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Everything posted by Gregow

  1. No one gets to setup the car for their driving style. That’s how it’s fair.
  2. I like it. It evens the playing field. They should just have forced all assists off too.
  3. Gregow

    Tarmac Physics and FFB

    I think the sliding is pretty accurate most of the time. The game does a good job of simulating how the tires shovel dirt and dig down to then “bite”. What I’ve found somewhat lacking, and maybe this is just my lack of skill, is when you try to use a lot of momentum for a long drift. Say for example you’re coming at very high speed towards a hairpin and want to drift the car so you’re essentially going backwards with the nose pointing into the hairpin. I’ve never got that to work because the car loses speed too quickly. It’s like you gain grip exponentially, almost.
  4. Gregow

    Track Limits in DiRT World Series

    I’m hoping for a silent update with hidden rocks placed strategically. Then there could be an extra leaderboard for highest speed terminal crashes.
  5. Will try. Sorry for the inconvenience we’ve caused you.
  6. I just had a great idea! How about the game not resetting progress when there are server issues? Hmmm?
  7. Yes, all credits, progress and cars are lost. I’m not even sure you can play career any more. With zero credits, you can’t even buy the Fulvia or Mini - can you? And here I thought gamers where just whining about the RaceNet. I see now why so many are upset about it. This is just unacceptable. I hope this gets resolved with alacrity.
  8. Gregow

    DiRTy Gossip about WRC 8 and WRC 9

    My first reaction was that the force feedback sucks and the cars feel really weird. Getting back to it later, after a reboot, it felt much better but the driving was weird and really punishing. Now, after getting a better feel for the game... well... This is actually really good in many ways. The cars have more "bite" than in Dirt Rally. How the cars handle over bumps and jumps is simply superior. In WRC 8 you cant be as lazy with the inputs going over the jumps and bumps. If you are, you'll quickly end up in a tree. This aspect is way too simplistic and easy to handle in Dirt Rally. Aside from that, I don't know yet which one is more realistic. They're definitely different, that's for sure. I was very skeptical before the launch. Almost all the previews just showed people driving with controllers and it all looked odd. My first impression were negative. Now I'm leaning more towards this being seriously good. As in, it could actually be a new benchmark. I don't know yet but I'm starting to become impressed. What stands out as the biggest issue with the physics is how easily the cars bounce and roll when you hit hard bumps in the road. Reminds me a bit of the first Dirt Rally, except I haven't yet simulated the Apollo program - a common thing in Dirt Rally. While my opinion might change after closer scrutiny I think this game really tries to be a serious sim. It may appeal to the arcade gamers as well and the marketing certainly hasn't shown of the capabilites as a sim, but I think they mean actual business here.
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    Is the WRC license really a loss?

    Right, and organizations like the FIA can control the rules, regulations and tracks/stages, but.... The true spirit of rally will always be that drunk finn, getting a midnight call from a girl, taking his old beat up Toyota Camry and his best pal 40 miles to Jyväskylä, That's rally, no matter how you formalize it. Of course, it's not just about the finns. You also have crazy Scots, Irish, Spaniards, Germans, Italians and so on - all competing about who gets to that girl first. Take whatever car you have hidden away in your barn and drive the doors off of it. On gravel, snow, ice or tarmac. Don't get me wrong now. I think the current WRC cars are helluva cool. I think the stages/rallies are awesome. But, I don't want a game that is limited to those. Give me a rusty Camry, finn edition, to see what I can do with it. Or an old Impreza, Delta, Quattro or whatever. On top of that it would be cool with current WRC cars (and DR has some R5 cars if I'm not mistaken). In regards to rallies/stages I think it's most important to capture the feel, or essence, of the particular location. Granted, it does feel better if there's some familiarity. But that more like, "I recognize this area". Other than that, it's just about designing them well. I mean, I doubt FIA could stop anyone from making rally stages from random locations in Sweden, Finland, Spain, Scotland or whatever. They don't have to be official. They just have to be good. It's a bit different in circuit racing, I think. I'd rather drive Spa than some made up circuit, that's for sure. But that's very different from rally.
  10. Gregow

    Track Limits in DiRT World Series

    Yeah, same here. I won’t be contending for the top spots. But, when I trie the qualifying I want to at least know where I’m at. And I want whoever wins to be the best driver, not the best cheater.
  11. Gregow

    Track Limits in DiRT World Series

    Yeah, come on guys... that was just a political answer. A better answer would be: “We’re aware of the problem but can’t do anything right now - working on it. Please enjoy the event while we try to fix it.”
  12. Gregow

    Is the WRC license really a loss?

    It’s that limited design freedom I would see as a problem, and not worth the price. If Codies could get the license with no strings attached and no questions asked, then it would obviously be a good thing. Now I think the greater design freedom has allowed for a better game and richer game. (Not hating on WRC 8 btw, I’ll soon make a thread about what Codemasters should learn from that game. Another topic though). I have a sort love/hate relationship with the Volvo 240. See, there was this thing way back when my Alfa broke down and I needed a car asap. By the Alfa breaking down it's not what you think. Got plenty of those breakdowns too. What I mean is I went too fast on a gravel road in a blizzard. Driving fast on snowy gravel roads is apparently difficult. Doing so when you’re suddenly blinded by the blizzard is even harder. Apparently. So my brother was kind enough to loan me an old 240 until I found a new car. It was like driving a container. With rear wheel drive. And a locked diff. Terrible car. But still, it worked. And you could slide it like nothing else. Plus, you could almost stand inside the engine bay when fixing the alternator... Yeah, Dirt Rally needs a 240. And a Saab.
  13. Gregow

    Track Limits in DiRT World Series

    Wow, I had no idea this was even possible. This is bad. Of course, I can see the problem with imposing track limits in a game where unintentionally go off road from time to time. It’s not easy to differentiate cheating from accidents in this case.
  14. Gregow

    Favourite/Least favourite rallies?

    Argentina - pure misery. Bump, rattle rattle, bump; hit a rock, die. Repeat. I can’t get myself to like this rally. Sweden - awesome fun. As it happens, the only good thing about winter in Sweden is driving fast in an AWD car on snowy/icy roads. I just wish there was more randomness to the road side and surface. I don’t like that the road is surrounded by snow walls without variation. Wales - great atmosphere, I love the feel of the surface and the twists and turns are great fun to toss the car around. New Zealand - can be really fun and really frustrating. When you get into the right groove it’s awesome, but if you lose that (which is particularly easy here) everything goes to sh... I wish CM would have made the look and feel closer to the real thing though. The Waanga coast, or whatever it’s called, looks so awesome judging by the images and videos that are out there. Also, the designers went a bit wild with the shrubbery. Poland - I love Poland (the real thing, that is) and this does look like the polish countryside to me. There’s also something right about driving like a pole, in Poland. In case you don’t know what it means, they drive like Italians over there. Minus any sense of self preservation. New England - looks beautiful and drives great. I just need to learn how to handle hairpins better. I like the fact that there are some places with hidden rocks in the high grass. Spain and Germany - they’re alright but the tarmac handling brings them down.