This has been bugging me for a long time now.
Richard Burns Rally.
It's one of my most favourite games and i usually play it most days.
I've literally played it thousands of times over several years now.
The problem comes once you've crashed, gone off road or run into pedestrians and need to reset the car back on the road.
This involves a very tedious ( Screenshot attached )
Press Escape - Brings up in game menu.
Screen fades out / menu fades in (Fade takes about 1 second, very tedious to watch)
Cursor down to Call For Help
Menu fades out / game fades in
Watch a tedious 5 second animation of the car being dumped back on track and several pedestrians backing away.
Camera resets to behind the car again where you can restart playing.
This whole process is so tedious that i prefer to waste even more time trying to drive back on track myself, which often involves the car geting stuck in scenery rather than go through the whole menu / animation process.
All thats needed is a Press Key or Joystick Button to reset the car immediately back on track so you can continue playing.
Apart from being tedious to watch, the animation sequence loses you valuable seconds when racing against the clock, it interupts gameplay and definately IS NOT FUN.
Another feature of Richard Burns Rally, is that you can Stall The Car, where the engine dies.
This seems to happen at random times, although i'm sure theres some sort of physics equations for it, but when the engine cuts out, you have bring the car to a halt, wait 1 or 2 seconds and then press the accelerator to restart.
You can be tearing around a corner at break neck speeds, getting plenty of opposite lock on, kicking up loads of dust and having loads of fun when all of a sudden the engine dies.
It's got to be one of the most frustrating game features i've come across. It may be realistic but it definately isn't fun and totally unnecessary.
Interestingly, the game does have a restart engine key binding but it's never worked for me. I do have the game patched to the latest version so i'm wondering if this feature has been disabled, but the key binding is still in the options page.
Another annoying thing which Richard Burns Rally does along with many other games are those annoying animating splash screens you get when the game is initially loading.
If the programme is multi threading and loading in the background then ok, i can live with that, but if the loading stops in order to play the animation and then restarts once the animations finish is a real chore to watch when all you want to do is get into the game as quickly as possible.
OK, so Richard Burns allows you to skip the animations by pressing Escape, but again it's an annoyance that i can do without.
A much better system, would be to play the animations on first play and then to skip them on subsequent plays.
Or if they must be shown, then how about once every ten plays or so.
Even though Richard Burns is patched to the latest version and is several years old now, it's still buggy.
Especially the volume settings.
I like to listen to a lot of downloaded talk radio whilst playing, so have the game volume settings really low.
Except when you crash, where the volume gets reset to maximum ( BUG ), and you have to go into the sound menus Twice and reset back to low again.
This is a clear coding bug which slipped past QA, and if i wasn't such a HUGE fan of the game would be a game breaker for me.
Another annoying feature is the time delay for changing into reverse gear.
Changing forward gears is really quick ( i like to use auto gear change ) but when you want to go into reverse, you have to bring the car to a halt, then wait about 1 second before reverse engages.
Why is the driver So Slow at changing into reverse gear.
This also gets really tedious over time.
Apart from these faults the game is brilliant. A flawed masterpiece.