Everything posted by MrFoxik
Hi guys. As a experienced driver in race games I have some important observations. First of all I would like to mention that I paly without any assists, only driver eye cam and G29 900 deg steering wheel with cloutch + H-shifter. Dirt rally 1: in this game in my opinion the difficulty level was quite nice ballanced, on lancia fulvia after 4-5 championships I reached the highest difficulty class (12 stages per champoinship) then I went to drive other cars and I was able to be 1-7th possition on stages and always 1-4 in general clasification of the championship on this the highest difficulty level. I was not driving on 100% in career mode, first of all was to survive the stage and not to smash the car. By driving smooth and fast (80% of my max performance) I was able to have fair fight with AI and I dod not had to restart so many times stages due to crashes Dirt Rally 2: I was reading somewhere that the career difficulty level is calculated on H1 class championships and If you will reach "ellite", you can not go back (do not know if it is true or not). Anyway, by driving smooth & fast as in DR1, I had 30 sec gap per stage between me and 2nd AI car in this H1 class championship, it was easy as **** and I started to wondering what the hell is wrong with me or with this game. Ok I won H1 and went to H2. In H2 the AI were much faster than in H1 but I was able to be near 1st place. H3 Renault 5 turbo: Here the best place what I reached was ~12th and ~25 in general clasification. HELL HELL and HELL, it was not posible to win the race playing on complicated steering wheel with clouth H-shifter and only driver eye cam without assists. I think I could be better on analog game pad with external cams but not in this hard core setup. Ok I dropped H3 class due to outstanding AI times and bought R2 car, witch is much easier to drive and I was driving it very stabil, I can say that this car fit for me but even with this car and my driving skills I am near ~ 25th pos in general clasification!!! Conclusion: I think that in DR2 I could have better times on arcade setup with some assists, external cams and on analog game pad but in my opinion driving with external cams is not the point for such a "sim" games. Players who drive on complicated setup (900 deg steering wheel, clouth, H-shifter) shoud have completly other difficulty setup and other time table on multipalyer to sort palyer and theirs times made on easy setup from players who drive on hardcore. Other thing is the AI times and RALLY driving policy, as many people know, the point of driving rally is driving fast but not on the all cost, of course we can hold throttle on 100% almost all the time and take the highest risk of crash, but in such a driving style we will smash the car much more often. Of course we will reach incredible times when we will not crash due to luck but the luck will not be with us all the time, that is why driving the rally is specyfic - DRIVE FAST & SAVE. The AI level in career mode after finishing H1 with 30 sec gap, is incredible on higher class championships like H2, H3 and R2 (only those I tested). Driving policy drive fast and save will bring you to ~25 pos in general clasification finaly you will decide to drive on 100% like devil, ok you will have nice time but after 3km you will finish in the bushes somewhere on field on forest 🙂 sometimes not. Ok, you will beat the AI when you will learn the track/stage on freepaly mode but again learing the stage before the race is not the point of rally racing, for what do we have co-driver if we know the stage and every turn? The point is to not know the track, listen the co-driver and find the max save tempo to survive and get good time. That is why in my opinion the career mode difficulty is broken especialy for players who plays with driver eye cam and complicated setup of steering wheel.
First of all I am fun of simulators. (Always hard difficulity level, Race Driver 3 AI on 110% never less) In many prereviews I was reading that TOCA Race Driver 3 (2006) is coming back (TOCA 2 and Race Driver3 2006 where the best SIM games what codemasters made - driving phisics. In TOCA RC3 you need to switch on "gravel traps" and other stuff there to get realy good driving modeling, without this is DAMMED ARCADE - surly most players were driving without gravel traps). In grid I thought that if I will switch off all assists game will be demanding and will have good driving model. IT IS NOT. It is realy arcade, but only connection with old TOCARC3 what I can see is big range of cars, races eetc. I will bet if dirt rally programmers team would do GIRD Autosport Phisics, then it would be much better, because Dirt Rally is quite good not easy game. Where you can feel that you are driving 1,5 ton car not the paper box. rather hard to drive without steering wheel. THATS IT!!! I suggest to take old good TOCA RC3 or TOCA 2 from archive of old server (surly codemasters has a copy) instal it and try to drive. Old programmers from phisics were very good. DO NOT FORGET TO SWITCH ON GRAVEL TRAPS in RC3. without gravel traps game is arcade- unakceptable driving phisics AI and race driving tactics are focused not on tactical overtaking and knowledge but on quite brutal driving style, what can confirm for example setups for second team driver (defend-he will push cars from track when somebody will try to overtake, Attack-better not to tell...hell). So game AI are not so smart in smooth nice tactical driving like it was in RC3 or TOCA2, its always better to push somebody out of the track. In old good RC3 you and AI were getting penalities and warnings for cuting the track and agresive driving Climat: In my opinion from codemasters the best climat was in TOCA 2 and RC3, because to make good lap time you needed to drive 500laps on one trackto learn everything, so during the race time where opponents were siting on your tail you could feel higher blood pressure because you knew that one....only onle mistake will cost of loosing all points. And more over driving model was not easy and on hard mode every cars were siting on bumpers so close to each other, it was very stresful - but this is the climat of closed track racing.... RESUME: Autosport for me it would be good game, if it would have much better driving phisics even copied form Race Driver 3 (2006). Autosport has a potential but handling the car is unakceptable for me. I have hope that finaly Codemaster will make good game on Turning Cars Topic and GTRs with good driving morel. I think that after of big succes of Dirt Rally Codemasters has understood that the game can not be easy, more difficult game gives you more satisfaction when you will pass/win something. This is Dirt Rally....now waiting for asphalt racing....because autosport is not for me.
Hi all. First of all, REALY BIG THANK YOU for Codemasters that finaly you have made not easy, demanding game, with long stages and where you feel that you drive a CAR and not a CARTON BOX, whre during driving with all assists off in cockpit with steering wheel, I have to adjust the gas power on corners to not sleep the wheels so much. Very often I have to drive with 50-70% of the max power of vehicle and it depends on the surface, THAT'S IT. After autosport I have lost hope that Codemaster can do a good, hard, demanding, model of driving. My favorite games were TOCA 2, TOCA Race Driver 3(gravel traps option MUST BE ON), CMR2, CMR 2004 because of not bad driving phisics. And after 12 years of waiting finaly I have something on good level. For me the game could be even more difficult. I have made a suggestion here; http://forums.codemasters.com/discussion/39704/hard-core-colisions-and-vehicle-damage-pay-for-all-from-cr-like-in-real#latest For future, I am waiting for something on closed asphalt raceways with turning cars from Codemasters. Something like TOCA 2 and Race Driver 3(gravel traps ON) where you had to drive 200laps to learn how to handle the vehicle and all holes on road, next 100 laps for create car setup with telemetry. Such a games I love :) Congratulations for DIRT RALLY team and driving phisics programers, model realy is not bad. Thats it!!! (finaly somebody has added 9,81ms^2 :D)