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Featured Sebastien Loeb Rally EVO: PC demo now on Steam

Discussion in 'Sébastien Loeb Rally Evo' started by Paul Jeffrey, Jan 20, 2016.

  1. Paul Jeffrey

    Paul Jeffrey
    Sim Racing News Editor Staff Member Premium Member

    Sebastien Loeb Rally EVO Demo.jpg
    In somewhat of a blast from the early 1990's, Milestone Studios have released something that's so rare people born after 1999 wont know what it means... a demo of an upcoming game!

    Weighing in at a hefty 4.4gb, the new demo contains 3 cars in the form of the venerable Mini Cooper S for the early 1970's, Peugeot R5 and the all conquering VW Polo from more modern times.

    Players of the demo will be able to sample these awesome cars amidst the snow and ice of Rally Monte Carlo, namely the Sisteron stage. Running in close proximity to barriers and harsh rock faces the Rally Monte Carlo is the usual scene of the opening round of the WRC calendar and offers players a handy opportunity to test the same car / stage combination in comparison to genre leading DiRT Rally from Codemasters.

    Those who choose to download the demo for Sebastien Loeb Rally EVO will be treated to 2 separate game modes, Single Stage and Playground Time Attack and Challenge Time Attack – a technical location where the player can test the reactions of the car on different surfaces like asphalt and dirt road.

    Sebastien Loeb Rally EVO Celica.jpg

    Sebastien Loeb Rally EVO Lancia Delta.jpg

    As well as the new demo, Milestone have also released a batch of new preview images as can be seen throughout this article alongside a tasty preview video trailer for the PC version of the game, which can be viewed below:

    Sebastien Loeb Rally EVO is due for release on Windows PC, PS4, XBOX ONE on January 29, 2016.

    Sebastien Loeb Rally EVO Audi.jpg Sebastien Loeb Rally EVO kia.jpg Sebastien Loeb Rally EVO Lancia Delta 2.jpg Sebastien Loeb Rally EVO Lancia Delta.jpg Sebastien Loeb Rally EVO Renault 5.jpg Sebastien Loeb Rally EVO Suzuki Swift.jpg

    Tried the demo? How's it rate? Lets have a discussion! Leave your comments below.
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  2. So, I was not expecting much and thus was it so.

    I have perhaps the most common wheel in PC sim racing a G25 and it thought turning right was right axis, but turning left was button x! WTF!

    And you cannot hit escape while in the arena, which I lasted 4 seconds in because the wheel was turning left constantly.

    Quite why you would release a demo that has such basic issues I do not understand. Utter, utter garbage and not worth a penny, clearly they have paid Mr Loeb an awful amount as if my name was attached to this piece of garbage I would be sueing them!

    But, hang on, it's Milestone, the most consistently bad console release sim company in existence, OK everything makes sense now.
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  3. jlnprssnr

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    Haven't tried the demo yet, but overall feedback seems to be negative. Sluggish performance with massive framedrops, no 21:9 or triple screen support, etc. Let's see if they can at least release something better than WRC 5
  4. Vangelis Parginos

    Vangelis Parginos
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    Just tried the demo...
    Better than WRC5...nowhere close to Dirt, at least the demo is not stands up for the name of the game.
    Lets wait for the full release, but i don't think it has a chance against the surprise of 2015 (dirt rally).
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  5. Ole Marius Myrvold

    Ole Marius Myrvold
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    Heh. This was a bit surprising really. There are so many issues with the game, that I will brand it borderline unplayable atm.
    However, the basic driving felt surprsingly... not bad on the Monte-stage.
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  6. Kenny Paton

    Kenny Paton
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    Thanks guys for saving me a download:)
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  7. Michael Nelson

    Michael Nelson
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    I'm very disappointed in this demo. I really thought SLRE was going to be great, but alas, it seems like what WRC 5 would have been if it'd stayed with Milestone (i.e., similar to WRC 4).

    The game is very stuttery (much like WRC 1,2,3,4 was), and it seems to be independent of the graphics settings, which is slightly weird. My PC isn't a behemoth, but I wouldn't expect stuttering (GTX 960, i5 2500k), especially if the settings were low.

    The wheel settings are pretty bad. It locks the rotation to 180 degrees regardless of what you set. I found you can circumvent it by not allowing the game to override wheel settings in the Logitech profiler, and with 480 degree steering it's not as horrible as 180. The force feedback isn't particularly good though, there seems to be a damper effect going on which means that there's no detail. Changing surface (ice to tarmac) doesn't result in any different feel in the force feedback either. Likewise changing surface doesn't seem to affect the grip either, or if it does, then not in a big way.

