YS Flight Simulator
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Full user review
"Great flight sim for novices"
- Very easy to get started
- tons of aircraft to choose from (ADDONS!)
- many different maps
- runs on many low-spec computers
- graphics not as good as other flight sims
- relatively small userbase (but growing)
Overall, this is a great game. Though it may seem cartoonish and unrealistic, once you have some great addons in there this can be very fun to play. Unlike some other sims, you will be sure to max out the FPS on this game if you have a computer less than 3yrs old. And if you have an even older computer, you will get near-max FPS.
The addons in this game are amazing. They can range from commercial airliners like the 747 to fighter jets like the F-22. However, the game is not limited to modern day planes. There is a huge selection of WW2 and Cold War-era planes, and there is even the Wright brothers' plane! All of these aircraft are quite high quality. Addons are very easy to install, you just copy and paste and you are good to go (see ysfhq,com for a tutorial).
And that's just the aircraft addons. There are a ton of maps available for download, with ranging scenery from Japanese countryside to urban metropolis. There are also is a Grand Canyon map and various naval aviation maps.
All of these addons are made possible by the worldwide userbase this game offers. When you are flying on a server, it is quite common for you to meet someone that is not from the same country as you. The main fansites that are out there are YSFHQ.com and YSPilots.com. There is also a Japanese-speaking community, as this sim is very popular in Japan.
Some features of the game:
- multiplayer/online play
- air combat
- a variety of weather conditions
- a landing practice mode
This is a great sim for people getting started in flight sims or returning simmers. It is very easy to get started, and can be a very fun game for both "coffee breaks" and hardcore gaming (endurance mode). Don't let the graphics discourage you from the game; the gameplay far outweighs the graphical detail (but if you want more detail addons are available).
For more information on the game, and the community forums, I strongly encourage you to check out YSFHQ.com , where you can download addons and ask questions if you have any. The multiplayer serverlist is also located there.