X-Plane 10 Global is the latest version of a simulator that has been in development continuously for almost 20 years. This latest version of X-Plane 10 brings numerous improvements and enhancements for PC, Mac and Linux virtual pilots, unleashing the power of modern systems with its 64 bit processing and multi-core support.
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Release Date: Jul 14, 2014

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“I am, however, going to tell you that in my personal and professional opinion, there is no software on the planet that can touch X-Plane 10 for realism, in regards to a simulator you can have at home. Huge multi-national, multi-billion dollar corporations like Cessna and government agencies such as NASA use X-Plane in their simulators.”
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“X-Plane 10 is a huge simulation and I think I have only managed to graze the top of the entire program and from what I have seen I do like X-Plane 10 and I will continue to use it in the future and throughout its development life.”

“...However, X-Plane 10, is looks and feels to me hugely impressive, particularly with respect to a realistic impression of flying and the representation of almost the entire world and the sky environment.”
PC Flight, Issue March 2012

World’s Most Advanced Flight Simulator

X-Plane 10 is the only flight simulation software available on Steam that meets the specification requirements from the Federal Aviation Administration for inclusion as part of an FAA approved simulator. For more information on the software and hardware requirements for FAA approval visit the X-Plane Pro website at: http://www.x-plane.com/pro/landing/

X-Plane 10 is much more than just a game. “It’s what real pilots fly!”

Default Scenery

Having installed the software via Steam you only have the main simulator as well as the Seattle region. More scenery has been divided into various free and optional DLCs. Installation of said DLCs is quite simple and is done very fast. -> Guide

We did that because of the huge download size. There are still many many customers out there with a slow internet connection.

About This Game

X-Plane 10 Global is the latest version of a simulator that has been in development continuously for almost 20 years. This latest version of X-Plane 10 brings numerous improvements and enhancements for PC, Mac and Linux virtual pilots, unleashing the power of modern systems with its 64 bit processing and multi-core support.

Designed to be the most flexible flight simulator it has a fully open structure that allows the enthusiast to change every part. With thousands of compatible add-ons there is no kind of flying craft that is not simulated and there is a whole world to explore.

Boasting a 20 year old pedigree, X-Plane utilizes Incredible cloudscapes to bring the sky to life whilst the ground depicts real-world roads, cities, towns and more to ensure the most realistic flying experience possible. The completely new rendering engine shows the world around you in high detail and with global illumination so lights behave like real lights.

The core is a virtual wind tunnel that creates the most realistic flight modeling available on a desktop. Equally capable of simulating every type of aircraft, the virtual pilot is able to experience the challenges of flying big airliners or tiny ultra-light aircraft. The realism of X-Plane 10 Global is proven by the fact that X-Plane is used as a certified training tool. Each aircraft flies just as it should, from the glider to the Space Shuttle!

Air Traffic Control will guide you from startup to shut-down and also controls the other aircraft around you. Those other aircraft are not robotic as they are in other simulators, but they interact with the world in the same way as your own aircraft does. They will fight the same cross winds and turbulence as you encounter, they will need more runway to stop when the weather conditions are not favorable. Just like real pilots do, you will watch their take-off to be prepared for what your take-off will be like. It’s still simulated but it gets very close to real aviation!

X-Plane 10 Global is built with the future in mind and makes full use of the hardware in your system. If you own a fast multi-core machine you will be able to simulate more aircraft around you and see more details but even with a moderate machine X-Plane 10 Global is capable of displaying a tremendous amount of objects without slowing down.


  • Super accurate flight characteristics using a virtual wind tunnel
  • Includes 30 aircraft, from gliders to the Space Shuttle
  • Online flying with other virtual pilots
  • Air Traffic Control actually controls the other aircraft around you
  • Accurate terrain, roads and more
  • Global ‘Plausible World’ auto generated scenery
  • New rendering engine with innovative global lighting
  • 64 Bit optimized
  • Totally flexible and extendable with thousands of existing add-ons (and many more to come)
  • Includes super-detailed scenery for Nice (LFMN), Paderborn-Lippstadt (EDLP) and Faro (LPFR)
  • printed “Quick Start Guide” included

Default Scenery

Having installed the software via Steam you only have the main simulator as well as the Seattle region. More scenery has been divided into various free and optional DLCs. Installation of said DLCs is quite simple and is done very fast. -> Guide

