Many thought the arrival of ISI’s rFactor 2 on the popular Valve distrubition platform would bring a host of new changes and improvements to what’s already a very outstanding racing sim, but like iRacing earlier this year, ISI couldn’t figure out how to properly implement the game with all Steam has to offer, and in short, a lot of people aren’t happy. Combing through what some are saying, I’m glad I held off as well. It’s a mess.
We have to start somewhere, so let’s begin by pointing out how the game is sold. Currently, there’s a discount on the game, but obviously that will change in the future. The offline-only version of rFactor 2 sells for $40, and a year of online services will run you the price of a movie at $14. The Lifetime Subscription to rFactor 2 jacks up the price substantially, retailing at a whopping $98. This is fucking nuts for a game that doesn’t even have an offline championship mode. Don’t buy this game unless it’s on sale.
To make things even more ridiculous, you cannot upgrade your offline-only purchase into a lifetime online subscription, you MUST continue to buy a new subscription each year if you were wary about the steep cost of Lifetime and bought the basic bitch version instead.
Some believed the jump to Steam would eradicate the online pass altogether, as the entire concept was shit-canned by Electronic Arts years ago due to unanimous outrage from Madden, FIFA, and NHL fans. ISI has instead stuck with the current pricing model, one which forces users to pay extra to access the server browser screen. Is there any special online functionalities that warrant an entirely seperpate purchase for the online purchase of the game? Of course not. You’re paying to access a menu that is totally free to click on in other racing sims.
Moving on, traditionally rFactor 2 comes as a Lite package, and users must hand-pick the exact content they want to download and install into rFactor 2. I actually appreciate this odd-ball approach ISI took, as I’ve never touched the karts or Skip Barber school cars, so I had no reason to let them take up space on my hard drive. The Steam version, on the other hand, automatically downloads all ISI vanilla content by default, and some users have reported certain pieces of content are actually missing. Given some people intentionally keep their rFactor install light on content for various reasons, hence the previous Lite options for both rFactor games, this is bound to upset a decent chunk of the community.
And finally, we get to the crashing issues. The Steam forums are already starting to fill up with users who can’t even get the game to work.
Reddit user professor00179 ran into his own set of problems: