Posted on 8th Mar 2010 at 10:30 by James Gorbold with 12 comments
Back in the 80s and 90s the flight sim and hardcore RPG ruled the roost of PC gaming. Companies such as Microprose seemed to release a whole new flight sim almost every month - and got so ahead of themselves that they had to start making up details about unreleased aircraft in order to make games about them.
These days however it's almost impossible to buy a new flight sim. Very few have been released in recent years, and the few that have been all suffer from a serious number of problems - Flight Sim X runs like a dog regardless how much hardware you throw at it.
Posted on 14th Oct 2009 at 09:59 by Antony Leather with 24 comments
Cast your mind back to the 1990s. Chances are if you were in to PC games at the time you remember playing a flight sim, or at least some kind of game that involved a set of wings and a propellor or afterburner and some machine guns or missiles.
Fleet Defender, Aces over Europe, Red Baron, Battle of Britain, Hind, 1942: Pacific Air War, Air Warrior 3, Apache Longbow, Operation Overlord. I could go on for quite a while before I have to mention Microsoft Flight Simulator which was just a drop in the pond. But this isn't a list of flight sims released in the last 20 years, it's that of those to hit the shelves in a fraction of that time in the 1990's when the PC gaming isle in your average Game store was a little longer. It was also crammed full of flight sim titles.
So what happened? In case you haven't noticed, flight sims have been listed in the endangered species list of PC game genres for several years now. With the demise of ACES Studio, the guys behind Microsoft Flight Simulator, the longest running game franchise on the PC, there are but a handful of companies actually left in the genre now - and even fewer produce combat flight sims!
Posted on 11th Aug 2009 at 07:58 by Antony Leather with 35 comments
A few months ago after searching for a new game to get my teeth into
, I revisited an old friend and was soon hooked on Battlefield 2
It's years since it was first released, but the servers are still teeming and my G36E felt just like it used to. What's more, it's one of the few games I've played that seems to have no problem generating epic moments, which is one of the main reasons why I love it.
One such moment happened a few nights ago. On the map Operation Cleansweap, myself and two other soldiers were defending the shoreline and picking off individual enemies with our sniper rifles when from across a bay appeared an armoured personnel carrier (APC) - Uh Oh!