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: Dual Core, 2.5 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: with at least 500 MB of VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 80 GB available space
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 3 GHz, multi-core CPU (or, even better, multiple processors)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: with 2 GB of on-board, dedicated VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 80 GB available space
    • OS: OS X version 10.6.8 or later
    • Processor: Dual Core, 2.5 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: with at least 500 MB of VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 80 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: X-Plane 10 does not support PowerPC-based Macs, or versions of OS X prior to 10.6.8.
    • OS: OS X version 10.6.8 or later
    • Processor: 3 GHz, multi-core CPU (or, even better, multiple processors)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: with 2 GB of on-board, dedicated VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 80 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: X-Plane 10 does not support PowerPC-based Macs, or versions of OS X prior to 10.6.8.
    • OS: Linux Ubuntu 12.04LTS or compatible
    • Processor: Dual Core, 2.5 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: with at least 500 MB of VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 80 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: please note that you must install the proprietary Nvidia or AMD drivers. X-Plane will not run using Gallium or Mesa open-source drivers
    • OS: Linux Ubuntu 12.04LTS or compatible
    • Processor: 3 GHz, multi-core CPU (or, even better, multiple processors)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: with 2 GB of on-board, dedicated VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 80 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: please note that you must install the proprietary Nvidia or AMD drivers. X-Plane will not run using Gallium or Mesa open-source drivers
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232 of 253 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
346.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
In many of the negative reviews of X-plane there seems to be a mismatch between the reviewers expectations and what X-plane is. If you're looking for aerial combat you'll be far better served by DCS World. Flight simulation whether you go FSX, P3D or X-plane is more hobby than a computer game. If you were going to get into model railways you may start with a small basic train set. If the bug bites, you soon want to add switches, scenery and new locomotives and stock. That's what x-plane is; a flight simulator starter set.

You get a couple of basic aircraft, a sky and a barren planet (inhabited by only deer and birds). X-plane does itself a disservice with most of the included aircraft as they are far from representative of quality of aircraft that are available. X-plane's clouds are stonefish ugly.
All the main simulators have pro's and con's. X-plane's smaller community is very committed and self reliant and there is a smorgasbord of freely available utilities and addon scenery. Some of which are pretty damn awesome considering they are free. You can get a very decent simulator experience with freeware alone. For sure, you will not minutely scratch the surface unless you're prepared to research and learn.

Personally I'd recommend budgeting for an addon aircraft in addition to X-plane. I'd suggest a Carenado HD aircraft, not because there aren't other worthy aircraft, just that if you are starting into X-plane, Carenado are consistently high quality and you're less likely buy something disappointing. If you want to go a bit further, Skymaxx Pro will fix X-plane's underwhelming skies.

Flight simulators may bore your socks off but they may also change your life. X-plane is a starting point for a hobby that may be with you for years.
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145 of 155 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Ok, so i have to weigh in on this debate between what sims are the best.
Firstly, about me, I am a real life pilot, and hold FAA and EASA commercial pilot licences (USA and European), and i am a gamer.

About the game: its not a game. its a flight simulation software. do not buy if you are looking for a
"fun game to mess around on and earn steam acheivments etc etc", nor will it teach you how to fly planes or anything of the sort. there is no arcade mode, there are no leaderboards, there are no charachter perks etc.

About the flight simulation programme: I first had my taste of flying a plane on Microsoft Flight Simulator 95 (or 98, i forget) on a crappy little PC with a keyboard and mouse. as i grew up and my interest grew and flight sims developed, i hopped from flight sim to flight sim and i have played ALOT of different ones, and in my proffesional training, i have even used things like lockheed martin's Prepar3D flight simulator with full 737 and A320 cockpit mock ups. For home simming, i dont think anything beats XP10 though. I will be drawing comparisons in my review with 1 other game which this is often compared to - FSX (Microsoft Flight Simulator X/10) (im not even going to compare against "Microsoft Flight", that sim was pathetic....)

The differences

FSX is a flight simulator, and a game in one package. it can both teach you how to fly a plane (atleast the basics) and give you fun missions to complete and rewards you with in game acheivments. It also is able to replicate, rather well, realistic flight dynamics and aircraft performance. however, i feel that FSX is a bit more buggy, alot less "modable" (free 3rd party aircraft were difficult to install in my opinion) and it feels a bit outdated.

