Microsoft returns to the world of flight sims today with the release of their follow-up to Flight Simulator X, Microsoft Flight. The free-to-player download-only release, available at MicrosoftFlight.com, allows virtual pilots to fly over the Big Island of Hawaii in an Icon A5. Players who sign in using their Games for Windows – Live account will also receive free DLC, including the Boeing Stearman, extra missions, access to Achievements, and an Online Pilot Profile.
Additional DLC is also available in the form of planes and airspace. A basic model of a North American P-51 Mustang, which includes just the exterior, is available for $7.99, while deluxe models of the Maule M-7-260C and Vans RV-6A, which includes exterior views and cockpit, are available for $14.99 each. For those wanting to see more of Hawaii, the Hawaiian Adventure Pack is available for $19.99. The Adventure Pack includes the remaining Hawaiian Islands, new challenges, 20-plus new missions, and a deluxe Vans RV-6A.
In “Microsoft Flight,” players view the world from above in a visually stunning and realistic representation of the earth, complete with region-specific weather patterns, foliage, terrain and landmarks. Players can choose to take the helm using highly rendered, accurate cockpits and authentic piloting procedures, or simply use their mouse and keyboard to control the plane in an exterior view. More experienced players can tailor the flight controls to match their skill level, making “Microsoft Flight” easy for beginners while still challenging for the most accomplished PC pilots.
Official Site: Microsoft.com – Flight