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What ACC does best | Opinion Piece - Ben Harrison


We are back with part 3 of the series in which our friend Ben Harrison from La Broca sim racing picks apart each sim and gives us his opinion on which each one does best. This week it's the turn of Assetto Corsa Competizione.

As Ben says in the video, I think we can all agree that ACC is probably the best GT3 simulator out there at the moment. It would have been a bit obvious to pick that as one of the aspects that ACC does best so Ben has rightly decided to look deeper than that, and I agree with most of what he said but there is one which i'm not so sure about.

The first point Ben makes is about the plug and play nature of ACC and its well polished UI and feature set. I'm in complete agreement here. ACC is not only a great driving experience but the fact I have to spend about 1% of my brain capacity on getting the game working is each time I load is a welcome experience. I would say I prefer some other sims in terms of car selection and riving experience but they are so fiddly and cumbersome that I have basically just given up playing them.

I don't want to give the entire contents of the video away but the next two points will certainly be a talking point. While I agree with Ben on his second point I totally understand that others may feel differently. His last choice though I think I disagree. I think that RaceRoom probably does this better than any of the other sims - Without watching the video, any guesses what it might be?

What do you think of ACC and what do you think it does well?


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Steve Worrell
A motorsport fanatic and sim racer for over 20 years. Content creator for RD, and MD at Simracing.gp. Favourite sims include ACC, AC, RF2, AMS, WRC9 - VernWozza#7419 @vernwozza

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It's a really great simulator. But What I really miss, and there is no apologize for that, is the missing Nordschleife. Without Nordschleife the game is not complete. Please bring this extra content. We will pay for it. Just do it. No excuses about licensing etc....
Meanwhile I am most of the time playing iRacing.
 
It's an excellent sim, right now it's my "go-to" sim along with AMS2. Completely agree with the fact that user experience is so simple and enjoyable, compared to other titles that are sometimes very annoying to set up. Each car feels different and the tracks are expertly recreated.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, there are, however, two major flaws that I've often mentioned on this site. Or maybe I should write two missing features:

1-No safety car and no full course yellows;
2-No accelerated tire wear and fuel consumption options.

Without these two features, I believe it's impossible to describe ACC as a fully "authentic" experience. If you want to run the Spa 24 hours, you can always accelerate time & weather and simulate the 24 hours in a 3 hour session. But the number of pit stops will not be realistic.

I often read that Kunos has no plans to implement these two missing features and that's a shame. I wonder what prevents them from doing so.

In its current state, I would give ACC 8,5/10.
 
It's a really great simulator. But What I really miss, and there is no apologize for that, is the missing Nordschleife. Without Nordschleife the game is not complete. Please bring this extra content. We will pay for it. Just do it. No excuses about licensing etc....
Meanwhile I am most of the time playing iRacing.
The Nordschleife is missing because the game is the official SRO GT championship simulator and the Nords is not part of that championship.
 
It's a really great simulator. But What I really miss, and there is no apologize for that, is the missing Nordschleife. Without Nordschleife the game is not complete. Please bring this extra content. We will pay for it. Just do it. No excuses about licensing etc....
Meanwhile I am most of the time playing iRacing.
and have some lawyer representing whatever license you so care freely are bypassing, to have that organization owning Kunos in a matter of weeks.
 
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I realise ACC is highly rated by people that know far more about racing sims than me but the cars feel somewhat 'lifeless' to me compared with other racing sims. This is due to the bland (although probably realistic) FFB I think. Also, the VR is terrible. This literally means it lacks quality in a dimension and feels last-gen compared with other sims eg AC and AMS2 etc.
One thing ACC does do best, in my opinion of course, is sound. The sound is so raw, clear and alive. It sounds like the inside of a stripped out car rather than a sound of the sound.
 
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It's a really great simulator. But What I really miss, and there is no apologize for that, is the missing Nordschleife. Without Nordschleife the game is not complete. Please bring this extra content. We will pay for it. Just do it. No excuses about licensing etc....
Meanwhile I am most of the time playing iRacing.
If only they allowed modding. That's the biggest drawback of ACC IMO.
 
It's the best racing sim. Full stop.
Many other sims simulate driving a - wide - variety of racing cars but fail to simulate racing. That's were ACC shines, both in singleplayer and in multiplayer. And being the only racing sim I can own (sorry iracing) I can jump in at any time I manage to have some spare time and find a lobby to race is the reason I gladly got all the DLCs, even though I find GT3 cars not particularly attractive.
Personal wishlist: accelerated fuel and tyre use and safety cars!
 
It's an excellent sim, right now it's my "go-to" sim along with AMS2. Completely agree with the fact that user experience is so simple and enjoyable, compared to other titles that are sometimes very annoying to set up. Each car feels different and the tracks are expertly recreated.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, there are, however, two major flaws that I've often mentioned on this site. Or maybe I should write two missing features:

1-No safety car and no full course yellows;
2-No accelerated tire wear and fuel consumption options.

Without these two features, I believe it's impossible to describe ACC as a fully "authentic" experience. If you want to run the Spa 24 hours, you can always accelerate time & weather and simulate the 24 hours in a 3 hour session. But the number of pit stops will not be realistic.

I often read that Kunos has no plans to implement these two missing features and that's a shame. I wonder what prevents them from doing so.

In its current state, I would give ACC 8,5/10.
i agree with you, Safety car controlled by IA or at least a Safety car one user could use and drive, so someone could make this action in a private league or server, i miss sometimes more damage on public servers, now i´m waiting the next DLC too, i´m waiting for that Porsche Cup 2022 and F488 Challenge Evo
 
i agree with you, Safety car controlled by IA or at least a Safety car one user could use and drive, so someone could make this action in a private league or server, i miss sometimes more damage on public servers, now i´m waiting the next DLC too, i´m waiting for that Porsche Cup 2022 and F488 Challenge Evo
Yes, and I am also waiting for news about a few US tracks being added. COTA was shown in a preview picture recently, but hopefully there are more to come.
 
I realise ACC is highly rated by people that know far more about racing sims than me but the cars feel somewhat 'lifeless' to me compared with other racing sims. This is due to the bland (although probably realistic) FFB I think.
In motorsport terms, GT3s are the closest you can get to a regular road/sports car.
FFB is lifeless in pretty much all of today's road cars.
"Toto?"
"Yes...?"
"It's called a power steering."
 
To me, what ACC does best, is almost everything. the attention to details in ACC is just on a different plane that all others. From the way weather is done, to laser tracks, driver animation, FFB, car physic, aero physic, tire physic, real livery, real driver names, accurate sound, real grids, photo realistic graphics day and night, multiplayer, AI, Almost everything is just amazing.
Almost did I say, yes, the VR is not amazing and the content is limited. What is there is above all the rest but a lot is not there.
Kunos did a fantastic job with ACC, hopefully what is going to follow will built on the rock solid base of ACC and add the content that we would love to drive in ACC.
 

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