Hey everyone, I'm very new to this sim racing stuff, don't even have a drivers license but I do have quite a bit of gaming experience and there's a bunch of usability issues and annoyances in this simulator that's kind of bugging me a lot after 30 hours of game time.
The menus lack information, sorting and don't really help new people much at all.
Like me for instance, I'm a new dude, I don't know anything about the tracks (never really cared tbh) and figuring out what track is suitable for cars that I have the skill to barely drive (like for instance the shifter karts) is kind of way more work than it should be, I really do enjoy that I can drive a fancy super expensive rich persons toy on a track made for kids and a shifter kart on a huge track like le mans 24 hours but like, for me that knows pretty much nothing about any of this it takes quite a while to figure out what's suitable and what's not. The career surely helps guide you but I question some of your showcases you set up for it coming from such a fresh background, like the ford focus race in the rain? think it took me 20 tries before I reached half way point without crashing and after that I decided to figure out how to quit the event, a thing that really wasn't obvious you could do.
So yeah, would like a nice sorting option based on your preffered vehicle or vice versa, nice sorting option of vehicles suitable for the selected track, would help a noob like me a ton.
Speaking about sorting, why don't you just have locations first and then after you click the location see what's on offer at each one? scrolling through lists as long as the location or vehicle list is kind of annoying, that would cut down on list length a lot at the cost of 1-2 extra clicks,
Same thing with cars, you do realize that choice is something this game surely isn't lacking, could I get a list with car makers that expands to models when selected and/or sorting for the general class the vehicles are competing in? Me as I mentioned don't know any of that and would help me a lot
Information about the tracks would be nice, some background story like the article on Fuji racetrack or that there Nissan crazy overpowered car that I really really really wanna try as soon as I can get my hands on it, would be nice with maybe shorter entries for that on at least the famous tracks/cars (as stated earlier, I've no clue what's supposedly famous or not and no clue why it would be either)
Loading times in the menus are well, way longer than they need to be, could fix that by instantly loading small elements first and then bigger stuff like the models, it's quite annoying browsing for something interesting to try when it takes needlessly long time to navigate around and I'm fairly sure you could fix that by loading tables of text/icons/banners/etc "instantly" and then have the car model appear when it's done for instance, also doesn't help that there's too many windows back and forward to look at things, like vehicle specs, you could just have an icon you mouse over to show horsepower/weight/etc
Also when I'm in the solo/create window, I see the track name and big banner etc, but not layout? For a person that hasn't memorized every track layout that's something that would be nice to see there.
Some other pet peeves of mine lately are details in the cockpits, like, I noticed some cars have clocks, but the clocks don't work? Kind of annoys me >_< You have modeled bunch of buttons and stuff as well, would be nice if you could interact with them and they did what they are supposed to, coming from pretty hardcore flight sims that's one of the things I really missed while checking out the cars, it's needless but it's another level of realism and detail.
Ah yeah another thing about the slow menus, leaderboards and time trial, the whole jumping back and forth to check times on tracks etc, just takes way too long, same with loading the information on the website, I know bandwidth isn't exactly free but it's tables of text, shouldn't take that long to load and I shouldn't have to jump back and forth that much when I'm figuring out what track and vehicle I wanna set a time on.
Also some tracks seem kind of glitchy to me, like I apparently went over the white line a bunch of times driving in the middle of the road on california highway and azure coast, did not seem right to me at all but maybe that's how it's supposed to work? If it was a competitive event and I got 5/10s of slow speed because I triggered an event that shouldn't be there I'd be quite pissed, btw doesn't help that it's seemingly random if your laptime gets invalidated when hitting a wall. Also seemingly random, car damage, I got so annoyed when driving the Caterham Classic even that I did a front collision at 140km/h with a wall and car was completely fine afterwards, fairly sure it wouldn't be in real life and neither would I.
The whole garage thing, like, I do think it's cool all of the things you can fiddle with, what's not so cool is that I have pretty much no clue whatsoever what any of it does to the car, some kind of hint as to what affect the sliders are supposed to have on the cars handling and when you want do change something would be nice, also took a while to figure out the navigation between screens there, I would really love for that experience to feel a bit more helpful to someone new to the whole thing (once again, popup tooltips on mouse over is a good thing, or a help button on a controller while having something selected)
I'm sorry about this beeing a long rambling rant, but like, I genuinly enjoy what you've done with pcars and I really really really wanna see things like this fixed or at least considered for pcars 2, especially if you're gonna make an esport out of it, coming from a pretty extensive esports background I can attest to nerds not having a great amount of patience for bad menus and needlessly long wait times