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4.0 out of 5 stars Flight Dynamics EXCELLENT, 1 Mar 2012
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: X-PLANE 10 (PC/Mac DVD) (DVD-ROM)
Many reviews seem to be comparing this to FSX and are rating on the basis of that disappointment. This is not FSX and has a totally different starting point for Flight simulation.

X-Plane 10 is far more realistic in terms of flight dynamics, weather modelling and its affect on the aircraft. If you are just looking for eye candy other than the millions of vehicles and nice lighting effects then this is not yet the sim for you, but I can see that before long, commercial add-ons will enhance the missing aspects. Many users are so used to having FSX with all the bells and whistles given by the commercial expansions like Photographic Scenery, Ground Environment, highly sophisticated add on aircraft etc, that they have forgotten the critisisms that FSX (and even FS2004)had on release. FSX scenery was considered drab and boring and only one season, the default aircraft are still a pile of rubbish, but not many people fly them as there are far more convincing aircraft available to add on. X-Plane 10 has MUCH better performance and is far smoother than FSX.

My view is I will keep this on my hard drive and wait for the expansions to come and hopefully take this to a level far in excess of what serious flight simmers hoped FSX would be. Microsoft have blown it with Flight and the way they have kicked their serious simulation community in the teeth. I will not forget that and will certainly back X-Plane as the way forwards now.
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Initial post: 1 Mar 2012 13:46:19 GMT
Bob Ski says:
You make some interesting points that I essentially agree with, despite my derogatory review on the software.
Personally I feel that software releases should aim to raise the bar and include that wow factor. Inevitably that means eye candy and the more frivolous/superficial aspects - it has to be fun!!!
Personally my expectations were way too high, but for software released 6 years after FSX, I did expect more.
I can't argue with comments on the flight models and agree there is a depth to this game that MS doesn't have. As a training tool it's doubtless the best out there and it's bound to get better as add-ons are developed. Especially as there won't be any serious alternatives (MS Flight!!!????) for many years to come.
Good review.

Posted on 21 Mar 2012 10:52:18 GMT
A. Fraguglia says:
The problem is that xplane 10 is not friendly user interfaced, i have it with me and I found quite bad not having the settings easy as the FSX....I agree that flight dinamics is better than FSX..at moment my xplane 10 is on hold, i will not give up, but im dissapointed.

Posted on 16 May 2012 20:35:28 BDT
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Posted on 11 Sep 2012 08:18:32 BDT
L Gathercole says:
Google Boeing 777 Professional X-Plane, This new X-Plane version and that payware aircraft = all you will ever need.

Posted on 17 Dec 2012 13:21:18 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Dec 2012 13:22:12 GMT
I think one of the problems with X-plane is that it is not easy to develop for, when compared to FSX. Although the best planes of FSX required the creation of complex custom classes, it was still easy to create content for. X-plane is not. It is written in C which is a procedural language, and therefore doesn't support classes at all. Everything has to be done either by modifying data files or using a plug-in SDK -- which is limited. There's no standard approach to development. This deters potential devlopers, who perhaps come from a background of OOP software such as C++ or C#.

Other than that, it's great simulator.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Dec 2012 16:12:23 GMT
Flydave123 says:
I don't think the complexity of developing is an issue. It is the cost against the amount of units that would be sold at the moment. Until X-Plane reaches a market saturation point that would allow returns on the investment of development time, it will grow slowly. Once the potential sales market is there, you will see the bigger developers and publishers working with it. Aerosoft are now investing heavily in development for it.

Posted on 22 Sep 2013 05:51:05 BDT
Wordsworth says:
If you look at major flight simulation content developers such as REX (HD Real Environment/Weather Xtreme), Carenado (HD aircraft models) or ORBX - FTX (HD global/regional environment textures) they ALWAYS provide add-ons for the leaders - that being; FSX, Prepar3D and X-Plane (et al) so the respect and appreciation for what Laminar Research do is there, I think its the size of their operation (and their marketing) that has a negative effect (in addition to aforementioned 3rd party development limitations) in that they are a small team of developers (yet full of passion) I mean just look at their website - its enough to put anyone off (i.e. think front page meets hello world lol)!!! The benefit that FSX and Prepar3D have is that users can make a single purchase of content for use with both engines (with only a few exceptions) so despite FSX being old and abandoned by MS now, there is literally heaps of content out there for both, and anything you buy for FSX is not wasted consequently as you can use it on Prepar3D which has a 'huge' future what with it being developed by Lockheed Martin which are the only developers that actually make aircraft and have the most money to invest in the technology. Naturally its much more serious in nature (i.e. marketed primarily as training software) but the truth is that they all have their individual virtues and place and in all fairness most fanatics typically own all 3 so its horses for courses (i.e. whats your budget, whats you machine, how serious are you etc)! I'm glad they all exist as variety is the spice of life as they say and competition and contrast is good. Anyone who is passionate about flight simulation will be happy they have a choice IMO - I sincerely hope Laminar Research get where they want to be as they're really into what they do; they just need more investment as with the demise of FSX the opportunity is there considering it is pitched at the same user group!
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