Auto Club Revolution Is Still Free To Play And Now Vastly Improved

We get the low-down on the newest fixes, features and racing tips that will help ACR compete against its rival console games

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What is ACR?

Auto Club Revolution is a free-to-play PC racing simulator that is truly community driven. It relies on feedback from its players and weekly updates to stay relevant in a gaming genre that is flooded with competition. The game’s developer, Eutechnyx, began building car games in the UK 27 years ago and has since expanded worldwide. The team of petrolheads has a long history of developing simulator software for both automakers and gamers.

ACR 2.0

In June this year, testing of the completely overhauled ACR 2.0 game began for registered testers. You can still register here for a chance to get in on the Closed Beta. If chosen to participate, expect to wait at least one to two weeks before an invitation email. The new version offers enhanced graphics, more vehicles and support for the Oculus Rift.

Features

With ACR, you can shape your own racing career by working your way up in the ranks and earning the ability to upgrade your car. You can create your own custom events and invite your mates to race on both real and fictional tracks. There are over 65 manufacturer-licensed vehicles available that range in price from zero to over two hundred thousand game credits.

Recent Fixes

In the last month, with so many players actively involved in the Beta test, the developers made major progress. They have made the A.I. react faster and drive more aggressively (try overtaking a bot now and you’ll see the difference). More detail has been put into the interiors and bodies of the cars. Interior cameras are more affected by G-force now, and all cameras can rotate even further left and right. High-speed handling has also been improved. There has also been a much needed improvement to the match making technology. You will now be more fairly matched with opponents of similar skill.

Tips From The Experts

If you’re an ACR player, check out its official site for weekly tips. Recently, the team posted pointers on how to master each section of the Lakeside Italia and Moscow Red Heat tracks. Get strategies for approaching and exiting turns all while keeping your speed (and hopefully not crashing). While you’re there, check out its newest feature: Car Showdown. It compares two cars at a time to help you decide between two similar rides before you spend your credits.

Free-to-play or pay-to-win

Despite all the good points of ACR, it is going to come down to one last question before players pick it up: is it really free or do we have to pay for premium content? No worries, ACR is still free. Yes, you can purchase credits to pay for upgrades faster than you would if you had actually earned those credits. Yes, it takes much more time to earn credits versus buying them, but there are no features that can only be unlocked with cash. It comes down to trading your time for your money if you want to get ahead without putting in the hours. While it might irritate you, you have to remember that those people who pay for credits are the reason everyone else can play free.

If you aren’t registered for ACR, you need to be…it’s free, why not? The more practice you can get in now before the game opens to the public, the better.

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  • Tried it once, the game’s UI baffles me.

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  • Meh… I prefer Simraceway. The graphics aren’t so good, but it’s free, it has 150 cars, more than 40 tracks and the physics are better

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    • andrei95g supercar1

      true. i played Simraceway, and in my opinion is one of the best, if not the best, racing simulator(regarding handling). of course, you will miss customization and graphics, but for such a great simulation of driving experience, those are not a deal breaker… oh, and i played ACR too(the old version, one or two years ago)…i dont know if it was my fault, but there where a feeling like you are driving on ice(or butter) with almost any car….there was no feel of weight shift, no feel of sudden traction lose or regain…the sound of engine was…idk…rubbish? i just hope they fixed all these, as i would really like to give it another try

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    • I tried Simraceway. It’s really good, but not as much as the new generation sims (like AC, rFactor 2 and Raceroom Experience). The only problem I found playing it was the extremely aggresive driving of other players. I played like 10 races, and in 6 of them, I had to retire because some kid didn’t brake at time (or didn’t brake at all) for the first turn. But, on the other 4 races, I managed to avoid getting into trouble and won. It’s really funny when you don’t have someone trying to take turns like NFS and crashing into you.

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    • Chris Davidson supercar1

      I tried playing simraceway, and I couldn’t do it. The cars just don’t stay on the track like they do in ACR. Now, that said, I don’t buy the whole thing of improving high speed stability, because on the free promo premium car they gave out a while back, at a higher speed, it just wobbles off the road. Also, RWD cars are unwieldy to say the least. Still better than when I played SR, though.

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  • Or you could spend the money and get iRacing.

    Pretty simple.

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    3 years ago
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  • nfs world or acr ?

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    3 years ago
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  • The game used to be good. They put the game into an Alpha phase and after than everything went down. They messed up the physics, then they messed with the whole car unlock system, and after I think almost half of year the game has yet to enter the Beta phase, in which we were promised that all the money we spend on this game will be returned to us in E-Bucks allowing us to re-purchase all of our cars.

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    3 years ago
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  • I had played it On it Open 1.0 Version I have A lot of car Then it’s Closed I Wish When the 2.0 open my car is still there

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    3 years ago
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  • ACR? Those letters stand for Adaptive Combat Rifle though

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    3 years ago
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  • “Free” Does it have add ons and you have to spend IRL money for ingame credits?

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    3 years ago
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    • I play it, and the only thing that requires credits that can’t be unlocked by simply playing are car customization things like premium (not stock) paint, drift charms and different wheels. None of which actually matter.

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  • Looks like I’m going to buy a wheel .

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    3 years ago
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  • I signed up months ago and never received a download link, i want to plaaay ):

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