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2 hours ago, Quest said:

City I live in seems to have had its aerial photography taken during different seasons or something, which is a bit weird as there will be a sudden border where the dry, yellowy fields shift to deep greens.

 

Took a nice flight over Hangzhou later, though.

 

Cheers for this info. I'm mostly curious about what data they have for China. I just assumed it would be crap without access to Baidu data or something. Is it decent? 

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I had all my plans for first flights and what I'd do but after several hours of watching download progress updates on & off they went out the window and instead of starting in training modes just lumped straight into the map and spawned in locations - the youtube hours came in handy as knew kind of how this worked and how to click the left stick to call up certain menus. 

 

It's jaw dropping to watch - first flight was into Melbourne as my other half likes going there and not been for a while. I spawned a bit far out of town but got our bearings using her phone and google maps and spotted the city skyline in the distance, she was getting all shouty spotting parks, roads and the cricket ground she knew.

 

Then I spawned in Canary Wharf and instead of flying into central london as planned I decided to recreate my old car commute in the air, following the roads to see if I could find home, which was actually pretty easy to do as the roads are obviously all in the correct place. 

 

When you are over areas you know higher is better as the buildings will mostly not be visually correct, but its the landscapes that nail it so well and sell it often - a big section of the Lea Valley park where we walk the dog in had every path perfectly rendered which instantly gave us a great bearing on where we were, even if the M25 didn't look quite so spot on.

 

It's an incredible achievement. 

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5 minutes ago, Gotters said:

I had all my plans for first flights and what I'd do but after several hours of watching download progress updates on & off they went out the window and instead of starting in training modes just lumped straight into the map and spawned in locations - the youtube hours came in handy as knew kind of how this worked and how to click the left stick to call up certain menus. 

 

It's jaw dropping to watch - first flight was into Melbourne as my other half likes going there and not been for a while. I spawned a bit far out of town but got our bearings using her phone and google maps and spotted the city skyline in the distance, she was getting all shouty spotting parks, roads and the cricket ground she knew.

 

Then I spawned in Canary Wharf and instead of flying into central london as planned I decided to recreate my old car commute in the air, following the roads to see if I could find home, which was actually pretty easy to do as the roads are obviously all in the correct place. 

 

When you are over areas you know higher is better as the buildings will mostly not be visually correct, but its the landscapes that nail it so well and sell it often - a big section of the Lea Valley park where we walk the dog in had every path perfectly rendered which instantly gave us a great bearing on where we were, even if the M25 didn't look quite so spot on.

 

It's an incredible achievement. 

London’s ok once you get the world update. Southampton is just great.

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Just now, footle said:

London’s ok once you get the world update. Southampton is just great.

 

Canary Wharf and central london are, but once you head out of town on the main roads it drops back to more generic quite fast, I'm going to test it today and fly off out in different directions I know North & West after my journey East last night.

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Anyone else purchase the premium deluxe version? For some reason, in-game it only shows as owning the premium version which has half the airports of the premium deluxe one. 

Also can't seem to download or update any content. All it keeps doing is trying to download again and again about a dozen times or so and then says "package failed".....getting a bit frustrating.

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7 hours ago, Lupin Central said:

When I got to Manchester, I didn't realise it would be so busy. I went in to land, got denied my landing, panicked and just landed on the grass next to the runway.

 

Actual real life LOL from me!

 

 

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16 minutes ago, Stanley said:

Now this is a first, my wife has just texted asking if it’s possible to go to Ireland “in your game” - she has never, ever expressed interest in any games before, so result! 

 

Aside from Lego Harry Potter, my better half never has either but I intend to wow her with this when I finally get it.

 

"Where shall we go on holiday, dear?  Shall we take a quick look......?"

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9 hours ago, Yiggy said:

Is there easy way to invert the right stick camera settings? I can’t find the option. 

 

I don't think there's the usual 'invert control' tick box. I just remapped the individual direction controls to be the right way round. (On PC)

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The look of the game at night is incredible, they've absolutely nailed the look of streetlights on tarmac, and ambient light on buildings. I once flew into City Airport at night, and this is uncannily accurate. The only issue is that tall buildings look weirdly shit at night - the skyscrapers in Manhattan and Canary Wharf look rubbish (at least, the generic AI ones do).

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After all the downloading, got to flying last night and loving it.

 

It's clear that the default terrain system looks at the 2d satellite imagery and takes a stab at what's there, but it's the first iteration of flight sim where it's been absolutely easy to fly with just looking ouit of the window and all the roads and rivers are right, and the genaral countours.

 

IN terms of "making your own fun" what I;ve decided to do is start doing a tour of the UK in short hops, flying to and from places I;ve visited, using the Flight Design CTLS.

 

So, last night, I flew from the tiny strip just outside Banbury (My nearest airfield) to RAF cosford (this meand flying over birmingham) , then this morning did a hop from Cosford to the Gliding Club in Usk (near where my in-laws live). And I think from there i'm going to have a look at Cardiff and then maybe head out to west wales and so on.

