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I just bought 3 months of subscription from iracing.com. Upon first trying it out I noticed that the physics in the game are the best in the sim racing genre that I had played so far. The force feedback is also very good with my Fanatec 911 Carrera Wheel. Now while this game gives you that simulation feel while playing there are some major cons to this sim. First off, the subscription. I don't like paying monthly for a game, period. I like a one time fee with maybe some DLC for purchase on the side. This game costs anywhere from $7.46 to $12.00 a month to play, depending on how many months you purchase at a time. (1, 3, 12, or 24) Now for a monthly subscription you'd think that you would get the whole package with nothing to purchase on the side right? Wrong. Starting out you get 5 cars, the Mazda MX-5(hard top or roadster), the Ford '34 Coupe, the Pontiac Solstice, the Ford SCCA Spec Racer, and the Street Stock(typical street car). If you want more cars you have to buy them in addition to your monthly fee. You have the option of 20 cars, costing an outrageous $12 per(IMO). Now if you wanted all of them, you would have to pay a total of $240, which by the way is close to the cost of a Logitech G25 these days. So lets see if you bought all of them you would get 25 cars which is nothing compared to other racing games these days. By the way I forgot to mention, most of them are American with a few(mostly open wheelers and F1 cars being international.) Now the cars that they sell range from Nascars to racing trucks to Indycars, road cars, and other misc. cars. In summary I think that the cars are definitely not worth it in this game. While they do have some entertaining to drive(Radical SR8, Corvette, Sprint Car) the price is just too steep for anyone who has anything in their lives other than sim racing.



Tracks
Next you have the tracks. They do offer a wide variety of tracks, somewhere around 50, most of them are boring oval tracks made for indy and nascar. Now, oval not being my type of racing I find a lot of these just not worth it, I mean they can't all be that different. Just starting the game you get 10 tracks, including my favorite Laguna Seca. These tracks do however, come with numerous ways to drive them(reverse, chicanes, road course, etc.) However, that isn't the best part. The best part is the tracks are laser scanned. Instead of generating the tracks on a computer, they scan them with laser technology and import them into the game. This means they capture every bump, turn, and anything else perfectly. This makes the tracks in this game almost definitely the most real out of any. This is a huge plus for the game. Now with everything positive there have to be some negatives. Indeed there are negatives. As I said before you get 10 tracks at the beginning and there are about 40 available for purchase. The tracks can be purchased for a fee of $15. Which if you added it all up would come out to $570. Now this figure sounds steep but you have to realize that 1, most of them are oval and do not all need to be purchased and 2, these are the most realistic tracks on any sim racing game. So, for $15 a track I think you are getting your moneys worth seeing as how they are laser scanned.



Final Thoughts
In conclusion iracing is a very good sim with very real physics and laser scanned tracks. This is for the hardcore sim racer, which might make this point of view bias seeing as how I am not what would be considered a hardcore sim racer. Anyhoo, with a monthly fee of around $10 you should get almost everything included however you don't. You get pretty much a preview of the game and the rest has to be purchased on top of the subscription. The cars they offer in the beginning are boring compared to what you can have. You have to spend $12 a car and $15 a track. IF you did buy everything you could the total would be an outrageous $810 dollars. The track part might be worth it if you want real feeling, good quality models of the tracks and are willing to pay 15 a pop. However, the game should give you more than 10 tracks at the start. You did pay a subscription fee, and not a demo fee. Overall, the game has very good realism with hefty product fees, and with more tracks and cars showing up with updates it might be worth it to a hardcore sim racer with money to spend. But, for someone who is a casual racer and doesn't need the best experience around I would just stick to games like GT5 or Dirt 3.


Also, can't wait for rfactor 2 woot woot!
Edited by ralexh11 - 7/20/11 at 2:26pm
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fun but not worth the price. I also bought the 3 months but couldn't ever race because I didn't own the tracks people were racing on.
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But, for someone who is a casual racer and doesn't need the best experience around I would just stick to games like GT5 or Dirt 3.
It's one of those games I've heard so much about, but refused to buy because of the amount you have to outlay to get everything.

That said, the SimBin titles (GTR2, Race 07, GTR Evo, STCC, STCC2 etc) are some of the best sims you can buy without having to pay out for every track and every car...
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I'll stick with Forza. Sure its nothing like a real sim but its fun and cheap. Especially pre owned. Iracing's rates are ridiculous.
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fun but not worth the price. I also bought the 3 months but couldn't ever race because I didn't own the tracks people were racing on.
exactly my point. they try to get you to buy things but only having 1 event that you can play from the beginning.
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It would be nearly foolish to try to hide the fact that this game is ridicilously expensive BUT, as there's always a 'but', it's by far the best sim there is. You've got to understand that they don't have a lot options. Building a track costs a 6 figure amount of money for them when including staff wages. Also simracing is still a niche market, you are not going to have millions of people to attract to. The bigger this game gets, the cheaper it also gets. The prices have dropped a lot from the moment this game went live in 2008.

If you are being clever and thinking about what you purchase you are not going to spend nearly as much as money as you think. iRacing keeps giving special offers and credits quite easily, so try to optimize those. If you are thinking about joining now, definitely take some deal like three months for a price of one. Also, if you only focus on road or oval you are going to save half of what this game costs.

Don't buy every car in the service. You will most likely end up not driving more than handful of laps with some of them. Take it slowly, try to pick a car that you think you'll enjoy (and you have a license for it) and drive it at least for a season. You don't even need to buy every track on the calender. I'd say start with a skip barber or mustang if you are D-licenser, they are simple cars but what I have heard, tons of fun. I for example haven't really driven anything else than F1 since it was released last autumn. It's fun to master a car rather than jumping headlessly to every possible vehicle there is.

Also, iRacing is going to release a new highly waited tyre model for the game that's most likely going to be a massive improvement to anything we have seen for public sims. Iracing, and with it the whole simulation genre, is living it's golden state now. It's getting bigger, better and more well known. I mean, this topic is a very good indication to that. If there ever was a better time to enter simracing it is now.

It's all about choices really. This game costs very little if you are uncertain about continuing further. Just buy one month, get a couple of free rookie cars and some tracks and drive at them and see if you like what it offers.

To me this is a hobby. And for a hobby it's actually cheap. You could be into music and use thousands of dollars for gear for example. It's all relative.

TLDR; It's worth it if you are even a tiny bit interested about realistic virtual driving.
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