by Just Flight
Developed by Flight One
Requires: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002
Platform: PC CD-ROM
Released - Out Now
Price : £24.99
DC-9 has proved itself to be one of the truly legendary passenger
aircraft. It was introduced in 1965 and today, almost forty years
later, it still continues in service. This DC9-30 Professional add-on
pack allows you to fly an aircraft, as it says on the back of the
packaging, "from the days when men were men and instruments
were analogue!" All the flight procedures have to be handled
by the pilot which will test your skills to the fullest. This is
definitely an add-on for the hardcore enthusiast.
The pack comes with 11 pre-installed liveries and 7 more that you
can install from the CD with the Text-O-Matic software that is also
included. That makes a total of 18 liveries in all and they are
Aeromexico, Alleghney, Valujet, Alitalia (classic), Austrian, British
Midland Airways, Swissair Cargo, C-9A Nightingale (USAF), Eastern
Airlines, SAS, KLM.
Aeronautica Militare Italiana, Iberia, North Central, ONA, Northeast
Airlines, Alitalia modern (passenger), Alitalia modern (freight).
Like all Just Flight products installation was straightforward and
gave no problems at all. The software automatically finds the location
of Flight Simulator. On starting Flight Simulator all the relevant
new material is added with only a minimum amount of time needed.
The hard drive space required for installation is 300MB.
All of the documentation comes in .pdf format. The Adobe Acrobat
Reader version 5.1 comes on the CD too. You get a 72-page Pilot's
Operating Handbook that explains all the procedures for flying a
DC-9. It uses quite a few pictures of the panels to make the instructions
easy to understand and is generally very well written and will be
of the utmost importance to newbie virtual pilots who have never
stepped onto a DC-9. You also get a superb 4-page history of the
DC-9 that should keep the connoisseurs amongst you very happy. You
also get a Quick Startup that explains how to use the new material
in Flight Simulator. Finally there is an 8-page guide to using the
Text-O-Matic software that will prove invaluable in getting you
up and running with the program.
There are four DC-9 variations included in the package. There is
the Mc Donnell Douglas DC-9-31, DC-9-32, DC-9-33F and the DC-9-C9A.
They all look great and pleasingly come with a virtual cockpit display
that looks impressive. The gauge displays are very good and the
attention to detail with the aircraft as a whole is brilliant. You
even get to see the steps on the external views of the aircraft.
Of course with all the extra detail on display here you could be
forgiven for thinking that the framerate would suffer but this didn't
prove to be the case at all. Having said this though our PC did
exceed the recommended requirements of a 1.4GHz CPU, 384MB RAM and
a 64MB graphics card. It may have been a different story had our
PC not exceeded the requirements.
Game Rating: 8.4/10
great expansion from Just Flight. Just make sure your PC meets the
extra requirements that this add-on needs.
This add-on doesn't make Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002 any less
deaf gamer friendly so check our review for our comments.