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Microsoft Flight Simulator

From light planes to wide-body jets, fly highly detailed and accurate aircraft in the next generation of Microsoft Flight Simulator. Test your piloting skills against the challenges of night flying, real-time atmospheric simulation and live weather in a dynamic and living world. Create your flight plan to anywhere on the planet. Microsoft Flight Simulator includes 20 highly detailed planes with unique flight models and 30 hand-crafted airports. Vivid and Detailed Landscapes – Immerse yourself in the vast and beautiful world that is our planet with over 37 thousand airports, 1.5 billion buildings, 2 trillion trees, mountains, roads, rivers and more. Living World – Earth is vibrant and ever-changing and so is the world of Microsoft Flight Simulator which includes live traffic, real-time weather and animals.
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Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

born too late to explore the world, born too early to explore the galaxy, born at just the right time to nose dive into my ex's house with a boeing 747

Review from Steam

I HESITANTLY recommend this game.
I'm going to get the criticism out of the way first. Pretty much all of the negative reviews are about the download experience, and I couldn't agree more with them. Each and every negative review is valid.
I actually waited for the steam version of this game to come out because, quite frankly, steam has the best downloading service of any game launcher. I cannot understand how other companies utterly fail in this department where steam succeeds, and I don't think other studios quite understand this is probably the biggest key to steam's success. Steam actually uses up my entire bandwidth to get games downloaded ASAP, the downloads are 99.99% flawless, and when games get corrupted, they have a "verify game files" option that fixes your install way faster than any other troubleshooting method, and without having to uninstall and reinstall games. Provide a good service, and maybe I'll use your service. This is why I hate EA and Origin. They finally caved to putting EA games on steam, only for me to find out that it force launches origin from steam... Bruh... I boycotted Origin because its such an awful service, like, ya'll don't Fing get it do ya?
Anyway, microsoft unfortunately went that route. They made a proprietary downloader and launcher. The steam "game" you buy is really just a game key or something.
Then this proprietary launcher is total dogshite. I had to troubleshoot the installer for days before it would finally fully install the game. And I have friends who have given up on it entirely, because of not just how slow it is, but how regularly it gets perma stuck. MSFS, if you want people to play your game, then stop developing new content, go back, and [email protected]# your installer.
I think the reason they went this route was to make it easier to port the game to different platforms, but dear GOD, I wish they'd taken a little extra time to just port the game into Steam's download server system.
It gets worse. This game also has loooong loading times... And since the downloader and load screens are both in game, you will never have an accurate amount of playtime listed on steam. Probably about a third of my time listed here was actually spent flying anything.
Why does this matter? Because steam's refund system is based on hours played. People who RIGHTFULLY want a refund because the download makes this game borderline unplayable (making this a faulty and falsely advertised product) wind up with like "80 hours played" without ever getting past the installer, invalidating their chance at a refund. I wouldn't be surprised if microsoft intentionally set up their downloader this way to screw steam users out of refunds.
Honestly, between MSFS's downloading experience, and how crap origin is... I really wish Steam would make it a requirement in their contracts with other studios that all download and installation has to be handled through steam servers, if they want to offer games on steam. It would force these companies to either submit to actually offering a good download experience, or just not offer their games on steam and miss out on a huge player base. People like me WAIT for games to come out on steam because these other services absolutely suck. By allowing games to be hosted on steam, yet be nothing more than a key to a third party launcher, Steam is literally allowing other studios to trick their customer base into using unwanted and crap services. It's basically a scam, and I wish Steam would crack down on it with a requirement to use Steam's servers. Otherwise, if this behavior is allowed to become standard, what reason do we have to use Steam if we're just going to get kicked to other crappier services?
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Anyway, that rant over... Despite the download issues, I still recommend this game. It's amazing. Asobo literally streams 2 petabytes of terrain data to your computer, allowing for terrain fidelity that far exceeds any other flight simulator.
It's by far not a perfect game. I get crashes after a few hours of play time. The A320. last I checked, would roll randomly on flair for landing, the flight model isn't perfect. But flying in such a realistic environment is well worth the effort of troubleshooting their downloader. And the dev team have put a ton of work into improving the game over time.
Perhaps the best feature imo is the landing challenges. Landing is one of the hardest skills a pilot can learn. Asobo have come up with a way to turn a civilian flight simulator, traditionally a quite boring sandbox experience, into a competitive game that drives people to become better pilots. First thing I did was spend a week with my crap 3rd party xbox controller getting a 1 million + score on every landing challenge, and it vastly improved my ability to land accurately.
I hope this becomes a normal thing to do in future civilian flight sims. Combat flight sims are already very competitive and gamified. But civilian flight simulators are mostly sandboxes. Things like landing challenges gamify civilian flight sims, giving more reason and reward for the player to get into the game. Obviously freeflight should always be a thing, but it would be nice to see more features like this in future flight simulators.
So yeah. Despite microsoft's proprietary downloader BS, I recommend this game. Because what happens after you get it to install successfully is well worth the effort.

