Flight simulation games have been around for years, but it’s only recently that they’ve become more accessible due to better technology and lower prices. Currently, the best flight simulator game is Flight Simulator 2020. The best console flight simulator on PS4 is Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge. Here are the top 15 flight simulators for any platform!
1. Flight Simulator
When you think of flight simulators, the first game that comes to mind is Microsoft Flight Simulator. This series has been around since 1982 and has inspired every single other simulator on this list. If you’re looking for a first-flight simulator that will introduce you to what it’s like to fly an airplane and give you a taste of what it’s like in an actual cockpit, then this is the game for you!
2. X-Plane 11
The title of this list is “The 50 Best Flight Simulator Games,” not “The 5 Most Realistic Flight Simulators.” X-Plane 11 is the most realistic flight simulator on any platform and thus should be considered your go-to option for PS5/PS4/Xbox One/PC.
X-Plane 11 has been described as a “great desktop alternative to Microsoft Flight Simulator” by PC Gamer, who also said that it mimics “the actual physics of flying planes better than anything else out there.” It’s not just about being accurate; the game also offers dozens of planes and airports for players to explore with no restrictions.
3. IL-2 Sturmovik
This flight simulator game is set on the Eastern Front of World War II. It was released in 2001 and was developed by 1C: Maddox Games. This game has won several awards including ‘Best Simulation Game’ at IGN’s Best of E3 award show, as well as ‘Best PC Simulation Game’ from PC Gamer’s Editors Choice Awards.
4. Microsoft Flight Simulator X
Microsoft Flight Simulator X is a flight simulator video game, the eleventh in the Microsoft Flight Simulator series. It is the first of the series to be built on the DirectX 9.0c graphics engine and uses a highly detailed scenery depiction of Earth with minor changes depending on location, time of day, and season. The player can choose from a variety of aircraft (including more experimental ones), flying lessons, or set off into an open world with unlimited time to explore and learn about flying different types of planes. The aircraft range from small civilian piston-powered private planes to large airliners, military jets, and experimental aircraft such as an ekranoplan or airship.
The player’s experience level increases as they accumulate flight hours; higher levels unlock more features such as hangar storage for additional aircraft types, new missions, new airports, etc…
5. IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946
IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946 is a flight simulator game that will put you in the cockpit of a variety of World War II aircraft. The game comes with more than 20 planes, including the F4U Corsair, LaGG-3 fighter, P-38 Lightning, and A6M Zero fighter plane.
IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946 is inspired by an older title called IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad. This reboot features improved graphics and more realistic physics so you can enjoy all the details like never before!
You can play through story missions or take part in dogfights with other players online (via PlayStation Network or Xbox Live).
6. Rise of Flight United Edition
Rise of Flight is a flight simulation game that offers players the chance to experience World War I and II aviation. The game features over 50 aircraft, both fighters, and bombers, that are modeled after their real-world counterparts. In addition to this, there are over 20 missions for you to complete.
There’s also an online multiplayer feature where you can play against other players from around the world in either team battles or free flight mode.
As you progress through your career as a pilot in Rise of Flight United Edition, there will be several opportunities for customization with new planes being unlocked along with new paint schemes and avionics upgrades.
7. Infinite Flight Simulator
In this flight simulation game, you can fly over the world in a variety of aircraft. The game is free to play and available on both Android and iOS devices. You can choose from a variety of different locations around the world, including New York City and Los Angeles in the United States; London, England; Paris, France; Moscow, Russia; Tokyo, Japan; Sydney Australia and Rio de Janeiro Brazil.
The game allows players to choose from more than 50 types of planes that have been modeled after real-life planes by professional artists at Infinite Flight Simulator. All aircraft have accurate flight characteristics and performance specifications for each type of plane that are based on real data provided by various sources such as NASA’s aeronautical database or manufacturers’ specifications sheets for each airplane model in question.
8. Platinum Collection
Platinum Collection is a compilation of flight simulators that features some of the best titles in the genre. This collection has all three games in the IL-2 Sturmovik series, which are great for beginners and veterans alike.
