Ever since the first PC’s were incorporated with 3D technology, developers across the world strove to produce the ultimate flight sim. Fortunately, competition within the genre is, more often than not, most beneficial to the consumer. Companies such as Microsoft and Just Flight battling for gamers’ wallets often leads to the production of better games. Microsoft already has a good reputation with these types of games. But a little known company that goes by the name of Laminar Research has given the opposition some competition in the form of X-Plane for PC.
For the first time in the history of the genre, it would seem that Laminar Research has achieved the impossible – perfection. First of all, X-Plane is an extremely comprehensive game, provided you have good Internet capabilities. There are over forty aircraft included in the game, as well as thousands of landscapes covering most of the world. But there are hundreds more assets to X-Plane freely available for download on the Internet. You are able to land and take off from up 7000 of the world’s greatest airports, including Honk Kong International and Amsterdam’s congested Schipol airport. Most importantly, the handling mechanics of each and every plane are amazing, even with keyboard controls. An unexpected but necessary feature has also been included – damage. This is one of the features that make X-Plane as great as it is, although random faults in the plane you are flying can prove extremely frustrating.
To date, this is the best you’re gonna get. Enough said.