Review from Steam

DISCLAIMER FOR PEOPLE ABOUT TO BUY THIS GAME
If you're buying this game just to try it out, please, do NOT buy this game. The reason is that all the downloading is done withing the game itself, not through Steam, so you will immediately go past the 2 hour refund limit of Steam. If you're going to buy this game, make sure you actually WANT this game in the first place.
Other than that, the game is fantastic. Nice flying, fantastic graphics, occasional crashes but they're not too bad. 8/10

Review from Steam

I am an older gentleman (b1938) who really has found lots of enjoyment with this game.

Review from Steam

I figure at the 1200hr mark, I feel It's only reasonable to leave my remarks and squawk my experience so far.
As a game, MSFS is a work in progress. It's much, Much better than it was at launch, and with each Sim Update you have a bit of frustration depending if they focus on PC, or on Xbox as for reasons, when they attempt to focus on patches for one, it breaks the other, but coming past SU9, I feel they are continuing to be on the right track and little by little, the game continues to get better and better.
You have read it all before, the Graphics are between good and downright fantastic. This is at the moment, the only game on my system that is the main push for me to build a new PC just to play it. Sim Update Performance improvements have helped quite a bit, but the draw of VR/4K gaming even with a 3090, demands a better CPU and my pretty much ancient X79 based system just isn't enough for this game alone. Even the most recent chip from AMD, the 5800X3D showed that the game Loves CPU Cache, and will use as much as you can get it. Zen 4 is on my radar to be the next big step for getting that bottleneck off the CPU.
Sound is another thing that MSFS does really well at times. Most of the stock planes sound great, and most of the time, a quality 3rd party plane does put some fantastic effort into their audio as well. (PMDG's DC-6 and the Wing42 Boeing 247D are two of my absolute favorites for Radial Relaxation.) When the planes sound good, it really helps nail the experience more than just pretty graphics alone.
VR finally came to the game, and with one of the best implementation using the OpenXR system. Being able to hot swap between 2D and VR on the fly is something many other games should adopt. And if your system is powerful enough for it (Hah, like one truly exist yet with current CPU tech) the game looks amazing maxed out while in VR. The first time I loaded up in the Just Flight Arrow in VR, I could swear I could smell the plane as it was exactly as I would be in a real one many times before. There is still plenty of work to be done for VR. The VR Controls continue to need work and adjustment as well as 3rd party support, but when they can finally get to the point that you can just click, rotate, pull, etc all the cockpit buttons, dials, and levers in VR, it will be an absolutely amazing experience. For now, it is still extremely good, and will continue to get better as technology and the systems improve.
Flight Model is something that some people may love, some may hate, some may like for some plane and not others, some may say X-Plane/P3D/etc does better. For a Sim and a Game, MSFS has nailed a pretty solid representation of how it feels to fly most planes. They are continuing to improve it immensely with added physics and aerodynamic model improvements and again, the game continues to grow and improve over time where the physics will inevitably follow. On the smaller planes, things are quite close to real life comparing to my real world experience, larger birds seem to be pretty close as well depending on the ones you are flying and how much you trust the Weather systems effects on the plane as well. Is it Perfect, no, but I do feel that over time it can be made as simple, or as true to life as one may want and has the CPU performance to emulate down the road.
Weather is another thing that while its had it's fair share of bugs and goofy issues, when it does work correct, it really does add to the immersion factor of the game and gives you the true sense of flying in something other than a clear calm blue sky. Hopefully it can be expanded to truly emulate hurricanes and other more extreme weather, but for now, being able to fly a little Cessna into a Hurricane during the season is kind of fun for something you would never want to do in the real world.
Gameplay is something that at the present system, is possibly lacking to those that are either a little unfamiliar with Flight Sims of this type, but also a lack of implementation ingame that at least for the time being, is being somewhat provided by third party services to add a form of "Campaign" or "Career" mode. My personal favorite is Flight Sim Economy (FSEconomy), and The Skypark from Orbx. The Skypark gives you some fun and adventurous routes to fly in all sorts of interesting parts of the world, and has a extremely slick app and interface design that works really well. FSE is a much more dated interface and system, but has a lot more depth for things like the world economy, the ability to own and rent/lease planes, maintain and service them, and even run your own FBO network. It too will take you to many different parts of the world but you do have to make your own goals for what you want in the long run, like any open world career sim would. It would be nice if MSFS eventually adds its own sort of Career/Campaign mode that interacts directly and deeply within its own systems, and eventually I believe it will happen, but for now, outside of the lack of marketing/exposure for many of these alternate 3rd party solutions, the ones that are out there do scratch the itch pretty well at least for now.
The Download System many have complained about, and it sounds like Steam actually dodged the bullet compared to the Windows Store version that has even harder times getting patches to apply on Sim Update day sometimes, but I personally, spread between multiple completely separate PC's in my house, have had no issues whatsoever downloading/reinstalling the game or updating when patches are released. Good internet is a must but you will never max out your bandwidth as even with Gigabit, the game does seem to top out at around 200-300Mbit and then since it does handle one file at a time, is at the limit of downloading that file, extracting and processing it, and going onto the next which is a very slow and linear process, and being the game is near 200G at this point, does take time no matter how fast your PC/Internet/etc is. When it all works though, it does eventually finish and works fine at least for me. One big thing that I think even a few Xbox users are missing is when you do download an update or even after first install, you do have to go to the Package Manager under your profile tab, and "Select All" and download all those updates as well, especially after every patch, to update all the other packages not part of the main core game. If you don't do that, you will be missing a lot of content and fixes that could cause the game to crash if it's not updated after a Sim Update. The whole separate system like this is very silly I completely agree, but once you grasp it, it works, just very clunky and slowly, but it does, work...
Controller support for the game is very good, one thing I do hope to return in due time would be Force Feedback support as when you have that working, flying a plane really does feel real as you feel the resistance of the air against the control surfaces. And the game supports many of the current, past, and probably future sticks, yokes, gamepads, etc and has customization options galore. One of my favorite devices to use however for quick flights without having to swap in/out the whole Joystick/Throttle/Peddle setup, is using the Steam Controller. The Gyro on the Steam Controller works fantastic as a virtual yoke and allows for near pinpoint precision control over everything except the Yaw access. The triggers though that control yaw, do have finer control than say the same triggers on an Xbox One controller so even that is an improvement over just a conventional gamepad. This does give me great excitement for playing MSFS on the Steam Deck as you will pretty much have the sim, in a portable system combined with a Steam Controller. Fantastic and I cannot wait for mine for quick couch FSE hops.
TLDR. If you like Aviation and Flight, MSFS is a love letter to the skies.

