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Microsoft Flight Simulator is board number one. Review / Games


Genre Simulator
Publisher Xbox Game Studios
Developer Asobo Studio
Minimum Requirements Intel Core i5-4460 3.4 GHz / AMD Ryzen 3 1200 3.1 GHz, 8 GB RAM, DirectX 11 graphics card and 2 GB memory, such as NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 / AMD Radeon RX 570, 150 GB storage, Internet connection and Microsoft account, operating system Windows 10 version 18362 or higher
Recommended Requirements Intel Core i5-8400 2.8 GHz / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5 GHz, 16 GB RAM, DirectX 11 graphics card and 4 GB memory, e.g. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon RX 590
release date August 18, 2020
Age qualification from 0 years
Platforms PC, Xbox One
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Played on PC

In the preliminary review, we wrote that we were pleasantly surprised (and really delighted there) with the elaboration of the world, convincing simulation of the environment and the picturesque wonders of machine generation. The technical state of the project caused some concern: bugs, crashes, startup difficulties and other problems prevented MSFS from being properly tried out. Let’s see what awaits us on the updated board …

The most popular key in MSFS is the screenshot capture key

The most popular key in MSFS is the screenshot capture key

⇡ #Cloudy, calculated

Microsoft Flight Simulator is one of the most technologically advanced games of our time. Its unprecedented scale, meticulous elaboration of game elements, unmatched visuals and skillful use of machine and cloud computing are stunning. But there is such a game (and not only game) pattern – the larger and more ambitious the project, the more likely it will have problems in the most unexpected places. Likewise, the grandiose Microsoft Flight Simulator failed to avoid commonplace technical problems.

Although the bugs have become noticeably fewer, many problems from the “alpha” in the release, alas, are still relevant: the frame rate periodically experiences turbulence regardless of the graphic settings (especially in the cockpit and at night), long downloads only added to their duration, and desktop crashes darken the life of an ordinary pilot. I was especially surprised by a very archaic problem: the game will not start if Cyrillic characters are present in the installation path (hello, 2006). There is no doubt that over time, Asobo specialists will solve these and other problems, but at the moment such things can become an obstacle to a thorough acquaintance with MSFS. But this acquaintance promises a lot …

On the aircraft panel, each button can be pressed, each lever can be rotated. Even the monitor screens can be turned off. The main thing is not to experiment in the air ...

On the aircraft panel, each button can be pressed, each lever can be rotated. Even the monitor screens can be turned off. The main thing is not to experiment in the air …

⇡ #From the screw … to the turbine

It takes your breath away from how aesthetically pleasing and versatile the world of MSFS looks! The sky fascinates with voluminous clouds and an immense range of shades and states; landscapes and cities are worked out in detail, and machine generation, although it makes mistakes in the local features of urban planning (in the northern capital, for example, in the city center, instead of a recognizable admiralty building, a giant citadel of evil is piled up, apparently taken from Orwellian works, definitely not from reality ), yet creates recognizable and authentic landscapes. But all the riot of generated beauty and computing power, of course, is just the foundation for the main element of the aviation simulator: a variety of detailed aircraft.

Microsoft Flight Simulator has prepared flying machines for different tastes: miniature propeller-driven, medium-sized turboprop, business jet jets and colossal airliners. Visually, the devices are flawlessly executed both outside and inside, where on the dashboard each button is in its place and is fully functional. And if, during a flight on, say, a Cessna CJ4, you turn in the cockpit one hundred and eighty degrees, you can see an empty, but still accurately recreated private jet cabin.

Only the pianist of the Prague Philharmonic is able to perform such a landing from the keyboard.

Only the pianist of the Prague Philharmonic is able to perform such a landing from the keyboard.

The flight experience on each vessel is different. Some lightweight sporty Zlin Savage Cub feels, handles, takes off and lands far from the same as a heavy passenger Boeing 787-10. The general level of physics realism seems to be quite reliable (naturally, for a person who does not have the crusts of an aircraft designer or test pilot): the position of the flaps affects the behavior of the board in the air and on the speed, the weight of the aircraft is felt at any maneuver, and too harsh handling of the control wheel will certainly lead to a stall effect. Although, of course, the possibility of performing a loop on the monstrous Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental seems slightly absurd and not very plausible …

As already mentioned in the preview, it is, of course, best to control the board with a gamepad or flight periphery. The keyboard and mouse, alas, do not give any feedback, and are simply disastrously inconvenient. As for the control schemes, Microsoft Flight Simulator makes sure that pilots are comfortable with any requests. In search of the most realistic configuration, you can look into the settings and pay attention to the parameters of torque, asymmetric load of the propeller and gyroscope. And for those who, on the contrary, have just started their ascent in the flight club, a huge range of assistance options are provided: in control of the helm, during landings, in regulating the mixture, calibrating systems and much more. In a word, everyone can comfortably fly into the airspace of game modes.

