Sim Physics X
This is the second FSPS product I get to review. And it is necessary to share that the quality of their offerings keeps increasing, showing signs of a company growing in terms of the scope and quality of their products.
The first product I got to review was FSX Booster, a job which I must add probably produced the most email enquiries I have gotten from any product I got to review prior. I can say this is a product that from the time I reviewed it to now, has suffered a DRASTIC change both on its presentation and its functionality.
Although from the email traffic I got it seems some of our fellow pilots didn't get much benefit of it, I still use it every time I fly, and it has become an important part of my software hangar.
When I got the opportunity to review this offering I obviously jumped right on it. As real as it gets is not just a catchy phrase invented by our Microsoft buddies to sell their product, it is something we virtual pilots strive for every day. Those small treats that give us an extra kick and get us a bit closer to feeling what our real world peers feel is something we all welcome, and pay decent bucks for. All in the name of as real as it gets.
Sim Physics is no exception. It is an important step forward in the development of our hobby because it focuses on bringing to life very important things that the developers of FSX never could, or never cared about. FSX is good at delivering eye candy, when it is raining you see rain, when it is snowing you see snow, BUT what about the changes in the performance of the aircraft caused by these factors?
Sim Physics works in the background making sure the changes in the flight environment are not only translated into eye candy, but they are also translated into aircraft performance. Ice as we all know is one of the biggest enemies real pilots have, Sim Physics adds this extra layer of reality to your flight. No longer will you be able to fly without considering the effects of icing, and actually using anti ice. Ignore icing conditions? If you have watched Air Crash Investigation in NatGeo you know what you can expect.
This and other items which will be discussed in this review are the main offerings this product has in store for you. So if you are serious about "as real as it gets" keep reading.
The credit card swap for this software comes at $39.90 which is not cheap for our industry standards, but at the end of the day you are paying for various system improvements at once. The download comes in a 36.1MB zipped file which shouldn't take more than five minutes to download. The software comes with a transferable license so you could move your product from one computer to the next without the headache of contacting costumer support which is a big plus.
Installation is a breeze, enter your license code, activate the product on the computer and you are ready to go. You will get in your desktop two icons, the main Sim Physics icon and the configurator. The configurator is extremely important to properly setup before using the product because there are changes that have to be done to your aircraft hangar and to the scenery database before this program can work correctly. It is also VERY important to have a copy of FSUIPC and even better if its registered.
Once you run the main Sim Physics icon (which you should do before loading FSX) you will get the menu of all the settings Sim Physics can activate for you. They have menus for activating icing, braking effects, runway centerline bumps, and physical effects for touchdown and take off, as well as the aircraft information, charts, and sound settings. I advise to spend a couple of minutes looking into all the settings you can change and learn how they work with the included manual.
Personally I had a problem with FSUIPC causing the software not to install correctly. I was amazed at how efficient and quick their tech support is. My issue was fixed in less than 24 hours, the guys got connected to my computer via Team Viewer and in 15 minutes the problem was solved thanks to a super nice guy name Achilles. I even asked him to double check the FSX Booster settings to make sure they were optimal with my computer and they did it in ten minutes. Best customer support I have gotten from any FS company.
The software comes with a well written super easy to use manual, and once everything is installed and up and running all the systems that are modified are pretty much self explanatory. All the software dialogs and information screens for the program are very neatly made and the information is graphic, easy to read and easy to understand.