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Microsoft Flight


Microsoft Flight
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Release Info:

  • Developer: Microsoft Studios
  • Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
  • Platform: PC
  • ESRB Rating: Rating Pending
  • Release Date: February 29, 2012

Minimum System Requirements:

  • CPU: Dual Core 2.0 GHz
  • Video Card: 256 MB card capable of shader 3.0 (DX 9.0c compliant)
  • Hard Drive: 10 GB hard drive space
  • Operating System: WinXP SP3
  • RAM: 2 GB

Recommended System Requirements:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7 960 @ 3.20GHz, AMD Phenom II X6 1100T 3.3 GHz or better
  • Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 5870, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 or better
  • Hard Drive: 10 GB hard drive space
  • Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit
  • RAM: 6 GB


The next iteration of Microsoft’s award-winning Flight Simulator series continues the same level of detail and authentic flight modeling as its predecessors, but with a focus on creating a compelling experience for pilots of all skill levels and expertise. The game’s design supports both a mission-oriented career and a free flight mode for those who simply want to go their own way in the world without any specific goals or objectives.

Missions are not only designed to familiarize players with the controls and techniques associated with piloting an aircraft, but also offer a variety of challenges that will test their flying skills over time. Objectives offer varying levels of complexity. One mission simply involves flying to a waypoint, while others have you finding a missing person, transporting passengers during inclement weather at night, or carrying cargo to a specific destination.

Rather than follow one linear path, missions are designed to branch off in different directions as you progress. You’ll also be able to earn awards, achievements, and experience points based on how well you perform during a particular mission or task, such as landing the plane. Players can then revisit a mission to try to improve their score.

New to the series is the integration of social features, allowing for multiple flight enthusiasts to share their progress within the game and mission scores with each other for friendly competition. They can opt for guidance support or fly on their own while adjusting the various knobs and switches from the cockpit view. Designed to run on lower computers and laptops as well as high-end computers, Microsoft Flight supports both online and offline play.

Microsoft Flight, which is free to download and play, includes the ICON A5 recreational aircraft and the Big Island of Hawaii as the featured destination. Connecting the game with a Games for Windows Live account will unlock the Boeing Stearman aircraft as well as additional missions. Players that wish to expand the game can purchase new planes and locales through the Games for Windows Marketplace.

The first official add-on for Microsoft Flight is the Hawaiian Adventure Pack, which includes the remaining Hawaiian islands and more than 100 miles of content to explore. Also included in this Adventure Pack is a new plane, the Vans RV-6A, and 20 additional missions. The price for this Adventure Pack, available when the game launches on February 29, 2012, is 1600 Microsoft Points ($20).

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