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While all of this will make seasoned pilots feel right at home, this sim may overwhelm the casual armchair aviator. Fly II's quick-start documentation is good, but unlocking the game's full potential requires at least a passing familiarity with FAA terminology and regulations—or the willingness to learn. Trust us, it's worth the effort. Fly II is one of the finest noncombat flight sims available for the Mac or any platform.
Fly! II delivers what players of Fly! and Fly! 2K want: ultra-realistic modeling of real-world aircraft. However, the cost may outweigh the benefits for owners of all but the newest G4’s. Furthermore, the sluggish user interface and absence of much of the former’s real-world scenery detract from its value.
Fly! II is sure to be appreciated by flight fanatics, but its steep learning curve and hefty requirements will certainly alienate most casual gamers.
All in all, Fly II has a lot of potential. However, most of it's incredible features come balanced by an equally bad, if not worse, problem. In the end, the sum of problems outweight the good features. If TRI can eradicate many of the bugs, and if MacSoft can find a way to improve the performance on lower bracket machines, this would be a great game. For now, I cannot recommend Fly II unless you have a powerful Mac. If only the performance problems where solved, I'd be willing to overlook many of the smaller problems. I really, really want to like this game. It has all the "right stuff". It's panels make the sim the closest to real flying you'd get short of renting a professional simulator. But all these cool things are inaccessible due to terminally bad performance on all but the newest Macs.