767 Pilot In Command
|a game by||Wilco Publishing|
|Editor Rating:||7/10, based on 1 review|
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Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000 has given a new meaning to realism -- with more detailed landscapes and accurate instrument panels than before it pushes the cutting edge for simulations.
But for those who need even more Wilco Publishing has stepped forward to provide it. 767 Pilot In Command gives desktop pilots a series of nerve-wracking lessons in the art of flying one of Boeing’s largest commercial aircraft. With predicaments ranging from tire blowouts, locked gears, and wind shear to electrical failure, cabin depressurization, and engine trouble this is one simulation that’s going to put you on the edge of your seat and keep you there.
Gameplay, Controls, Interface
Wilco Publishing is back with their latest expansion pack for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000. Developed with the cooperation of 767 pilots and co-pilots, Pilot in Command puts you as close as you can get to the cockpit of Boeing’s 767 commercial airliners. This isn’t the add-on for those looking for a thrill a minute -- this is going to appeal to serious simulation fans. There is a fairly steep learning curve as you plow through the huge array of controls and panels -- you’ll definitely want to spend some time reading through the manuals included in the game.
After I installed Pilot in Command, I spent some time just flying the aircraft around, getting used to the systems and controls. The quick start option gives you the options of three pre-defined flights: one where you start in the cockpit with engines running and two flights with engines off that require you to run through all 767 checklists in complete detail before flying. I tried the checklist a few times, but found them rather tedious to complete, so I soon switched to the ready-to-fly option.
While these options provide a very realistic version of flying these big birds, this is not the heart of the add-on. Once you’ve mastered the controls you’re ready for the challenges. Instead of smooth and uneventful flying, the challenges will put you through the wringer with some of the most dangerous and nerve-wracking situations pilots can run into, including tire blow-outs, landing gear lock-ups and even cabin depressurization. There are ten predefined challenges, as well as a random failure mode that provides some of the more tense moments I’ve had in Flight Simulator 2000.
I must admit that I’m not cut out for piloting the 767 -- of all the challenges I was only successful once in overcoming the malfunctions and saving the plane. Usually I ended up slamming into the landscape. Don’t worry though -- I’m not planning on a flying career.
Graphics & Audio
The graphic detail of the plane itself is amazing. Every flap and control surface is there, giving you a 3D model that is simply stunning. In addition to the exterior detail, Wilco has provided a control panel that is supposed to be exactly like an actual 767 control panel. I’ve never see the real thing, but with the vast array of panels it’s easy to believe. Add this attention to detail to the impressive audio and graphics in Flight Simulator and you end up with a package that offers all you could ask for in eye candy and audio realism.
Minimum configuration: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000, Pentium 300 MHz, 64 MB RAM.
Recommended configuration: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2000, Pentium 450 MHz, 128 MB RAM, 3D graphics accelerator card.
If you’ve always wanted to fly one of Boeing’s big birds then this is an add-on you shouldn’t miss. Whether you’re a professional flyer or a weekend armchair pilot looking for the cutting edge in simulations, 767 Pilot in Command will give you the best aircraft modeling available, along with challenges that will keep you playing for hours. The cockpit and aircraft detail are superior to anything else I’ve seen -- the vast array of switches, knobs, and panels can be overwhelming. While not for the casual pilot, those who want the best will find what they’re looking for here.