Microsoft Flight Simulator Review

On the occasion of the recent and very popular Steam sales, we seized the opportunity to work on a copy of the Microsoft Flight Collection, simply a version of the basic product – free to play – released at the end of February with the addition of all the DLCs. on the market today. The title of the house in Redmond, which will not be given further support according to the latest unpleasant rumors, does not capture the very heavy legacy of the famous Microsoft Flight Simulator saga, but it becomes a sort of spin off, limited both from the point of view of the contents and from the purely simulative one. Nevertheless, according to the developers’ plans, the title should have tickled the most refined palates and casual players transversely, thanks to an extremely scalable flight model and a fresher and “happier” realization compared to the authoritative Flight Simulator X , now on the shelves for six years. Aware of the fact that you have probably already tested the free version for a long time, we will analyze Microsoft Flight from the point of view of the complete experience, now more than ever seen the unfortunate fate of the developers and the closure of the offices.

All inclusive

Once the basic package has been installed, which has also been available on the Steam platform for some time, you immediately perceive an atmosphere of detachment from the old Microsoft flight simulations and, above all, from the need to leaf through pantagruelic manuals just to launch an aircraft. The very pleasant and melodic accompaniment soundtrack goes perfectly with the delicate tones of the simple and functional menus, complete from every point of view but without leading to the academic nuances of the most virtuous simulators.

“Although not a rigorous simulation from every point of view, disabling all the assistances the Microsoft title proposes a very good flight model, which also needs different technical skills to be tested in full”

The setting chosen by the programmers, also “restricted”, is nothing less than the archipelago of Hawaii, with the only island of Ohau available in the basic offer, an old acquaintance of the Test Drive Unlimited series fans. The “Hawaiian adventure” package (19.99 euros on Steam) has been available since its launch, expanding the experience to the whole archipelago and adding the Van’s RV6 aircraft to the player’s hangar, initially occupied only by the A5 Icon (l ‘utilitarian of the planes) and by the famous Boeing Pt-17 Stearman, a classic of the second world war transformed for civil purposes and become the object of desire of many pilots. We can immediately point out that the expansion is such only in terms of quantity and not from the point of view of the variation in the playful offer, although the RV6 is an extremely more versatile and faster aircraft than the two supplied at the beginning. The approximately 20 added challenges fully reflect the standard experience and basically the explorable horizon is only expanded.Alaskan Wilderness (14.99 Euro on Steam), which however adds over half a million square miles to fly over in a totally different setting, with specific climatic conditions and the addition of another aircraft, the basic Crafters Carbon Cub “. As in Gran Turismo 5there are “deluxe” vehicles (with cockpit) and standard vehicles, but we’ll talk about them later. In addition to the two larger expansions, the following individual aircraft can also be purchased: F4U (6.75 Euro), the P-40 at the same price, the Maule M-7-260C (14.99 Euro), the North American P- 51 Mustangs (7.99 Euros) and the Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero (6.75 Euros). All, with the exception of the Maule which also adds some specific mission, are cockpit-free aircraft. These are “important” prices that have raised many criticisms from the players who appreciated the offer: fortunately, the substantial discount offered by Steam a few days ago allowed many to buy the complete package. Once all the DLC and various climate updates are installed online,Games For Windows Live , it is finally possible to get to the cloche and go into the heart of Flight.

Simply fly

Although it is not a rigorous simulation from every point of view, by disabling all the assistances, the Microsoft title offers a very good flight model , which also needs different technical skills to be tested in full, such as knowing how to manage the mixture based on the ‘altitude. Leaving the infamous pre-takeoff and post-landing checklists with manual setting, it is possible to have a complete and full-bodied experience, however, it is also necessary to be equipped with the appropriate peripherals to fully enjoy them. Unfortunately, this important simulation component is only available for aircraft with cockpit (deluxe) and it is only 4 aircraft out of a total of ten, small numbers that unfortunately will not be replenished any longer. Once hovered in the air Microsoft Flight it gives the best of itself, proposing a model of solid and credible flight associated with the pleasure of being able to fly over enchanting and finely detailed landscapes. Each aircraft is equipped with specific features that affect the simulation processes: if the Maule is heavy and complicated to land, the military aircraft and the RV6 are extremely dynamic and need a completely different approach to the runway. The landings represent the fulcrum of the playful experience and being able to execute them correctly with a manual procedure, perhaps without making the PAPI signal lights go crazy, gives good satisfactions and excellent feedback. However, it must be emphasized that collisions with the ground are made in a decidedly approximate manner and with almost comic implications in certain circumstances, with the shots of the camera that instead of dramatizing emphasize the grotesque ruffles , without any deformation effect on the aircraft. The title Microsoft is more enjoyable by using specific peripherals such as joysticks and handcuffs, but thanks to its remarkable scalability you can also have fun with a simple joypad, perhaps with the Xbox 360 that is fully supported and compatible. Mouse and keyboard are anyway necessary to govern the numerous inputs by setting completely manual configurations unless you have a kit that faithfully replicates the cockpit of an airplane.