XP10 is, i have to admit, a little less user friendly. the menus and interface do not seem as polished etc, but boy is there alot you can do. Free 3rd party aircraft are relatively easy to install, a multitude of plugins exist that you can download, such as ground vehicle tows to push your aircraft back from the stands etc and there just seems to be alot more freedom in the game.
Carrier landings for example. Xplane 10, it was very long winded, very procedural, and a bit tedious if you "just wanted to have a go at planting the damn plane on a deck". and with only the F18 to chose from, it was a bit bland. with XP10, even though the scenario would be unrealistic, i can just load a boeing 747 and click "land on a carrier" and try landing a jumbo on a nimitz carrier.
Weather is very customizable, and can download real time actual weather with a click of a button which is pretty cool.
Loads more stock aircraft to chose from
loads of different scenarios (i believe you can fly on mars if you wanted, that is atleast true of my experience on XP7,8 and 9 so i assume its on 10 too)
You can try and bring down a space shuttle from orbit, and many other things that FSX just cant do with the base programme.

Yes there are issues, yes some of the stock 3D cockpits are a bit naff and not done properly, but i have never really found it such a big deal. and if you want the true realism, be it on FSX or XP10, you wont fly stock aircraft anyway, you would go and buy 3rd party aircraft by proffesional 3rd party Devs that make accurate models and cockpits etc.

you WILL need a joystick and rudder pedals, or at the minimum, a joystick with twist function for rudders. you can play with just a mouse, but lets be honest, that sucks. FSX you can play with a keyboard, but even then, joystick set up rules.

so overall, what would i buy? both. i have both. i use them for totally different things. i use FSX and 3rd party payware aircraft and payware photo scenery to practice VFR aircraft navigation, and i use XP10 to practice aircraft procedures and general handling and flying, or to test myself in all sorts of different aircraft in different scenarious, like finding myself in a middle of thunderstorm in the middle of nowhere with various system failures.

again, i would stress, XP10 is NOT a game. it features "weapons", where FSX does not, but these are only for novelty value. they do not replicate the actual fire control systems or anything like that. This is a flight sim that enthusiasts or proffesionals can use.

If you are looking to buy your first flight sim or you want to learn how fly a plane, go and buy FSX
If you are looking for a world war 2 realistic flight sim where you can fire guns and down planes, go and get IL2 Sturmovik 1946 or Wings of Prey
If you are looking for a arcade combat flight sim, Tom Clancy's Hawx
If you are looking for a realistic combat flight sim with modern fighters, get Lock On
if you are looking for a simulator to practice advanced things on, or experiment, or design your own creations and fly them (basic engineering knowledge required or willing to take the time to research how plane maker works), then this is the sim for you.

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188 of 289 people (65%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
This is a great engine! Stable and very well made, the problem is... You are just buying the engine with a couple of mediocre airplane models, which only a couple of them have a virtual cockpit. (which are horribly detailed) If interested in having a decent simulation experience, be prepared to buy a couple of airports (at least $20 each) and some aircraft (same, at least $20 each but expecto around $80 for a real good one.)

If you are planning on playing this game stock, I recommend FSX, much much better experience stock. If you got the $$$, go for it! XP10 is a great engine! And with the right investments you will enjoy it deeply. Though I kind of rather play FSX on VATSIM loaded with ORBX and REX, with my PMDG 737 or 777, or the extremely well detailed A2A aircrafts. But that's just me.

Really wanted to like this sim, I was really bummed :c
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44 of 60 people (73%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
This is not a game!
It is considered to be simulation software. And good at that as well. It has many add-ons available (MS Flight sim x probably has more though) and the flying experience is good.

I have my pilots license and the handling of the planes comes close to the real thing. At least if you have good gear attached to your pc (I just have the logitech G940). I think it' s a little bit better than MS flight sim (but comparable).

It runs quite smooth on my machine although my graphics is a little older (GTX550 TI OC). I can't run it at ultra/max settings obviously because of my card.

It is new and still being cared after by the developers and modding community.

Can give a nice view with the right choosen add-ons (scenery/mesh especially).

I looked up my local airfield(where I fly) and fair enough it exists. But, that's about it too. Radio communication is way off from what normally is and I see big jets taxiing. I'm not sure if they even manage to take off (~800m runway max).

That the radio communications aren't correct is something I can understand. But jets taxiing on a local airfield is just plain wrong. Devs, please fix that! It's annoying!

Price, yep it is expensive.

Force feedback support. Or lack thereof actually. I did manage to get it working (but with additional add-ons).

