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2002's version of Microsoft's long running series of non-combat, commercial flight simulators. The game uses a completely new 3D graphics engine which features photorealistic terrain as well as some nifty effects like jet contrails, volumetric clouds and a completely 3D virtual cockpit for each of the 12 planes in the game (which include the new Cessna 208 Caravan Floatplane and Boeing 747-400).

Other additions come in the form of a database of over 21,000 world airports, downloadable real-time weather as well as an ATC (Air Traffic Control) module for realistic instrumental flying which is shared by all the AI pilots.

Screenshots

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 Windows The Display Settings allows the player to set the level of detail on planes & scenery separately. This screen shot shows some of the available screen resolutions
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 Windows Another scenic flight. This time approaching the Grand Canyon
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 Windows This is the start of the first lesson - Straight & Level Flight. The instructors give a running commentary about the controls, the meaning of various dials, and the scenery
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 Windows Flying in the Grand Canyon at high resolution. The change of resolution was made in-game without any need to reload or restart

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Alternate Titles

  • "模擬飛行 2002" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "模拟飞行2002" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002: La référence de la simulation de vol" -- French tag-lined title
  • "Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002: Ein realistisches Flugerlebnis" -- German tag-lined title
  • "Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002: As Real As It Gets" -- Tag-lined title

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Critic Reviews

GameSpot Nov 07, 2001 9.3 out of 10 93
GamingExcellence Apr 15, 2002 9.1 out of 10 91
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 2002 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Gamezilla Jan 05, 2002 87 out of 100 87
4Players.de Dec 04, 2001 81 out of 100 81
Gamesmania.de Dec 10, 2001 81 out of 100 81
Gamezone (Germany) Nov 09, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Super Play (Sweden) Dec, 2001 8 out of 10 80
PC Games (Germany) Dec, 2001 76 out of 100 76
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2001 75 out of 100 75

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Trivia

Multiplayer

If you're bored with flying alone with Flight Simulator's ATC, you can connect to the internet using special software, and fly with real, human controllers.

Related Web Sites

  • Flight Simulator Dome (Hundreds of addon planes, scenery and more to download, Updated daily.)
  • FS2002 Preview (An early preview of the then upcoming Flight Simulator 2002. The interview is undated, but probably published in September 2001.)
Zovni (10666) added Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 (Windows) on Jan 31, 2002