TranStar From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 525 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (14 years 4 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 686 times:
Well, I know that Microsoft is coming out with the 2000 version, so maybe it will be better. I have to agree I do not like the MS Flight Simulator as much as the Sierra ProPilot. Although the MS product allows you to fly more aircraft, the ProPilot 99 seems (at least to me with my minimal hours of flying Cessnas) to be the most realistic. However, I would recommend that if you buy this product, upgrade your computer with at least a Pentiun II (I have a Pentium III), plus a Graphic Accelerator Card with 3DFX capability, plus a very large monitor won't hurt either.
Also, I hope that you have a decent joystick or yoke w or w/o pedals.
The program allows you to fly a Cessna 172 and 172P, a Beecraft Bonanza, a Beecraft two-engine, a King Air and a Citation Jet.
It has really great view featuers which allow you to observe the aircraft from outside from all, and I mean all directinos and distances, and allows you to aa 360 turn view from the cockpit. The clouds and features are very realistic (not like the MS 98).
Again, however, if you don't have the graphics accelerator card, it won't work and will not be a big improvement over MS FS 98. If you buy ProPilot, buy the card!
DL 604 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (14 years 4 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 674 times:
The new MS FS2000 is supposed to be the most realistic yet. I do not like Sierra ProPilot USA/98, which I have. The game is rather boring when you want to fly a 747 transatlantic when all you go is little planes and no scenery outside the continental US. I like FS 98 better than FS5.1. I currently have FS98, FS5.1 and Sierra ProPilot. I uninstalled ProPilot. Does anyone want it? Just kidding. I am saving my money for FS2000, and I suggest you do the same. It is supposed to have better graphics than ProPilot, better instrument panels and will be more user-friendly. Plus, it will have rain effects and if you land on a wet runway you will see a "splash" effect. Really the best simulator yet. Plus you get a wider range of default aircraft. The game costs $54.95 and is scheduled for release in October. Get it.
The screenshots and the video are AMAZING! I recommend you watch the video, they have actual thunder and lightning. It's designed with the Pentium III processor in mind, but a Pentium II works great... The Boeing 777-300 and the BA Concorde will be the new planes in the lineup. There is also a Professional Edition coming out, with more planes and other programs. The price for the Standard Edition is estimated at $59.99. Professional Edition will be about $79.99. But the scenery is getting better (16-bit textures) and there will be 30,000 airports... I can't wait!!! Estimated release date October 1999.
Stlbham From United States of America, joined May 1999, 443 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (14 years 4 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 658 times:
According to the Microsoft web site, it won't be out until November. They must have delayed it to work out the bugs. BTW, where is the video. I couldnt find it on the Microsoft site. I would love to see it.
Ual1636 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (14 years 4 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 655 times:
I just bought the newest flight sim out, called FLY! It is very realistic with scenery around the world. Detailed scenery in NYC, Chicago and some other cities. The aircraft are Cessna 172, piper malibi, beech king air, piper navajo, and the raytheon hawker. The clouds look very real. It has GPS on every aircraft. It also features the Capt and Fo panels on every plane. It also has realistic sectional charts that follow your plane in North America. Also when you taxi arrows appear on the tarmac to guide you to the runway. Hope this helps.
All aircraft, by the way, will be equipped with GPS's, and has the capability of downloading real-time weather off the Internet (good bye RealWeather, but that never worked for me anyway) and this weather is provided by Jeppesen (as are all the airport data for 30,000 airports), and you have the ability to set instruments, etc. to fail (emergencies in FS!) either specific instrument or a random attack.
It also looks like FlightPlanner will not be needed anymore. You can create ILS, VOR, and VFR flight plans. You can detail every last inch, like which jetways to use, and it calculates flight time, etc. It sounds like it's going to be great!
Falcon From Netherlands, joined Jun 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (14 years 4 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 652 times:
All that you talked about SOUNDS great, but I think that all microsoft can do is a collection of bugs and fs98 in the same package. The only thing that ever really changes is graphics, which are good enough now, at least for me. The weather is now possible to download from the net, nothing new, just made easy.
Instruments don't fail so often that it's needed to simulate their failures. How about taxiing then? It's unrealistic now, and I guess that it will be unrealistic in FS2000 also, you know, lazy programmers...
I think microsoft makes bad flight sims because it has the monopol in making them.
TranStar From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 525 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (14 years 4 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 647 times:
I'm sorry, but if you have the 3dFX graphics accelerator card and a huge monitor, Propilot is really good in terms of realism. Plus, it's a lot more userfriendly than MSFS 98/95 and has a great system of visual orientation of the aircraft, and good scenary.
Without the graphics accelerator card (Voodoo), Propilot 1999 (or is it 2000 I can't remember) is as worthless as MSFS 98/95. But with it it is great!
Henrik From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (14 years 4 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 641 times:
Ok guys! Thanks for your answers!
I hope someday that Graphic Simulations will release an alternative to all the sims mentioned above. I´m pretty sure you all have played the F/A-18 Korea (3Dfx). Still today the best combatsim there is.
Ual1636 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (14 years 4 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 641 times:
I also have FLY! At first i experienced a lot of bugs with it too, but i went out and bought a new video card than can handle it and it is great. Just go out and buy a new video card and its fantastic.