The first game in this series is IL-2 Sturmovik: 1946 and it’s an arcade flight simulator set during World War II where you fly a variety of aircraft from Germany, Great Britain, Russia, France, Italy, and Japan. The second game is IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad which takes place during Operation Barbarossa where you take control of German or Soviet forces on either side of one of the most famous battles in history. Finally, there’s Cliffs Of Dover which introduces night missions into the mix with some great graphics and effects making this one worth playing even if you’ve played through all the other titles here before!
9. Combat Air Patrol 2 CAV-2 Harrier Game PS5, Xbox, PC
Combat Air Patrol 2 CAV-2 Harrier Game PS5, Xbox, PC
If you’re looking for a flight simulator game that will put you in the cockpit of a fighter jet and let you engage in air-to-air combat, then Combat Air Patrol 2 is the perfect game for you. It offers a realistic simulation experience that includes all kinds of different aircraft with which to do battle. There’s even an online multiplayer mode where you can challenge other players from around the world!
10. War Thunder – PS5, Xbox One, PC
War Thunder is a free-to-play MMO flight game that has realistic physics and online dogfights. It’s based on the Russian front of the Second World War, with over 1000 aircraft and ground vehicles available to play with. War Thunder is available on PS4 and Xbox One as well as PC.
11. World of Warplanes Free Online Game – PS5, Xbox One, PC, Mac
World of Warplanes Free Online Game is one of the best flight simulator games that you can play on your PC, Xbox One and PS5. It’s a free-to-play game which means you don’t have to pay any money to download it or play it.
The gameplay is super easy since this game is similar to World of Tanks, World of Warships, and World of Tanks Blitz but with planes instead.
This game has many planes available for you to choose from and customize according to your needs.
12. F/A 18 Carrier Landing II Pro – Android & iOS Mobile Device Flight Simulators
You can now land a jet on a carrier with the F/A 18 Carrier Landing II Pro. This is a free game that lets you play as either a F/A-18E Super Hornet or F/A-18F Super Hornet. You can also play as one of three different pilots; Lt. Cmdr. JG Chris Powers, LCDR Joanie Shoemaker and LTJG John Doe.
As for gameplay, it’s fairly simple: you’re given a landing sequence to follow by displaying guidance arrows that show which way to turn and when to start your descent towards the ship’s runway (the “deck”). You follow these instructions until you see two yellow lights turn green indicating you’re at optimum approach speed then just keep following them until touchdown!
13. Digital Combat Simulator – PS5, Xbox One, PC
Digital Combat Simulator is an excellent simulator for flight enthusiasts and wannabe pilots. It features a variety of aircraft, including the F/A-18 Hornet, F-14 Tomcat, and A-10 Warthog. You can take part in various missions that take place in different locations across the globe and under different weather conditions.
The game has a learning curve but once you’ve mastered it and discovered all its secrets, you’ll find yourself lost in another world of excitement and adventure!
14. Take On Helicopters Steam Edition – PS5, Xbox One, PC
Take On Helicopters Steam Edition is a flight simulator game for the PS5, Xbox One, and PCs. The game features more than 20 helicopters to fly as well as a dozen missions to complete.
The Take On Helicopters Steam Edition also has a free-roaming mode where you can explore your surroundings and enjoy flying around in a helicopter. The game also includes multiple online modes that allow you to do things like dogfighting against other players or co-op missions with friends.
15. Take On Mars – PS5, Xbox One, PC
Take On Mars is a sandbox game that allows players to explore the red planet. The game is set in 2026, where humans have established a colony on Mars and you must explore this new planet. You can either play solo or with friends in multiplayer mode on Xbox One, PS5, or PC.
With Take On Mars, you’ll be able to drive vehicles across different terrains and complete missions which include exploration (go where no one has gone before), science experiments (conduct research), and more! It’s a simulation game that allows players to explore the red planet with futuristic vehicles such as rovers or rocket ships!
We hope that our list of the top 15 best flight sim games has helped you find the right one for you. If there’s one we missed or if you’re enjoying a particular simulator that hasn’t been mentioned, be sure to let us know in the comments below. Happy flying!