I got into R3E many months ago, and while my initial thoughts were negative, I opted to wait and see where SimBin (at the time) were going to go with this title especially as a fan of their earlier titles primarily Race 07 and GTR 2.
While initially it suffered from a stagnant development period, the new Sector3 and their current contributions have vastly improved this title to become my now go-to racing sim, with vast improvements in the areas of physics, force feedback, single player and multi-player and the constant rate new content is pushed out.
While graphics are impressive, other simulators such as Assetto Corsa or Project Cars lead in this area, not to say that Sector3 have done an outstanding job on their engine with impressive HDR, bloom and dynamic lighting effect. SimBin/Sector3 has always been a leader in bringing the driver the most realistic sound experience in all their titles, and this continues with R3E.
With the last major update, Sector3 have done a major overhaul of the force feedback system. Their track developers have developed a new technology to improve the presentation and feedback of their track’s road surface utilising data from telemetry to create a highly dense road surface that features small bumps and imperfections in the surface the increases the quality of the force feedback immensely.
AI does leave plenty of room for improvement, while R3E supposably utilises an “Adaptive AI”, I find many times, AI will run up the back of you like a solid lead block, causing a frustrating racing experience at the best of times with little to no effect on themselves.
Content is plentiful, with a range of cars and tracks with new content currently added recently including the ADAC 2013 GT Masters Pack and the WTCC 2013 Pack including tracks as part of each package. Still, the biggest question mark is the pricing system, while I have noticed and taken advantage of the pack discounts, standard pricing is on the expensive side. I personally would advise to hold off for specials or car packs prior to purchasing content if you consider yourself the collector, or buy one car in each class as needed. With the new inclusion of the new “Test Drive” feature, you will be able to make a sound decision prior to purchase regardless of the price.
As a free to play game, this title is worth the time to experience the improvements that Sector3 have made to bring this sim up to the standard that many sim racers will look for. If you're willing to part with your cash to race new cars on new tracks, then you will enjoy a race or two, whether its a against the AI, online multiplayer with friends, or a quick hotlapping session.