Assetto Corsa 1.0 is out now! Assetto Corsa 1.0 is now available for download on Steam! Version 1.0 signifies not just the long-term achievement but also a new start. The hugely successful Early Access program is now complete thanks to the contribution of hundreds of thousands of gamers.
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Release Date: Dec 19, 2014

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December 19

Assetto Corsa V1.0 is now OUT!

- AI now brakes better in the pitlane
- Fixed problems with remote car colliders not properly turned off when disconnected
- Fixed DRS triggered from wheels
- More robust session status sync between server and clients
- Improved feedback to the kicked or disconnected user
- Improved car height calculation for a more uniform setup validation
- New Alfa Romeo Giuletta Q.V. 2014 Launch Edition
- Eliminated FFB vibration at 30kmh
- Updated tyre model for all cars
- Corrected bug in F40 old and street tyres
- Modifications on Lotus 98T and F.Abarth Aero map
- Modifications in engine brake on some cars
- Improved post processing effects
S1-Dynamic
S1-Sport
S1-Movie
S2-Photographic
S2-Retro70s
S3-Vignette
- New post processing effects
S1-Evolution
S1-Expanded
S1-Filtered
S1-Soft
S2-B&W
S2-B&W - HI
S3-Sepia
- New and improved photomode feature. Photomode activates from the replay User Interface
- New carbonfibre shader for cockpits of: bmw z4 gt3, bmw m3 gt2, Ferrari f40, Ferrari 599xx, Ferrari 458 gt2, ktm xbow, lotus evora gtc, lotus evora gtx, mclaren mp4-12, mclaren mp4-12 gt3, p4/5, tatuus
- Dirt layer optimization
- New skins for some cars, more to follow
- Small bug and fixes on trento bondone, magione, Spa Francorchamps
- Fmod project updated: no critical changes, just check volumes and envelopment for each event and mixer groups
- New sounds for Lotus Type 49, Ferrari F40 and Ferrari 312T
- Audio latency level can now be set in the launcher: available options are Normal, Low and Very Low
- Fixed FMod bug in multiplayer mode causing FPS drops
- Fixed wind volume for both stereo and surround configurations (default value: 0.7)
- Fixed bodywork sound audible for some cars when standing still
- Improved exterior sounds spatialization for surround speakers configurations
- Improved and balanced gearshift, backfire and limiter sounds
- improved positional sound for surfaces
- Overall volume balance
- Other minor audio fixes and improvements
- Added cutscenes for some of the career series.
- Improved algorithm for AI level while racing should give closer racing
- Inverted steering wheels and negative camber corrected for multiplayer clients
- Multiplayer basic admin tools:
Added simple admin commands using the chat window. It is important to set the "ADMIN_PASSWORD" in the server_cfg.ini file, an empty ADMIN_PASSOWORD will disable admin commands.

/help: prints the list of the available commands
/admin: become administrator for the server. ex, if the password is "kunos" the command is "/admin kunos"
/next_session: moves to next session
/restart_session: restart the session
/kick: kick a user using the rules (blacklist etc) of the server. To kick a player named "The Player": /kick The Player

- GT2 and GT3 cars, F.Abarth, Exos and Exos S1, M3 E30 GrA and DTM have now the modified tyre model
- LaFerrari has modified active aero and tyre model
- BMW M3 E30 street car has modified tyres (all compounds) as an example of street tyres new model.
- GT2 and GT3 cars have now the "old" FFB gain settings in their physics. Obviously the min FFB slider still works on them too. Please try and report back
- Zonda R, Huayra, 599XX have now tyres that are more load sensitive and more speed sensitive. Laptimes should be slower. Please give feedback on driving feel. Keep in mind you're going to be slower, give it some time.
- Minimum FF force implemented. Can provoke STRONG vibrations in the center zone, use as low as possible!
- All cars have new FF gain values to eliminate FF clipping. You might need to raise your FF gain values on your configuration or add a bit of minimum. Advice 0.12 for logitech wheels, much lower for other wheels. Experiment and report on beta forums
- Difficulty level slider on career
- Much more laps possible on single player quick and weekend races when fuel consuption is off
- Added diffuser stall on low speed for tatuus formula Abarth.

