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    DiRTy Gossip about WRC8

    Oops.. Ignore 😋
  2. I have the DX edition so I expect this feature for free/half price/less than $20. It's an outrage/scam/insult and if this feature isn't implemented it will be my last Codemasters game til the next Codemasters game 😲
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    Greece Rally – Available Now in DiRT Rally 2.0

    Doesn't that mean you've also posted the 10 slowest times on those stages
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    DiRTy Gossip about WRC8

    It's only addictive through the novelty period and once you've put in 10-15 hours (as I now have) the enthusiasm to want to complete more than one rally at a time isn't really there. Interesting how nobody has spotted the same glaring oversight with the AI difficuly that was present in WRC7... It's not game breaking but it can be pretty annoying. Answers on a postcard 🙂
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    Welcome to the new GRID

    A question for Codemasters: I've just snapped up a copy of Grid Autosport - a game i've never played before due to the timing of it's release and my move from X360 to XB1 - and although i'm only 10 seasons into the campaign it's turning out to be a much, much better game than I thouught it would be, so my question is as follows: Apart from current gen visuals what does Grid 2019 have that Autosport doesn't? I'm curious to see how far the franchise has come in the 5 years.....
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    DiRT Rally 2.0: Seasons 3 & 4

    That makes perfect sense to me A physical copy of Dirt Rally 2 and just the rally content from seasons 1-4 is pretty good value for money - with the only downside being that as a non season pass owner your community events will be severely restricted. Even so, It's still a fair trade off for those with a smaller budget or those who have no interest in RX. As for the rest, well, a season pass is a season pass and providing Codemasters laid out exactly what that season pass bought you (which they did) then i'm struggling to see the argument here. The ONLY thing i'm disappointed with is that Codemasters didn't officially announce from the off that more seasons may be planned because as a DX owner with no desire to want to play RX stuff I could have better spent the money. I did buy seasons 1 + 2 purely to keep the game a full package in order to have unrestricted access to the above mentioned community stuff (and of the assumption it was only ever going to be a one off investment) but if I'd have known there were going to be more seasons (with rally content included) I would have taken the trade off option and purchased just what I wanted. C'est la vie....
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    DiRTy Gossip about WRC8

    Haha, no. I was just pointing out that casual gamers have been given the ability to completely dumb down settings in order to make career progression as easy as is humanly possible. It just highlights the difference between WRC and DR2 and probably explains why casual gamers prefer the easier game.
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    DiRTy Gossip about WRC8

    Well my copy arrived over the weekend and i've spent some time with it today. First impressions are whilst it's nowhere near as tragic as Jake initially suggested it's also nowhere near as epic as a lot of reviews are suggesting. Visuals are much improved over 7 but that's not saying they're good (because they're not), that's just saying that Kylotonn have set such low standards with previous WRC's it would have been impossible not to improve upon them. Controller handling was a bit of a struggle which after much tweaking did improve massively, but the wheel is another story and tweaks are still ongoing. Car physics are still awful with cars wildly bouncing all over the place and performing bizarre stunts the second you drift off the beaten path onto rugged or uneven surfaces and I also found that the auto respawn frequently placed you back on track without giving an opportunity to recover from occasionally recoverable situations. On a positive note locations and diversity are once again WRC's strong point but it wasn't too long before I was seeing familiar scenery and/or identical locations hidden behind different weather conditions/times of day and the new 'dynamic' weather system does look pretty decent, so even though you do spend a lot of time travelling over the same locations the game does create a different feel quite well. The key (and still unresolved) issue is that of longevity and the desire to want to continue playing after career completion because the community aspect of WRC8 is still very poor and perhaps suggests, like previous games, Kylotonn are just targeting casual gamers with a 'throwaway' approach to things. Multiplayer is also a bit of a graveyard but from my experience of previous (XB1) WRC's that's not an unusual thing. But all in all the game seems to do what it is set out to do pretty well and I can see the appeal to those who want to just pick up and play WRC8. It's not a great game (will it ever be a great game) and most definately isn't a direct replacement for Dirt Rally 2 but a lot will prefer it because it doesn't insist on the same levels of patience and practice of Dirt Rally. After all, such is the forgiving nature of WRC8, it's more than possible to win a rally without ever repairing or tuning your car...
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    Your thoughts on the pricing for Season 3 + 4

    Fair comment.. There was no ulterior motive to the question - I was just curious 🙂 (ps) Sorry for the delay but i've just gotten back from a (surprisingly) sunny long weekend in Bridlington
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    Your thoughts on the pricing for Season 3 + 4

    If season 3+4 was a standalone game for €30 would you still feel it's not unreasonably much?
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    Favourite/Least favourite rallies?

