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This may be an unpopular opinion, and the word not allowed are going to pour hate on me, but I'll put it out there anyway: Real-World Flying is full of critical flaws and should never have been released in its current state. Right off the bat, control assignments are a joke. There's a single default control configuration. No custom key assignments. No sensitivity adjustment. And I wasn't able to get a single one of my existing controllers to work. What were the devs smoking? Did anyone actually ever try to use this sorry excuse for a sim? Next up: Weather. Incredibly, there's exactly one weather theme. One! Admittedly, it evolves dynamically and seems reasonably realistic, but there's zero ability to customize anything. No cloud layers, wind layers, visibility controls, nothing. You can't even set time of day. I mean, this is super basic stuff. Did none of the beta testers ever notice this was missing? Seriously? Then there's the aircraft. Normally, I'd qualify my opinions by saying that I'm not checked out in any of the types I'm about to comment on, but there are tons of issues here that no one can tell me are realistic. The A340 is woefully underpowered. No exaggeration, it only manages to climb thanks to the curvature of the earth. Stalls in the Tomahawk are a joke. Every single stall seems to devolve into a spin - there's no way that would ever get certificated. And don't get me started on the 737 MAX. The trim system is super buggy - it keeps winding in nose down trim on me until it becomes virtually uncontrollable. The most ridiculous bit though is the pricing. The basic game is free, but it only allows you to spectate - not a single aircraft is included. DLC pricing is outrageous. Even the most basic aircraft will set you back thousands of dollars. That much money surely buys you a lifelong right to fly your aircraft, right? Wrong! Every year, you're made to pay thousands of dollars in "annual" fees just for the privilege of continuing to fly an aircraft you already own! And it doesn't stop there. Every time you fill the tanks, say goodbye to another couple hundred bucks or more. It's the most blatant money grab I've seen in any game (no, I'm not willing to call this pile of junk a sim). Sorry, but I've had it. Until the devs reconsider their pricing and fix the many, many egregious flaws, I'm going back to MSFS.
If you look over to the right side bar and scroll down a bit, you will find a list of categories of items that appear from time to time on this front page. One of those items, that we haven't really announced until now, is our GUEST EDITORIALS. That's right. We are open to guest editorials from our members. Have a thought? Have an itch you need to scratch? If you have an editorial that you would like to put before your fellow community members, we would like to read it. If you would like to submit a Guest Editorial, simply submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll review it for appropriateness and relevancy. If it passes our sanity check, you will see it posted here and stored in our archives for many generations of simmers to come!
Hello everyone, I realize the title may anger a lot of you, but that was not the point. After reading some comments on a comparison video, I just felt the need to post this. Take a look at the comments on this comparison of PMDGs old 747, and iflys new 747. I was shocked to find people stubbornly defending PMDGs 10 year old product! Actually saying that it is superior to a 2014 product of quite high quality! Many of them insisted that the PMDG 747 had higher quality systems, and some even tried to say that the exterior modeling and VC was better! When they likely had never bought the product or even seen a good video of it! Why? Simply because it is PMDG. Now, PMDG obviously make extremely good products, but do you really think that a product that old will still be "the best"? Their response to my explanation of the products age: "Wait for the V2, it will be out in a few months!" Well, it has been two years, and where is the V2? NOWHERE! Because PMDG are taking their time to make a good product for us to enjoy! Correct me if I am wrong, but in 2014, PMDG were still working on the modeling! Had someone bought the ifly 747 when it was released (albeit with its numerous shortcomings and bugs...), they would have gotten their moneys worth by now, even if they did choose to buy PMDGs (quite possibly) "better" version. But its not only PMDG that has ######, ifly has their fair share too! When I posted several notable issues with the ifly 747 that I had observed from videos, I was called a "troll"! I could go on and on with examples, but I will leave it here. So what are your thoughts? Do we need to be more open as a community to other products? Or am I blatantly lying? One thing I do not want is to start a flamewar, so please lets have a constructive discussion, about this topic.