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October 15

Update : 1.0.0 Release Candidate now out

here's the changelog:

1.0.0 RC
- Assetto Corsa is now feature complete
- General bugfixing and performance optimizations
- Visual damages enabled
- Aero damage implemented for all cars
- Engine damage implemented for all cars
- Suspension damage implemented for all cars
- Tyre Damage System
- Pit stop implemented for online races
- Multiplayer improvements
- New audio engine implemented
- New post processing effects enabled, heat shimmering, god rays etc
- New car : Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde model 2013
- New car : Ferrari 458 GT2
- New car : Ferrari LaFerrari
- New car : Lotus 2 Eleven GT4
- New car : Lotus Evora GTE Carbon
- New car : Lotus Exige S
- New car : Lotus Exige V6 CUP
- New car : Mercedes AMG SLS GT3
- New car : Shelby Cobra 427SC
- New track : Silverstone National
- New track : Spa Francorchamps
- New track : Trento Bondone hillclimb
- Audio sample improvements and volume balancing
- Added track reverb zones
- Fixed Traction Control always engaged in particular conditions
- TC and ABS factory settings now work properly
- Tuned distance filter and attenuation for exterior sounds
- Balanced performances for GT2/GT3 cars
- Lotus 49, Lotus 98T, Ferrari 312T have lower default rev limiters. Can go over 100% but damage may occur on higher revs
- Improvements on digital instruments cockpits for various cars
- Added track sound reverb
- Added different sounds for car to car, car to objects and car to track collisions
- Improvements on automatic gearbox on various cars
- All the tracks have been improved and updated with collidable objects
- Overall interior samples volume correction and balance
- Overall exterior samples volume correction
- Tuned wind and tyre rolling volumes and curves
- Tuned kerb pitch and volume according with speed
- Tuned ambience(crowd) volume
- Tuned interior and exterior gearshift sounds
- Steer animations for Ferrari 458 S3
- Small fix on the front Pagani Zonda R tyres
- LOD4 implemented to increase framerate performances
- Drivetrain damage for cars with H shifter gearboxes.
- Traction control sound now works for all cars
- Showroom bugfixing and improvements
- Added tyre blankets under realism tab. The setting is global for all cars and pre heats tyres at 80 C
- Career now available
- New 3D driver models
- BMW Z4 GT3 aero balancing, rear wings stalls more on low values
- New TCP/UDP server
- All tyres have graining and blistering enabled
- All tyres have rim radius
- Fixed all F1 cameras for all vehicles
- Fixed all F6 cameras for all vehicles
- GUI improvements
- Driver animations improvements
- Replay now records the current leaderboard
- Oculus DK2 support
- Single player Qualify improved

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About This Game

Assetto Corsa 1.0 is out now!



Assetto Corsa 1.0 is now available for download on Steam!
Version 1.0 signifies not just the long-term achievement but also a new start. The hugely successful Early Access program is now complete thanks to the contribution of hundreds of thousands of gamers. If you have joined the Early Access program, we are pleased to announce that version 1.0 is available for you as free upgrade.

With the completion of our version 1.0 milestone, Assetto Corsa is now leaving Early Access status, and is available from Steam right now. The new version includes an extended career with fully blown championship series’, new features, improved gameplay, new sound sets and sound effects, new and improved post-processing effects as well as several optimizations, including some important refinements in the physics department, an updated tyre model and force feedback guaranteeing an even better driving experience. Assetto Corsa 1.0 introduces also the new Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2014 Launch Edition, available as free bonus content and the sought after Ruf Yellowbird which will be available once again as free bonus content by the end of the year; when available, the game will be updated automatically on Steam.

One journey ends, another begins ; version 1.0 by no means indicates the end Assetto Corsa development, on the contrary, this is now just the beginning of a long journey. The development team is already working on new cars, tracks, features and content that will improve the Assetto Corsa experience even more. As a preview of what to expect, take 50 of the most highly anticipated sport cars and five new tracks, all produced and released as official licensed content in 2015, either in DLC packs or as free bonus content.

