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Top 5 Flight Simulator Games for PC
Video games are all about fantasy. Not the fantasy genre, but the idea of experiencing things that are out of the ordinary. In video games, we can be a soldier fighting in World War II, a sports athlete trying to win it all, or even a farmer just happy to cultivate the land.
But while we crave fantasy in video games, we also want the games to be as realistic as possible. For first-person shooters, everything (gun models, bullet drop, and ragdoll physics) has to feel authentic.
The same holds true for flight simulator games. The best flight sims offer an experience that is as close to flying a real Boeing 747 or an Icon A5 as possible.
Are you ready to fly? Here are five of the best flight sim games for the PC.
1. IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946
There is a reason why this game sits at the top of the Metacritic list of flight simulator games. This is a compilation release of the IL-2 Sturmovik series that started in 2001.
Don’t let the age of the game discourage you from playing this sim. While there are products out there with better physics and graphics, this classic combat flight sim is still a favorite of hardcore pilot gamers.
The content is massive. There are 229 flyable aircraft and nine exclusive campaigns with 200 missions. The maps are well-detailed and cover all of the major engagement zones in WWII.
The multiplayer community, while not as active as in its heyday, is still one of the best with new members eager to participate in the 32-player dogfight mode.
2. X-Plane 11
X-Plane 11 is the successor to the critically-acclaimed X-Plane 10. While the X-Plane 10 has been touted as probably the most realistic flight simulator for PC, X-Plane 11 is the new shiny. It is 64 bit with an improved graphics engine that looks pretty out of the box.
With the free Ortho4XP photographic package, the scenery is well above the competition.
New features include simulated system failures and a new weather modeling system. Enhance your pilot education with this realistic flight sim.
3. Microsoft Flight Simulator X (Steam Edition)
The Microsoft Flight Simulator series started way back in 1982. It is the longest-running flight simulator series of games and possibly the longest-running PC game series of all time.
Flight Simulator X (FSX) is the last of the series published by Microsoft in 2006. In 2014, Dovetail games acquired the rights to FSX. They re-released it as Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition in 2015.
With the new release, they added a Steam online multiplayer mode, new aircraft, and revamped textures.
The word ‘free’ is magical to any consumer. FlightGear is free software, open-source, and available to Windows, Mac, and Linux users.
Free doesn’t mean that it compromises on quality. There are over 400 aircraft that you can add to the core program. It also features accurate sky models, landscapes, and variable lighting and scenery.
5. Digital Combat Simulator World
This is another free-to-play title but with more focus on air combat. The free aircraft included are the Sukhoi Su-25T and the TF-51D Mustang. Additional aircraft can be purchased as digital add-ons.
The best feature of this title is the Mission Editor. This lets you customize missions for your own unique campaign and scenario.
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