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Microsoft Flight Simulator - Review Thread

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This feels like a watershed moment in gaming. This may sound strange, but it reminds me of when No Mans Sky released; it promises so much that has never been done before due mainly to tech limitations. Only this game actually delivers and is amazing right at launch!

Now scale this bitch to the Series X and sell those things like hot cakes! Flight stick support of any sort and I’m there day one.
 

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Metacritic







Release: 18/08/2020



Video reviews

IGN - 10/10



ACG - Buy



GamingBolt - 9/10



Written reviews

Eurogamer - Essential

IGN - 10/10

VG247 - 5/5

Aus Gamers - 10/10

PC Gamer - Review in progress



Humbly adding mine :D


I can finally say that this is likely the best game that has come out of Microsoft in a decade, despite a few flaws.
 

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He literally said he's seen it running on XSX, a couple of months ago. And the game is running on PC's faw lower in spec than XSX. Literally no reason why it wouldnt come to XSX. In fact its still slated for XB1, as far as i know lol.

I do hope so. It would be a killer app.
 

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Makes you really think who the fuck runs Microsoft Game Studios. I don't know how about you, but I think that best strategy would be not show game, which has 94 on Metacritic and instead let's show Craig. Make sense /s
 
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94 meta is too low for this.

I wouldn't say so. It's not without relevant flaws, which I'm surprised many did not talk about. Mostly, it does the super-bare minimum at actually helping people to learn anything beyond basic flight with the simplest aircraft.

I can see many hitting a massive brick wall as soon as they try to fly anything more advanced than a Cessna.

Of course, this may not be a problem for experienced simmers, but it's not like they did not try very hard to position this as accessible. It is... if all you wanna fly is a Cessna.
 
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Of the last 10 years? Ms2020 wasn't known it exists until 2018 lol
The sim community has been begging for a proper next gen flight simulator for more than 10 years. Since that infamous DX10 bullshot for flight simulator X back in 2006 but you were probably still wearing nappies back then. Needless to say the DX10 implementation in simulator x was beyond disappointing. The demand has been so high that entire companies were built just to produce add ons for a 15 year old game in order to modernize it.
 
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Let it be known that the ENTIRE FUCKING PLANET 1:1 in scale takes up LESS space than Call of Duty Modern Warfare!
But well, this is just the base data. Without an internet connection it won't look actually "real". Before you start your flight the flight simulator will download the high-res stuff so it looks much more like the real world.
No SSD or HDD alone could handle that much data.

I cant wait to experience this. :messenger_grinning:

rivers that go up and down :)
But well, it is "just" an approximation of satellite images. Looks great though. Normally you wouldn't fly that near to the ground.
 
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Good start to quality games. NOw lets see if they can do that beyond racing and simulator games.

But kudos to MS, the PC market needs stuff like this to push graphics, and hopefully they update it for VR.
 
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Is there any sort of free fly mode where you can just cruise around the world?
Yes you can turn the simulation aspects right down, pick a plane, and explore the world.
Its the thing that imo will be used the most.
 

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Makes you really think who the fuck runs Microsoft Game Studios. I don't know how about you, but I think that best strategy would be not show game, which has 94 on Metacritic and instead let's show Craig. Make sense /s
Halo has mass appeal. Flight Sim doesn't.

Even crappy Halo will draw more people in.
 

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I'm curious how this will score on Xbox if a difference in scores at all. Hope there's a nice breakdown of concessions made in console.

Great scores, looks like a simulator you can lose yourself in and just keep flying. Ppl love simulators thts for sure as so many are being produced now.
 
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Not interested in the slightest at this game, would rather watch paint dry.

Saying that, fantastic for the fans of the series and hopefully it's good on xbox too.
 
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Halo has mass appeal. Flight Sim doesn't.

Even crappy Halo will draw more people in.
Among kids yeah it doesn't but among adults fight simulator will make Microsoft more money than any Sony exclusive. Go back to spiderman until your grow up a little.
 
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How do you even manage to put a "videogame rating" on a flight simulator.. As a lifetime long flight simulator fan it's rather amusing to observe gaming sites "review" this title.
This game is getting a lot of mainstream attention because of the visuals and faithful reproduction of the earth, so its natural for it to get an AAA treatment from the media.
 
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This game has a very specific type of audience, but if you do right by that audience, you're handsomely rewarded.

Looking forward to playing this some time once I replace my PC.

Also: fuck WB Games, MS needs to buy Asobo. The results speak for themselves.