What are you waiting for? See you on track!

Once again, we would like to thank our fans and Early Access contributors for your support.

Important news


Since 2011, the dev team have welcomed the New Year by making a very important announcement – this year is no different!
2011 - Assetto Corsa project unveiled
2012 - Ferrari license unveiled
2013 - Nurburgring-Nordschleife (laserscanned-based) license unveiled
2014 - To be announced!
where: www.facebook.com/Assetto.Corsa
when: on December 31th, 15:00, CET

List of contents available:


CARS

PRODUCTION
- Abarth 500 EsseEsse (2 variants)
- Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV
- Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV Launch edition
- Bmw 1M (2 variants)
- Lotus Elise SC (3 variants)
- Shelby Cobra

GT
- Bmw M3 E30 Evo (3 variants)
- Bmw M3 E30 Group A
- Bmw M3 E30 DTM
- Bmw M3 E92 (3 variants)
- Bmw Z4 E89 (3 variants)
- Lotus Evora GTC
- Lotus Evora GX

GTR
- McLaren MP4-12c GT3
- Bmw Z4 GT3
- Bmw M3 GT2
- Ferrari 458 GT2
- P4/5 Competizione
- Mercedes SLS GT3

CLASSIC GP
- Classic Team Lotus Type 49
- Classic Team Lotus 98T
- Ferrari 312T

SUPERCAR
- Ferrari LaFerrari
- Ferrari 458 Italia (2 variants)
- Ferrari F40 (2 variants)
- Ferrari 599xx
- McLaren Mp4 12c
- Mercedes SLS AMG
- Pagani Zonda R
- Pagani Huayra
- Lotus Evora S (2 variants)
- Lotus Exige S Roadster
- Lotus Exige Scura

TRACKDAY
- KTM X-Bow R
- Lotus 2 Eleven
- Lotus Evora GTE
- Lotus Evora GTE Carbon
- Lotus Exige 240R (2 variants)
- Lotus Exige V6 Cup
- Lotus 2 Eleven GT4

OPEN WHEEL
- Tatuus FA-01
- Lotus Exos T125 (2 variants)

TRACKS
- Magione - "Autodromo dell'Umbria"
- Imola - "Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari"
- Mugello - "Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello"
- Silverstone - GP track
- Silverstone - International track
- Silverstone - National track
- Monza - "Autodromo di Monza"
- Monza - "Classic 60's Edition"
- Nurburgring - GP
- Nurburgring - Sprint
- Spa Francorchamps
- Vallelunga - "Autodromo Piero Taruffi"
- Vallelunga - Club track
- Trento - Bondone Hillclimb
- Drift Track
- Drag strip

SHOWROOMS
- Standard showroom
- The Beach
- Hangar
- Industrial
- Sunset

GAME MODES
- Free Practice
- Race Events vs AI
- Career
- Online Multiplayer
- HotLap
- Time Attack
- Special Events
- Drift Mode
- Drag Race

FEATURES
- In-game telemetry
- Advanced car setup management

APPS List
- Basic info
- Help
- Lap time
- Friends Leaderboard
- Camera On Board Customization
- Time of the day display
- Input monitor
- Time performance indicator
- Gear/rpm indicator
- Track map
- Rankings
- G-meter indicator

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista Sp2 - 7 - 8 - 8.1
    • Processor: AMD Athlon X2 2.8 GHZ, Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHZ
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 10.1 (e.g. AMD Radeon HD 6450, Nvidia GeForce GT 460)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 15 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista Sp2 - 7 - 8 - 8.1
    • Processor: AMD Six-Core CPU, Intel Quad-Core CPU
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 11 (e.g. AMD Radeon 290x, Nvidia GeForce GTX 970)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 30 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Integrated
Helpful customer reviews
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 19
An early access game done right!

