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This review is from: FUEL (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)Got the game a few days ago, and, despite it saying "configured to use almost any PC controller" in the readme (and elsewhere), it does not appear to support any form of Wheel. [HOW can this be the case for any DRIVING game!?] - did raise a call re this with CodeMasters - but still no response 3 days later!
Anyway, playing the game with a XBox 360 controller ...
As it says on the tin, the play area is massive - impressively so; amazing to look at and appears to be randomly generated, so you don't see the same patterns repeating. Sadly, they seem to have felt compelled to use ALL this area, I've played just four zones I am already bored of driving for 10 (real!) minutes just to unlock a livery (I'll probably never use). The terain etc is nice but your vehicles just don't seem to interact with it (ie "floating" on, rather than "driving" on, it!)
There is a nice selection of race types, but the AI is questionable: I don't like the Xbox 360 controller I'm forced to use, but I'm still winning almost every race and challenge easilly, only the hardest setting causing any real challenge.
The "sat nav" AI (in races, or in free roam) is Awfully Incompetent ... often sending you along a road, then suggesting you go straight up a rock face, or across a lake. Also, if you choose a target location from the map, and set the sat nav to it, it is often 100's of meters from what you were aiming at!
If you crash and respawn your POV is suddenly set looking at your face (ie the camera direction means the direction you were going is now "behind" you) - so you often accelerate away into the same tree you just crashed into! Also, you can occasionally respawn into impossible places (eg onto a rock face, which you then slide off) resulting in no choice but to restart the race - frustrating if you are 10 mins into a race (and 3 mins ahead!).
The idea of "Fuel" (barrels) scattered around the place is excelent, but there is so much to be found that I already have loads, and not a lot to spend it on - this seems to devalue an otherwise excellent concept.
The game runs well (but I have a good system), but you have to endure lots of loading screens, and need lots of clicks to start every race.
In summary - if you want a RACING game, forget it - you can't use a wheel, the AI is simply not challenging enough and the Sat Nav (which you simply must use in such a big area) very unreliable. However, if you want a big area to free roam all over then it is well worth a try!
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Initial post: 3 Jul 2009 13:48:00 BDT
Annoying as it sounds there are quite a few racing games that don't support steering wheels. Fortunatly you can download a program called Pinnacle Game Profilier and you can play any game you like with a controller of your choice because it emulates keyboard and mouse. I haven't tried it with fuel yet but the game is on it's way so i will confirm whether this works or not.
Posted on 3 Jul 2009 17:22:04 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Jul 2009 17:30:08 BDT
Trying to play this thing with the keys but it's not working out at all, accelerate is SPACEBAR?, Brake is LEFT CTRL?
Who thought of this layout?
In addittion if you have a Logitech G25 Racing Wheel connected you can FORGET about remapping the keys you cannot do it unless you unplug it first. GTA IV had EXACTLY this same problem and for this exact same reason initally, they didn't support anything other than the XBOX 360 Controller or Keyboard & Mouse. As a result if you didn't have the controller you couldn't play the game and it's starting to look like that problem is back with this game. The problem is that the system sees that there IS a Game Controller (The G25 in this case) but it is unable to interact properly with it because the game is restricted to the XBOX360 gadget. But somehow the G25 is messing around with the game though you cannot use it.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2009 17:25:43 BDT
Haven't heard of Pinnacle before, but thanks for the pointer I may just go and see if I can find it.
However I can't help but think that if it emulates the keyboard and mouse you would loose the analog sliding action you get with Wheel and Pedals.
Posted on 3 Jul 2009 17:32:59 BDT
What kind of Wheel do you use, I have a Logitech G25 Racing Wheel and ulness I physically unplug it from the computer I cannot even remap the keys in the game.
Are you having this problem?
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jul 2009 22:58:48 BDT
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