Total Nerd The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time  

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This is a list of the best flight simulator games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated flight simulator games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest flight simulator games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these flight simulator games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging flight simulator games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new flight simulator games.

List features games like Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader, Pilotwings, and many more

This list answers the questions, "What are the best flight simulator games?" and "What is the greatest flight simulator game of all time?"
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X-Plane 9 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
X-Plane 9 2008

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Digital Combat Simulator: A-10... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
Digital Combat Simulator: A-10C Warthog 2011

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Falcon 4.0: Allied Force is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
2005 Falcon 4.0: Allied Force is an F-16 based combat flight simulator released by Lead Pursuit on 28 June 2005. The game is based around a realistic simulation of the Block 50/52 F-16 Fighting ...more

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WWII Aces is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
WWII Aces 2008 WWII Aces is a Flight Simulator video game set in World War II for the Wii.

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Jane's WWII Fighters is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
1998 Jane's WWII Fighters is a World War II era European Theater of Operations Combat flight simulation video game set during the U.S. American termed "Battle of the Bulge" in 1944 and ...more

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Combat Flight Simulator 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
2000 Combat Flight Simulator 2: WW II Pacific Theater is a 2000 combat flight simulator video game by Microsoft. It's a sequel to Combat Flight Simulator WWII Europe Series. The game takes place in ...more

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1942: The Pacific Air War is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
1994 1942: The Pacific Air War is a DOS-based combat flight simulation developed and released by MicroProse in 1994. It is based on the U.S. and Japanese Pacific War conflict from 1942 to 1945. The ...more

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Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
2001 Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies is a semi-realistic flight simulation developed by Namco for the PlayStation 2 video game console. It is the first in the Ace Combat series to be released for the ...more

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Red Baron is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
1980 Red Baron is an arcade game developed by Atari, Inc and released in 1980. A first-person flight simulator game, the player takes the role of a World War I ace in a biplane fighting on the side ...more

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Harrier Combat Simulator is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
Harrier Combat Simulator 1986 Harrier Combat Simulator is a computer game developed by Mindscape for the Atari ST in 1987 along with the MS-DOS PC and the Commodore 64.

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Ace Combat 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
1999 Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere is a semi-realistic flight simulation game made by Namco for the PlayStation game console. The third installment in the Ace Combat series of console flight-simulation ...more

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After Burner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
1987 After Burner is a 1987 combat flight simulator arcade game by Sega AM2. It is one of the first games designed by Yu Suzuki. The player flew an F-14 using a specialized joystick, and the game ...more

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B-17 Flying Fortress is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
2000 B-17 Flying Fortress or B-17 Flying Fortress World War II Bombers in Action is a flight simulation/role-playing video game released in 1992 for DOS on the IBM PC compatible personal computer by ...more

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After Burner III is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
1992 After Burner III is a video game released for the FM-Towns home computer in Japan and later ported to the Sega Mega-CD in Japan, Europe and North America. It is the third game in the After ...more

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B-1 Nuclear Bomber is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
1980 B-1 Nuclear Bomber is a flight simulator game based on piloting a B-1 Lancer to its target and dropping a nuclear bomb. The USSR is one of the target countries. The game was developed by Avalon ...more

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Flight Unlimited II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
1997 Flight Unlimited II is a 1997 flight simulator video game developed by Looking Glass Studios and published by Eidos Interactive. The player controls one of five planes in the airspace of the San ...more

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Microsoft Flight Simulator X is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
GraemePeterson added 2006 Microsoft Flight Simulator X is a 2006 flight simulation computer game originally developed and published by Microsoft for Windows. It is the sequel to Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 and the ...more

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Secret Weapons of the Luftwaff... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
1991 Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe is a World War II air-combat flight simulation video game released in August 1991 and expanded in 1992 by LucasFilm Games. It is a MS-DOS game for IBM PC ...more

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Wings Over Vietnam is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
2004 Wings Over Vietnam is a PC game set during the Vietnam War over South East Asia and covers the time period between 1964 to 1973. The game includes a wide variety of jets and weapons which can be ...more

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Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
2004 Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War is a semi-realistic flight combat video game for the PlayStation 2. Like other titles in Namco's Ace Combat series, Ace Combat 5 features gameplay that is a mix ...more

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Wings Over Israel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
ВиталийСвятодух added 2008 Wings Over Israel is a PC game covering the three major Middle Eastern conflicts Six-Day War, Yom Kippur War and Lebanon War. The game includes a wide variety of real jets and weapons from the ...more

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Wings of Power: WWII Heavy Bom... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
Wings of Power: WWII Heavy Bombers and Jets 2004 Wings of Power WWII Heavy Bombers and Jets is a video game of the flight simulation genre released in 2004 as an add on to enhance Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004.Wings of Power adds vintage ...more

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SGI Dogfight is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
SGI Dogfight Dogfight is a demonstration program initially written by Gary Tarolli at Silicon Graphics, Inc. It represents landmarks in two key areas of Internet development: games and multicasting, and ...more

