Cars and Tracks
In this department, none of the games are really lacking, although some may have more content than others.
Starting with Forza Horizon 3, it has no real circuits, but the open road through the Australian outback is vast and you can also go off-road. It may not be a true racers paradise, but you will undoubtedly have a lot of fun engaging in the crazy challenges this game has in store.
Project CARS has a reasonable amount of tracks, which you can tackle in a variety of layouts in career, time trial or single race mode. Most of the tracks are from England, like Silverstone or Donnington Park, and you can also test your skills on the infamous Nordschleife in Germany, or “the green hell”, as Jackie Stewart called it.
The award however, goes once again to Assetto Corsa, which has a ridiculously high number of tracks you can drive on. You can try to go flat out through Eau Rouge on the fan favorite Spa Francorchamps circuit, located in Belgium, Australia’s Bathurst, or even the famous Top Gear test track. There are also a number of open roads and city courses you can enjoy. If you have the virtual balls, we recommend testing your skills on the Isle of Man course.
Regarding GT Sport, they haven’t put the biggest of emphasis on the tracks. As you might’ve read in a previous article on ROSTcommunity, Kazunori Yamauchi, the game’s creator, has revealed the fact that there will be a smaller number of tracks for this installment, but that doesn’t mean there will be very few of them. There will be some new tracks, such as Tokyo Expressway or the Northern Isle Speedway and even a new Dirt track.
Moving onto cars, this is where GT Sport will reign supreme over its rivals. Polyphony Digital say there will be around 500 cars in the game, a number unheard of in previous motorsport games. Furthermore, there will be no “normal” cars in the game, all of them being GT like, race prepared vehicles. This goes to show they have spent big money on licensing agreements, as their competitors admitted they had problems with this aspect with some car manufacturers.
Forza Horizon 3 also has a respectable number of vehicles, including rally cars, buggies and SUVs you will need to take on the the rugged terrain of the Australian country side. They needed this variety to stay close to GT Sport, as no game even comes close to the amount of cars Polyphony Digital will present us with when the game comes out.
Project CARS and Assetto Corsa have not neglected this aspect either, and they present you with cars ranging from normal cars you could buy in real life, to modified, race ready GT cars to open wheel and even classic, historic Formula 1 cars. As they say they had problems with licensing agreements with some car manufacturers and even track owners, due to the big money demanded, Assetto Corsa tends to release many car packs as DLC content you have to pay for, like it was the case with the latest Porsche pack.
Overall, at least if you’re a die hard, hardcore sim racer, you would probably go with Assetto Corsa, which seems to be the best in most categories we’ve analyzed, and even where it’s not the best, it’s not bad at all. Mind you, we guarantee you will have fun with any of these games, as none of them will give you that annoying bad feeling about something in particular, you know, the type of bad that would just make you stop playing and go chasing Pokemons.