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  1. I can imagine this given the way those events are overly-controlled by publisher PR and actually often do a poor job of giving media a proper hands-on experience. However, for me they have actually provided a decent way to get slivers of insight - if only through cheeky 1-on-1 interview questions and off-the-record follow-up contact. More importantly, it helped meeting new people and making friends to share the passion with!
  2. This looks fucking phenomenal
  3. Been smiling like a madman all weekend for the fact that @CrashedAlex entered our forums, this thread and all that has ensued Excellent stories being posted, both revelations confirming industry 'secrets' and lots of love for the best genre in video game history. TA all My 2 cents: obviously grew up on a mixture of real life and virtual petrol, fondly remember playing Burnout 1 as a GameCube launch title, skipped 2 for no reason and returned to praise Burnout 3: Takedown as the pinnacle of arcade action racing. (Until Hot Pursuit 2010 AND Blur came along...) Spent many, many days constantly re-watching Burnout Legends gameplay footage (can to this dayy remember the US Circuit Racer road raging to Pennywise's 'Rise Up') and loved it on PSP - also had a lot of fun with Revenge and the horribly underrated Dominator. (Best played to Hot Hot Heat's 'Give Up?') Sadly never really 'got' Paradise, despite several tries (including the recent HD re-release on PS4) - Burnout gameplay simply doesn't work for me in a same-ish looking open world environment with just a finish marker and flashing street signs - though the checkpoint races on Big Surf Island did provide some consolidation as there were finally constant points of reference of where to go instead of having to co-drive myself. Hot Pursuit 2010 then. Arcade racing in its most pure form, if only for the never ever rivaled way it captured the art of virtual drifting. BY FAR the game that needs current-gen compatibility, if only to revive the old forum heydey with the likes of @Karzee, @U-1 and many others. Also: PHOTO MODE! Many years on, having dipped my toes in real-life racing and rallying means I've edged closer to 'serious' and semi-simulation racing games but I'm still very passionate about anything that involves quick speed thrills. Best moment of last week was in fact some seriously close dual drifting battling versus @KriessG in a Sega Rally Champions 2 four-seater arcade setup in Amsterdam. So yes, we need more arcade racing games in our lives. Lots of 'm. Sadly couldn't attend this as Petersfield is a quite bit of a drive the centre of the Netherlands. But being involved in games media coverage, I would be glad to see whether I can your game featured in various (Dutch) media outlets. Please do PM me for any preview/review opportunities Also, my job means I've had a number of great chats with Craig Sullivan (both messing about on a Porsche test track), Matt Webster (including a very drunk and nearly irate discussion about the purpose of cockpit views) and notably Marcus Nilsson about Need for Speed, EA and more over the years. Sadly never got to exchange thoughts with you, Alex - here's hoping we can change that some day! Surely then you know Suda-san regards Paradise as his favourite game of all time and would kill off all his cultgame darlings to get a shot at making a new Burnout. (I literally proposed the usage of my forum nickname for the subtitle of this hypothetical game once here.) Sadly EA and him couldn't make it work considering the development hell that was Shadows of the Damned... I KNEW IT! My dad was actually in the process of buying an MR2 (which ended up being my first car) when I played this and noticed that exact same similarities Oh God, if there's anything I will NEVER forget in my gaming life, it's the seemingly endless spree of Summer nights playing Blur online with (again) Karzee, U-1, @Varnsen, @smithstock, @Boozy The Clown and even simracer @Meerman as well as many other forumites (we had up to 18 forum friends in an online race at one point!!!) - often starting at 8PM and finishing past 3AM... Was SO sad to read pityful statements of Bizarre spearheads a year or so on, saying combining real branded cars with power-ups was like 'mixing cereal with bacon' or something. While this game was actually without a doubt the best thing that ever happened to arcade racing in its era. (Sorry Alex.) RE: that story mode. All that remains: This +10 for contributing to 007: Blood Stone, good sir. I loved it, despite the mediocre middle 40% of the game. Still, I did replay the first level about 50 times to get the best interactive Bond thrill since the DB5/tank level around Bucharest in Agent Under Fire. Indeed, I only recently learned the PS4 release is apparently now slated for early 2019 release. Not expecting a major game-changer but at least some new fuel in the arcade racing tank.
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    Gran Turismo Sport -Tuesday nights forum races

