Billed as the most realistic flight simulator on the market, the X-Plane series returns to PCs with X-Plane 8. Approved for certification by the FAA for Visual and Instrument Flight ratings, armchair pilots can not only design, build, and fly their own airplanes, but also create sceneries, design flight plans, and fly fantasy scenarios. Twenty-nine aircraft and a number of international airports are included. Features include full instrument panels, actual radio frequencies, manual or random failures, and much more. Pilots can also experience fantasy flights and high-risk scenarios such as Space Shuttle Orbiter missions, aircraft carrier landings and take-offs, flying on Mars, and combat missions.
Included in the package are programs that allow you to design your own creations: Plane-Maker, World-Maker, Airfoil-Maker, and the new Weather Briefer, which gives a weather briefing based on data downloaded from the Internet. X-Plane 8 is compatible with both Mac and PC, supports Internet and local network flights, and can be played in several languages (English, French, German, Portuguese, and more).
New features in version eight include non-repeating texture tiles, more systems-simulations and equipment-failure-simulations, new instruments, improved fonts, undulating runways, greater details shown when zooming in, accurate roadmaps and coastlines, new planes, and much more. ~ Chris Cavanaugh, All Game Guide