• Review: ORBX FTX EU England

    FTX EU England

    Publisher: ORBX

    Review Author:
    Raymond Andersen

    Suggested Price:
    $44.95

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    The EU England by ORBX is the first of hopefully several European regions. This FTX region is created with the same level of detailing as you know it from ORBXs NA and NZ regions. All default FSX airports have been given an upgrade to the standards of ORBX and now features a more accurate and detailed layout than the default versions.

    This region covers the entire England, which is a major size scenery and contains several scenic points of interest as the entire city of London, the famous cliffs of Dover and many more. The complete region is handcrafted down to even the smallest details and the textures used are indeed of the very high quality. In this scenery you will furthermore find several new and detailed scenery objects and you will also discover a general upgrade to roads and trees, etc.

    This region package also contains all the seasons and hereby covers the complete year from spring time to winter. As extra ORBX also included an extra season - a hard winter season which really provides the simmer with the extra touch when wanting to try out his/hers skills under these conditions. The package of course also features the famous ORBX 3D night lighting.

           

    I received this FTX region directly from ORBX and the download went as usual very easy and quickly. The connection speed to the download server was good, but since this is a rather huge file of 3.3 Gb as a zip file, the download did take quite some time.

    The installation also went perfectly - I have discovered that when installing products from ORBX then the installation process is very simple. Just activate the installation wizard and that will take care of everything. This way I am sure that the product will be installed correctly and I don't even have to do anything manually.

    When installing this FTX region there is also automatically installed the FTX central where you can control the activation of the different regions within FSX or P3D. This FTX region is created to both FSX and P3D so with this product you actually gain two versions for the cost of one. You also get the FTX day vs. night lighting control panels.

    In the FTX Central you can activate which regions you want, or deactivate if you would rather use a default region. In the picture here above I have activated the NA region and am about to activate Europe also.

    After the installation was completed I opened up FSX and set up a flight from London City Airport. I have used the default London City various times so I know the default London scenery very well, but what I now saw was very much different.

    I am truly amazed by the level of details that I now see covering London. Every single building has received a tremendous facelift and the city is now very realistic. I think I toured the city for more than an hour or so, just to see all the details. I am positive that I have not discovered all details yet because there are just so many and it is really done with a superb precision and simply said, "eye candy" quality.

       

       

    The following flights were in various aircraft such as the General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark for high speed scenery touring and the Cessna C-172 for low and slow cruise to simply just enjoy all these very beautiful scenery details.

    No matter if I chose the high speed or the low speed aircraft I still got an amazing experience of a very realistic scenery and the best part is that the scenery is so huge that it just continues. This is one of the very best and most realistic scenery landscapes that I have seen for any flight simulator and I was completely stunned every time I got airborne.

    When I toured the scenery in the Cessna C-172, time just flew by. I had just created a flight from a smaller airfield near Nottingham and the first time I looked at the clock after take-off, I had already flow for more than 1 1/2 hours. The scenery is just so amazing that I could not focus on time or where I was flying - I just kept on finding new details and setting a course towards a new part of the scenery that was looking interesting. This is indeed an excellent FTX region and I am very sure that many people have been waiting on this. Since I am from Denmark I am of course now just hoping that ORBX would create a Denmark FTX region also - that could for me be awesome.

    I could write 100 pages just trying to explain how awesome and realistic this FTX region really is, but I would still not be able to explain it good enough, so I have here included some of the ORBX pictures - the pictures speaks for themselves.

                           

    In regards to the computer power needed to run this region optimally I actually got a bit surprised. It seems that this FTX region did not impact my computer's performance at all - I kept all settings that I had equal to high and ultra high FSX settings and there were absolutely no loss of frame rates or any flickering / picture refresh delay. I use an Intel I7-2600K quad core processor 3.4 GHz (turbo 3.8 GHz), the NVidia GeForce GTX580 and 8 Gb Kingston HyperX DDR3-1600.

