Product Type: Sniper PC games
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A really good game, the best racing sim i have ever played, good price too.
Member Name: Jenraux
Advantages: Countless cars and tracks available for download, strong online racing community
Disadvantages: Can be dull offline, luckily there are challenging AI to drive against.
This is probably the best racing sim game i have ever played, granted without mods, the game is quite boring, the game on its own contains about 8 tracks and about 3 cars or so. But there are a lot of mods available for the game, countless amount of tracks and cars. Also there are online leagues which are raced by players online, such as the FSR2010 series, there are about 100 players currently racing in that league. The game supports up to about 60 players in online or LAN races, as well as allowing AI drivers in multiplayer races. The game is primarily designed to be played online with other players, as the offline facilities are fairly basic, money is basically pointless, as most cars are already owned when you download a mod, and there is no story line.
There are 3 types of racing you can do:
Testing, this mode is basically where you choose your car and your track, and you are put into a practice session alone, with no other drivers or AI. This mode is only available offline.
Racing Weekend, this will put you into a practice session with a set amount of AI drivers, first there is a long practice session, then there is a short qualifying session, then there is the warmup session, then you will be put into the race.
Racing Season, this is the same as the Racing Weekend, except instead of 1 race, you can choose several locations to race at.
As the game is primarily online, rFactor comes with a dedicated server program, where the host doesn't actually need to run rFactor in order to host a race, the server is designed to run on slow computers, such as a 350MHZ processor. Through this server panel the host can add/remove players and AI drivers, as well as restarting the race or restarting the whole weekend. During the server setup process, the host can determine which cars can be used and which tracks will be raced upon, they will also be able to enforce restrictions on the driving aids that drivers can have on, as well as the race time (night racing is supported) and various other options.
Really the game isn't very good unless you know other people who are interested in this kind of thing. Also its more suited to league racing rather than just one off races that you and your mates might have, although its still fun to get a few mates round and play a race with some of the games exceptionally good AI drivers. If you have no real life friends, then go online and try and hookup with an online racing league via rFactor Central or Simraceway.
The game probably is worth the price tag (£25), but as its an online game, make sure your internet connection is up to scratch, the 600mb download for the game and the 100's of mb's of mods you'll be downloading will take their toll, and also the online racing will require at least a broadband connection. Dial up 56k connections are permitted, however its highly recommended not to use more than 4 cars in a race with a 56k connection. LAN Servers support up to 60 human players, and 256kbps internet connections (about 2 or 4 m/bit connections) support up to 30-40 players.
Good websites to look for mods is Simraceway, or rFactorcentral (Owned by Simraceway) which feature probably the most mods of all the rFactor sites. F1 mods are generally the most popular mods played online, however there are mods for NASCAR, WRC, Touring cars, Novel cars and Street cars.
Make sure you have a large HDD, currently my rFactor folder is about 9GB, i have around 80 cars and about 30-40 tracks.
At £25 this game is a steal.
Summary: A really good game, but make sure you have a good internet connection in order to fully enjoy it.
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