Whoa! I knew it wasn’t easy to fly a plane, but this was really hard! Even with the manual I was hardly able to complete the take off. I guess this is why I hate flight simulators (yup, I really do).
Still I have to say, that this one is quite good (I still don’t like it, but I can see the quality). The graphics are fine and the sounds… (Oh well, I didn’t say it’s perfect). To control it you’ll need both the keyboard and the mouse (or joystick), which is rather complicated at times. You’ll switch from the control to cursor with the right mouse button (so you control the horizontal and vertical movement with the mouse, as well as it serves as a mouse).
To play the game itself you’ll need to read the instruction carefully and definitely have a lot of training. The game offers you to take the duties of a full time Lufthansa pilot or to simply train (that’s the one until the passengers feel safe enough to stop wearing parachutes).
The game will ask you to configure your flight plan. You’ll need to input many details which are already given when taking missions (naturally, you train to be prepared for everything).
The choice of the airports is quite big, so you’ll be able to take off at many places and land on different airports, but don’t expect too much landscape changes. The only real changes between different airports are the colors of the grass surrounding the runway.
OK, once you prepare everything (set in the frequencies of the starting airport and the destination and choosing the navigational point) it’s time to start the take off. You’ll need to accelerate and get your huge Airbus to the runway first. Only then can you hope for a good take off (it’s not as easy as it sounds – at least it wasn’t for me, because I hate flight simulators, but I already said that). Once in air don’t forget to pull in the landing gear. You can set the autopilot, but it will only fly straight from how you left the controls (but that’s OK if you’re sure your course is good).
Luckily you can accelerate the game speed, so you don’t need to take the whole long flight (it can be quite uneventful and dull).
Upon landing you get to reverse the procedure of the take off, only that now much more is at stake. If something went wrong at take off, people simply got off the plane. If something goes wrong now, there’s a big chance nobody will every get off the plane. Enjoy the responsibility (although I guess it’s only for the real hard core fliers).
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