There is no other racing simulator that would so professionally reflect the real racing career. I have been playing racing games my whole life and I have always striven for the maximum realism.
I never really liked track racing in particular… I was more rally kind of a guy. Driving in loops the same road for for x amount of laps just simply bored me like hell…
The first try I gave to iRacing was in 2013-08-21, I think it was the time when I was getting tired of rallying in Richard Burns Rally. I have not renewed my subscription because I was simply falling asleep during the races… I just couldn’t bare the repetition of them…
I have played many different sims: Richard Burns Rally, Rfactor, Live for Speed, Assetto Corsa just to name few…
None of these games or any other as a matter of fact, have developed such professional feeling about them. The structure of the racing career, rules, interaction with others and much much more. Unfortunately for the most people it is too real and the majority of them give up. The ones who enjoy this level of realism are in heaven, simple as that. The only thing that could take this title down from the position of the best racing simulator would be the rally version of it… but again… technically it wouldn’t be a racing anymore right? 🙂
So why the change? you might want to ask. Well… I can’t really tell. It kind of grew on me… In rally you fight only against the other drivers’ times but here… it reminds me of dogfight (Mil Aviat), sitting on someone’s tail, waiting for his little mistake, making every turn count just to finally take the big step and risk everything for the victory over your opponent…
I could write and write about it… instead please, take a look at one of my races below. It should give you a little bit better picture of what I am trying to explain here… ( Please, have also in mind that I am only starting my (track) racing career and there are plenty of things in need of improvement)
Starting Position: 12th
Fastest Lap Time: 2:10.975
[ Car: Ruf RT 12R C-Spec ] [ Track: Suzuka Grand Prix ]
Starting Position: 9th
Fastest Lap Time: 1:51.826
[ Car: Mazda MX-5 Cup ] [ Track: Okayama International Circuit – Full Course ]
People don’t understand that they pay for the service of racing with the best drivers around the word, in real race manner… with rules, career, penalties, proper organisation and much more!
If you want to crash from time to time or make some donuts with your friends, go look for something else… like AC, RaceRoom, Project Cars etc (those sims are great for casual drivers)
Few days ago I really wanted to buy incoming simulator (on steam) “Stock Car Extreme”. People love it, praise it etc and sometimes I was really only few clicks away from confirming my purchase.
I was thinking a lot and couldn’t decide if I should get it or not…
Then it struck me… Why am I not playing Assetto Corsa, Live for Speed etc anymore? I mean those games are equally good right? WRONG
They are good until you want to race seriously and can’t find leagues and even when you do (forum ones…) nobody cares about them… Points, losses, wins, crashes, they all mean nothing…
They are all fun but there is no real goal in them and… ” Without a goal there is no point of action. ”
So, you don’t really pay for your tracks, cars, or monthly subscription fees… You pay for the professional organisation in which you can participate and the ability to feel like a real race driver, not a geek in front of a PC.
Building the 2014 BMW Z4 GT3 :
Bathurst: Behind the Scenes :
iRacing Art & Engineering Video Blog – Apr 1, 2012 :
iRacing Bathurst Real vs Virtual – F1 at Mount Panorama :
Oh, one last thing… For all those who say that the graphics are outdated, bad or whatever… THE GAME LOOKS AMAZING – simple as that.
If you do need anything better than this, go watch an HD movie… because you obviously didn’t come here to RACE~!