Automobilista 2 is an interesting simulator with a lot of unique cars not seen in many other games. It plays great with a wheel. While it's been in development, the force feedback system has continually improved, though it's difficult to find settings that work well across so many different types of cars. For the Thrustmaster TX and T300, the default force feedback isn't terrible by any means, but I find it is difficult to feel the grip all the time.
This can be fixed by using a custom force feedback file. A lot of the cars in this game are not easy to drive and I often struggled to control them. This new force feedback file makes it easier for me to feel what the car is doing and, therefore, to control the car.
In this guide, we will install this custom force feedback file and look at the best settings to use in the Thrustmaster Control Panel and in-game.
Custom Force Feedback
Download the file rfuktor-tunes2.zip from this post.
Unpack the zip file and copy the file:
Documents\Automobilista 2, replacing the original file.
This file was created specifically for these wheels by Kuku Maddog on the official Reiza forums. These files keep getting tweaked over time, so you may find a newer version that is worth trying out. Be aware that the force feedback settings will change when using a different file.
Thrustmaster Control Panel Settings
Automobilista 2 automatically sets the proper steering angle for each car in the game, so you can leave the Thrustmaster Control Panel set to the maximum.
|Rotation||900° (TX) 1080° (T300)|
|Overall Strength of all forces||75%|
|Auto-Center||by the game|
Spring and Damper are not used by Automobilista 2, so can be set to any value without issue.
Automobilista 2 Settings
In Options > Controls > Configuration:
I removed the Throttle and Brake Deadzones, but that's personal preference. You may also want to lower the Throttle Sensitivity, since many of these cars require delicate throttle control.
In Options > Controls > Force Feedback:
|Low Force Boost||40|
Gain is the maximum power you feel in heavy cornering, for instance. Setting this too high will overwhelm the wheel and make it quite heavy.
Low Force Boost is the force in the center of the wheel. This helps you feel many of the lighter forces.
FX is the feeling of bumps and kerbs. You may want to adjust this based on the car and track. It can get annoying if the track is particularly bumpy.
Damping, despite the name, is actually Power Steering in this custom file. Lowering it will give you less Power Steering and vice versa. You will have to adjust this on a per-car basis, as each one has its own unique feel.
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. Admittedly, though, I do find it gets tedious tweaking the force feedback between the different cars.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments.