Summary: if you're looking for an aircraft simulator because you aspire to be a pilot (or you're already one and wanna practice the basics) by bunk-flying actual planes... don't download Microsoft Flight even if it's free. stick to FSX or even FS 2004. Microsoft Flight has absolutely nothing to do with simulation because they've messed up the angles in order to emphasize the game's graphics. one can't "scan" any instruments...
Summary: 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 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.
Summary: I hope Microsoft weren't serious with this game. Wanna know why it's free? Because it sucks. It's only worth playing for the achievements. On Max graphics settings the scenery is almost non-existent. I expected at least SOME detail not flat terrain. Framerate is pretty choppy even on a good PC and the camera views are terrible. The ckckpits are acceptable detail but everything else looks terrible I have literally seen games from 1970s and 1980s do better scenery.
Summary: Great game, ignore all the 1 ratings expecting Microsoft to be a charity. The visuals are beautiful, the tutorials intuitive. The quest and challenge system add a whole new level to this type of game which can appeal to newcomers of the flight sim genre, or to old-schoolers preferring free-flight. Online play discourages piracy, and helps to keep PC games from becoming a dying breed to the game console. Try it out, after all, it's free to do so.
Summary: 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.
Summary: Absolutely terrible game. Don't even consider downloading it, it's not worth the bandwidth. The plane models are actually pretty good but you only get TWO PLANES! The ground textures are absolutely terrible along with everything else about this game. Keyboard flying sucks too. Arma 2 has has a more realistic flight system. I'd suggest buying X-Plane instead of playing this piece of garbage.
Summary: To improve this game they should add inside views to all the planes and add additional dlc content. Also they should add ai planes, moving ground vehicles, and some of the other features that were in previous releases from microsoft.
Summary: severe lack of everything , no flight control, no traffic, no variety of planes zero helicopters and the few that are there are boring to fly. P51 has no **** view. best to just stick with FS X, p51 also feels very sluggish no where near as "snappy" as a real one.
Summary: 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 are dominating the market. Many of those are sneaky and wont let you win if you dont pay, 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 its a glorified demo and not a freemium game.