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A perfectly normal abyss has appeared in Microsoft Flight Sim

Yup. That seems about right. After evicting the Queen and erecting a colossal monolith in Melbourne, the unknowable architect behind Microsoft Flight Simulator's world gen now appears to have pulled at the very fabric of the Earth, ripping a massive hole out of a field in South America. At least, I very much hope this is a simple computing error - has anyone actually been…

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Microsoft Flight Sim descends on an improved Japan today

Having already fit the world on my hard drive, Microsoft Flight Simulator now begins the long and painful process of making it all look a bit nicer. The flight sim's first World Update drops today, sprucing up Japan with photogrammetry-scanned cities, improved terrain mapping, custom-built airports and new landing challenges to break in the new runways. Tickets are free, so why not pop over to…

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5 days ago

Microsoft Flight Simulator improving Japan in first “world update” next week

Microsoft announced during their Tokyo Games Show stream today that Japan will be the next country to get touched up by hand in Microsoft Flight Simulator. The first "world update" is coming next week with six Japanese cities rebuilt using 3D photogrammetry, along with six airports, a new elevation map for the country, and loads of bridges, temples, castles, and other landmarks. The update's due…

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2 weeks ago

Twitch Plays Microsoft Flight Simulator went surprisingly well

Twitch Plays is a strange beast. You'd think that allowing loads of viewers in Twitch chat control all the actions in a video game might be a disaster, and yet the hivemind never seems to disappoint. Twitch chat has tackled Pokémon, (kinda) beat Dark Souls, and they even managed to beat a chess grandmaster at his own game. But now they've taken to the skies…

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3 weeks ago

Godzilla menaces San Francisco in this Microsoft Flight Simulator mod

I've already gushed about the excellent wildlife there is to find in Microsoft Flight Simulator, but for as lovely as the giraffes and elephants are, the game was clearly missing something a little… bigger. Thanks to some skilled modders, you can add Godzilla to the list of creatures to catch a glimpse of on your safaris - just, uh, don't fly too close to this…

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Feature: Priceless air looms

Best Microsoft Flight Simulator mods

It's only been a few weeks since Microsoft Flight Simulator cleared the runway and soared into my heart. The flight has been mostly smooth, but there has been some turbulence here and there, with a few major monuments missing and the autogen occasionally creating abstract art instead of hills. No matter, the overall excellence isn't impacted by that, and it has rallied the sim community…

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4 weeks ago

Microsoft Flight Simulator patch fixes installation issues, but you might need to reinstall

Good news for anyone who's had trouble installing Microsoft Flight Simulator: a new patch has fixed a number of bugs which interfered with installation. Bad news if you are one of those people: to benefit from these fixes, it's recommended that you uninstall MSFS and reinstall from scratch. Oh no.

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1 month ago

Feature: A round-up of the realistic

The Flare Path: A2Z

A is for Alphabetised wargame and sim news. Welcome to the cosy corner of RPS where the vehicular is valued, the historical is hallowed, and the paragraphs are shorter than 7.5 cm Kampfwagenkanone 37 L/24 barrels.

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Players are fixing Microsoft Flight Simulator’s missing monuments with Google Maps

Poor Bing Maps. Microsoft Flight Simulator's usage of the mapping services data is so bloody awe-inspiring that any errors or gaps in the data stand out like giant, monolithic thumbs. It is missing some major landmarks, where the autogen tech has swapped out famous stadia and shiny palaces with bizarre, brutalist replacements. And the slightly humiliating solution the community has come up with is to…

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Airplane Mode will put you in the passenger seat of someone else’s Flight Sim

Right now, a lotta folks are getting their travel fix from Microsoft Flight Simulator. But for most of us, travel isn't about getting behind the controls of an elegant, gravity-defying machine - rather, we're squeezing what little comfort we can from a metal tube packed with noisy strangers and posture-wrecking chairs. Enter Airplane Mode, developer Hosni Auji's upcoming attempt to trap you in economy class…