In the in-game store, you can find new vehicles, airports, and much more. So far, only official content has been presented, but, without a doubt, custom modifications will not keep you waiting

In the in-game store, you can find new vehicles, airports, and much more. So far, only official content has been presented, but, without a doubt, custom modifications will not keep you waiting

⇡ #The weather is flying!

To master the general game positions MSFS suggests in flight school. Having passed the “tests”, you can safely go for a real challenge. For example, in flight on landmarks, where the ability to maneuver, stay on course and recognize ground points of interest is the key to success. Losing a landmark is not a tricky business, but you can always turn to the help of a computer. AI will help out and briefly mark on the map the location of the lost pilot. But in this case, the reward for the test will no longer be given.

More Tense – Landing Mode, offering three difficulty levels: Famous, Epic and Strong Wind. The pilot will have to land different aircraft at famous airports in the world. Differences in runway length, visibility and air gust strength. The task sounds like it’s not very difficult, but in fact, landing a huge liner on the airport strip in the Austrian Innsbruck in the conditions of a monstrous wind is an incredibly harsh test and requires a thorough calculation of horizontal and vertical speeds, side position and considerable concentration. But, after a dozen failures, how much joy the perfect (well, almost) contact of the chassis with the strip brings! And then it turns out that it is not enough just to land the plane – for a high result it will not hurt to do everything technically and sharply. But if patience allows, then you can fly into battle again and again with a gust of wind and, having succeeded, proudly watch your name on the list of the best MSFS pilots from around the world … In this particular category, of course.

Communication with dispatchers takes place via chat. But convinced social phobes can always shift this responsibility to autopilot.

Communication with dispatchers takes place via chat. But convinced social phobes can always shift this responsibility to autopilot.

Still, the host of the ball is the free regime, named in the game “World Map”, which we especially noted in the preliminary review. Since then, little has changed – this is still an immense flying sandbox for everyone who is crazy about aeronautical romance. Here you can choose any destination, any place of arrival, choose the weather conditions to your liking (including realistic ones, reflecting the current weather pattern on the planet). The network component is immediately adjusted: if you do not want to share the sky with others, fly in splendid isolation; want to wave a wing to a like-minded person flying in the distance – choose the appropriate option. The airspace can also be filled with AI-controlled aircraft and real world traffic.

And of course, the weather is also customizable according to the principle “realism or whatever you like”. And here it is – free flight! There are enough lessons here: someone will want to arrange a transatlantic flight to race with dawn, another pilot will like the idea of ​​flying around all the attractions available in the game, someone will happily fly to the sunny Caribbean islands, and someone will simply turn on the autopilot, flying over which – some picturesque place, and will enjoy the views to the melodic hum of aircraft turbines.

GPS navigation is a faithful friend of a gaping pilot!

GPS navigation is a faithful friend of a gaping pilot!

***

Microsoft Flight Simulator, without exaggeration, can be called the most ambitious game project of our time (of those published, of course) – even after flying tens of hours in the simulator, you never get tired of being surprised at the level and depth of development. But even now it is obvious that this is not the limit, but only a groundwork for, hopefully, a great and cloudless future in the company of passionate sky lovers. We will follow with interest the further development.

Advantages:

  • unprecedented level of world simulation;
  • an amazing variety of landscapes and landscapes;
  • an impressive basic hangar of civil aircraft for every taste;
  • successful physical model and excellent study of aircraft details;
  • skillfully created conditions for both aviation enthusiasts and new players of the genre.

Disadvantages:

  • technical problems so far prevent a full immersion in the world of MSFS;
  • keyboard and mouse controls are insanely awkward.

Graphic arts

Microsoft Flight Simulator is perhaps the most scenic game to date. Landscapes and airplanes are impeccably recreated, the effects are spectacular and believable, and the areas have their characteristic flavor. Every screenshot, then the desire to print and hang in a prominent place.

Sound

The hum of the turbines, the crackle of the propellers, the contact of the landing gear with the strip, the air currents covering the plane – all the audio content sounds amazing and authentic. Dispatchers always speak accurately and to the point. Warnings from the on-board computer are alarming to the extent necessary, and the voices of the AI ​​assistants change depending on the aircraft in accordance with real counterparts.

Single player game

Amusing challenge modes and an entire globe to explore – there’s plenty to do for the year ahead!

Collective game

Alas, during the time that the network game was launched into the sky (mainly before the release), we did not manage to meet any other player. In the context of aeronautics, maybe this is not so bad …

General impression

Microsoft Flight Simulator is a project of unprecedented scale and incredible level of elaboration. Perhaps this is not even so much a game as an important milestone in the industry, demonstrating a new technological horizon.

Rating: 9.0 / 10

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