I don't know about you, but I'm pretty damn excited for the new, reboot vision of Need for Speed. Just the idea of a return to nocturnal, urban racing in brightly coloured cars had my hype train revving - despite the fact that the first look at the arcade racer next month could derail it. And see it we will, especially if this release date is to be believed.
LEGO Dimensions? Check. Disney Infinity 3.0? Check. Broken wallet? Double-check! These days, Christmas shopping may be just as expensive as ever, but at least it’s a little bit easier. And that’s because kids love the toys to life genre. It’s a genre that Activision’s Skylanders not only created, but improved on every year with annual releases adding more characters to the game. The franchise however, has been oddly quiet throughout 2015. By now, a new game has normally been announced in time for parents to take out a second mortgage on their home. And if the rumours are true, it looks like Skylanders is bringing back another forgotten genre of gaming: Kart racing.
One gaming genre I tend to overlook or ignore completely these days (other than SPURTS) is that of the VROOM VROOM kind. It’s surprising actually, seeing as I am not completely bored by cars and tend to drool over them in real life. The thing is, I used to dig racing games. The franchise that pulled me in fully years ago was Need for Speed. I played Hot Pursuit into the ground towards the end of the 90s, and then I got hooked on later iterations, Underground, and its sequel, Underground 2. I even played Carbon a little. Those later titles were fantastic; Neon lighting, sexy cars, kickass soundtracks, and TJOONING… what wasn’t to like? Then I lost interest completely – the games became a little too serious/washed out for my liking. That may all change though, as there is a new Need for Speed on the way, and it hints at being a spiritual successor to the one iteration I loved most, Underground.
Project Cars is finally seeing the light of day this week, bringing a long, winding development period to a resounding close. The game looks absolutely breathtaking, allowing you to tweak your visual experience on consoles for the first time in the hopes of a smoother experience. And it seems like that's a good thing, considering a beating storm brings the game to a grinding halt.
I'm not going to mince words, nor subject you to a lengthy anecdote about road-trips with my grandparents. Let's just cut to the chase; is the Crew worthy of your Christmas stockings? Is it the game that will help you overcome the New Year after-party hangover? Is this Ubisoft's finest racer to date? "Sadly... no!"
In terms of racing games, my interest lies mainly in those titles that give the player all sorts of tricks and obstacles to get through. It started years ago, way back in 1990 with Stunt Driver. I only got the game a few years after its release, but as a wee lad I spent countless hours doing vertical loops and weaving in and out of various hazards. Many years later saw the creation of TrackMania, a series with a similar premise which gobbled up even more of my time. This particular genre of racing game was translated to mobile devices in the form of Jet Car Stunts in 2009. The title has since been remade into versions for the PC and Xbox 360 which released earlier this year. It’s now available on the Vita and PlayStation 3, and it does a decent enough job of encapsulating the fast paced stunt racing I enjoy - with a bit of its own unique flair too.
rAge may be well behind us, but that doesn’t mean that every game has reached its annual conclusion. As you know, TrackMania Nations Forever is a racer all about precision and speed. The best of our local community will be going against each other this Sunday in the Do Gaming Online Final. Who will be the fastest?
Well that’s certainly not the way you’d like to kick off your weekend if you’re a racing fan. Project Cars, one of the most anticipated racing titles ever, isn't going to be launching this year anymore. Instead, it's suffered a bit of a delay.
Bugger Resolution-Gate and this obsession with eating 1080 peas, the red-headed stepchild of vegetables. The true issue in gaming should be all about frame rates. Nothing beats the silky smooth 60 frames per second of some games, and no matter how much I’m sold on a game aiming for a “cinematic” feel with 24 to 30 frames per second, I’ll go for the soap opera look every time. The Crew is one such game that is going for that 30fps territory. But it might be driving faster on PC.
DriveClub is out this week – and there’s even a free version of the game (read :demo) for PlayStation Plus subscribers. As the first really new racing game to hit the PlayStation 4, it’s got quite a task ahead of it to convince players not to wait for Gran Turismo 7. Of course, that’s made a little easier by people not wanting to wait until 2023. I’ve been playing DriveClub, and it’s quite good looking, straddling the line betwixt sim and arcade, like a modern PGR. I know nothing though. Here’s what critics think.
The CMaster Invitational has finally found a winner! This past weekend saw the top drivers from the tournament meeting up in the final event. Who raced around the tracks the fastest?
Nice, France. A city dominated by the sheer beauty of the French Riviera and the surrounding mountain passes. These passes act as playground to those fortunate enough to race around in some of the fastest, most visually stunning cars on the planet. Racing at illegal, break neck speeds with the sun setting on the horizon, providing the perfect backdrop to the exhilarating core of what driving really is. In every way, Forza Horizon 2 feels exactly like this - A playground for you to lose yourself to at 200 km/h.
With everyone going absolutely bonkers over the launch of Destiny, it’s easy to forget that there are actually still a ton of games coming out over the next few weeks. Some are further than others, but most of them are less than a month away. Take Forza Horizon 2 for example. It’s looking like one of the most stunning games to launch on the Xbox One yet, and it’s out in really, really soon.