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Featured Next Car Game: Wreckfest Update Released

Discussion in 'Next Car Game: Wreckfest' started by Paul Jeffrey, Dec 19, 2015.

  1. Paul Jeffrey

    Paul Jeffrey
    Sim Racing News Editor Staff Premium Member

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    Bugbear Entertainment, developers of popular smash 'n' crash title Next Car Game: Wreckfest have released their latest update to the Steam title, bringing the game a number of tweaks and optimizations as well as adding a new Work in Progress Rally Cross track for racers to enjoy.

    The titles growing online fanbase will be particularly pleased to hear that the developers have responded to community requests and provided a dedicated server performance optimisation as well as further improvements to grass and shadow rendering performance, increased usability of settings features and numerous improvements and fixes to back end game engine features.

    Running in 64 bit has historically caused performance issues with a number of users and the developers seem to have gone some way to alleviating the problems with further enhancements to "effect level-of-detail models to improve performance" alongside other optimizations.

    Founded in 2000, Bugbear Entertainment are an independent developer responsible for such titles as FlatOut series (FlatOut, FlatOut 2, FlatOut Ultimate Carnage), Sega Rally PSP, Glimmerati, Tough Trucks, Rally Trophy, Ridge Racer Unbounded.

    Next Car Game: Wreakfest is a demolition derby themed racing game with soft-body damage featuring realistic handling and fully up gradable (and smashable!) vehicles. Currently in Early Access the title is available to purchase through the Steam platform.

    Full update changelog can be found below:
    • Added Mixed 2, a new rally-cross type track.
    • Optimized dedicated server CPU usage.
    • Improved visual damage scaling with network lag.
    • Improved tyre model and suspension setups.
    • Tweaked gamepad and keyboard controller.
    • Added effect level-of-detail models to improve performance.
    • Laps are no longer count when driving in the center of Speedway 2 Inner Oval.
    • Improved Racing 2 environment and art.
    • Added additional sound effects to user interface.
    • Added two new tabs to options (Graphics and Gameplay) with settings split from the previous Display tab.
    • Added volume sliders for garage ambient sounds and interface sound effects.
    • Grass setting now affects density too, and all quality levels perform faster.
    • Optimized shadow quality settings and added one more level.
    • Fixed a bug in the particle quality setting.
    • Made low quality cubemap slightly faster.
    • Made some more settings changeable on-the-fly.

    Do you enjoy crashing into your fellow racers in Wreckfest? Let us know what you think of this latest update in the comments section below!
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  2. Bez

    Bez
    All the gear, no idea...

    does it use a physics based ffb system?
     
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  3. kedy89

    kedy89
    Premium Member

    good to see this still receives updates, as there was a time when it got rather quiet around it. think it's time to reinstall it.
     
  4. I spent a few months addicted to this game for sheer online fun. At the time there was a bit of a divide in the community between those who wanted clean racing and those who wanted to smash up. I found myself somewhere in the middle of that spectrum and therefore hated by everyone.
     
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  5. SpeedFreakGT

    SpeedFreakGT
    Premium Member

    wish theyd tweak the wheel setup menu. I spend more time trying to get the wheel to feel right by the time I'm done I'm pissed and quit playing.
     
  6. Paul Bennett

    Paul Bennett
    Premium Member

    The devs have now woken up it was a ghost town for months, but now with recent patches things are back on track. This is very much simcade so don't expect good driving physics, but the damage is realistic now. My issue is the heavy graphics with my old card unless you have a good GTX gpu you the FPS is a killer, I can only get 20fps !!

    I find it best to chill out an do the destruction derby's
     
  7. Fun little game to let of some steam LOL
     
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  8. Dave R

    Dave R
    Premium Member

    Thanks for posting this, I'd forgotten I bought it haha
     
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  9. FlyGasm

    FlyGasm
    Premium Member

    This game had a great start, but then it just kind of fizzled, so I'm glad to see the devs are at it again. They added a riding lawnmower for racing and it's actually kind of fun to drive. The rag-doll physics are funny to watch as your competitors die along the track. They need to work on the lawnmower AI a little more because all your competitors are usually dead before the race ends. It also needs work on the FFB, but overall it is mindless fun and a blast to watch the parts and bodies go flying.
     
  10. Duke55

    Duke55
    Premium Member

    Hmm, you gave me a idea. Bit of luck this game might come up in the Steam Christmas sale which is rumoured to kick off tomorrow, I'll be sure to keep an eye out for it. :)
     
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  11. This is the perfect game for some Spedeworth (UK Short Oval) Bangers!

    I've enjoyed following and playing through its growth, from the start I never took it seriously and treated it as a bit of a fun smash 'em game, loving every minute of it.

    Only thing that bugs me....the Pre-Alpha nonsense at the start, this game has been good enough as a Release Candidate for some time now.
     
  12. BoogerMac

    BoogerMac
    Premium Member

    I still can't figure out which parts to buy for my car. I buy all the best parts, but I still get worked by the AI every time. Online is a little better, but offline is just me getting waxed.
     
  13. SpeedFreakGT

    SpeedFreakGT
    Premium Member

    if any of you are using a fanatec v2 could you post your settings up, whenever ive played I cant get the steering right so it just throws the feel off.
     
  14. Playable enough certainly, but an RC, maybe even a beta, would be feature complete and by their own admission, this game has more features to add before release.
     
  15. Dave R

    Dave R
    Premium Member

    @Paul Jeffrey, is it possible for us to have a premium event or two in this game?
     
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  16. Shawdad

    Shawdad
    PSN ID: Shawdad

    I love this game. I actually dont even use my wheel for this game. Too much crashing :)

    Also, has anyone had an experience with BeamNG.drive? It has been on my wishlist for a while.
     
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2015
  17. Paul Jeffrey

    Paul Jeffrey
    Sim Racing News Editor Staff Premium Member

    Now that is a blinkin' good idea :D:thumbsup:

    @Bram @Dave Stephenson - Think it might be possible guys?
     
  18. Dave R

    Dave R
    Premium Member

    Agreed because what could be more fun than doing the exact opposite of what we're supposed to do in every other premium event hehe (crash into each other like crazy)
     
  19. Dave Stephenson

    Dave Stephenson
    Technical Administrator Staff Premium Member

    I'll take a look at what's required and what we can do. I bought this myself on Steam some time ago and still haven't got around to taking it for a spin so maybe now's a good time ;)
     
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  20. Paul Jeffrey

    Paul Jeffrey
    Sim Racing News Editor Staff Premium Member

    Awesome Dave, exciting times :)

    Cheers