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Dr Zaius

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    Paying to retry?

    The race starts in an hour. I'm usually excited about this. Not this time because I know I can't push myself to do my best time. One tiny mistake that may cost me a second is something I have to live with because I am not prepared to pay for delivering my best performance. I'm sure we have all in the past stopped a race to begin again because we know we can do better. Shouldn't the race results represent our best times, not the times we settled on because we chose a safe drive to avoid losing credits? In the past I may make thirty or more tries just to get three perfect laps strung together. That's maybe a total of a hundred attempts. Now, what would that cost me in credits? This is a massive fail for what has been to this point in the game the only exciting aspect of racing. I lost interest in one lap duels and now, thanks Codemasters, I have lost interest in Events. Time to get the delete thumb ready.
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    Paying to retry?

    I managed a 1:13.05 and that awarded me silver. They've really tightened up the Gold tier. As I said earlier all my events have been Gold and until now my ranking was Gold, but now I'm overall Silver. Does it help to demoralise consistent players? Am I supposed to buy a few thousand credits to collect go-fast parts? Nuh uh.... I'm not falling for that.
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    Paying to retry?

    I just emerged from the Improve offer on old Events. My car is much faster now that it was then and indeed I set new lap records. But although promoted as Unlimited attempts, it's another paY to redo. A retry is 2 credits. If you make a mistake and try again, it's 4 credits, then 6....you get the idea. By the time I had finished qualifying, then three 3 lap races and not wanting to waste more credits I had moved up the ranking by a few hundred points. A total waste of time, but hurray Codemasters, you found another new way to get us to use up credits. I'll repeat myself again and say, paying to redo laps significantly hampers the urge to push yourself to be as fast as you can in favour of driving a safe, no error race, which is boring.
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    Paying to retry?

    That would be great. Plus how about not having a ghost car in front of you as you approach the braking markers at the first corner?
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    Paying to retry?

    I'd like to know how it's possible to do Monza in 52 seconds as the first ranked player has done. The lap record at Monza is a 1:19. The 52 second time shouldn't even be possible. This isn't Asphalt 9 where cars defy the laws of physics. And I personally don't think paid retries are an asset to the playing experience. I'm 5 seconds off my personal best because I don't want to push too hard and lose the few credits I have. So if I'm not doing my best, it's not delivering the best gaming experience for me. This is another example of the devs having their focus on revenue increases and nothing else. Each update is about plugging holes where money is leaking and can be retrieved. I achieved my best ever performance last week at Spa because I pushed myself to the limit. But it took countless attempts to achieve 3 perfect laps and when I did it was heart pumping exhilaration. Isn't this what a good game should deliver? I won't be doing anything like that this weekend. Thanks Codemasters. Here's your new company slogan "the fun stops here"
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    Update 8

    Thanks to points redistribution I have gone from a Gold tier ranking to Silver. Despite having won Gold in every event except Monaco where I got Silver, my overall points have pushed me down the ladder. I can't see any logic in winning Gold in every race bar one and not being in a Gold position globally. This seems like another Codemasters manipulation of the rules to change the game mid season. It's the equivalent of telling Lewis Hamilton a win isn't worth as many points now and you aren't leading the championship any more. Sorry to do this mid season, but I'm sure you'll understand. And in breaking news! The longer Single races? My verdict is as follows. I set up a 15 lap race at Spa to the most difficult setting. Started at the back of the grid. Reached first place before the end of lap 1. Quit race. Summary? Waste of time.
  7. I've hung about the fringes of the game doing just enough to stay where I want to be. I finish Gold in all Events and reached Elite 1. I collected my rewards and today as the game reset, I got a picture of what this game is going to involve for the rest of the year and to describe it as repetitive is an understatement. All the things we put forward as suggestions on this forum have not only not been implemented, they were all ignored and we were given a model that nobody asked for and now the forum, being largely unattended by mods indicates a winding down of development. So for me, the question is do I keep playing snakes and ladders with advancing to Elite 1 to dropping each month for a do over? Do I keep racing the events for almost no reward? I have lost interest in the one lap duels where the goal is never to win, only to beat your opponent and try not to get wiped out by a car that isn't even competing against you. It is now clear this will never be a Formula 1 game and that is disappointing.
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    Update 8

