Well I’ve been a user of MSFS since the mid 80’s (the very beginning) and have always loved my experiences using it. I’ve joined a VA (Globe Cargo) in the early 2000s and have thousands of hours flying Heavy jets (on the sim) all around the world. Not a novice by any respect.
After just the first 5 hours using this new incarnation, flying mostly the IconA5 and the 747, I am less than impressed with the flying part of the “experience”. Sure the scenery looks great even with everything set to medium. Sure the weather looks realistic, and seems to mimic reality well enough. My hardware is not the newest (circa 2015, but it was top of the line back then) so I will be addressing that soon enough (I haven’t given up yet) so things will get better. I hope to set things to Ultra once all is renewed.
I must wonder if any of the developers/programmers/testers involved on this sim ever used the previous versions, even a little bit. The only thing lacking in the MSFS X version was the graphics of todays version. (kudos to those contributors!!) I would have been extremely happy with MSFS 2020 it if that is all they improved was the eye candy. BTW, I am also a Licensed private pilot so I do understand actual flight very well. The new flight models do seem to behave as they should, but MSFS X was also quite good as well.
- Where are the tower views?
- Where are the replays?
- How can I start my next flight from the same place I left it from the previous flight?
These each seem like expected features that are missing. I am sure there are more missing aspects I’ve yet to discover are missing as well. the old MSFS X version was a great place to start, not to be trashed and begin anew.
What is the purpose of the drone views?.. While in those drone views I can not control the plane… everything seems locked, until I’m out of those views… Why is this? What is the point/purpose of drone views anyway? who needs this “feature”? It appears someone spent a lot of time incorporating something I will be avoiding.
An IcanA5 note: Why are water landings (with IconA5) not considered a landing in the logbook? Why are Lakes (of some minimum size threshold) not considered departure/arrival points for this aircraft? The “world map” does not show any lakes (smaller than several miles) so it is impossible to start a flight from many of the otherwise usable lakes.
Why are all the menus so huge and annoyingly game-like? Even with the monitor settings set quite high in resolution, the menus seem childishly huge, always in the way of what I’m viewing. The controls disconnect unless I mouse click out of them. Even if they are detached and placed on another monitor.
I’ll admit I’ve not yet optimally configured my controller/.mouse/keyboard as it appears ALL my hardware will need to be bought new to get even close to this sim’s potential, but that won’t fix the lack of features the previous version had. Sometimes its nice to replay the landings and such. Has anyone thought to provide this possibility on this “game”. Searching the commands with “replay” has no result.
Added 08/29/20: Still trying to like this “Simulator” but not getting that nice happy feeling… I tried a quick flight from KSTL to KORD in the 747-800 and all was fine (using the AP) all the way to approach and it stayed at 3900ft to within 10nm of 28R…following ATC instructions, I had to do a go around and almost had it manually BUT at the last 20ft (call outs) where as expected until Boom (black screen) I had hit an “object” I was totally on the centerline at the touchdown point -150ft/min descent… what was I hitting? … the runway??? no way of knowing. This would be a good time to see a replay of my landing/crash. NOT very happy with this “kids toy” of a simulator. Did anyone fully try this thing out?
All in all I have not totally given up, but I will need to invest in new hardware to actually see if this Sim is up to all the hype…