What: Microsoft® "Flight Simulator 2002"
Publisher: Microsoft Corp.
Developer: Microsoft Corp.
Availability: Fall 2001
Format: CD-ROM for Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows XP, Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 2000 operating system
"Microsoft® Flight Simulator 2002" Professional Edition is the revolutionary new version of Microsoft's highly realistic aviation simulation-the best-selling PC flight simulation ever produced. "Flight Simulator 2002" introduces many exciting features, including interactive air traffic control (ATC), auto-generated scenery, plus challenging new aircraft - even a floatplane - and stunning visual enhancements that truly make "Flight Simulator 2002" Professional Edition "As real as it gets."
- Experience interactive Air Traffic Control (ATC) - for the first
time, "Flight Simulator" includes realistic, interactive air traffic
control. Through pop-up menus and key commands, players ask for permission
to taxi, take off and land, plus request en route clearances and vectors
for instrument approaches. ATC responds with verbal instructions.
- Marvel at auto-generated scenery - when flying above cities, towns,
farmland, and dramatic landscapes, "Flight Simulator" automatically
adds buildings and vegetation appropriate to the terrain below. Office
buildings, factories, homes, farmhouses, and trees smoothly blend
in at the horizon and fill the area with detail that adds unprecedented
depth and reality to "Flight Simulator."
- Fly in crowded skies - while the auto-generated 3-D objects fill
in details below, a new artificial intelligence system generates air
traffic around and between airports.
- Experience stunning aircraft models and special effects- the new
aircraft in "Flight Simulator 2002" include amazing visual details
and subtle shading and lighting effects. Many special effects that
made "Combat Flight Simulator 2" so exciting are now in "Flight Simulator."
Players will see contrails from high-altitude jets, dramatic lighting
effects, and puffs of smoke from tires at touchdown.
- Fly new aircraft - "Flight Simulator 2002" includes the aircraft
users have requested most. Climb into the cockpit of the Boeing 747-400
jumbo jet and fly in real time across the ocean or fly a bush-pilot
adventure in the Cessna Caravan on amphibious floats. New players
can begin flying careers in the world's most popular trainer, the
Cessna 172S Skyhawk.
- Enhanced virtual cockpits - with a 3-D graphics card, players can
fly many "Flight Simulator" aircraft from a new perspective -- 3-D
cockpits with working instruments.
- Flight analysis - pilots work to improve their skills and enthusiasts
looking for new challenges and bragging rights can check the precision
of their flying. Maps and graphs show how well virtual pilots maintained
their course, altitude and speed. "Flight Simulator 2002" Professional
Edition also includes a multiplayer "instructor's station" for pilots
who want to take on anything that a wily instructor can throw at them.
- New lessons and challenging flights - the addition of a floatplane
and other aircraft opens many possibilities for engaging activities.
Players can be a bush pilot over Alaska, fly a 747, or earn an instrument
rating in the Cessna Skyhawk. New and expanded lessons and flights
help new players get into "Flight Simulator" for the first time while
challenging experienced "Flight Simulator" pilots.
- Included tools for add-on developers - "Flight Simulator 2002" features
gMax, a 3-D modeling tool from Discreet. Add-on developers can create
scenery objects using an industry-standard format. Also included is
a vastly improved Flight Dynamics Editor that makes modifying and
creating "Flight Simulator" aircraft much easier.