Looks like it just released on SimMarket: simMarket: DEIMOS INC - F-16V VIPER MSFS
Kind of weary about this, no systems or real aircraft information and I’m sure we’ll see absolute glowing reviews as per normal SimMarket procedure. But hey, I’ll do you all some justice by spending $20 to review it and let you go from there.
Will also be keeping an eye out for you, @BostonJeremy77 !
So, as a disclaimer, I fully appreciate that many addons consume a lot of time, effort, and money when developing them. Many addons are also developed for free, with very high fidelity. That being said, from the outset, in its’ current state this F-16 addon is certainly not worth the 20 Euros charged.
Cockpit: It looks okay. It’s not terrible by any means, of course, this is excluding the fact that it’s got 3 garmin screens copy pasted into it. The texture quality is also not terrible. It’s also not great. The HUD is barely readable, but there’s no use in trying to read it as it’s woefully incomplete. Animations are nearly non-existent, the flight stick doesn’t even move. The throttle moves but is inaccurately modeled in terms of its mechanical movement and detent.
Exterior: Actually looks pretty decent. It ships with the USAF 77th FS “Gamblers” livery. Textures are not bad, they look high enough quality for my eyes. Some of the geometry however looks pretty incomplete, like the wingtip pylons. Jet exhaust nozzle animations are off.
Sounds: Not great. Definitely not done by one of the flight sim sound composers. Not the worst thing I’ve heard though!
Flight characteristics: So I’m not sure if the developer was trying to emulate some sort of fly-by-wire system of the F-16, but whatever they did isn’t fun. The smallest movements of the joystick will allow you to do full aileron rolls. You’ll need to really tone down your reactivity in settings to get this feeling like something decent. There’s some bug or issue with taking off because my wheels were stuck to the ground up until about 170kts when she nearly went vertical. I was full aft stick at 150kts and the plane wasn’t pitching what so ever.
Overall meh. It’s 20 euros but represents a product that, in my opinion and experience, would be seen at 10 - maybe. Quite honestly, I think the Typhoon may have been worth more - and that’s saying something. I can see the “fun factor” this type of addon could provide, though with the current flight dynamics it would be nearly impossible to properly do formation flying with friends… so you’ll need to settle with friendly dogfights and pulling 15g’s.
I truly hope this addon receives updates, it can be made much better I believe. Probably a project for @CodenameJack447 to vastly improve. However I feel, much like the typhoon, it will be a “one and done” sort of cash grab until talented third parties like Jack come along to fix it up. With no curation we’ll see this unfortunate mess on the official marketplace, I’m sure, and with no added commenting or rating features coming any time soon it seems, many will end up wasting their money. Right now, my opinion is to wait for a sale. Will gladly update this if and when the product receives any updates!
Update: video to illustrate some of the current flight dynamics F-16 by DeimoS Inc - MSFS - Star Wars flight dynamics - YouTube