Great driving sim.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 19
Great driving sim with a modding community coming along nicely
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
29.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 19
This is the game for you. It has THE best ffb and insane BIG moding community.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
52.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 19
You like realistic racing simulation? Yes? Then why haven't you bought this one yet?
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
161.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 19
Best sim racing at the moment, go and buy it.
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100 of 103 people (97%) found this review helpful
62.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Early Access Review
Let me be as frank, and honest as possible, this game is absolutely amazing, but there is a caveat.
So I did not really play racing games/sims and one day I saw Grid Autosport, and it had a really fun look to it so I picked it up and with my XBOX controller, started having fun. The AI is terrible on that game, but in multiplayer with friends its a great time. I enjoyed it so much, I thought, have I missed out on one of the best genres of games?
So I picked up Assetto Corsa, and tried it out. It was fun in third person view with the controller, but as I read through forums, and spoke to others I was missing out.
This is a SIMULATOR, a program DESIGNED to mimic real life driving and thus cannot be enjoyed fully with sticks and buttons, and that a wheel, no, a good wheel was going to improve my experience.
Well, for my birthday, my wife got me the G27 wheel, and my goodness, this is where this game absolutely excels. There is nothing like it, I truly feel as though I am driving the car (to a point) and I LOVE IT! I tried Grid with the wheel, and its not bad, not bad at all, its the difference between Outrun and getting a day at a real racing track playing AC. There is also modding support, so if I want to drift one night, I have a some drift cars, want to drive F1, those are there, and the amount of tracks and cars provided by the community, are increasing daily.
So....to sum it up, if you are looking for a game, this probably isnt for you, but if you are looking to have a real racing experience, this is where its at!
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50 of 52 people (96%) found this review helpful
33.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Early Access Review
version 1.0.0 just dropped. It brings new vehicles, maps and a completely overhauled sound system as well as proper damage, better mechanics and handling, overall the game feels "miles" better compared to the previous versions! Well done Kunos. ohh and career mode is now availible to play... this game is honestly a steal, for the price to content ration!

TLDR: Everything that could have been improved, was improved and here it is still in "early access".
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54 of 61 people (89%) found this review helpful
804.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
Early Access Review
+ vehicledynamics/handling
+ looks good
+ sounds good
+ laserscanned tracks
+ nice selection of cars
+ mods

- AI/KI
- no weather
- no night
- first kunos wanted to sell it as a F2P Game and you feel and see it in almost every aspect of this game (5sec penalty, no false starts, pitstops, no flagrules etc)
- kunos want to get a big company so they care more about nice pressevents and nice pictures then turning this game into a real racing simulator
- no longer every 2 week updates
- many, many, many idiots/jerks/♥♥♥♥♥♥s/cheaters in public multiplayer
- maybe a DLC nightmare in the future (3rd party paycontet already available)
- almost impossible to do close door-2-door racing cause of massive microlags in multiplayer
- lags in general (when the player in front of you is hard on the edge of his car - his car starts to lag/warp and you most likely crash him/you/both of you out of the race if you dont slow down and let a gap of 1-2sec between your cars)
- maxed out graphics needs huge gpu performance
- damagesystem in its current state is ♥♥♥♥ed up from top to bottom
- overall it feels like a tuned up forza motorsport (physic) with by far less content and costumisation of your cars (i played fm3 and loved it also) (most likely cause they wanted to sell it as f2p ♥♥♥♥game where you would have to pay a lot of real cash for a nice paint or spoiler)
- Trento Bondone Hillclimb Track is a bad conversation from netcar (the devs also forbidded to mod it into the game for modders) and is by far the visual worst track and yes you can also fall out of the hole track/level into an endless flyinspin when you crash at the wrong place...like in a 0.2 version of some modtracks. I HOPE THEY FIX THIS ASAP.


So is it a good game? More - then +.
If you like driving/racinggames like rf,gtr,iracing and own a wheel it is definitely a must have. ATTENTION: Nordschleife will come as DLC with 10cars and is NOT INCLUDED in the release version of this game.
If you more confident with a simple xbox controller then wait for project cars or stay with forza motorsport/gt.
Singleplayer sucks cause of KI and limited simulation of real racing.
PUBLIC Multiplayer sucks cause of many, many, many wreckers and ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ wannabe schumachers.
Best solution is to download some hillclimb/rallytrack mods and enjoy the driving from point a to b. ALONE. Or join a racingleague for fair and hard racing (but not too close :))


This is my personal opinion after 770hours of testing and driving, bugreporting and following the developement since day 1 of ea release.

