Vue has a few features where nothing can compare to it in it’s price range.
Massive population of just anything. It can be Plants (which each will look different compared the next), stones (also with variations) or objects. You can control population, density etc etc, and Vue can handle some really massive polygon counts, I’ve rendered scenes with a lot of stones and plants that hit 19 billion polygons (like my entry in the Stonemason contest).
- Massive multilayer materials:
You can create materials using the materials editor which are layers in many layers where the blend and mix are depending on many things like elevation, tilt, rotation, time etc etc
I prefer Vue when making outdoor scenes, but beware, you will need at least Vue Complete to do all this and it is expensive. Plants are pretty expensive too and most 3rd party plants are derivates from base plants which you will need first.
Vue is not in my opinion as good as Poser, Bryce or DAZ Studio to render figures/people in close ups, I’ve seen some really brilliant closeups by some very talented artists, but for that Vue is not the best solution.