FIRST OFF: Victory, to me, is NOT a racing SIM. IT IS NOT PAY TO WIN to the best of my knowledge. This game seems like a hybrid...very customizable, but you don't have to count every tooth on every gear in your car. Yet, every change I make to my car, no matter how small, affects it's performance. I like that.
With all the control options, I must say that Victory is the most accessable/intuitive racing game I have ever played and the community is extremely helpful towards new players. My steering wheel I use (MS Sidewinder FF Wheel)* can be adjusted in game. I would recommend enabling "Reverse force feedback" for those having issues with the "feel" of your wheel. Worked for me. Graphics are good. The scenery isn't as alive as some racing games. I haven't seen huge crowds or sponsors I recognize. You'll forget about that the moment a race starts.
The Sound, to me, is spectacular! I can hear the audible whine of gears straining in the transmission as the engine approaches 12000rpm. I can hear the realistic "WHOOSH!" of the wind getting louder and louder as I pass 200mph! THAT CORNER IS COMING UP FAST! WHAM!
You will learn every day that you are getting a bit faster with each lap. You'll find yourself starting a server of your own and inviting people to your race. And you can set up a race that will temporarily degrade the performance of seasoned drivers. It levels the playing field. People flock to these "handicap" races! That's my experience.
OLD FOGIE'S BEWARE! KEEP YOUR HEART MEDICATION HANDY! XD
YOUNGSTER'S, STOP LAUGHING AND WATCH OUT! OLD FOGIE'S WILL KICK YOUR A**!
OLD FOGIE'S! HELP OUT YOUNGSTERS! GIVE THEM ADVICE AND GUIDANCE! RAISE THEIR FRAGILE SELF-ESTEEM! LET'EM WIN, ONCE!
YOUNGSTER'S! THEY BOUGHT IT! NOW, IT'S ON! THE SECRET TO WINNING IS OUT! HA HA!
Truth is, I haven't found the "secret" to winning. My experience is that skill and practice, along with the community exchanging ideas for the betterment of whoever is asking for assistance....THAT is most important to me having fun in this game.
Again, all I have to say is WOW! The sense of speed while driving in Victory and the excitement of racing others online...and losing to them...again and again...can be matched only when you win your first race! AWESOME!
I've played a lot of mostly EA(tm)'s Formula and NASCAR(R) series and appreciate the vast mechanical customization available in these games. I would spend hours and hours fine tuning and customizing my car. The pre-race practice, tuning again, qualifying and racing on actual real-world tracks was awesome! (Customization on the car bodies used to be great. Over time, I've noticed that I'm having to buy "custom cars" as DLC....hmmm.) Anyway....
Then I got a job. And a relationship. Then the military. Back to school...again! Where did all my time go?
I accept now that my alone time is at a premium and micromanagement of every tooth of every gear in the tranny is not feasable at this time. Man! What a bummer!
Victory: The Age of Racing has enabled me to use a system of simple* sliders to adjust each of the major mechanical groups on my car....gears, suspension, downforce, brakes, etc. I am up and on the track in moments. And, yes, the in-game customization is, in my view, the best in the biz. Check out some user made cars online. Yep, most are created by ppl like you and me. A very, very intuitive system with too many combination to go into. I love the customization in Victory. The only thing that beats it WAS early NASCAR(R) Sims where I could practically create a car skin with my face on it! As I mentioned earlier, it seems I gotta buy many cars from EA(tm), now.
PLEASE, I have never spent any more $$$ than the original purchase price on this game! As far as I know, and I'm approaching 700 hours of game time, all purchases through "gear credits". "Gear credits" are awarded by driving hotlaps for the best time, or racing humans from around the world. Believe me, there are good drivers out there! Few are playing at this time, that's what I'm seeing.
I believe there is an anticipation in the community of major news. The standard events are down, but I can create a server and people who are in "stealth mode", where players can choose to appear offline to do personal stuff (creating cars, practicing, etc) suddenly join my race. It appears many times that the servers are dead. Only a very few times have I put out the "bait" and sat there on my track and no one joins. Some people don't want to be interrupted while they are perfecting their car. Sometimes I am busy and don't necessarily want to race....I'm in the middle of finishing my next Formula Car!
BTW: Races are restricted to cars of the same point class. The amount of points you put into your car will have a great influence on it's performance. These 0-60/70 points are put into YOUR OWN CAR, CREATED BY YOU. The points are allocated to your own preference. You can customize aerodynamics, downforce, braking, grip, etc and, more importantly, EVERY car is different, in my opinion. AND I CANT, NO MATTER HOW HARD I TRY, FIND ANYTHING REMOTELY "PAY-TO-WIN" HERE! BELIEVE ME, I'M A HUGE FAN OF PAY-TO-WIN AND VICTORY IS NO "PAY-TO-WIN"!
Victory: Age of Racing will make your hair stand on end.
If you think you're not getting anything out of it, like me...losing a lot more than winning, ask someone in game to give you some advice on a generic set up for your car. You will be amazed at the level of control you'll gain when you understand what the points and sliders do to your car.