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09-28-2021 at 08:40 AM
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Arcade Racer Difficulty levels and "FREE GAME FOR 1st Place"

Race Games "difficulty"

I probably could make a video showing this but I have actually tested the difficulty levels on CRUIS'N and I suspect is the same on FNF and other arcade racers. When we think difficulty levels we want to think higher is harder and lower is easier. Well when you start adding difficulty to a game designed for profit it becomes something different. A game may have extra men seemingly making you play longer on easy but for the CRUIS'N series the difficulty level has NO effect on your end time and it's my opinion you will get worse times on CRUIS'N if on EASY or HARD. I believe the setting it is on is the best for highest times. So then what's the point? on EASY the opponents cars are slower. On hard the opponents cars are faster. This is how you know difficulty level on Cruis'n. I suspect is the same on FNF. This allows the operator to do two things if FREE GAME for win is on. #1 FREE GAME that is easier to get. #2 FREE GAME that is harder to get. Your car does not change and traffic is still the same. The wheel stiffness? I do not know. I can't understand what advantage wheel stiffness would have or not. And as we said the time bonus makes it harder but helps shorten your videos while waiting for next run. So there you go, we hold ourselves to the standards of "difficulty" and "rules" on certain tracks that are just sacrificial.

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  1. RedDawn's Avatar

    Can you elaborate on WHY opponent cars going faster and slower will make achieving optimal time harder?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedDawn

    Can you elaborate on WHY opponent cars going faster and slower will make achieving optimal time harder?


    Sure. On cruis'n each flip is -1 second off your total time. What I observed is that when the cars either go faster OR slower off the line you are LESS likely to catch a flip off of them. Basically by putting you in between, you are around more of your opponent to flip off of. On easier or harder difficulty you will have to rely on more traffic to get those flips. Again, I believe FNF will be no different as far as opponents going fast and slower, we can easily see but dollars to donuts is the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedDawn

    Can you elaborate on WHY opponent cars going faster and slower will make achieving optimal time harder?

    Better to ask yourself what does the difficulty level do? How CAN it better or worsen your time? Think about it. The care no faster or slower. The track is the same length. You can't make yourself go a millisecond faster through settings.

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