    I can't really put a 1-10 order on this so we'll just go with: Favourite: New Zealand Least favourite: Poland - which would be replaced with Finland (crest, crest, crest, crest) if I were ever foolish enough to buy it.
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    DiRTy Gossip about WRC8

    My main disappointment is now Kylotonn have been snapped up by Bigben they didn't (or don't appear to have) take advantage of the extra resources available to them to create a better game. Milestone sit within Bigben and with the likes of Ride, Motogp and the hopelessly underrated Gravel in their portfolio, not only does it clearly show how far they've come since the original WRC's, it also demonstrates their ability to create a solid game with limited resources. You can say what you like about Milestone but i've yet to play one of their games that I truly dislike.
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    DiRT Rally 2.0 - Version 1.8 Bug Reports

    Platform: X1X (DX edition) I'm having some severe performance issues post 1.8 with massive frame drops and screen tearing (when driving thru hairpins) in stages and conditions that require headlights. There's also issues with detail pop in with the absolute most obvious being displayed on the Holjes daily challenge (rain). When you drive towards the final set of corners the near horizon is a single shade of grey which fills in piece by piece as you drive closer. There's also issues with Monte Carlo (downhill) where you can clearly see a 'line' of light (on the wall) been drawn in a few metres in front of the car. It's almost like the detail draw distance has been dramatically reduced?
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    DiRTy Gossip about WRC8

    Good man, you are now officially on my xmas card list 🙂 I've finally seen some console footage and although it does look visually better than WRC 7, when directly comparing it against those of DR2 (visuals which i'm starting to appreciate more and more with each passing day) it does highlight how far behind Kyloton are in that department and doesn't really give any indication that the game has had an extra year of development this time around. If you look carefully you can still see short detail draw distances (white lines on tarmac stages give that one away), low quality trackside visuals and that horrible 'squareness' feeling to the tarmac sections. That downhill section of hairpins in China still looks horribly unnatural - especially when you compare it against the similar looking sections of Monte Carlo in DR's 1 and 2. I'm a self confessed fan of the WRC series (I own physical copies of all the games) and the only real positive I can draw from what Kylotonn are doing is that they are now achieving similar levels of content to that of the original Milestone games on X360. Dynamic weather? Well no actually because unlike longer races of Project Cars 2 for example where you can really sense a change of weather you don't get that same feeling of changing cycles over a rally stage of 3-7 miles. It kind of just happens and at the very worst you're only ever going get a couple of minutes of inconvenience because you have the wrong tyres on. I'd also be interested to know about the trigger points of changing cycles on each location to see if they are genuinely dynamic or just FMS7 dynamic. I know it all sounds a bit picky but at the end of the day Kylotonn are not asking budget prices for their games so with that in mind i've every right to be as picky as I want to be.
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    DiRTy Gossip about WRC8

    Hmm, the more I see it the less I want to buy it. What they've done to promote the game is actually quite clever and is a leaf straight out of Turn 10's book: Focus all your efforts on a showcase track (Argentina) to draw maximum attention, use this showcase to announce the "massive steps" the game has taken since the last release, throw in some teccy stats to give the impression this version is the one to have, distribute secective chunks of playable code to the 'right voices' (hello VVV) and let them do the talking whilst you quietly get on with a game that underneath this glossy exterior is pretty much the same as previous efforts. Throw in the obligatory "we've listened to the fans" statement and voilla... Dan La Greenawalt. After watching the 100's of clips i've seen the lacklustre visuals, the poor rendering and dubious draw distances and can't help but think if this is footage running at 60fps on a top end PC then what hope for consoles? WRC 6 and (especially) WRC 7 struggled to cope with lesser quality visuals than what 8 is displaying and with very little (if any at all) footage of console gameplay released (even though we are one day from launch) you really do have to wonder if Kylotonn are hiding something
  16. Erm, standard edition owners have no access to ANY of the challenges laid out exclusivey for DX and SDX owners even though they on occasion own the track it's driven on, yet I don't ever remember anyone complaining about that point. This strikes me as complaining for the sake of complaining because anything exclusive to a specific edition/version of a game is just that - exclusive! Besides which, it's not like you don't already have a ton of challenges to do within your version of the game, is it? However, if someone couldn't access exclusive content because they'd purchased all the season pass items individually that would be an entirely different matter because in our (unfortunate) age of (completely ott) equality that would be classed as discrimination and if not already, Codemasters would have to look into that.
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    A small apology

    Whilst i'm here I might as well get this out of the way. I've just had my eyes fixed and can once more see properly, so after months and months of moaning about HDR quality on X1X it appears my judgement was incorrect and my comments unfounded. It wasn't intentional (I clearly didn't realise how bad they had gotten) but now i'm aware that HDR quality is infact really, really good I thought i'd put this one to bed and apologise. I'm an idiot 🙂
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    Welcome to the new GRID

