Post by FlyingKiwi on Jul 31, 2020 21:38:37 GMT 12
I have the MSFS series to thank in a large part for inspiring me to pursue a real life flying career, and I think this new version will hopefully have a similar effect on a lot of people, I suspect in particular for recreational GA flying which it seems to be much more geared up to represent than earlier editions. It looks like MS and Asobo Studios have taken every flight sim geek's wishlist and built a sim around it, I can't wait!
Last Edit: Jul 31, 2020 21:39:25 GMT 12 by FlyingKiwi
Post by FlyingKiwi on Aug 25, 2020 20:05:02 GMT 12
I've spent a few hours in the new sim over the last week or so and while it has a few issues, overall it is absolutely game-changing for flight simming. Some people have commented the flight model feels off but I suspect that is because they haven't taken the time to set up their controllers properly; it does require a bit of setup to get it feeling 'right' as the default control inputs are far too sensitive (possibly to cater for the Xbox crowd using gamepad controllers I suspect) but with a bit of tweaking I was able to get the 172 to behave pretty close to the real thing.
In terms of scenery, there are a few problems which the developers seem quite receptive to fixing, but the good points well and truly outweigh the bad. Problems I have noted in my limited exploration of NZ so far are that there is some missing detail from Auckland, most notably the Skytower doesn't appear and in its place there is a rather large and strange looking office block, and both Auckland International and Ardmore look a bit odd due mainly to the size of the default trees being rather huge. The tree issue is also something that can be fixed to a large extent with a bit of tweaking. Also at the other end of the country Milford Sound looks completely wrong due to some weirdness with how the sim has overlaid the mountain satellite imagery onto the actual 3D terrain model. I strongly suspect the developers will fix that as Milford is such a popular airport internationally. Queenstown, as we have already seen, looks stunning and very accurate.
The good aspects are that the detail present in the scenery is beyond my expectations. Aside from the main airfields which are selectable from the menu, all of the ag-strips, private unpublished airfields and so forth also show up correctly. I was able to find Patumahoe airfield, Pukekohe East (which looks almost exactly like it does in real life, even down to the slight curve in the runway and the row of trees on the southern side), Drury glider airfield shows up with the glider trailers and club buildings in the correct place, and even a few ag-strips I know in the Ardmore training area appear correctly depicted. To test the level of detail I flew over Seagrove and you can even make out the outline of the runways there just like you can from the air in real life! The potential for exploring off the beaten path is incredibly exciting. I've already planned my next trip for the weekend coming - off to the Kaimanawas to find Boyd strip.
Also, to test the claims that were made before it was released, the first thing I inevitably did was look for my house and yes I did indeed find it.
Pukekohe East - if you look closely you can even see the little cemetery next to the church at the top end of the runway.
Last Edit: Aug 25, 2020 20:14:51 GMT 12 by FlyingKiwi