Cloud Gaming: Microsoft Flight Is Out Today, Free

By Craig Pearson on February 29th, 2012 at 10:18 am.

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Welcome aboard Microsoft Flight gfwlivesetup_4d5308d2e0000001_DIR.exe. Our free-to-play sim set in the skies of Hawaii, but we’ve been redirected to land on a strip near Tim Stone’s house. He’ll be trimming the review rudder for us sometime this week. We offer complimentary Big Island, planes and missions. Drinks and light refreshments, such as additional landscapes, planes and missions, can be purchased from our Marketplace. If you’ll look out your window to the left, you’ll see the launch trailer. And on the right, that black mountain spitting blood-red lava into the air, engulfing the ‘Limping Kitten Cattery’ in choking, sulfurous, acid rain is GFWL Mountain. There’s no way to avoid it. The stick has locked. We’re going innnnnnnnn!

Actually my experience with GFWL in Flight hasn’t proven turbulent as before, but I’ve only launched the game once and tried out the tutorial to make sure it runs. I am keen to see what happens when I get to the edge of the game world. That might be my lunchtime treat for today.

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46 Comments »

  1. lefishy says:

    Oh god I hate myself. The first thing I thought was “Somebody needs to go to Microsoft and tell them what dubstep is because they missed the mark here”.

    • Optimaximal says:

      Don’t plane props make a wub sound?

    • Beartastic says:

      Every day a new trailer.

      Every day a new dubstep/wub comment.

      Today we get both. Yay.

    • Orvidos says:

      I hate to be the bearer of bad news for cliches, but this isn’t remotely dubstep, Bear.

    • Sheng-ji says:

      It was a nice little pop track, surely not one single person involved in the production of that video thought it was dubstep though? Or have you guys just assumed that they thought it was? I know how much you fans like to point out what isn’t dubstep a lot, but surely it’s unnecessary here because no-one thought it was.

    • lefishy says:

      That’s the joke.

  2. rustybroomhandle says:

    ‘landscapes, planes’

    Plains and planes?

  3. apocraphyn says:

    So, it’s free to play. But is it pay to win?

    • Neurotic says:

      ba-dum tish!

    • eZ` says:

      I’m not sure how you can win at a flight sim. Unless wings are an optional extra.

    • Saiko Kila says:

      Well, you might have to pay landing fee in real money.

    • Faldrath says:

      I thought the only way to land a plane in a flight sim was “point the nose down and hope for the best”.

    • Brun says:

      It actually starts to get pretty easy when you figure out the glideslope indicator and/or VASI lights.

    • Finster says:

      Think of it as an “airport improvement fee.”

  4. Optimaximal says:

    I am keen to see what happens when I get to the edge of the game world.

    I’m predicting either endless expanses of water or a prompt to buy further content that isn’t available yet.

    • Kyrall says:

      I’m hoping you get chased by a yeti

    • Suits says:

      pro tip: press f to ski faster

    • soldant says:

      Not sure if it’s the same, but in the beta you could zoom out really far to see the entire globe, with all the landmasses present. They were all exceptionally low detail but they were there.

    • dontnormally says:

      @Suits

      You have no idea how much that bit of information made my day. 10 years ago.

  5. Orvidos says:

    The P-51 model they’re selling for 8 USD doesn’t have a cockpit model, being external view only. No sale!

    (On a serious note, I’m installing now, we’ll see what’s up soon enough.)

  6. UncleLou says:

    Maybe it’s just the trailer, but it doesn’t look very good, does it. Compared to, say, Wings of Prey or Rise of Flight.

  7. Stitched says:

    Just realized how insanely difficult it must be to make a non-combat flight simulator look interesting in a trailer. I guess lots of barrel-rolls helps.

  8. sharks.don't.sleep says:

    I’m trying to install it.
    The message I get when launching the setup is hilarious:
    “Please wait until Windows cancels the game installation.”

    Which it does.

    Neat.

  9. Khemm says:

    Don’t have the time to download it yet, but I’m eager to read what everyone’s impressions are. Graphics, flight model and so on.

  10. Paul says:

    Does it support x360pad ?

  11. codename_bloodfist says:

    Fly free, die hard. Looks very nice though.

  12. Toberoth says:

    Crude humor and mild violence apparently.

  13. Shoelip says:

    I wonder if the terrain will be more accurate than Test Drive Unlimited… That would be kinda sad.

  14. Orvidos says:

    So “Flying Free” for me meant spending about 30 minutes flying at as low an altitude as possible over as many things as possible. Thoughts follow.

    - The flying is, odd. It tends to autocorrect and stabilize in odd ways, often jerking you around when you want to have a little finer control. Yes, I had the Plane Stabilizer option off.

    - The textures aren’t terrible on most things, comparative to most recent flight sims. It’s not Wings of Prey, and if you get too close it’s pretty blurry and low-res. At higher altitudes you’ll have no worries, and most of the large buildings in the main downtown area looked alright.

    - Two planes, some weird two-seater plane that looks like it’s some billionaire garage inventors baby that Microsoft got payed a lot to make the face of the game. The “Icon”, specifically. The other is… well I forget the name, but it’s that two-seater prop bi-plane that has been every crop duster and training plane you’ve ever seen in games and movies. Two other planes are on offer, for what are certainly prices. The P-51 has no cockpit and is external view only, and I don’t know a damn thing about the other.

    - A wide array of interesting weather conditions unfortunately seems to be the best thing about the game. This leads smartly into decent graphics. Its been many moons since I’ve played FSX , but looking at screens they seem comparable, though Flight is much more low-fi in terms of terrain.

    Resounding eh. No Microsoft, you can’t have my money for something I already own. Now where’s my FSX box?

    • psyk says:

      The beta did seem to want to be TDU of planes.

      Fuck the icon as well, looks like your flying a car and lands way to easily.

    • soldant says:

      Flight is actually superior to the base FSX scenery, but I’d say mostly inferior to the more commercial scenery where they charge you $80 or something. I still find FSX’s default scenery laughably bad for much of the content. Especially when FSX’s idea of my home city is a 20km blob of dense urban buildings that abruptly turns into the outback… with bright blue water on the coastline.

    • Orvidos says:

      I stand corrected, thanks Soldant.

      As for the Icon, I gave it one more shot. Immediate full power, took off after about a foot, for some reason couldn’t get over 110MPH and then landed at 110MPH without a single issue. It’s not exactly a sim.

  15. maninahat says:

    This can’t be a simulator game. It lacks the word “Simulator” in the title, and it doesn’t even have the obligatory simulator font. What are they trying to pull here?

  16. Deepo says:

    Second option in the menu is “Buy Hawaii”.

    That is quite the thing.

  17. famousright says:

    Flight Application has stopped working error for me. Any fixes?

  18. spamenigma says:

    Just tried this, Live pops up asking for a CD KEY… no idea where that’s supposed to come from?? Cancelled that and had a go at playing, but I guess whoever made this game doesnt have more than one display, my mouse pointer moves off to another screen whilst trying to fly and lose control…. Rating: Even for free… POOR!

  19. Ranzabar says:

    This thing is just awful, except if you’re stoned. Then it’s amazing. Microsludge does it again. Takes something iconic, kills it and regurgitates it as a kiddie game.