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I'm considering buying Orbx EU Norway and wanted to ask current owners how you like it?

 

Not being a new product anymore I know there are lots of threads and reviews out there but most of them are quite old by now so would like some fresh input how this product performs in P3Dv3, how much of an improvement it is over using only the global Orbx products (FTX Global, Vector and openLC) and if you think it's worth its price?

 

I do all my flying in the NGX but after switching from 2D to VR I've become more interested in what's outside the cockpit windows.

 

Thanks in advance for your input!

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I bought it on sale last year and forgot about it for almost six month. And then I remembered. My first flight in P3D 3.4 was into the Geiranger Fjord in a Do-27 and since then I have been hooked. It's absolutely fantastic and now that I have Narvik and soon Hammerfest and...I will fly there even more often.

 

But if you mostly fly the NGX, maybe you shouldn't bother, as for that kind of flying, Global, Vector and FS Ultimate should be good enough. If you should ever venture into GA flying, then you have to go for it. Just my 2 cents

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I love it but I prefer to fly low and slow and enjoy the scenery. If you are going to fly tubes over it, don't know if it would be worth it for you.

 

Vic

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I bought Norway recently it's beautiful scenery one of ORBX's best if you want my opinion.

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I fly the NGX in Norway and I really enjoy it.   I spend a lot of time switching between the cockpit and the scenery.

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Or you can short hop in the Dash 8 South to North.  Worth it!  Orbx Norway is amazing. 

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It is very objective of course but I bought FTX Norway the day it had been released and I have been flying there ever since. I think I flew outside of FTX Norway some 2% of my time during the last years: 98% I spend in Norway. I mainly fly GA but I have spend a few months flying the Airbus 319 between (mainly) Bergen, Trondheim and Oslo.

 

Take note though that I also love the country because I spend 10 holidays there during my teens. ;)

 

If you get it, be sure to also get the freeware Airports of Norway: high quality airports that are made to fit into FTX Norway.

 

I have to add though that I find it a bit difficult to promote P3D addons now I am hooked to XP11... but if you decide to stick with P3D FTX Norway is a very good purchase. Doesn't look old to me at all btw. As fas as P3D scenery can look not old LOL (Just kidding.)

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Since I currently spend all my time in the NGX I guess I won't get as much out of it as someone who is doing GA but just like Eric said above you can still enjoy what's down there.

Another question since I'm new to Orbx regions, what about the border between this region and the normal P3D terrain? When flying from Norway to Sweden for example what will it look like when I leave this region? Is the border ugly?

 

And what about VAS usage?

 

Now I'm back using P3Dv3.2 which handles VAS very good compared to the version of 3.4 I tried before but I heard Orbx regions can consume lots of VAS like EU England for example and guess it would be similar to any other of their regions such as Norway?

 

I guess what might be dangerous getting this region is I will like it so much I will then have to get all their other regions as well and then it will start to get expensive :wink:

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I asked a question a while ago about how worth it their regions are and the consensus was since I do 95% VA tubeliner flying that I wouldn't find any regions worth it.  It's too bad because I would like to have a few of their sceneries but they are only compatable with the regions.  I might go for the Alaska ones though I'm yet to decide.  ORBX just adds a lot of cost for what I would personally get out of them.

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If you like the Q400, Norway is a great region to fly. And between Orbx and Jo Erlend Sund, Norway airports are getting lots of love. Think challenging approaches to short runways over beautiful terrain in overcast conditions. Good stuff.

 

Todd

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It is a very nice scenery, but far from perfect. That said, it a nice place to fly the 737, and with the free Airports of Norway package you get good performing airports that are very fps friendly and tailored for P3D v3. Winter operations in Norway can be challenging and you'll love the approach to Tromsø in bad weather. Lots of good 30-60 minute flights by Norwegian and SAS to simulate. If performance is important I would be careful with the Aerosoft airports for Norway. 

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Is the border ugly?

 

Yes, it is. I installed FTX Global ONLY so the borders wouldn't look bad. If you fly high you will see those borders a lot, specially when you go up north in Norway! With FTX Global you won't even notice the borders. Having said that: you might also only get FTX Global and then OpenLC for Europe... it will cost a lot more but then you will have an upgrade of the entire world and specially Europe will look a lot better thanks to OpenLC. (Global without OpenLC won't make Norway look too good.) If you ONLY fly high the regions are a bit of a waste... though still worth it, I think, specially with the current sale.

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Guess I need to think this over a bit but thanks for all the great feedback so far!

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Since I currently spend all my time in the NGX I guess I won't get as much out of it as someone who is doing GA but just like Eric said above you can still enjoy what's down there.

I would respectively disagree with this comment.  I mostly fly NGX/A320 on Norwegian/SAS routes too in Norway and it is BEAUTIFUL!!  I get if you're low and slow, you have some more time to enjoy the scenery.  But, that doesn't mean that just because you fly high and fast, that you can't enjoy the scenery sometimes too!  So I'd say it's totally worth it...even for tubeliner flying.

