There are 2 types of racing game fans. But, very often, the first kind turn into the second kind as time passes. The first type are the people who love cars, graphics and action in general, you know, the arcade style racers. But, as time passes and they play more and more racing games, mastering the easier handling arcade racing gives you, they tend to want more and gradually turn into the second type, which are the hardcore sim racers, as we like to call them. It rally depends on how much you like a great challenge. When you move from an arcade racer, like most of the Need for Speed games are, to a simulation like Project Cars or Assetto Corsa, it will seem virtually impossible to even keep the car on the road. If you have a strong will and a never give up mentality, you will persevere and in just a few days you will see big improvements. This is all you need, because once you see you’ve improved and can now hold the car and go faster with each lap, you already know you will be good before too long. In truth, everybody starts with the arcade racers before becoming a good sim racer.
This is the case with Assetto Corsa as well. When you first try it, it will seem very difficult or just annoyingly impossible. That’s because it’s probably the most realistic racing simulation out there, and some say very close to real life racing. This experience will defer even more depending on what type of controller you are using. In our experience, many times, we managed to go faster using a keyboard then we did using a wheel, but, using a wheel, especially if it’s a good one and the settings are right, the level of realism and the satisfaction when you get it right and complete a fast lap or win a tough race are borderline orgasmic. We repeat, don’t worry if you’re terrible at first, you will get there eventually.
Speaking of controllers, Assetto Corsa has been optimized pretty good to work with a keyboard or a console controller. The customization is also good and you can fiddle with many aspects, from steering sensitivity to break mapping and deadzones. One really gear grinding flaw the game has is the fact that you can’t go back to default settings once you’ve changed them. Well, you can, but you have to reset each and every one of them manually, so you should wright them down or take a screenshot in order to remember.
The graphics are good as well, even if not the best in the business. That’s another aspect an arcade racer will have to get used to, but they usually do before too long as they become addicted to mastering the cars and the tracks. The level of detail is pretty awesome, as you can see the cracks in the asphalt and the bumps on the apex. The blinding effect cause by the sun or reflections from the track when it rains might be unpleasant at first, but visually, they’re a thing of beauty, and you will get used to them in no time.
Concerning physics, there’s no other way around it, Assetto Corsa is the best there is. If you can find one review on any form of media where this game gets bad ratings for its physics, we will eat this article. Seriously, we’ll chop the screen in little pieces, put it between tho slices of bread and devour it. Not even the harshest critics have been able to find any flaws in this department. It’s as close to the real thing as any racing simulation has ever got. One brilliant idea they put into the game is allowing players to use the factory settings for each vehicle. This means you can drive the car with the assists it has in real life, ABS, ESP and so on. Many games try to achieve realism by making the steering way more complicated and difficult then it would be in real life, and in our opinion, that’s a bad way to go at it. Regarding physics and steering, Assetto Corsa is as natural as can be. Of course, it’s naturally hard to control a 800 HP monster, but, as we said before, you’ll get there eventually.
Cars and Tracks
If we look at the numbers regarding this aspect of the game, Assetto Corsa doesn’t have the largest number of either cars or tracks, compared to other racing simulations. What it does have, however, is the best and most iconic vehicles and circuits, which real racing aficionados will simply love. To remember just some of them, you will find vintage Lotus F1 cars, prepped Ferrari GT’s and motorsport temples like Spa Francorchamps in Belgium or the hellish Nordschleife in Germany, which has an insane number of layouts, including the real life one where you can take your personal vehicle for a spin as a tourist.
In conclusion, we guarantee you will love Assetto Corsa if you’re a sim racer or even if you you are an arcade lover (just give it a week without giving up). So, go out there, complete some laps and tell us your opinion.