Originally posted by Celeon999:
What i like most are the highly detailed cockpits and the shadows which are cast into them by a brilliant looking lighting engine.
Performance is still not good enough, there is more work to be done but it seems the devs are on the right path of tracking down to the source of the problems. For instance there are still these mysterious lags that happen for me in a dog fight. Once i get real close to other planes , the game suddenly freezes for up to 2 seconds. Propably some sort of memory buffer overflow while loading textures or something.
Cooperation with graphic driver programmers will definitely result in improvements here aswell.
There is much room for improvements by mods. For, me sound is one of the most important things in simulations. Nothing undermines realistic simulations more than bad sound.
For instance the weapon sounds are really cheap and are clearly nothing but digitized buzzing sounds. Maybe they were just placeholders when the sim was released. In-cockpit engine sounds are great ,sound right and consequently feel realistic but its the opposite with external view sounds. For instance, the Spitfire engine noise is a much too clearly recognizable looping sound file that lacks bite and really goes on your nerves pretty quickly. Same with the Bf109. Other planes sound even worse, for instance the Stuka. Like someone has put a microphone to his lawnmower or something.
Also, when you open the cockpit canopy in flight, the sound atmosphere around you does not change. Of course, it should change big time. No noise by the wind, no louder and different sounds coming from the engine.
Thats all food for the modding community which will surely take care of that soon.