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I would respectively disagree with this comment.  I mostly fly NGX/A320 on Norwegian/SAS routes too in Norway and it is BEAUTIFUL!!  I get if you're low and slow, you have some more time to enjoy the scenery.  But, that doesn't mean that just because you fly high and fast, that you can't enjoy the scenery sometimes too!  So I'd say it's totally worth it...even for tubeliner flying.

 

Thanks for the input Kevin!

 

As I said in my initial post the main reason I got more interested in what's outside of my a/c is I started doing my flying using a pair of Oculus Rift glasses. Combined with the FlyInside software the sensation is amazing and it actually feels like you're in the real aircraft which also means you get the sensation of actually being where ever your aircraft happens to be.

 

Having that sensation you obviously want things around you to look as pretty and realistic as possible :smile:

 

Was also good news to hear the region border is hardly noticeable if you have the global FTX products installed which I do have.

 

Currently I'm using FTX Global Base, openLC, Global Vector and FS Global Ultimate Mesh.

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i really enjoy flying around this area, it's a nice scenery.

 

i have only flown in fsx but i would say the performance is comparable to the south alaska region of orbx, it's definitely faster than norcal/socal probably due to the lack of giant urban and suburban areas.

 

the AoN airport package freeware is fabulous too and integrates nicely with it, it adds some very high near-payware quality to like a dozen of the airports.. it's located at http://www.flightsimnorway.com/

 

 

cheers

-andy crosby

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I would respectively disagree with this comment. I mostly fly NGX/A320 on Norwegian/SAS routes too in Norway and it is BEAUTIFUL!! I get if you're low and slow, you have some more time to enjoy the scenery. But, that doesn't mean that just because you fly high and fast, that you can't enjoy the scenery sometimes too! So I'd say it's totally worth it...even for tubeliner flying.[/quot
I would respectively disagree with this comment. I mostly fly NGX/A320 on Norwegian/SAS routes too in Norway and it is BEAUTIFUL!! I get if you're low and slow, you have some more time to enjoy the scenery. But, that doesn't mean that just because you fly high and fast, that you can't enjoy the scenery sometimes too! So I'd say it's totally worth it...even for tubeliner flying.
I agree on that for sure!

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Fact is I currently have an issue with the Orbx FTX Global Lights Configurator and so far I've received zero support from Orbx.

 

I then figured I would create a support ticket only to learn Orbx doesn't give you that option but instead you are told to use their forum where they don't reply.

 

Only minutes ago I received an answer from another user wishing me good luck to receive any help. He had the same problem and told me he's been waiting for two weeks and still no real attention from Orbx and certainly no solution in sight.

 

So...at this point I'm not very tempted investing any more money in Orbx.

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ORBX support isn't the best. They're an umbrella for various developers and if they don't hang around the forum you might be out of luck. I've not been too happy about the response from Aerosoft either, so I guess in the FS world things are pretty much as in the real world. The biggest players have the worst service :) But, I also try to remember that the FS industry isn't really an industry. Most of the developers that create aircraft and scenery do so in their spare time. 

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I have been using ORBX Norway, along with Vector since its release,  and am really enjoying flying both IFR & VFR  over this beautiful panoramic scenery. ORBX have done a great job

I would also strongly recommend the superb photo realistic airports of Norway by Andrew Thomsen, available freeware from AVSIM, this to me is the icing on the cake, truly payware

quality renditions of airports, for both FSX and P3D.

 

Mike
 

 

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What you say is very true but when I buy a product I expect to get friendly and helpful support in a timely fashion and this is no different whether I'm buying a new TV or a new add-on for my flight sim.

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Hi, I'm sad you still haven't solved the lights problems with Orbx.

About Norway, if you have FS Global Ultimate mesh, disable or uninstall vector (will gain FPS & VAS).

I've flown to all the airports of FTX Norway with the A2A Comanche, is an awesome region, not only the geography, also the light.

Now I'm using Oculus Rift and is an amazing experience.

Don't loss this experience because a support  issue by Orbx. 

 

Kind regards,

Jorge.

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Hi, I'm sad you still haven't solved the lights problems with Orbx.

About Norway, if you have FS Global Ultimate mesh, disable or uninstall vector (will gain FPS & VAS).

I've flown to all the airports of FTX Norway with the A2A Comanche, is an awesome region, not only the geography, also the light.

Now I'm using Oculus Rift and is an amazing experience.

Don't loss this experience because a support issue by Orbx.

 

Kind regards,

Jorge.

Thanks for the encouraging words Jorge and nice to hear how you too have discovered the future flying in VR!

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Living in Denmark which is VERY flat, it's a real pleasure to fly in Norway with all the mountains and fjords and I can only recommend orbx Norway AND AoN (Airports of Norway). And remember to get Henrik Nielsens AI ships which covers the whole world, and you'll see ships in the many fjords and oilrigs being towed. Now that Orbx is also making Germany South, we only need them to make Denmark and Sweden to fly in some fantastic scenery from the french border to Nordkap :-)

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