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18 minutes ago, SneakyNinja said:

 

I don't think there's the usual 'invert control' tick box. I just remapped the individual direction controls to be the right way round. (On PC)

 

Somebody earlier said it's under drone settings or something? It's worth going back a couple of pages because it's been brought up a couple of times.

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Anyone get the multiplayer 'group' to work? Tried to join friends and we kept getting message we've left the group.  Ended up just choosing LIVE and spawning at the same airport but hectic to find each other in the air at times. Was wondering if being part of a group actually highlighted the other player in the air

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I started the PC patch downloading this morning at about eight and it was plodding along at a modest but tolerable 6Mb/sec. Just checked on the progress as I assumed it would be just about down by now but I guess Europe is now awake as it is now crawling along at 1Mb/sec with another 17Gb still to DL. 

 

I'm a little annoyed that the PC patch was delayed until the Xbox release yesterday as it will have kept me locked out of the game for what will be, at this rate, a full day. It would surely have been sensible to reduce the server overload by making the PC patch available a few hours before the Xbox community began their update process...

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5 minutes ago, Dark Soldier said:

All the possibilities in the world and everyone just flying over where they know is making me chuckle :D

 

They said in a video that 70% of people do their first flight over their home. 

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5 minutes ago, Dark Soldier said:

All the possibilities in the world and everyone just flying over where they know is making me chuckle :D

 

I know - It's completely what I'm doing too. I went to the Pyramids. Cool, pyramids, interesting....Back to the UK shortly after...

 

It's just much easier to trigger that sense of wonder at how small everything looks when you know what it looks like big. Seeing the Shard dwarfed beneath you, seeing the curve of the Thames like you used to watch on EastEnders. I've seen this in a real plane and when I can see the places I know, low enough to recognise - that's always been the most exhilarating flights I've been on. This 'game' amazing recreated that for me.

It's pretty alright on a controller to just explore. Which is great. It's so accessible if you can just ignore the density of menus and just fly around.  

 

But I'm enjoying a sense of fine tuned control more than I thought, and certain things like the pitch trim being really hard to dial in with the R stick is making that HOTAS is really tempting now (I'd always get some use on Star Wars Squadrons and Elite...)

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3 minutes ago, Gotters said:

 

They said in a video that 70% of people do their first flight over their home. 

 

Something to add again to this - it's somehow more fun when you know the lay of the land better. 

I went to Isle of Wight earlier - as I flew North, I realised it wouldn't take me long to visit Reading, because I am from there, and it was fun to be able to navigate just by recognising towns along the way. That kind of navigation almost 'gamifies' the flight if you can do it by eye rather than maps or the compass.

After going to the Pyramids I realised I have no idea what anything is other than the big shapes, so it wasn't as interesting to fly once i'd taken the scenery in.

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27 minutes ago, cowfields said:

 

Something to add again to this - it's somehow more fun when you know the lay of the land better. 

I went to Isle of Wight earlier - as I flew North, I realised it wouldn't take me long to visit Reading, because I am from there, and it was fun to be able to navigate just by recognising towns along the way. That kind of navigation almost 'gamifies' the flight if you can do it by eye rather than maps or the compass.

After going to the Pyramids I realised I have no idea what anything is other than the big shapes, so it wasn't as interesting to fly once i'd taken the scenery in.

 

Agree with this. I took the day off work for launch and my first flight involved following my commute to work 🙃

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I inverted the controls so its like a normal game. Then i restart a flight and its all messed up even though the settings look the same. i sued this by the way as it can be confusing : https://www.polygon.com/microsoft-flight-simulator-guide/21404006/invert-look-camera-cockpit-drone-thumbstick-controller#:~:text=You're looking for Cockpit,to assign a new one.&text=Click on Select an input,)%2C and then click Validate.

 

Also, still cant do the active pause so i can take photos. Whats going on?

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Las Vegas is well modelled, and you can start at KLAS (McCarran Airport), head straight and turn right when you see the hotels.  It's a strange feeling to be flying over a photo realistic Strip in 2021, as I used to do this in Flight Sim 2004.  At that time it seemed impressive the hotels and resorts were modelled into the game at all.  But the comparison leads me to notice that for all the technical achievement this new version represents, in 2004 the Bellagio fountains were animated and in 2021 it's just a still lake! 

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On PC. Is the world map still just grey for anyone else when you zoom in?

 

I'm fully updated, with uncapped data, but it's just not pulling in any of the Bing maps etc. to aid in picking out places of interest. This was the one QoL thing I was most interested in.

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21 minutes ago, Wallace said:

 

Agree with this. I took the day off work for launch and my first flight involved following my commute to work 🙃

 

Ha this is great I'm going to do that later, screw you traffic I've got a plane. 😂

 

Tried to take off in a 747 from Kemble but the runway wasn't long enough. 

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1 hour ago, Dark Soldier said:

All the possibilities in the world and everyone just flying over where they know is making me chuckle :D

Aye, but flying along the cost where I live last night as the sun was setting over the horizon mirroring exactly what I could see outside is one of the most magical experiences I’ve had in gaming, and landing on the little airstrip I go on my morning run past each day, near brought I tear to my eye :wub:

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