Assetto Corsa Competizione (PS5) – Review
Follow Genre: Racing simulator
Developer: Kunos Simulazioni
Publisher: 505 Games
Platform: Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4, PS5, PC
Tested on: Xbox One

Assetto Corsa Competizione (PS5) – Review

Site Score
6.8
Good: Massive improvement compared to the previous version, Feels authentic
Bad: Graphics don't feel next gen, Wonky controls, Expensive
User Score
6.0
(1 votes)
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Nearly two years ago we were given the chance to take Assetto Corsa Competizione for a spin on the Xbox One. We concluded that the game was horrendous to play on Xbox One, and we recommended picking up the old version for PC. Nonetheless, the game did have a few interesting simulation aspects present, and we did hope the game would get another lease on life. Now, the PlayStation 5 version of Assetto Corsa Competizione has been released, and we were curious to see if the next-gen version had any redeeming qualities. While the game didn’t break any world records yet, it was a massive improvement over the last-gen version. We will only be diving into the improvements here for this review. Those wanting to read our original review of the last-gen version can do so by clicking here

Let’s immediately start by stating that this version is better by leaps and bounds than the last-gen version. This new version of Assetto Corsa Competizione has a much better framerate, updated graphics, better controls, and just feels like a proper quality release. We do have to mention that the graphics don’t exactly look like next-gen quality, and the controls aren’t perfect either.

From a graphical point of view, the game looks quite attractive, when solely looking at the car models. Upon closer inspection, the textures are a bit muddy, the interiors of the cars look very dated and the rearview mirror actually shows heavily-pixelated cars, instead of giving us a crisp image. Nonetheless, as far as a simulation game goes, this one does look fairly decent. In combination with the good sound design, you’ll be treated to a reasonably realistic experience. We reckon if you’re a fan of the GT3 championship, this game will probably already win you over by its new lick of paint alone.

In our old review, we stated the AI was horrible and that the controls felt way off. We are happy to state that the AI feels less aggressive and slightly better programmed compared to the game’s original release. The controls are also vastly improved, as we finally had the feeling we were moderately in control of the cars we were handling. That being said, sometimes it did feel like we had to wrestle an actual car to make our onscreen car turn. While taking corners, even at an extremely low speed, the game gave us the impression we were controlling a brick house on an ice-skating rink.

Other than that, the game does offer you the same content as it did two years ago. This means you’ll have a handful of different liveries of cars to pick from, as well as eleven different tracks. We were utterly disappointed, however, by the fact that you’re still dishing out around 40 Euros (or local equivalent) for a game that still has all the additional content locked behind a paywall. This means that you’re still paying a premium price for a base version of Assetto Corsa Competizione and that you will still have to pay for each and every single piece of DLC separately. We would have loved to see a ‘complete’ edition, rather than an updated rerelease.

Conclusion

Assetto Corsa Competizione does pull out all the stops to redeem itself on the next generation of consoles. We thoroughly enjoyed playing through the game’s career, as well as just racing for fun. We do regret that the game didn’t come out a bit more polished in the graphical department, and the controls still need a bit more finetuning to make the game accessible and pleasant for everyone. You’re getting a decent simulation game here, but we find the price tag a bit on the high side, as you’ll still have to take out your wallet for the additional DLC as well.

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Assetto Corsa Competizione (PS5) – Review, 6.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating
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