Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A dead genre

There is a myth among mainstream players and game journalists that flight simulators doesn't exist anymore, so I've decided to make a list of flight simulators that are still alive, have active communities, and work on modern computers. I've included simulators in development too.

Some of these games (forgive me purists) are quite old and theirs visual side shows it's age. I'm going to make short reviews of these flight simulators in upcoming months, describe their features, show screenshots, give links to communities, modifications and 3rd party addons.

Here's a list. Quite long for a dead genre, isn't it?

Civilian simulations:

Microsoft Flight Simulator 9/X
X-Plane 9
Flight Gear
Condor: The Competition Soaring Simulator
Lockheed Martin Prepar3d

Modern combat simulations:

Lock On: Modern Air Combat/Flaming Cliffs
Digital Combat Simulator: A-10C Warthog
Falcon 4 (Allied Force, BMS4, Free Falcon 5)
Strike Fighters 2 series
Total Air War
Jane's F/A-18

Vintage combat simulations:

Il2 Sturmovik: 1946
Il2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover
Rise of Flight
Battle of Britain: Wings of Victory
Combat Flight Simulator 3
B-17 Flying Fortress The Mighty Eight

Helicopter combat simulations:

Digital Combat Simulator: Black Shark
Enemy Engaged

Space simulations:

Space Shuttle Mission Simulator

In development:

Combat Helo
Jet Thunder
X-Plane 10
Microsoft Flight
Take On: Helicopters
Space Shuttle Mission Simulator 2
Fighter Ops