Indsendt: 19. maj
I learned about Project Cars some years ago and have waited for this game since then. I wanted to back it up but i was afraid to throw my money away because Slightly Mad Studios were behind NFS shift series, which i disliked.
This game is nothing like NFS shift (i so want just erase that „f“). Shift 2 was unplayable for me. I have tried it on PS3 and PC, on both platforms i had a huge 0,5 second input lag which made the game unplayable for me. I tried some fixes on PC, but it didn‘t help. Besides that there was almost no force feedback and the performance was not so great. Many people thought that Project cars will be Shift 3. But fortunately it‘s nothing like Shift, it‘s much MUCH better. For me it is the best racing simulator to this day. SMS were behind such legendary games like GT legends and GTR and Project cars is more like these two games than Shift.
I can‘t not compare pCars to Assetto corsa, i own both but i like pCars more. The physics in pCars are great, especially when you download the force feedback fix from the official forums. Without the fix the force feedback is pretty bad.
The graphics. This is probably the best looking racing game on the market. The graphics are stunning. Of course at some weather conditions it can look bland, but the same happens in real life. Unlike Assetto corsa pCars has weather conditions and full day/night cycle. Racing at night while raining is awesome. Rain effects are great, the game looks even better in the rain.
Performance is not very good. It‘s playable, but i expected better performance with GTX970. It drops to 35-40fps which is not acceptable. But if you lower the graphics options it can run really good. Again, i hope the performance will be improved at least a little bit.
pCars has great career mode unlike AC. And career is really long. You'll race every kind of vehicle, every kind of race etc. You get rewarded for winning and collecting all the rewards will take some time. Difficulty is easily adjustable so is race length.
The car selection is varied but there are not many cars in the game. Yes quality over quantity, but we need more cars, let it be DLC cars. I‘d love to see some more slower road cars, more muscle cars, japanese brands.
Track selection is great. It lacks some tracks, but the there is more than enough tracks. And it includes the famous Nordschleife, unlike AC were you need to pay 15€ for it. I guess more tracks will be added via DLC. I also hope for more point to point tracks.
I probably haven‘t seen a really good AI in a racing game. pCars is no exception. AI is pretty bad. But from the funny side it is very realistic because you often feel like racing against real people because AI rams you, cut corners and do other stupid things, same as real players. But seriously, AI is bad. AI is not affected by rain so it‘s very hard to win in the rain, especially when it starts raining in the middle of the race AI keeps the same pace. I hope this will be fixed.
The multiplayer is similar to other games. There are crashers all around who don‘t know what brakes are. There also are community events where you compete with others in the leaderboards. Similar to Gran turismo system where new events are added each week/month.
The game has some bugs but they‘re easily fixable. The most annoying one is when your steering wheel lock and FFB resets.
All in all i can really recommend this game. If you love racing simulators, have a steering wheel and love to drive/race, love to adapt to new cars, love to grasp the handling of each car which is completely different – go buy this game it is worth it. You will have countless hours of fun.