Some observations on the recent fixture additions now that textures aren’t horrendously mismatched and the layering works correctly. (Huge photo dump incoming)
I’m LOVING the brakelight selection now. The hard square, soft square, and circle designs allow me to finally create the millions of brakelight designs cars have without weird clipping and edge issues ruining things, and the texture choice is perfect for dramatically scaling the lights without it being obvious that the texture is stretched.
Likewise the badge update has allowed me to further enhance my designs, but not in the way as intended. The geometric chrome shapes of the most basic badges allows me to start detailing my cars again with chrome accents and such.
My point is, out of the hundred or whatever badges that were added, I’m getting the most mileage out of a rectangle; same with the lights, in which most of the unique designs available are mostly ignore in favor of combining the square and circle ones inside a vent. I’ve used that small bumper bulge in probably 50% of my lineup, in contrast the huge ones have yet to be used once. The modular fixtures are the ones people use, and I’m glad to see that you are starting to head more towards that direction.
Now on to some negatives. First, please stop stripping the side mirrors off of absolutely everything. The generic family cars and such are fine, but the stylized bodies need their unique mirrors. I’m tolerant of most of the design quirks in the game right now, but seriously, this is awful:
Also, we need the standard pain/plstic/chrome texture varients on everything. Not for recolored body pieces (which should bleed through to the fixture on the paint setting anyway), but more importantly for head and tailight trims. That rectangle badge mentioned before is getting so much mileage not only because it’s modular, but because its the only plain chrome body piece avaliable right now.
So my suggestion would be to continue to concentrate on basic, modular componenets in varied shapes and textures the over unique designs that may only be used a tenth of the time in comparison. In addition, I also suggest you copy what one of the more popular workshop mods does and give all the vent/grille fixtures a filled in version, as they are really helpful for light backdrops and rounding off the ends of various trim piece. Finish everything off with the trio of texture variants and it will be perfect.
Also bring back engine head covers please