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Posts tagged “flight sim”

Feature: Tigers really oughtn't fly

Impressions: Flying Tigers – Shadows Over China

One of my favourite games ever is 2007’s Attack On Pearl Harbor. It was an arcade WW2 dogfighting game, that managed to cunningly strip away all the technical complexity of flying a plane, and just have it be pure shooty fun. I’d love to recommend you play it too, but it has entirely vanished from existence. Once on Steam but there no longer (due to…

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Feature: AUTHENTIC! VISCERAL! LIFE-CHANGING!

Puns, Promises and Poppycock: A Brief History Of Sim Ads

During the 1990s, cloud flanks were still blank, soft drinks came without A numbers, and the first Sutton Corp BrandGnat had yet to take flight. If you wanted to publicize your latest vehicle simulator, your best best was renting a page or two in a games magazine. Pulp-based periodicals like PC Gamer, PC Zone and Computer Gaming World came crammed with tempting ads for winged…

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Feature: The Art of Simulation

The Flare Path Summer Exhibition 2014

...is now open! I'd like to thank everyone who contributed images and recommendations. The Hanging Committee's job was an absurdly difficult one. Beyond those burly security guards is a selection of exceptionally fine simulator screenshots (Wargames will have to wait their turn). Grab a complimentary flute of fizz and an Avro Vulcan shaped vol-au-vent and go gawp at the enlargeable masterpieces.

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How ILya Muromets Your Mother Russia: WW1 Flight Sim

The IL-2 Sturmovik series is one of those rare sims which stretched beyond its nerdy remit to attract an audience of people who'd never normally clamber into a virtual cockpit. Now developers 1C Game Studios are teaming with the Russian Military Historical Society to produce ILya Muromets, a new flight sim set during World War 1. It's set during the Eastern Front air war and…

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Beneath A Crimson Sky: BOMB Available Now

Last week's Flare Path contained a thorough report regarding Air Marshal Stone's experiences in French fantasy flight simulator BOMB. As bold as its capitalised letters, the game is an alternate history explosion of air buccaneers, sky pirates and casino-baiting. Robbing a casino with naught but a biplane and my wits ranks fairly high on the bucket list and while BOMB doesn't have a heist component,…

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Blue Sky Fragging: Sky Rogue

Any game described "fwooshy" will immediately take up space on my hard-drive, and if it's also described as a "feel good flight sim" then I am down with it. That's what Sky Rogue is: a procedurally-generated arcade flight-sim painted in that happy blue that doesn't exist in nature (the one that Billy Connolly describes as "Fuckin' BLUUUUUEEE!"), but the blue that I think of when…

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Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers Is Watery, Grave

Aircraft carriers are odd and brilliant. I rarely think about them but the trailer for Air Conflicts: Pacific Carriers just sent me into a tailspin of questioning. Who first had the idea to build mobile artificial islands that are, as I understand it, motels for murderous planes? Check in, fuel up, admire the cheesecake nose art on the 22nd's B-24s, then back to the business…

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Cloud Gaming: Microsoft Flight Is Out Today, Free

Welcome aboard Microsoft Flight gfwlivesetup_4d5308d2e0000001_DIR.exe. Our free-to-play sim set in the skies of Hawaii, but we've been redirected to land on a strip near Tim Stone's house. He'll be trimming the review rudder for us sometime this week. We offer complimentary Big Island, planes and missions. Drinks and light refreshments, such as additional landscapes, planes and missions, can be purchased from our Marketplace. If you'll…

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Microsoft Flight Trailer Takes To The Airs

After over 340 years in development, there's finally a trailer for Microsoft Flight. It's the reboot of the previously defunct Flight Simulator series, beginning stuck on the islands of Hawaii, but coming out for free. The trailer doesn't really emphasise the hardcore side of the game at all, so those hoping to find out if it'll meet their MSFS needs will have to wait a…

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Test Pilots Wanted: Microsoft Flight

Microsoft Flight Simulator was dead for a while, but it's due to return with one less word next year. Microsoft Flight is the name for the rebooted grandaddy of stately, faithfully-recreated aeorplanes, presumably because someone in marketing decided 'Simulator' didn't sound suitably lifestyle. Microsoft Game Studios have been quietly documenting MSF's progress over on their website for a while now, but they've just announced plans…

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Flight Check: Take On Helicopters Released

Take On Helicopters, Bohemia Entertainment's civilian helicopter sim, has landed. Or taken off. Or remains hovering, terrifying, in the air, threatening to remove fingers from waving hands. Our lovely Tim was quite taken with it and now you can be too. It's on Steam for $49.99 or £31.99 and is also available on a whole crate-load of international distributors. Tim recommended it for anyone with…

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Feature: They Should Have Sent A Pilot

Air Conflicts: Secret Wars review

Air Conflicts: Secret Wars plunges beneath the surface of World War II, even though it’s set entirely in planes rather than submarines. What does it all mean, and is the game the sort of terrifyingly accurate simulation that I struggle to get off the ground, or a point and shoot arcade game suitable for a landlubber with no air-legs? And should I have used the…

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Feature: H is for hot-diggity

Larkin About: Take On Helicopters Test Flown

  My left mouse button is confused. It's just spent five unbroken hours with a Bohemia Interactive game and not once was it asked to snuff out a man's life. There were times when I felt like asking it to snuff out a man's life, but as the preview build of Take On Helicopters doesn't include player firearms, such a request would have been fairly…

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Dr Stone To The OR: DCS A-10C Warthog

It is with some nervousness that I attempt to share news of the release of hardcore flight sim DCS: A-10C Warthog. It sounds and looks like a pretty remarkable achievement, but as I tend to start weeping uncontrollably if you put me on anything more complex than Crimson Skies or Stunt Island I may not be best placed to successfully identify the major lures of…

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Tumult In The Clouds: Fighter Squadron WWI

When Fighter Squadron: Screamin' Demons Over Europe touched down in early 1999 it found all the comfiest armchairs in the mess bagsied, all the comeliest WAAFs spoken for, and all the Brylcreem in the local branch of Boots sold out. The previous year European Air War, Jane's WW2 Fighters, and Combat Flight Simulator had arrived and snaffled everything. Obscurity beckoned until a band of inquisitive…

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Small But Wiry: The Rise Of Flight Beta

WWI boffins came up with various solutions to the Western Front mud problem - floating roadways, artillery shells that spread sawdust, boots in the shape of boats, snorkels... By far the cleverest though was a device called the Aero Plane. Essentially a winged car made of kindling, piano-wire and old big-top canvas (hence Richthofen's Flying Circus) these machines allowed soldiers to fight and stay clean.…

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