Series X will be a vastly gimped version because of the lack of the community modding or VATSIM, not mentioning the graphics will be dumbed down due to Series X's weak and dated hardware.

For a next-gen game console there's nothing "weak" about it. Do you guys chunk out 90% of your brain into the freezer at the start of the week and add it in piece-by-piece every few days or something?

Halo has mass appeal. Flight Sim doesn't.

Even crappy Halo will draw more people in.

People probably said the same thing about Fall Guys before it came out and they actually, 'ya know, played it?

You can't actually predict what is or isn't going to be a big draw sometimes. Granted FS is way too complex for the frankly dumbed-down skillset of most console gamers for them to genuinely get into it without a massive learning curve, but I think there's a few casual modes (or casual settings) they could do to draw intimidated gamers in.

Granted yes the idea of flying planes doesn't have the immediate appeal of shooting up aliens on a space planet, but like I said some games have surprising appeal if done and marketed right.
 
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This game has a very specific type of audience, but if you do right by that audience, you're handsomely rewarded.

Looking forward to playing this some time once I replace my PC.



For a next-gen game console there's nothing "weak" about it. Do you guys chunk out 90% of your brain into the freezer at the start of the week and add it in piece-by-piece every few days or something?


I buy everything. PC, XBOX and PS. the level of fanboyism in sony fans is hilarious. its like the 90s all over again. has to be kids.
 

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Wow, 94 on metacritic, will see if it's really this good, while PC don't really have generation difference, however this could be the launch title of PC 'next gen' and a new Flight has been a game that I have been waiting for a decade. Hopefully it really is this good, this will show that MS should really focus on the PC and just let 343i and ninja theory go, they have so many awesome PC IPs and studios that can do great PC games, stop focusing on that xbox please MS, back to where you are best at, give up halo, gears of war and support flight, AOE4, AOM2, Stalker 2 and avowed. Fable 4 can be made into an awesome PC focused title as well if it's done right.
Why not both, like they've been doing? I hope they continue to offer games available for either so players like me don't get iced out of an ecosystem
 

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I do hope so. It would be a killer app.
No, i wont, and will say the same if this was a sony or Nintendo game, this is a flight sim, and its better its stay faithfull to the genere, not a dumbdown console versión Ace combat style
 

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Makes you really think who the fuck runs Microsoft Game Studios. I don't know how about you, but I think that best strategy would be not show game, which has 94 on Metacritic and instead let's show Craig. Make sense /s

It's not on Xbox consoles and nobody knows when it will be yet.

They should just make the game Series X exclusive and cancel the last gen versions so that they can get it released on console sooner rather than later.
 

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It's not on Xbox consoles and nobody knows when it will be yet.

They should just make the game Series X exclusive and cancel the last gen versions so that they can get it released on console sooner rather than later.
Many games presented there are long way off, so it would fit right into the show. At least it looks good and I am not sure what would they don't port it.
 

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How do you even manage to put a "videogame rating" on a flight simulator.. As a lifetime long flight simulator fan it's rather amusing to observe gaming sites "review" this title.
Because to a lot of people this is another weapon on the console war, leave this sim alone, this saga doesnt need this shit, its a miracle we have a New one
 

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It's a niche title, relax a bit.
Its been on the top selling steam games for months at $60 when you can fully play it for $1 on gamepass. An entire ecosystem of companies, millions of flight simmers and virtual airlines are preparing to move into it. Its as far from a niche game as it gets.
 
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Many games presented there are long way off, so it would fit right into the show. At least it looks good and I am not sure what would they don't port it.

True.

Don't give a shit to be honest though, this game is at home on PC.
 

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would be hilarious if MS waited for the Series X to bring this to consoles. The highest rated launch game on Xbox. I can see the back pedaling already.... lol
 
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But well, this is just the base data. Without an internet connection it won't look actually "real". Before you start your flight the flight simulator will download the high-res stuff so it looks much more like the real world.
No SSD or HDD alone could handle that much data.


rivers that go up and down :)
But well, it is "just" an approximation of satellite images. Looks great though. Normally you wouldn't fly that near to the ground.
Yes you will see the up and down rivers alot
 

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Its been on the top selling steam games for months at $60 when you can fully play it for $1 on gamepass. An entire ecosystem of companies, millions of flight simmers and virtual airlines are preparing to move into it. Its as far from a niche game as it gets.

No, it's niche. Using the Steam charts as reference? Are you serious?

If the game wasn't niche, Xbox would have promoted the hell out of it, they would of damn sure found a way to get this to the console players the same time as the PC guys.

It's a niche game. A great one going by the reviews.