Cheers and have fun
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45 of 52 people (87%) found this review helpful
151.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Early Access Review
When I looked at AC, I was unsure if it would be for me. I liked the idea of a racing sim, but I came from the F1 201x, GT5/6 games on the PS3 so was unsure if it would be too technical for my liking....and frankly too hard.

Well, I'm so glad I bought it. I initially got the Technology Preview for buying NetKar Pro for a few quid, but the early access was far more fun than I thought it would be. The game has constantly been developed by Kunos with regular updates (every 2 weeks) and now multiplayer is out it's made it even better. I started with a DFGT but purchased the T500RS and TH8 shifter just for AC. It was a good investment in my eyes as it brings the cars to life. The Lotus 49 around Monza 66 is my favourite, and it's such a beast to handle - but great fun in trying!

Handling - This blows any console game out of the water. I bought Race 07 and that doesn't come close to AC. I haven't been able to try pCars. The FFB is superb, and I can only hope they continue to improve this. If you have cold tires with a heavy fuel load, you really notice the difference in turn 1 compared to low fuel warm tire runs.

Sound - This could be better.....and will be! AC recently mentioned they will use a new audio method for a better experience. It's still pretty good as it is, I can't complain as I still think it's good.

Cars - Whilst there are a lot less cars to other games out there, it takes so much time to get really good with the cars I just don't care. There are some car's I've hardly driven as other cars get me hooked.

Tracks - The bumps in the tracks are something else. You play F1 and it feels like you are driving on a perfectly smooth track. You go around the Nurburgring on AC and you have to work for a decent time and learn where some bumps are to avoid (or use for better traction).

Multiplayer - There are tonnes of servers up. It's easy to host a private lobby but you do need to be comfortable playing with config files as there is no GUI yet in the game. Most tracks allow 20 cars. Lag isn't too bad either, I regularly play against someone in New Zealand when our server is in the UK. It's not perfect, but it's raceable and far better than other games I've played online. On the down side the options are pretty limited as MP is in the Alpha phase.

What else is in the game:
AI Races
Time Challenge (where you have to reach a checkpoint within a time period)
Hotlap
Drag Race (AI only atm)
Race Weekends
Special Events
Drifting (I've not done this as I'm turd at it)

Mods - There are loads of mods out there already. Hotlap leaderboards, car skins, tyres wear/temp mods, nicer GUI's, and tracks! Whilst they aren't as good as the offical tracks, it makes the future very bright for AC.

Like any MP game, it's better if you have a good community to race with. I do @ www.acracers.com.

Frankly, this is my favourite game period. I enjoy other genres, but this game keeps me coming back for more.
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31 of 35 people (89%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Early Access Review
This game saved me a fortune - for just £29.99, I now know I can't drive that Lotus Evora S I've always wanted. While I limit myself to a Mondeo, anyone else who wants a racing sim will be impressed with the current build state.

You can also import your own tracks and cars, and tweak literally everything. It looks and drives great, but needs a Golliath of a PC to run this at the highest physics and graphics detail - as you would expect for a game built to use all that extra PC power available to it over a console.
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35 of 43 people (81%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Early Access Review
As someone who has spent a decent amount of time on a real race track, I'd say this game is fairly realistic and L337. Great car physics - significantly better than Forza or Gran Turismo. Needs a wheel to be properly enjoyed.

9.9/10.

