Originally Posted by MowTin
The stipulations are clearly defined when you click "Race Requirments" (not sure if that's the exact wording. It's right next to "Typical Opponents."
If you want a decent challenge you will choose a car that's no better in terms of hp/weight than the best typical opponent.
I wish they told what tires the opponents use but it's usually Sports Hard tires. When you look at a replay for any race you can see the tires the opponents are using if you set your camera on one of them and look at the stats.
Unfortunately, the licenses don't restrict you from racing in certain races. That would make too much sense.
As a game I would say it's not that good. There is no damage in A-Spec, there are few race restrictions so you can easily overpower the AI, and that AI is very poor at dealing with grid starts. The seasonal events with rolling starts are much better. And finally the credits and leveling are poorly designed. At some point you will find you lack the level or credits for the next race. You will have to do other things or repeat races in order to level up or earn more credits.
However, the License tests, Special Events and Seasonal Events make this a better "game" than Forza 3 IMO.
Also as a simulator and online racing simulator it's currently the best available on any platform including PC.
--better physics than FM3
--more cars and variety than iRacing or LFS
--far cheaper than iRacing
--far more casual and aproachable, less intimidating than iRacing.
Overall, even considering the awful B-Spec stuff, GT5 is exceptional.
Yea I noticed the other races have much better defined stipulations (e.g. Japanese origin, before 1980, etc.). It must have just been that one race and probably a few others that explicitly list the cars.
As for how this compares to FM3, I don't know. I can't believe GT5 doesn't have damage. The physics are a little better, but when I bump opponents it still feels like bumper cars and the cars don't move nearly as much as they should. It's very disturbing that licenses don't limit your races. I mean the license tests damaged my experience with GT4 because I couldn't pass the S license tests (hahaha) but I understood the point.
But, I love these types of games and there seem to be WAY more things to do than in FM3, so I am enjoying myself.
What's your PSN ID Mowtin? We can trade cars or something.