Yeah, that online focus really didn't appeal to me.
Played some, and yes it is a lot different than other competitive online, but agree I really like offline singleplayer.
I was extremely addicted to it until PD finally broke it too much.
My stats from GT Sport
Races: 12233 | Finished: 11735
Consecutive Clean Races: 97
Pole Position: 381
Fastest Laps: 1162
Distance driven: 499,055.328 Km
Time driven: 129 days, 10 hours, 3 min and 32 s
The formula, always a (nearly) full race any time of the day (at set intervals) kept me going. I had my whole routine tuned around the online races and weeks that the Nordschleife was on turned into endurance marathons with over 40 races in a day in the weekends. (3 per hour for 14 hours)
It's a sad state of affairs since early this year. All that good work to get to clean fair races has now completely been undone. Once you get to race a full grid of people all playing fair with respect to others on the road, it's very hard to go back to racing the brain dead AI. Racing against fair people at your skill level, racing becomes a game of chess. Feigning moves, out thinking your opponent to create and take advantage of an opening. Defending in such a way to make it hard to pass or set yourself up for a better exit to take the position back after the turn.
It's a real shame it devolved into the regular bumping, punting, blocking, brake checking, side swiping destruction derby style racing you can find everywhere else. PD has driven many of the good people away, first they made alt accounts not to risk their FIA account in the dailies, now they don't bother with dailies anymore at all.
There is league racing in lobbies of course yet the quality there is not great. It still relies on P2P connections which is always a problem. Getting a full grid is rare and it always ends up with a lot of waiting around.
GT7 has its work cutout as many on GT Planet already vowed not to get GT7 if they don't fundamentally overhaul the SR/DR/penalty system. I'll get it anyway for the single player, but maybe not at launch. PD simply refuses to listen to the community and it left a sour taste.
This thread has been going since June 4 2018
A lot of complaints but also very good analysis and discussion over improvements and how to fix it. The discussion has quietened down now since people have given up. Writers from GT Planet have also been in contact with Kaz himself with concerns and ideas during several of the FIA events. And PD basically left GT Sport in the gutter.
Sorry for venting :) It's hard to see one of your favorite games go down so badly.