Flight simulator video games run the gamut from fighting battles in World War II to transporting passengers on jet planes. Almost all periods of history are represented, whether it’s a historical plane included in a flight simulator or a themed game like WWII. You can fly anywhere with the add-ons available for some of the great video games that we’ve compiled here.
X Plane 10
This is our top pick because of all the creative possibilities it provides. You can manipulate system failures and weather conditions for some great, but also scary experiences. This game is one of the most realistic ones out there. Players can fly any plane they want and even make their own planes. X Plane 10 has everything from shuttles to gliders and allows players to change flight conditions, take off from hundreds of different airports, and play with different weights. You can also play with your friends thanks to its multiplayer functionality.
X-Plane 11 Global Flight Simulator
Gaming enthusiasts are sure to enjoy the 3D cockpits in this video game. You don’t need any gaming experience to learn to navigate immersive landscapes, thousands of airports, and realistic cities quite quickly. This flight simulator provides an authentic experience for fans of serious flight simulation.
Microsoft Flight Simulator X
Fly around the globe, create your own routes, and make your own airplanes. You can extend the gameplay of “Microsoft Flight Simulator” by buying add-ons created by third-party developers and downloading plane skins. With each new version, new cities and aircraft are added.
The software giant changed things up a bit this time around, adding mission-based play. This game is available in standard and deluxe editions. The latter comes with more planes, cities, and airports.
Lock On: Modern Air Combat
In this game, you are in control of eight jets from Russia or America and take part in combat action. It comes with training and quick-start missions. You can enjoy it with six people online or more than 30 other players via LAN if single player missions aren’t your cup of tea.
Look no further if you’re looking for a WWII combat flight simulator. IL-2 has some riveting features. There are remarkable graphics, an excellent mission builder, and the option to play with up to 32 other people in dogfight mode. Combat action is up in the air or from air to land.
B-17 Flying Fortress
In our final pick, you take part in bombing missions flying a B-17. Your squadron of bombers will aim at positions 20,000 feet below. You can join the German Air Force to keep the B-17s from striking.