Other thoughts:
Setting it up isn't too bad. You can install it and fly pretty fast. You'll want to install 3rd party mods after your first flight though. And that will take some time and bandwidth if you're downloading scenery. Yep it's a big game, but I think it's worth the trouble to actually sit for a moment and set things up the way you want them.

There are probably some other things wrong with the sim. I'll probably discover those when flying some more. And maybe those will get fixed anyway. It looks good and flying is great. IF you're into flying than this might be something for you. Otherwise you might want to think twice.
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52 of 91 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
I was really looking up for this simulator, and even though its not really a bad one the fact that there are so few airplanes and no airports whatsoever pretty much ruins it, you have to either buy them apart or look for a free one (if at all) that is probably not going to be very good, they would probably say something like this game being a "professional simulator" to compensate the price and having to buy airports apart but they don't understand that if they are selling it to company (which they do) then maybe they can charge whatever they feel like, if selling it to regular individual customers they should deliver a complete product for the standard price, but instead do whatever they can to squeeze every penny we have out of us, but I guess that's the trend lately. :(
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
58.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Warning to the average Steam player . . . This is not a game . . . It is a simulation. I do not recommend for the jump in and go type. I like this game alot for its simulation value. X-Plane has a very advanced engine for aircraft simulation and for someone who likes realism . . . this is the air sim for you. If you like checklists prior to taking off . . . this is the game for you. If you like to jump in and go with no thought then don't waste your time with this sim. On the other hand if you want to learn how to fly a plane well enough to consider getting your PPL then download this gem and start learning!
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
I bought MS Flight Sim X and was somewhat disappointed in the graphics (understatement), so then when I saw this on sale for 50% off I jumped on it. The graphics are definitely much better as well as the realistic feel of the simulation. Trying it out, I started at a random airport in Texas and flew up to Green Bay, WI. Once I was in Wisconsin I recognized where I was without even having to look at the map! Granted I haven't spent too many hours with this yet, but I'm already definitely satisfied with this game.
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15 of 24 people (63%) found this review helpful
44.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Recommend it would be nice if X- Plane included basic detailed airports as some buildings are missing.
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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
128.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
X-Plane : Right out of the box (as it were) the 64 bit version beats hands down in speed and looks FSX. FSX looks dated (it is) and needs a significant cost investment to bring the ground textures up to some reasonable level. Still, no matter your system performance will suck if you intend to crank up the textures. Now first big minus in XPlane - NO SEASONAL TEXTURES!. Go ahead, fly in Europe in winter. Look - summer textures,lol. So you'll need to get a program for this huge deficiency.

There is a growing body of payware for X-Plane and some fabulous planes such as the 777. Also the payware scenery, though nowhere near FSX is starting to provide the necessary content to bring realism.

But here is the HUGE NEGATIVE of X-Plane: AI traffic addons and ATC. ATC in FSX provides immediate access to the communication settings re Tower, Clearance etc. for each airport. Not so in X Plane where you're guessing where they are. After you figure out how to enter your flightplan you're sitting there with nothing. Better find out what those numbers are!As far as AI traffic programs - there is one populating AI traffic program World Traffic for X-Plane and it does a poor job. Suffice it to say it is not even worth getting as it is not even in the league for what is for FSX. FSX however, has Ultimate Traffic, MyTraffic, Traffic 360 - all superb AI traffic programs which bring life to your airports. In combination with the P'poor ATC implementation you will be left wanting. If anyone in X-Plane ever brings these up to FSX standard then X-Plane will shine for sure. Right now, it is a huge MINUS. It's been stated for example, that this is serious flightsimming in some reviews. Really? Ok you are limited in how much AI traffic populates your airports. Secondly, you will have to scour for planes that can serve as AI planes characteristic for those airports, download them and insert them into X-Plane. And good luck implementing any kind of real world traffic schedules and real world traffic. How realistic is it landing on empty airports? FSX has AI traffic programs which populate the airports and easily implement real world traffic and traffic schedules. There is zero realism in X-Plane except for flying the plane itself and the outside graphics. Big deal. Any quality time with this sim is severely limited. So in fact it is the opposite of FSX in terms of realism.

I'd recommend MCE Multi-Crew for ATC voice communication - that will set you back about $65 Can. though but it implements voice communication with ATC.

Another minus is the counterintuitive process to set up your joystick, pedals etc. Bloated menu system is a mess.

