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Hi guys, i want to own a full ORBX region, but i can not decide which one.

 

I want a region to get the best experience of textures+vector+mesh+landclass

 

I mostly do VFR flights, but sometimes i like to get into a jet.

 

All the ORBX regions seem to be awsome but preety small for jet liners (PNW, Norway), so my first choise 'd be Australia, as it covers the whole country (enought to do regional flights), it has custom free mesh. 

 

But its the oldest one, and it does not has and upgrade in the airports... Also i could not find if the regions has mountains, and some airstrip to land in there.

 

Others regions like the rockies seems to be most waste land... England is to "flat" for me..

 

So guys please help me to choose!

 

 

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Scotland + FTX Global?  It's a great scenery (even by Orbx standards), plenty of mountains, oddities like Sumburgh and Barra, and global to make the occasional trips to the rest of the UK or Norway more bearable?  You could add the Scotflight fields to make VFR even nicer.

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I will have never consider Scotland, but seems to be a beatiful place to fly!

 

Australia is poor in detail compared to the most recent regions?

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For your requirements - Norway - endless mountains and fjords, plenty of challenging approaches and landings.   And if you want longer regional flights, well, Bergen to Tromso takes around 2+ hours in a 737 :wink:    ....... has many dozens of small fields but if you want larger or regional you have Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim, Tromso, Bodo, and of course the capital Oslo.

 

It's also one of their newest regions, so you get all the latest tech.

 

.....oh and it's absolutely stunning!

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I have Scotland as well,   Flying from FTX Sumburg Airport Scotland across the sea into main Scotland is well worth the purchase.     

 

 

 


For your requirements - Norway - endless mountains and fjords, plenty of challenging approaches and landings.

Yes Norway would be a certain purchase really,  has all the niceties with it.  I don't have it yet but i plan to get it by the end of the month.

 

I would buy it quicker if there were some Norway Airports as well.  Anybody here of plans for any? 

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First of all, accept that once you get a region, you are going to want them all. And they are pretty cheap this month, so...

 

Otherwise, I wouldn't worry about Australia, yes the airports are not included as other regions have, but that's just because Oz was meant to be flown with the OzX freeware, which covers approx 95% of available Aussie airstrips. Combine that with Ant's freeware strips, the half dozen orbx freeware airports, and a few others and you'll be set.

 

For sheer flying diversity, I would pick up the New Zealand regions. lots of good mountainous terrain and small strips. Some bigger cities like Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, and Queenstown for the jet flying.

 

For NA and Eur, it's hard to say that you could be happy with just one or two regions, unless it's Norway. Northern and central Rockies have tons of good bush flying, as does Southern Alaska (probably the best single region in NA). And sak does encompass Anchorage and Juneau and a half dozen other airports that Are serviced with 737's that you wouldn't necessarily think would be tube liner airports (gustavus and yakutat for example)

 

None of them are bad though, it's a pretty safe pick wherever you go.

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I would buy it quicker if there were some Norway Airports as well.  Anybody here of plans for any? 

 

Orbx are developing (a smaller) one, but also you have Bergen 2.0 X, Stavanger X, Oslo 2.0 X, Trondheim X and Tromso X, all excellent and all from Aerosoft.

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I vote Southern Alaska. I can't wait until they complete the entire state. It's just *the* bush flying mecca.

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Im into Norway or Scotland... i will think tonight and take a desition tomorrow...

 

Thanks guys!! Im still listening to opinions

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I like Norcal, if you can afford the addon airports they sell for the region like Redding, Monterrey, san Carlos and Lake Tahoe it makes for great flying between them all. And a short hop to their Palm springs.

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Tough choice. ^_^

 

I'm biased to NRM, since I live within it, however, I've likely spent the most hours in PFJ. That said, SAK is brilliant, and NCA is even more so.  NCA is probably becoming my favorite region for GA.  One of the nice points about NCA is that the upgraded default airports are really, really well done, to the point where some of them even have small details like custom ground markings.

 

I also have Scotland highly fleshed out, with everything available for it installed from Orbx, Sim720, and UK2000, and enjoy it greatly as well, however I mainly only ever fly helicopters there.

 

Like I said, pretty tough!!

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First of all, accept that once you get a region, you are going to want them all. And they are pretty cheap this month, so...

 

Truer words.....I almost never fly outside of Orbx regions anymore. 

I'm somewhat biased towards PNW as I live in that region.

 

If you are set on just one region then Australia gives you a lot of choices and the most freeware airports.  I got that region last Christmas and am still only scratching the surface.

 

You might consider PNW and NCA.  Seattle to San Francisco.  Vancouver B.C. to Sacramento,  Portland to Redding. 

