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Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020) (Microsoft Flight Sim 2020) is a flight simulator game in the long-running series. Along with a huge range of aircraft, you can learn to fly, the game recreates the entire Earth using textures and data from maps and three-dimensional models of famous cities and features. Add to this the real-world weather and physics effects and you have an incredibly accurate flying simulator.

Flight Simulator populates the world with animals and roads with vehicles, water flows realistically based on wind direction, grass has individual grass blades and trees have individual leaves, creating the illusion of a living world. This includes over 2 million cities and towns. It adds trillions of trees, real-world airports and various animal species including birds, elephants, giraffes and bears.

Although the central tenant of the game, is to recreate the complex expansive world of flight and its related protocols, it's also an amazing way to explore the world. You can use the game to learn about different areas of the planet and even scout, "chase" and interact with real-world storms as they occur in real-time.

A tutorial takes you through the basics of flight instruments, takeoff and landing. These are complemented by more leisurely and low-pressure "sight-seeing bush trips, which include overflights of Nevada, Patagonia, and the Balkans."

For those wanting a more realistic experience, there are features where players can talk with the air traffic controller, switch camera views, modify checklists, adjust AI systems, adjust fuel tanks, view the navigation log, see objectives, view the VFR map, and adjust the weather; buttons in the bar can be changed.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Microsoft Flight Simulator 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 7 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Simulation and Traversal game. You can play this by yourself or as a 30-player online game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

 
This has been enjoyed by families in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 50 hours and 100 hours to complete. This is a huge almost endless game where you can invest many hours in different ways.

BenefitsBenefits

This game is good if you want to:

 
This game has helped players develop their Identity as part of the following pathways:

This game has been the inspiration for the following activities:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. Younger players can enjoy the game by turning on automatic assists and touring the countryside. More experienced players enjoy developing the knowledge and skill of proper flight.

Our Game Pathways reveal how 15-year-olds play this game:

CostsCosts

Microsoft Flight Simulator usually costs £19.99 to £109.99.
 

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Amazon Store PC £61
Steam Store PC £59.99

Microsoft Flight Simulator Deluxe 40Th Anniversary Edition

XBox Store Xbox X|S £79.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft Flight Simulator Premium Deluxe 40Th Anniversary Edition

XBox Store Xbox X|S £109.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft Flight Simulator Standard 40Th Anniversary Edition

XBox Store Xbox X|S £59.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition

Steam Store PC £19.99

Microsoft Flight Simulator: Deluxe Game Of The Year Edition

XBox Store Xbox X|S £79.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store Xbox One £79.99

Microsoft Flight Simulator: Premium Deluxe Game Of The Year Edition

XBox Store Xbox X|S £109.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store Xbox One £109.99

Microsoft Flight Simulator: Standard Game Of The Year Edition

XBox Store Xbox X|S £59.99 Free

Xbox Game Pass

XBox Store Xbox One £59.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
 
There are different versions available:
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator Standard Edition - Includes 20 highly detailed planes with unique flight models and 30 hand-crafted airports.
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator Deluxe Edition - 25 highly accurate planes with unique flight models and 35 hand-crafted international airports.
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator Premium Edition - 30 highly accurate planes with unique flight models and 40 hand-crafted international airports. 
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 18/08/2020

Out Now: PC and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1 (30 online)

Genres: Simulation and Traversal

Accessibility: 28 features

Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather

Developer: Asobo Studio (@AsoboStudio)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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