    Why can't longer Single races be for competition points? This would be a huge leap forward to keeping players in the game and represent something closer to F1 racing, but adding more cards to collect has nothing to do with motor sport. I've never seen Lewis Hamilton jump out of his car after winning and asking "how many epic cards did we get?" Like him, we want to race other drivers and place first and that could be done by making Single races part of the Duel racing format. So why does it sit there as practice laps and nothing more? Pointless. Quite literally pointless.
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    So now we have a clear idea of the game

    While I'm 99% sure the game will see no changes for the rest of the season, I am hopeful that should there be a 2020 version we might see what is now Single race mode become an integrated aspect of competition with suitable rewards for 1, 3, or 5 lap races and increased prizes for easy, medium or hard levels with extra for 1st, 2nd or 3rd. I would be happy to pay an entry fee with Resource Points to compete. Everything is in place in the coding. The addition of a reward scheme could be done easily (he says knowing nothing of the sort) and would add depth to a game that has stagnated. Honestly, how many of us would drop the one lap Qualifying against ghost cars to race a full field over 5 laps with a chance to finish first and actually use our acquired driving skills and strategy? These are the things that will keep me in the game. Not more Elite levels or hidden parts or glow-in-the-dark helmets!!
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    Myth or Real about Legendary box

    The game is now officially a card collecting game. Like searching for the rarest of Pokemon, we have left motor racing behind and entered the realm of the absurd where any tenuous link to F1 has been abandoned.
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    Cheats

    Then why did you ask me a personal question related to the weather and ask if I'd seen a shark? Perhaps I am naive, but I thought you were being sincere. In confrontational situations, my best defence is to diffuse and find common ground, in short to try and become a real person, not a series of anonymous words. You're English (my guess) and my wife is English. I thought we may share some commonalities. My direct observations of possible hacking were reinforced by other people astounded that anybody can fill four slots with Legendary Parts. You do not fall into this category and I never alluded to any cheating or hacking on your part after you posted a screenshot. I am really sorry if I did not address this to your satisfaction. I believe you got to the top through skill and determination. Something I confessed I don't have. Nothing I said was intended to be sarcastic. Quite the opposite, I was self deprecatory and bore the brunt of my own shortcomings. I have been here a long time and after 300 posts, I feel connected to this group. I have settled in and made many friends and while I certainly don't obsess over this game, I would need to reassess my visiting this forum if I felt I was not welcome.
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    Cheats

    Are you serious? Do you not understand somebody trying to just have a chat with you including a bit of light hearted humour? What is your problem, you are being a total Arse!
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    Cheats

    I'm sorry I sounded a bit peculiar. I'm probably just frustrated at my own lack of ability. My hand/eye co-ordination can't even keep up with the speed my car has at the moment so I hold little hope of advancing much further. I'm not exactly young and it's a reminder that I'm slowing down. (In my head I'm still Lewis Hamilton) I'm in Australia in the mountains and it's just snowed for two days with temps not rising above freezing and yes, I've not only seen a shark, I caught one in 1988 while beach fishing. I remember the year because I was watching Halley's Comet while reeling in what I thought was record breaking flathead. I don't know what sort of shark it was. As soon as I saw it I ran away and left it to my father-in-law. Solid Luton born R.A.F chap. Always called me a "right poof" I assume your proper title is Colin O.B.E. The Queen's never recognised all of my efforts in the field of procrastination. I should be bloody knighted for that. But not next week. Maybe the week after. Nah, next year. Need to iron a shirt. Gawd! Need to buy a button up shirt. Ahhh, to hell with it.
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    Cheats

    I have only raced one third as many duels although I have reached 9,999 points. I don't have more spare time to devote to duels. You must have much more free time.
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    Cheats

    Only by weak sunday players... maybe instead of barking, go and train? I guess I'm a weak Sunday untrained player. The shame I feel is unbearable.
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    Cheats

    How many hours and how many races do you do each day? What is your win/loss ratio? Do you buy credits? I don't doubt anything you've said, but you must have a different level of commitment to the average player. And another thing I touched on in another thread: apart from personal satisfaction, if you are in the top Gold tier, there is no extra reward for number 1 or 100, so for anybody spending money to creep up a few hundred positions, there is no gain. So, if there is any cheating to be number 1 in the world, it is pointless.
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    Season pass worth it?

