The last list made was from 2011, so I thought why not make an updated one?
Please be sure to include WHY you chose this software over the others. If they want a review, they should go to avsim.
So, here's my pick for best payware available on 5/21/12:
Airbus X- Best A320/1 on the market. Wilco Airbus v.1 just can't match the quality this product delivers.
Captain Sim 757- While I like the QW 757, the CS 757 is more 'complete', with a Virtual Cabin and tons of animations. For low-end systems, I would recommend the QW 757.
Captain Sim 767- I like the CS 767 because, like the CS 757, it is more 'complete' than the Level-D payware. However, it is said that Level-D is more 'realistic', but since I can't see the difference I'll go with this one
PMDG 737NGX- While everyone brags about this payware, and it is good, iFly is close behind. However, the level of quality and realism in the PMDG model surpasses that of iFly's.
PMDG 747- "Are their any worthy competitors?" No.
Leonardo SH MD-80- I like this better than the CLS version because of realism. It has some kinks that need to be worked on, but the level of realism surpasses all others.
Wilco Airbus Series 2- Call it the best of an already bad situation. The Airbus Collection: Long Haul is a very close second, but this is slightly better. I wouldn't go around bragging about this software.
CLS A340 500-600- Nice model, nice VC, pop some TSS Sounds on the beast and you're gonna have a good time.
ATR-72 by Flight1- Actually really good. I like the level of realism and beauty it provides.
Ultimate Traffic 2 by Flight1: If you find any payware that can compete, let me know. But, World of AI (freeware) is really good too.
I went all out with how my ground would turn out. I think it completes the sim, once you have great planes.
GEX USA/CAN/EUROPE: Great. Just great. You have to see to be convinced.
FSGENESIS USA: Just makes it look so much more better. Again, have to see.
UTX USA/EUROPE: Takes awesome to a whole new level. You need to see it.
FSGLOBAL 2010: Like terrain? Get this. Why? Look up a video on YouTube. Before you open a new tab to buy it, you can drop me a 'thank you'
All these together (I should point out, you HAVE to a have a high-end PC.) makes FSX BRILLIANT... Like 'Flight' without the smell of failure.
If you come across a scenery by FlyTampa, ORBX (which has really taken center stage over the past few months), Imaginesim, Aerosoft, LatinVFR, BluePrint, or UK2000 you should get it. They are all great quality.
REX 2.0: This is one of the first payware products you should buy. While it's all the way down here on the list, weather is an important factor in flying, and FSX's native clouds suck. Get this.
FSDreamteam GSX: Adds the BEST airport enhancement out there. From food-catering services to gates, to MOVING PEOPLE, this has got it.
I should probably include links to these products. If requested, I will deliver.
If you can find a sound-set by TSS for a specific plane, I recommend it. 95% of the time it's better than the one included with the payware.
McPhat studios makes the highest quality paints. PERIOD.
**So, if your into buying some stuff to enhance your flight simming experience, there's a long list and a hefty price tag to go with it (too hefty, IMO)..**
***If you see anything on this list that you'd like to read more about or see with your own eyes, YouTube and avsim are your best friends. As mentioned above, links will be provided if asked.***
Thanks for reading!