What do you look for in a PC or mobile flight simulator? There are loads of criteria to measure the features against to distinguish between the ‘okay’ and ‘excellent’ flight simulators. We tried some of the best PC and mobile flight simulators out there, and came up with a list of our favorites.
We checked that each of these allow multi-player action, detail with regards to realism, and whether or not you can use other aircrafts. Let’s take a look at the best flight simulators out there.
#1: IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946
With more than 200 missions to complete, and over 229 different types of aircraft to choose from, IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946 hits our number one spot. It also doesn’t have a lot of hardware requirements, which means you can head for the skies using any laptop or desktop.
#2: Rise of Flight United
This historical flight simulator game is based on World War One and allows you to be in the thick of things during the first world war. You can also play the free version, but then you’ll only have access to three planes. Planes are rendered to perfection, making this a realistic flight simulator.
#3: Microsoft Flight Simulator X Steam Edition
What else could you expect from one of the longest standing flight simulation series other than perfection? In Microsoft Flight Simulator X Stream Edition, you will be able to fly 24 planes while enjoying the superb realistic graphics and extras.
#4: X-Plane 11
This research tool in the aviation industry is probably one of the most realistic simulators out there today. You will be able to fly up to 30 different planes, fly outside earth’s orbit with the space shuttle, and much more. This simulator is worth checking out!
Don’t want to buy any of the simulator games on our list? Then your next best option would be to get FlightGear which is an open-source simulator. With more than 20,000 airports and 200 planes to fly, you won’t need much more to keep you entertained. The graphics on FlightGear is also pretty great.
And that’s all of them! Which one would you consider buying? We’d recommend trying FlightGear out first. The others on our list have free options, which does limit you somewhat. But they are essentially all fantastic flight simulators that’s worth a shot! Have fun!