October 26th, 2014, 22:57
ORBX offer some (large) freeware chunks of their scenery, like Tasmania, so you can try it before you start buying it. Try it, and be prepared to be amazed compared to default FSX.
2D cockpits, I too preferred them, but no longer. Get an aircraft with a really nice VC and you'll see... My favorite cockpit is probably the A2A Spitfire, or the Aerosoft Catalina..