Am I the only one frustrated here? Ok, I'm going to point the finger at REX a little here, which is a shame because I think they make great products. These rants / musings are in relation to the global look and feel, *not* to airports or areas covered by specific add-on products.
It is acknowledged that default P3D is pretty bland.
So what do I need to do?
REX Texture Direct is a great production for additional and better textures for runways, water, sky, sun & clouds.
It doesn't do buildings ... ok, so buy HD buildings,
Ahh, but it doesn't do trees ... no problem ORBX HD Trees has that covered,
...and the weather engine and dynamic injection isn't as good as it could be,
ok, so Active Sky is considered a better engine, but you also need Cloud Art for dynamic injection
oh, and by the way, Texture Direct also has Soft Clouds which give better clouds ... in comparision with CloudArt so you choose
Oh, and their is an "Enhanced textures" pack for it too
Ok, So REX TD, pus the Enhanced, plus Soft Clouds, plus Active Sky, plus Cloud Art, plus HD buildings, plus HD trees.
Ok got it.
BUT WAIT ... REX has Skyforce now and the CBs are GREAT!
Excelllent, so I'll get that and ... oh wait, it doesn't include water or runways or...
So I still need Texture Direct then, and the enhancement pack? Right
Oh, and the weather engine and dynamic injection still lacks in Skyforce, so I still need ActiveSky (with CA for the dynamic injection).
Ok, I think I have it...
So, how are your shaders? My what now? Shaders ... have you looked at PTA ... makes the colours in P3D look great! Ah, ok, I'll look at that.
Good, and your rain? My what ... my rain, isn't that what weather packages do ... well, a bit, but perhaps you want to check out PrecipitFX
Looking good now, huh? ... except.
Well, if you want to get some good screens and videos, then maybe you might want different camera views and controls ... have you looked at things like Opus, and ChasePlane, and...
Ok, now you're getting silly ... but ok, I'll check those out.
Ahh, we're getting a good sim here ... but ... I can't help but notice the skys and airports seem to be devoid of life. Am I the only one flying out here?
Well, what traffic package do you have? Wait. What? Traffic?
Well, yeah, you don't want empty skies do you. There's MyTraffic and Ultimate Traffic and ORBX do some traffic and...
So ... what aircraft do you have in your hangar?
Bugger off brain... let me *play*
Ok, but don't forget your scenery areas, mesh, airports, hardware controls, ATC...
-- Jeff, Hamilton, NZ
P3Dv4.x and a bunch of add-on stuff... some 'global' products, but otherwise NZ-only