 

Really though, If the area you live in is covered by a region or are personally familiar with the area covered by a region I'd start there.  It is rather fun to fly in areas that you are already familiar with and have or potentially could actually visit.  I live several miles from a modeled airport and visited once out of curiosity and it was interesting to walk around a place that I already felt like I knew

 

That being said I'm debating myself, Norway and eventually the rest of the Europe regions, or finish off Oceania with NZ:North Island.  Whilst debating over A2A planes that are also on sale.   

 

Orbx typically has a sale twice a year, so once May is up don't expect another sale until December.  If you buy now and love it you can add another region or two before the end of the month which will likely give you plenty to explore until December.

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Orbx are developing (a smaller) one, but also you have Bergen 2.0 X, Stavanger X, Oslo 2.0 X, Trondheim X and Tromso X, all excellent and all from Aerosoft.

Cool,  thanks Craig.

 

 

 

First of all, accept that once you get a region, you are going to want them all. And they are pretty cheap this month, so...

Yes just give in to temptation now and pick up a few bits and bobs,  Its easier on your brain and much more fun to  B)

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Orbx are developing (a smaller) one, but also you have Bergen 2.0 X, Stavanger X, Oslo 2.0 X, Trondheim X and Tromso X, all excellent and all from Aerosoft.

 

And dont forget Torp Sandefjord

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I'm still a fan of PNW.  Lots of really nice Orbx airports there and the variety of the land keeps it interesting.  My suspicion is that a New England region would be equally as popular.

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And dont forget Torp Sandefjord

 

Yes, good point, Torp too.

 

 

My suspicion is that a New England region would be equally as popular.

 

Absolutely!  I'd love Orbx to go to the east coast, and hope they will.    Imagine, Maine, Vermont, NY State, the Appalachans, etc.  Would be fantastic, and in my opinion it;s just as beautiful an area as the Pacific West Coast.   (but sufficiently different to justify both).

 

I think I'd rank all the Orbx regions that I have (which isn't all of them) as follows:-

 

1). Norway

2). Pacific North West

3). Scotland

4). Southen Alaska

5). England

6). Central Rocky Mountains

7). Wales

8). Australia

9). Northern Rocky Mountains

 

None of them are 'bad' and for some (like NRM or AUS) it's simply that they're so vast, and I don't know the regions well enough to know where to go in them, for the best experiences.

 

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I like Norcal, if you can afford the addon airports they sell for the region like Redding, Monterrey, san Carlos and Lake Tahoe it makes for great flying between them all. And a short hop to their Palm springs.

 

+1.  I can testify to the accuracy and the feeling of "being there" for this combination.  In the RW, I flew this area for twenty-some years and ORBX nailed it. 

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Well.. I dont live in any orbx region, and i think that orbx will never createn it. :P

 

I want a región that gives me the most diversity, farms, mountains, fjords, cities etc

 

I cant decide, all regions has something amazing.

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Yes, good point, Torp too.

 

 

 

Absolutely!  I'd love Orbx to go to the east coast, and hope they will.    Imagine, Maine, Vermont, NY State, the Appalachans, etc.  Would be fantastic, and in my opinion it;s just as beautiful an area as the Pacific West Coast.   (but sufficiently different to justify both).

 

I think I'd rank all the Orbx regions that I have (which isn't all of them) as follows:-

 

1). Norway

2). Pacific North West

3). Scotland

4). Southen Alaska

5). England

6). Central Rocky Mountains

7). Wales

8). Australia

9). Northern Rocky Mountains

 

None of them are 'bad' and for some (like NRM or AUS) it's simply that they're so vast, and I don't know the regions well enough to know where to go in them, for the best experiences.

 

Hi Craig,

 

I'm very surprised that you have Norway as your favorite region. Most of the reviews I've read about FTX Norway were underwhelming. I'm now considering it as an add-on. I'm still using the freeware NORWAY package.

 

I also read that some of the Aerosoft payware airport add-ons are not fully compatible.  Are the Aerosoft airports fully compatible?

 

Just in case anyone needs the links to the Norway FREEWARE sceneries, adapted to ORBX Norway:

 

https://onedrive.liv...E64DC8923CA!105

 

https://onedrive.liv...20C179DFEC!2532

 

If I had to select my favorite regions, I would choose PNW, Northern California, and NZ South/North.

 

Jose

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Haven't tried Norway, but about to after seeing someone post it as their favorite.

 

My advice when flying ORBX is to adjust your monitor or use a program like SweetFX to fix their under-saturated colors (mainly green). They distribute this stuff with green being too brownish of a green, their summer textures for mountains look more like mountains in LATE summer or Early Fall before Fall Colors (when the mountains start to go brownish green).

