I have a friend who has a high-end computer/graphics setup. I want to impress him and get him hooked on Zwift. He is into impressive graphics and REALISM for the total immersion effect. So the NY routes through the sky are definitely out.
What is the best Zwift route that shows off the graphics and is pretty realistic to what you might see in real life?
I think the “realism” of Zwift comes from the ability to draft and message other riders.
Without these, we might as well be doing trainer road workouts or just riding ITT efforts.
I never look at the scenery but today, on the Alpe, I kept an eye out for the Yeti.
He’s in graphic arts so is impressed by realistic graphics. I think he could deal with the occasional dinosaur on the side of the road or glass tube through the water. Routes along the rooftops, flying saucers, gaudy neon through an indoor casino, not so much!
I quite like the view from the Epic KOM bypass in Watopia. Coming from the jungle side you get a view down to Watopia marina, Titan’s and a little bit of desert. You also get a nice effect from the huge bridge dropping down in to the distance (Titan’s side).
However… the route is Ocean Lava Cliffside Loop. So you have a trip through the volcano first and then some glass tunnels on the way back. You could always manually go over the small KOM and then navigate your way to the bypass though.
My general thoughts on this is that the worlds have got more detailed with every one Zwift launches, so the most detailed worlds are the most recent.
As people have mentioned, Makuri is great - though could be seen as more “fantasy” than the next most recent worlds of France and Paris. I think Yorkshire is fantastic (I’ve ridden the course in real life and it feels similar), plus the “Sand & Sequioas” extension which was added to Watopia is great too.
The most immersive place for me feels like the Watopia jungle - because there’s lots around you, in close proximity to you. I also feel like the resistance of the gravel surface feels more natural from the asphalt elsewhere.
London in general seems very realistic to me. I guess Richmond has the most recent graphics of the reality-based worlds, but the route is better suited for racing than sightseeing.
This is probably just me, but all the fictional worlds (Watopia, France, Makuri) somehow profoundly offend my sense of civil engineering all the time. In NYC I stay on the ground level anyway, the stuff in the air bothers me less than bidirectional traffic on 5th Ave…