I agree that the live the life side of the career mode was pretty ordinary in 2011. In some respects, 2010 was better with your (sort of) human agent in your trailer, and the after race press interviews if you got a podium were quite good. I’d like to see the post race podium interviews come back actually.
The worst thing that I saw in 2011 were the number of stupid bugged “press release” things that came out in the loading screens in between races. The number of times that I got praised by the team boss for a win when I wasn’t even in the points, or congratulated on a podium when in fact I had a DNF are ridiculous.
The “david croft” interviews in 2011 are pretty rubbish too.
It could be improved in ways that others have said before; podium celebrations; champagne spewing etc etc.
It’d also be good if the post race interviews had some more varied topics. I’d love to have a chance to badmouth or play down a racing incident in the event I clipped someone. Or to come under fire for my driving style if I get several penalties in a row at various tracks.
And although it’ll never happen, I’d LOVE the opportunity to charge down into another team’s pit area and bean a driver if they run me off the track.
It’d also be cool if they had pre and post race sessions showing you signing autographs or something. Maybe your crow of fans could get bigger or smaller depending on your success or popularity.
The press release stuff could be improved too. Stuff you say in interviews should come back and be reflected in the press releases; good or bad. Your actions on track could also mean that other things are said about your personal life. For example, if you have a lot of off track excursions and/or penalties, the game responds and suggests your private life is just as hectic. Maybe the press report you being found drunk outside a nightclub clutching an inflatable dolphin or something. It’d be a nice nod to the fans if some of the incidents were things that actual drivers have been found doing (Raikkonen in this case). By the same token, if you’re known for clean races and not causing trouble, you get glowing praise in the media for your gentlemanly attitude.
I also think that little “sponsor” events wouldn’t be a bad idea. Maybe The team has you do a couple of laps on tracks that aren’t raced on anymore for promos. Or they get you doing doughnuts on the main straight at Catalunya. Whatever. Something a little different.
Another good way to “live the life” is to allow customisable helmets in career mode. I can understand why for online races it might be a problem (data transfer etc), but a personalised helmet for career mode should be on the cards.
And I don’t want to see another driver’s name on my car. I hate seeing “maldonado” on my car when I’m with Williams or “Schumacher” for Mercedes etc etc. Either put my name on it, or remove it completely.
The little details matter.