I grew up playing flight sims. From the earliest Microsoft Flight Simulation games on my 80386 CPU, I just loved being able to fly anywhere and everywhere. I then used those skills to work towards a real pilots license. You'd be amazed how those flight sim skills translate into the real world.
Virtual Reality is starting to breathe new life into Flight Sims and bringing people into the genre who don't care to spend hours in front of a computer monitor pretending to fly. The experience of sitting in the cockpit of a 747 or flying through the Grand Canyon in an F-18 is just way more fun in VR!
Aerofly FS 2 aims to make Flight Sims fun again for those with an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. Currently available on Steam as an early access game with the full version expected towards the end of 2016. However, early access does not mean feature limited. Aerofly FS 2 already features 16 highly detailed aircraft and high-resolution content for the southwestern US as well as support for various flight controls sticks including the X52 and gamepads. In practice, I found using the mouse to select the controls worked very well.
Aerofly FS 2 Includes 16 aircraft:
- F-18, Learjet 45, C172, Baron 58
- ASG 29 glider, Pitts S-2B biplane
- Airbus A320
- B737-500, B747-400
- King Air C90 GTx, Aermacchi MB-339
- Corsair F4U, Extra 330
- Swift S1 glider, P-38 Lightning
- Sopwith Camel
Aerofly FS 2 Game Features:
- Highly detailed and interactive 3D cockpits
- Adjustable cockpit lighting at night time
- Realistic flight physics
- Interactive Flight school for learning the basics of flying
- High-resolution aerial images and over 150 airports for the South West of the United States
- World wide elevation and aerial images
- Display terrain features like mountains, lakes, and cities for easy VFR navigation
- Route editor for easy flight planning
- Adjustable time of day
- Adjustable wind, clouds, visibility, thermal activity and turbulence
- Replay system
- Different view modes
- Support for multiple joysticks, throttle units, rudder pedals and more
- TrackIR support
Downloadable Content (DLC)
Aerofly FS 2 will offer some DLC content, the first of which is for Switzerland. Featuring over 30 of the best-known airports of Switzerland, including Zürich, Grenchen, Samedan, and Birrfeld. The DLC features high-resolution aerial images of Switzerland with a resolution of up to 1 meter. The DLC Switzerland content pack is $9.99 from Steam.
Download Aerofly FS 2 from Steam (30 GB)
Aerofly FS 2 Rating
In the world of Flight Sims where VR is included, the selection is rather limited. Other options you can consider is Digital Combat Simulator (DCS) if you're into shooting at stuff. However, the learning curve for that is even greater. If you only want to fly around (or crash) in VR, then Aerofly FS 2 is an excellent example of what a Flight Sim in VR should be.
Barf Factor: 10/10
Cost: $49.99 / 44.99€
Overall: 10/10 (Very comfortable)
Test Machine Specifications
*10 is no barf, 0 instant barf