The Sim Community never ceases to amaze me, and the Formula Renault 3.5 is just the latest example in a long like of “dude, what?” moments that make me question my own sanity. Maybe this site isn’t good for my health.
The Formula Renault 3.5 is default content in rFactor 2, and YouTube personality EmptyBox gave an updated overview of rFactor 2 in April of this year, quickly glancing over the car in a nearly seventeen minute video touching on everything new rFactor 2 had to offer in 2015 – which was a lot:
Despite rFactor 2’s physics being regarded as superior to everything else on the market by real race car drivers, including top teams actually switching to an ISI power plant for their in-house simulations, as well as the top online racing leagues all using rF2 as their platform, community reception to both the FR 3.5, and the sim in general, were lukewarm.
The most problematic issue being the astronomical costs for the sim – $40 to run the game offline, and another $40 to play the game online for any substantial length of time. ISI essentially took the EA Sports Season Pass, something that was canned after only a few years for being retarded, and tried to implement it into sim racing as if it were here to stay. They still haven’t gotten with the times, but those who can afford it, really like it.
Of course, the same kids who complain about rFactor 2’s costs have no problem signing up for iRacing, but that’s a different story.
Fast forward to the middle of August, and the Formula Renault 3.5 has been put out for Assetto Corsa by Virtua Simulazioni.
I don’t doubt that Virtua Simulazioni have done a fantastic job with the Formula Renault 3.5, because every other mod they’ve released has been worth downloading. However, I (that means, this is my opinion, so chill the fuck out) find it odd that people are suddenly excited for a car they were totally uninterested in six months ago when it came out for a different, more feature-complete game.
“You fucking faggot, how dare you say AC isn’t feature-complete?!?!”
Alright, I’ll let someone else say it for me. I’m not sure if this guy passes the known troll detectors some of you have, but that’s what the comments section is for:
Again, people couldn’t care less when the FR 3.5 came out for rFactor 2 as really good default content, but suddenly the same car is in a game with less features & functionality, and people are losing their minds:
So you’ve got the same identical car in two modern sims, made to the same level of quality, and people ignore the one in the finished game, opting to drive the car in a sim where forum users contradict themselves trying to defend its flaws and shortcomings.
Meanwhile I’m just sitting here preparing for another racing season in Game Stock Car Extreme, where I can focus on racing and not waiting for updates or fighting with people in the forums over the state of the game.