Why 9.9? Needs the Porsche license (which I believe is currently being wasted on Need for Speed, or some other garbage-y garbage).
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
73.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Early Access Review
This game has an amazing atmosphere about it to begin with. I find it hard to play it in less than 4-5 hour stints. I just can't help myself. Odds are, you're checking out this game because you like cars. LOOK NO FURTHER! With everything from the physics engine, to the graphics that look frighteningly realistic, this Racing Sim has it all. Beautiful layouts of tracks, cars, intuitive UI for modding the cars' geometry with various suspension setups; that help to not only enhance your Sim experience but to teach about the way cars work in general. I have only played for <100 hours but thats because I thought I could make Raceroom Racing Experience a little bit more like this game.ITS NOT POSSIBLE! I'VE TRIED! The attention to detail really enhances one's experience. I haven't had a single dull second in this sim. In summation, you should stop reading this and buy the game already!
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29 of 35 people (83%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Early Access Review
Time to step it up Polyphony, this is measurably better than GT6. Better feel, better graphics, better realism, better options... the list goes on. And with a community of moders and the ability to add cars over time, I'm sure this game's garage will develop into something truly comparible. I understand this is PC vs Console but who cares. Graphics aren't as important as the feel of being connected with the car and the speed you're actually going. AC translates the feeling of speed in a way I've never felt with GT6. If you have a wheel and love racing games, get this game, period.
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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
104.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Early Access Review
IMO this game blows away iracing for proper realism. It has a raw and gritty feel to it. The feedback from your car and road surfaces is impeccable. Add to that the fact this is only for pc and one can quickly forget all those games who cater to the kiddy console users, leaving us with 2nd rate code for pc. This is a MUST buy for sim racing enthusiasts.
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Early Access Review
If i'm honest I started to get a little worried that this game would fall into the DayZ trap and be in development forever,with games like Project cars on the way I was starting to lose all interest in Assetto Corsa......until the 1.0 update.

The game now looks absolutly STUNNING,yes we need more cars and tracks but the game itself satisfies my racing urges and plays fantastic with the Xbox One controller (which i will be upgrading to a new wheel as soon as possible).The cars handle and move much better than any driving sim i have played in the past and I am a huge Forza and Grand Tourismo fan,and this was keeping me on consoles,the fact PC had no good racing sims,now I can say PC has everything I want in a gaming platform.

Sorry Forza and GT........Assetto Corsa has risen the bar for a quality racing sim.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
426.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Early Access Review
This is my first review I felt I needed to make on such a great sim. Started playing Assetto Corsa when it was first put on steam. I could not have picked a better simulator. I've played a LOT of racing simulators/games, but this one sticks out the most. With the modding community releasing new cars and tracks every other day. The original cars and tracks in the game are top notch! The handling is awesome. The graphics are beautiful. Overall the atmosphere is pretty sweet. I'm glad 1.0 is here it was definitely worth the wait, and I can't wait for future content I will be supporting the developers for such a great simulator!

The only con's is: # 1 The AI they are really buggy, But it does not matter because in a simulator you race against real people for the full effect and it does not bother me one bit!

#2 To get the full experience you will need a racing wheel, I have tried it with a controller and it was just a mess, than again it is a Simulator.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
18.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Early Access Review
The story of how Assetto Corsa ruined my steam games collection:

year 2013: I took a long brake playing any sims. I had just recently cancelled my iRacing VIP-ship, because I was getting tired of all the discussions about "it's not a game, it's a sim! bla...bla..meh...lol...rofl...". Also, they kind of hated me for braking hard during pace lap in oval races. I decided to play different games with different cars, like Mafia 1, which miraculously disappeared from stores, so I had to contact Al Quaeda and they kindly provided me with a download link to a crack version of Mafia 1 - or was it a cracked version? I pimped my game with a few mods and I felt (lost) heaven was just around the corner.

year 2014: Then Assetto Corsa went on a crazy sale, years before its official release. 50% off, that's no more than 20 bucks. I never believe the hype, but I believe that Italian pizza is the best. Also, my ex-loveaffair was from Palermo, and I knew the same catastrophy does never happen twice. 20 bucks, that's two boxes of cigarettes or one blow job from a crack hore, so I decided to give it a chance.

later that same year: There are no words to describe what happens when you die. The same is true for Assetto Corsa. It's simply heaven right now - and when we reach version 1.0, it'll probably be paradise more or less. After a few laps around Mugello, I felt a fast growing lust to play my other racing titles. So I made the biggest mistake of my eternal life and reinstalled F1 2012, from codedisasters.

