REVIEW: FSX LANDCLASS BATTLE PART 7

LE VIADUC DE MILLAU, LA FRANCE

France_Google

The Millau Viaduct is a cable-stayed road-bridge that spans the valley of the river Tarn near Millau in southern France. Designed by the French structural engineer Michel Virlogeux and British architect Norman Foster, it is the tallest bridge in the world with one mast’s summit at 343.0 metres (1,125 ft) above the base of the structure.

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While the default FSX scenery has given most of the area around the viaduct a realistic landclass treatment, the town of Millau has been wiped off the map almost completely.

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I don’t know if this is an error or represents Lockheed Martins’s futuristic vision of the area, but the town of Millau has certainly grown into one giant city judging by the landclass assignment. While FSX has made this area too rural, Prepar3D has made it too urban – almost complete opposites!

France_XClass

XClass has gotten the town about right, but the landclass closest to the bridge is wrong with that awful grassland and lack of fields to the left of the town.

France_SceneryTech

SceneryTech has given the area a pretty good treatment, but there are too many villages depicted around the fields in the left part of the screenshot.

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UTX has done the best job of all, but there should have been a tad more fields between the bridge and the town.

Conclusion: SceneryTech is clearly the best of the pure landclass products, but Ultimate Terrain X is the best of the bunch. Both FSX’s and Preapar3D’s default scenery is unusable.

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