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I recently purchased a flight simulator/game and I thought that I'd tell you guys a bit about it.
X-Plane 9 is an ultra-realistic flight simulator developed by Laminar Research. There are thirty flyable planes, plus you can create your own using the plane maker tool or download user made planes off of the internet. The game comes with over 60 gigabytes off global scenery, allowing you to fly anywhere in the entire world and experience it in extreme detail. You can also design your own scenery. You can fly from hundreds of airports across the world, customize weather settings, and fly in different scenarios including airdrops, fighting forest fires, and landing on aircraft carriers.
I *really* enjoyed this game. It was a little hard to get the hang of the controls, but it is quite amazing what the game can do after you become more experienced. It was a little cumbersome flying with the mouse, so I decided to purchase a USB joystick. That really made flying easier and more fun. The 60 GB of scenery is spread across 6 DVDs. Yes, 6. Only one of them needs to be installed for the game to work though (it includes the game and the U.S. scenery), the rest are optional. I would highly recommend this game to any flight buffs out there, X-Plane 9 is a great simulator with extreme realism and flexibility. It doesn't lag too much either (if you have a reasonable video card and don't go crazy with the graphics settings)!
You can find out more about X-Plane 9 here!