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Rambo_Commando
01-11-2016, 21:39
Basically Formula A vs F1 2016 vs Assetto Corsa F1 cars...I'm thinking about getting AC on ps4, primarily for its open wheel content. Do you think it's a good move? How does it compare to F1 and Pcars? Are you able to play out a full 17+ race season on AC with the F1 cars?

FS7
01-11-2016, 22:04
I haven't played F1 2016 (as much as I like F1 I'll probably never buy an official F1 game again), but I played PCars on PS4 & PC and I played AC on PC.

Personally I don't like open-wheelers in AC. I didn't try any of the classic ones, I only drove the modern ones. Tatuus & Exos are sort of ok, the Ferraris understeer a lot imo, which is odd since open-wheelers generally have a tendency to oversteer.
Also, AC on console is very short on content since it doesn't support mods, console has something like 12 or so real locations, meanwhile I have around 60 real locations in my AC install.
Imo best option for good open-wheel racing would to get rFactor on PC + mods, but if you want something on console my suggestion would be PCars.

JessicaWalter
01-11-2016, 22:23
i have all three on ps4 and i love them all. they complement each other really well, each offering aspects not available in the others. they're my 3 go-to racing games.

i prefer open wheel race cars and i love the open wheelers in all of them (obviously that's the only choice in f1, but anyway).

Rambo_Commando
02-11-2016, 03:40
Is the career mode in AC just like Pcars? Do you start in a lower tier formula car and work your way up? Also can you adjust the camera angles like Pcars?

Cheesenium
02-11-2016, 04:07
AC's open wheel content is quite good, especially if you are a fan of Ferrari as they have the SF15T and F136. Also, Lauda's 512T. There is also the Maserati 250F which is probably my favorite open wheel on AC. Not to forget, they also have Lotus 49, 72d and 98T along with a Tatuus F3.

To be honest, if I had to pick between pcars and AC open wheels, I still stick with pcars. Mainly because pcars offers more variety from Formula Rookie to FA to Indy while there are more tracks to race on than AC. Still, since AMS not on consoles so I stick with pcars if not F1 2016 as I find AMS has the best open wheel driving physics for me so far.

AC's SF15T and F136 is probably the best recreation of the car as Kunos spent a lot of time to get the electronics simulated properly.The problem with AC for me is, AC's track content is rather slim and racing with 3 default Ferrari skins is a huge turn off to me. I am the sort of gamer who takes immersion quite highly where I really do not enjoy racing with 20 SF15T with the same exact liveries for every car on grid.

Still, I think AC's major strength over other games, even pcars, still lies on their road cars. Especially the slower road cars, like the Road C1, C2 and D equivalent in AC. They felt great to drive around the rather limited selections of tracks. AC's classic road/touring cars are amazing too, like the Alfa Romeo GTA or the Escort.

FS7
02-11-2016, 09:46
The problem with AC for me is, AC's track content is rather slim and racing with 3 default Ferrari skins is a huge turn off to me. I am the sort of gamer who takes immersion quite highly where I really do not enjoy racing with 20 SF15T with the same exact liveries for every car on grid.
True, that's why modding makes the pc version of AC so much better than the console versions, there are some really nice skin packs for the Ferrari F1 cars, it makes racing and watching replays much more interesting imo.

m355y
02-11-2016, 12:20
My take - if you're wanting something F1 focused then F1 2016 is miles better than Formula A in PCars. But obviously that's because that's all it is. No GP2 or GP3 - I'd love the junior categories one day to be incorporated into an official F1 game but fear that's never going to happen because if I remember rightly then the licences are completely separate. So an officially licenced F1 game will never have officially licenced GP2 or GP3. Shame.

I think PCars has an edge over AC in terms of the open wheelers. More variety, more circuits, and the difference between racing FC then stepping up to FB is really well done. I'm less keen on FA. I just find it less satisfying. As the speed goes up, the nuances of driving the cars seem to get a bit lost to me. Maybe that's because I'm playing with a pad. I'm also not that keen on the DW12 in PCars - I think Forza 6 recreates the Indycar Series much better, adding to that the fact that it also has ovals. It's not as realistic, but it's a very solid, well tuned experience so in the real world I find it more satisfying. Also, the real problem with AC is a lack of options on console. The cars that it does recreate are done lovingly, and realised very well. I'm looking forward to the contemprary Ferrari F1 cars (might be wrong but I don't think the Red Pack is available on the console versions yet? - I hope I've just missed it because I'll be straight home to try it if it is!)

AC's strengths lie in the road cars and the touring cars/GT3s. If the choice was between AC and PCars for hot lapping the Nordschleife in a GT3 car then I'd pick AC any day. Possibly not for a race with the AI though.

Stewy32
03-11-2016, 17:00
I don't have AC but I think that Project CARS wins just for Indycar, Formula C and Formula Renault. I would go F1 2016 over FA but Pcars beats every other game.

Cheesenium
04-11-2016, 02:21
True, that's why modding makes the pc version of AC so much better than the console versions, there are some really nice skin packs for the Ferrari F1 cars, it makes racing and watching replays much more interesting imo.

OP is going to buy the PS4 version of AC which does not support mods.

hpiguy
04-11-2016, 03:01
OP is going to buy the PS4 version of AC which does not support mods.

FS7 covered that, in his first post in this thread.

Since buying a gaming PC, and a few recent SNAFUS that were console and Microsloth based, I sold my Xbox One cancelled my 12 year consectuive Xbox live account, and have no intention of ever owning another console. They have you locked in, they know it, and their customer service is terrible. If I could game on Linux, I would.

hkraft300
04-11-2016, 06:16
Subscribed.
Interested in other's thoughts on the fun factor of AC open wheel cars on console, especially the Ferrari F1.
Also interested to know if/when that particular content will be released on PS4.

I'm a big fan of the Indy and FRenault, gamepad and wheel. Drove the Indy in Forza 5 and wasn't much a fan of it. Completely different experience in pcars.
For some reason, it could be psych but they feel a little more real. I get the same feeling driving the LMP cars, real vs wmd.

So please continue your input on open wheel racing in AC. I'll be picking it up with a price drop soon enough.

Riccardo De Rosa
04-11-2016, 08:44
For me the best on cosole for Formula 1 is F1 2016, it has all F1 circuits, all F1 rules, DRS zone, all F1 cars, is the best simulation of formula 1. The whole world of F1.

Pcars is the best for driving feeling, for fbb, for physics, for graphics. Open wheel in pcars is really good except FA. ( personal judgment )

Have not tried AC on console.