Prepare for boarding, because Microsoft Flight Simulator for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will be available with Xbox Game Pass in just 24 hours' time! Without a doubt, it's going to be a very popular release.
Ahead of the Tuesday, July 27 launch, a select few outlets have been given access to an early copy of the game, and the first reviews have now started to drop. So, without further ado, here's what they're saying:
Press Start Australia (10/10)
"Microsoft Flight Simulator is a game that you have to play to understand just how incredible of an experience it is. It's an incomparable adventure that consistently surprises and delights."
"The extremely high level of simulation, the excellent technical component and the possibility of faithfully exploring practically every point on Earth make this new chapter a must-have for all flight enthusiasts, but thanks to the many aids it can also be appreciated by those who have never tried a similar title. Unmissable."
Windows Central (9/10)
"Microsoft Flight Simulator expands to Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S as a truly next-generation experience, presenting a technical showcase to flex these new systems. The title sports commendable optimizations on console and maintains solid performance, especially as a title reputable for pushing the best PC hardware out there."
"Microsoft Flight Simulator deserves to be played - but it shouldn't be considered essential. It's a unique experience, one that won't capture everyone in the same way, but you really do owe it to yourself to find your house, your partner's, your parent's, your favourite holiday destination, and just fly over."
Ars Technica (No Score)
"MSFS's beauty makes it must-play on Xbox Series X, even if only for a one-month free Xbox Game Pass trial. But while its console port is a technological triumph, it might still be too boring for a lot of players. Series S players should temper expectations with a bit less beauty."
Eurogamer (No Score)
"This is Microsoft Flight Simulator on console in all its glory and occasional clunkiness, and with that sense of splendour and wonder unsullied by the small imperfections along the way. It remains one of the most breathtaking videogame achievements in recent years, and on console one of the most incredible next-gen experiences to date."
We're still very early in terms of reviews right now, with only a few having been submitted at the time of writing, but it looks like Microsoft Flight Simulator for Xbox will settle somewhere around the 90 mark on Metacritic. If that turns out to be the case, it could well become the top-rated Xbox Series X and Series S game on the site.
You'll be able to check it out tomorrow, and we've published a full list of release times elsewhere on Pure Xbox.
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