Videogames can recreate golf, tennis and life at home, among other things, but the best simulations allow you to do things that you would not be able to do in the real world: driving a Formula 1 car or piloting a jet for example. Microsoft’s Flight Simulator Pro 2002 puts you in the pilot's seat of a selection of accurately modelled aircraft and lets you take to the skies. This game is designed for pilots by pilots
New to the 2002 version are new aircraft, enhanced cockpit views, and auto-generated scenery. Some of the new planes including the Cessna Caravan on floats, and the world’s world most recognised airliner, Boeing’s 747-400. The Cessna allows you to land on lakes, bays, and rivers, rather than the usual dry land.
The auto-generated scenery increases the detail level of cities and terrains as you fly closer to them. This technique reduces strain on the processor, as it no longer tries to fit all of the massive environments into RAM. If your PC is up to the 3D card challenge, Flight Simulator 2002 is easily one the most visually impressive flight sims currently available.
You are no longer alone in the skies. Air traffic control will clear you from taxi to take-off to landing. The ATC will respond to your requests in a realistic and convincing manner. There will be other aircraft surrounding your destination airport and can even get in your way.
The Professional edition includes tools that allow you to build your own aircraft, buildings and other 3D objects that can integrated into the game. The possibilities are endless.
These new features barely scratch the surface of the new additions. New planes, situations, and improved graphics all add up to make Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 the flight simulator to own.