The other day, The Lioness heard about Lockheed Martin's Prepar3D. She asked me if I'd like to have it. I said, "Sure, I'll give it a try!"
So she subscribed to it for me and said she'd keep it going in perpetuity if I liked it. She feels that $9.95 per month is well worth it, and noted, as did someone in the Civil Aviation forum, that we spend more on Netflix and I spend a lot more time flying than watching movies.
Well, I got it installed today. And here's my review:
If you care about realism, buy it right friggin' NOW!
It looks better than FSX, and the flight models actually make me feel like I'm flying an airplane rather than playing with a toy.
I can no longer pull the arrogant crap I got in the habit of doing in FSX. It will punish you if you do outlandish things.
This is what FSX should have been. It's worth every penny.
And since I registered as a developer, and have been wanting to create aircraft for FSX, The Lioness says she's going to buy 3D Studio Max for me to develop freeware for the Prepar3D community instead. I told her the price, she said it didn't matter as she feels I need my hobbies and knows that I love aviation. Is it any wonder that I love the woman?
In the meantime, I'm already at work in GMAX, and GMAX aircraft work fine in Prepar3D.
The CBFS Beaufighter and Ant's Tiger Moth never felt better than they do in Prepar3D. My FSGenesis landclass scenery works fine, as do all the freeware scenery items I had installed in FSX.
This is a massive improvement in my opinion.
Sauron's take: If you like civil aviation, get it. And jump right in with the rest of us who are developing for it. It's what I've always wanted in a civil flight sim. Highly recommended.