                           

    My conclusion for this FTX region is - a perfect FTX region filled with many details of a very high quality, pure eye candy for the demanding simmer and simply a region that is a must have. The EU England is very realistic and created beautifully and in accordance with the English nature. When flying in this FTX region it is very easy to see that there is really put in a lot of time and effort to create the most realistic region of all times, and ORBX has done it perfectly.

    I rate this FTX region from ORBX with no less than 5/5-stars and thank ORBX for contributing to the flightsim community with this excellent region. This is indeed an extra ordinary excellent product.

    Raymond Andersen
    Ray's Aviation
    [email protected]

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    12 Comments
    1. johnhansen's Avatar
      johnhansen -
      Hi Ray, I would have preferred that the screen shots were labelled, so I could make a comparison with my current scenery. I have lots of Orbx stuff and I love it, but I am unsure as to wether or not they do a good job of where I live in the Northwest, or in fact any of the regions. I would expect that London would be accurate anyway.

      John Hansen
    1. russky701's Avatar
      russky701 -
      The scenery may well be first class.....but from what I have read elsewhere it has not been made to be compatible with UK2000.....a lone scenery grafter who has fed FS9 and FSX for years with the best scenery for UK that was possible to be made at the time.
      Even Horizon made allowances for GS/UK2000.
      Robert Mc.
    1. alexf's Avatar
      alexf -
      Quote Originally Posted by russky701 View Post
      The scenery may well be first class.....but from what I have read elsewhere it has not been made to be compatible with UK2000.....a lone scenery grafter who has fed FS9 and FSX for years with the best scenery for UK that was possible to be made at the time.
      Even Horizon made allowances for GS/UK2000.
      Robert Mc.
      Wrong you are.

      I have FTX-ENG. It is excellent. I subsequently purchased UK-2000, all three Xtreme regions for FSX, and three of their enhanced airports (London City, Bristol and East Midlands). They all fit perfectly. No complains.
    1. tim4murphy's Avatar
      tim4murphy -
      Same here, I have most of the big UK2000 Airports and have no problems. Yes I roll back the sliders a bit but still awesome with my PMDG 737 and UT2 traffic.
    1. poopall's Avatar
      poopall -
      Just put the UK2000 scenery on a higher priority that the ORBX scenery ( in your scenery library) and it works perfectly.
    1. adamski's Avatar
      adamski -
      I hate to say this, but I don't think this is a very "balanced" review. I generally don't like to post negative comments, but I think a bit of objectivity is occasionally in order.

      IMHO, I don't think FTX ENG is anywhere near the quality of NZSI, NZNI and (from what I've seen) PNW. I was quite disappointed. Here's a list of gripes:

      1) Very strange palette shading in some seasons in some areas. Try Gloucestershire in autumn. All shadows are bright red or a garish *purple*.

      2) Some towns/villages shifted a mile or two laterally - and don't match up with the roads.

      3) No sandy/beach texture - just some odd grey/green colour.

      4) Many objects have incorrect shadows when shadows are enabled in FSX (try the Severn Bridge).

      5) Autogen buildings all over National Trust parks (buildings on the summit of Ingleborough etc.).

      6) Some major landmarks are so crudely constructed I'd rather have had nothing there instead - it just destroys the illusion.

      I could go on. The impression I get is that it was *rushed* - and there just wasn't enough attention paid to detail. Don't get me wrong - I'm a HUGE fan of ORBX/FTX scenery. I have NZ and AUS - plus a fair few additional airports/areas.

      Of course, it's a massive improvement on default FSX (that goes without saying) ... I just don't think it's quite there ... yet.
    1. nicksnook's Avatar
      nicksnook -
      I use UK VFR Photoscenery (by Horizon), I would be really interested how this compares?
    1. macca22's Avatar
      macca22 -
      I use photoscenery by Horizon and also FTX EU. In spring and summer I think the UK VFR with trees (absolutely essential in my opinion) is by far the better. But with an absence of seasons in Horizon I opt for Orbx in Autumn and Winter.