The main modalities proposed in Microsoft Fligh t are three: Missions, Challenges and Aeronautical Secret Hunt. If the first two offer conventional gaming sessions for any civil flight simulator, such as landings of increasing difficulty, transport of passengers or acrobatics through circles in the sky, the third is undoubtedly the most intriguing, also due to the symbiosis with the Bing search engine . The aerosegreesthey are nothing more than specific air or places to be traced on the game map, following some clues and keywords to be included on the search engine. Unfortunately, despite the different DLCs of the Collection package, there is very little in the flesh because of the limited number of missions, which are exhausted in the blink of an eye by having only the basic package. The only thing that pushes you to try and retry the same mission is to obtain a better score and relative medal, which in a nutshell also translates into experience for your profile. To dramatically worsen the situation there is the premature end of the support from the developers, who every day also proposed a new aeroseground to be hunted on the map. As in any self-respecting flight simulator, fortunately, there is it is also a “free flight” mode, one of the most loved by enthusiasts: in it you can experience the pleasure of flying using any plane and moving at will on the map, setting time of day and weather (from the clear sky to the stormy storm , particularly impressive flying over Alaska), perhaps referring to those actually taking place at that time. Thereonline mode is similar to free flight (up to 16 players) but with the possibility of finding aerosegrees in the company of other pilots. If in the first post-launch period the servers were semi-deserted, today finding someone is a real undertaking and, unfortunately, with the “death” of the project and the absence of new add-ons the situation will inevitably continue to worsen.

The beauty of the sky

From a purely technical point of view Microsoft Flight gives glimpses of pure poetry, alternating with others that are less convincing when flying at low altitude. If Hawaii seen from above (with the maximum details) is a spectacle for the eyes, Alaska is simply a videogame masterpiece. This wilderness, barely touched by the anthropic contribution, offers icy landscapes and boreal forests of rare beauty: never in a video game had there been such a faithful and meticulous reproduction of a land. The breathtaking views are embraced by simply perfect lighting and incredibly realistic weather: each piece is in the right place and only when flying at low altitude, do you notice texture with not very high resolution. The clouds, the rain, the sun that filters through the windshields and the starry night sky are all elements that sometimes make up what can be called a digital work of art. Also the models of the planes are finely detailed, with the deluxe ones equipped with cockpits reproduced to the millimeter and completely functional from the simulation point of view. As you can imagine to fully enjoy the maximum of detail it is necessary to have a lot of computing power, however we have achieved good results even with a second test configuration not really at the top (Acer Aspire 5750G laptop with Nvidia GT540M 2GB). With the first configuration, an i5 750 OC 3.4 Ghz with HD5870 crossfire with 8 GB of Ram, we had no particular problems except in certain circumstances and shots. All in all with the deluxe ones equipped with cockpits reproduced to the millimeter and fully functional from the simulation point of view. As you can imagine to fully enjoy the maximum of detail it is necessary to have a lot of computing power, however we have achieved good results even with a second test configuration not really at the top (Acer Aspire 5750G laptop with Nvidia GT540M 2GB). With the first configuration, an i5 750 OC 3.4 Ghz with HD5870 crossfire with 8 GB of Ram, we had no particular problems except in certain circumstances and shots. All in all with the deluxe ones equipped with cockpits reproduced to the millimeter and fully functional from the simulation point of view. As you can imagine to fully enjoy the maximum of detail it is necessary to have a lot of computing power, however we have achieved good results even with a second test configuration not really at the top (Acer Aspire 5750G laptop with Nvidia GT540M 2GB). With the first configuration, an i5 750 OC 3.4 Ghz with HD5870 crossfire with 8 GB of Ram, we had no particular problems except in certain circumstances and shots. All in all however we have achieved good results even with a second test configuration not really at the top (Acer Aspire 5750G laptop with Nvidia GT540M 2GB). With the first configuration, an i5 750 OC 3.4 Ghz with HD5870 crossfire with 8 GB of Ram, we had no particular problems except in certain circumstances and shots. All in all however we have achieved good results even with a second test configuration not really at the top (Acer Aspire 5750G laptop with Nvidia GT540M 2GB). With the first configuration, an i5 750 OC 3.4 Ghz with HD5870 crossfire with 8 GB of Ram, we had no particular problems except in certain circumstances and shots. All in all Microsoft Flight is a real joy for the eyes and also the audio department does its job very well, with a discreet dubbing in Italian, a good soundtrack and excellent sound effects.