Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Best PC Flight Simulator - What Makes them Great?

Best PC Flight Simulator Hunt

What Am I Looking For, Exactly?

I've been a mad flight simulator fan since the early nineties when I first discovered the awesome rush that comes from conquering a challenge within a video game that you initially thought was near-impossible. If you've ever played a game - even if you're not a 'gamer'- I'm certain that you know the feeling I'm attempting to describe. 

It's that unrivalled surge of adrenaline when you feel that the success which has alluded you for so long is within your grasp. Despite trying and failing repeated in the past, glory is finally achievable and in your sights. You've learned from your mistakes, honed your craft and put in countless hours of practice. Then, finally, you reach that virtual finish line, you grab hold of that elusive goal and the experience is almost surreal.

Sound familiar? Well, that's the feeling I first experience when I was around 14 years old and I landed my first domestic plane, successfully and safely on one of the best pc flight simulator games of the era.

Needless to say, I've savoured that experience and it's with those memories in mind that I get so frustrated watching the current gaming generation blindly handing over their money to developers whom are trotting out title after title which are not only laughably simple but take a maximum of 5 or 6 hours to complete!

A great game should have replay value through the roof. You shouldn't want to put it down. You shouldn't want to go to school or work or to meet your girlfriend's parents. Naturally, as functioning members of society these little obligations must be met, yet my overall point is that a sensationally designed game needs to grab you with all its force and not let you go. This level of immersion is created through difficulty, through challenge and it's sorely lacking in today's gaming landscape.

This frustration at cookie-cooker, simple games has prompted me to create this blog and, I hope, that it may also inspire you to look beyond the stock-standard shooters that are on the shelf of your local gaming store or on the front page of Steam. 

After years of less-than-desirable flight simulation games being released, I've come across a title which I have been playing for around 4 months straight now. It has one of the most realistic engines I've ever come across, enough aircraft to keep me busy and in the air - literally for years - and was cheaper to buy than 2 console games I was also considering at the time. I've begun a mission to bring flight simulation games back to the forefront of gaming, to introduce the genre to a generation who otherwise would know no better and to uncover THE best flight simulator for PC.

Thank you for coming aboard my blog. Please fasten your seatbelt and I hope you enjoy the ride!

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