    Those lighting effects are pretty awful, with the worst part being that if this stays the same then console gamers are going to be stuck with that. I knew lighting was going to be an issue (a point which I raised earlier on in this thread and a point which was met with developer silence) but in all honesty I wasn't expecting it to be as extreme as this. With the mention that Codemasters were planning free track content updates (that was a real game changer) and the fact that the game was delayed until October and would no therefore no longer interfere with my gaming plans I was really warming to the idea of another Grid session. But my feelings regarding overdone lighting and the inability to tailor them to personal tastes remain the same and even with my brand new good eyes it's still impossible to come to terms with lighting of that intensity. By golly, Codemasters, if nothing else you certainly know how to push people off the fence 🙂
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    Your thoughts on the pricing for Season 3 + 4

    It's interesting you should say that because the original COD policy on XBox 360 was always that of a single season pass covering all content - and I know because I bought them (COD:WAW thru to Blops 2). Thinking a little further forward EA/Digital Illusions released Battlefield 1 with the same 'one price buys all' policy so it kind of does prove that you can release sensibly priced DLC alongside a triple A game that appeals to both casual and hardcore gamers alike. You can't even argue that rally is a niche product and DLC pricing is reflective of that point because DR1 generated multi-million pound sales - and that my friend is most definately not niche.
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    Your thoughts on the pricing for Season 3 + 4

    Unless i'm hopelessly misreading things your point was focusing on developer costs and not differing consumer prices in various regions.
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    Your thoughts on the pricing for Season 3 + 4

    Everyone has to pay the same to these people and there's no country to country or developer to developer favouritism where cost is involved. Personally I preferred the old days where a game had a single description and a season pass involved all content developers intended releasing for the lifespan of the game. It's simple, 100% transparent and absolutely nobody can get upset about who is paying what at whichever time they choose to buy a game. But in saying that, price has to reflect content and now that (for some) Dirt Rally 2 is officially a £100 game my personal feeling is that in when you like for like the content in this game against other racing/driving games then, well, decide for yourself if the price represents genuine value for money. Besides which, I will never ever purchase a game that's going to cost me in excess of £100 and I know i've said this before but if I would have been made aware from the off that in order to receive the rally content from Dirt Rally 1 I would have to continue purchasing beyond the deluxe edition then I would never have bought that version of the game in the first place. But hey, lesson learned and duly noted. Transparency - it's a much forgotten word nowadays. Anyhow, I made my decision - and that was to spend the extra £1.85 on top of the price of S3+S4 to buy Wreckfest (XB1).
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    Total cost of Dirt Rally 2.0

    Erm, I think not. When the XB1 was released games immediately rose from £39.99 (X360 general rrp) to £49.99 and have since risen further to £54.99 - with *some* top end EA games weighing in at £59.99.. I've no idea where you come from but in the UK those price hikes are well OVER combined rates of inflation for the respective time perriod. Regarding cars in games. The original Gran Turismo shipped with (I think) 170+ cars and 11 locations so not quite sure where you're coming from with that one either
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    Is this worth going back to?

    We'll miss you even less, young man, when you get to half a dozen posts and disappear forever without offering a single contribution of note to the community.
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    Is this worth going back to?

    Unfortunately all we got was the addition of a couple of notches on the HDR slider (our one and only graphics setting option) to increase overall brightness levels even further. If nothing it actually makes things worse because whilst setting the slider to max does increase brightness in darker sections, when you exit into sunlight the already too bright bloom effects are amplified even more. Short of continually pausing the game to adjust brightness accordingly the only other real option to play with any degree of comfort is to create custom championships with locations and weather conditions that are easier on the eye. I don't think many talk about it any more because when you consider the amount of XBox users still playing the game, take into account those who are using 4K/HDR (or HDR10 in my case) tv's and further take into account those that visit various forums that probably leaves quite a small number of voices. I don't bother any more because although the issue has been there from day one i've long since conceded that for as long as the PC version of DR2 remains Codemasters' primary focus (which nobody can argue it doesn't) there's absolutely no point droning on about the same thing over and over when it is falling on deaf ears. I think all we ever wanted was a more comprehensive set of visual adjustment setting to tailor the game to better suit the various tv's or monitors we happen to be using. It's not like anyone is asking Codemasters to completely rewrite the game or anything. Besides which, with VR tweaking probably taking centre stage for the next few months, at some stage or other Codemasters will have to move on so there's a very high liklihood that the 'beyond reasonable support' time will expire and this will be forever overlooked. The PC version of DR2 is really good and well worth a purchase but alas, irrespective of the power of the X1X, on consoles it will always remain the inferior product.
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    Is this worth going back to?

    Wales is as good as it always was. Yes, it's worth returning to on PC but absolutely not on X1X.
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