James Price, an air traffic controller at Oakland airport, owns a flight simulator. Not a "buy a joystick and plug it into your computer" flight simulator.
In this clip from Giant Bomb, three experienced video game players try, and in a prolonged and constant state fail, to get off the ground in hardcore flight sim A-10C Warthog.
The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is the most successful mass produced light aircraft in history, yet it exists in a price range far beyond the reach of mortals. Its controls, however, can be yours for $450, courtesy of Mad Catz.
This is the T-45C "visual simulator" at the Naval Air Station in Kingsville, Texas. It makes my 50" plasma look like a Game & Watch.
The Ace Combat franchise generally has seen its jet combat supremacy unchallenged. Ubisoft changed this with its May 2009 release of Tom Clancy H.A.W.X. So it was time for change.
The prevalence of helicopters in Call of Duty: Black Ops could lead to uncontrollable cravings for a game that features only helicopters. Do these screens of Apache: Air Assault satisfy the craving?
It's been awhile since I've played a decent helicopter combat game, and there's no telling whether this will be decent, but Apache: Air Assault will most definitely be all about helicopters shooting it up.
Due out this fall, H.A.W.X. 2 looks like a perfect fit for fans of aerial combat. The question is, are there still enough of those fans around to support a big series like this?
Sure, Microsoft have killed off the primary developers of the Flight Simulator series, but that doesn't mean the end of the series. For one, Microsoft are committed to future releases. Then there's these guys.
Bad-ass US Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger recently completed the first successful water landing of a commercial aircraft in 45 years, touching down on the Hudson River. Now, you can relive the magic, via flight sim.
Here's a nice little surprise, I may not be able to write about my hands-on time with Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X. quite yet, but I can post these screens that Ubisoft just sent out. Hit the jump to read the full fictional history of High Altitude Warefare and the H.A.W.X. experimental squadron.