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apuneger
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Should I Buy FS2002 Or Stick With FS98?

Thu Nov 22, 2001 8:32 am

Hi,

For the moment, I'm still running FS98. A couple of years ago, when MS released FS2000, I was soooo dissapointed by the system requirements. Although they claimed that it would work great on my system (P II MMX 350mHz, 128SDRAM, 32mB NVidia TNT2 Ultra), it sucked. Frame rates were sooooo low, so I decided not to buy it (yes, I first tried a copy of a friend).

Now, two years later, MS releases FS2002. today, I went to a local shop, and what did I read on the package: 'system requirements: PII, 300mHz, 64mB RAM, 8mN graphic card accelerator'.

My question: Is this true? Will I get acceptable framerates on my computer, or should I just stick to FS98 (which runs just fine, with all the installed add-ons)? Is FS2002 less demanding then FS2000?

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RE: Should I Buy FS2002 Or Stick With FS98?

Thu Nov 22, 2001 9:45 am

I would surely go with FS2002. I had the same thing as you with running 98. 98 stinks compared to FS2002. The graphics are great and the airplanes are more useable and sound more real.

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RE: Should I Buy FS2002 Or Stick With FS98?

Thu Nov 22, 2001 12:47 pm

FS2002 runs faster on my computer with all the graphics MAXED out, then FS2000 ever did...... I can't really remember all the way back to FS98.... but i'd say go for it
 
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RE: Should I Buy FS2002 Or Stick With FS98?

Fri Nov 23, 2001 6:11 am

Thanks for the comments, you guys...

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RE: Should I Buy FS2002 Or Stick With FS98?

Sun Nov 25, 2001 11:52 pm

The rule of thumb I have with Microsoft Games is to not buy one unless my computer runs at least twice as fast as the requirements on the box.

That seems to work pretty well.

That does not apply to work programs like MS Office. Those are usually pretty believable.
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RE: Should I Buy FS2002 Or Stick With FS98?

Tue Nov 27, 2001 7:47 am

Greetings:

Unless you have a Pentium or Athlon 800 or higher and 256mb don't waste your money. You can run it on slower computers but you really can't take advantage of the great graphics. Flightsim.com has great section about FS2002 and their recommendations on running it, check it out.

Thanx
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RE: Should I Buy FS2002 Or Stick With FS98?

Tue Nov 27, 2001 8:04 am

YOu can try X-Plane, the graphics are great and it runs smooth on my 533mhz, Voodoo3 system.
 
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RE: Should I Buy FS2002 Or Stick With FS98?

Mon Dec 03, 2001 12:51 am

Thanks for the comments.

I guess I'll stick with FS98 for the time being. I think it runs pretty well. The graphics aren't compareable with FS2002, but I'd rather have low graphics 25FPS then ultra-realistic 5FPS, right?

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RE: Should I Buy FS2002 Or Stick With FS98?

Thu Dec 06, 2001 5:35 am

FS2002 might run fine on a PII 350 if you run it in lowest resolution with low detail settings. FS2002 has it's faults, but FS98 is old and smells of pee.
 
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RE: Should I Buy FS2002 Or Stick With FS98?

Sat Dec 08, 2001 2:30 am

I bought the FS2000 and be disappointed on the magitude of the improvement. I think FS 2002 will delight you, because it is worth to invest on a new game every 4 years
 
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RE: Should I Buy FS2002 Or Stick With FS98?

Sun Dec 09, 2001 11:30 am

There is no comparison - 2002
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RE: Should I Buy FS2002 Or Stick With FS98?

Mon Dec 10, 2001 7:22 pm

Those are the minimum reguirements. When you put the scenery on low it will give you good frame rates put there are a lot of detailes missing. When you want more detail you need at least 256Ram and a Pentium III. So I would stick to FS98 if I had such a computer
 
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RE: Should I Buy FS2002 Or Stick With FS98?

Wed Dec 12, 2001 4:10 am

Thx Eham06!

