I'm looking for a game where I can fly around in a helicopter, but not necessarily a realistic simulator. I'd prefer to just get in the helicopter and fly around like Saints Row but with a bigger area to fly in. I tried Flight Simulator 2000 when it came out, was and still is far too complex for what I'm hoping for. Not really sure how else to describe this but hopefully someone has a suggestion. Thanks in advance.
Your post does make me sad though. Microsoft Flight would've been perfect for what you're asking. They were going to add helis at some point, but MS canned the project before it could really take off. It's more casual friendly than the previous MS Flight sims and would've been up your alley. Hawaii and Alaska are huge maps.
Max: "I think he just needs a hug, or a sharp blow to the head."
Pretty demanding but "take on helicopters" is pretty good. Same guys who did arma but the physics are a lot more realistic. Still plenty customizable skill wise and the feeling of speed is there at times.
This is an excellent suggestion. HUGE area to fly around, and the controls are very simple. The only thing you need to watch out for is people shooting at you, but as long as you stay away from certain areas and don't pick fights you should be fine.