    On the plus side, the stage is nice. The road is an appropriate width, the roadside details are very nice. The graphics look pretty good, they just perform badly. The co-driver voice is pretty decent too, I'd say the second best on the market, only behind Dirt Rally.

    It's really a shame, because there's some potential here. But the game engine just can't do it justice. If all of these stages and cars were available as a DLC for Dirt Rally, then I'd probably be inclined to buy them. But as it is, I have no interest in purchasing SLRE. :(
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  8. I got the constantly turning left thing too. I had to set turn left to a random button, and turn right to my wheel's axis. For some reason that made the steering actually work. Just make sure it doesn't bind your turning left steering axis to anything, because it swaps controls as you bind them. I had car reset on steering left by mistake, and was wondering what was going on.

    The demo doesn't save your control settings though, so if you want to change the graphics then you're filling those in again. And yeah, I'm seeing the same frame rate problems as others here, and in other Milestone games (both bike and car ones). 100+ average FPS with random stutters.

    Ah well, I can put this one to rest in my own mind now at least.
  9. This is crap. Dirt is the best!
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  10. Very let down after all the hype
    Wont be going any further with this title
    These guys need to jump on the coat tails of Codemasters
    The true Rally makers
    Back to Dirt Rally !!!!!!!
    Its so flippin good
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  11. Ole Marius Myrvold

    Ole Marius Myrvold
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    Have anyone read the ReadMe file? :x3: And to clarify, everything in this post is taken from the Loeb Evo ReadMe, you can find it in the folder the game is installed!

    Oh but it get's better!

    Sooo. Yeah!

    EDIT: More fun!

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  12. my thoughts:
    Quick loadings...
    yup, that sums it up
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  13. I was quite excited until I saw Milestone, my excitement then turned to sadness.......have they discovered Split Axis yet?
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  14. Hahahahahaha this demo truly is extremely poor! Hahahahaha, oh wow.

    I was able to configure my wheel to function fine, without the left hook issue. But there is so much lag, awkward FFB and sluggish behavior that you might as well just use keyboards or the nearest available gamepad.

    The demo does have the terrible stuttering, which is quite a hilarious feat. The car dynamics were tough to judge given the sluggish response, on asphalt it felt delayed, on dirt it had grip but again, such delay on interaction. The one thing was the track did keep the tire marks regardless of how long you'd be gone elsewhere, maybe playing in the tarmac parking lot for a bit, you go back to the dirt and the marks are there.

    If only DiRT Rally had better FFB and non-spammy tire grip, it would beat this so even more mercilessly. There is no chance this game will succeed, maybe on PS4/XBO but I doubt it would run smoothly.
  15. I have tried to be supportive of Milestone because they make good games on the outside but once you start to deal with the internal elements it's a totally different ball game. Controller Support is still a broken mess and they just keep repeating the same errors over and over and over again. I'll say this to any developer of driving games. Success with these types of games starts with input controller support. If you don't do this right your wasting your time and after 6 or 7 games failing to get this area right I am compelled to just suggest these guys give up on driving games all together or license a game engine that does properly support the popular hardware devices for these types of games. Milestone has just been pissing into the wind for years!:poop:
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  16. Especially with the demo out it's definitely going to flop. Milestone are a joke. Another one in the garbage bin, nothing to see here folks.
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  17. Well, this is so far one of the worst PC ports since Batman: AK. I dont have powerful PC, but my PC can run Dirt Rally on medium-high details smoothly above 30fps, but this game even on low details cant run well on stable 30fps. Sounds in this game are horrible, handling is a bit better than in WRC 5, but it's still wood. Only + of this game is a cars list, which is bigger than in Dirt Rally, and it would be nice to see them in Dirt instead of this pile of poo. It will be only worth of buy on some Steam sale when it will gonna cost about 5€ or something, it's not worth more.
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  18. WRC 5 is not from Millestone. ;)

    Anyway, I do not think that can be better than DiRT Rally, surely neither comes close. :p
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  19. You have to be using a game pad, or if you don't mind me asking, what wheel do you use, cause I have a tx, as well as I've heard from friends who own Logitech and Fanatec wheels, just don't seem work properly with this game.. You can map buttons, but when it comes to mapping the wheel itself, it maps it as "x".. I give it gas and the car goes in circles and that's it.. I soooo was looking forward to testing this demo as I am awaiting the final release. Well, it's a demo and therefore much time to clean up the final product. Not expecting much and this demo has really tempered any expectations I had for this game.
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  20. Vangelis Parginos

    Vangelis Parginos
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    I use g27, but i dont have a wheel problem with this game... i dont like many things compared to dirt.... ;)
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