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The "beginner" setting would be appropriate for newcomers and users looking for a "gamer" experience while the "advanced" setting would satisfy the sim-hungry crowd. The “advanced” setting should also be selected by default when the user chooses “Simulation” mode.
First, let's acknowledge that there was quite a backlash against Dirt 4's physics, whether fully justified or not. If I'm not mistaken, the physics thread is one of the longest / most controversial in the forums.
After being initially skeptical of the physics myself (being a big Dirt Rally fan), I've been playing Dirt 4 for a while to give it a chance and have concluded (as some others did) that the "car handles wrong" issues might at least partially be caused by beginner-friendly default car tunings, and can be fixed (if only in part) by tuning the cars differently.
The thing is, I'd rather spend time driving and mastering a professionally-tuned car than fiddling with tuning options, which requires rather advanced car physics knowledge to get right.
Like many, I have limited time to devote to gaming, but when I do play I want the full sim experience, and I can't currently get that with Dirt 4 without much fiddling and time lost in menus tweaking diffs and camber and whatnot. Mind you, I do have an interest in learning about this stuff, but I don't want to be forced to learn it upfront to get the "sim" experience. I bet many feel this way too.
I’d also bet that the proportion of people who regularly tinkered with tuning settings in Dirt Rally is quite small compared to the whole DR-playing population. This might indicate that there is a market for the suggested “advanced tuning presets”. Check your analytics, Codemasters!
In a Dirt 4 pre-release video (which I can't currently find at the moment), Paul mentioned (I'm paraphrasing) that the cars were tuned to be "beginner-friendly" because the game was meant for a larger audience than Dirt Rally, and that advanced users could tune the cars to their liking if they didn't like the default tunes.
I think that by only offering “beginner” tuning presets, Codemasters has indirectly lost the confidence of many of the fans that they gained with Dirt Rally, leading many of those to consider Dirt 4 fundamentally flawed as a sim. The Dirt 4 physics might not be perfect, but default car tuning definitely has something to do with that.
I think that adding the suggested "default tuning" setting (or something similar) might help a great deal to please everyone. If not in Dirt 4, then at least in the next iteration of Codemasters' rally series.
What do you people think?