VRC Pro R/C Car Game Review
The VRC Pro is a realistic simulator for radio control car racing. Once you start playing, it's hard to stop. Competing with racers from all over the world makes this r/c car game very exciting.
Photo: Your virtual r/c car pit table with the track in the background. Amazing realism.
Photo: Proper rc car setup is critical. Get it right and the game feels very realistic.
But there are certain things you need to do to fully enjoy and make the game as realistic and close to real r/c racing as possible. Let's take a look.
VRC Pro Review
It took me several hours to download the file which is around 900MB. It's huge. From there installation was easy.
Please read the VRC Pro Manual first. Otherwise you will feel the game is not realistic.
Before availing of the free trial, here are things you must have to fully enjoy the game.
1. Virtual RC USB Adaptor - The VRC-3NT allows you to use a regular r/c transmitter and receiver to control the game. You need this. Keyboard control is virtually useless, the r/c car will be so difficult to control. I ordered the USB adaptor for 20Euros, paid via PayPal, and received the item direct to my house in 3 weeks.
Photo: Standard radio controller receiver connected to the VRC USB adaptor.
2. PC Video Card - The r/c car and game becomes more realistic with a good gaming video card. Built in vga display adaptors on motherboards will not be good enough. I bought the AMB Sapphire Radeon HD6670 video card (1GB, GDDR5) and immediately noticed I can play the game smoothly at 1920 x 1080 screen resolution. My laptimes significantly improved.
3. PC Recommended Specs - You need a good computer for the game to run smoothly. I am running Windows XP SP3, Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB memory, Radeon HD6670 graphics card, 300GB hard disk.
4. Internet Connection - This r/c game needs at least 512kbit/s DSL internection connection. This is not an offline standalone game.
VRC Pro Review
When I first played VRC Pro, I used the keyboard control. It was horrible, laptimes were in the 80 second range. The virtual R/C car was uncontrollable.
I ordered the USB adaptor. Very excited when it arrived, but wasted 3 weeks of the free game trial. RC car felt easier to control but still did not feel realistic. Felt delayed in responding to my inputs. And very slow.
To fix the problem I read the VRC forums. There I found I did not calibrate my radio controller properly. After doing so, the r/c car was faster and turned more.
Image: When turning your steering wheel left/right you should get 100 and -100 readings on the "current steering" option. Same goes for throttle. If not, you need to calibrate your radio controller.
But I still felt the game was not the same as the real thing. My computer was unable to play the game smoothly at 1920 x 1080. I had to reduce the resolution but the smaller screen display made the r/c car look too small and difficult to time the corners properly.
Off I went to the nearest computer shop and bought a PC video graphics card. A big difference. I could now run at maximum screen size of 1920 x 1080 and turn on most of the graphical features (e.g. anti-aliasing) to make the game look smoother and more realistic.
Above: With a good gaming graphics pc card I was able to increase the realism of VRC Pro. Bigger screen and smoother graphics.
But still, after hours of playing the virtual rc car game, I felt it was not 100% the same as a real rc car. So I copied the setup of pro Yokomo driver Ronald Volker and then spent hours fine tuning and testing setups.
Above: VRC Pro rc car setup screen. Anything you can tune in a real rc car you can with VRC. Correct setup is crucial to getting realistic gameplay.
And joy, the game now feels realistic. The timing of acceleration, braking and turning is now very similar to my real rc cars. And laptimes improved dramatically.
Good graphics card + good PC + USB adaptor + calibration + rc car setup + driving practise = realistic r/c car racing simulation.
If you are missing any of the above, you will feel VRC Pro is not realistic.
VRC Pro Racing Video
1/8 nitro is the most exciting gameplay. The sound makes the game come alive. Race against people from other countries.
VRC Pro R/C Car Game Recommendation
Personally I would recommend VRC Pro for serious on-road racers who have a good background on tuning r/c cars. The ability to compete with racers from all over the world, on many famous r/c race tracks, makes VRC Pro the current undisputed rc racing car game / simulator.
But if you are a casual gamer looking to play an rc car game, then this might not be what you are looking for. Out of the box I found the stock car setup unrealistic and difficult to drive. Even my 11 year old daughter who is a very good rc racer in real life looked like a newbie trying to drive the VRC car.
As my VRC Pro Free 30 day game trial is almost done, I now intend to renew my subcription and continue playing. The only downside I see is that my eyesight feels strained. Try not to play continuously and take frequent breaks.
Where to Buy Radio Control RC Cars and Trucks
At your local hobby shop or try the rc store page.
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