Review from Steam

Crashed into my house. 10/10

Review from Steam

~ DIFFICULTY ~
🔲 My grandma could play it
🔲 Easy
✅ Normal
✅ Hard
🔲 A challenge to be reckoned
🔲 In the heat of confrontation, (Only PVP games)
~ GRAPHICS ~
🔲 MS Paint
🔲 Bad
🔲 Meh
🔲 Normal
🔲 Very Good
🔲 An original artistic direction
✅ Beautiful
✅ Masterpiece
~ MUSIC ~
🔲 Just filling noises/No music
🔲 Trivial and uneventful
✅ Good and/or fitting the game's artistic dispositions
🔲 Memorable
🔲 Transcending whispers of a forgotten world
~ INTEREST ~
🔲 I would rather watch paint dry
🔲 Hard to enjoy
🔲 Repetitive and/or uninspired
✅ A good moment
🔲 Sticking out of the pack
🔲 You will remember it long after
~ REPLAYABILITY ~
🔲 A one-time experience
🔲 Only for achievements
🔲 If you wait a few months/years (or with mods)
🔲 Definitely
✅ Infinitely replayable (or almost)
~ BUGS ~
✅ Never heard of
✅ Minor bugs
🔲 Can get annoying
🔲 Impacts the player's experience badly
🔲 The game itself is a big terrarium for bugs
~ REQUIREMENTS ~
🔲 You can run it on a microwave
🔲 Low
✅ Average
✅ High
🔲 NASA computer
~ PRICE ~
🔲 Free
🔲 Underpriced
🔲 Perfect Price
✅Could be cheaper
🔲 Overpriced
🔲 Complete waste of money
~ WORTH BUYING ~
🔲 No
🔲 If you have nothing else to play
✅ Wait for sale
✅ Yes
~ EXPECTATIONS ~
🔲 It's a completely different game
🔲 This game is a scam
🔲 It's missing many features they announced
✅ Looks very similar to the steam page
🔲 Better than expected and/or announced
🔲 Masterpiece, no patch or feature has to be added.
~ FINAL RATING OUT OF 10 ~
🔲 1
🔲 2
🔲 3
🔲 4
🔲 5
🔲 6
🔲 7
🔲 8
✅ 9
🔲 10