This Virtual Pilot 3D Games site is your one stop guide to everything related to flight simulator games and accessories. In addition, my Virtual Pilot 3D review will take a deeper look at the features of the 2012 edition of this best selling airplane game. I will walk you through the available aircraft, in game scenery, flight plans, the airport options, flight controls and available bonus items.
Select An Aircraft:
Getting started with this game, you are taken to a screen where you can choose from some 200 models of aircraft varying from old classics to newer modern planes. Alternatively, you can select different models of gliders and helicopters. Once you have made your choice you then need to choose a flight plan.
Choose A Flight Plan:
First of all you need to be aware that Virtual Pilot 3D comes in two versions. The Standard Pack and the Deluxe Pack. The standard pack only comes with scenery from around San Francisco. So your flight plan is limited to flying over the San Francisco bay area with scenery such as the Golden Gate Bridge.
The Deluxe pack costs a little more but is a lot more comprehensive and value for money as it includes the add on world scenery pack containing a wide range of flight plans and scenery from all around the globe. With the deluxe pack, you can fly to every continent and visit all the major cities in the world. I would recommend the deluxe pack if you have the budget.
Since the standard pack of Virtual Pilot 3D only gives you the option to fly around the San Francisco area then you are subsequently only able to take off and land in San Francisco. If you bough the Deluxe pack you are able to visit major cities and land your aircraft at different major airports which currently numbers at some 20,000. So you can take off in Milan, have a stop over in Milan before flying to your final destination airport in New York.
Flight Controls and Cockpit:
Now, we are probably getting ahead of ourselves here because before you begin planning a journey, you need to learn how to fly an aircraft and this means starting with the cockpit and getting familiar with the flight controls and environmental indicators. You will learn how to maneuver an aircraft while on the ground and also in the air and also understand and perform take off and landing procedures. Getting used to the cockpit also involves learning what the various lights of the flight indicators, such as oxygen, oil and fuel, are telling you.
Virtual Pilot 3D has been created to be as life like as possible and the makers have ensured that you experience a wide variety of environmental conditions each time you take a journey. So at times you will experience stormy weather with very little visibility, while at other times the skies will be bright and sunny with very good visibility.
This is part of what makes this game very realistic. You learn to adapt to varying weather conditions which enhances your flight experience and also makes you learn to be a better pilot because nothing stays the same and you are always having to adapt your flying to these changes.
That is not all because Virtual Pilot 3D also includes a virtual passage of time which mirrors real life. So you may take off at night and land at day time. If you fly across international time zones then ProFlight will change the time to reflect this fact. This is another reason why I like the attention to detail you get in this game.
Unlike other flight simulator games, VirtualPilot3D comes with a 60 day risk free money back guarantee, meaning you can return the game and get your money back if you are not happy with it. In addition, the game is upgraded free of charge with new aircraft and scenery each year. So you no longer have to keep buying the latest version when a new version is released into the market. You can also build your own scenery using the Interactive Scenery Designer.
Getting The Game:
You cannot buy the game from a retail outlet or store. At present, VirtualPilot3D can only be ordered from the vendors official website. Once purchased from the vendors website, you will be sent lo-gin and download instructions in an email (always double check your Junk mail folder in case the email is in there). The message usually arrives instantly but can take up to 10 minutes to arrive.
All you then need to do is click on the link to download the game to your PC or MAC. (Note in currently is not compatible with eReader devices such as an iPad, Kindle or Android device). The game comes already configured to run on your computer so you can get started straight away using the short cut keys to play the game, or ideally using multiple monitors and Flight Control sticks and pedals to get a more authentic flying experience.
If you are new to flight simulator games then be aware that it is not the kind of game where you learn everything in a single day. It is meant to be as close to actually flying a real aircraft so plenty of practice is required to master the game.I would recommend Virtual Pilot 3D for any flight simulator games addict. It has many realistic features and an extensive combination of aircraft, airports and flight plans.