Due to financial impediments (other priorities in life) I had to postpone my PPL. While browsing the questions on the site here, I was having a look at this question: Can Microsoft Flight Simulator help me learn to fly (or make me a better pilot)?
What hardware and software would I need? I've heard about joysticks, but is it necessary to have pedals to move the rudder? To make things as specific as possible, here's how I imagine using it:
The purpose of the simulator
I would like to practice the use of the instruments while enjoying myself. Maybe flying some of my favourite second world war planes for instance, if possible.
What types of planes and flying is it for?
I would see what is available. I have been flying only Cessnas so far. I would love to fly a Focke-Wulf Fw 190 if it's possible.
What types of training or practice?
Navigation, landing, instruments, anything to help with the PPL.
(This is a similar question; it has been closed because it was too broad, since it asked about all possible solutions. I'm only asking which are the essential components to make a basic simulator for PPL-level skills.)