In addition to my original post:
The first time I played 2.0 I was confused and frustrated like most of you here, but after playing SXM and replaying Innsbruck, everything became clear to me. First of all, the new contracts system. It took a while for me to figure it out but I finally did.
Remember the old system where S=1, M=2, L=3, and X=4? Well you can throw that out the window, in fact this new system is much better because if you played long enough, you’ll see that you actually gain exp and level up faster.
Every contract starts at 1 (indicated by the grey circle) and as you handle the same airplane over and over again, you can upgrade the contract. (contract level 2 will have 2 grey circles). Each time you complete service the airplane, the grey circle will turn either red (delayed) or green (on time). When you complete a contract for the first time, you’ll earn 1 exp and some silver planes. As you upgrade the contract and keep the satisfactory level in the green, you’ll earn as much as 9 exp just for a S-Tier airplane! The highest contract level I believe is 5.
I see ppl are complaining about how they have to spend money, gold or silver planes to buy stuff. As you level up the airport, you’ll get gold planes, new liveries, silver planes, contracts, and a whole lot more, also check out the marketplace from time to time and you’ll get free stuff too! Really short on crew members? Watch a short video and you’ll get 3 crews for free!
Oh and one more thing, when you start playing an airport that you have unlocked back in 1.5.5, don’t rush to transfer your contacts from the old version to the new, because that’ll mess up the gameplay if you know what I mean. Some ppl still think that if I transfer a X plane, I’ll get 4 exp right away which is wrong because this is the new system now.
Also, that 2D radar function is freaking amazing! I use that most of time when I’m playing, try it out and see for yourself!
I also saw ppl write about what happened to the special arrivals and how annoying it is to have to manually land, takeoff, and pushback airplanes. First, special arrivals are being replaced by EVENTS (yellow box next the airport when you select the airport).
Now let me tell you the beauty of the manual controls. Once you finish handling an airplane, it’s already off the clock and it won’t delay if you take a longer time to pushback, line up, or takeoff. Likewise, when you have selected a stand for the airplane, you can take your sweet time and decide when you want to land it. So relax and just slowly enjoy the game!
I think the devs did an awesome job implementing this feature, so kudos to that!
Alright, I think I’ve covered enough here, this is the longest post I’ve ever written lol if you guys have more questions, just PM me and I’ll respond, till then, have fun!