Microsoft Flight takes off a few hours early

Microsoft's latest PC exclusive game has now left the hanger and has taken off from its runway. Microsoft Flight is now available to download for free via the PC section of the Xbox.com web site. Microsoft said a few days ago it planned to launch the game on Wednesday, February 29th. However, it looks like the company pulled the trigger on the download a few hours earlier than expected.

The game does require the user install the Games for Windows Live client. Once that's done, the player can download the 1.43 GB game which allows the player to pilot the experimental ICON A5 aircraft above and around the big island of the state of Hawaii and participate in a number of challenges.

There are a number of DLC options already available for Microsoft Flight. Players can download the WWII fighter aircraft the P-51 Mustang for $7.99 or the single prop engine plane the The Maule M-7-260C for $14.99. Finally, players can purchase and download the Hawaiian Adventure Pack for $19.99. This enables the player to pilot his craft across all of the islands in the Hawaiian chain. It also adds a new aircraft, the Vans RV-6A.

Microsoft will likely add even more DLC content to Microsoft Flight in the coming months.

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Could I literally take off from Heathrow in a 767 and fly west for 7 hours, and then land in JFK Airport, or isn't that how this game works?

McKay said,
Could I literally take off from Heathrow in a 767 and fly west for 7 hours, and then land in JFK Airport, or isn't that how this game works?

Doubtful, certainly not without buying the 767 add on, the Heathrow or London Adventure pack add on, and the NYC adventure pack add on, and probably a Alantic Ocean add on, all of which don't exist yet.

Flight game, where you can press a button to skip flying to get to the next part of the story line based game.... good lord...

This game is not a replacement or improvement over the previous FSX. FSX is a real simulator, with advanced instrumentation. Even though Microsoft is touting that you can adapt the realism and simulator difficulty settings to your gameplay, Microsoft has clearly stated before that this will not be a complete Flight Simulator with all the real instrumentation reproduced.
I have only played the first mission so far, but liked it (as much as you can tell from 4mins playing the game :-) ).
I'll be interested in seeing if they will be adding the rest of the world via DLC and how much all that will cost in the end.

Just tried it. Total let down, no wonder it's 'free' to try. BTW the controls are very unresponsive if you try and use a keyboard which only made the experience even more frustrating.

knighthawk said,
Just tried it. Total let down, no wonder it's 'free' to try. BTW the controls are very unresponsive if you try and use a keyboard which only made the experience even more frustrating.

Those days are over my friend... MS has decided to go into a mainstream approach with Flight, I think they changed the entire dev group and their focus is now on DLC and cash cowing off the Flight Sim name.

I'll probably give this a whirl tonight when I get home from work tonight. I was however wondering since I come from a FSX background, is this going to be a replacement for FSX? i.e. able to perform commercial flights, instrument realism, ILS etc... on like a Boeing 747 or something?

I just played the first mission, and I have to say it feels dumbed down a bit. (It felt weird getting points for lowering the landing gear, after learning the ils procedures in FSX all by try and error:) But if this means it will attract more players and a more polished experience than fine I guess.

I feel you on this, every second a new achievement, pretty annoying. I was peeved that I had to do the first two missions before I could do free flight. Graphics wise it runs smooth but the water seems pretty FSX, maybe I need to find the setting to tinker with. I was expecting alot more but I'll let the game mature before passing judgement.

Truly a pity MS decided to kill Flight Simulator; such an interesting and skill testing game. I am not too thrilled with this new one though as it appears that the ability for 3rd party add ons could be more difficult. That was the brilliance of FS X and below.

I think I will wait a bit.

sdgreen said,
Truly a pity MS decided to kill Flight Simulator; such an interesting and skill testing game. I am not too thrilled with this new one though as it appears that the ability for 3rd party add ons could be more difficult. That was the brilliance of FS X and below.

I think I will wait a bit.


It's like an overflow error in gaming. FlightSim just became better and better, and then it wrapped over to start from bare essentials again. I guess it's nice and all if you like Facebook games and such. I mean -- really like. So much that you pay $20 for two planes to fly and another $20 for some missions. Wow.

I am not giving a single penny for this one... I already shelled out a lot for AoEO and that has had numerous bugs. But the game is now coming out nicely. This one is a plain rip off.

psreloaded said,
I am not giving a single penny for this one... I already shelled out a lot for AoEO and that has had numerous bugs. But the game is now coming out nicely. This one is a plain rip off.

A plain rip-off, or a plane rip-off

COKid said,
It's consensual. No one is making you do anything.

The excuse that works for everything! Don't complain, since you aren't forced. The new TV show started to suck in the second season? Well, no one is forcing you to watch. A bug on Neowin.net cropped up? Well, no one is forcing you to visit the site. Your job sucks? Well, no one is forcing you to go. I love this - we could do away with discussions altogether!

Seriously though, this system screws hardcore gamers, and attempts to push people into becoming casual gamers (alternatively get penalized with far greater costs than otherwise). It's making games become Farmvilles.

I think this trend should be concering to anyone who play games more than a few hours per week.

I dont think i am completly sold on this game, just the lack of stuff is the biggest bummer. Will wait and see how much content is released in a few months.

However, it looks like the company pulled the trigger on the download a few hours earlier than expected.

Maybe they weren't implying any specific timezone

dnast said,
Sounds like this game could get very expensive very quick.

Railworks 3 on Steam currently has $1699.10 of DLC options available.

nvllsvm said,

Railworks 3 on Steam currently has $1699.10 of DLC options available.


Or take 75% off if you purchased the bundle during one of the steam sale days!

Raa said,

Or take 75% off if you purchased the bundle during one of the steam sale days!

LOL @ thinking you got a deal spending $424.75 on a train game!!!

Lachlan said,

LOL @ thinking you got a deal spending $424.75 on a train game!!!

I definitely got a deal spending £2.99 on the Deluxe Edition of the game.