Since i am a big fan of the F1 games from Codemasters, it’s difficult for me to enjoy the Singleplayer Races in FM. The Races in the F1 series are feeling more like a true race, and this has nothing to do with the realism of the steering or gameplay, but to fight with the AI feels more realistic, and that is what i would like to see in FM8. A qualifiying mode for the race, and not the typical “Start from positon 8” scheme. Also the AI needs a lot of improvement, because in Motorsport 7, i had often the issue, that AI (no matter what difficulty) does breaktest me on straight lines or specific corners, like Eau Rogue.
A single race is clearly designed to keep the player from reaching the First place fast, and the AI is not like an equal opponent, but more like an predator, trying everything to make things harder. Instead having childish blocking, ramming or break-tests, i would like to see wheel to wheel racing, like an true race.
It doesn’t matter how good FM8 will look, but these are key-features for me, and the series have to reach the next level of gameplay. FM7 feels outdated, compared to Assetto Corsa or GT, but it has the better steering and drive feeling. I would like to see FM8 on a new level of realism, combined it’s quality level with the race authencity of the Formula 1 series for example.