There are a few things to cover in this review, so let's begin.The clouds in the sky seem to be somewhat different in different times of the day, compared to what it was originally before. Particularly when it's snowing, the clouds in the sky gives off a pink-orange hue when there is snow on the ground.The visibility of the roads when it's snowing is significantly improved; the snow no longer completely covers the road (this is evident when in the Alpha GP portion of the Beat The Duke Pro Racing rival event).
This is a nice addition to the open world, where you have to transport either clients or cargo (private or otherwise) from one location to the other. The payout of these contracts varies depending on the length you have to travel in order to complete them. The payout is further increased by what's called a Service Tip if you use a Service vehicle to get the contract done within the required time. If you using a non-service vehicle, the Service Tip cannot be earned.
The payouts of these contracts are rather poor in comparison to normal events in-game. I think it's a real con in that respect, that the contractor missions fall well below what it should be paying out. If anything, the contractor missions do deserve a raise in payouts.
The New Vehicles
On release of Motorflix season 4, we were promised 24 vehicles for this season. We so far received 13 for episode 1.
The Ford Crown Victoria is released in 3 versions: Standard, Limousine, and Marco's Cab.
The Cadillac Deville Coupe is released in 2 versions: Standard, and Marco's Cab.
The Chevrolet 3100 is released in 2 versions: Standard, and The Rocket Co.
The Chrysler 300 SRT8 is released as a Limousine version.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is released as an Outclassed version.
The Proto Hup One is released as a Marco's Cab version, and is restricted to those who finished with a platinum rank in the Caboom! live summit.
The Porsche 911 GT 993, Koenigsegg CCR and KTM X-Bow GT4 were released as an elite bundle upon availability of the Icy Xmas Ultra-Mooded event and self-titled live summit.
Most of these vehicles aren't bad, but the biggest disappointment was with the Proto Hup One Marco's Cab summit-exclusive vehicle, in that there is no option to adjust Suspension Geometry Camber Angle what-so-ever. What's worse, it's camber angle setup is very skewed: the front camber looks to be all-positive, while the rear camber looks to be all-negative. This skewed setup is never a good thing when all other vehicles has this option. It makes the regular Proto Hup One perform better than the Marco's Cab version. It's a serious con in that respect.
The Limousine vehicles meantime, they're never going to be the fastest vehicles in the SR discipline, because the extra weight they carry makes them less maneuverable around corners.
The 3100 Rocket Co. suffers from the same problem that's present on vehicles with updated handling: the inside wheels losing contact with the ground under hard turning.
The Koenigsegg CCR has a rather questionable issue: in the interior, the gearbox it uses is supposed to be a H-Pattern, but in-game, the car behaves as if it has a sequential paddle-shifter gearbox. If you thought that was questionable, look at the KTM X-Bow GT4, it suffers a reverse of the issue: in the interior, it has a paddle-shifter, but the car behaves like an H-Pattern in-game. Just pointing this out on these two vehicles, I think it's a modest con in that respect.
With the 13 vehicles released for episode 1, it leads me to hazard-a-guess that the remaining 11 vehicles will be released during episode 2. Could be right, could be wrong, you never know.
With the release of Motorflix season 4, there were two things I've noticed with the weather:
I find these unannounced changes to the weather - particularly in snowy conditions - more of a positive overall. A real pro in that respect.
The New Ultra-Mooded Events
With the release of motorflix season 4, there is going to be 4 new ultra-mooded events; we so far have access to 2 of them.
The first is Icy Xmas, which uses the same route as To The Big Cow, with several changes: tunnels, re-position tethered cow, new outside walls with a new layer of comfort to keep drivers from driving off the road, Christmas decorations near the end of the event, and neon-glowing 'oversized' presents outside houses closest to the road. It's fairly good.
The second is Flashback, which uses the same layout as A Tour With Alexis: Florida, but with a very blocky, pixelated theme. There is a blocky-shaped tunnel about halfway through the lap. It even has train-lines that go above and along the track. The only thing that isn't pixelated is the road surface. It's a great event, and a nod to what videogames used to be in the 70's, 80's and 90's; straight-forward and simple.
That leaves just 2 more ultra-mooded events waiting to be released, and I bet they'll come with episode 2.
I find Season 4 Episode 1 to be fairly average. Sure there are many cons, but they're balanced out by the pros. I can only hope episode 2 runs on a high, if only the development team shares my sentiment.