Microsoft Flight aiming to please sim fans and newcomers alike

Microsoft is returning to the skies this month with Microsoft Flight, the first entry in the series since 2006 and the franchise's first venture into the free-to-play business model. The game is due out on February 29, and gamers can pick up a $20 expansion pack on launch day.

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Faelan2260d ago

I'm sure this is going to be one heck of a better experience to the newcomers than Flight Simulator X (FSX). Just getting FSX to run decently on a mid-range system requires a lot of computer knowledge and patience.

Having said that, I think most of the hardcore crowd is going to play around with it a bit (since it's a free download anyway), then leave it in the dust. Problem is, even if it does have some hardcore aspects, it's just so limited in scope compared to what you can achieve in FSX with some 3rd party quality free & payware addons.

The fact that Flight doesn't even allow for 3rd party mods/addons outside of what DLC that MS is going to provide through Windows LIVE just kills it right there. It's the addons that makes FSX a hardcore simulation experience (without 'em FSX is just a hardcore experience in how badly it runs out of the box on most machines).

Hopefully with time, things will change and Flight will turn into something that appeals not only to the newcomers and more casual crowd, but also old hardcore veterans like me who enjoy flying state of the art addons like the PMDG 737NGX or any of the A2A aircrafts all over the world. But that will take years, just like it took years for FSX to build up enough addons for me to replace FS2004 on my harddrive.

omni_atlas2260d ago

I guess that just leaves Prepar3d.

Completely disappointed with MS.