• KerrSpectives - Scottish Highland Memories

    Asobo And The Local Area

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    But what about the local area itself? In reality, this part of Scotland is gorgeous and so full of character. You've got the Moray Firth on which the airport sits, and this opens out into the North Sea. Just a bit further north lies the Cromarty Firth and in between is the area known as the Black Isle. Then, from Inverness you go south to Loch Ness just a few miles away, or west along the Beauly Firth. It's a spot I miss deeply to this day.

    When it comes to representing the local geography, Asobo has done a great job. The recent update does appear to have lessened the incidences of water creeping up the hills, and maybe the mesh is a bit more detailed too. In all, when I fly across this area in MSFS, I feel that I'm back home. Maybe that's why I can fly it over and over again and not get tired of it. Just look at the screenshots below:

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    However, I cannot be so enthusiastic about the way in which Asobo is still representing man-made infrastructure in the region. Before the update, we had to put up with farm buildings looking like apartments, and that does seem to have been scaled back thankfully. But, we are missing so many local points of interest that the job is still only half done. Here's a shortlist of missing features that are so needed to finish it off.

    • Fort George
    • The oil rigs in the Cromarty Firth
    • The Cromarty bridge
    • The Kessock Bridge
    • Inverness castle
    • Castle Stuart
    • Eden Court Theatre
    • Raigmore hospital
    • Inverness cathedral
    • More Inverness churches
    • Urquhart Castle
    • Fort Augustus Abbey
    • Fort Augustus lock gates
    • and more

    While there are indeed representations of these features in MSFS, unfortunately, they are generic autogen instead of the iconic structures they should be. And for me, this is a big disappointment, all the more when I was used to seeing all of these modeled by either ScotFlight or Orbx in previous sim platforms. It sometimes feels like a step backward, or maybe an indication that Asobo had to draw a line somewhere. So, the door's open Orbx. Haste ye back to the Highlands and get the job done.


    4 Comments
    1. clankilp's Avatar
      clankilp -
      good read - thanks!
    1. AlyMac's Avatar
      AlyMac -
      Thanks fur sharin' auld pal ;-)
    1. Leo112's Avatar
      Leo112 -
      Good read, any word on what ever happened to the monster in Loch Ness.
    1. BarryDon's Avatar
      BarryDon -
      Great read. Lovely part of the world.
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