BORKUM, OSTRIESISCHEN INSELN, DEUTSCHLAND (GERMANY)
Today we’re going to have a closer look at the beautiful town and island in the North of Germany called Borkum.
FSX renders the landscape as mostly farmland with a bit of barren grass thrown into the mix. Very inaccurate and if it weren’t for the recognisable coastline, you’d be hopelessly lost.
Prepar3D is almost identical to FSX apart from using a more densely populated farmland landclass. Still, it doesn’t look much like the town of Bokum.
SceneryTech has toned down the farmland a tad, but is still way off and it can’t be described as an upgrade over the default FSX or P3D scenery.
Knowing the limitations of the FSX/P3D landclass system, XClass by Cloud9 has done a very good job of Bokum. They’ve even added a bit of sand/beach landclass which surrounds most of the island in real life.
Ultimate Terrain X Europe is the most accurate of the bunch. The improved coastline, beaches and road network does most of the work, but the landclass is good and on par with XClass.
Conclusion: I am still amazed at how different these products are. A pattern is emerging, although we’ll have a few more series of comparisons to do before we can try to pick a favourite. XClass is as good as UTX in this area. SceneryTech is abysmal.