Kunos Simulazioni/505 Games
Dobbiamo giocare una partita?
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
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,
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%
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