Following on from Chip’s review here, I’ve managed to film an epic TWO PART review.
Feedback on this new style of video is welcome – I like the ‘live’ feel, even I don’t know what’s gonna happen next! It can be a bit disorganised (ain’t life so) and ‘Chaos’tic. If enough people say they like it, I’ll keep it up. If not, I’ll stop.
AN IMPORTANT QUALIFIER
You will see that my ‘setup’ is far from perfect. My windows install seems to be experiencing weird HDR artefact issues. The CRJ-200 that I have fallen back in love with again has a strange missing PFD issue that needs fixing (my fault I’m sure, as I recently dared to install some windows software that overwrote the C++ 2010 redistributables).
So in the first part, I show some horrid frame-rate issues, that most likely are NOT the scenery’s fault. It does push my PC quite a bit, but I can’t blame the talented Drawbridge Designs team. The second part has me flying a less hardware intensive plane, I experienced much better performance. With xp10′s beta run, we should all see improvements along the way, so I’ll keep revisiting. Either that or I’ll throw a 680 & Haswell at it next year!
Update - The devs have confirmed that the ‘misalignment’ of orthos that I report in the vid is not a misalignment, rather a bug in XP10.10 b4 that reveals the joins in the ortho. It looks distracting to me, but it’s not the dev’s fault, nor should it affect any decision to acquire. It’ll only get better.
Those with reasonable PCs should definitely buy this scenery. It is beautiful. It is at the leading edge of scenery design. The artistry is worth the price, just a few ‘opportunities for improvement’ that I’ve noted.
Please support the development of new X-Plane scenery to fill our world with places as pretty as this (yes, Chip and I both paid for the scenery ourselves). Gettit from X-Aviation here.
Episode II – “Attack of the Phlegm”