Conclusion: It’s a new horizon and early days. It’s hard to say what the outcome of the series will be. Currently there’s a tiny slice of the world and the most limited amount of content ever seen in a game. Flight has nothing to do with Flight Simulator and the sooner people realise that the better.
Excerpt: Names in gaming generally don't mean a whole lot. Let's face it, many are cliche, vaguely embarrassing, or some incomprehensible amalgam of both dreamed up by a focus group. That is not the case when it comes to Microsoft Flight. This revival of the famous flight simulation series that has been dormant for more than half a decade drops the dreaded "S" word from its title in an attempt to draw in those scared off by the rather somber reputation of its exacting forebears.
Pros: Quality, free-to-play flying, Much more user-friendly than its MS Flight Sim predecessors, Missions and challenges give you goals to achieve
Cons: Abrupt end to free content forces you to shell out cash to play more, Watered-down simulation features make for a shallow flight experience
Excerpt: Microsoft has made a trip to Hawaii kind of dull. The Hawaiian Adventure Pack for Microsoft Flight should offer up all of the excitement of flying over some of the most scenic landscapes in the Pacific, but playing the add-on feels more like a job than an aerial vacation. This workmanlike 1,600-point ($20) downloadable content package just adds more of the same to the initial game available online as a free download.
Pros: Adds the gorgeous territory of all the Hawaiian Islands to the free MS Flight, Sizable number of new jobs, scenic tours, challenges, and missions, Photo tour missions are good fun
Cons: Virtually requires the Maule cargo/passenger plane, which is purchased separately, Missions lack variety, Lifeless environments
Excerpt: Time to break out the joysticks, 'cause it's flight sim time. We’re talking about Microsoft’s newest edition of its flight simulators, Microsoft Flight, which recently debuted to the world on February 29th. The best part about the whole thing? It’s free! After heading to the Xbox Marketplace (really) and downloading the game itself, I strap in to my pilots seat and tell the missus I’ll be back after a quick jaunt in the air.
Excerpt: Microsoft Flight is the latest offering from Microsoft for those who wish to fly, replacing the venerable Microsoft Flight Simulator series which ended in 2006 with Flight Simulator X. Flight is an entirely new game aimed at bringing the experience of flying to both novice and veteran pilots. Importantly, it is also a free-to-play game that builds revenue from add-on content such as new locations, aircraft, and missions for the player to experience.
Excerpt: Microsoft Flight Simulator isn't really a game. Over a dozen years it's had five major version upgrades, ports to nearly every platform (and language) on the map, and cumulative sales that nudge the stratosphere of desktop productivity perennials. This can't be a game, can it? Maybe it's not software at all, but the first CD-ROM-based cult.
Excerpt: Microsoft Flight Simulator 5.1 is unquestionably the most realistic flight simulator on the market today. Not only are all four aircraft painstakingly reproduced, but Microsoft has managed to recreate an entire world with realistic weather, air traffic, and scenery for you to fly in. In fact, FS 5.1 is so real that it begs the question, “Is it fun to play?
Excerpt: Lange war es relativ ruhig um den Microsoft Flight Simulator – jetzt kommt der Reboot der Serie daher, zwar ohne Simulator im Namen, verspricht aber wieder ein einmaliges Flugerlebnis für Anfänger und Veteranen zu werden.