Posted: March 28
What a fantastic game. It's beautiful, it's hard without being impossible, and the AI drivers aren't on invisible rubber bands. This is easily one of the best driving games you can play.
Let's start off with the beauty: the car models are amazingly detailed and as you race you'll see some fantastic damage. Like in one race a GT40 lost its rear engine cover as a BMW, dragging its rear bumper, fishtailed into it. Granted you'll need a fairly robust computer and graphics card to get the best out of this game but that's true with any game. Though if you do have a great computer and graphics card you won't have to worry about a poorly optimized game <cough>Assassin's Creed IV</cough>, you'll be able to crank every setting up to 11 and still get 80fps. Because of this you'll be able to turn on Vsync and never see any tearing or stutter.
Oh! And if you have an Oculus Rift the game's 3D is stunning, you REALLY feel like you're in a race.
Another positive is the difficulty and the AI drivers: this game is hard because racing is hard. And that's a good thing. The AI players are aggressive but they don't cheat by being able to go way faster than you like in some games. Everything is physics based. If you're kicking butt it's because you deserve it.
With that said the game will turn down the aggressivness of the AI drivers on some races, you'll be able to tell, so you have a chance. You'll finish 11th on the first race then finish 1st on the next sometimes.
In addition the selection of tracks is pretty good. There are 22 locations with over 100 total variations on those locations. There are even night races which, again, look amazing.
Now let's get to the negatives, and they're really minor. For some bizarre reason this is a "team" game. You have a team score that's determined by your score and an AI teammate that you have to tell how to drive using the bumper buttons on your controller. I guess they imagined some great scenarios where you could use your teammate to block other players but they're more likely to ram into you and block you than be of any help. I usually just set my teammate to the next to most aggressive setting, othewise they destroy your team score with lack luster finishes.
And the final gripe is really, really minor: the second screen mode only works if you have your second monitor plugged into the same video card, you can't use the onboard video or a second video card. I use my onboard video from the i7 CPU to have webbrowsers and game info, e.g. a game manual, open when playing games like Elite Dangerous so my main card is doing just one thing, playing games. This setup doesn't work with the games second screen setting unfortunately.
tl;dr - A hard but fun game that looks amazing. Buy it. Now!