" Finely detailed airports, emergencies, realistic air control, and lots of traffic to crash into. "
Title: Airport 2000 volume 2 by Wilco
Format: : PC Flight Sim 2000 add-on
Reviewing Monkey: Cornelius
The Hype: Detailed renditions of the worldís major airports. Increased traffic volume. New aircraft. And you can actually walk through the terminals. But why would you want to?
What This Monkey Thought...
Graphics: Youíve seen flight sim 2k so why even bother asking? The airports are finely detailed, and all the major airlines that fly to said airports are represented at the proper gates. The runway and taxi markings are beautiful, and airport traffic, including ground support vehicles zoom all around you. The deserted terminal is no more! The 7 new airports and 9 new aircraft are wonderfully done. Although I do have to wonder why Wilco decided to detail the inside of the terminals; maybe if you go to one of the airports you could practice here first. 4 out of 5
Sound: More chatter is included so you can pretend youíre a real airline pilot. Although the chatter is little more than ambient noise since it is a little difficult to actually interact with. The copilot will read off check lists and nag you like your neglected girlfriend about things you miss. Wilco tried to make things a little more fun and it came through fairly well.. 3 out of 5
Game Play: New adventures to go on (although Iím not sure flying from one airport to the next counts as an adventure) and new places to see. The cool part is actual emergencies, like engine fires, or blown tires from hard landings (another great one Captain Kangaroo). A working ground proximity warning system warns you of those granite clouds out there. If you are a flight sim 2k monkey you will enjoy the added scenery like you always have. Eat it up with a spoon fan-boy; you know youíll beg for more later. 3 out of 5
Level and Environment Designs: Well that is what the whole add-on is about so it better be good. Thankfully it is. The airports are faithful renditions of their real-world counterparts, and landing at Charles DeGaule airport in France looks as real as FS2K can make it and is fun. Why, you ask? An over-zealous chimp can report to the tower he has a rifle and all of Paris rolls over faster than a 3 franc whore. (editors note: Charles DeGaule airport is not actually included in Airport 2000, our reviewers just like to slam France whenever possible.) The aircraft cockpits are nice and do justice to the real machines. It is also nice to see the real airlines depicted at the different airports. As an added bonus, they will actually be at their real hangers and gates at the airports. Still no improvement over the FS2K engine, just more detailed areas. 4 out of 5
Multiplayer: Same as FS2K. 2 out of 5
Replayability: Can you replay FS2K over and over again? Then you will love Airport 2000, it makes all the fun airports funner. Yes I did write funner. You got some problem with that? Oh, youíre a tough guy huh? Then write your own damn reviews, jerk. 2 out of 5
Story/Dramatics: Well, its still FS2K. Pretend you are an airline pilot, buzz the tower, crash into the terminal and pretend to kill thousands. Sick bastards. I will note however, Wilco did include adventures with airport 2K and even though most are fly to the next airport some are pretty fun. Still no congruent story to the adventures, someone should try something like that. 2 out of 5
Instructions and Learning Curve: Please tell me you donít need me to write a review about this. If you do, donít play. 3 out of 5
Installation and Real System Requirements: Can you run FS2K? Good, Yogi. 3 out of 5
A nice add-on to FS2K.
The Good: Finely detailed airports, emergencies, realistic air control, and lots of traffic to crash into.
The Bad: Waiting for Airport 2000 volume 3 to come out before you can land in Russia and South America.
The Overall Ugly: Running through a crowded terminal to catch your flight sucks just as much on the computer as it does in real life.
What it's Worth: $25 or the services of three French prostitutes.