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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: 20 out of 47
  2. Negative: 17 out of 47
  1. Oct 30, 2015
    10
    iRacing is the pinnacle of racing simulations, it is a premium subscription based service that has been thoughtfully structured around aiRacing is the pinnacle of racing simulations, it is a premium subscription based service that has been thoughtfully structured around a license and ranking system that encourages you to learn about intelligent racecraft, strategy and car setups. If you're serious about competitive online racing with an astonishing level of detail in the laser scanned circuits, cars and physics then this is the ultimate experience, there is nothing else that comes close in this genre. This is not a game, it is not forgiving and it is not particularly newcomer friendly. The sim requires patience and practice to reward you with good results, so be prepared to put in the time to get the most out of your subscription. Expand
  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Aug 3, 2012
    6
    Good: Very accurate laser scanned tracks, great Force Feedback, Great community and competitors
    Bad: Overpriced, Lack of content, Outdated
    Good: Very accurate laser scanned tracks, great Force Feedback, Great community and competitors
    Bad: Overpriced, Lack of content, Outdated graphics, No dynamic weather
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  5. Jun 10, 2015
    5
    i love sim racing, but this titles does not do anything for me, Ive had it for several yrs spent $100's of dollars just to rent digitali love sim racing, but this titles does not do anything for me, Ive had it for several yrs spent $100's of dollars just to rent digital content that i dont even get to use once my membership expires.
    The game is out dated graphically and is missing many features that most modern sims have like dynamic weather, dynamic road and day to nigh transition. FFB is decent tho the physics in some cars are quit questionable.
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  6. Sep 3, 2014
    3
    i Racing claims quite a lot. Some claim that graphics is not up the level of what is a standard these days, however there are much morei Racing claims quite a lot. Some claim that graphics is not up the level of what is a standard these days, however there are much more serious issues with the simmulator.

    Graphics:
    Highly sufficient for the purpose, no need for improvement, however competition will force natural improvements over time...

    Organization / registration / admin/profile/payment processing:
    No issues identified ...

    Variety of cars / tracks:
    Sufficient (not considering costs)

    Physics:
    Claims to be realistic BUT it is not, for some cars (e.g. Cadillac, some open wheel) the sensitivity of car to any mistake or imperfection with the throttle or braking is over what is normal. In some cases you
    will hardly believe how it is possible to spin a car at 20mph, I mean racing car. Most of the cars suffer heavy understeer, corrections through set up no more possible... I have had a chance to try professional racing simmulator and iRacing is not far from it, however in certain aspect it kills the pleasure.

    Costs>
    Very excellent business for the producers, however cost go to hundreds of USD whithin couple of months. What is striking is the system they charge for every addition of cars and tracks. If you would like to join some group for full season racing you might have to pay additional USD 80 - 90 to enter the season. Additional hundreds need to be spent to purchase decent wheel. If you thing that, e.g. Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 is sufficient, no way... you need to look for somthing else (at least Logitec G27, better chose Fanatec, Thrustmaster T500 and above).

    System of races / qualifications / time trials
    Excellent, there is no major difficulty to register for a session

    Safety score/rating
    Something that kills the game absolutely... You have safety score and rating based on your performance which is OK BUT... Every incident decreases your safety score no mather whether its your fault or not (absolute stupidity and very far from real race driving). For instance, you start race, somebody makes a contact from behind you are penalized and you have limited penalizations available in each race. Every single touch of ground behind the line and you are penalized (absolutely unrealistic), which makes you drive SAFE. Finally, you either drive like in a driving school, you either are very very good, or sonner or later you lose your nerves.

    Other
    No wheather simmulation, unrealistic pitstops, very long pitstop after you have crashed (even when caused by somebody else)

    OVERALL
    Excellent intention PERFORMANCE POOR. What really works and why so many people join and stay with iRacing is EGO, EGO to prove yourself that you are the best / better driver.... and it works. I imagine that thousands are spending endless hours to improve and improve.....
    However, if somebody is looking for fun and racing at reasonable cost you have to look somwhere else.
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  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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