Genre: racing, sport, simulation
Compatibility (headsets): Steam VR, Meta Quest, Keyboard or gamepad required
Platforms: Steam VR
Minimum requirements: i5-3450/AMD FX-8350, Memory: 8 GB RAM, Graphics: GTX 680 or equivalent, DirectX 11, Storage: 120 GB available space,
Features: single / multiplayer, PVP
Release date: Mar 31, 2020
Developer: Reiza Studios
Price: 36.99 $
Automobilista 2 is a VR racing game released in 2020. The full version of the game has been continuously supported and updated by developers ever since. Developed by Reiza Studios, also famous for “Formula Truck 2013”, “Stock Car Extreme” and “Copa Petrobras de Marcas”, all games represent the genre. This game has been one of the best ever racing games released in VR.
- Automobilista 2 is a highly recommended VR racing game that is continuously supported and updated by developers.
- For the review, we used a Quest 2 headset for a smooth VR experience, with settings optimized for maximum resolution and visual quality.
- The game offers a variety of racing modes and vehicles, with multiplayer mode and a good community being of particular interest.
Immersion and Experience
The impact of the racing strategy in Automobilista 2 is dramatically different from other games. The player is able to look around and see the entire environment, giving an edge on the competition.
Playing in virtual reality also increases the intensity of the game, giving realistic vibrations and commentary that make it feel like you are really in the driver’s seat.
The combination of impact on racing strategy, immersive visuals, and realistic sound made the experience unparalleled to any other racing game.
Setting up the VR experience for Automobilista 2 requires a few adjustments to maximize the game’s potential. Firstly, using the Quest 2 headset at 72 Hertz will ensure a smooth and immersive experience. To further enhance the picture quality, it is recommended to override the encode bitrate at 280 and set the distortion curvature to low. These settings will provide a crystal clear picture and enhance immersion.
For players seeking the highest level of immersion, it is advisable to opt for the maximum resolution available. This will further enhance the visual experience and make it more realistic.
Experienced players may choose to turn off the shadows to boost performance. This can be particularly useful for those who prioritize a smooth gameplay experience over visual effects.
Also, for those who want to ensure they will have a smooth experience, a high-end PC is recommended.
Automobilista 2 offers a variety of game modes for players to choose from. Menu options include single race, championship, multiplayer, test day, official events, and time trial.
Jumping into the truck race, you will notice the differences from other vehicles right away. The size of the truck makes you feel the need to slow down on turns, and the handling is noticeably different.
During the race, we noticed some loss of control and frame drops. The truck race is a good introduction to the game.
Open Wheel Racing
You can also try an Open Wheel car. The braking capabilities and handling of the car is much better than the trucks.
There is less need to slow down on turns, and you will experience less loss of control and fewer frame drops.
Mini Cooper S – our favorite car in Automobilista 2
The Mini Cooper S is considered the best car in Automobilista 2, offering an enjoyable and fun driving experience. It works great on the most challenging tracks, making it a great choice for those looking for a thrilling ride. Its front-wheel drive handling makes it easier to take tight corners.
Plus, it can be upgraded with parts to reach its potential. While it’s already a great car, some potential upgrades include better brakes, suspension, and tires for improved performance.
Visuals and Content
I have to say, the visuals in Automobilista 2 are great, and the content is even better. The VR graphics quality is on par with other VR racing games, offering a good experience on both Quest 2 and Rift S. Despite the lower resolution on Rift S, it still runs smoothly.
The game offers a wide selection of cars and tracks, enough to satisfy any racing fan. I’m impressed with the variety and the realism of the tracks. The cars are also detailed and true to life, with a great selection of classic and modern vehicles.
The content is enough to keep any player busy for hours. Overall, the visuals and content of this game are top-notch and offer a great VR experience.
Reception and Our Verdict
Automobilista 2 has received more than 5000 reviews on Steam, most of them very positive. The overall ranking is 9/10 in Steam.
We recommend the game to be tried by every racing fan due to its graphics, different game modes, and the wide variety of cars and tracks to play with. It is one of the top racing simulators ever made for VR.
Overall, Automobilista 2 is an incredibly immersive experience that offers a wide range of racing game modes, visuals, and content.
The VR settings are easy to adjust, and the game performs flawlessly. We were absolutely thrilled with the virtual reality racing experience, and we highly recommend it to anyone looking for an exciting and realistic racing experience.