Donka Posted March 3, 2020 Share Posted March 3, 2020 It seems many people choose not to explore Aerofly FS 2 and stick with the likes of X-Plane 11 and P3d which have much greater 3rd party support and system depth. Each to their own and I get that. I have only been using AF2 for a few months and some aspects left me wanting so I did look around and only recently picked up XP11, mainly for the full Orbx GB regions and airport support. I do enjoy this combination but actually flit between AF2 and XP11 depending on my mood. The thing that draws me back to AF2 is the experience out of the box. Performance is excellent on average hardware, I'm easily getting over 100fps on the likes of Orbx TE Netherlands or AF2's excellent own New York scenery. Best case on XP11 with the same hardware and lowered settings is 25-40fps. Hit a populated area in XP11 and I can see fps drop to ~ 20 and that is with the reduced settings that don't provide the volume of objects that I'm seeing in AF2. Factor in the supplied aircraft roster which is a great selection and of very high quality and I rarely look for something else to fly. I realise they don't provide the full system depth as a lot of the freeware out there but they probably offer around 90% of that out of the box. I haven't ventured to VR yet but all the reports I read point to AF2 being the most realistic proposition for VR at this time. Everyone has different needs or wants from their flight sim but I'm genuinely surprised there is not a bigger uptake in Aerofly FS2 given the benefits it offers over the other sims, even if on balance, those benefits mean you lose out elsewhere. This is not to knock the heavier sims, they are what they are and I appreciate what X-Plane 11 offers which is why I did purchase it as well. The lack of performance and optimisation however does hurt the experience greatly when you just want to jump in and fly without the distraction of low framerates or the need to tune down options based on the region. Ultimately, I love the Orbx quality in the sims and would be over the moon if TE GB ever made an appearance in AF2 along with some of the UK airports given how varied a landscape for flying, the whole of the UK offers. It's very good in XP11 but I would be all over VR equipment if it came to AF2. TLDR - Why the lack of love for Aerofly FS 2? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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