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POSTED 11/9/16


ASSETTO CORSA

Kunos Simulazioni/505 Games



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No. Assetto Corsa isn’t a game. It’s a simulator, and if the thought of keeping a car on course at speeds that’d have your car squished into a cube by the cops if you were sprung doing them on open roads freaks you out then stop reading.

In the same car park as Project CARS and DiRT Rally challenge-wise, your introduction to Assetto Corsa may leave you a quivering, defeated mess. If it doesn’t then you probably should be doing the real thing. The first sign that things are serious? The gearbox defaults to manual...

Even if you set things to easy, AI is ruthless – and we’re not talking convertibles (dad joke, yeah!)

Modes abound from time attacks to quick races, careers and beyond. You’re in for a wild ride... likely sideways into a fence. Well, initially at least.

As for nuts and bolts, damn there are lots. Your car’s eminently customisable. If you want to simplify things you can – but the game is always challenging.

What disappoints is the selection of tracks and vehicles. The former are incredible – we swear every lick of graffiti that pollutes the Nürburgring is rendered pixel-perfectly – but there’s a definite Euro bias. Actually, a 100% Euro bias.

Cars? If you’re expecting a cavalcade of the world’s greatest brands then, well, don’t, as choices are limited. Still, some will just want to jump into a Ferrari and never get out (if you’ve got a dodgy back you probably wouldn’t be able to anyway). What pissed us off though was clicking on a cool car only to be sent to the PS Store – and an error message. Maybe we need to buy the season pass? Zoppo.

The dedicated will adjust to Assetto Corsa – gradually - and find this an incredible console driving experience. Others will just wish it was Outrun revisited.

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