When you hear the phrase ‘landmark games’, titles that have transformed the industry, what comes to mind? For me, titles like Mario 64, Wolfenstein 3D, Metal Gear Solid, God of War and The Last of Us serve as great examples of transformative points in gaming. Boundaries were pushed and expectations shattered, forever changing the way developers approached creation, whether that was narratively, or design. Asobo Studio’s Microsoft Flight Simulator is one of those games, a monumental construction of modern technologies that truly impresses on every front.
By now most folks with a beat on gaming news will have heard or seen something about this impressive title, a true simulator in every sense of the world on a scale unseen. A 1:1 near accurate representation of our planet, from small country roads to hulking skyscrapers, you can literally fly anywhere on Earth and be lost in some of the most impressive visuals seen to date, more impressive yet, it’s all on a console.
Microsoft Flight Simulator debuted on PC late last year to much praise. At a time when most of the world was stuck in doors, it offered an escape like no other; the ability to go anywhere, visit landmarks, chart a course into the unknown and explore. Now having finally arrived on Xbox Series consoles, does it live up to the hype?
In short, yes, Microsoft Flight Simulator is probably the most immersive and realistic experience I have ever had in a game. It is a transformative title that takes you from your living room into the world without barely lifting a finger. Asobo have blown the roof off using cloud technology, utilizing Bing Maps and Microsoft’s Azure AI to generate an entire planet’s worth of data. To further enhance the already impressive textures, Azure’s AI also generates real-time weather and air-traffic data. What this does is give you a true to life experience. Taking off at sunset and flying over Joburg during a storm? Look at the window and hey presto, the same storm will be there. This is mind boggling technology, and it’s not just technically impressive, it's visually astounding.
Asobo have blown the roof off using cloud technology, utilizing Bing Maps and Microsoft’s Azure AI to generate an entire planet’s worth of data.
The less mentioned star of the show is the flying itself.
One tablespoon Star Wars, a dollop of motorsport, a splash of Metal Gear. And a pinch of space magic. Mix and blend. Smashing! Is also running for congress.
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30 July 2021
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