Another negative: AIRPORTS. Huge database for FSX right out of the box. In X-Plane you're left to land on thousands of empty pavements. Realism? You are left scouring again for freeware and I assure you the conflicts which arise when you install them is unnending. This sim has been around for some time. The fact this has never been addressed right out of the box is a joke but more in that here we are years later and you're left doing it yourself in large part except for what was included in this Steam release. Big deal. This however, pails in comparison to the poor plane AI and ATC.

Unfortunately, without a capable ATC and a comparable AI Traffic program to FSX I cannot recommend this program except for VFR flying and unrealistic flight simming generally. Shame because one would have thought, by now, someone would have stepped forward with an Ultimate Traffic, MyTraffic, Traffic 360 type addon. This issue can't be overstated. It just is an ESSENTIAL aspect to the flight simming world not cured by the above noted program or the resident AI program. Who will step forward?
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
The top proper flight-sim.

CAVEAT EMPTOR: this is a purchase that should be considered only for hardcore flightsim fans.

You're looking at $60 starting and you should really consider payware stuff, as well. In additon, the GA offerings are wonderfully modeled, but the military stuff isn't.
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16 of 28 people (57%) found this review helpful
41.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
This is THE simulator to get if you want to do any realistic flight training!

Having a real good flight model affected by weather and spectacular visuals it is perfect for running any scenario that needs perfecting. Don't expect a walkthrough or missions, this is all about flying and it's up to each pilot to set it up for the purpose in mind.

Be sure to check out all the modifications and extenstions that can be added, the obvious source for that is forums.x-plane.org. I would start with reading a forum thread on which addons to get. Carenados DLC aircraft is also really good and is a must to have over the included aircraft, which are quiet basic in comparison.

All in all, this is the best simulator out there right now, and it's growing to fill the gap after FSX.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
43.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
I'm running the STEAM version of X-Plane 10. My Rig is an AMD FX 600 6 Core processor 3.50 Ghz boosted to 3.80 (Corsair Liquid cooled); EVGA GT 740 4Gb Graphics card; 12Gb (3x4Bg Corsair Vengeance) RAM.
Until I was given some STEAM games vouchers for Xmas I was 'flying' Microsoft FSX Gold Edition, with add-on buy=ware helicopters, as well as add-on scenery, and was pretty well happy with it. However, since buying the STEAM X-Plane 10 I very rarely fly FSX at all now. Maybe it's the novelty of having a change from FSX or it could be that I generally prefer the features and realism that X-Plane 10 gives. I'm not fully sure yet as it's still early days for me but I intend to stick with X-Plane for the forseable future at least.
I don't want to knock FSX too much though as, once you are able to tweak the cfg file correctly & eventually find the right settings for your own pc rig it 'flies' pretty well, and with certain add-on scenery it can look pretty damn good too.
Likiewise with X-plane 10, I'm still learning how to get the best perfomance for my own pc spec, but I do like the fact that all of the 'trial and error' spec changes can be made in-game from the more than comprehensive settings options. One problem I do have at the moment is low frame rates. I use a 32 inch HD tv as my monitor, but tend to have to drop the in game screen resolution from 1920 x 1080 down to 1280 x 720 to get decent frame rates ie (20 Fps+). But that's something I'm prepared to put up with. for the time being at least.
Overall, after downloading a purchased add-on Bell 407 helicopter, I'm spending most of my personal free time flying the Bell 407. Great fun and great realsim & would recommend.
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11 of 19 people (58%) found this review helpful
120.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
This is a flight SIMULATOR NOT A GAME! You may need some time to set it up but one you get the game going, it's great, especially with 3rd party addons. One major item I reccomend is PilotEdge addon.
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11 of 19 people (58%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Not bad, it's pretty good, needs more addons for world wide scenery, missing local landmarks in Sydney, obviously only those familliar with the area would notice. Hope they update scenery soon, although it's very good with what there is.The simulator is enjoyable, if you're a flight sim fan. Needs AI air traffic for more realism, perhaps it does, I just haven't found how to get it yet?
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
X-Plane is an excellent flight simulator with a great deal of potential, and in it's current state, it is absolutely worth purchasing depending on the type of flying you're interested in.

Out of the box, it is lacking seasonal textures, and upper-level weather. However, easy to install mods are available for both, including Winter_Package for seasonal textures, and XPGFS for upper-level weather. Wind transitions are fairly smooth, however cloud transitions are less so. Add-on weather engines are currently in development.

