I've spent (wasted, actually) a bit of time on various forums reading
posts of speculation on the new FLIGHT. There is a lot of negativity
surrounding this "game" (yes, they dropped the Simulator from the name),
but no one really knows what it's capable of doing for US (the hard core
faithful). A lot of attention is given to the basic application being
free, with add-on modules for a fee, and the fact that a few high
profile developers have been shown the door for refusing to give MS
exclusive rights to sell their products (PMDG is one).
So in an effort to be positive, I've looked at the official screenshots
from the official web site in full screen 1920x1200 and I'm seeing a lot
that I DO like:
http://www.microsoft.com/games/flight/ Comments reference screenshots
and dates from the web site:
December 2010 - frame #3
1) Ground cover and waterfalls in Hawaii look very realistic, although
some of the screen shots show far more waterfalls than I remember from
my 10 days on Kauai which has the most rain - I've never been on the big
2) Water is an appropriate color with nice reflective waves and
January 2011 - #1
3) Ground detail appears to be photorealistic with cultivated ground
and irregular patches - although this could be fractal-generated.
4) Clouds here and elsewhere look very realistic.
January 2011 - #4
5) Threads of reflected water from streams, if realistically depicted,
are good. I'm a bit skeptical, however, that there are that many
running rivulets coming off the hills except perhaps after a rain.
March 2011 - #1
6) Nice Stearman
May 2011 - #2
7) Nice handling of waves on the shoreline
8) Well forested ground cover - may be graphics card related
May 2011 - #5 & #6
9) Clouds blend well with terrain - a problem in FS9 and FSX even with
Oct 2011 - #1
10) Awesome battleship
OVerall, there seems to have been an emphasis on weather and cloud
display, which was certainly needed from the default FSX and FS9
platforms Shots of the Maule panel suggest the same realism with
On the other hand, no mention of ATC, what modules will be available and
when, cost of add-ons, etc. But absence of evidence is not evidence of
absence, so we'll just wait and see. There are a few beta testers who
sound more of less optimistic, but they are strictly following their NDA
agreements and not talking about anything.
So, yes, it has potential if you forget the arcade videos and look
beyond the hype.