• Review of Newport Photo Real Scenery St. Louis

    Newport Photo Real Scenery - St. Louis

    By Don Filer (7 April 2009)

    I've been a fan of photo realistic scenery since I downloaded a package of San Francisco a few years ago. I also recall several download files of the Louisville area here at FlightSim.com about a year ago, so when the opportunity arose to review this new scenery package of St. Louis, I jumped at it. Without going into the technical details, these scenery files are made from satellite photos and converted for our use. The package is a 753 MB zip file that will extract to an executable and text file. Installation is a breeze and as long as you haven't changed the location of your Flight Simulator X, the scenery will be copied in the right place.

           

    Gateway to the West

    At one point in the development of the United States, Missouri was the limit of the western expansion before Lewis and Clark blazed a trail to the Pacific. To mark this fact the city of St. Louis erected a monument to the spirit of those pioneers who settled in the west. And speaking of spirit, Charles Lindbergh's plane which flew across the Atlantic Ocean to France was dubbed the "Spirit of St. Louis." A Midwestern city, St. Louis is in the heartland of the United States. This package covers St. Louis and the surrounding Missouri and Illinois suburbs.

           

    To test this photo real scenery, I took four complete flights. The first was from Standiford International in Louisville, Kentucky over to Ft. Knox to compare the scenery with the default Flight Simulator textures. I flew between Arrowhead, Lambert and Spirit of St. Louis airports in the St. Louis area and then flew from Lambert to Naperville, Illinois and from St. Louis to Kansas City, Missouri.

    One thing that jumps out at me now in reviewing the screen shots is the roads, freeways and populated areas are much denser. And there is more detail with photo real scenery over the default FSX scenery.

    You should note the scenery package works in all levels of light; dawn, dusk, day as well as in every season including winter.

           

    St. Louis photo real scenery is also frame-rate friendly. There is one thing you should know before making the purchase however. The text file includes a disclaimer that Newport does not provide refunds. Make sure you order the correct version the first time. This package is for FSX. The authors suggest flying at an altitude of 3000 feet or better to best appreciate the ground textures.

    Conclusion

    I couldn't be happier with a scenery package and Newport has done a fine job with this one. I could not find any "seams" or overlap and no missing pieces in my test flights.

           

    Test System

    Processor: Intel® Core™2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz
    Memory (RAM): 3.00 GB
    Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 2400 PRO
    Gaming Graphics: 1406 MB Total Available Graphics Memory
    System Type: 32-bit operating system Vista Home
    Number of processor cores: 4
    Total size of hard drive: 931 GB
    Primary monitor resolution: 1680x1050

    Don Filer
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