If you don’t a have a license to fly a plane but would like to experience the world from the perspective of a pilot, then playing a flight simulator game is your best option and you don’t even have to leave home. Today’s airplane simulator games employ high quality graphics that mimic real life situations. If it wasn’t for the absence of inertial forces, which are expensive if not impossible to simulate, one could easily convince oneself that they are flying a real aircraft.
The gamer is situated inside a cockpit of realistic design and dimensions. The control panel contains the same instrumentation as the cockpits of real planes. Missions and scenarios on the ground and in the air are borrowed from real life.
The point is to control a plane in the sky and on the runway, like a real pilot. Routine activities during flight include paying attention to readings such as velocity, altitude and turbulence and optimizing the flight based on those. Before landing, the descent angle must be correct and the landing gear in order. Compliance with instructions from the control towers is one of the rules.
Airplane simulator games are by no means limited to commercial flying.
Combat missions during war allow a gamer to experience what it’s like to be a fighter pilot, shooting down planes and bombing targets. A gamut of weapons is available, not limited to missiles, bombs and guns. Due to the nature of aerial combat, fighter pilot missions are usually the most challenging.
Free flight airplane missions are also available. The make it possible to fly around the globe and to remote locations, fly through the clouds during a storm, see different cities from different altitudes and perspectives and even fly beyond the earth’s atmosphere into outer space. Such missions are unstructured and have exploration as their theme.
Daredevil missions are another category. They involve stunts like loops, nose dives and other difficult maneuvers that one typically sees during air shows. The gamer, of course, is required to accomplish all those without crashing the plane. A flight simulator game with stunt missions are known to invoke the most intense adrenaline rush.
Before choosing a flight simulator game, ensure that system requirements are met, otherwise it will run slow.
Look for airplane games that have missions of interest to you. Some games feature thousands of missions. But a few excellent missions are better than thousands of mediocre ones. Flight simulator games that allow you to create your own custom missions are more desirable.
How realistic it is, is by far the most important attribute of a flight simulator game. The view from the cockpit should resemble that of a real plane. 3D capabilities are preferable. Special effects like velocity and acceleration are must have’s. If the game does not feel realistic it will bore the player quickly and you don’t want this to happen to you.