 

The best regions are the ones where you buy the airports and get the most PR areas to fly with, that gives you the best graphics anyhow. With airports, CRM is really good for the few airports it has, but the textures in the other CRM areas aren't always great. Some good nice looking airports are Juneau, Jackson Hole (cause you get the Teton range in PR), Redding, and Bozeman (to name a few)... I think Stewart (CZST) is still possibly ONE of the best graphically as far as scenery goes (definitely not for buildings). I did not care for NCAL as much as others do, I think the textures leave a LOT to be desired in NCAL. I have about 20 airports?, lost track... Don't have Palm Springs though.

 

If we are talking pure textures and POP with DEFAULT airports, I'd have to rate it something like this:

----I am rating these areas PURELY on textures and graphics, not on other stuff.

 

1) Scotland, Ireland, or Southern Alaska - Because the ground textures look better than most other Orbx regions, and the mountains aren't as ice-creamy looking as PNW. I cannot remember if Scotland or Ireland was better, but any of those three are IMO still the best Orbx has done, and I am somewhat of a graphics person. I haven't flown Norway yet, but have every other area (I think). The other advantage of these three is their is always surrounding OCEAN very close or some island penninsula things to fly to.

2) PNW, and NRM are all of a similar quality, they both have similar textures (quite repetitive textures, but some nice areas)

---The thing about PNW and NRM is they look better with AUTO-GEN SET extremely DENSE, whereas Scotland, Ireland, and Alaska look good even when Auto-gen is not set as densely. That is why I prefer those three above to these two here.

 

3) CRM a bit different looking textures, but very repetitive. If you fly around Eastern Oregon and over to Idaho, there are some nice areas, but a lot of the textures are not great in the BETWEEN spots. Cascade, ID to Bend is a pretty cool flight, but say West Yellowstone to Boise might put you to sleep (as an example). KJAC to Bozeman is fun. I rate CRM higher than PNW if you turn auto-gen down. PNW looks better with Auto-Gen because of more TREES.

 

4) NCAL - Some good spots, but some of the textures are just way too washed out here, not sure what they were thinking, as I've seen California many times from a plane and it's just WAY WAY more colorful than they made the textures to be.

 

5) New Zealand? ---- Ok this is pretty far below #4 I think, it's ok but it's very repetetive and very ice coney looking.

 

6) Australia is hard to rate because it's so large of an area with so many varying textures, but the VAST majority of it I did NOT care for the textures.

 

Don't know about Norway or England, will know later.

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If you want value for your money, get Australia. The whole continent in great detail and pickup a couple of Orbx airports. This summer Flytampa will release YSSY and all that will be left is a better performing YMML (orbx is a fps hog) and someone needs to do Perth YPPH! Take the Carenado PC-12 and fly for Royal Flying Doctors. Or PMDG 737 fly for Virgin or Qantas. Or just put put around in a small prop heading out of a city to a smaller airport. OzX has freeware airports for Australia. I say try that, and it will give you enough enjoyment for a year of flying.

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If you want value for your money, get Australia. The whole continent in great detail and pickup a couple of Orbx airports. This summer Flytampa will release YSSY and all that will be left is a better performing YMML (orbx is a fps hog) and someone needs to do Perth YPPH! Take the Carenado PC-12 and fly for Royal Flying Doctors. Or PMDG 737 fly for Virgin or Qantas. Or just put put around in a small prop heading out of a city to a smaller airport. OzX has freeware airports for Australia. I say try that, and it will give you enough enjoyment for a year of flying.

 

From what I've seen of Australia, it is the least graphically well done of them all, but it is a large area so haven't flown it all. I think most people rate AU lower than the others?

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Yes, good point, Torp too.

 

 

 

Absolutely!  I'd love Orbx to go to the east coast, and hope they will.    Imagine, Maine, Vermont, NY State, the Appalachans, etc.  Would be fantastic, and in my opinion it;s just as beautiful an area as the Pacific West Coast.   (but sufficiently different to justify both).

 

I think I'd rank all the Orbx regions that I have (which isn't all of them) as follows:-

 

1). Norway

2). Pacific North West

3). Scotland

4). Southen Alaska

5). England

6). Central Rocky Mountains

7). Wales

8). Australia

9). Northern Rocky Mountains

 

None of them are 'bad' and for some (like NRM or AUS) it's simply that they're so vast, and I don't know the regions well enough to know where to go in them, for the best experiences.

 

Craig, i have read that Norway is heavier in FPS than other regions... What is you opinion? Norway is my first choice ATM

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