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FSDreamTeam GSX Level 2: The FSElite Review

FSdreamteam Gsx
4.5
PRODUCT INFORMATION
Developer
FSDreamTeam
Purchase From
FSDreamTeam
Price
$29.00
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Version Reviewed
1.0.0.1
Press Copy Provided By
FSDreamTeam
SimMarket
FSElite's preferred Flight Sim vendor is SimMarket. (Why?)

As per our Community Charter, all of our reviews are free from bias, prejudice and favouritism. Don't forget, each reviewer has their own style and thoughts, although they all abide by the Review Guidelines - something I suggest you read.

It should be noted that I received the product approximately 1 week before the public release to assist with testing of the product. The purpose of this period was to test any bugs that would be show-stoppers for releasing the product. I did report some quality issues discussed in the review prior to release.

When GSX launched back in 2013, it revolutionised how flight simulator handled the ground operation side of things. Although there were other tools out there that did similar things, they all required specific files to be designed with it so that it would work for those key airport. Furthermore, it also cost per airport (in the form of credits). However, GSX changed the game by offering these types of services in a one-off flat rate cost, which covered every single airport within flight sim. Yes, it did require a few edits here and there to be perfect, but on the whole, it worked for most situations.

Despite being released 5 years ago, GSX has been supported continuously since. Small bug updates here and there and also larger, feature-adding updates meant that GSX has become one of the most popular and used tools in our sims. A common question the team always faced was “when can I get 3D passengers to board my plane?” It was said at the time that PCs weren’t ready to handle the intensity of hundreds of animated passengers board the plane. Then it was a case of the simulators not able to support that many objects on screen without it running out of memory.

 
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MK-Studios Lanzarote (GCRR): The FSElite Review

LANZAROTE REVIEW
8.1
MK-Studios has taken the simming community by storm by releasing a prolific string of scenery focusing on the Canary Islands, with their latest being Lanzarote Arrecife airport. The Canaries, as mentioned in previous reviews, are a very popular destination for travelers from all over the world due to their predominantly year round sunshine and picturesque landscape. In this review we
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Latinwings / PILOT’S Almeria (LEAM): The FSElite Review

Latinwings Almeria
8.1
PRODUCT INFORMATION
Developer
Latinwings
Purchase From
PILOT'S
Price
€24.99
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Version Reviewed
1.0
Press Copy Provided By
PILOT'S
SimMarket
FSElite's preferred Flight Sim vendor is SimMarket. (Why?)

As per our Community Charter, all of our reviews are free from bias, prejudice and favouritism. Don't forget, each reviewer has their own style and thoughts, although they all abide by the Review Guidelines - something I suggest you read.

Almeria is the latest in a string of scheduled releases by the developer Latinwings. Currently Almeria is only available from the PILOT’S store for 24.99 Euros.  Almeria is located in the southeast of Spain on the coast of the Mediterranean situated between Malaga and Murcia. Much of Almeria’s wealth comes from agriculture and thus makes it a very busy shipping hub. The airport is relatively young as far as airports are considered and has many scheduled operators including easyJet, Vueling, Iberia and Air Europa. Other notable airlines who operate a seasonal schedule include TUI, Ryanair, British Airways, Thomas Cook and Transavia. Aeropuerto de Almería has one 3200m runway numbered 07/25 and is more than capable of accommodating the larger aircraft variants.

I’ve been following this project closely and have been enjoying the previews and screenshots, so I was looking forward to testing it out in the sim. When I had first loaded the simulator at Almeria and was parked adjacent to the Ryanair in the final stages of boarding, I was amazed to see passengers queuing to board under the small canopy. Granted they weren’t actually boarding and were static but for that brief moment it all felt very real. I was pleased to see the self maneuvering stands working as they should, and the level of detail on the aircraft ground labels is staggering . Using avatar mode and adjusting my viewpoint I was able to recreate a view I’d seen many times before when flying into Almeria with work and I can assure you the only thing missing was the breeze and the smell!

Performance at Almeria is very good. I experienced very stable FPS during various stages of the approach, landing and go around – even whilst performing low approaches typically performed in air shows along the port with a visual final turn.

 
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Orbx Half Moon Bay: The FSElite Review

Featured Image
7.9
Along the Golden Coast lies a beautiful oceanside town called Half Moon Bay. Home to fancy restaurants and private golf fields, Half Moon Bay is quite a high-end place, and the views you can capture there are nothing less than that. It’s the kind of airport you would fly into for the afternoon, grab a bite to eat at the
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BlackBox Simulation BN-2 Islander: The FSElite Review

N2
6.3
BlackBox Simulation, which for practical purposes I will call 'BBS' for short, has been around for some time and has been known to make a wide range of aircraft products, from the Scottish Aviation Bulldog, to a fleet of Airbus aircraft. Although these aircraft are not as detailed systems wise compared to other mainstream developers, BBS makes some pretty good
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MK Studios Tenerife Vol. 1: The FSElite Review

MK Studios TFS1
8
The Canaries, for most people in Europe, invoke memories of childhood holidays, year round sunshine or the repetitive advertising campaigns from tour operators. Around 12 million people every year visit the Canaries for a variety of different reasons - with the most popular reason being tourism. So it is little wonder that I, like many others, was eagerly awaiting MK-Studios
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