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  • Summary: Microsoft Flight brings the thrill and wonder of flying to beginners and PC pilots alike through missions, daily challenges, and the ability to explore the skies above gorgeous representations of real world environments in accurately rendered aircraft. The initial experience is free to playMicrosoft Flight brings the thrill and wonder of flying to beginners and PC pilots alike through missions, daily challenges, and the ability to explore the skies above gorgeous representations of real world environments in accurately rendered aircraft. The initial experience is free to play and will continually evolve with new terrain, aircraft, and challenges that can be purchased as additional content. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Apr 10, 2012
    85
    If you've ever wanted to get into a non-combat flight simulator but thought it sounded too difficult or esoteric, Flight is one to try out. After all - the price is right, and flying planes is so much darn fun!
  2. Feb 29, 2012
    80
    Microsoft Flight presents an interesting initial offer that, if enriched constantly through the promised DLCs, will capture the attention of fans of the genre and expand its audience.
  3. CD-Action
    Apr 12, 2012
    75
    The flight model is Microsoft Flight's biggest advantage, as the game is very enjoyable regardless of whether you're a newbie using a mouse for a controller, or a simulation maniac. A promising start to what might evolve into something big. [May 2012, p.73]
  4. Mar 12, 2012
    70
    Flight has nothing to do with Flight Simulator and the sooner people realise that the better.
  5. Feb 29, 2012
    65
    Microsoft Flight is a good game especially aimed for those newcomers to the genre who want to learn to fly. However, those veterans who are looking for a deep simulator may get dissapointed by the simplicity of the game. Its free-to-play approach is good news, although the content if very limited for those not willing to pay.
  6. Mar 12, 2012
    60
    A sizeable free slice of casual flying.
  7. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Apr 25, 2012
    40
    Empty and almost useless game offers little reason to try it, even for a weekend player – despite the fact that the basic version is free. [Apr 2012]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 43
  2. Negative: 28 out of 43
  1. Apr 8, 2012
    10
    So I give this game a 8... Plus 2 Points because of all the people who misunderstand it ;) It's called "Flight" and not "MS Flight Simulator"So I give this game a 8... Plus 2 Points because of all the people who misunderstand it ;) It's called "Flight" and not "MS Flight Simulator" for a reason. This is a causal flight arcade/simulation mash up. It is for all the non hardcore flight simpletons light me who want to fly around a bit without all the simulation stuff. But I understand why the simulator community is pissed, it has been too long since the last proper MS simulation. Oh and Flight is free 2 play so just dl and see for yourself =) Expand
  2. Apr 12, 2012
    7
    People are rating this low because the game is free to play then requires money to buy more content. Well, thats why its free to play, why youPeople are rating this low because the game is free to play then requires money to buy more content. Well, thats why its free to play, why you don't rate the game instead? i'm rating this game 7 becasue: the game has a very good flying feel, nice soundtrack, you can learn how to do simple tasks like taxiing and taking off and stuff. However, its way too limited to who don't wanna pay AND the ground scenery is awefully poor. lack of missions is a issue as well. Expand
  3. Mar 10, 2013
    5
    3 for the effort, 2 for the game itself and 0 for microsoft having canceled flight simulator x to do this piece of poo. for arcade fans, i3 for the effort, 2 for the game itself and 0 for microsoft having canceled flight simulator x to do this piece of poo. for arcade fans, i recommend crimson skies, and for flight simulator fans, i recommend flight simulator X or flight simulator 2004. Expand
  4. Sep 16, 2019
    3
    WARNING This game is no longer active. For this reason you can no longer play it. The Review has been edited to reflect that.

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    WARNING This game is no longer active. For this reason you can no longer play it. The Review has been edited to reflect that.

    you could say that "Flight" has done the things that FSX should do, but before you say "FINALLY!" learn that "Flight" compromises everything else.

    Free to play games have dominated dominating the market for a long time now. Many of those have some really abhorent monetization while, fewer others do this model just right with being fair with free players.

