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Parents' Guide to

Microsoft Flight Simulator

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Excellent simulator encourages interest in flight/piloting.

Game Windows 2020
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 4+

Flight simulator is an annoying game

It's an annoying game, very childish, and misses key tools and functions to be called a simulator. definitely wouldn't buy the full version.. go for other flight sim software.
age 8+

Stunning Flight Simulator, but you need a powerful GPU+CPU to run it on the nicer settings.

This game is a must if you have children who love planes and anything to do with aviation, also there are repaints you can download from sites to addons for scenery, on the flipside you will need a decent GPU like an Nvidia RTX 3080 and an intel icore 7 to run it at decent settings, other than that the price tag is the same as No Man's Sky $60.00 for the standard addition alone while the deluxe and premium are several dollars more.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (9 ):

For players of specific passion and disposition, this is a nearly perfect game. Microsoft Flight Simulator is undoubtedly the most realistic video game simulation of flight yet created. Not only does it authentically recreate the look, feel, and controls of dozens of real-world aircraft -- a hallmark of the series -- it also provides players with an absolutely beautiful virtual copy of our world founded on scores of gigabytes of satellite data. You can fly virtually anywhere on Earth, and enjoy nearly photorealistic scenery of city skylines, natural landmarks, and plaid-like farmers' fields grids along the way. More than that, the wind and weather simulation is more realistic than ever, impacting not just aircraft handling during take-off, landing, and mid-flight, but also potentially damaging aircraft systems, forcing players to think on their feet. (Remember to pull that landing gear in on your private business jet before taking it above 250 knots or you'll risk losing it!)

While the simulation is deeply believable and difficult to fault (at least for novice and amateur pilots), it does have some drawbacks worth being aware of before jumping in. For starters, it's a huge game (it requires more than 100GB of disk space), often takes a long time to load, and will be difficult for older machines to run smoothly. A powerful PC is recommended to take full advantage of everything it has to offer. And keep in mind that this is a flight simulator, not a traditional game. It has a bounty of handy assists to help draw in rookies, ranging from flight checklists and reminders to training lessons and GPS navigation guidance, but the goal is to create as realistic a cockpit experience as possible. You'll spend long hours at the controls doing little more than slightly adjusting altitude, attitude, and heading to maintain your Navlog flight plan. If you're looking for something with action, a story, and constant rewards, this isn't it. That said, anyone with a true love for aircraft or an interest in the details and mechanics of flight and piloting is bound to be absolutely delighted with this reboot of Microsoft Flight Simulator, which, it can be safely said, is among the most authentic simulations of any complex human activities available to the public.

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