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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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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 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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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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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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What kind of performance to expect from Microsoft Flight Simulator’s recommended PC requirements

Microsoft Flight Simulator is finally ready for boarding on PC, but if you're not sure whether your PC has the stomach for soaring through Asobo Studio's gorgeous new flight sim and its many hundreds of photorealistic cities, then I'm here to help. I've been testing the game on its recommended PC requirements today, seeing exactly what kind of performance you can get from a relatively…

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It sure looks like Microsoft Flight Simulator evicted the Queen

Microsoft Flight Simulator promises an entire world. It's a stunning feat, one the game largely succeeds at, but it's understandably flubbed a few locations here and there. At least, that's the most reasonable explanation for why the global flyover has replaced Buckingham Palace with a brutal grey apartment complex - assuming, of course, the folks at Asobo and Microsoft haven't just let slip a peek…

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Feature: A full list of every city created using photogrammetry in Flight Simulator 2020

All 341 photorealistic cities in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is, in certain ways, the most technically impressive game we've ever seen. And its inclusion in the Xbox Game Pass for PC means that the skies over all the world's cities will be filled up with digital planes and their gobsmacked pilots for quite some time.But not all cities are built equal in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, with 341 cities in…

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Battletoads is launching at last on August 20th

Well look at that, your favorite 90s action amphibians finally have a release date for their return to headliner status, after that 2018 teaser and a couple cameos (in games including Obsidian's recent effort Grounded). Your resident Battletoads Zitz, Rash and Pimple are back at last, whackin' up baddies to their own tune on August 20th.

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Feature: "It was all starting to feel a bit like the end of a China MiƩville novel."

Beyond the edge of reason on the RPS Minecraft server: a gallery

Over the last couple of weeks, I've been posting photographs from an archaeological expedition into the RPS Minecraft server. Having left the place to go fallow last October, I had assumed it had been quietly abandoned, as often happens to these multiplayer sandboxes when their founders move on. But I should have had more faith in the server's denizens, for it turns out that this…

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Ori And The Will Of The Wisps trailer reveals short delay

Good news: a new trailer for Ori And The Will Of The Wisps shown at The Game Awards gave more lovely little looks at the sequel to 2015's pretty-pretty metroidvania Ori And The Blind Forest. Bad news: the trailer also confirmed a one-month delay. Previously due on February 11th, 2020, it's now slated to launch on March 11th. Balanced news: it looks real nice so…

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Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2 announced

Microsoft tonight announced Senua's Saga: Hellblade II, a sequel to 2017's striking and spooky Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. The trailer looks real chuffing spiffy, which is probably because it's running on Microsoft's next console, the ha-ha-hilariously-named Xbox Series X. Apparently Senua is a big enough deal for Microsoft to make it the game announced alongside their next system's (daft) name. Neat. Here, have a look in…

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Microsoft Flight Simulator trailer crowns the queen of the sky

While I've stopped flying and am too dim for sims, goodness me Microsoft Flight Simulator still makes me coo and gasp in awe of planes. They're like birds, but made of metal! Powered by science rather than magic! And their guts aren't full of stones and digestive acids so you can go inside! Truly magnificent. My mooning continued last night with a new trailer for…

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection has low specs and a high map count

It's nice to see Microsoft and 343 Industries being so open about Halo: The Master Chief Collection's progress. No need to worry about spoilers, or embargoes, or anything that generally accompanies modern game development. Their monthly Halo blog digs fairly deeply into what they've been working on. Reading this month's, I learned that campaign progress will carry over between platforms, they've ported an extraordinary number…

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Sea Of Thieves goes overboard with skeletons in this month’s Fort Of The Damned update

It must be hard to make Halloween updates for a game where most enemies are swashbuckling skeletons. But that's just what Sea Of Thieves is trying to do with Fort Of The Damned, October's harrowing Halloween twist on Rare's sea shanty. With a damnable new castle and skinless pets, Sea Of Thieves wants to make sure your timbers have thoroughly shivered.

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Gears 5 roadie-runs out

The Gears Of War gang are back once again to scurry around behind waist-high cover and take pot-shots at... wait hang on, is that some kind of desert surfsled up ↑ there? Tell me more, Gears (Of War) 5. Following an early launch of its fancy Ultimate Edition last week, Microsoft's latest grand spectacle launched properly overnight. I haven't played Gears since 2, the one…

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If you have a spare hour, here’s a lot of Halo: Reach’s Firefight

It's good to feel excited about Halo again, isn't it? After all those years of Microsoft teasing us, saying stuff like: "The PC is an important platform for us and we are committed to a long and loving relationship with it," and then leaving us at the altar time and time again... well, it started to get a little bit old. But now we know…

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Sea Of Thieves has a pirate racing league and I adore it

Two pirates sit across from each other, earnestly discussing the tactics of the Raccoons. Dread Pirate Doug marvels at their ingenuity: in a past race the Raccoons found an unprecedentedly efficient way of killing themselves, giving them a head start in their attempt to board the Ferry of the Damned and light the beacon at Kraken's Fall. Throughout this analysis, two co-commenters repeatedly launch themselves…

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Halo fan-remake mod SPV3 re-launches with six more missions

With Halo finally coming back to PC starting with Halo: Reach, it only seems fitting for the original's small modding scene to get a second wind. Covered previously, Halo SPV3 is the biggest, most ambitious mod for the game yet. A nearly-standalone re-imagining of the first Halo, bringing it in line with Reach's tech, timeline and story. The new version (3.2) released over the weekend…

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Competitive Sea Of Thieves is chaotic pirate-y fun

Attendees of this weekend’s Guardian Con were invited to take part in a competitive Sea Of Thieves tournament, with the best four teams making it to the streamed finals last night. The Battle For Orlando (presumably so called because its watery arena is actually a post-climate-crisis Florida) was fittingly scrappy and chaotic for a game about pirates squabbling over the high seas. Where else are…

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