With all this talk of Sim Racing, we better take a look at Assetto Corsa Competizione. It was released 12th September 2018 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows. KUNOS-Simulazioni Srl developed the game while 505 Games, Game Source Entertainment published the title.
What is Assetto Corsa Competizone?
Assetto Corsa Competizione (ACC) is a sim racer focused on the GT3 and GT4 cars of the Blancpain GT Series. Unlike Kunos’ previous title, Assetto Corsa, Competizione is far more laser focused on what its trying to be. So you won’t be racing any open-wheel machines or even cars from the past.
This also means the track selection is also limited. There is a grand total of 11 tracks with a further 8 tracks available as DLC. Initially this can seem like a drawback but it means for the sim racer there are fewer tracks to master and allows beginners to get up to speed pretty quickly.
In the Original Assetto Corsa, the games engine was developed in house. This was due to the previous engines they used were not very mod friendly. This was a smart move for that title as it really opened the game up and made it one of the premier Sim racing titles.
Assetto Corsa Competizione on the other hand uses the Unreal Engine. The amount of mods available is nowhere near the amount that was available for the original game. But even so, this title is laser focused on being a GT simulator so other content would just dilute the enjoyment that you get from learning each car.
Using the Unreal engine enabled Kunos to make upgrades to every aspect of the racing sim. Including a day and night cycle which can be experienced while racing.
The game looks absolutely beautiful. And it only gets better depending on the time of day and the weather conditions. Each car is rendered to perfection. Each track is laser scanned into the game and each track looks amazing. You can see the marbles of the tyres and the racing line develop during a wet race.
The game also boasts support for ray tracing. I wasn’t able to do this on my own PC. But from screenshots it looks stunning and will hopefully one day be able to upgrade to a RTX GPU.
The computer AI are smarter than they were in the previous titles. Racing them is always fun and highly competitive. It also prepares you for the races online. Which is where this title really excels.
I’ve been in many matches and the competition is very high. The game provides a skill rating system that records your safety rating. The host of a server can specify what safety rating you need as well as if you have to have a competency of the track. Because of this system, most people fight clean and fair. Generally any contact arises from over shooting corners or accidentally turning in too soon.
There are also many communities that you can join outside of the game to race inside it. These often offer leagues and a scoring system comparable to iRacing with a fraction of the price. It’s worth searching for one so you can chat with people and enjoy some intense racing. Below is a video which gives examples of some:
If you are coming from iRacing, Assetto Corsa, rFactor 2 or Automobilista you may find that the car and track choice to be very underwhelming. Even the base games of the other titles offers more content than Assetto Corsa Competizione plus all DLC. What that does mean however is that since there is a limited set of tracks and cars they have a more premium feel.
There is a steep learning curve for new players of Sim racers. The career mode gives you a few tests to see how competent you are racing. Then it throws you into races with the difficulty and assists to match. But with persistence and research you can match the AI.
The rating system though could be useful, but the way it is implemented only the Safety Rating and the track competence level really matters. For most of the ratings you don’t even need to be fast, only consistent.
I have spent many many hours racing with the online mode. Both with communities that I have joined and randoms. Each time the racing has been fun and exciting. I’m always looking forward to playing it, even with my lack of experience. for that reason I give it a well deserved 9/10 and would recommend it to anyone who wants to sim race.
- Very fun multiplayer
- Many communities
- Lack of cars and tracks makes it quicker to master.
- Steep learning curve
- Small car choice
- Few tracks
- Difficult AI
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Assetto Corsa Competizione is one of the big titles in the sim racing world. Here is a review of its best and worst bits.
Operating System: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Application Category: Game