Terrain graphics are excellent, and upgradeable with free mods, and paid add-ons. Airport scenery is generally complete as far as runways and taxiways, but buildings are frequently missing. This can also be rectified by downloading free scenery mods, and using the WED tool available from X-Plane's website, it is easy to build your own.

X-Plane is in active development.

Included aircraft vary from terrible to okay, however this is normal for flight simulators. Add-on aircraft are very good.

Before buying X-Plane, FSX, or even P3D it's important to understand that all simulators are underfeatured out of the box, and add-ons, generally paid are needed to reach the sims full potential. The base simulator can generally be considered one part of the simulator 'system'.

That said, with one paid add-on(a Carenado aircraft), and a few free ones, X-Plane surpasses FSX for GA flying, and with an improved weather engine and more add-on airliners will surpass FSX for airliners as well.

Don't buy add-on aircraft off steam, insteady buy from a flight sim website(x-plane.org, for example), or direct from the developer(carenado.com , for example). Better support from the developer is available this way, as is a larger variety of aircraft. Most add-ons aren't available on steam, both for FSX and X-Plane. FSX in particular has a great deal of excellent add-ons, none of which are on steam.

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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
197.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
X-plane 10 is a powerful engine in which one should install their payware aircraft into. The sim is well optimized and graphically pleasing. X-Plane is easy to mod and customize. For a serious sim pilot payware is a must because the default aircraft are poor quality. To have to full experience one should be prepared to spend additional funds on payware.
There ane many airports, cities, and regions which one can download for free. I Would suggest downloading your favourite airports to add to the immersion.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
300.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
I love it and am addicted to it.

Under setting->rendering

Put number of roads to something higher.
(You get more roads where they exist in the real world)

Put number of objects to something higher.
(You will get *generic* boxes (buildings) at those roads)

Put detail distance to medium.

Unclick compress textures.
Put texture to high.

In the beginning I found the planes cockpits to be fuzzy.
Some really are fuzzy or they are meant to be used with 2d cockpits.
But mostly it was because by default the texture-settings where set low and where compressed

I also lacked filled road networks and buildings.
I didn't see the roads I was accustomed to.
The data is there for the roads. You just need to crank them up or only major highways will be shown.
The cities look like gray patches by default Both the roads and object setting changes this.

Quite a few of the stock planes are ugly.
I would recommend the two-engine general-aviation plane Baron)

Things I like to do with X-plane.
Find interesting mountain-chains to fly around.
The topology is from the real world and it generates a *plausable* looking world on the fly.

Fly around my closest airport and see if I can find where my house would be on the road network ad by the rivers.

Make flightplans, read about north-atlantic routes, learn about standard departures and standard arrivals (SIDs and STARs).
Look up real world airports and their charts.

I like to plan plausable and *real* flight-plans that my preferred airline uses (SAS).

The world is pretty barren and the airplanes are as have been said, besides some smaller planes sub-par.
I've bought two planes and two helicopters. A Boeing 777. An Airbus A350 XWB. A Bell 407 helicopter. And a RR beta 2 helicoter that seems to be used in real training for helicopter pilots.

I would recommend looking to fill the mostly empty airports with building by downloading them from gateway.x-plane.com.

There is a lot of scenery and free add-ons.
Just search for scenery and x-plane.

Applications that I use for plight-planning:
* EFASS - it has real world weather-engine and a generator for weather that is plausable.
It has SIDs and STARs. And online connection.

As you fly your plane you can watch a sattelite-map where you would be in the real world.
(Not just the blocks and generic textures and objects that are in X-plane).

A great resource for free addons and forums and to buy planes is x-plane.org.

Remember. It is not a game that has a goal.
It gives you the tools to fly close to realistically all over the world.

It gives access to GPS, VORs, DMEs, NDBs to naviate with.

Even without EFASS you can use real weather and real time of day.
Or choose a weather and time of day.

There is a free demo to try out at x-plane.com.

* Realistically calculated flight-dynamics
* The whole world is covered with topological data
* Low intensity
* Educational
* There basic software is used together with a lot of other components for real flight training for the real world
* Terrain that is not cartoonie
* Can look beautiful
* Not just a game but a hobby

* Not one really detailed plane up to modern standards. I'd love to see at least one really deeply simulated GA aircraft and one deeply simulated and visually good looking airliner.
* The terrain is generated and not as in the real world unless you buy or get additional scenery
* It is quite taxing on the resources at high quality simulation and visuals (Mostly CPU but also GPU)
* Uses all cores
* Addicting (Just one more plane...) ;)
* Not an action-game at all. Unless doing perfect landings is your view of intensity
* The fighting features in it is old and arcade-like. It is mainly a civilian aircraft simulation.

