Venice Decompressed


Aerosoft promised me I would find this package very special. Having not tasted any of the previous two releases of Andras Kozma‘s Venice, this 3rd one, FSX-tailored and pushing the SDK to the max, caught me completely unprepared.

I took off from the Aeroporto Internazionale Marco Polo di Venezia aboard the Robinson R22, intending to approach the city from the air. As I followed the massive Ponte della Libertà that connects the mainland with the water-city I was breathless upon beholding the mind-blowing scope of this add-on.

Have you ever dreamed of flooded streets? In Venice it’s an everyday surreality. The city is gradually sinking, as the streets are made of… water. This madness can be felt and navigated through in Kozma’s meticulous masterpiece. You can buy this add-on on the excuse of the two, very well done, airports (twenty-seven pages of the manual are real-world charts and procedures) but put them aside, will you. The main dish here is Venice, and it’s best served in its sauce. Better cruise it in style with a hi-tech, very expensive (freeware) boat by Robert Waszkiewicz (Deltasim) and set about the oh, so painful task of idly exploring this mind-boggling hydraulic maze, evading hostile vaporettos while checking out stylish Italian babes.

Now see what I mean:

Regarding performance: some add-ons are system-intensive because they are poorly designed. Venice X is demanding not for this, but because it’s freaking enormous, and complex. I have never seen an add-on displaying such a huge amount of custom objects and individual textures before! Juggle with those sliders if your system cannot handle it at maximum detail, because Kozma has done a Herculean job attempting to balance visuals with performance. There is absolutely no other way to recreate Venice within FS at this painstaking level of detail without straining the sim and your PC to the max, so deal with it.

For a unique, breath-taking experience dubiously related to flight simulation, get this package, a cool boat, and take a trip to true Dalí-esque craftsmanship.


I’ll give a small (yet heartfelt) present to the first one
to tell me where does the title of the article come from.


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