Microsoft Flight Simulator X

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None of the FS98 reviews I can find on the Web, mention The Pixie. He was about so high, wore a beautifully tailored flight suit, and sat atop your monitor or desk while you flew. Every so often he'd hold up a little sign emblazoned with the words 'Fancy a forage?' The first couple of times you might manage to ignore him, but at least once an evening you'd usually find yourself nodding in affirmation. You did indeed fancy a forage.

Microsoft Flight beta starts next month

Microsoft Flight beta starts next month

Flight Simulator replacement ready for take off.

An invite only beta for Flight Simulator replacement Microsoft Flight starts in January 2012.

Microsoft has set up a registration page for those interested in getting involved.

A release date for the full version of the game hasn't been confirmed but a 2012 launch seems likely.

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Flight Simulator X

Flight Simulator X

High drama, low framerates.

FSX is far too big and far too detailed a game to be reviewed by just one person so, with the help of EG's resident medium (Madame Muerto) I've enlisted the assistance of some famous dead aviators. Charles Lindbergh, the first man to fly solo non-stop across the Atlantic, is going to be covering fixed-wing aircraft for me. Amy 'Sweetcheeks' Johnson, Britain's most important aviatrix, will be looking at scenery. Manfred von Richthofen, the infamous Red Baron, has kindly agreed to cast his expert monocle over missions, and Stringfellow Hawke, that bloke out of crap eighties chopper show Blue Thunder, will be analysing helicopters and everything else. Me? I might insert the odd ill-informed observation now and again, and add a trite summing-up paragraph at the end. Possibly. If I can be arsed. Right, let's get going. Stringfellow, give the good readers a little FS background.

"I was in Airwolf not Blue Thunder, and technically I'm not actually dead."

Whatever. Just get on with it.

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Flight Simulator X demo

Five hour queue though.

Microsoft has released a playable demo of Flight Simulator X, giving you the chance to get to grips with a fraction of the full game's 24,000 airports and countless planes. Good day for it too.

Flight Simulator X details

Flight Simulator X details

And spanky new screenshots.

Microsoft has released more details of Flight Simulator X, the latest instalment in the hit PC series.

According to Microsoft, FSX is "the most revolutionary addition to the Flight Simulator franchise yet". The game is designed to make the most of Windows Vista (although it'll work with other operating systems just fine) and the very latest hardware, and MS says many of the new features have been developed following requests from fans.

We're promised a huge range of aircraft, many of which will be tied to specific missions. Microsoft also says it will be easier to download extra aircraft designed by Flight Simulator community members, and with a bit of luck you should be able to fly aircraft from FS 2004 in the new game.

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