All in all it has as many hours of entertainment as you want.
It focuses on realism.
You will probably want at least one payware plane of good quality.
Remember to up the rendering settings.
Look for your airports and download them.
Great community.
Taxing on your hardware.
A real simulator.
Not really a game but a hobby.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
A very nice game,

A lot of reviews say that you need a ''beast'' of a graphics card to run this game... in my opinion , yes you need a good gaming card but not a ''beast''.
I’m using the Asus GTX 570 (yes it's a gaming card but not the latest or fastest one around now…) and it works perfect, also in good or really good quality.
Also important is the need of a performant CPU to run this game nice and smoothly.

The appearance and gameplay of this game is more than just ok.
In the beginning it’s a little bit difficult to play this game and You should get used to it.

X plane is much more realistic than FSX, because it is so realistic you need to be a good pilot to take off and fly with one of the bigger planes like the Airbuses or one of the big Boeings.
For example; before taking off you must complete all pre-checks and start-up procedures just like in the real world.

Even the weather decides in which circumstances you’re flying.
If you fly in bad weather you need to be well enough trained to accomplish the requested route.
if you want full simulator experience with all DLC packages and if you want to play it In ultra-realistic mode, you need to spent some more money on it.

Also take note of the fact that you need a proper joystick to play the game smoothly because it’s hardly playable with only a keyboard.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
20.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
I'd like to review mostly the helicopter simulation in X-Plane since I used to have a JAA CPL(H)/IR(H) (helicopter licence) and for me this is the best simulation of helicopters out there, period. The only other that comes close is DCS World, but that's a military simulator.

I used X-Plane 9 to help with my instrument and procedure training and it was closer to the real thing than any other flight simulator out there and I've tried almost everything since the days of the 48Kb computers. From X-Plane 9, the 10 is an evolution with much better features and 64bit support.

Remember, this is a simulator, not a game. You may find it harder to control an helicopter in X-Plane than in other "simulations" out there. If you prefer to experience the real handling of such aircraft, X-Plane is for you, just be prepared to crash a lot while learning, otherwise go for other easier titles.

I like to think that X-Plane is much more a piloting simulator than a button pushing simulation, so smaller and more hands-on aircraft are preferable to big flying computers to really enjoy it, but that's probably just a matter of preference.

Some of the aircraft included in the base X-Plane are old and poorly designed, as is most of the world scenario, but you can find a lot of freeware online. Some of the payware is also nice but it's a pity that only a fraction is in the Steam DLC, maybe some option by the publisher, Aerosoft.

As a downside I believe X-Plane Steam integration leaves a lot to be desired. Laminar Research just took a lazy approach to publishing on Steam and there isn't even correct Steam Overlay integration and neither the much wanted Steam Workshop.

IMHO, X-Plane is the best civilian flight simulator out there and it's still evolving.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
As a simulator it's really good and compared to Flight Simulator, there's access to way more plane controls thru knobs and levers on the panel.

The quality on graphics varies some though, while some things have been done with lots of attention, like the plane models, things like knobs and switches on the panel/dashboard are only 2D images.

The flight setup makes you select your plane from a treeview menu full of folders, it works but a normal list and preview would've been better imo.

You get to choose from a nice variety of aircrafts though, from small Cessna planes to the 747, helicopters and a space shuttle.

Like in Flight Simulator, you can choose to sync the time with your computer and enable real-weather.

The standard scenery looks ok, but I think you'll have to buy scenery packs to get something really great on that part.

In terms of simulation, it seems like a good simulator, though some physics feel a bit off, like I was flying a 747-400 in chase view and tried to go extreme with the steering and it reacted like if it was made out of paper, with super quick responses that simply looked completely unnatural for a plane that size.

Is the game worth its pricetag?

Imo, its worth the -50% discounted price I bought it for and so I don't feel I overpayed.

Regarding price, you also need to take into account that all the DLCs (aircrafts and airports) comes at a cost equal to what you normally pay for a full game.

I guess the conclusion here is, that this game is for simulator fanatics who wants the best and most realistic simulation and to someone like that, it'll probably be plenty worth the full price.
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