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.
I wrote a piece a while back telling you all about the CMaster Invitational, a TrackMania Nations Forever tournament that is being hosted by South Africa’s current champion. The tournament is now well underway. What has happened thus far?
Driveclub suffered a massive delay late last year, with developer Evolution stating that there were massive technical issues with the racer. After playing it last year, I think there was a lot more wrong than just technical issues, but that's hopefully why the delay was so long. We're close to the release date, and some players have already dived into Driveclub.
Yesterday a forum post regarding The Crew caught my attention. The post in question seemed to confirmed that Ubisoft’s racer would have it’s frame rate capped to 30FPS on all platforms, including PC. Now that’s both true and not so true, and Ubisoft have cleared it up for us.
The Dirt franchise has been the long running king of rally in the gaming world. Dirt 3 was actually a rather solid racing title all round, with some interesting new events like the popular Gymkhana insanity. It looks like Codemasters is finally ready to reveal the next entry.