Time to finally retire PSF as my go-to flight sim. Actually, I'm giving my CD and printed Manuals to a friend who wants to get started flight simming (starting with the training videos, as I did). Not trying to be too dramatic here, but those familiar with my many long-winded posts on this and other boards know that I've taken a real liking to PSF over the past couple of years. It was my first real sim, IMO.
Unfortunately, a new computer is no longer a priority being that I'm having to buy so much stuff for our first house (i.e. lawn equipment). Home Depot, Lowes, Costco, and Wal-mart are making a killing off me right now! Anyway, I thought I'd have to put off any of the newer flight sims until I get a new computer. But that's not really the case.
I've figured out how to get a smooth F4:AF and SF:P1 on my aging rig using a dedicated streamlined XP partition (versus ME, which I thought would be less demanding on my older 1.7Ghz / 512MB SDRAM / 9600SE). XP is working better for me than ME ever did (imagine that), and disabling Trees in AF and Mirrors in SF made a HUGE difference in my FPS.
But the main reason I'm letting sims like PSF, USAF, and EF2000 go is because IMO they have no future. As time goes by, they'll just become even more frustrating with no new features, fixes, nor updates to support current hardware. Falcon and Strike Fighters are currently being improved upon (just look at the upcoming F4:AF patch
) and have extremely active comminutes. Since I have no prayer of running Lock On (plus add-ons) and since I never came across copies of sims like Jane's F/A-18 and F-22 TAW (semi-active sims currently on death row), F4:AF and SF will be the sims I'll be learning and playing for now on (a lite one and a hard one for good measure).
Besides, while it's no match for PSF's Mission Recorder, Falcon's ACMI is kinda neat once you learn how to use it (especially with the subtle AF improvements). And I do love being able to put the camera almost ANYWHERE to review the action.
If Graphsim releases a new Hornet Korea, I'll be back.
I'll get the lights.