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  • Summary: iRacing is a subscription-based racing simulator for the PC.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Feb 2, 2015
    90
    So realistic it's almost a professional tool more than a game. Still the best realistic racing experience out there.
  2. iRacing is one of the best racing games you can experience online: deep like no one else and full of contents, it will make every pro driver happy. It's not for anyone but it's still worth a try.
  3. PC Gamer UK
    80
    An impressive game, but not one that will be to everyone's tastes, especially not those after a quick thrill. [Sept 2010, p.88]
  4. iRacing is a very tough simulation and can only be recommended to gamers immune to frustration. Only real motoring fans should pay a monthly fee and even more for additional packs. The graphics give the impression of an unfinished beta, but at least the atmosphere between the players is always friendly.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 45
  2. Negative: 17 out of 45
  1. Nov 1, 2010
    10
    By far, the best racing simulator I've ever "played". Not only the physics, car response and tracks are brilliantly simulated, but everythingBy far, the best racing simulator I've ever "played". Not only the physics, car response and tracks are brilliantly simulated, but everything that involves competition (points system, race splitting, safety rating...) really works, and make you feel close to real live racing.

    It costs quite a lot of money (note I'm not saying expensive) but it is worth it. They are improving it all the time, and all those laser scanned car&tracks, and physics must be payed somehow. They are trying to make money as any other company, of course, but I feel part of my money is used to make the thing get better. Anyway, a lower subscription fee would be great.

    There are some good promotions for new people, and if you like racing, you should definitely give it a chance.
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  2. Oct 17, 2015
    10
    Cost
    ill get straight to the point this game is extremely expensive if you buy all the content working out to around $700 from what i
    Cost
    ill get straight to the point this game is extremely expensive if you buy all the content working out to around $700 from what i remember from people who worked it out and then on top of that you have to pay a subscription which if you buy the subscription at the right time e.g Black Friday or other holidays but lets get this straight you do not need to buy everything for most people they will stick to either Oval Racing or Road Racing and have a little try of the other type of racing so that will save you a lot of money becasue you wont have to buy all the cars for oval racing which there are many and your average sim racer will keep to one car for a long time me personally i drive the Spec Racer Ford and have done for around 200 hours of play time and have only bought a few tracks and im happy with that and i will when i get board which wont be any time soon move on to a different car

    game play
    this sim has some of the best racing i have ever been apart of with their IRating system you will always be matched up with people that are roughly the same skill as you and will increase when you do well in a race and decrease when you do badly

    it isnt uncommon at least in the Spec Racer Ford to have 1st and 2nd in a photo finish i have been apart of many in other cars there can be bigger game due to how they race but generally you will be quite close to each other in races but one good thing about the price tag is that trolls and kids wont bother you ever because they wont want to spend that money and get banned or they dont have the money in the first place

    Physics
    Iracing is not perfect in the physics department however its no bad its quite close to real life but not quite perfect the only car that i have come across that i question its physics is the Skip Barber the brakes just dont seem quite right if you even tap them you will most likely spin now i know about weight transfer affecting the can however this is just far to exaggeration however it has some of the most close racing in all of iracing

    in conclusion if you enjoy racing and at that the closest racing you will ever have and can over look the very high price which if thought about can be bought over a long time the physics are not the best out there but it sure as hell close

    one note if you do join dont give up during rookies its going to be hell but hold on once your out you will enjoy it a lot more i guarantee you that

    what are you waiting for get out there
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  3. May 20, 2015
    10
    This is not a game. This is a simulator. And it server perfectly well as a simulator.

    Mistakes are costly in racing and iRacing makes sure
    This is not a game. This is a simulator. And it server perfectly well as a simulator.

    Mistakes are costly in racing and iRacing makes sure you pay for them. Even though the penalty system is penalising both drivers, it teaches you to look in the mirrors and actively try to avoid danger. Remember, in real racing you might be in the right, but you can be collected into the wall with major repair costs and physical damage. You have to be aware of what's going on around you and sometimes let the reckless guy by.

    As for the price, it is not as overpriced as people describe it. The initial buy-in is not cheap, probably at around $50 for subscription (50% off) and a few tracks and cars you will use. But iRacing runs a great amount of promotions for active drivers. For credits you can get by just participating, your yearly renewal cost will be just $4.

    This is the best simulator on the market along with a huge online community to compete against.
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  4. Apr 9, 2015
    5
    outdated physics,ffb,graphics and overpriced assetto corsa feels far better than this.great multiplayer though.but as ive already said way over priced
  5. Feb 25, 2015
    5
    Too expensive.

    Firstly you have a subscription which isn't too bad at first, only $15 for 3 months. However after your sub is up you better
    Too expensive.

    Firstly you have a subscription which isn't too bad at first, only $15 for 3 months. However after your sub is up you better be prepared double that because making a new account will just mean starting all over again. If it was just a subscription then I wouldn't have a problem with any of this, however for that sub you get next to no content, you'll have to pay $10-15 for each car and track. The costs just mount up so much and all the sub promotions are for new people or people who haven't subbed for months. They do not seem to reward your loyalty.

    A lot of the content isn't even worth the money, I don't understand why but a lot of it is very dated. Why haven't we got the latest version of Silverstone? Just seems odd racing on the version from, many years ago. I bought that track in excitement because I was doing a track day and wanted to be prepared.... then I found it it was the old version. What do we pay you for? Update old content already.

    When is there going to be a new engine? When are we going to have improved sound? It all feels very 2005, we have games like Project Cars, Forza 5 and Assetto Corsa out there now, while they aren't directly competing, they are making iRacing look and sound old.

    All this is such a shame because iRacing is the only racing game out there with the online structure in place to mean you can race, have it be clean and also have it be meaningful. You have a penalty system in place, you have rankings and you can progress your career in the game. No other racer has this, I mean most you do like 3-5 laps, everyone crashes into each other and that is it....

    I can understand the barrier to entry, if you make the game too easy to get into, you'll end up with hackers and lots of idiots trolling. However I feel like as a loyal player, I don't get a good deal..
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  6. Jul 25, 2016
    3
    Driving physics were quite horrible in 2013 when my membership started, like ice skating simulator. Far from reality! They promised cleanDriving physics were quite horrible in 2013 when my membership started, like ice skating simulator. Far from reality! They promised clean racing, it was not true. I was on road racing level 3 ( or was it C?) when I finally got it, better stop wasting money on this crap. I've had o lot more fun with Project cars, Forza, Assetto Corsa and RRRE. From which came to my mind that Iracing does not even have AI. It is totally overrated boring wreckfest and too expensive. Expand
  7. Jun 26, 2020
    0
    The game is really good but the way iRacing is treating his public with the renewel in steam is awful.
    The game is already overpriced and
    The game is really good but the way iRacing is treating his public with the renewel in steam is awful.
    The game is already overpriced and when Steam makes a discount iRacing didn't accept it!
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