• Review: Orbx TrueEarth Great Britain North

    Review: Orbx TrueEarth Great Britain North

    By Stuart McGregor

    Orbx - TrueEarth Great Britain North

    I have been an avid fan of X-Plane since late 2013, and I still remember the moment I stumbled across an advert for Laminar's X-Plane 10, having been a user of FlightGear for several months. Quite literally I was blown away with what I saw and have been hooked ever since. That was a real watershed moment for me in the world of flight simulation, and over that last five and a bit years, yeah I can't believe it has been that long already, there have been some amazing changes to X-Plane, not to mention lots of new add-ons in the aircraft, utility and scenery spaces.

    The recent introduction of Orbx Simulation Systems to the X-Plane market and the release of their TrueEarth Great Britain series has been another watershed moment, and in my opinion, a genuine game changer in user experience. Over the last few months Great Britain South, and Central have been released and most recently, Great Britain North. As I hail from the North East of Scotland, this was all my birthdays, Christmases and any other celebrations you can think of all at once. Having been tantalised with the details to be found in Central and Southern parts of the UK, I had a palpable and genuine excitement of being able to explore my own back yard, Orbx style.

    Orbx - TrueEarth Great Britain North

    TrueEarth Great Britain North covers a whopping 103,600 square km or approximately 40,415 square miles of the northern part of Great Britain, from the Isle of Man all the way up to the Shetland Isles in the very far north. The product is marketed as having autogen technology specially designed for X-Plane 11 and Great Britain, with region specific housing and numerous landmarks and points of interest.

    In the user guide that accompanies the scenery package, you will also find information from the authoring team with respect to other features included in the scenery, such as millions of accurately placed trees and forests, more than 1.4 million correctly placed UK styled buildings, windfarms, light houses, churches, power lines...I could go on and on. Basically, pretty much every VFR landmark you could want, along with many hand-crafted custom models of real places of interest such as sports stadiums, castles, bridges and many other famous landmarks of note.

    The guide provided is short and sweet and nicely laid out, providing an overview of the product along with information on the authoring team, installation guidelines, compatibility information, and where to get help if required. One additional feature described is the FTX Control Panel where a choice can be made between using the default road textures or having transparent ones. Personally, I prefer the look of the default roads, and having the option to choose is a nice feature and caters for personal tastes. If you are not familiar with the FTX Central Control panel (if you are a Windows user) you can use the panel to install and control the features of your chosen scenery as described in a little more detail later.

    Orbx - TrueEarth Great Britain North

    The TrueEarth North package is currently retailing at 54.95 AUD or approximately 40 USD which seems to be the standard package price for all scenery in this series, and when you take in to account the actual size and level of detailed provided in the package, to me at least, an uplift in the selling price does not seem unreasonable.

    1 Comment
    1. Coneman's Avatar
      Coneman -
      True Earth is really excellent. However as a P3D user, I'm very disappointed how this rolled out. The Netherlands was released for P3D, then the entire 3-part scenery for England was cranked out for X-Plane, only then did we finally get UK South for P3D. Then it was on to TE PNW for X-Plane after it being stated that it would be coming first for P3D. I would be very surprised if we even see the rest of England this year. Think I'm going to put a hold on Orbx stuff for now.
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