I've tried Assetto Corsa, Assetto Corsa Competizione, rFactor 2, and Automobilista, but this RaceRoom game is the first sim racing game that I made a review of because this game deserves the title of the most underrated car racing game. The following is a review of RaceRoom Racing Experience, the most underrated car racing game.
Why is it the most underrated? This Racearoom game has a quality that is on par (or at least close) to similar games which are much more popular and have far more players. Therefore, many gamers, including me, agree that RaceRoom is the most underrated car racing game.
KW Studios as the developer of RaceRoom has made simulator games that have been tested for more than 10 years. It is proven that the game released in 2013 is still enjoyable to play.
Of all the racing simulator games I've tried, only Raceroom who's giving the main game or base game for free and there's no time limit. You can do a test drive for a while and if you don't like it, you can delete or uninstall it without having to pay anything.
Apart from being free, this game also supports VR (Virtual Reality). So if your guys want to try a free VR racing game, you can try it in this RaceRoom game.
You only need an internet connection to download and install game files for the first time via Steam on a PC. After that, you can test drive and try all the free content in the game as long as you want because there is no time limit.
In the main game, you'll get several free cars as well as circuits to use as much as you like. For details and a complete list of free cars and circuits in the RaceRoom game, please open this article.
Still Getting Updates
Assetto Corsa (AC) game may still be a game with lots of content choices because many modders or third parties are still actively creating content for this game. But no matter how good the mod is, the AC game (the main game) will not get any updates or bug fixes for the main game because the AC developer has confirmed that the AC game will no longer receive any updates after their last update on April 25, 2018.
Unlike the AC game, RaceRoom until now (2023) is still getting updates and bug fixes. Even though the RaceRoom game is older than the AC game. RaceRoom was released on 12 February 2013, while AC was released on 19 December 2014.
So there is still a possibility for RaceRoom to improve its game and catch up with other games that are much more popular. In fact, in my opinion, this RaceRoom game is close to rFactor 2 in terms of content variation and force feedback quality.
Force Feedback is very enjoyable. Could be better but no complaints!
One of the main factors that sim racing players often complain about is the quality of the Force Feedback (FFB). No matter how good the visual is, if the Force Feedback is bad, the players will step away from the game, especially the players who use the steering wheel.
When I first tried racing in RaceRoom, the thing I felt the most from the Force Feedback was the balance. Maybe in terms of details, it's not like the ACC, rFactor 2, or iRacing games, but because of the simplicity of the FFB, it makes me enjoy the game immediately.
There is no empty feeling in Force Feedback, even when on a straight line I can still feel the asphalt, which makes me feel in control of the car.
If I can grade the quality, the position of RaceRoom's FFB is above the Assetto Corsa game and below the rFactor 2 game. Maybe it's still a long way to catch up to the ACC level but if given time and the developers work on it seriously, it's not impossible to match it in the next few years or maybe months.
The cars and circuit choices are very diverse and officially licensed!
Almost all the cars in the RaceRoom are officially licensed by the original brand. Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Ferrari, Ford, Porsche, McLaren, KTM, Praga, Chevrolet, Cupra, etc. Even though they don't have a Formula 1 car license, RaceRoom still provides Formula cars with the same specifications as F1, F2, F3, and F4 in different names of course.
In addition to licenses for each brand, Raceroom also has licenses for various international and regional racing competitions such as ADAC, DTM, WTCC, WTCR, etc. You can hold your own competition based on the existing type of competition.
Each premium car add-on costs an average of 3 Euros. This price is still acceptable when compared to the price of cars in other games which can even be up to more than 10 Dollars for one car.
In addition to many types of cars, RaceRoom also has many types of circuits. Following the available car content, RaceRoom also provides circuits used to race in each racing series.
Starting from international circuits to local circuits, everything is there. Some of the famous circuits available in the RaceRoom game are Daytona International Speedway, Dubai Autodromo, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Monza, Nordschleife, Nurburgring, Paul Ricard, Spa-Francorchamps, Suzuka, Laguna Seca, Sepang, Bathurst, Brands Hatch, Zolder, Donington Park, etc.
Unfortunately, for the free circuits, there are only 4, the rest you have to buy for 3 - 5 Euros for 1 circuit. This price is still acceptable, especially if you buy a circuit package because you will get a big discount.
The audio quality is enough
It's a bit difficult to judge the audio because you can show how you feel, but when I played in Raceroom, all the audio, especially the sound of car engines and other effects, was quite pleasant to hear. And somehow I really like the sound effect of the wind when the car goes fast. Even though I couldn't feel the real wind, driving the car with that effect make it feels more realistic.
From some aspects of the audio, there may still be a lot that needs to be improved but when I tried it I didn't have any problems. Unless there's a drastic change in the audio system from the developers, I think that's enough for now.
User-Friendly Menu Display
Even though rFactor 2 has received an overhaul in terms of menu display, it's still no better than RaceRoom. The menu display in RaceRoom is very easy to understand, especially when choosing a car because you can easily use the search feature and have also been grouped based on the class or competition that the cars are participating in.
And to make it easier, they showed the car picture complete with each livery in thumbnail style.
Online Racing is Still Complicated (at least for me)
Enough of discussing the advantages, now we discuss the disadvantages of this underrated RaceRoom Racing Experience game.
One of the cons that I immediately felt from this game was access to online racing which was quite difficult, at least in my first experiences. In addition to the number of players that is not as many as in other racing games, new players also have special obstacles, namely the rating system.
So only a few lobbies can be joined due to limited access for new unrated players. On the other hand, this ranking system is actually very good to filter the dirty drivers.
Free Circuits are very limited
In contrast to the many types of free cars to choose from, there are only a few free circuits in Raceroom, there are only 4 free circuits to be precise. Other than these 4 circuits, you will have to purchase additional circuits to get a feel for the different circuits available.
Hopefully, in the future, there will be more free circuits that can be used or make circuit prices cheaper.
Image quality needs improvement
Because my PC capabilities are limited, so I will judge from several videos on YouTube playing Raceroom with max graphics or with 4k quality. From several videos on YouTube, it can be seen that the image or visual quality of this game is still lagging behind other sim racing games.
Starting from textures, lighting, and car quality to the appearance of the environment, they have not been maximized. Hopefully, in the future, the image quality in this RaceRoom game can be better so we can play more comfortably.
Cannot add content (mod) from third parties
Unlike the Assetto Corsa game, the RaceRoom game cannot use mods or add new content such as cars or circuits from third parties. So for the latest content or additional features, you have to wait for updates from KW Studios as the developer.
Even so, you can customize the appearance of the HUD such as pedal input, tire temperature, etc. with mods from OtterHUD.
In general, this RaceRoom game is really worth trying, especially since this game is free, so you can try it at any time and delete it at any time. Apart from that, this game has enormous potential, at least it can match rFactor 2 or even overtake Assetto Corsa Competizione in many aspects. Hopefully, the developers will continue to innovate and improve this game regularly.
I hope this review of the RaceRoom Racing Experience game is useful. If you any have questions, feel free to ask me in the comments box below. Good luck!
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