Microsoft Flight has taken off
The tutorials only take about 20 minutes for all 3 of them and I they covered all the important parts of flying and getting around. Now I might know a thing or two about flying from all my time spent on flight sims in my youth, but this was a good refresher course nonetheless. Someone who has never flown a (virtual) plane will likely not feel overwhelmed.
After the tutorial was completed, I was put into the game proper and promptly surprised. Microsoft Flight has a lot of features in the game portion that bring me back to playing it more than most flight sims. Most sims have no purpose beyond the act of flying itself, so if you don’t invent a flight, it gets boring. Microsoft Flight provides you with all the reasons you could want to fly beyond free flight and they include: Missions, Jobs, and Challenges.
One of the most surprising features of Microsoft Flight is that it’s free to play. Yes, folks, yet another free to play title to add to my list. They are currently selling 3 add-on aircraft and 1 additional territory. Since the game just released, it isn’t a lot of purchasable content, but I expect there to be a LOT more. There are also a number of achievements (e.g. Mach 1) that are not possible with the current assortment of planes.
Overall, I’m really quite excited. The game is a little more game and a little less realistic on the flight sim side, but I have seen a number of options that indicate it is possible to get the flight mechanics to behave MUCH more realistically. Really though, it’s targeting a more general audience and I’m okay with that. One day I might get to fly a real plane, until then I’ll skip the $75 for X-Plane and play Microsoft Flight.