Automobilista 2 is best played with a wheel. While it's been in development, the force feedback system has continually improved until now it has one of the best out there. For the Logitech G29 or G920, the default force feedback works fine, but it is quite noisy on these wheels. The road features feel too strong, making the wheel jerk around too much, and it tends to be too heavy in corners.
These problems are easily corrected by using a custom force feedback file. There are many of these files designed for all different types of wheels. I found one designed for these wheels specifically that works beautifully. With this custom file and the appropriate settings, Automobilista 2 is one of the best feeling simulators I've played.
In this guide, we will install this custom force feedback file and look at the best settings to use in G HUB and in-game.
Custom Force Feedback
- Download this custom force feedback file: ffb_custom_settings.txt
- Copy it to Documents\Automobilista 2, replacing the original file.
This is taken directly from the PeterS custom file in rFuktor4.4.zip from this post on the official forums. At the time of this writing, a typo in a calculation was found in the file that I have corrected in the version I provide. That thread on the forum is frequently updated, so you will likely find a newer, corrected version in the future.
G HUB Settings
Automobilista 2 has a proper Soft Lock feature, so every car will have the correct steering angle applied automatically, as long as G HUB is set to 900°.
Create a new profile for Automobilista 2 with the following settings:
Automobilista 2 Settings
In Options > Controls > Configuration:
I recommend removing the Throttle and Brake Deadzones as well as lowering the Throttle Sensitivity quite a bit, though this is a personal preference. Many of these cars are very sensitive to throttle inputs and it's much easier to control them with a less sensitive throttle.
In Options > Controls > Force Feedback:
|Setting||Closed Wheel||Open Wheel|
|Low Force Boost||66||60|
The Open Wheel cars have noticeably stronger force feedback and need to have the FX, in particular, lowered. These values are taken directly from the custom file's recommended settings. I've found they work very well. Remember that you can change the force feedback strength per-car in the car setup menu. Some are definitely stronger than others.
It is important to note that the Damping slider is actually the strength of the Power Steering in this custom file. Lowering it will give you less Power Steering and vice versa.
Automobilista 2 has come a long way over the course of its development. The force feedback has improved a lot and they keep improving other aspects of the game as time goes on. There are a lot of cars and tracks that I haven't raced with in other games, so it's been a lot of fun trying them all out.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments.