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Dr Zaius

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  1. Sadly, as you have predicted, all your suggestions will go unheard. Any expectations of fair racing remain unlikely as is the idea that having a more powerful car will make you more competitive. Your $600 will make you faster, but the bots will always be faster than you. I wouldn't advise spending any more money. If you are enjoying the game, then you are getting more out of it than many of us who have largely stopped playing because of its failure to eliminate some elements of its absurd game play and ill defined rules relating to collision penalties.


  2. My good man Mr Corsare,

    I seek your advice in general on grid starts. I cannot seem to find a safe place for my vehicle. Outside, inside, in the middle of the pack.....all result in me being rammed off the track or sent into another celestial dimension. What do you do? I cannot out race them, I do not have the speed, so what is the best strategy? Also, what hope does anybody have at Monza when you are placed 6th and immediately are faced with a chicane with cars three across blocking the road?? The last 8.5 update promised fairer racing but it's still a NASCAR smash in every race.

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  3. Why are grid starts still lacking any kind of structure? Why is it that I can take the safest possible line and still be rear ended, side wiped and I am the one with the penalty and left in 12th? Okay Codemasters, you negligent money stealing bunch of jerks, you couldn't give a damn about fair play, because you're making money. Screw the users. Well here's the thing and I've been saying it so long I'm sick of saying it. I wouldn't care about the foul play you have embedded in the code if I didn't have approximately 60 seconds to rectify your mistakes which is impossible when the rest of the field now occupy positions 5 - 12. But if a grid start was 5 laps, I'd keep playing because I'd stand a chance of regaining the lead. Why is this not possible? Its a rhetorical question since I know you have no intention of changing anything.


  4. I'd like to know why in a Sprint race I just had at Sochi (a track I love and always do well) as the countdown to the race start began and I had no control over the car, I drove straight into the fence with still 2 seconds until race start. By the time I rejoined the race I was 12th with a 9 second gap to opponent in 3rd. Who created this line of coding? Nobody, that's who, because it's a bug and this game has more bugs than my old dorm mattress. (I never had a dorm mattress, but it makes for good stand up comedy) No? Alright forget it. Good night, you're a terrible audience.

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  5. 4 hours ago, Pete74786 said:

    Beginning to feel same way, plus Singapore doesn’t have many overtaking opportunities.

    I'm eating up credits doing retries. It requires full concentration to get one perfect lap together and by the time I'm on lap two and household distractions cause me to touch a wall or cut a corner, my nerves are shattered. I really hate not being able to put in a run of three good laps without spending dozens of credits and knowing that those laps are just safe laps, not fast laps. This strategy by Codemasters has sucked the excitement out of the Events. I used to love the adrenaline surge of pushing the car and myself to the limit. Now I have to be satisfied with just getting around without mistakes. The first half of the season was all Gold for me, now I know I'm going to never get higher than Silver.

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  6. 5 hours ago, Pete74786 said:

    Also amazed at how the legendary parts appear just before a weekend event, received one just before Monza started and received one as well last night, not enough time to collect it before start, hope this time it’s an aero and not another power part

    Or mega super power braking. Really, does anybody think superior braking is of any use whatever in this game??

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  7. I had one empty slot and I thought I'll just win one duel and fill it with something. I lost the race to find I had been given one Legendary part just in time to supposedly seduce me into buying credits so I can use it before the weekend Event. of course I can wait two days for it to be available for free, but the event will be finished. I didn't think there were any devious money making tactics left to implement in this game, but there you go.

    I can call them scum with impunity because nobody from Codemasters reads these any more.

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  8. I don't even care any more. If the rest of the game was fair and everybody had the same chance of winning if they didn't cheat or drive irresponsibly, then I might be concerned, but this is just another example of the shambolic state of play. As mentioned elsewhere, the staff have abandoned us after the early days of asking for our help making the game better. They decided to go down a path that was better for only one thing - profits. Not one thing about the driving of the cars is more enjoyable from day one. So why is anybody surprised when the game acts like it has a personal hatred for you alone.


  9. Hello Corsare from Holland!

    Thanks for the information. I don't really lose as many races as I claimed. I was just having a period of frustrated readjustment to suddenly acquiring new parts that saw me picking up a second a lap on my previous record times while still not being able to overtake cars. Which I must say is a hard thing to attempt on a straight since the track never seems wide enough and cars drive in the middle of the track. The long straight at Suzuka is an example of this. My set-up is aero and handling based and I have brake assist Off, steering Low and Stability High, not Full. I always leave my thumb on the throttle because braking is much more efficient that way. Around tricky corners like the first bends at China I repeatedly tap the brake just enough to maintain optimum speed. 

    I'd love to get your tips on the upcoming Singapore race. Especially how to deal with the left corner at the end of sector 2. I have broken the front right suspension so many times I have lost count.

    Dr Z From Australia

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  10. I am sure you have a very well set up car, but for those of us who collect an upgrade here and there promising an increase in performance, have you found that in a normal Grid Start Duel that you have a considerable speed advantage over the 20 or so cars in the field? Do you race past every car and finish first all the time or is the allure of “more parts for more speed” simply a fallacy that keeps us aiming for some kind of performance rating that will finally have us beating all competitors?

    Edit: I ask this because in the last few days I scored a Legendary upgrade and a huge Epic upgrade which sees me easily breaking my old lap record times, but I'm losing so many duels. I mean, a lot! Every opponent is heaps faster than me, so what's the point of getting an upgrade if it doesn't make you more competitive. Is it a marketing ploy? Make you think you're going to win more races if you buy credits and upgrade?

    Also of note: Is it just me or are there some circuits where you always win, yet other tracks where no matter how perfect your lap is, the other driver is like a slot car, it just sticks to the green line at full speed and never makes a mistake.

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  11. 2 hours ago, Pete74786 said:

    Bots run off into the grass, where you supposedly meant to lose a lot of speed, and then come at you from the side like a freight train out of control and ram you

    Is this your opponent in a duel where this is happening? Or a you referring to the rest of the AI field?


  12. 2 hours ago, StKnowhere said:

    No doubt in my mimd the bot's intentionally ram.  You can tell it is a bot when they bounce all around the track and even hit you after the start finish line.

     

    Does this seem to fall into a category I would describe as unethical or even immoral? Users give this company money for cars, helmets, credits, season passes and more. Essentially we pay staff wages. In return we should expect a fair and level playing field at least against our designated opponent, who we are led to believe is an actual representation of another competitor, if not in real time at least as a representation of that person's performance.

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  13. I don't know about you but I can barely contain my excitement over the addition of five new cards to collect. I hope to soon collect all the cards so that my Thomas the Tank Engine is the bestest go faster train in the whole wild world! I only wish I could swap cards in the playground with my friends at lunchtime at school. That would be really super fun. Golly gee! I had no idea F1 could be so much fun. Cards! Cards! Cards and more cards.

    *Note from developer. We try and make this game about giving you a genuine, realistic F1 driving experience. (but remember kids....collect those cards and you'll win bigly!)

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  14. I played RR3 for years until they started introducing updates and half a dozen new cars every month. Before then I had every car and they were fully updated. I even had a 100% completion rate. Then suddenly the cost of upgrading hypercars became impossible. My math is not the most accurate but I figured that purchasing and upgrading (another) McLaren is close to $1,000. They do seem to issue multiple variants of the same vehicles for completists, for example Porsche GT 1, 2, 3, GT Versace edition.....

    I sometimes pull up my cloud saved version of RR3 just to do a 10 lap race in LMP1 cars at Lemans. Starting at the rear with 20 cars to overtake is the closest thing to how I'd like this game to work.

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  15. On 8/15/2019 at 12:11 PM, StKnowhere said:

    Are you sure they are not Bots?

     

    I must be extremely naive. I had never thought that perhaps Codemasters had programmed bots to cheat. The idea that they may have deliberately coded bots to rear end you at full speed as you are braking into a turn or pushing you off the track on the grid is really a very disturbing thought. I have always understood that the field of AI cars are not there to make your life easy, but if your opponent is a cheating bot, then this game has even less than the little credibility I gave it.

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  16. I won't be far behind you. I've persisted since version 1 and would have thought the game would be so much better by now, but things that plagued it then are not only still a problem, in some cases they've gotten worse. There was no safety rating then and the band aid solution has done nothing and frequently punishes the victim of any incident. I can't get past the first corner in any grid start because I'm rear ended every time. That's assuming I make it to the first corner because my opponent beside me on the grid will always try and push me off track or into a wall. The basic function of the game is out of control. 

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  17. My inbox today informs me that like in real F1, the pressure is on to achieve the perfect lap during Events, so unlimited retries are simply not realistic and therefore no longer part of the game. 

    So, is it a little hypocritical that if you purchase a season pass, this doesn't apply to you? Give them money and you are permitted to break the rules.  Is this part of F1 too? Has Lewis Hamilton's team been paying officials to do unlimited qualifying times when everybody else has gone home? 

    Also to be noted. The introduction of the Season Pass at a point when the season was half finished. Does it not seem more logical to have a season pass at the start of the season? At least offer the Season Pass now for half price.

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  18. I’m still baffled that during duels you are rear ended, rammed off the track and receive a penalty while your opponent races off into 4th place while you are in 12th with no chance of catching up. Next race your SR has taken a hit because you are an unsafe driver! Can’t an algorithm be implemented which can differentiate between contact with the cars rear as opposed to the front? Nobody is going to reverse into you to get an advantage, so it seems like a simple line of code. Hit someone with your front.... your fault. Get hit by someone else’s front....their fault.

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  19. So much anger at the way the game is being tweaked, yet nobody on this, the official Codemasters forum has anything to say. Chris used to jump in a few times a day to address issues, but now it's like there's a brick wall between the playing community and the developers.


  20. I just paid to retry all three races for 6 credits. Finger on the throttle, release clutch... Car doesn't move. Whole field overtakes me. Now it's 8 credits to retry. And some people here are saying this is a good update. Has Chris Groves established a fake account to spread propaganda? I'm about one more stuff up from deleting this game which is a pity. I've spent money to support it, I've played consistently and fairly and I've been trying to supply feedback to help grow the game since version 1. And this is what it's come to. 

    The one more stuff up occurred. I had good qualifying times, the sort that got me on pole. At the first chicane I had the inside line but ended up pushed off the track. Cut Corner penalty. Valuable seconds gone. Hit "retry" cost? another 10 credits. I put in 9 faultless laps. Safe laps to be honest because I can't afford to keep exponentially spending credits, but I beat my previous time by a significant margin. Yet I remain wallowing in Silver. I'm not complaining that there are faster drivers than myself, it's that my times (as my pole position suggests) in all past events have been Gold standard. Why have they changed the points structuring to push consistent performing players down the rankings?

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  21. Is it not it enough that every reward comes with an ad? Arent they generating revenue from ad placements without clamping down on paid retries? I'll admit to my embarrassment, long ago I purchased 2 official cars, and early on in the game when I knew no better a few packs of credits because the implication has always been that better parts means more speed and more wins. This is now seen as if not a lie at least misleading. I'm simply getting no fun from it any more. Certainly no excitement. Now my 6 months of Gold race winning performances has been downgraded to Silver. Why? How can I place Gold in every event bar one and be dropped to Silver? This is governmental financial reshuffling to make treasury look good on a blatant scale. If you deny the incentive for 90% of the competitors to compete, soon you will only have 10% of people playing and that will be the end of the game.

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  22. 5 minutes ago, SamuelMcSamFace said:

    “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.“

     

    Imagine what it’s like being an actual racing driver where one tiny mistake could cost you the race, your career or your life and you have zero opportunities to redo it. For me, this limit on retries adds a tiny fraction of that risk that is so inherent to motorsports and which the ability to retry indefinitely destroys.

    Disagree. This is a game and as a game it should strive to allow us to push ourselves to produce the best times we can. This generates excitement and creates a compulsion in the player to keep coming back to do better. Where is the appeal in playing safe to avoid losing credits? Have you never hit the retry button? Or do you miss an apex, get an engine penalty and say, "well, I'll have to just cop it because this is F1?" No, I'm pretty sure you'd think, "I'll try that again and this time remember not to cut the corner" If total realism is what you're after and you haven't already worked out that F1 Mobile has no bearing on the real sport, you mustn't follow F1 because this is nothing like the real thing.

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