Flying in areas that I've already got enhanced by UTX Europe, the results are pretty stunning.
|Just after take-off, EIDW Dublin, with FTXG running over UTX|
Outside of UTX enhanced areas, the scenery still suffers from pretty awful coastlines and limited default FSX landclass data. FTX are promising a range of "OpenLC" landclass add-ons in the coming year at a fairly reasonable price. It'll work out cheaper than buying all the UTX packages, which at the moment only cover the USA, Canada, Central America and Europe anyway. My impression though is that these won't be as full-featured as UTX, so I'm going to have to do some comparisons when the Europe OpenLC is released. I suspect I'm going to wind up sticking with UTX where I can and use OpenLC to fill in the gaps.
So far I've noticed no compatibility problems with the add-on airports & airfields I have. The UK2000 airports have a slightly lighter grass texture which makes them stand out a little, but nothing too unnatural. In fact it makes it a little easier to pick out a grass field like Barton from the surrounding countryside.
The key thing, for me, is that FTXG removes the jarring difference between an OrbX scenery region and the rest of the world. This was a problem I had not just with OrbX, but also photoscenery. Taking off in one style of terrain, then crossing over a very noticeable border into a different style of terrain always broke my sense of immersion.
Now I can fly anywhere within FTX's Europe region and get the full features of the full regions I buy (currently Scotland, soon to be joined by England and Wales) and flying to a non-FTX area still looks like part of the same, cohesive world. And with the Global Hybrid mode, you can fly seamlessly between FTX regions in different continents and with only a slight compromise in quality.
Does FTX Global make the whole world instantly totally awesome? I think not. But in the areas I predominantly fly (Europe) that are already partially enhanced by UTX, it's the final piece in the puzzle that turns FSX into a whole new sim for me, which makes it well worth the pricetag.