Well, after 1 month or so with FSX I have to say generally very disappointed. What the hype all said about the better graphics: Well yes they are nice, but you really cannot play this game on a normal PC just 2 years old.
Having spent literally £100#s of pounds to upgrade memory and all sorts of tweaks and tricks tried, many of which I have read on this forum (thanks for those guys), I still find it impossible to land a simple B737-800 at LAX or any busy airport for that matter.
Frame rates are lousy at a busy airport. To land you may aswell delete all scenery and just fly it in on a scenery drawn with crayons by a child. If you even dare to use sliders and about half way, you go right down to 1 or 2 frames per second, so it is just a big expensive slideshow.
In flight you can slide up the sliders during flight as that makes the scenery nicer, but when you get close to landing, forget it.
On the ground to get any of the trucks or jetties to appear, sliders have to be on high or maximum, thus frame rates are rubbish.
I spend more time switching settings to try to get frame rates up than actually playing this game. So I am not going to play this game anymore, Microsoft's claims that it can be played on an XP machine with 1 GB memory etc are scurrilous lies.
Why this game cannot be put onto a Playstation and be played properly I will never know, surely Microsoft now are falling way behind when it comes to graphics. I don't have a playstation or a Wii or anything like that, but what I have seen of those, your games play so much better on those consoles. Yet this lovely game is still stuck on a PC with a refreshing frame rates as a graphics basis, surely it is time for this to get onto some system where frame rates are not an issue.
I suggest Microsoft recalls this game and gives us all a refund, not that they would even entertain the idea or even reimburse me for the £100's of pounds I have spent on a 2 year old PC, and now I am beginning to read that Duo Cores and even Vista will not be able to handle this game.
Surely they could have just improved FS9, at least that works with current PC, and held this expensive game (£59.95 paid for the DeLuxe Edition version by me), so not cheap! What is the point of releasing a game that needs to rely on frame rates, when all the frame rates I get are 1 or 2 at the nicest airports and just above 10 inflight surrounded in a blue sky with no weather added and any traffic.
THIS HAS BEEN A POINTLESS RELEASE. What do Microsoft want us all to do, spend yet more on Vista, no doubt all the memory I bought and the new nVidia card I bought to try to get this game to work properly will most likely not be compatible with Vista. They can go jump in a lake for all I care.
Here I attach a picture, LAX parked with jetty and trucks, but 2.4 frames and I am at a standstill! No weather added, just makes for a nice picture, a NON moving picture is all this game gives me.
I will never believe any of Microsoft's claims that are printed on the back of a box ever again. There should be a law against making claims when they know full well, customers will shell out money for this game and be bitterly disappointed by it.