A Combat Flight Simulator in Europe

When considering the wars that are most significant to our planet’s history, World Wars I & II would have to be at the top of the list. Because they were fought overseas, combat flight simulator Europe is one the most sought after games in the industry. Imagine flying a military plane during that time period and living to talk about it.

Very few flight simulation software packages offer actual air-to-air combat. In fact, even though many people are fascinated by the events of the World Wars, you will have trouble finding simulation software that lets you fight it out in the sky.

One issue for software programs that do allow air battle is that the realism is diminished for the sake of gaming playability. Noncombat flight simulation software is so lifelike, you won’t be sure if it is live or Memorex.

In the future, a combat flight simulator in Europe and many other locations will be a possibility. But for now, gamers that love the feeling of realistic flight will have to settle for options that, although they aren’t battling it out, are full of potentially thousands of scenarios for hours of adventure.

Many flight simulation programs include a host of combat-type aircraft for indulging in the war-time fantasy. In fact, an example of an aircraft from that time period is the Sopwith Camel.

This plane was designed by British aircraft designer Thomas Sopwith, and it was not advanced into the Western Front of WWI until 1917. By shooting down 1,294 enemy aircraft, it had the reputation of being one the most successful fighter planes of the war.

On the other side, the German Fokker Dr.1 Triplane, which was developed by government mandate in response to the British Sopwith Camel, came into the European forefront in 1917 with a distinguished but short career. It was very maneuverable but not fast enough to elude the enemy. It also had other issues including a small, cramped cockpit that provided little protection for the pilot.

These classic fighter planes create a type of addiction to flight simulation. Some of the high-tech craft such as the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star and the MiG-15 fit the bill for a pilot’s need for speed in today’s flight sim games, but combat flight simulator in Europe still offers intrigue for retro plane enthusiasts to create mock battles and missions of a time gone by.

You can choose to fly in formation and decide which routes to fly, and when or where to take off and land. If you like to be daring, you can perform aerial stunts and even practice landing on an aircraft carrier. Even though it isn’t quite the same as combat flight simulator Europe, it still simulates a controlled crash!

Some flight simulation software are open source, meaning that there is a huge group of really intelligent computer fanatics working on making the realism better all the time. Eventually, a combat flight simulator in Europe will probably be an option.

Factors in Choosing a Golf Simulator – Software

Maybe the most important factor in choosing the right golf simulator for you is the software.

Software:

o Game Play:
There are several different options to consider here. How many courses are available? How many courses come with the base unit? How many of the courses are renditions of real courses? Are the courses computer based images (3D) or is it a picture based images (2D)? What I would suggest looking for here is: The number of courses which suits your needs, there is no reason to pay for 50 courses if you are only going to play 10. It takes a long time to get board playing a course on a good golf simulator. The major problem with a picture based system, is you can only play your shot from where there has been a picture taken. So if you hit the ball into the rough or out of bounds and there has not been a photo taken of that area, you will be atomically taken back to your previous shot with a one stroke penalty. Now for a PGA player this might not be a big deal but for the rest of us, who do hit the ball into the rough, it makes for a very slow and very frustrating round of golf.

o The Latest and Greatest Software:
There are a few companies who have released new software this year (2009). The new software adds cool new features to the game play. New features include variable weather options, time of day options. Now you can play your round of golf in the afternoon with a stiff breeze which is constantly changing as you play your round, watch the sky darken as your round nears nightfall. As you play your favorite round on the cost, see the waves move in and out on the surf, hear the waves crash along the coastline. With the new software you will also notice the true to life fairway and greens. When you hit a drive the ball should roll with the slope of the course. Beware, there are some simulators on the market, when you hit a ball it will only go straight and will not follow the slope of the course. If you are looking for the most realistic round of simulated golf this is a must feature and one to not over look.

o Number of Golfers:
One feature which is important for all applications is the number of golfer who can play at one time. All simulators will allow one golfer to shoot their shot one at a time. But there are some simulators out there which limits to the total players to just two or four golfers per round. I have found in commercial applications it is best to have up to eight players per round. This makes tournaments and leagues much easier to manage and drive revenues for your business.

o Swing Analysis
Swing analysis software is the most important tool for people who want to use their simulator as a training instrument. A good swing analyzer will enable you to do club fitting as well as dissect a customer’s swing to determine problem areas. But again some simulators have this software built in and others offer it as an add-on which is not compatible the simulator software and can cost upwards of $15,000. What really makes a swing analyzer a useful tool is the information and feedback it provides. Features to look for are club speed, launch angle, ball speed, club and ball path and spin. Many of the variables which will determine what type of swing analyzer will come with your simulator will depend on the simulator’s sensor technology. This and more will be discussed in the article dedicated to the topic of “Sensor Technology”.

The software you choose will have a major outcome on the overall performance and playability of your simulator. There are also two more articles on the topic of “Three Main Factors in Choosing a Golf Simulator” Please feel free to contact me through the website, if you have any questions on golf simulator software.

The Ideal Flight Simulator Game And What To Avoid At All Costs

If you don’t a have a license to fly a plane but would like to experience the world from the perspective of a pilot, then playing a flight simulator game is your best option and you don’t even have to leave home. Today’s airplane simulator games employ high quality graphics that mimic real life situations. If it wasn’t for the absence of inertial forces, which are expensive if not impossible to simulate, one could easily convince oneself that they are flying a real aircraft.

The gamer is situated inside a cockpit of realistic design and dimensions. The control panel contains the same instrumentation as the cockpits of real planes. Missions and scenarios on the ground and in the air are borrowed from real life.

The point is to control a plane in the sky and on the runway, like a real pilot. Routine activities during flight include paying attention to readings such as velocity, altitude and turbulence and optimizing the flight based on those. Before landing, the descent angle must be correct and the landing gear in order. Compliance with instructions from the control towers is one of the rules.

Airplane simulator games are by no means limited to commercial flying.

Combat missions during war allow a gamer to experience what it’s like to be a fighter pilot, shooting down planes and bombing targets. A gamut of weapons is available, not limited to missiles, bombs and guns. Due to the nature of aerial combat, fighter pilot missions are usually the most challenging.

Free flight airplane missions are also available. The make it possible to fly around the globe and to remote locations, fly through the clouds during a storm, see different cities from different altitudes and perspectives and even fly beyond the earth’s atmosphere into outer space. Such missions are unstructured and have exploration as their theme.

Daredevil missions are another category. They involve stunts like loops, nose dives and other difficult maneuvers that one typically sees during air shows. The gamer, of course, is required to accomplish all those without crashing the plane. A flight simulator game with stunt missions are known to invoke the most intense adrenaline rush.

Before choosing a flight simulator game, ensure that system requirements are met, otherwise it will run slow.

Look for airplane games that have missions of interest to you. Some games feature thousands of missions. But a few excellent missions are better than thousands of mediocre ones. Flight simulator games that allow you to create your own custom missions are more desirable.

How realistic it is, is by far the most important attribute of a flight simulator game. The view from the cockpit should resemble that of a real plane. 3D capabilities are preferable. Special effects like velocity and acceleration are must have’s. If the game does not feel realistic it will bore the player quickly and you don’t want this to happen to you.