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  • brady2827
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    The USST East Events

    For a start, I find the new time trial events very different from other time trial events in the past. The tour across the eastern half of the US provided a very different feel, scenery-wise.

    The events offered in the east edition features vehicles from the Rally Raid, Rally Cross, Touring, and Alpha GP disciplines. There are 8 time trial events in the USST East edition: 3 Touring Events, 2 Rally Cross Events, 2 Alpha GP events, and 1 Rally Raid event.

    The new time trials event are not bad, but I find some critical sections of some events to be near-impossible to perfect. That's because there is no option to adjust Steering Sensitivity, and without that critical option, it'll make certain sections really difficult to do.

    What also makes them underwhelming is that the payout of those events are below-average in comparison to popular events eg. NY Hypercar. The events take between 4-5 minutes minimum for a really good run on any of them.

    The time trial special events on the other hand, aren't so difficult to do, because I knew the layouts of those race locations for many years.

    The Checkpoint Re-Placements

    The first round of checkpoint re-placements is a first step to stopping all the shortcut experts and BOT exploiters in their tracks. But I still feel there is more to do if every stupid shortcut is going to be completely closed off to said people.

    Speaking of that, I think IVT needs to take a leaf out of Rockstar Games' book, and put Primary and Secondary checkpoints for races that have 2 different routes the AI can take (you only need to pass through either the primary or secondary checkpoint before the next checkpoint appears). Some events I can think of include the Dallas RX events, and the Central Valley RX events, for a start. Some Motocross events could do with Primary and Secondary checkpoints as well. And some Street Race events could do with the same thing as well. At least, every event (not counting Rally Raid Events) that have two different routes the AI can take, should have Primary and Secondary checkpoints, to stop all exploiters and shortcut experts from finding an unfairly faster way around.

    New Vehicles

    We were promised 26 new vehicles in the update that will be introduced in the United States Speed Tour. So far - for episode one - we received 12 new vehicles (not counting the Porsche Cayman GT4 Wasp Edition that first appeared over 2 years ago):

    Bugatti Centodieci - Hypercar (part of Elite Bundle #8)
    Bugatti EB110 Super Sport - Hypercar (part of Elite Bundle #8)
    Chevrolet Corvette C2 2.0 Edition - Street Race (Summit-Exclusive)
    Ford Focus RS RX Glow Motorsport Edition - Rally Cross (Motorpass-Exclusive)
    Honda CBR1000RR SP2 - Street Race
    KTM X-Bow R - Alpha GP
    KTM X-Bow R Spear Racing Edition - Alpha GP (Motorpass-Exclusive)
    Pontiac GTO The Judge - Street Race
    Pontiac GTO The Judge - Rally Raid
    Pontiac GTO The Judge Sparrow Competition Edition - Rally Raid (Motorpass-Exclusive)
    Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo - Touring
    Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo Pulse Performance Edition - Touring (Motorpass-Exclusive)

    That leaves us with 14 vehicles waiting to be released. I'm placing my bet on the next episode - possibly the United States Speed Tour: West Edition - that the 14 remaining vehicles will be added.

    Episode 2 Is Next Up

    What can we expect for episode 2? We've seen the USST East edition go to places life New York City, Daytona, Miami, Dallas, Santa Fe, Pikes Peak, St. Louis and Detroit; all said locations on the eastern-half of the United States. If episode 2 does become USST West edition, we could end up going to cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Las Vegas, and Salt Lake City, and landmarks like Yosemite, the Great Sand Dunes, and the wide-open desert. Whatever we get, we'll have to wait and see.

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  • JTWhitworth
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    @brady2827 A very different feel scenery-wise? Are we doing the same events?

    Even discounting the half of the events that are existing races with the AI removed, of the eight new events, half of those use the same roads as existing events just, mostly, in the opposite direction. And all of them could quite easily have alternate routes that would really be different scenery.

    The RX and RR events have been the highlight because they were genuinely new places to race.

    As for the asphalt events: the first third of Stage 1 is boring foot to the floor stuff and the last third is just the end of Florida Trip; Stage 3 is Dallas HC in reverse; Stage 4 is Central Woods South backwards then the first half of Central Woods West; Stage 8 starts off with a bit of Detroit HC, leading to the first few minutes of New York HC in reverse.

    Stage 7, on the other hand, was the only really new scenery we got to see in the TC and A events.

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