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#3509797 - 02/02/12 06:46 PM A Short Review of Prepar3D
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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.

Cheers!

Rick... thumbsup
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#3509802 - 02/02/12 06:51 PM Re: A Short Review of Prepar3D [Re: Sauron]
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Wish my wife would buy me 3dsm... she just frowns at me when I bring things like that up and says, "Why would you buy something that expensive just to do free stuff..."
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#3509833 - 02/02/12 07:17 PM Re: A Short Review of Prepar3D [Re: Sauron]
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#3509882 - 02/02/12 07:56 PM Re: A Short Review of Prepar3D [Re: Sauron]
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Wait for it Sauron... she's got her eye on a new bag/makeup kit/car. You're easily buttered up and distracted.
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#3509924 - 02/02/12 08:51 PM Re: A Short Review of Prepar3D [Re: Sauron]
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LOL Ice! That was my first thought as well.

Thanks for the review Sauron!
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#3509939 - 02/02/12 09:14 PM Re: A Short Review of Prepar3D [Re: Sauron]
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Nah, she knows she can have whatever she wants, she doesn't need to butter me up, LOL! I don't think I've said "no" to the woman in all the years we've been married. She's spoiled, and I'm proud of myself for doing it. The nice thing is she spoils back, and makes enough money to do it with style!

Pics? OK. I've got the FSX Hornet here, modified with a correct HUD display and with flight dynamics that put it a lot closer to the real thing, and wearing a VFA-143 Pukin' Dogs skin. It was nice in FSX, a great improvement over the default Hornet. It's mind-boggling in Prepar3D. I feel like I'm really there.

So here I am enjoying this beast at NAS Lemoore. These are completely unaltered Prepar3D screenshots, other than converting to .jpg in PSP 8.1 so I could upload them. The "Upload Image into Post" button won't take a .bmp file.









I'm loving this. Lockheed Martin has done a fine job already and they're just getting started. They'll be issuing continuing updates and the updates so far have this thing leaping ahead. I won't be bothering with FSX anymore. It just doesn't have the great, immersive feel of this one. This is good enough for me to suspend my disbelief and feel like I'm there.

Cheers!

Rick... thumbsup
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#3510014 - 02/03/12 12:13 AM Re: A Short Review of Prepar3D [Re: Sauron]
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For those with an interest, here's a few more completely unedited screenshots. The only change was conversion from .bmp to .jpg for forum use.



Filling in for BeachAV8R on the St. Thomas trip.



KA350 in St. Thomas, USVI.



Lockheed L-188 Electra over the San Joaquin Valley in California.

Cheers!

Rick... pilot
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#3510022 - 02/03/12 12:28 AM Re: A Short Review of Prepar3D [Re: Sauron]
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That Reeve Aleutian should be in Alaska, not California. I grew up watching them fly around up there, and they used to have an office at Merrill Field, just a few miles from my house, and had a DC-3 parked out there.
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#3510079 - 02/03/12 04:57 AM Re: A Short Review of Prepar3D [Re: Sauron]
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Any good reviews out there of the sim? - it has gone totally under my radar.
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#3510095 - 02/03/12 05:47 AM Re: A Short Review of Prepar3D [Re: Sauron]
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For $10 its worth a shot, they will even refund your money if you dont like it...
Wonder if I can let subscriptions lapse and resume as I cycle through my addictions.

Sauron, how big is the download? Think its 20GB 'on-disk'.
Have LM updated the FSX Hornet as a showpiece for their product or are those 3rd-party fixes?

Cheers
Keith

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