Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000
It was Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 that got me invested in this series. While it may have been surpassed by later games, I will always have a major soft spot for this title. At the time it was released, it was a huge step forward for the franchise. So much so that many people were pretty mad as this game required a very powerful PC to not just play it, but play it so that the framerate did not stutter all over the place.
The Life Of A Pilot
The first thing that I want to talk about is the main single-player mode and that is the career mode. This mode is fantastic and you have many different options at your disposal here. You can pilot a jumbo jet as you take people all over the world on their vacations and business trips. Or, you may get stuck with a certain scenario such as having to fly through a dangerous thunderstorm. There are a ton of different missions for you to do in the career mode and I really liked how Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 kept things fresh by making there be a lot of variety to them.
Learning To Fly
As is the case with all games in this series, the learning curve here is very steep. I played the game with the keyboard and was able to do fine. However, I highly recommend that you play the tutorial first. This is pretty fun and it does a good job of teaching you how the game actually works. It may take a while to get it down, but once you do, you have it for life and can probably then jump into any other game in the series.
I will say that playing with the keyboard is fine, but if you want the real deal experience one of those very expensive flight sticks is the way to go! There is also a free play mode which allows you to get into the cockpit of one of the many types of plane that the game has and just fly from point a to point b. This is the mode I like to play when I am in the mood to just screw around with the game.
Would You Look At That Airport!
A few of the major things that they added in to Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 are first of all a ton more airports all over the world. There are lost more cities to fly over and there are also these amazing dynamic weather effects as well. The whole game has been given a real shot in the arm in the visual department and I remember at the time it was released we had a very respectable PC, but when there was a lot of stuff on the screen, it would chug along a bit.
The sound effects have always been a strong point of this series and this game sounds fantastic. They had to have recorded tons of hours of actual footage from real airports as it all sounds very realistic.
I know that these types of games are not for everyone, but I do feel that Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 is one of the best out of the earlier games in this franchise. It was a game I spent a great deal of time with back in the day and I must say that it holds up pretty well today. Some people may wonder what all the fuss is about in terms of the visuals, but I still feel the game looks pretty damn good.
- Lots of different aircraft to fly
- There are tons of airports
- The career mode is very addictive
- I liked the way the tutorial made learning to fly fun
- It is a game that demands some real skill and dedication from the player
- Like the other games, this one has a steep learning curve
- In some places, the framerate can stutter a bit
Processor: PC compatible,
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode