Assetto Corsa (Kunos Simulazioni)
There is no shortage of racing games available for PC, so it requires something really special to get us excited about a new release. Assetto Corsa, the driving simulation from Kunos Simulazioni, not only got us excited but prompted us to buy a new racing wheel especially for the game. The best part is it is not even finished yet!
Assetto Corsa is available on Steam Early Access and despite still requiring some work before a full release it is already looking, and playing amazing. The game features real-world circuits that have been reproduced from laser scan technology and the results are impressive to say the least. Hurtling around the bends of Imola, Monza, Mugello, Silverstone and more not only looks incredible but feels great as well.
Then there are the cars from prestigious brands such as BMW, Lotus, Ferrari and McLaren that have been meticulously modeled. We are talking jaw dropping cockpit details and exteriors that put most other racing games to shame. The damage modeling has yet to be implemented but at this stage each car handles in a unique way. Slipping behind the wheel of these vehicles is an unbelievable experience and if you have a racing wheel you are in for a treat. You can feel every bump in the road thanks to the force feedback, and the realistic physics. Kunos Simulazioni has recently won an award for “Best Technical Realization” and it was certainly well deserved!
For an Early Access title the game already has enough to keep you busy for ages but the best is yet to come. The developers are still working on the online portion of the game and the final release will also have an extensive career mode. At this stage you can practice on the available tracks with the vehicles or take part in special event challenges. These include drag and drift races, as well as quick races and a time attack mode. Although Assetto Corso is a realistic simulator there is enough assist options to ensure that even newcomers can enjoy the experience while they learn the ropes.
Playing from the cockpit view is obviously the most immersive but you can also race using the exterior, hood or first person views. The game has support for single and triple screens as well as the Oculus Rift. The developers have also promised to include editing tools for the game which should really enhance the longevity.
If you are a fan of racing games, especially simulations, then you won’t want to miss Assetto Corsa. It is a bit pricier than the average Early Access titles but all those licensed cars and tracks definitely did not come cheap. The developers have been diligent with updates for the game and the most recent one added the Pagani Huayra to the roster of vehicles.
Assetto Corsa is one of those games where you can spend hours just trying out all the cars and tracks. It is one of the most addictive racing games we have experienced and mastering the vehicles is incredibly rewarding. We will save the in-depth details for a full review but suffice to say this game comes highly recommended.