(Win95/98) (Retail) (FLIGHTUNPR)
Looking Glass Technologies
Game / Flight Sim
5 stars from SMART
3 1/2 stars from Multimedia World
The New Standard in Flight Simulation
Flight Unlimited establishes a new standard in flight simulation with its
incredibly accurate flight models and 3D photo-realistic landscapes. Flight
Unlimited recreates the most precise sensation of flight ever achieved on the
personal computer. Now you can actually fly dare-devil aerobatic maneuvers like
the infamous "Tailslide" or "Hammerhead." Flight Unlimited is the ultimate
aerobatic flight simulator.
fly: 34 interactive lessons, complete with ground school and in-flight audio
instruction, teach you to fly heart-pounding aerobatic maneuvers.
Planes: Five of the world's best aerobatic planes are at your fingertips,
including US National Aerobatic Champion Mike Goulian's Extra 300S.
Graphics: Fly over 6 picture-perfect landscapes of actual locations, created
from aerial photographs.
your View: Select from 5 different cockpit views and over 7 external camera
views. A unique video playback feature lets you record your flights and play
them back in any camera mode.
Options: Thermals, Winds, Gyro & "G" effects, dazzling sun flares, actual
engine sounds, the best crashes ever seen in a flight simulator and many more
The Windows 95/98 version features 5 new airfields
that were not included in the original DOS version.
100% Windows 95 compatible computer, DirectX 5.0 (provided), Pentium 120 or
faster, 16MB RAM or more, quad speed CD ROM or better, 100% Windows 95 and
DirectX5.0 compatible 8 or 16 bit sound card, 100% Windows 95 compatible
keyboard and mouse, 50MB of hard drive space, joystick recommended.
Computer Gaming World, June 1995
"If anything, the Flight Unlimited aerobatics simulator will be the ultimate
show off piece for your new Pentium. This baby hogs computing power, but the
power is put to excellent use. The graphics are simply unbelievable - we're
certain you've never seen anything like it on a PC - and the flight modeling is
groundbreaking, without question. As you scroll around the 3-D air base
(remember these are the guys who created Ultima Underworld and System Shock)
you'll be able to select from five aerobatic aircraft (Grob 103A, Sukhoi Su31,
Pitts Special S-2B, Bellanca Decathlon, and Extra 300S) and choose to take part
in 30 interactive flight lessons, ranging from basic flight instruction to
insane aerobatic stunts. Pilots who love to loop around the skies of Flight
Simulator 5 will go bananas for this stuff, but those who learned to fly with
their index fingers on a joystick trigger, well, they might get a little edgy
after the wow-power wears off. If anything, you should at least take a look at
this product, because you'll be looking at the future of simulations."
Multimedia World, May 1995
"Flight Unlimited is arguably the best-looking flight sim ever. It
uses a new and incredibly realistic proprietary graphic engine. This
photo-realistic engine employs actual footage from scenic sites such as Sedona,
Arizona, mapped onto real, 3-D terrain...When you're soaring in the G103 Acro
sailplane, you can watch the elegant, elongated wings flex as you pull Gs.
"But there's more here than just a pretty face. What sets Flight
Unlimited apart is its attention to real-world physics. Rather than using
statistics based on simulated wind tunnel tests - which are limited to specific
flying conditions - Flight Unlimited uses actual engineering schematics
of the airplanes to determine how each plane will respond to different flying
conditions. Then, in a feat usually reserved for supercomputers, the game's
engine calculates the fluid dynamics, or airflow, over the aircraft's surfaces
in real time. The result is an incredibly responsive and realistic flight
SMART, August 14, 1995
"The ultimate goal of any flight simulator is to suspend disbelief, a task
Flight Unlimited accomplishes with uncommon grace and ease. Simply put, there's
never been a better-looking, nor more realistically modeled, flight sim than
this. Players take flight from one of five U.S. locations, each featuring
photorealistic 3-D landscapes, rendered with revolutionary ImageScaping
technology. Players can enroll in the program's comprehensive flight
Multimedia World, September 1995
"In the PC flight-sim genre, where the promise of 'dramatic realism' is made
more often then it's met, few products have offered the dizzying sense of
really being up there that Flight Unlimited achieves. The proprietary
ImageScape technology - using high-res, texture-mapped 3-D polygons - offers a
near-photo-realistic landscape, with densly forested bluffs, valleys, and
plains just begging to be buzzed."
"...While the simulation is impressive to fly, there's sadly nowhere to fly
to. Each scenery region has only one runway, and the wrap-around scenes, while
gorgeous, offer little variety after a point. Flying around in circles, even
through an obstacle course, becomes real dull, real fast."
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