Simulation

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Unable to go to a real one, early access PC game SimCasino is my latest obsession

SimCasino is a great new take on a tried-and-true genre – and it’s helping me through some lockdown blues. Video games are my first gaming love, but I confess I have another. For better or worse (which, naturally, depends on luck), I love a gamble. In moderation, of course – but Blackjack, Poker, even slots – in person, at least, these give me a thrill. The digital kind has never really done anything for me, which means in pandemic lockdown I’ve been unable to scratch that itch – but then I discovered SimCasino.A recently-opened PC Early Access game, SimCasino is…

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Microsoft Flight Simulator sets sights on Great Britain with its next big update

And Ireland could be getting a fresh lick of paint soon, too.Developer Asobo Studio has revealed that it’s going to be tweaking Great Britain in the hugely popular Microsoft Flight Simulator.In a Twitch stream, developer Asobo laid out its roadmap for future updates. Great Britain is next on the list, and it’s going to receive a lick of fresh paint in January.The studio has said that it has an entirely new set of data to make England, Wales and Scotland in the simulator giant. Asobo doesn’t have map information for Northern Ireland, yet, so despite it being called a “United…

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Microsoft Flight Simulator update adds new airports and points of interest

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 24 November 2020 20:37 GMT Microsoft Flight Simulator has been updated with plenty of new points of interest and new airports.USA world update 1.11.6.0 is now available for Microsoft Flight Simulator.It comes with four new airports and almost 50 new points of interest.In addition to the above, you can expect several fixes and improvements to performance and stability, planes, UI, input, activity, and the world.The full update notes are below.Microsoft Flight Simulator – USA World UpdateAirports KATL – Atlanta International KFHR – Friday Harbor KDFW – Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) KSWF – New…

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Xbox Black Friday 2020 deals announced

By Henry Stockdale, Friday, 20 November 2020 18:20 GMT With a week to go until Black Friday and the Xbox Series X|S having just launched, Microsoft have now revealed their gaming deals for 2020 and honestly, it’s a great time to be investing in some cheaper games.With over 700 discounted titles to choose from, it’s mostly Xbox One selections here but backwards compatibility means there’s no issue for next-gen console adopters. Either way, you’ll be pleased to know a small selection of discounted games include their Series X|S enhanced versions too, like Borderlands 3 and Forza Horizon 4. Furthermore, Microsoft also have…

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Kerbal Space Program 2 has been delayed into 2022

By Stephany Nunneley, Friday, 6 November 2020 20:30 GMT Kerbal Space Program 2 has seen another delay, and this time, it’s being pushed into 2022.Originally set to release sometime this year, back in May the studio delayed Kerbal Space Program 2 into fall 2021 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One due to complications from COVID-19.Now, according to creative director Nate Simpson, it will be 2022 before we get our hands on it.Simpson states a reason for the delay is partially due to the “immense technical and creative challenge” with the sequel.“It’s not enough to deliver a bunch of new features…

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Halloween event guide

By Lauren Aitken, Friday, 30 October 2020 12:06 GMT Halloween is almost here in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and Jack has a new trick-or-treat event for you to enjoy with friends. Throughout October, you’ll have been purchasing Halloween costumes from the Able Sister’s store, grabbing Candy from Nook’s Cranny and growing Pumpkins, now it’s time to have some spooky fun. There will be lots to do and new recipes to find, so let’s get started.Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Halloween event guideThis Saturday – October 31, for the uninitiated – Jack will be available in your island’s plaza on Halloween…

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Evil Genius 2 might be arriving 16 years late, but it looks like the sequel I always wanted

As the saying goes – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. 2004 was a long time ago – a whopping fifteen years, plus 2020, the year that has felt like a decade. That’s basically twenty-five years (or sixteen, if you’re a stickler for real linear time). In the fast-evolving world of video games such a period has the potential to feel longer still – a game of that age can feel so cripplingly old as to be unplayable. But not Evil Genius.Evil Genius, the dungeon-building management sim that basically casts you as a Roger Moore era Bond villain, holds…

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This Microsoft Flight Sim mod lets you fly around gigantic PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 18 October 2020 12:41 GMT If you’re eager to see both next-gen consoles and can’t wait for the actual release date, you may want to head to Microsoft Flight Simulator.The popular game is now home to monstrous-sized versions of both the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X, thanks to the efforts of an enterprising modder.Reddit user Oh_Gaz shared the monolithic Xbox Series X earlier this week, and promised to introduce the world to a PS5 building, too. I built & placed a 200m PS5 at Sony HQ from PS5 As promised, we’ve now seen a…

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Stardew Valley is getting split-screen co-op on all platforms

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 17 October 2020 16:32 GMT The next update for Stardew Valley will include split-screen co-op.Update 1.5 has been in the works for Stardew Valley for quite some time, and we now know one of the new features it will contain.Split-screen co-op is coming to all platforms, but only PC will support up to four players.Details noted by Twitter users in the tweet include the addition of desert farms, new chests, a telephone stand, torches on fence-posts, and more (thanks, PCgamesN).Update 1.5 will also contain a significant new piece of end-game content and banana trees.The last big…

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Star Citizen’s single-player campaign “will be done when it’s done”

It looks like the single-player campaign for Star Citizen is still a fair way off, according to developer Cloud Imperium Games.Squadron 42 – the planned singleplayer campaign part Cloud Imperium’s space simulator – apparently has a lot more time in development left.“We still have a ways to go before we are in beta, but everyone on Squadron 42 is working very hard to deliver something great,” explained studio boss Chris Roberts in an AMA over on the Roberts Space Industries website.“We haven’t been happy with how effectively we’ve been showing progress on Squadron 42, as we felt the previous format…

