I just purchased FSX Standard Edition and X-Plane 9. But after hearing the bad reviews of X-Plane I think I may take it back before opening it. After seeing some of the beautiful scenery from ORBX I think I will stick with FSX.
So here is the issue. I have flown in a plane a couple times in real life, but other than that I know nothing about them. So I guess I am a complete newbie to all of this. I have seen some elaborate setups for the game with sticks, rudders, panels and such. Although I am considering getting the Saitek X52 Controller as it seems it would do better in other combat style flight games than the realistic stick, I am just not sure yet. I am currently using an old Microsoft Force Feedback 2 stick. Any advice on setups?
More importantly, since I don't know when Flight comes out. Can you all offer me some advice on making this game look as best as it can? Or at least a small part of it. I am not sure I want to invest a ton of money into the game but a few add-ons could be reasonable. I don't know anything about them, I just saw someone mention ORBX once and I looked at some of their stuff but there is too much there for me to know what I need or what is good. I guess to start with I am going to be using the tutorial/learning system. And probably will be limited to learning small one man planes to start with I guess until I can learn to actually fly. So with that in mind what is the best route to go or add-ons to get?