ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What is Microsoft Flight

Updated on November 5, 2013
Zakmoonbeam profile image

Michael has been an avid gamer and part time writer in more decades than he cares to remember.

A New FSX?

Well no, not quite is the not so straight answer to that one I'm afraid. For those not in the know, FSX is the abbreviation for Microsofts Flight Simulator X (10). Wow, have there really been THAT many?

Well, when you think that the first one was released way way back in 1982! it seems more feasible doesn't it? And what a long way we have come from those early days, and not just in terms of the obvious, like the graphical representation of the planes and terrain.

So, after many years, and a massive modding scene, both free and paid for, Microsoft decided that it would be foolish to just keep on doing the same old thing time after time. A whole industry erupted making add ons for FS2009 and FSX, making millions of dollars, and it would appear that the big MS wanted a bigger slice of the pie than just shipping units of the simulator itself. Here's how they plan to do it, and most importantly, is it worth your time and money?

IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Please read the information in the last paragraph at the bottom of this page. Flight is officially dead in the water. This review is left here purely for reference.


Licence to print money?

Throw a stick into the gaming world and you will hit DLC, or downloadable content. Simply out, the game costs say $50. A few weeks later, the software house announces that for just $10-15 more, you can add to your original experience with extra weapons, planes, guns, levels, areas and so on. It's a nice little earner to be honest, with many players opting to extend their favourite games with DLC as soon as it comes out.

And this is how MS Flight has been launched, but with a difference.

The core game is free.

Let that sink in... Back with me? That's right, absolutely free. You can go to the download site, and pick up a copy of Microsoft Flight for nada, zip, zilch, zipperoo. As always though there is a but. What that gets you is one plane, the amphibious ICON, and the island of Hawaii. That's pretty cool in my opinion. You can test the game, see if your PC can actually run it, and get a feel for it. Then you can opt to purchase extra items as you see fit to.

Cockpit View from a DLC aircraft
Cockpit View from a DLC aircraft

Graphics and Gameplay

Lets get one thing straight, this flight simulator looks amazing! It's smooth, with good frame rates, and wonderful animation. Hawaii looks beautiful, and represents a great variety of scenery to fly around.

If you have a PC that meets the minimum specs you will be ok.

Gameplay is divided into searching for hidden icons, completing missions involving picking up and dropping off, and challenges like making awkward or off strip landings. All of these give XP, or experience points which can be used to unlock new paint schemes, and, well not much else at the moment!

If you think all this is starting to sound a bit like Test Drive with planes, then you'd be right i guess. It does feel similar, but is that a bad thing? It is a bit Xbox ish with accolades and achievements. You will however tire quickly when you realise the missions are very "samey." If you have played FSX Acceleration, you will be disappointed with the lack of variety and complexity on offer here.

One area that has come under more criticism from the community is the flight model. It too verges on the light side of simulation, almost arcadey. One example given is how hard it is to force a spin, and how easy it is to recover. In my opinion this criticism is a bit harsh. You have to go into this remembering that is it NOT Flight Simulator 11, which I guess is what the community wanted. Flight needs to be taking on it's own merits.

One area that I am sorely disappointed in however, is that the world feels so damn empty. The airports are empty, the harbours are empty, the skies are empty, and the roads are, well, you get the general idea. Is this how they managed to keep framerates so high I wonder? It just feels so lonely flying around the landscape...


DLC And Conclusions

With a nice gentle learning curve, this is a sim that kids and adults will love, even if they have not flown before. You can even (heaven forbid) fly with an Xbox 360 controller, but note that Track IR is not working at the moment, which sucks.

DLC available right from the start is a continuation of the Hawaiian Islands, with more missions and challenges, and a couple of new planes to fly. You get one more free with registering for Windows Live. The cost does seem a bit steep at the moment, but maybe they will listen to the fans.

Here's where they got clever though, to complete many of the missions, you NEED to buy one of the extra aeroplanes.

There is not a great deal of free content to be honest, but what is there is very polished and enjoyable. The truth is you have absolutely nothing to loose by trying it, if it's not for you, move on!

The Flight team have just announced that the next DLC pack is Alaska, and given the success of the Tweto family's amazing documentary series Flying Wild Alaska, I am not totally surprised, but I am extremely excited about the future of this new franchise, because it may not be the most complicated simulator, but it sure as hell is one of the more fun ones, and I for one, am enjoying it immensely!

If combat simulations are more your thing, check out my round up HERE

2012 has many great sim joysticks available, check them out HERE

If you are looking for the authentic FSX experience, check out

Important Update

Flight has stopped development. What that means is not yet clear as the Mighty Microsoft are not returning my mails asking what happens to us if they decide to turn off the servers at any point in the future, as this is on online only game. According to their website it's business as usual but a lot of us that supported them are rightfully angry as hell just now that they are closing down shop but still they aren't honest and are trying to sell full priced DLC that may not be usable soon.

UPDATED NOVEMBER 2013. Steam has removed Flight from its store and Games For Windows Live (GFWL) is officially dead. Whether or not we can play offline or not remains to be seen but this franchise is dead.

Flight! Development Stops!

If you enjoyed this article

Please don't forget to click the green "Rate Up" button and "share" it with your friends via Email, Twitter, Facebook, or any other social networking sites.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • hotwebideas profile image

      Bruce Chamoff 

      7 years ago from New York

      I will stick with FSX. I like that better. He said in the video that he does not like taking a Boeing 737 from LAX to Phoenix, but I do. That Microsoft Flight looks boring LOL

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      Sounds like they may have dropped the ball slightly on this one,


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)