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  1. CaptainJack

    When will Dirt Rally 2.0 be patched?

    I've been around Codemasters games since 2008 so the pattern of complaints never changing could be called the unchanging MO. Gfx and physics have gotten better so the secret is to accept a few seemingly unacceptable glitches and enjoy what you do have. After all, no-one is perfect.
  2. Hahahahaha . . . what a time I should choose to dip my toe back into a Codemasters forum after so many years away. Perfect thread for me as I only dropped in to pass on my comments about the latest offerings. I'm one of the 2008 Grid members and subsequent fire and brimstone which followed as Codemasters lost its way, many of its player base and many of its staff. We swore, never again. However, after so many false starts Dirt Rally came along. I think that the game was a little too mature for what a lot of players where looking for but I'm still playing it today. What the game did was show that Codemasters could still cut the mustard. Their capability with gfx has never been in question, nor their physics . . . it was game design which did for most of us. Dirt 4 put them solidly back where they belong and Dirt Rally 2 confirms their position as the 'go to' driving game, at least it does for me. When they get it right there is something about a Codemasters game which I don't get from any other game in the genre. I used to be one of their biggest critics and back in the day had an invite to the works which other players wanted me to accept but turned down on the grounds that in their house I could only behave like a guest and not a critic. Well, if I complain when its bad I have to praise when its good and as I see it Codemasters has rebuilt what was lost and maintained that level of excellence. As for the vitriol on social media that is another story. Some years ago I joined MySpace, this lasted for about two months as I quickly realised that social cesspool was the best description for it with the site eventually disintegrating under the weight of its own poison. Zuckerberg is not naive nor is he a fool so when he launched Facebook saying he wanted to bring people together he wasn't lying, thing is he already knew it would become a venting platform, but then, did he actually say why he wanted to bring them together? [Spoiler Alert . . . to fatten his bank balance] Social media platforms will always become venting ones. Even moderate Idealism would never look for a few thousand people to get along. Put it this way, only a very tiny fraction of members would qualify to join an intellectual platform. I belong to none of these social media sites, do not have a modern mobile to replace the oldfashioned method of communication and even with the greatest stretch of the imagination do not wish to know what some nonentity somewhere five thousand miles away is having for breakfast or thinks about the price of potatoes. I think that the managers you refer to have the greatest weapon of all . . . the off button.
  3. CaptainJack


    Anyone know how our good buddy, Loore, is getting on ?
  4. CaptainJack


    How time flies . . . time to dust off some cobwebs and test the water . . .
  5. CaptainJack

    DiRT Rally feedback list

    We'll see . . . I just get the feeling that CM will bail on the title . . .again.
  6. CaptainJack

    DiRT Rally feedback list

    So where do we see the game going now that BigLee has walked ? . . . and why did he walk ? . .
  7. CaptainJack

    DiRT Rally feedback list

    Well, I suppose we should be grateful CM managed to get the game this far before they stuffed it up. Starting about a week back the game became unplayable for me as the frame rate started firing off all over the place . .yoyoing between 20 - 65fps. The only change I'd made to the game was finding the stability control and turning it on . .bad decision.
  8. CaptainJack

    DiRT Rally feedback list

    This could be just me but I've taken a few cars from start to masters in career and noticed that upgrading seems to be a waste of time because as my car is upgraded so are the AI's, cancelling out any possible advantage . . . I have one of those feelings where you can't quite put your finger on it but it's about there being something not right with the scoring system . . . it's as if I just know no matter what improvement I make unless it's a monster one the AI will keep getting a bigger boost to their times e.g., I improve by 5 secs, they improve by 15 secs, I improve by 15 secs, they improve by 30 secs etc. . .  
  9. CaptainJack

    DiRT Rally feedback list

    I hope Codemasters are taking on board all the positive reviews online about this "surprise" game launch . . . it's a very long time since a driving game got Grid 1 type responses . . . plz don't cock it up this time, it really is a great game which has so much potential. Look at the history . . cock it up and after a few weeks you get it, with spades, in the neck . . . all these weeks down the line with Dirt Rally and we are playing it daily and loving it . . .  
  10. CaptainJack

    DiRT Rally feedback list

    Hahahaha . ..sorry ! . .I shouldn't laugh, but it looks like you missed the general message, "DON'T BUY THE COUNTRYMAN", lol . . .
  11. CaptainJack

    DiRT Rally feedback list

    This game just gets better . . . first we get a new venue in Germany, with it's completely different offering, and today we get a very tricky daily challenge from there . . . If future add-ons are of this quality those who don't want the game until it goes gold are in for a very special treat. Someone at Codies has finally got it right . .
  12. CaptainJack

    DiRT Rally feedback list

    Every now and then a real gem pops up, but if it's not recognized as such it doesn't get the support it needs for longevity. I can remember reading one of my then pc mags heralding in Toca 3. It emphasized the fact that it was different from the other similar games around at that time and suggested employing some patience to get used to it as it was/is a very satisfying game . . . people did and they loved it. Then came Grid 1 which in some mags was pitched as the next in the Toca line, although most of us failed to see any similarity. However, the game was a legend and picked up a Bafta . . . unfortunately, Codemasters completely mismanaged the potential of what they had and very much in an egotistical, " we know best and will go in another direction", allowed Grid 1 to sink . . but I can't add "without trace" because the game is still alive and thriving on tunngle and other online platforms. Dirt 1 and 2 and 3 were/are good games but, enter another stroke of genius, a gem with a classic format but with almost recent gfx (almost because of old ego engine), called, Dirt Rally. Now Codemasters have their, "on the road to Damascus" moment, and this time I hope they realize the potential of what they have created and don't drop the ball on this one . . . this game could go a long way.
  13. CaptainJack

    DiRT Rally feedback list

    When nothing is questioned it becomes a dictatorship . . . and advancement becomes compromised without the fresh and different input of ideas. I took a philosophical take on your comment where you probably just meant the crowds at the side of the track, lol . . That, sir, is an awesome post. Whether compliment or sarcasm I thank you . . . just my good nature, lol . . Just did all stages in the weekly event and more and more I have in my head the remarks some guys have made about RBR now being outdated. Crazy as it might seem Dirt Rally, if done right, could become one of the best Rally games available. There will always be the physics anoraks finding fault with anything but ignoring that and just playing the game has a very satisfying feel. One thing I do know, I have watched plenty of YT vids made by some of the best in the game and the fact that they can go at such a speed, sliding from side to side and always on the edge of grip [just like the real thing] tells me this is a very good game simply because the game accommodates exactly what is required. Sure there are plenty of bits and pieces which need sorting but the main frame of the game is solid, so I hope CM see this one through . .I'm having a blast . . . and its been a long time.
  14. CaptainJack

    DiRT Rally feedback list

    We have found this happening at certain places on certain tracks but with practice we know the tracks so the notes are just a reminder to keep us on the ball. The timings tend to go off when there are a lot of twists and turns so if you are either fast or slow [midway speed works ok] the problem tends to occur. Compared to some games the timings are workable but maybe need a few tweaks . . .  
  15. CaptainJack

    DiRT Rally feedback list

    When nothing is questioned it becomes a dictatorship . . . and advancement becomes compromised without the fresh and different input of ideas. I took a philosophical take on your comment where you probably just meant the crowds at the side of the track, lol . .