    I know that I'm late to answer this, but no. In fact I'm not sure who would want this. You get a car, which is basically paying $12 or so for one part and some paint. And a helmet. I mean, a helmet? How often have you waited on the grid and thought, "wow! Nice helmet on that guy!" Then we get to the real value of the annual fee. Unlimited re-dos of Events! Which is..... an absolute waste of time and effort!! If you've placed mid field Silver and you can practice and practice Melbourne and pick up a full second in qualifying and then pick up 3 seconds during the race, you're still mid field Silver. Net gain=zero. This offer is baffling.
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    Safety Rating

    Does anybody have a clue as to how you can raise your SR? I'm stuck down in the red and when you're paired up with people or bots or whoever that ram you into the sky or push you off a corner or don't break going into a corner and you rear end them or any one of a dozen things that are no fault of your own, but you're the one who receives the penalty resulting in a lowering of your already low rating!! How is it possible to win races and avoid contact with anybody? Can you raise your safety rating by slowly driving around a circuit, come last and get into the green? How long would it take and how many points would you lose?
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    Cheats

    Do you have any suspicions about the top ranked players globally? They hold such massive leads in terms of points and times that unless they've hacked into free credits to Max out their cars or some other way of cutting lap times to a level that seems impossible, it seems to defy the physics of the game I am playing. And take a look at the top ranks in the Elite field. Guys who have already completed 1,000 races and have 9,999 points? This is a new system only recently implemented so how can anybody accrue so many points? I don't believe anybody plays 24 hours a day and wins every race.
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    Wrong scoring in Hockenheim

    I don't think Chris is as heavily involved in F1 Mobile anymore. He seems to have been transferred to the Grid department. If he was still the face of F1 Mobile would we have heard from him announcing the last update? As far as I know it was just released with no fanfare. Maybe they do most of their PR on Facebook?
  21. My point is that Chris Groves' personal involvement in this forum has diminished to a point where I'm not sure he's real anymore. Like Leprechauns, Unicorns or Daniel Ricciardos leaving Red Bull being a good idea. And since you mentioned incentives..... the rewards at the end of each event. Such a Ho hum moment when you collect your parts and not one is upgradeable. A livery that's just ugly. A helmet I don't like and a sticker. Seems like a lot of effort to attain Gold for little reward. Well, no reward to be honest since I'm in the same position as I was yesterday. I don't know what goes on in staff meetings, but I suspect it's focus is on locking in players, incentivising them to pay for extras. I don't think much time is devoted to making the racing more realistic or enjoyable. The new Elite system with its new parts is proof that expansion of the current model is the priority, not a ground up re-think.
  22. I think "Attention Chris Groves: Please fix the game" is akin to "Attention Donald Trump: Please fix gun crime"
  23. Qualifying races against cars driven by someone called Player with the number 22. They are on rails. They never make mistakes. I just raced one around Monaco. Impossible to keep up as it never touches a wall or guardrail. I'm in Australia and while I play the world sleeps. Is this why I am never matched with real drivers? Do European and American players get the same treatment? I could write a book about all the things I hate about this game. Chapter One: Everything. Chapter Two: Everything I missed in Chapter one.
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    Hungoring

    You can take the last corner as you approach the straight without braking.
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    Hungoring

    All aero here. Tried the extra handling.....did nothing. I usually run low stability/steering with brakes off, but got much better times with stability full and steering high. Especially noticeable at the end of sector 2 where you can take the bends flat out.
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