So recently I got FSX off Steam for $7 on a sale, and I'm liking it a lot. It's a huge step up in realism from Simple Planes. But it's not quite meeting my standards for what I want in realism. I downloaded a few addons for graphics and such, but still I'd like more.
I've been looking into either Lockheed-Martin's Prepar3d and Laminar Research's X-Plane 11. They both are excellent simulators, which is why I'm having such trouble deciding which to choose. I haven't played either sim (I've only seen videos or read articles; those don't give me the big picture), so I was hoping some of you had.
I would like good graphics, realistic flight mechanics, good AI traffic, a relatively large selection of aircraft (they don't have to be built into the stock game but have to be easily accessible by download), and better scenery and airports than FSX.
Your help is very much appreciated! -M :)