We live in interesting times, so be aware (Remember the Chineese curse: May you live in interesting times?). The economy of the entire Western World is about to go astray, but the virtual world of flight simming is flooded with great news.
First of all, Microsoft Flight is looking greater and greater with each new set of Hawaiian screenshots. Hopefully we’ll get a demo soon, like the FSX Sint Marteen demo. A bunch of Norwegian web shops anticipate a February 2012 release. I’ve ordered it, so it will be interesting to see when it will finally arrive.
Lockheed Martin’s Prepar3D is slowly gaining a larger following, and if Flight fails, Prepar3D is most likely the civilian flight sim platform of the future. I’ve gotten great reports from some highly credible sources about the improved performance and stability Prepar3D has over FSX. In addition the Prepar3D team seems like a very nice bunch answering all our questions and taking notes of our wishes for future upgrades. Big names in the addon industry like Aerosoft, ORBX and REX are getting onboard with Lockheed Martin releasing dedicated addons.
X-Plane 10 is being released before Christmas and it sure looks like a great improvement over X-Plane 9. I’ve never been a keen X-Plane user, mainly because of the dull scenery, but I will give version 10 a try. Constant improvement and updates of their product has won my heart. I also like the openness and clear speech of the developers. Check out their blog here: http://www.x-plane.com/blog/. Some big names in the addon industry are embracing X-Plane as well, Aerosoft being the most recent developer joining the chorus.
Another very interesting title is Take On Helicopters. A beta is released for all to use. That is what I call excellent marketing and customer treatment! I’m no rotorhead, mainly because the choppers in FSX are crap, but this sim looks great. Reports of very realistic handling is certainly a bonus.
Now, don’t get me started on military flight sims. All I wish to say is that the selection of quality titles has never been better: Battle of Britain, Rise of Flight, Falcon 4.32, A-10C Warthog and Black Shark. If you’re interested check out the great reviews and articles on these sims over at SimHQ.