research.
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