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FS2002

Wed Dec 12, 2001 1:43 pm

Go for FS2002! I have a lowly Celeron 600 190MB and GeForce 2 64mb graphics card and it runs well, with graphics and atc setting set at about medium with autogen at normal. FS98 is no comparison! The only time I get crappy framerates is when I fly into a high resolution airport or city or I fly a downloaded plane that has high rez textures. FS2000 worked fine too (and that was before I updated from 64mb to 190mb and got the graphics card) Here is some pictures from both sims:






I suggest you get more ram if you do decide to get FS2002. But another good alternative like YKA suggest is get X-Plane. It's a pretty neat program-I got it myself!

Cheers,

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RE: Should I Buy FS2002 Or Stick With FS98?

Wed Dec 12, 2001 2:01 pm

It's me again, I noticed the pictures don't show up. Sorry for the inconvience but you can get to the pictures by right clicking the pictures and under properties you will find the url to the page. It might take a while too load on slower connections.

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RE: Should I Buy FS2002 Or Stick With FS98?

Wed Dec 12, 2001 8:25 pm

Hi all

I have been a flight simmer since FS 95 was released.

FS98 is a great program but after getting FS2000 I was pretty pi**** off. The game was bad and did not run the way I wanted.

Now that I have FS2002 I am pretty happy and would advise you to go get it. I run a PII 400MHz PC and it runs pretty well on that.

Regards

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RE: Should I Buy FS2002 Or Stick With FS98?

Wed Dec 12, 2001 11:42 pm

Granite:

You forgot to mention the amount of RAM you have on your system, as well as your video card...

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RE: Should I Buy FS2002 Or Stick With FS98?

Fri Dec 14, 2001 10:31 pm

Hi

Sorry............256MB RAM and 64MB on the graphics card.

Regards

Gary Watt
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RE: Should I Buy FS2002 Or Stick With FS98?

Sat Dec 15, 2001 12:34 am

Apuneger:

Please get FS2002. I am currently running FS98 too, and I can't wait to install my FS2002. However I'm out of hard drive space on my computer so I'm saving money to buy a third hard drive for my comp.

Here's what you can expect for FS2002, based on what I have read from customers on Flightsim.com, airliners.net, and other sources:

Lower FPS than FS98, but MUCH smoother. That is, 10fps will LOOK and FEEL like 25FPS. Because in FS98, have you noticed that in detailed scenery areas, teh frames "jump"? That is, instead of a smooth transition at lower frame rates, the aircraft and scenery jerk.

Well that's gone in FS2002, smooth as a baby's bottm.  Big grin

Graphics are great, even if you only have the sliders on halfway. In FS2000, when I had it, I can to set the sliders back, and only the ground immediately beneath my aircraft had texture!! In FS2002 you can get away with more texture, and less drop in frame rates.

Autogen scenery: MEans less load on your computer. Autogen is a huge step up from the scenery in FS98 and FS2000, in that not every feature has been specifically placed, and created, rather, you have a set of standard objects that pop up in their respective places, all over the globe. What does this mean? It means the same building could be used in several cities at a time, instead oa specific building for a specific city, whcih uses up time and space to load, and makes the scenery complex. Autogen usues simple defaults, but don't think that "default" means crap, these defaults are unlike anything you've seen. Take a look for yourself.

Also, there's a new mesh terrain generator, more advanced than FS2000, and less taxing on frame rates.

Sound quality has improved, and the "landable water" is gone. That is, if you land an airline rin the water, it sinks, it doesn't just sit there like in FS2000 and 98.

Waves, yep, there's moving waves in the water. Fly over a lake at very low altitude, and your wake turbulence will stir up waves.

Lighting is back, rain is too, and the clouds are even more realistic than FS2000 clouds, perhaps the best yet. And also, as always, less taxing on frame rates.

So what does all this add up to?

Well, if you're getting 25FPS in FS98, you'll get 25FPS(smoother) in FS2002, plus alot, lot, LOT more.

Please go get FS2002, you will not regret it.

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