later that same evening: What happened then can only be described in legendary Italian poet Dante's words: The "purgatorio" is the only way out of hell. Something wasn't right when I played F1 2012. It felt like the end of the world. The car handling was so bad, I had to quit after the 2nd section of a track I don't want to remember. Seriously, I always use a steering wheel, but the handling in F1 was indirect, incomprehensible, sluggish, unrealistic and...stupid. I felt like an idiot playing some kind of F1-2P browser handy crap. It almost made me believe in god, because this was hell. It seemed like my computer was the doorway to the temple of doom. Was god about to punish me for my sins? Codedisasters' game even was alot HARDER to play than Assetto Corsa, because I never felt like I was really in control of things. Trust me: If you waste too much time playing these kind of games, you will lose contact with reality, because they have nothing in common with reality. You probably end up saying AC feels strange, because reality has become strange to you. Total alienation. Trust me: If the devil is real, so is Assetto Corsa.

today, August 21st, 2014: I had to delete F1 2012 and I will never touch it again. I created an extra category in my steam library for "bad games". Maybe I should open up another one for AC: "badass games". AC is like a good bottle of Toscany red wine: Once you've tasted it, you never go back to cheap Californian adulterated pulp. You always could, but it would be an insult to yourself and to your true European roots.

Trust me: iRacing is a sim. A sim is a game. iRacing is a game.
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
33.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Early Access Review
I have been sim racing for about 6 months now and have tried many sims including iRacing, rFactor and Game Stock Car, as well as many simcade titles as well. I can say without a doubt that Assetto Corsa feels like the best. That's not to say the others are without merit, they have their own strengths and weaknesses. But when it comes to communicating the way the car feels to you through a force feedback wheel, AC is second to none. You can truly feel when your car is riding on the edge of available grip and the car will react accordingly to the inputs you give it. The physics and FFB are something that need to be felt to be believed.

The AI needs some work but can be passable, however I feel that online leagues where this game will shine for those looking for strong, clean, competitibe racing. Public lobbies can be ok, however you may find griefers driving the wrong way and trying to wreck others. Ask around forums or check steam groups if you are looking for clean racers.

I hesitate to speak too much on controllers as I use a wheel and pedals, but I will say with many aids turned on it's not impossible to keep yourself on track. It may be a fine way to learn the tracks while waiting to purcahse a wheel.

I have no doubt Kunos will continue to supply top-notch free and paid content in the coming years which will be finely supplimented by content created by modders. AC will definitely be a hub for great racing from many different fandoms in the motorsports world. I highly recomend it.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
126.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Early Access Review
Assetto Corsa is by far one of the most enjoyable racing (simulations) out there. There is already a huge mod community developing content. This game gets the basics dead on: menus, load times, UI, hardware optimization, open platform, etc. It also gets the complex stuff right as well: Game physics, graphics, sound, etc. Physics are the real standout. If you have a racing wheel, you are in for a special experience.

Is it perfect? No. Sounds could be better. Graphcis are not going to blow you away. And some nice features like day night cycles and weather are not planned. (keep in mind this is a small team building this game)

If you want a fun racing sim with a great mod community that does everything well, then AC is your best bet.
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
49.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Early Access Review
Wow... I have been looking for a game like this for a while. You can play the game two ways:

1. You play it like a simulator sweating your ♥♥♥ off. Loads of fun.

2. You just kinda chill out and go out for a nice sunday drive, maybe even drift a little. Loads of fun.

Any way you like it, you're gonna enjoy it. The game is really well optimized, and it seems to work with nearly any racing wheel. I used a 9-year-old racing wheel, and it worked like a charm! The fact that the game has modding abilities, makes me fall in love with it even more. Wether you want to drift around on Rainbow Road with you BMW M3 or cruise around Paris with your Fiat 500, the mods have got you covered. The realism that Kunos have put into the game, is outstanding. The car sounds, the handling and the looks! The game looks and sounds epic overall. It's astonishing that the game is only in early access, since it sure feels like a complete game.

I cannot wait to see how the game turns out on release! Kudos Kunos. Kudos...

9.5/10
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