TL;DR version - I love FM7 right now
I pre-ordered FM7 based on my experience with FH3 (which I didn’t actually buy until after it had been fixed, as I didn’t actually know it was available). FH3 on my PC has been awesome, so as I loved FM2, FM3, and FM4 on the 360, I took the plunge.
I wasn’t sure at first, the game looked gorgeous, but the core of the game wasn’t what I remembered. I played the first few cups in career (I don’t do multi-player, mainly because I’m completely crap and just play for fun), and found the rewards to be pretty meh, and the homologation took the upgrade aspect out of the racing side, although you can race pretty much anything in the “open” races in career. I decided that I’d start doing longer races, so changed career mode to “extra long” and now main races last around an hour, and net on average a base 80k per race. Coupled with decent mods it’s easy to earn another 80k to 160k on top of that. Use FE cars in the open career races, and you get more bonuses, plus any difficulty bonuses, so I’m not missing the VIP x2 rewards that much. Did 3 races yesterday and had earned enough to buy the Pagani in the speciality dealer. Grab your Nissan GT-R FE (VIP car) and take it to Indianapolis in free play and do 50 laps on the Brickyard circuit. 45 minutes, 165k credits without mods or difficulty bonuses (110k base cr).
Does it work on my PC? 99.9% of the time, yes. It hardly crashes at all. I clocked up 14 hours straight yesterday, and it crashed once, and that was between races. I’m not bothered too much about the auction house, as I already have more cars than I can ever race. Same with leagues. There’s no point in me competing in any leagues, as I’ll probably never even scratch the top 10,000. I’ll happily sit there and drive my imaginary car around an imaginary track 30 times over, and have a sense of accomplishment when I’m done…
I’ve invested a lot of hours into this game now, and my impression is that the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. Sure, there are some parts missing, but they’re not things I’m worried about. The game isn’t perfect, but it offers me enough to enjoy it. That said, I wish I hadn’t bought the ultimate edition, because I’ll probably have finished the career long before the last car pack is released. Of course we may see a class based career mode added (it’s not beyond the realms of possibility) in a future update, or additional cup series added.
The prize crates are something I wasn’t too sure of, but with the extra long races, you can make back a lot more than the 50k you pay for the most expensive mod crate on a single race. It’s not worth it for the shorter races though as they just don’t pay out enough. Oh, and I bought a few 300k crates, one of which had a Maclaren F1 GT in, so a 1.3m cr car. Worth it? Yep, and the mods in each let me make back the 300k I spent on each of them.
Overall, despite the inevitable teething problems that you get with a release, I’m actually satisfied with it on the whole. I’m still not sure of the longevity of it, given the very short career mode (compared to earlier incarnations of FM), but for me at least, the game works well enough to keep me coming back to it, and presents enough of a challenge to satisfy my racing needs, at least for now. So there we are, someone actually has something positive to say about the game. I guess the rest of it will be fixed shortly, but it works well enough for me not to be hacked off with it.