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Video GameMicrosoft Flight Simulator Review
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Posted: 23 months ago, last updated 2 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Microsoft Flight Simulator (Microsoft Flight Sim 2020) is the latest flight simulator game in the long running series. Along with a huge range of aircraft you can learn to fly, the game recreates the entire Earth using textures and data from data maps and three-dimensional models of famous cities and features. Add to this the real world weather and physics effects and you have an incredibly accurate flying simulator.

Flight Simulator populates the world with animals and roads with vehicles, water flows realistically based on wind direction, grass has individual grass blades and trees have individual leaves, creating the illusion of a living world. This includes over 2 million cities and towns. It adds trillions of trees, real-world airports and various animal species including birds, elephants, giraffes and bears.

Although the central tenant of the game, to recreate the complex expansive world of flight and its related protocols, it's also an amazing way to explore the world. You can use the game to learn about different areas of the planet and even scout, "chase" and interact with real-world storms as they occur in real time.

A tutorial takes you through the basics of flight instruments, takeoff and landing. These are complemented by more leisurely and low-pressure "sight-seeing bush trips, which include overflights of Nevada, Patagonia, and the Balkans."

For those wanting a more realistic experience there are features where players can talk with the air traffic controller, switch camera views, modify checklists, adjust AI systems, adjust fuel tanks, view the navigation log, see objectives, view the VFR map, and adjust the weather; buttons in the bar can be changed.

Out now on PC and coming to Xbox Series X|S in Summer 2021.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 18/08/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox Series X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1 (30 online)

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Asobo Studio (@AsoboStudio)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 50 hours and 100 hours to complete. This is a huge almost endless game where you can invest many hours in different ways.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play this by yourself or as a 30-player online game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

 
This has been enjoyed by families in the following styles:

 

BenefitsBenefits

This game has helped players develop their Identity as part of the following pathways:

This game has been the inspiration for the following activities:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Rating

14+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

Our Game Pathways reveal how 15-year-olds play this game:

CostsCosts

Microsoft Flight Simulator usually costs £19.99 to £109.99.
 

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Steam Store PC £59.99
Amazon Store PC £61

Microsoft Flight Simulator Deluxe 40Th Anniversary Edition

Microsoft Flight Simulator Premium Deluxe 40Th Anniversary Edition

Microsoft Flight Simulator Standard 40Th Anniversary Edition

Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition

Steam Store PC £19.99

Microsoft Flight Simulator: Deluxe Game Of The Year Edition

Microsoft Flight Simulator: Premium Deluxe Game Of The Year Edition

Microsoft Flight Simulator: Standard Game Of The Year Edition

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
 
There are different versions available:
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator Standard Edition - Includes 20 highly detailed planes with unique flight models and 30 hand-crafted airports.
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator Deluxe Edition - 25 highly accurate planes with unique flight models and 35 hand-crafted international airports.
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator Premium Edition - 30 highly accurate planes with unique flight models and 40 hand-crafted international airports. 
 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
 

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Microsoft Flight Simulator Accessibility Report documents 28 accessibility features:
Although this simulation is complex and challenging, it has several helper features.
  • Assistance enables waypoint arrows at the taxiways, guiding players on where to go.
  • Route & Waypoints enables markers to guide players in the sky.
  • Landing Path guides players on landing.
  • Travel To time-lapses the flight, condensing long-haul flights.
  • Active Pause pauses the flight, allowing players to explore the surrounding area.
  • Autorudder keeps the plane in the centre line of taxiways and runways when the player is unable to control it.

You can use a reduced set of buttons but opting to start the flight in the air so you don't have to deal with taking off procedure which requires multiple buttons. This enables you to fly and using just the left stick to fly. Although you can't control throttle, this mode is playable although you can't ascend very high. You could also opt to let the computer fly the plane then use the right stick to look around.

Flight Simulator also allows players to search for faunas in the game, either by searching "fauna" on the World Map, or selecting "Fauna Markers" when in mid-air. In addition, there is a feature of entering a geographic coordinate to find a location.

Helpful information on how to play the game is available from the SpecialEffect video.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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