Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight

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Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight
Publisher(s)Microsoft
SeriesMicrosoft Flight Simulator
Release2003

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight is video game released in 2003, and is part of the Microsoft Flight Simulator video game series.

Gameplay[edit]

Flight simulation Cockpit view of an old style Boeing 707-320. For FS9 lots of free or low priced add-ons are available. Even more complex ones, this B707 includes five 2D operatable cockpit panels. This view is "Left seat" only
FS2004 (9.0) – Featured dynamic weather with three-dimensional clouds and improved graphics.

Flight Simulator 2004 (9.0): A Century of Flight, also known as FS9 or FS2004, was shipped with several historical aircraft such as the Wright Flyer, Ford Tri-Motor, and the Douglas DC-3 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight. The program included an improved weather engine, that provided true three-dimensional clouds and true localized weather conditions for the first time.[1] The engine also allowed users to download weather information from actual weather stations, allowing the simulator to synchronize the weather with the real world. Other enhancements from the previous version included better ATC communications, GPS equipment, interactive virtual cockpits, and more variety in autogen such as barns, street lights, silos, etc.

A service update (9.1) was released on 10 June 2004, that included over 160 bridges missing or wrongly displayed in the original version, with several other corrections and performance improvements.

Reception[edit]

Sales[edit]

According to The NPD Group, Flight Simulator 2004 was the 14th-best-selling computer game of 2003.[2] It claimed 18th and 17th places on NPD's annual computer game sales charts for 2004 and 2005, respectively.[3][4] Flight Simulator 2004 sold 670,000 copies and earned $26.8 million in the United States alone by August 2006. At the time, this led Edge to declare it the country's 19th-best-selling computer game, and best-selling Microsoft Flight Simulator title, released since January 2000.[5] The game also received a "Silver" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA),[6] indicating sales of at least 100,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[7]

All entries in the Microsoft Flight Simulator series released in the 2000s, including Flight Simulator 2004, reached combined sales of 3.1 million units in the United States by August 2006.[5]

Critical reviews[edit]

The editors of Computer Gaming World presented Flight Simulator 2004 with their 2003 "Flight Simulation of the Year" award. They wrote, "All the details fall together in FS2004: A Century of Flight, the first release in this venerable series that convincingly re-creates the entire flying experience."[8] It was also a nominee for PC Gamer US's 2003 "Best Simulation" award, although it lost to IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles. The editors called Flight Simulator 2004 "the best-looking and highest-flying collection of vintage and modern aircraft in this storied series".[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ T. Byrl Baker (28 July 2003). "Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight Review for PC". GameSpot. Retrieved 21 February 2011.
  2. ^ Essential Facts about the Computer and Video Game Industry: 2004 Sales, Demographics and Usage Data (PDF) (Report). Entertainment Software Association. May 12, 2004. p. 5. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 5, 2004.
  3. ^ Essential Facts about the Computer and Video Game Industry; 2005 Sales, Demographics and Usage Data (PDF) (Report). Entertainment Software Association. May 18, 2005. p. 5. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 4, 2005.
  4. ^ "Essential Facts about the Computer and Video Game Industry; 2006 Sales, Demographic and Usage Data" (PDF). Entertainment Software Association. May 10, 2006. p. 5. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 21, 2006.
  5. ^ a b Edge Staff (August 25, 2006). "The Top 100 PC Games of the 21st Century". Edge. Archived from the original on October 17, 2012.
  6. ^ "ELSPA Sales Awards: Silver". Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association. Archived from the original on February 21, 2009.
  7. ^ Caoili, Eric (November 26, 2008). "ELSPA: Wii Fit, Mario Kart Reach Diamond Status In UK". Gamasutra. Archived from the original on September 18, 2017.
  8. ^ Editors of CGW (March 2004). "Computer Gaming World's 2003 Games of the Year". Computer Gaming World (236): 57–60, 62–69.
  9. ^ Staff (March 2004). "The 10th Annual PC Gamer Awards". PC Gamer US. 11 (3): 38–40, 42, 44, 45.