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Discussion in 'FIA European Truck Racing Championship' started by Paul Jeffrey, Jul 18, 2019.

  1. Paul Jeffrey

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    Bigben Games have released the new FIA European Truck Racing Championship game for console and PC.


    Initially available on PC and for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles, with Nintendo Switch set to follow this August, the new game is now available to purchase for around £34.99.

    Complete with 45 individually liveried trucks and 14 tracks from which to choose from, this is the official videogame of the mightily impressive FIA European Truck Racing Championship, the first time in the modern era that the series has been represented in the virtual world.

    About the Game:

    The European Truck Racing Championship is one of the most spectacular and challenging motor racing competitions.

    The driving difficulty and many unique race features have been faithfully reproduced with the KT Engine (WRC).

    In ETRC, like on real-life race tracks, you need to control the temperature of your brakes so they don't overheat. You must also consider the weight of the truck when cornering, monitor tyre wear and find the best tactics for overtaking.

    The official FIA ETRC game is a completely new option for all fans of racing sims.
    • 45 trucks with their official livery, including top manufacturers like Volvo, Man, Freightliner and Western Star
    • 20 teams and the championship's best drivers
    • 14 circuits including official ETRC ones, as well as Laguna Seca, Circuit of The Americas and Fuji Speedway
    • 5 single-player modes and 3 multiplayer modes

    The FIA ETRC game is available now for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

    Check out the FIA ETRC sub forum here at RaceDepartment for all the latest news and discussion about the game.


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  2. G_B

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    Day One. Finally a game without Early Access.

    The best truck game for ever^^ behind ETS
     
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  3. Koen Verlinde

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    Comparing a game where you have to abide with traffic rules and bring cargo home safely with "rubbin' is racin'" game...
     
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  4. ChevyGuy566

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    Anyone played this yet? I'm gonna need a lot of sim racers' impressions before I pull the trigger on this one
     
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  5. Robert_S

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    apparently you didn't play Mercedes-Benz Truck Racing
     
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  6. Patrik Marek

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    would love to get it myself, but if it doesn't feel good-ish, probably not

    I guess It could be the second game I would return on steam , in worst case

    EDIT: what? no steam? ... no steam no buy
     
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  7. Paul Jeffrey

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    I'll have my review up within an hour.. hold tight mate - wrote it a couple of weeks ago so just need to check and amend..

    BRB :)
     
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  8. Andreas Knöpke

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    #crap
     
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  9. MarkR

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    Here are my updated initial impressions, (I posted this on a specific FIA TRC thread so if I'm breaking any rules by repeating, sorry)



    First impressions, the good stuff:

    +++ Size and weight. Immediately and in real contrast to the usual car racing games the size and weight of these trucks is transmitted superbly, they feel big, slow to react and momentum is key. This is much better than the Mercedes Truck in Forza 7 which feels like an on stilts version of the Forza cars. These trucks handle differently to anything I've tried before. I tried the Automobilista (superb game) trucks back to back with these and the AMS trucks drive much more like turbocharged cars, the difference with these slow and often unwieldy trucks can't be overstated.

    +++ Water-cooled brakes, managing the brake temperatures with water cooling is a real challenge. If the brakes get too hot the trucks spin easily. Having only a limited amount of water for the race adds to the strategy. I've never seen this before in a game and it is enjoyable. Again none of this is included with the AMS trucks or anything I've seen before. The FIA TRC Career mode also introduces the use of water cooling well through both some licence challenges and hotlapping - ACC could learn a lot from this approach to career mode.

    +++ Narrow power band, these trucks give a new meaning to narrow power band, only 2 gears 7H and 8H really seem to matter after the rolling start and keeping the turbo spinning is essential. I've also noticed the turbo gets damaged.

    +++ Handling. The driving in the game is intuitive from the outset. I had to make minimal changes (slightly increase the FFB and ad a little more centre weight with the damper) to the wheel settings. Massive understeer is relayed well if turning in too quickly. Feeling the trucks push wide onto the rumble strips seems right to me. When the turbo spins up the torque overtakes rear grip and the truck starts to oversteer, it's well communicated and intuitive to counter. getting the brakes red hot, usually forgetting to use the water spray, has been the cause of the only strange handling effects I've seen so far.