      For me the defining feature is the FTX seasons, but the VFR Horizon v3.0 is a leap-year jump on their previous attempts. I am a total FTX fan, and this is the only time that I have prevaricated. But I can't wait for their Global. It will in my opinion make another publishers work totally redundant.
    1. olli4740's Avatar
      olli4740 -
      Quote Originally Posted by adamski View Post
      I hate to say this, but I don't think this is a very "balanced" review. I generally don't like to post negative comments, but I think a bit of objectivity is occasionally in order.

      IMHO, I don't think FTX ENG is anywhere near the quality of NZSI, NZNI and (from what I've seen) PNW. I was quite disappointed. Here's a list of gripes:

      1) Very strange palette shading in some seasons in some areas. Try Gloucestershire in autumn. All shadows are bright red or a garish *purple*.

      2) Some towns/villages shifted a mile or two laterally - and don't match up with the roads.

      3) No sandy/beach texture - just some odd grey/green colour.

      4) Many objects have incorrect shadows when shadows are enabled in FSX (try the Severn Bridge).

      5) Autogen buildings all over National Trust parks (buildings on the summit of Ingleborough etc.).

      6) Some major landmarks are so crudely constructed I'd rather have had nothing there instead - it just destroys the illusion.

      I could go on. The impression I get is that it was *rushed* - and there just wasn't enough attention paid to detail. Don't get me wrong - I'm a HUGE fan of ORBX/FTX scenery. I have NZ and AUS - plus a fair few additional airports/areas.

      Of course, it's a massive improvement on default FSX (that goes without saying) ... I just don't think it's quite there ... yet.

      I have to agree three times:

      1) No need to overdo praising top-class developers - they get their share of praises anyway.
      2) FTX England could have done better, compared to other ORBX releases.
      3) Still a great improvement over the default scenery for rather small money - you get the region with their airports enhanced plus the City in one package.
    1. olli4740's Avatar
      olli4740 -
      Quote Originally Posted by adamski View Post
      I hate to say this, but I don't think this is a very "balanced" review. I generally don't like to post negative comments, but I think a bit of objectivity is occasionally in order.

      IMHO, I don't think FTX ENG is anywhere near the quality of NZSI, NZNI and (from what I've seen) PNW. I was quite disappointed. Here's a list of gripes:

      1) Very strange palette shading in some seasons in some areas. Try Gloucestershire in autumn. All shadows are bright red or a garish *purple*.

      2) Some towns/villages shifted a mile or two laterally - and don't match up with the roads.

      3) No sandy/beach texture - just some odd grey/green colour.

      4) Many objects have incorrect shadows when shadows are enabled in FSX (try the Severn Bridge).

      5) Autogen buildings all over National Trust parks (buildings on the summit of Ingleborough etc.).

      6) Some major landmarks are so crudely constructed I'd rather have had nothing there instead - it just destroys the illusion.

      I could go on. The impression I get is that it was *rushed* - and there just wasn't enough attention paid to detail. Don't get me wrong - I'm a HUGE fan of ORBX/FTX scenery. I have NZ and AUS - plus a fair few additional airports/areas.

      Of course, it's a massive improvement on default FSX (that goes without saying) ... I just don't think it's quite there ... yet.

      Agreed:
      - a bit too much of "praising" ORBX, IMO
      - FTX England could be better, compared to other ORBX releases
      - still a great value for money: the region, upgraded airports and the 'City' in one package
    1. Rupert's Avatar
      Rupert -
      Great!!! Having flown real aircraft in the UK I was surprised how complete this is. It's not perfect & I prefer the Scotland program, but it is great!
    1. Rupert's Avatar
      Rupert -
      Quote Originally Posted by tim4murphy View Post
      Same here, I have most of the big UK2000 Airports and have no problems. Yes I roll back the sliders a bit but still awesome with my PMDG 737 and UT2 traffic.
      Why would you "roll back the sliders"? You need to actually buy a product that allows you to see the airports without rolling back your sliders!

      BTW: Don't even consider Northern California Gold! Unless of course you really enjoy seeing lots of buildings shown as black caricatures. Look at my picture on the problems with the Northern California postings and see the scenes that I see.
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