I may have stumbled across the price drop whilst compiling all the latest progress of Assetto Corsa, but there are still great reasons to pick up netKar Pro beyond the low price.
It may be limited in that it lacks any AI competition, and the look is a bit dated visually for those that like in-camera special effects, but by enthusiasm for netKar Pro continues. There’s a lot of pleasure and joy to be had if you value hot-lapping with tyre and car responses that reward effort. The car physics and feeling of satisfaction in getting the racing lines right feel like one of the most natural-feeling simulations out there – including iRacing and the forthcoming Assetto Corsa, which is also developed by Kunos Simulazioni. For budgetary and time reasons, I still have a gap for iRacing and rFactor 2 but it is telling that this ‘Pro’ guise of netKar can continue to hold its head up high approaching some seven and a half years since its Version 1.0.0 release.
Whatever comes from Kunos or the current flurry of sim producers, netKar Pro will forever hold an always-installed place alongside Grand Prix Legends here as I love the feel of it and the variety of cars and tracks included in the stock package. Stock is important to emphasise there too as netKar is not actually a closed piece of software. Rather than being locked down, user-created tracks and car skins are available. It keeps on giving…
With Gamescom 2013 now here, it may be a good time to add that whilst we hope to see more from Kunos with Assetto Corsa imminently, a purchase of netKar Pro does include the nice little bonus of the Assetto Technical Preview.
Still unsure? Run nK Pro in its demo form! With a Formula car and a good sample circuit, it gives a good sense of the renowned tyre modelling and what serves as the historic foundation of Kunos Simulazioni’s future work.