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Enemy Engaged: Apache vs Havoc is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
1998 Enemy Engaged: Apache vs Havoc is a helicopter flight simulator game by Razorworks. It was followed by Enemy Engaged: Comanche vs Hokum, which was interconnectable with Apache vs Havoc. It also ...more

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Air Combat 22 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
1995 Air Combat 22 is an arcade game released by Namco in 1995 and the arcade sequel to Air Combat in the Ace Combat series. It was named Air Combat "22" because it runs on Namco's Super ...more

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Joint Strike Fighter is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
1997 Joint Strike Fighter is a 1997 combat flight simulator designed by Innerloop Studios and published by Eidos Interactive. The game engine was later adapted to Project I.G.I.: I'm Going In. The ...more

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Tom Clancy's Air Combat is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time

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Jane's Combat Simulations: Adv... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
Jane's Combat Simulations: Advanced Tactical Fighters 1996

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Comanche series is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
Comanche series 1992 Comanche is a series of simulation games published by NovaLogic. The goal of each of these games is to fly military missions in a RAH-66 Comanche attack helicopter, which was in development and ...more

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Flight Unlimited is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
1995 Flight Unlimited is a 1995 aerobatic flight simulator video game developed and published by Looking Glass Technologies. It allows players to pilot reproductions of real-world aircraft and to ...more

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Ace Combat 2 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
1997 Ace Combat 2 is a semi-realistic combat flight simulation game made by Namco for the PlayStation game console. It is the company's second console offering in the Ace Combat series and continues ...more

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Air Ranger 2: Rescue Helicopte... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
Air Ranger 2: Rescue Helicopter

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MiG-29 Fulcrum is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
1998 MiG-29 Fulcrum is a combat flight simulation game released by Novalogic in September 1998. It uses the same game engine as F-16 Multirole Fighter.

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Wing Commander: Privateer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
1993 Wing Commander: Privateer is an adventure space flight simulation computer game released by Origin Systems in 1993. Privateer and its storyline is part of the Wing Commander series. Privateer ...more

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Digital Combat Simulator is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
Reilcan Jones added Digital Combat Simulator Digital Combat Simulator World is a free-to-play digital military aircraft battlefield simulation developed by Eagle Dynamics. It includes a free Sukhoi Su-25T attack aircraft and TF-51D ...more

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DCS: World is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
Reilcan Jones added DCS: World

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P3D is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
GraemePeterson added P3D

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X-Plane 11 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
GraemePeterson added X-Plane 11

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AeroWings is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
1999 AeroWings, known in Japan as Aero Dancing featuring Blue Impulse, is a flight simulator for Sega's Dreamcast video game console. The player could train with squads, learn the ropes of handling ...more

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Air Conflicts: Aces of World W... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
2009 Air Conflicts is a Flight Simulator set in World War II for the PSP in 2009. It is a sequel to the 2006 original game, Air Conflicts.

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Dogfight is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
1993 Dogfight is a video game of the combat flight simulation genre released in 1993 by MicroProse. As the subtitle 80 years of Aerial Warfare suggests, the game featured simulation of aerial combat ...more

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Overlord is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
1994 Overlord is a combat flight simulator by Rowan Software. It was released in 1994 for Amiga and PC MS-DOS platforms. It is based on Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of continental Europe ...more

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Gunship 2000: Islands & Ice is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time

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Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
2002 Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter is a video game for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Released before Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones opened in theatres, it is the sequel to Star Wars: ...more

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Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan Wa... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
2006 Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War is a semi-realistic flight simulator developed by Namco for the PlayStation 2 video game console. It is part of the Ace Combat series of games. In Europe the game ...more

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Red Skies Over Europe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
Red Skies Over Europe Red Skies Over Europe is a 2004 action video game developed by Interactive Vision and published by Akella. The game is set in the Eastern Front conflict between the Axis Powers Luftwaffe and the ...more

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Fire Blade is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
2002 Fire Blade is a flight simulation video game released in 2002 by Kuju Entertainment. In the game, the player takes control of an advanced helicopter gunship as a part of the Fire Blade task ...more

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First Eagles: The Great War 19... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
First Eagles: The Great War 1918 is a PC game that focuses on World War I between 1917 and 1918. First Eagles has had fair success in the PC games market, although its impact has a lot to do ...more

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F-15 Strike Eagle is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
1985 F-15 Strike Eagle is an F-15 Strike Eagle combat flight simulator first released in 1985 by MicroProse for the Amstrad CPC in 1986 and ZX Spectrum in 1987. It is the first in the F-15 Strike ...more

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Attack on Pearl Harbor is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Flight Simulator Games of All Time
2007 Attack on Pearl Harbor is a semi-realistic flight simulator in which players can have random dogfights or play as either USAAF pilot Douglas Knox or Japanese pilot Zenji Yamada. It was first ...more