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If you had to pick one scenery or airport package, that showed all the things XPX was capable of; One that could stand toe to toe with anything in the FSX world (no photoscenary!) What would you recommend?

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Actually the default Seattle scenery is actually (for me) quite impressive.

 

I also like the airports by TruScenery, they're pretty good. 

 

However, this http://asn-xp.aerosoft.com/?page_id=4554 when it's released, will really step up the bar in terms of X-Plane scenery

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Actually the default Seattle scenery is actually (for me) quite impressive.

 

That's the problem: I have been wandering from site to site, and a lot of the payware (Scenery) I am bumping into is not even up to FSX freeware standard. Its the textures that keep letting them down. Seattle is indeed the most impressive airport I can find so far..... and even it is a bit bland. There just has to be better.

 

I was hoping the old hands could point the way.

 

For instance: There's an ad in this forum showing some great looking airports. "Hey! Kool!" says I, and clicks eagerly.

 

FSX only.

 

THUMP! (That's my hopes crashing)  :lol:

 

I bumped into some nice free city sceneries here: http://theosdavis.com/xpfiles/downloads_v10.html

 

But the weird part is that the paid scenery i'm finding  is not noticeably better.

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But the weird part is that the paid scenery i'm finding  is not noticeably better.

I agree. That is the main problem in my opinion too. While in FSX they even added for smaller regional airpoirts some special landmarks most of the payware Airports didn't offer any suitable surroundings. There are exceptions like KSFO ( http://store01.prostores.com/servlet/x-planestore/Detail?no=331 ) and KLAS ( http://store01.prostores.com/servlet/x-planestore/Detail?no=483 ) but he doesn't use high quality textures for his airport buildings.

TruScenery on the other hand makes beautiful airports but they don't do anythoing for the surrounding area.

And Aerosoft first had to learn that a conversion of an existing FSX Airport doesn't  necessarily result in a good X-Plane airport.

I use these city sceneries too, as an example in Washington DC  together with Tropical Sims KDCA.

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I don't think there really is one package that shows off X-Plane, at least I've yet to find one. The best scenery I've seen is the free stuff, i.e. g2xpl and OSM combined.

 

All of the aerosoft airport's are simply ports of their FSX ones, and just as hungry on frames. The only ones IMO that show off the lighting and features of X-Plane are the truscenery airports http://www.truscenery.com/. They even provide scenery for the surrounding areas.

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I don't think there really is one package that shows off X-Plane, at least I've yet to find one. The best scenery I've seen is the free stuff, i.e. g2xpl and OSM combined.

 

All of the aerosoft airport's are simply ports of their FSX ones, and just as hungry on frames. The only ones IMO that show off the lighting and features of X-Plane are the truscenery airports http://www.truscenery.com/. They even provide scenery for the surrounding areas.

Ugh.......

 

Yes, the truescenery stuff is nice. Thank you.

 

But there needs to be more choices out there for this sim.

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Ted's scenery packages are very nice, I have them all.

 

Ted's scenery is basically the de facto default custom scenery for X-Plane. It's the custom scenery you use when have no other choice.

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But there needs to be more choices out there for this sim.

 

I think by lack of responses in here, you have your answer :-). IMO, There really isn't anything that can match the quality of OrbX airports IMO (not yet anyway). 

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http://www.beti-x.com/CZSTstewart.html maybe (though, not release and only screenshots)? At least it proves, that the engine itself is capable of a lot ... but its content that is needed.

Yah, I saw that earlier, but the area is not of that much interest to me. It did answer a question percolating in my mind about whether there was some limitation of the engine that made for such gray, bland airports, though.

 

Its a nice scenery that has Orbx-style written all over it. But its hard to believe there is so little else of that quality out there considering the amount of time thats passed since the XPX release. Aerosoft has a few nice looking airports too, but they don't really do much US scenery.........

 

The lack of stuff like that just has to be affecting purchasing decisions on the sim.  :unsure:

 

Heck maybe LR could subsidize some major airports to get the ball rolling....... faster.

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I know photoscenery was not meant to be used in this thread, but during the last week I have had some of the best simulation moments with the NEO A320 and Lisbon, with ZL17 orto-photo + SimHeaven's OSM + Autogen, and UrbanMAXX Extreme.

 

An approach to LPPT, rw 03, starting at Espicehel VORTAC, along the coast line, then over Almada, the Tagus river and then Lisbon, and the airport with scenery converted from an old project for fs9, provides me an excellent environment for this sort of flight around places I know.

 

I should have already started to populate some portuguese airports I know, but I'm being very very lazy...

 

Around Sintra, where I  had for quite a while one of the most used glider bases of operation, the photoscenery, the autogen, the OSM, and the excllent mesh also give me a unique sensation of being there, and one I can't really find in FSX ( because I use it only with default scenery ).

 

Then, when we approach Sintra, and the wind is blowing from the North / NorthWest, our soaring flights can become even more rewarding. There is yet no add-on for FSX ( including CumulusX! ) that can give me the same type of ridge lift. Very close to the real thing!

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To be fair there aren't many companies on the FSX side which are as good as Orbx, they are more the exception than the rule. There is FlyTampa but I don't think that they have made anything new in the last few years. It seems like most of the enhancements I read about are for improving the mesh, weather, and the default textures. I think it is these enhancements that make a more global impact on the sim are more important than focusing on a handful of airports.

 

(this is probably why I don't buy orbx airport scenery because it is usually located in some remote part of Australia... Waste of money to me)

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To be fair there aren't many companies on the FSX side which are as good as Orbx, they are more the exception than the rule. There is FlyTampa but I don't think that they have made anything new in the last few years. It seems like most of the enhancements I read about are for improving the mesh, weather, and the default textures. I think it is these enhancements that make a more global impact on the sim are more important than focusing on a handful of airports.

 

(this is probably why I don't buy orbx airport scenery because it is usually located in some remote part of Australia... Waste of money to me)

But of course, most people fly in areas they have a direct interest in, so global is very nice of course but a beautiful world that looks pretty much the same everywhere you go begs for scenery to differentiate areas into something recognizably unique.

 

And it doesn't really require all that much. I used Teds freeware on New York for instance, and it was surprising how just a very few recognizable landmarks helped increase the sense of really "being there"

 

Unfortunately, the bridges and things did not successfully exclude the default structures, and they were also slightly misplaced, spoiling the affect a bit. Still, its an awesome effort I could never match and went far in showing me how a little can mean a lot.

 

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http://www.beti-x.com/CZSTstewart.html

... maybe? Though, not released and only screenshots but at least it proves, that the engine itself is capable of a lot (and t its content that is needed).

I might end up getting this despite the remote area just because it has something I am beginning to miss very badly in XPX...... Color! 

 

Endless muted grey and beige (mostly gray) and tan houses and airports and roads and buildings stretching to eternity is getting to me.  :lol:

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It would be this one, and so well done....  KFNT Bishop International

 

The first thing one needs to do, is merely taxi around the entire airport property and appreciate the scope of this version!!!  Night time looks great as well. HDR really shines with thiw gem....

 

http://forums.x-plane.org/index.php?app=downloads&showfile=19193

I nabbed it, and thanks for pointing it out!

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