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ZyroXZ2 said:

Bruh, by that token, literally any part of the game you didn't play is "bloat" lol... Come on, man, just let people have their options

But also, now you're asking them to have a full character creation suite when they are already doing more than literally any other racing game does for your driver.  And actualyyyy, you missed out on FH4 if you wanted "hang out" stuff: FH4 had actual car meets.  I barely used it, but it was actually quite a neat idea to be able to see each other's car in a (small) parking lot hahaha

I'm pretty sure the density is based off graphics settings, but then again I've been maxing games out for so long or just playing them on consoles that I'm not entirely sure why you're having low traffic offline.  I'd say check your graphics settings or settings in general, there might be a traffic density setting.

As for the AI, it DOES have questionable power levels, BUT I'll also say that this goes into custom modding the car versus auto upgrading.  If you auto upgrade and say, it adds better brakes and a spoiler, that obviously makes you better at slowing down and taking corners.  Auto-upgrade is a general sweep, and I've always custom modded for things I knew would give me an advantage.  For sprint races with minimal sharp corners, I'd upgrade mostly power and my Drivatars are on Highly Skilled and Expert (depending on the race, I find dirt races on Expert to be too sweaty) and would pull them on straightaways while they would take the corners better but not quite make up the difference.  This is that subtle "car enthusiast" stuff I enjoy so much lol

I'm glad you're giving it a fair shakedown, though!  I never fault people for properly trying a game out even if they end up not enjoying it after all.  Sometimes, well like a video I'm about to post: sometimes you don't know what you're in for in a game until you simply put the time in.

It's amazing how loading times change the perception of a game. I'm loving it a lot more now it's on my SSD, no more alt-tab killing time with something else in between the 2 to 3 minute races. Now it has flow! One race to the next. I also use one of the recommended cars now (Ford escort) which balances out the AI much better with a much nicer looking variety of cars as well. (A class). That Corvette Stingray can rest at the bottom of a Caldera :)

My issue with the bloat was, it's 109 GB, didn't fit on my SSD, so installed it on HDD which led to a poor experience. Hence being annoyed with all the customization options. Odd though that FS2020 still loads pretty much the same from HDD, yet for FH5 the difference is night and day. (3 minute load to main screen in FS2020 from SSD is just poor)

I don't see any settings for traffic density, I have no idea what that's based on. When I started the game there were tons of cars on the road, all drivatars I think. Now I see maybe a dozen NPC cars at most while driving to the next race. Very empty. I'll turn head to head requests back on, maybe that brings the traffic back.

No traffic at all now and no other players either. No clue. Oh well, races have cars :)

Last edited by SvennoJ - on 03 December 2021