The lights are on
DriveClub is gunning full throttle for its new October 7 release date, and our recent time with the title has revealed some new details.
First of all, the game looks great. It's fast and the couple of cars I drove felt good – somewhere in between being casual and being sim. The lighting effects make the world pop out, and you can even change the time elapse of day into night. On the track, the A.I. cars exhibited some different lines. I didn't win the two races I participated in, which I take as a good sign!
Regardless, we came away with a bunch of new details about the game.
Assists – There are no assists you can turn on/off in the game. Instead, each of the 50 cars is tuned to feel different from each other.
Car Customization – There are options to customize your car, including creating a club livery and insignia.
Tracks – The game's 55 tracks are populated across five countries: Chile, Canada, Scotland, India, and Norway. These include point-to-point races, hill climbs, traditional race tracks, road circuits, 24-hour races, and more.
Damage – The damage in the game is only visual, but in multiplayer matches your throttle will be temporarily restricted if you drive too aggressively.
Session Manager – DriveClub uses an always active party system that keeps your party intact across the game modes and which lets you pre-register for online sessions. Thus, if an online session you want to join is currently mid-race, you can pre-register with your party, go play another area of the game, and you'll get a notification when the session is ready.
Microtransactions – The game doesn't feature an in-game economy, but you can spend real money for cars in the game.
My DriveClub App (iOS/Android) – Here you can see your stats, challenges received, manage your club, and see your friends' streams if they are broadcasting.
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Looks really good, I cannot wait to try this out.
Going to get this during some down time after playing all the AAA titles, looks super cool and I haven't bought or owned a racing game in at least 7 years.
I caught myself . In my mind, I was like "only 50 cars?!" but I realize that Forza and GT spoiled me on car counts in games. Honestly, 50 cars is quite a bit. And I like the idea that there are many different race types in this game. Cant wait to see more.
Looking forward to the PS Plus edition. If it's good, then I'll purchase full. Try before you buy. Oh yeah!
No real damage? Bummer.
"If the club is disbanded or you leave, all your club rewards are lost"
This blows very, very hard.
Sorry, you lost me at Visual Damage Only. I'm out and not purchasing.
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I'm rely exited about this game..I just started gaming I have learned to not get my hopes up.