Since this is my first post I should probably introduce myself.
I am a teenage guy who lives in Finland. I am planning on applyling for flight school next year for real world ATPL license and my dream is to be a airline pilot.
I've been using flight simulators for about 6 years and my current gear is great in my opinion. I have a great, new computer (i7 2600 CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 560, 12 GB of 1600MHz ram, Win 7 64 bit). I just (last month actually) bought the massive, beautiful Saitek X52 Pro (earlier I had a decent Logitech Extreme 3D Pro, It was really good actually, but oh my god, not even close to the X52 Pro.).
And I use two monitors. Fsx handles multiple monitors beautifully.
I have (Microsoft) Flight Simulator X Deluxe which is a beautiful game which is both fun and sometimes challenging and I have the expansion Acceleration installed. I also have a few freeware planes. (Some skins and a a380 bus)
FSX has been well enough for me, but now it starts to get a bit dull. I feel like it is very old and the graphics aren't that great. Comparing with the mainstream games' graphics, I started to look for a new simulator. I have the visual and realism settings on full in fsx by the way.
So, I would like to get a new flight simulator that has better graphics and still has the realism found in FSX. But I do love FSX and I am not sure if I want to throw her out just yet, but she feels old .
So, if we look at the newer somewhat large simulators there are Xplane 10, Flight Gear and Ms Flight.
I haven't even thought about MS flight, that doesn't really look like a simulator, that is a flying game gone wrong. I haven't tried it though, so please tell me if I am wrong.
Xplane and Flight Gear I do not know much about. I did try out Flight Gear years back before I got FSX and it felt good, but I've never ever cheated on her (FSX) since then.
I am the boring-airline-flight kinda guy. My last flight was Boeing 747 From Heathrow to Kastrup in full thunderstorm. Tricky, but a fun flight. I also like General Aviation a lot. It's more pure (than the huge airline-planes) somehow and I also want this in my simulator.
Although I do like boring flights I also like FSX's missions like "search for missing co-worker" and such. I am not really into military stuff, but I am willing to give it a shot! (I know, that was a terrible, terrible pun)
I love FSX, she feels grat, the gameplay is great, but the graphics are kinda old. So,
Are there any modern Flight Sims out there that are worth it?
Are there any miracle-addons that could spice up my old, beloved FSX?