*UPDATED* Assetto Corsa Competizione Review: PS4 & Xbox One gamers have a pad-friendly sim racer at last
The successful PC game comes to console – but what can players expect from 505 Games’ title?
Bringing a PC racing game to console can be tricky, but 505 Games and KUNOS Simulazioni have done it before.
Assetto Corsa is a strong sim racer with a huge variety of cars and tracks to enjoy.
It’s successor, Assetto Corsa Competizione, focuses in on European GT3 racing.
As a result, it has fewer cars and tracks but a more compelling approach to things like career mode.
Do you need a wheel & pedals to play?
Part of the difficulty when it comes to turning a PC sim racer into a console game is that most console racers use a controller rather than a wheel & pedals.
Fortunately, Assetto Corsa Competizione is highly accessible and pad-friendly.
How does it feel on the wheel?
Our initial review lacked wheel play due to compatibility issues. While this hasn’t been fully resolved a work-around was found and we have been to play on the wheel.
ACC is one of the most responsive and easy-to-driver console sims around. That doesn’t mean it is easy to be fast though.
Finding pace on the wheel is about consistency, daring, and reflexes. Each car reacts a little differently, but you can feel the back stepping out, the front not biting, and especially the moment a wheel touches the grass.
It’s a testing drive, but not one that leaves you feeling beaten up and broken afterwards.
Career Mode engages and pushes you
It can be hard to make a good career mode in racing games. As a GT3-focused game, Competizione has a very clear understanding of where it wants you to go on your single-player journey.
You start with a young drivers test for Lamborgini around Monza. There are three 10-minute sessions; one in the dry, one in the wet, and one at night.
Competizione doesn’t just want raw pace from you though. It emphasises consistency, precision, safety, and more. This is all key within the online multiplayer world too.
Once you complete that you’ll get to pick a car and go racing! You have to earn your way up the ranks to eventually claim the championship though.
The Competizione Career Mode is a great foot in the door for those new to GT racing before they head online.
A cleaner online experience
Online racing is usually a minefield of bad drivers, poor wheel-to-wheel control, or just downright dirty players.
This is where Assetto Corsa Competizione comes into its own with its Rating System.
Made up of six elements – Track Competence (TC), Car Control (CC), Consistency (CN), Pace (PC), Safety (SA), and Race craft (RC) – this Rating System sets the bar for entry to multiplayer servers and ensures a level of competency and accountability in races that you don’t find in other racers.
Not only can you track your own progress with these categories, but you can also ensure your lobbies are governed appropriately.
Price & post-release content
Assetto Corsa Competizione comes in at just £34.99. Which is remarkably cheap for such a high-end game.
There are several DLC planned out for coming year. The Intercontinental GT Pack will add four tracks (Kyalami, Suzuka, Laguna Seca, & Mount Panorama) along with new liveries, drivers, teams, and game modes. It has a price of £12.49 but is also a pre-order bonus.
The GT4 Pack should arrive in Fall 2020 and British GT Pack in Winter 2021, likely with a similar price tag. The GT4 Pack will including 10+ new cars, while the British GT Pack will have three new circuits.
In short, Assetto Corsa Competizione is an ideal sim racer for console players. It is focused, and that focus leads to quality.
Even on a controller you can feel the car move under you and get a sense of grip levels, weight balance, and everything else. You aren’t gliding on a surface like with other games, but feel connected to the road beneath you.
You don’t have to be an experienced wheel player, or have an expensive setup to play it either.
If you’re looking for more of a challenge than the F1 games but on tracks you already know then this is an excellent game for you.
RealSport Rating: 4 stars (out of five)
Listed below as the wheels we have been told are tested work properly with the game – hopefully more will be added soon.
Supported & tested wheels
Fanatec: Podium Wheel Base DD1, Podium racing Wheel F1, ClubSport Pedals V3, CSL Elite Pedals, CSL Racing Wheel, CSL Elite Wheel Base, CSL Steering Wheel McLaren GT3.
Logitech: G29 Racing Wheel, G920 Racing Wheel.
Thrustmaster: Ferrari GTE, T300 RS GT Edition, T80, T150, T-GT, TS-XW Racer, TX.