Pilot your way to the Philippines’ landmarks onboard Microsoft Flight Simulator

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Microsoft's Flight Simulator Philippines landmarks
Gamers are treated to a hyper-realistic virtual rendering of Philippine landmarks in a recently released Xbox game Microsoft Flight Simulator. Images courtesy of Gaming PH video

Netizens and gamers can now pilot their way to the Philippines’ most famous landmarks, volcanoes, mountains, and islands spotted on Microsoft’s Flight Simulator.

The stunning bird’s-eye view tour of the Philippines is a feature of the Microsoft virtual pilot game’s reboot launched on August 18, 2020, which uses satellite-generated imagery from Bing maps to enable users to fly all over the world’s major airports and cities, including the Philippines with real-time atmospheric simulation and live weather.

The country’s Department of Tourism (DOT) shared a post on August 25 from creator Gaming PH which takes netizens to some of the Philippines’ well-known landmarks virtually through the flight simulator.

The walkthrough video features popular tourist destinations:

  • Balut island
  • El Nido in Palawan
  • Siargao Island
  • Taal Volcano in Batangas
  • Boracay Island
  • Mayon Volcano in Albay

The video also shows the major cities of:

  • Metro Manila
  • General Santos City
  • Davao
  • Cagayan de Oro
  • Cebu

The DOT says nostalgic travelers can explore the Philippines virtually through the Microsoft game for now while quarantine restrictions posed by COVID-19 are still in place.

YouTube content creator Lomika even sighted as much as 50 Metro Manila landmarks when the user flew over the city virtually. The landmarks appear as text pop-ups in the game to guide users.

The game is Microsoft’s longest-running franchise with roots tracing back to 1979. It is only available for PC editions. Three editions of the game are currently available:

  • Standard Edition (Php2,775) has 20 available planes and 30 hand-modeled airports
  • The Deluxe Edition (Php4,150) adds another five planes and five hand-modeled airports
  • The Premium Deluxe Edition (Php5,550) comes with 30 planes and 40 airports

You can test out your piloting skills as you explore the world in all of its three-dimensional glory in the amateur flight simulation game available for download in the Microsoft store here.

Microsoft’s game may help some overcome ‘cabin fever’ as they revisit the Philippines’ most well-known spots virtually amid the nationwide quarantine.

Travelers can visit tourist haven Palawan, known for its pristine white beaches and crystal clear waters after COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are lifted. It was among the most popular travel destinations in the world to visit after the lifting of the global lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease.

Palawan’s Tubbataha Reef National Park and Cebu’s Moalboal were also named among Lonely Planet’s recommended “most surprisingly spectacular” dive spots in the world.

WATCH the video here and pilot your way to the Philippines’ landmarks onboard the Microsoft Flight Simulator!

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