And it is the attention to detail that really starts to push you to realize that FSX is a great product. The mission briefings are well written and the supplemental information included in the tabs is useful. If your mission is to shoot a difficult instrument approach in lousy weather the briefing tab will contain the Jeppesen approach plates appropriate for the mission. Throughout the documentation for the sim, both in the missions and elsewhere, it is apparent that the design was well thought out and implemented and the “help” portions are actually very helpful. Almost all of the reference material can be printed out right from within the sim. Fantastic implementation is all I can say.
The scope of FSX is such that a veteran flight simmer will find as much value in the software as a neophyte who has never picked up a flight sim. And speaking of beginners, the FSX Learning Center is an incredible resource for veterans that want to learn more about FSX or flying in general, and beginners that need to be led by the hand for their first steps. As I looked through the volume of information located in the Learning Center is just confirmed my growing suspicion that FSX was more than just FS9 + some new graphics; it is so much more than that.