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Quote from Degats :Obligatory comparisons:

Obligatory thank you for taking the time to do that for everyone!
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I've probably owned 6 different PCs since I first purchased LFS 14 years ago.
It's always the first thing I install on a new build.
I rarely play it nowadays, yet it's still there.
And I follow it's glacial development with interest.
Weird.
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Quote from Degats :Obligatory comparisons: (now 95% automated Big grin )

You're the MVP in this thread.
Thanks!
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Quote from 5tag :Offline players don't necessarily upload hotlaps. Maybe they just race against the AI.

That's me. Haven't raced online in years.
In terms of car content, I think LFS has a great variety, but it has grown a little stale over the years.
I'd love a V8 muscle car and a long point to point track for time trials.
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Progress is glacial, but there is progress...
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This is looking absolutely fantastic!
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Thanks Scawen and Eric.
and thanks Flotch!
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This is looking awesome.
Just goes to show you don't need to change graphics engines to make a game look realistic.
Incremental improvements and evolution can achieve the same goal, and with added benifits.
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Quote from Big Daddy :
This video might be an indicator how Fern Bay will look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viOeRHa8_yo


I would expect it may look even better.
Lynce is an amazing artist and she has done some great work with textures, but there was only so much she could do with low poly counts on scenery etc.
Cant wait to see what Eric has in store for us. I love the subtle details he puts in to the tracks.
Its the little imperfections that make them look more realistic.

Thank you Scawen for the update and also Degats for the comparison shots!
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Quote from RC-Maus :Nah make lfs 2 i would pay again Smile new graphics new physics new cars dynamic wheater Thumbs up

Baby steps Smile
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While I'm surprised Jimmy hasn't played LFS before, I think that was a pretty fair and balanced assessment.
Also, it's testament to how well LFS has 'aged' (very unusual in the technology world!) Hoping to see more of these.
Go on Scawen, give him some new tyre physics to review Wink
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Quote from RC-Maus :it's almost a xrg race Smile

Slightly OT but this reminds me so much of XFG racing in LFS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EC_AtcL-SU8

Mid Eighties production car racing in AU.
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Quote from Ingolf :You can also use the AI as a challenge. It's good fun.

Focus on one track, one car, certain AI level and learn how the AI behaves. Adapt to their pace and use the mirrors frequently to avoid collisions/surprises. The AI is not as dumb as one would think at first glance. Often, it is your own irratic driving that breaks the pace and causes conflicts. The AI helps you to drive consistently.

Start at the end of the grid, say 6-8 cars, 5 laps race, and drive until you win the race without collisions. By then you have developed a good situation awareness (using mirrors), something that will be your friend in MP-races.

Good luck, hope you give it another go before you dismiss this beautiful game.

I agree completely with this quote. Learn how the AI behaves and you'll learn how to race cleanly with it.
Soon enough you'll be able to beat it pretty easily. At this point, give yourself handicaps (add weight/fuel, and intake restrictions), and put yourself as the back of the grid.

I have fun and challenging races with the AI all the time. Much different to racing humans but it can be great fun nonetheless.
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Love the new Blackwood. What a masterpiece.
LFS is timeless.
Thanks!
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Any form of communication would be welcome at this stage.
Smile
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Please settle this debate:
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Looks lice. Must try.

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It's got a heck of a lot going for it. Definitely not just a paid R Factor mod.
It's not as refined as LFS overall but still a really fun and immersive sim for me.
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Love Rockingham. Great work Eric.
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GSCE kills it in terms of immersion, and is an awesome sim despite being rFactor 1 based.
Sounds are better than LFS and AC, as is AI.
To me, it provides the best offline 'race weekend' experience,
I'm very much looking forward to Automobilista,
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Happy new year from my home town
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Quote from Scawen :No, there isn't finished content lying around. There are tracks which are driveable but without the scenery completed, that kind of thing.

Quote from Scawen :I think one at a time is a better way to do it, in such a small team, with the required level of detail being so high these days.

Thanks for letting us know these things. I'd agree with the one at a time approach as well. It seemed to work quite well for the Westhill update.

One question: Will you guys be providing any info about new content before it is released to the community?
Screenshots and other previews are a great way to keep the community engaged and generate some excitement around LFS.

And, have a great Christmas!
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Quote from Racer X NZ :The Dev's have chosen to label S3 as Rockingham. A circuit I can race on with many other games without spending Poundings 12, but that's their choice and is a great marketing strategy.

It seems that the new physics will still apply to S1 & S2 so this is not an issue.

Offline is still 'ok', thanks for the extra AI cars, shame they are a bit vacant when it comes to driving skillz......

I'll buy S3 when either, damage modelling, weather, tyre physics, lead to online racing Down Under, or whatever.

I'm not (well, I clearly am) going to criticize their choice, I'm just not buying S3 till my requirements are met....

It's really sad, I'm just going to have to play Dirt Rally and AC till then, don't know how I'll cope.

Seriously, games have moved on since 2008, and that's a kind review of how LFS stands today. LFS needs to look at it's competition and come up with a plan to move the game forward. This S3 release does strike me as a bit of a cynical cash grab, but hey, all's fair in business.

You raise some valid points, and I understand why some people would choose (and that's a vital word, 'choose') not to by S3 yet.

But I don't understand this being seen as a cynical cash grab.

Depending on your opinion, Scavier can be accused of being too slow, being poor communicators or focusing the wrong areas for development.

However, but to accuse them of suddenly deciding to rip everyone off after more than 10 years of development is really just crass and offensive.
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Quote from Hyperactive :with very high chance of that content never materializing?

This is the key part of your statement.
Please elaborate.
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Quote from digiusto :to get the new track you need to buy S3 licence !!!! 12£ for one track !!! no new car, only one track ? it's a joke ?

Sigh. You really should read the thread my friend. Let me save you the effort and summarise.
12 quid will get you access to all of the S3 content as it is delivered.
Rockingham is the first piece of S3 content.
The developers of course can't make guarantees on delivery of future content (which is apparently enough to make some people's heads explode)
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