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Feature: Flights of fancy

How to see a solar eclipse in Microsoft Flight Simulator

The sky is full of wonder, but as someone who lives in Scotland, I can also tell you its full of stupid clouds. I love the sky, and though I've seen a lot of it since moving back here, getting a cloud-free night is a huge challenge. But there's a solution! Microsoft Flight Simulator has more than just planes in the sky. Under the right…

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Microsoft Flight Sim streamers dress up for a 16-hour long haul

I miss a lot of things about travel, but being trapped in a tiny metal tube for hours on end isn't exactly one of them. Not so for Microsoft Flight Simulator streamer Bruce Greene and friends. Donning pilot uniforms and building an entire fake 747 cockpit, the trio set off on a 16-hour flight from Los Angeles to Dubai - though if my pilot was…

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Feature: A Windows vista

How to find that Windows XP wallpaper in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator’s claim that it has the whole world all wrapped up in its terabytes was always going to provoke interesting challenges, and it passed one Reddit user's test with flying colours. He took his plane to Napa Valley where the default Windows XP wallpaper, known as "Bliss", was taken. His flight plan panned out perfectly.

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A typo may be behind Microsoft Flight Sim’s unholy Melbourne spire

Microsoft Flight Simulator has some pretty bonkers geometry. Chief amongst misplaced planes and anti-monarchist architecture, however, has to be the Melbourne citadel - a 200-storey piece of Combine architecture transplanted into the Australian city. It's proper weird, sure. But with a bit of digging, pilots have discovered that a simple typo may be the root of Flight Sim's mysterious down-under obelisk.

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Feature: Flight of fancy

Microsoft Flight Simulator is what ultrawide monitors were made for

With its beautifully rendered planes, lovingly hand-crafted airports and dozens upon dozens of photo-realistic cities that have been tweaked and fine-tuned right down to the very last pixel, Asobo Studio's Microsoft Flight Simulator is one of the most technically advanced games of our generation. Sure, its Bing Maps data can sometimes go a bit wonky and result in some rather amusing interpretations of local landmarks,…

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Microsoft Flight Simulator’s long installation won’t block Steam refunds, Valve say

Valve have addressed concerns about Microsoft Flight Simulator returns on Steam, after players found that simply downloading the game was racking up their playtime on the platform.After a small 500MB download for Flight Sim's launcher, you then have to download a whopping great 90GB in-game before you can actually play it. Steam only lets you refund games you've played for less than two hours and,…

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Feature: Airstriptease

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 airports: every hand-crafted airport in the game

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 features tens of thousands of airports and runways from which to take off and land all over the Earth. But as with the game's towns and cities, not all airports are created equal, with some having been hand-crafted to be as close to real life as possible. Read on to find out which are the most realistic airports in Microsoft Flight…

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Feature: Which is the best plane for beginners learning how to fly?

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 planes: every aircraft in the game revealed

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 gives you a very healthy number of planes with which to soar about the world, ranging from training-friendly aerobic-capable aircraft to gigantic (and extremely aerobic-incapable) jet airliners.In this guide you'll find out the names and stats of every single plane included in each edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. Take a look!

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Feature: Strained terrain

Microsoft Flight Simulator’s terrain glitches are excellent places to visit

We've seen how Microsoft Flight Simulator's autogeneration has turned the Queen's abode into an office block. The data-driven city builder does a lovely job at crafting believable vistas, but it can also get a little bit confused, turning bridges into underwater roads and roads into eldritch horrors. It’s made the game slightly less realistic, but also a whole lot more interesting. Players are out there…

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Feature: Meet my friends: Latitude, and Longitude

How to instantly visit any location on Earth in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 gives players the chance to visit Earth's famous cities and landmarks like no other game before it. But if the city or landmark in question isn't one of the preset landmarks in the game, how are you expected to find exactly where it is so you can fly over it? Well, fear not - this quick Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 guide…

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