So I logged a *few* more hours in TDU2, aced both C7, both A7, & both B4 championships (as well as some side stuff). I really like it. I just wish I could select a harder difficulty (personal complaint, I'm a bit of a racing nut), I don't like being able to have a major screw-up or two and still take 1st place.
I really like the physics model! Going downhill (offroad) and picking up speed, the steering gets realistically loose whereas while going uphill it's tight and responsive. Powersliding feels good when I pull it off just right. Offroad at night is a hoot! It really is open world -- you can drive across the map offroad. Also the offroad races don't penalize you for leaving the trail and making your own path (unless you wind up on the wrong side of a guardrail next to a checkpoint. There is quite a bit of pretty scenery to look at when offroading, and there's even birds flying.
It looks like there is a considerable bit of sims like stuff, redecorating your apartments (walls, floor, furniture. You can repaint and put stickers on your vehicles. There's a lots of clothes to buy. Hairstylists (one in particular is a hoot, I'll have to remember to upload that screenshot). A series of go-photograph missions. There's even a cosmetic clinic (plastic surgeon?).
I took a hard look at it when it debuted on GG. It didn't look promising then.
Originally Posted by warreni
Both times I installed this game (once as non-Steam and yesterday as Steam), I've had to fight the "Strict" vs. "Open" NAT problem. I did all kinds of re-jiggering of things: temporary disabling of firewall, reconfiguring router via HTTP (before I did this I didn't even know my router had a login!), rebooting x times because the UpLauncher.exe is an unkillable process in Windows 8, and something I did yesterday worked. I have no idea what worked but now when I fire up the launcher it shows me as Open. Yay!
I have one of six events won for the B4 championship (I had to run that race 10-15 times this morning before I was able to take first place--@#$! Ryan Wilder!!).
I'm sorry to hear you had so much trouble getting networking to work with it. One thing that comes to mind is to enable the UPnP option on your router (that allows applications to open the ports they need).
What vehicle are you driving? I also suggest turning assists off ("hardcore" in TDU2 parlance). I have a personal like of the Touareg, and a strong personal disdain for the H3 (IRL and in game). I haven't tried the new makes of Land Rover.