    UPDATED standings, before we head into the final round
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    Gran Turismo Sport -Tuesday nights forum races

    Yeah, that's the hardest part - keeping everyone happy to keep a successful racing thing going strong. It's almost like running a business! Either way, plenty of options for new setups to consider: not just F1500's and Gr. 2's, but what about Red Bull Juniors, Group C's or even classic cars (possibly one-make) to consider! I'm also in favour of sticking with tyre and fuel but very willing to take in various opinions and consider 'm all We could always experiment a bit in the time after next Tuesday to come up with the next championship to start 2019 with! And actually, one way to satisfy everyone may be to look at a frequently praised system back in the 80's: F1 drivers racing their Grand Prix cars AND GT's/touring cars during the same events...
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    Gran Turismo Sport -Tuesday nights forum races

    I'm actually VERY up for that as the next N (or X) class race leading up to the final championship race
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    Metroid Prime Trilogy (Switch) *unconfirmed*

    Plus it makes all the sense in the world given Prime 4 is on its way to the Switch anyway
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    Gran Turismo Sport -Tuesday nights forum races

    This is why I would be very much open to the F1500 championship we've been mulling when the car was added. Doing a series with that on Super Softs (and possibly no tyre wear / fuel consumption) could be a very nice change of pace. Plus it would mean @mexos hasn't spent all that time making those '80's period-correct liveries for nothing
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    Gran Turismo Sport -Tuesday nights forum races

    I'll see if I can pull some strings with Yamauchi-san, then In all seriousness, seeing races like Monza being won with a pretty big lead using just softs already made me think it's too powerful. I guess experimenting with the super soft right after this championship would be a good place to start.
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    Gran Turismo Sport -Tuesday nights forum races

    Agree with the Soft being to strong at the moment. Easiest way to counter this would be to (slightly) increase tyre wear, I would say.
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    Gran Turismo Sport -Tuesday nights forum races

    What a cracker of a race last night! I had the bad fortune if being tapped into a spin in the first corner, but very much injoyed seeing the field stick together for pretty much the whole first stint (By the way, I went Soft-Soft-Soft for the first time here too.) After the first stop got involved in a pretty cool dive with @marsh and @Batmobile over P3 - couldn't believe when we were actually overtaking the championship leader! Then took a few seconds too long refueling during the second stop, losing connection to Batmobile and eventually caving when marsh attacked on slightly fresher softs. All around a great race and brilliant to see the title race will go to the wire! Also, I got a nice credit bonus for having signed up with Lexus a while back (BMW is my current manufacturer) following the win in the FIA GT Sport Championship
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    Gran Turismo Sport -Tuesday nights forum races

    Hope you can all join us still!
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    Gran Turismo Sport -Tuesday nights forum races

    It's the penultimate rond! So time for another roll call @wev @PeteBrant@T4RG4 @Beezer @mexos @p1nseeker @marsh @parrapatheslapper @Qazimod @scoobysi @Thor @ryodi @max renn @Darwock @Dudley @Dimahoo @SeanR @tobert @Batmobile @R33Smitty @probotector Lobby open at 8:30 PM GMT, we'll start with open racing. At 9:30 PM, we will start 15-minute qualifying for the rllmuk GT Sport Cup 2018 race (round 11) at Fuji International Speedway. The cup race is open for everyone to join, too - please don't feel discouraged by little practice or experience, it's meant to be a fun competition for all forumites and friends We will race Gr. 3 cars with BoP switched on and setup tuning allowed. After qualifying, we will 20-lap race starts at 9:50 PM. Mind you: we will use 4x fuel consumption (with 75 percent starting fuel!) and 6x tyre wear. This should allow for both a 1 or 2 stop strategy as well as good flat-out racing. Points are distributed according to 2018 F1 points system. (25-18-15-etc.) Current standings:
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    Gran Turismo Sport -Tuesday nights forum races

    True, and it takes some of the kick out as the right-hander on the shorter lay-out is much quicker than you think. Although it also opens the door for track-limit debates...
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    Gran Turismo Sport -Tuesday nights forum races

    Regular Fuji Speedway it is! The one with the extra corner added after the back straight. (A.k.a. F, so NOT Short or GT) Reason being it's in Circuit Experience and the 'proper' lay-out used for major racing events.
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