    Flight doesn't fall in any of those categories and the reason for this is that it was a glorified demo and not a freemium game. The only difference is that unlike other demos you would never get a full game(especially now), but rather buy content for expanding the demo. needles to say that this might be very expensive than just buying a full game.

    Sure, I gave this game a chance. I said "ok how bad could it be?" thinking that the initial reports of what the beta included(just two planes and one island) was not what the final game would have. I was mistaken. Indeed there are just two planes and the world is as dead as it gets. There's no AI airtraffic, no cars on the road or boats in the sea and a total lack of animal life. Another compromise done is the realism. its not realistic while its not arcady either. it just cannot decide what it is. it has an identity crisis. you could stall, but you couldn't overstress the aircraft.

    To change the mood a bit, the scenery is well designed and the aircraft look gorgeous, and the performance is smooth and way better than dear old FSX, and that's where the good things end. the sound? yes, the sound is good especially the engine sounds of the aircraft, beyond that there's the music which Ahem...sucks. another problem are the missions and challenges. While I would find such additions to regular FS a welcoming addition they often times were like the regular FSX missions while absurdly enough, most missions that were already available in the game required an aircraft you had to buy for real money. No, there was ABSOLUTELY NOTHING you could earn in game.

    There was also a leveling system in place. that means in order to do some challenges and missions you had to be in the proper level and this meant you had to grind. Yes, grind in a game like this.

    Last but not least the false advertisement. We got tons of sugar coated news on how Flight is reconceived and renovated and how is meant for old and new fans, but it turns out its not like this at all. the game was not an advancement rather a significant downgrade, and with its realism stripped out, non existent content and limited scale, Flight deserved the dislike of old fans and anyone who valued his pockets. MS seems to have asked the marketing department rather the fans or devs, she bullied third party devs and required them to accept preposterous terms in order to let them make content for Flight. In the end this whole DLC model is as stupid! Let this to idiots like dovetail games and other companies that want to milk whales. Hopefully FS2020 is good and does the franchise justice.
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  5. May 27, 2012
    2
    At first I was quite interested with the title, but after discovering the control system I was not happy. I don't think this type of game willAt first I was quite interested with the title, but after discovering the control system I was not happy. I don't think this type of game will ever be that interesting until the ability to fly is coupled with awesome scenic views. Expand
  6. May 28, 2012
    1
    Flight is basically an impoved FSX but only in Hawai'i. While it is free to download and play, the "game" doesn't quite have its own identity.Flight is basically an impoved FSX but only in Hawai'i. While it is free to download and play, the "game" doesn't quite have its own identity. Is it a flight sim? Is it a MMO with airplanes? Graphics are better than default FSX, but not better than almost every "A" PC game title today.

    One thing I do know: It's not appealing enough for its target audience. MS wants millions to buy their DLC, but I'm pretty sure that will not be happening based on the game being a hybrid genre.

    In 2012 it is an insult to release airplanes with no **** Think about that. A Flight sim or game with airplanes and no ****.. The only game I can compare that to is PilotWings and the Nintendo offering is far more fun. Afterall, there is no ambiguity as to what PilotWings is.

    Graphically better than default FSX. Replyablility? If you like doing "jobs" (sort of like random repeatable quests) then you might call this category average. Fun? That depends on you, but if you are approaching this as a flight sim fan there is none of the following: ATC, AI traffic, airliners, or autopilot. This game appeals to GA "low and slow" but even then there is only Hawai'i to fly in so that has to get boring quickly. Alaska DLC scenery has been announced, but no release date as of this writing.

    The game is relying on people to purchase DLC by the droves. In this endeavour, IMO, MS has chosen poorly. Since the game is free there is no risk to DL it, but don't expect it to blow you away.
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  7. Apr 21, 2012
    0
    Terrible! They should just stick to 'ACTUAL' simulation! I didnt learn anything of flying an aircraft from this waste of space!!! I can nearlyTerrible! They should just stick to 'ACTUAL' simulation! I didnt learn anything of flying an aircraft from this waste of space!!! I can nearly the same stuff in this in GTA SA, which is anytime better!! Long Live F S X!! Expand

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