Local play bugs - improvement requests

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Local play bugs - improvement requests

Post by TMarc » 29 Dec 2014, 15:58

The local play modes should be easy to use, bug free and since they are most probably the first thing families and younger friends want to do without need of a second PC, those game modes should be very accessible and user friendly.

Since those are still (or again) there, let's summarize the local play bugs.

Bug: this is common, opponent skins are changing randomly, not even keeping the selected nationality.

Hot seat:

Feature: Please add the option to hide the opponent player tag. Even the key 'O' to hide opponent doesn't work here. :arrow: give a key or button that allows to hide the tag, make the opponent ghost semi transparent, hide opponent ghost.

Bug: Message <player> is eliminated sometimes appears 2x (I used ENTER key to close each)

Bug: Setting tries to 1 or 0 has no effect, the game still proposes retries until all opponents are eliminated.
I would expect here that every player has only 1 try and the best wins...

Split Screen:

Bug(?): Aspect ratio apparently never correct. on a wide screen (16:9), the horizontal split screen looks odd, extended a lot, even if using different camera perspectives. And on vertical split screen, it lookes squeezed.
Also the aspect ratio of the text messages that appear in the center of the screen is wrong.
:arrow: The game should detect if the pixels are 1:1 and not distord text messages unnecessarily.

Bug: the skin of the player on the left or upper screen is hidden by the other player(s) at the start, which is confusing. :arrow: on each split screen, the skin of the individual player car shall be visible in the foreground.

Bug(?): on 3 screen mode, the screen is acutally split into 4 screens, but the first player is shown on 2 screens, which is confusing at the start :arrow: Better would be an option to have black screen, a birds eye view of the whole track, or like on multiplayer servers, the CP times of each player appearing there.

Bug: on the countown, at the "Go" display, the screen fades into black, which is not good for the eyes.
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:arrow: Don't make the screen fade to black here!

Bug: The input device selection is misleading and not intuitive at the first visit.
After modifying the keyboard input with 'Set' button, there was still the 'Cancel' button, and the just modified inputs were not taken as new setting. :arrow: Add a hint to click on a device to use that. Also rename 'Set' to 'Modify'. There is enough space on the screen so you can make this popup larger.

Bug: As soon as a different player has won a round, both winner names are shown in the message that appears above the podium. And with the third next different winner, it gets worse. All messages "<player> has won the match!" appear overlapped:
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:arrow: only the last winner shall be displayed here!

Bug: Don't know how I managed to reach it, in the track selection, suddenly I could neither add tracks nor go back to the main menu.
The "Back" button showed mouse over effect, but was not working.
And any try to add one map failed. However it was possible to select a few maps and save that list.
But the only escape now was to close the game :?
Perhaps you can find some clue in the logfile here
Besides that, I'm really wondering of the hundreds of various assert errors in the log. :roll:
Last edited by TMarc on 29 Dec 2014, 18:12, edited 3 times in total.
Reason: Added two points to Hot Seat mode. Rewrote introduction.
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Re: Local play bugs - improvement requests

Post by TMarc » 26 Feb 2015, 00:05

Apparently nothing fixed yet. :|

Today I encouraged a friend to install Stadium - he purchased it even directly using Steam.

We placed split-screen.
And we faced the two bugs I already described:
After selecting Stadium_A maps setting, the map list was empty and there was no exit possible, only ALT+F4 helped.
And the rounds winning screen with superposed winner names.

This is very embarassing and awkward :oops:
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Re: Local play bugs - improvement requests

Post by YonCan » 01 Apr 2015, 17:06

+1

Thanks for summarizing these local play issues, TMarc. Some years ago I made some posts about the local play bugs, but meanwhile, I lost hope that Nadeo will address these problems. :|

At the moment you can't invite some friends to a local play competition. If the game doesn't keep at least the car color and the control settings of a player (hot seat), gameplay becomes frustrating and he will loose interest very fast. Isn't hot seat or split screen a way to bring new players to TM? :?:

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