Got Hooked Playing Flight Simulator

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I always like simulator games like a farming simulator or truck simulator.

This kind of game is always kind. I mean, it doesn’t really pressure you. There’s no threat, no big issue, no challenge and sometimes funny things happen. Basically, just sit, relax and play.

Which might be boring for some people.

My first simulator game is actually truck simulator. I forgot which version is it but I play it when I was 8 years old.

When I first play that game, I don’t understand anything. It is in English but I don’t know any English back then.So what I do is just driving around the town. I don’t pick any mission, quest, or anything like that. Just driving. And I always coming back to play more.

So what I do is just driving around the town. I don’t pick any mission, quest, or anything like that. Just driving. And I always coming back to play more.

Even if I have to share it with my little brother.

The reason? I don’t know. I guess I just like having fun, looking at the environment and relaxing without worrying too much.

But due to my PC and the only PC in my home broken, I can’t play it anymore. My parent bought PS1 for me (and my brother), but there is no simulator game on that platform. At least there is no store nearby that sell simulator game.

From that day, I don’t play simulator game anymore. It’s not like I lose interest, I just forgot that this kind of genre exists.

At least until recently.

I look at my Steam library and store recommendation recently, looking for a game to play. When I go through my Steam queue, I got directed to the new x-plane game (x-plane 11). I don’t know why, but I got little interested in it.

I never play flight simulator games. They look hard to play and confusing. There are so many buttons I can just press but I don’t know what it does.

Not only that, there are many number and code on the screen that I don’t understand what it means. Maybe one or two, but there are too many things that I don’t understand.

I always got this strange feeling that if I press it, something bad will happen. Even if in reality, nothing will happen. You might be crashing and you just have to repeat the flight.

This kind of game is always not newbie friendly. Really hard to learn.

Sure there is a tutorial, but it explains nothing. It feels like it only guides you 3 out of 50 things you should know before you “can” play.

But strangely, I like this kind of game.

So after some thinking time, reading some reviews, guide, stream and youtube. I decide to bought it from steam, play it for a couple hours, and I love it.

My weekend is gone in the blink of an eye. Like it has been 3 days since I bought it and I already got 20 hours playing it. I guess that happen when you don’t sleep.

Because of that, I sleep like a log on Sunday night.

This happens when I really love the game. This also happens when Cities Skyline first came out. I was like “what is sleep?”.

Fortunately for me, there are not that many games that can make me lost time like that. I’m pretty good to keep control to when I should or shouldn’t play, as long as I’m not in the middle of playing. Basically, if I play, I’m gone.

So far, it really good game. I’m not that pro yet. Heck, I’m not even at an amateur level yet. My flight record is like 3 success out of 20 flight. Pretty bad.

If you like this kind of game, buy it. It good. Be warned, it addictive.

The only problem I have so far is the control. It really hard to control. Especially if you don’t have a joystick.

I only have keyboard, mouse and Xbox controller to play. Just a little, gentle push on the analog, my plane rotating aggressively.

That why I add a joystick to my next thing to buy list.

That when I realize, I got addicted.