Name: Assetto Corsa Ultimate Edition
Developer: Kunos Simulazioni
Publisher: Kunos Somulazioni (PC) 505 Games (Console)
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Reviewed on: PlayStation 4
Acquired: A copy of this game was provided from publisher for review purpose
Assetto Corsa started out as “Sim-Racing” released only on PC in 2014, but was later ported to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2016. Now two years later with a bunch of new dlc and updates released through the years, new players have the chance to buy “Ultimate Edition” containing everything on the disc, with no need to download DLC. I’ve raced many laps, with different cars to give my opinion.
Assetto Corsa looks pretty good on consoles, with beautiful tracks and cars. The interior is really detailed in the cars and gives you a reason to play in cockpit view. It runs smoothly mostly, but with a few hiccups occasionally. The cars are as said detailed and can get wrecked (slightly). It doesn’t have the details like Project Cars flaunts with when it comes to damaging the cars, but it’s better than Gran Turismo. Overall it’s a good-looking game, but it has some glitches at moments.
Gameplay wise Assetto Corsa is Sim Racer, that will be something you will feel early on. This is where Assetto really shines, and it’s realistic and brutal. And with a steering wheel it will deliver the best experience you can get at least on the consoles. But with a controller it can be difficult, if you don’t know what you are doing. I will be talking more about that later. Unfortunately the game is a bit old-school when it comes to the races. You must either finish 1st, 2nd, or 3rd to complete races, or you will have to restart. So, often if you mess up or get crashed in to, you will have no other choice than to restart the race. And the AI is brutal, you will often feel like they don’t know you are there. They will drive into you, crash into you from behind and drive like a headless chicken often ruining the race. I got no problem with a racing game being hard, but it has to at least feel fair. Career mode is the one that suffers the most, because of how difficult it can be to even win, so progression can be slow. Special Events it’s nice since you can play them in any order you want, being different objectives to do with pre determined cars. There is a Drift Mode, but it kinda felt lacking because there is only one track with a timer and with no real progression. Online works fine, but with a lot of waiting both pre and post race.
Assetto Corsa feels good when controller is optimized, but with a wheel will give you the real experience. All cars and track are unlocked from the get go, so you can drive any car you want on every track.
If you jump straight in with no tweaking of the controller, it will make the cars feel twitchy and uncontrollable. So you will have to tweak it in the options to make it suit you better. And that is not exactly an easy thing since there is no information what the different settings do, so you will have to go back and forth through the menus testing every change you make to perfect it. One thing I really liked about Assetto was the ability to switch between the assist options in game. Need to turn off or on traction before a turn, no problem just press a assigned button. You can even toggle how much turbo pressure the car should have, which made it really easy when drifting since you could make variation in the torque the car would have. Some cars have different abilities that gets assigned to buttons, like formula cars have a extra engine you can decide how it will assist you. Either it is acceleration or top speed, or if you want to use battery motor or regular engine power. All this can be really useful in racing, and often helps you in different situations.
Car games in general can have a lot of replay value because of their genre. And the same can be said about Assetto Corsa. You can always just pick a car and drive offline racing for hours. Or head in online and drive against others. So it makes it easy to just pick up and play whenever you want. And with everything being unlocked, makes it easy to play if you just won’t try out different cars.
Assetto Corsa is the best Sim-Racer that you can get on consoles, with its physics and tracks. Unfortunately, it got its flaws that can be deal breakers for some, and is not exactly beginner friendly. This is the kinda game that is perfect for the hardcore sim racer, but not for those that just wants to play a racing game for fun. With a wheel and pedals, driving alone, will deliver one of the best experiences that not many console racing games can compete with. But with everything that is negative, drags the experience down.
Replay Value: 8/10
Total Score: 7/10
Good “A great game, but something is missing, worth for fans of the genre”