IF T10 are reading this, which I can only hope, please consider the following to fix in an upcoming update (this all adds gameplay, the most important about any game):
Numbered just to make them easier to reply to, not in particular in order of importance, bold for scanning
1 be able to repair all aero parts
during a pitstop
in both LIMITED and SIMULATION damage races
2 add laptimes in timed races (now you can only see the race timer counting down, would be nice to be able to see your laptimes as well, just like in a circuit race with laps as finishing condition)
3 make it possible to change the helmet camera view without using the multiscreen setup before starting a race of test session (below the HUD menu for example)
4 give people the opportunity to have an added mirror in cockpit view (as part of the HUD, like the bumper view)
5 let fans design tracks as a contest, model the best three tracks and release them as, very important, free DLC; you can make money through car packs all you want. (I understood that getting licenses for real tracks is a difficult process)
6 give custom races it's own tab and give players more filters (i.e. stock upgrades fixed cars, assists, damage, collisions on/off, etc)
7 release pre-tuned spec race cars and create multiplayer hoppers for them (for instance, build up a E30 M3 to NASA spec, release as (free) DLC and create hoppers for these cars)
8 delete tracks that get voted out the most in hoppers, and/or rotate them so tracks return after a while. (the Top Gear track doesn't make much sense with 16 S-class cars, so why race there in the first place)
9 fix realistic tire wear and fuel consumption for Simulation and Limited damage
10 add ranked events again that put you up against people of your own skill; what use is it racing people that are either way faster or way slower
11 bring back tuning in online lobbies or at least (if this is impossible considering the programming architecture) give the option to preview a tune to make sure you've selected the right one; since the info is loaded anyway there should be a way to make a preview..
12 fix the zoom levels of the roof camera in the paint shop (sides/back and front have zoom levels, roof doesn't)
13 adjust the percentages in power and grip reductions from 5% increments to 1% increments (i.e. now you can select 0-5-10-15-and more % power reduction, where 0-1-2-3-4-5- and more % would be preferred) and add the ability to test with these to "test drive" under "upgrades", so you can test drive with power and grip reductions as well without having to create an online lobby.
14 add restrictor possibilities to upgrades of stock cars (just like race car restrictors) to reduct them with 20 or 40% or their stock power; make cars like the SLR/Wiesmann/etc more useful for online racing and be able to recreate touring car race with M3 (restrict to 320i alike power), etc.
15 add the ability in private lobbies to turn invalid laps OFF
16 add the ability to use a rolling start (for example 50 mph, two or three lanes) in private lobbies, will make racing with multiple drive trains a lot fairer at the start
17 show lagging cars as ghosts (my console is showing the lagging car, so with a couple of filters it should be possible to determine whether the car is lagging or not; moving up or down while staying horizontally flat, moving back and forwards faster than possible, etc). That way people don't receive damage from lagging cars
18 since the paint shop works with vectors, look at vector design programs and see how you can make your own custom shapes, create strokes/outlines, add/drop/convert anchor points and so on (paint bucket tool/ gradient tool/magic wand tool/etc)
19 slightly more difficult one: add the ability for drop in/drop out sessions in private lobbies, like Race Pro has (you can drop in and out of a session at any time and start racing when the host is already racing)
20 add more detail to replay descriptions (number of laps/time, drivers on starting grid, cars and PI's), give players the opportunity to move quickly through videos(as with YouTube, by dragging the cursor over the timeline), and don't automatically restart videos after they've ended.
Once again, I'm not asking for licensed stuff, I'm looking for things that actually make this game better, as I don't want to *** on T10. The current tactics of releasing giant amounts of DLC cars and not fixing the actual game (or waiting very long with it) is annoying a lot of customers who are ready to turn their back on this franchise.
If a T10 representative is reading this; if any of it by any means isn't clear, please contact me for details (not posting lots of paragraphs on the forums as it would take too much time to read for other members to agree with). This is just the start, but I think these 20 are the most reasonable features to fix with an update.
Thanks in advance for any support or feedback.
The ETCC: Friendly Forza Motorsport racing community since '07!