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Don’t expect post-launch content for Star Wars: Squadrons

It looks like whatever content Star Wars: Squadrons released with will be all that it ever gets.EA doesn’t appear to have long-term plans for Star Wars: Squadrons. The publisher revealed that the budget-priced space shooter will not receive post-launch support standard with most games these days.Speaking to Upload VR, creative director Ian Frazier confirmed that what’s there right now is likely all we’re getting, as Squadrons wasn’t designed as a service game.“Never say never, so to speak, but as far as our philosophy goes we’re not trying to treat the game as a live service,” said Frazier. “We don’t want…

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Limited edition Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch is back in stock at more stores

By Joel Franey, Tuesday, 6 October 2020 10:35 GMT The special island-themed Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch console is on sale once again at a number of retailers in the US.After quickly being all bought up around the time of the game’s release, Amazon, Gamestop and Best Buy all have the limited edition Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch console back on sale. It was initially available back in January.It features special blue and green Joy-Cons and an image of the Nook family proudly standing on the dock. The standard version does not include a copy of Animal Crossing New Horizons, but GameStop is…

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Pumpkin guide – How to grow different colours and find all the DIY recipes

Pumpkins are finally being added to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, so here’s our guide on how to grow the perfect Pumpkin patch. The humble Pumpkin signifies the arrival of autumn and throughout October, you’ll be able to grow your own. Not only will you be able to turn your entire island into a Pumpkin farm if you wish, but you’ll also be able to create a bunch of new Pumpkin items, such as an Arch, different type of lamps and, of course, a Jack-o-Lantern.So, how do you grow your own Pumpkins besides from pinching a few from your best friend’s…

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Horizons expansion to be included with Elite Dangerous in October

By Stephany Nunneley, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 20:52 GMT Frontier Developments has announced the Horizons update for Elite Dangerous will be folded into the base game.The Horizons expansion will be added to Elite Dangerous on October 27 as a free update.Players will receive the complete Horizons experience on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. If you previously purchased Horizons, you will receive an exclusive Azure paint job compatible with all 41 ships currently in the game.The expansion will remain on sale on all platforms until October 26 to allow players a last chance to obtain owner rewards and access to the Azure paint jobs.Horizons brings…

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The limited edition Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch is back in stock

By Joel Franey, Friday, 25 September 2020 15:57 GMT The special island-themed Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch console is on sale, though likely not for long.After quickly being all bought up around the time of the game’s release, Gamestop US has confirmed that the special limited edition Animal Crossing Nintendo Switch console is briefly back on sale. It initially went on sale back in January.It features special blue and green Joy-Cons, an image of the Nook family proudly standing on the dock, and you can buy it bundled the download code for New Horizons itself, meaning that customers can ensure that…

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The Sims 4 Star Wars: Journey to Batuu gameplay shows how to create your own Star Wars story

This new video for The Sims 4 Star Wars: Journey to Batuu shows how you can create your very own Star Wars story.As previously announced, The Sims 4 game pack Star Wars: Journey to Batuu is based on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort.The new trailer unveils the journey you will take to Batuu, and it features authentic sights and sounds of Star Wars, including iconic characters like Rey and Kylo Ren.As a new visitor to Batuu, your Sims can socialize with the locals in order to understand why Batuu is different from any…

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Evil Genius 2: Word Domination delayed to the first half of 2021

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 29 August 2020 18:38 GMT Rebellion has announced Evil Genius 2: World Domination will be delayed into the first half of 2021, after being originally slated for this year.Due to some of the constraints from working at home because of COVID-19, the team needs extra time to bring Evil Genius 2 to the masses.According to Rebellion, the team wants to deliver a sequel that will “do justice” to the franchise, and be loved and played by the community for years to come.“One of the things we most prize about Rebellion is our independence, which allows us…

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Two Point Hospital is free to play on Steam this weekend

By Stephany Nunneley, Friday, 28 August 2020 15:29 GMT Two Point Hospital is celebrating its two-year anniversary by offering a free weekend on Steam.Along with being able to play Two Point Hospital on Steam for free, the hospital management sim is also on sale.The free weekend runs until August 30, and during this period, you can buy the base game for 70% off and receive up to 50% discount for the four Two Point Hospital expansions, Item Packs and the official soundtrack.The Steam sale will end on Monday, August 31.In the game, you will build various hospitals located in Two…

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Microsoft Flight Simulator is expected to produce $2.6 billion in hardware sales

Recent analysis suggests that Microsoft Flight Simulator is expected to generate over $2.6 billion in hardware sales over the next three years. The statistic comes from Jon Peddie Research, an analytics company specializing in hardware revenue in the games industry.“Jon Peddie Research (JPR), the global leader in tracking the hardware spend of gamers, has analyzed the sales impact of the release of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020,” the official statement reads. “This includes PC builds, processor upgrades, display upgrades, flight sticks and throttles, flight system control units, rudder pedals, simulation pit components such as seats and frames, and VR sales.”JPR conducted…

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The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe delayed to 2021

By Stephany Nunneley, Wednesday, 19 August 2020 20:30 GMT The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe has suffered another delay.The upcoming expansion of The Stanley Parable won’t be coming out this year as previously planned.The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe, a remaster and expansion, has been delayed until next year.According to co-developers at Crows Crows Crows, the team needs more time to deliver a game experience that meets its vision.This is according to three tweets from the company which borrowed three other game delay notifications and inserted prevalent information to the delay (thanks, RPS). The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe Development Update pic.twitter.com/rdKzJA7yaf —…