Microsoft Flight Simulator is the eleventh major entry in the series that began in 1982, and has evolved greatly even from the last official release in 2006. It’s a game that’s different things to many people: an educational tool for learning how to fly before getting in a real plane, a sandbox to fly from virtually any airport to the next, a role-playing game where you’re a pilot transporting passengers to their destination, or maybe just a means to pass the time by goofing around in the air. Whatever it is to you, Microsoft Flight Simulator has returned in 2020 to offer old and new players the thrill of flight. It may be simply named Microsoft Flight Simulator but know it’s anything but simple, as there’s a complex and detailed recreation of all things aeronautics that’s unparalleled.
Flight Sim World is the continuation of the Flight Simulator series made famous by Microsoft. Developer and publisher, Dovetail Games obtained the rights to the series in 2014. The transition from Steam Early Access to full releases was made possible due to the small team’s dedication to the game, and feedback during the early access phase. Flight Sim World is by and large completed, but there’s work to be done still. As it stands, Flight Sim World is a bit light on aircraft, but provides scenarios and situations that no other flight sim is able to deliver.
If you’re wondering why there is a review for a game that has been out for almost ten years, it is because there is a new publisher, formed via a partnership between Microsoft and Dovetail Games, the developer of the highly successful Train Simulator series. Dovetail Games have taken over the franchise, made some fixes, and have released the newly titled, Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition onto Steam for the very first time.
It’s been over a decade since the last proper Star Wars flight sim was released from LucasArts, and many of us who were fans of the original series have been patiently waiting for a new installment for quite some time now. With the new Star Wars movies on the horizon, what else would be better than revisiting these games?