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5 stars

"A serious flight simulator!"

January 20, 2015

 |  Version: FlightGear


- it is free as in beer, you can get it without paying a cent!
- it is free as in speech, as it is an open source project, developed by the community to the community
- if you don't find a feature you like, you can request it to the developers or help to implement yourself
- it is in constant development, new releases are being added all the time (a new version 3.4 will be release in Feburary 2015)
- makes use of 64-bit (as opposed to "certain" other civilian sims)
- the graphics are getting better and better with each release. The current version has some amazing effects when the Atmospheric Light Scattering is turned on, the sky colours are incredible realistic
- very lightweight on computer resources, can run really well in older machines and notebooks.
- a wide range of airplanes, some of which are fantastic (the Cessna 337, Robin DR400 and Boeing 777 are absolutely fantastic!)
- the weather system is fantastic!


- some aspects of the graphics are still behind the current generation of games, particularly the scenery (too many straight lines and simple polygons). That said, there has been some real improvements in this regard.
- fancier graphic options can be a bit buggy (Rembrandt mode doesn't work well with my computer, and Atmospheric Light Scattering causes some flickering in the menus - but remembering that both are still not fully implemented. Hopefully both will improve in version 3.4)
- some aircraft are not as detailed as others. The default Cessna 172, for instance, does not have the best 3D cockpit in FlightGear.
- the menus and the GUI could be much better


Get it, try it and support it. It's free after all, and you shouldn't even be bothering reading a review when you can simply test it by yourself!

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Full Specifications

What's new in version
Version improved modularization, performance, reduced memory occupancy, and Internationalization.
Publisher FlightGear
Publisher web site
Release Date February 17, 2013
Date Added August 16, 2013
Category Games
Subcategory Simulation
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 706.29MB
File Name Setup FlightGear
Total Downloads 34,567
Downloads Last Week 41
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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