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It’s time to start learning some basic maneuvers. In today’s episode Chris Palmer from Angle of Attack demonstrates S-Turns, or Snake Turns. For this exercise he picks a long, straight road to use as reference as he alternates left and right turns, always crossing the road perpendicularly and always while maintaining altitude. He’ll also show how no two turns are exactly the same: a pilot must always correct for wind variances during this maneuver.
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Finally, the wait is almost over. The fourth and best chapter in the venerable Elite series releases on December 16th worldwide and is available for pre-order right here. Explore, trade, mine, and dogfight in a 1:1 simulation of the Milky Way. The choice is yours!
This is David Braben, the co-creator of Elite and the man behind the franchise today. We had a nice chat at a recent press event for the game as he laid out the basic vision for Elite: Dangerous’s lore.
It’s more than a millennium into the future from our present day. There is an old aging emperor close to death; he is sick, and there are many factions vying for control in what is about to become a vacuum of power. Think Game of Thrones in space (or A Song of Ice and Fire as it’s referred to in the books). And while you as a lonely pilot in space can choose to live a solitary existence of mining and exploring, eventually the burgeoning conflict and the ripple effect it causes around the entire galaxy will reach you and you will have to make some choices.
The best part is: not even David and the developers know for sure where the story will lead! They create the scenarios but the community’s reaction to these events drives what happens next. The story of Elite is literally writing itself and it all starts on December 16.
I was lucky enough to try Elite: Dangerous at the event with the Oculus Rift and I can honestly say I was blown away. Immersion is a huge buzzword in video games but after this experience I have my own definition: immersion is getting so completely lost in the moment that you forget where you actually are. After ten minutes with Elite and the Oculus, I lifted off the headset and had to remind myself that I was at a press event in SF, not in a spaceship cruising around an asteroid belt!
- Here’s a video explaining normal flight, supercruise, and hyperspace jumping.
Andrew Stevens from Fanbolt.com periodically shares his Twitch series “Sky Sessions” with Saitek.
In this week’s Sky Sessions I take a look at one of my favorite flight games on the Xbox 360. In fact, there isn’t another aviation related game that I’ve played more than Over G Fighters. Continue reading
Over G Fighters was the right game at the right time as I hadn’t recently played many flight games prior to its release. I wasn’t big on PC gaming during most of the 2000’s so I missed out on a lot of the flight sims there. I did play the Ace Combat series and other arcade-like games on consoles, but Over G Fighters was the closest to a flight sim out of any of those. It provided just the right feeling I was looking for that wasn’t too overly sim but still close enough that it made take-offs and landings a great deal of fun. Plus, it was always a challenge to land on an aircraft carrier.
During the 30 minute Sky Sessions video I provide viewers with a look at what it’s like to simply just fly. I don’t cover any of the missions or modes at all. I simply just show off what it’s like to do the thing we all love to do, which is fly!
I did have some fun though by landing in the middle of a soccer field, inside a stadium, with the F-35. I actually have only done that a few times and impressed myself by doing it so well for the first time in what feels like forever.
I also show off the power of the F-22 and stylish look of an F-16 Thunderbird. By the way, I spent a minute trying to remember what the smoke button was when flying with the Thunderbird. Unfortunately I forgot that it needs to be equipped prior to flying. Enough writing though, check out the video above!
Straight and level flight relies on three things: maintaining your Heading, staying at one Altitude, and adjusting Trim. Chris Palmer from Angle of Attack introduces these concepts so that you can get more of what you came for: enjoying the view.