Someone has uploaded almost an hour of Microsoft Flight Simulator footage

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Microsoft Flight Simulator is currently in technical alpha, and it looks gorgeous. Maybe it's time for flight sims to make a comeback? Content from the alpha is under wraps but someone has gone ahead and uploaded a couple of test flights anyway.

The first is a half-hour flight complete with takeoff and landing, with plenty of focus on the cockpit detail, which our own Christopher Livingston called "the real beauty of Microsoft Flight Simulator". During the landing a warning repeats "pull up, pull up" and I suspect I am going to hear that a lot when I play.

The second video starts out calm, but those gorgeous clouds in the distance turn dark and eventually it becomes a bumpy ride through a storm complete with low visibility and rain on the glass. Forgive me for saying that a game about traveling through the literal atmosphere looks atmospheric, but it does. Anyway if you've got a spare 50 minutes these videos are worth your time.

Here's everything we know about Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Thanks, Eurogamer.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.