    +++ The game worked from the first load up with no issues. It looks good in 4k to me and holds a steady 50+ FPS with everything maxed out (FPS counter is top right in the video). Race replays also play well at 60fps. There is also an in-game option to display performance during the game.

    +++ The AI drivers are decent, on the Hard setting, they race well and leave enough room for the player. The AI trucks make mistakes, recover, get caught out of the powerband and equally fight back hard if they get the chance. In career mode so far, if anything the professional setting is a little too easy.

    +++ Rules and penalties are well implemented and working. Track limits, penalty bollards, speeding penalties all work as described - which is again great for a game on launch day. Equally impressive is the way the game allows door to door truck racing without caution but hitting another truck at speed results in a contact penalty - it isn't perfect but it's better than many games have.

    + The atmosphere of truck racing with the pace truck etc seems to have been pretty well captured.

    + Official team licences and tracks really add a lot to the game.

    + It has leaderboards and records laptimes (a real shame serious sims like ACC don't have this imo essential feature). It's worth noting I have been able to get within 2 seconds of the 'real FIA TRC' laptimes on tracks I know well and I'd consider myself a bang average sim racer.

    The less good stuff:

    - - No track feel. The tracks look good but other than kerbs there is no real track surface feel to speak of.

    - Sound is average throughout.

    - Tuning options look pretty basic but then I don't know how much tuning is allowed in the real series.

    - Contact between trucks feels a bit lightweight and the sounds are quite muted.

    - All the rules and penalties can be switched off, good for accessibility of the game but not so much for realism. It looks like that is also true for leaderboard lap times so that might not be such a great choice.

    - It looks like a fairly thin game without much content at full price. I picked it up for a good pre-order price and I'd say it's more a £30 game than a full-price £40-50 (consoles!) game.

    Career Mode:

    Career Mode works well, it introduces all of the main aspects of the game through Gran Turismo style licence tests including cornering, braking, hotlapping, brake cooling and drive through penalties. For my money, it's a good opening and sets up the career mode well. Once the career is underway there are meaningful contracts, full weekend events, repairs to be paid for and a positive sense of progression. The only downside being I can easily beast the 'professional' difficulty setting.

    So far so good:

    I'm far more impressed than I expected to be. There is enough that is unique and different to make this game worth playing. The fact everything seems to be working at launch is a bonus.

    Add to that I've finally discovered what happened to Nancy from Chase HQ and I'm pleased with what I've seen so far.
     
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  10. ChevyGuy566

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    You the man PJ! :thumbsup:
     
  11. UnixRoot

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    It's better than I expected. The FFB can be tweaked with many strength and effect sliders. The physics are not bad. You can feel what the truck is doing and push it to the limit. Counter steering feels intuitive.

    The only things I don't like, are the missing fov slider and the ugly graphics.
     
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  12. Craig Dunkley

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    Will shortly buy and try :thumbsup:
     
  13. jimortality

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    Thank you for a full and informative review.
     
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  16. JTRaceFan17

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    If more games from Bigben refuse to acknowledge the American playerbase of their games by allowing US units of measure for everything, I'm done. I don't like it when racing game devs don't allow US measurement units.
     
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  17. JTRaceFan17

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    The first game I played that had the problem was WRC 5
     
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  18. JTRaceFan17

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    No MPH = No Buy
     
  19. Jonathan Young

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    Honestly can’t figure out if you’re kidding or not? Hopefully you are, this is after all a game about a European series. It’s not exactly difficult to cope with kph instead of mph, hardly a dealbreaker. You’re joking, right? I’m just slow on the uptake?
     
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  20. gamer19

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    What.......No first person view ??????????
    why is the trucks steering wheel not in center of the screen.it is super annoying, especially if you have a sim setup. This game doesnt have first person view at all. A driver doesnt sit in the middle of the truck with the steering wheel to the left. I really dont get it ?????? Will there be a fix or should I refund?

    That is one STEAM "review". Omg, is he joking or what ? Really ?

    You can always move to Europe. You're more than welcome. :D
    Then playing this game (FIA European Truck Racing Championship) would make sense for you. Finally. :)
     
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