"Honestly, before v5.2 and v5.2 HF1 was released...well, er....I thought so too. In MSFS, I had no morphing to spray paint of the cloud scenery, and quite frankly, I stopped all usage of my P3D v4.5 and v5.1 because on my system, 5 minutes into a flight...it became (as I like to call it...) scenery spray painted below me. Not Orbx's fault in any way,...and I clearly (if you excuse the pun) see that now...for many flight sims version back...FSX, and all the prior P3D's. On my system, at the level of detail I required to enjoy the virtual experience, it was flying over spray paint.
v5.2 and v5.2HF1 were a mind-blowing revelation...and caught me TOTALLY off-guard. I mean, literally, if it could, my jaw would have dropped to thud down upon the computer desk top. From the very first running, EVERYTHING stayed crisp, roads fully formed, never to become a grey blur jag...and I'd swear there were pools and BBQ's in the back yards of some of Orbx's scenery asset content. In fact, I have seen things that I have NEVER seen before (from Orbx) in the PNW region.
I still can say, that some shots are so breath takingly 'real' to my eyes, like granite and basalt rock faces, cliffs, ground clutter, trees, that I think (again, only a personal opinion) totally eclipses even MSFS's cloud assets. I could never imagine myself typing that. I had always thought that any 'synthetic' art asset for ground terrain, homes, this, that, would always be second place, and 'it is ,..what it is...' in nature. Now?!?!?!? Breath taking realism is coming from that very Orbx synthetic world...and again, not to gag anybody, but with such clarity, fully formed at even 140 knots of speed towards the on coming scenery, and I mean...SCENRY...all sliders at 100 percent....that I still can not fathom what L.M DID...between the step jump from v5.1 to v 5.2 (!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!???) and how come, this 'version reveal' was not seen in v5.x ?!?!?!?
WHAT DID THEY DO, IN THE CODING??????????????
Loving it, even without my 'need to know'...being satisfied.
Right now, (and I fly all of them)---> P3D, MSFS, XP11, P3D is my 'go to' sim of personal choice...and that is not dissing the other two. It merely is that P3D v5.2HF is so satisfying my 'hit list' of what I need, and what I want, and the performance given on my present system. Such a great surprise and 'gift' from L.M. Final comment....P3D is CERTANLY not dead on my system, and that means that if Orbx still will support it with new and of 'personal interest' releases, like for instance Canadian/USA East Coast regionals...they indeed will be supported by my purchasing of them. For sure! Orbx..did you just read that? My C.C. is ready for the East Coast Regionals from Nova Scotia, right down to the State of Atlanta. I already have T.E. Florida....
Get crackin'.... "