I was wondering how many of you guys practice, or have practiced with AI as a training tool. I feel it is important to get quite a bit of track time with other cars on the road. Lap times are the heart of racing, but not the soul. You need good lap times to win a race, but you need to be able to run those fast laps in traffic.
I was pretty thrilled when Undead got in behind me in the last race, he settled in behind me and helped push my car, for about 3 laps we were both benefiting from his drafting. I was running pretty good when he came up on me. I was going fast enough that a couple of his pass attempts failed, at which point I got the impression he was an experienced enough driver to not get too impatient and make something bad happen. Eventually, I was a tad late into a corner and had to take a slower line opening the inside and he was gone.
That's the soul of racing. Sure you can run fast laps hitting all the quick lines with no cars on the road. But can you draft an opponent and help both cars run faster. Look, if the guy ahead of you is covering the inside well (making it difficult to pass), why not help him go a little faster while you are stuck in behind him. It helps keep others off your tail.
Anyway, just some of my thoughts... what's yours? Do you use AI as a training tool? If so, how do you set up the AI strength? I try to set it up so half the pack is faster. I will set the AI lower, around 75 when learning a track. Once I'm feeling comfortable enough with my lap times I'll bump it up to 85 and sometimes 90. At 100 the AI sets lap times that compete with, and sometimes break, real-world record times.
I like your methods and it rings true. Your tactic is something you see in Nascar all the time, to "break from the pack". Franky I'm a bit new with PC and put up with Forza for so many years. Inspite of really dumb AI, it works wonders for situational awareness. Something thats been very lacking for public lobbies. Such a trait helps wonders in avoiding conflict. You can watch the first 25min of my Twitch feed for a good example from last weeks race. I was overly aggressive, but thankfully McNasty was on par after he saw my sloppiness.
I really syked out there so I literally failed in safe habbits. Inspite of this, I had past experience to tell me I would have been at fault, lest he plow into me.