FLIGHT SIMULATOR X DELUXE
22 new aircraft
Fly one of 22 new aircraft, from the De Havilland DHC-2 Beaver floatplane and Grumman G-21A Goose to the AirCreation 582SL Ultralight and Maule M7-260C Orion with wheels and skis. You'll be amazed at the details, such as shaded rivets, reflective paint, and glint from glass and chrome. FSX Deluxe contains an Airbus for the first time with an accurate A321A! Fancy the glider in FS but can''t stand that there is no tow plane? FSX will also has that tow plane accurately represented with accurate tension modeling for realism.
55 detailed airports
The airport database has been upgraded and improved. FSX contains 24,000 airports internationally, with 1,200 being highly detailed due to their popularity. Each airport features artificial intelligence-controlled jetways, fuel trucks and moving baggage carts, allowing you to explore your hometown or venture to a favorite far-off city. The FSX design team emphasised their goal of expanding the realism seen in many of the stock North American airports to other parts of the world.
The sky has been greatly improved, with more realistic weather and graphics. Weather data was painstakingly collected from over 5,000 weather stations worldwide to accurately reproduce regional behavior. There are also five separate seasonal textures with 23 environmental zones that change depending on your specific location on the globe. This means not only will snow be on the ground in Montreal during the winter time, but you will only see appropriate foliage and vegetation on the ground as well. Rain effects have also improved - not only has the rain on the windshield improved during flight, but the glaze effects on roads and taxiways are impressive as well.
Also for the first time, star gazing/navigation will be possible. The FSX team has accurately placed over 10,000 stars in their correct locations. These stars will also be easy to see, considering the maximum viewing altitude has been increased to 18,000 miles high.
24 million roads have been accurately modeled in the FSX scenery database. Much of the ground elevation, roads and textures have been pulled from imaging collected from the space shuttle itself! On these roads, you will notice traffic for the first time. The effect is brilliant - not only will the vehicles move down the road, they will also change lanes and use signal indicators. At night, each vehicle has a pair of headlights and taillights. If you are flying over water, you will notice a complete new assortment of boats which follow their own accurate paths internationally. This means that you will be able to see oil tankers and cruise ships on those long Trans-Atlantic flights.
In addition, animals and their patterns will be represented in extraordinary detail. From giraffes and lions in Africa, to whales in the ocean, you can track each animal and its movements from the ground or the sky.
With more than 50 new missions to choose from, aviators can build their skill levels and engage in even more stimulating game play than before. Players can choose to compete in the Red Bull air race, land on a moving school bus, race a jet-propelled truck racer, rescue workers off an exploding oil rig, or bring relief materiel to the Congo, while being able to keep track of their progress on each mission. In addition to the mission layout and database being greatly improved, there are also rewards for good technique and goals achieved.
Through increased online gameplay capabilities, FSX offers players a connected world where they can choose whom they want to be, from air traffic controller to pilot or co-pilot, as they interact with other aviators around the globe by chatting in real time via headset and keyboard. The new "Shared Skies' capability enables two users to connect on separate computers to fly a single aircraft together. This has limitless simulation possibilities, and when you connect through the multiplayer mode, you can pass control of the airplane to each other. Instructors can also instruct trainees how to fly, while keeping a constant watch on the controls if anything goes wrong.