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Game preview 07 February 2020, 16:40

author: Adam Kusiak

5 Things to Do in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

Microsoft returns to flight simulators after 13 years of absence and offers players graphics worthy of the next generation. But what should we do in the stunning world of Flight Simulator? Below, you will find some of our... unconservative ideas.

I will try it on gamepad, joystick, and mouse + keyboard

DCS World – a modern simulator with controls dating back to 1998. - 5 Things to Do in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 - dokument - 2020-02-07
DCS World – a modern simulator with controls dating back to 1998.

Setting up controls is one of the most repulsive things in gaming. A huge number of key combinations, different controllers, coiling cables, and bad interface can make ALT+F4 the favorite shortcut. Developers from Asobo guarantee that MSFS will meet the requirements of both users of game pads and keyboards. "If someone just wants to fly a simpler plane (...), it's easily attainable with a gamepad," says Project Manager Jorg Neumann. And I believe this will work, because there's plenty of examples of good, simple models, like the mouse-based airplane control scheme in War Thunder, which is extremely successful. Flight Simulator should offer an equivalent solution. This is important, because setting up the full joystick setup is time-consuming, and you don't always need a super realistic experience.

This joy just be totally suitable for starters. - 5 Things to Do in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 - dokument - 2020-02-07
This joy just be totally suitable for starters.

However, if you find you like MSFS, I recommend investing in a simpler joystick. This undoubtedly introduces a completely different quality of playing the simulator. I've tested countless joysticks, and I can tell you that probably the best price-to-quality choices is offered by the Thrustmaster T.16000M (without the throttle). This is a fairly accurate device costing less than $100. Cheaper alternatives behave like my mixer: they fly in all directions.

If you have the money and want something more expensive, you should be careful for older Saitek brand joysticks (X-52/55) – they're still pretty expensive, and oftentimes offer average quality. Only after the acquisition of Logitech, more reasonable models appeared, such as X-56 RGB, but these are priced at above $300. A real enthusiast will point you to Russian VIRPILs, or the Thrustmaster Warthog controller, but here, we already approach the barmy sum of $600, and considering the rising price of real-estate, I do not want to open these doors.

Great Expectations and Great Turmoil - Star Citizen, and Its $95 Million
Great Expectations and Great Turmoil - Star Citizen, and Its $95 Million

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Star Citizen is a very promising project – after all, it raised $95 million in crowdfunding. What's the progress after so many years? Will the turbulence around the title affect the quality of the final product?

Forever Skies Preview: A Cozy Apocalypse
Forever Skies Preview: A Cozy Apocalypse

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The demo for Far From Home’s debut release, Forever Skies is now available on Steam, and while it’s a short demo, it shows some serious promise.

Yandere Simulator hands-on – Hitman in a skirt or a rather disturbing high-school murder sim
Yandere Simulator hands-on – Hitman in a skirt or a rather disturbing high-school murder sim

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Yandere Simulator may be one of the weirdest and most disturbing among the games which are currently developed. While it originated in the USA, it’s got a distinct, and intentional, vibe of a morbid Japanese curiosity.

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