Need for Speed: Payback
Racing November 2017
A sandbox car driving simulation. BeamNG.drive is a debut work of the indie developer Beam NG and the result of several years spent developing a highly-realistic driving model. Players can sit behind the wheel of several vehicle types (e.g. passenger cars, pick-ups trucks, vans) and explore the vast terrains prepared by the developers. In addition, the creators prepared several game modes, including police pursuits, street races, and courier missions. In-game editor lets the players create their own vehicles and tracks. The driving model takes into account the numerous factors that influence moving vehicles. The pinnacle of BeamNG.drive is its remarkably realistic damage system - the in-game crashes' resemblance to real-life road accidents is almost terrifying.
Micro Machines: World Series
Racing Friday, 30 June 2017
Another installment of the cult series of arcade racing games published by Codemasters Software. Like in the legendary first entry in the series from 1991, in Micro Machines: World Series the player assumes control of remote controlled vehicles and competes with other drivers on wacky tracks. There are 12 vehicles available, among which there are exotic racing cars and trucks that can create chaos on the road. The vehicles are equipped with weapons, among which there are rocket launchers, grenade launchers, flamethrowers and machines guns. The races take place in locations like pool tables, workshops, backyards and kitchen tables. The key to victory is to effectively eliminate opponents and to avoid numerous obstacles scattered across the tracks. Micro Machines: World Series offers single player and multiplayer modes. In addition to classic races, the title offers arena battles and other modes.
Racing 25 August 2017
F1 2017 is another installment of the popular formula one simulator series from Codemasters Software. The game introduces many changes and improvments in comparison to the previous installment of the series. Now, career is much more complex and, multiplayer received some improvements. We will also find a completely new Championship Mode mode in F1 2017. We now also have the chance to drive classic F1 cars, like the ones driven by Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello (Ferrari 2002), or by Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost (1988 McLaren MP4/4). As usual, the newest installment of the series has improved visuals.
Project CARS 2
Racing September 2017
A sequel to the successful racing game released in 2015 and developed by Slightly Mad Studios (the creators of Need for Speed: Shift and Shift 2: Unleashed). Since the game was partially financed on the World of Mass Development platform, players themselves were allowed to be a part of the development process. Similarly as in case of the first installment of the series, it is a realistic racing simulator. Less experienced players can enable various handicaps and assists to make the game less realistic. Project CARS 2 contains much more locations than its predecessor. There are more than 200 tracks to ride on by using various cars divided into 40 categories. The appearance and technical parameters of cars can be freely modified. The races take place in various single and multiplayer modes. The basic game mode is the single player campaign which can be played in cooperation with another player. Project CARS 2 also features online challenges and rankings.
Next Car Game: Wreckfest
Racing December 2017
A dynamic racing game developed by the creators of the cult FlatOut series and the last two iterations of the almost equally famous Ridge Racer series – Finnish studio Bugbear Entertainment. The game takes inspiration from the previous works of the studio, focusing on crazy rivalry, unrestrained with fair play rules. Apart from having the best lap time and being the first one to cross the finish line, you should also eliminate your opposition as brutally as you can. Therefore, the races overflow with vicious competition, and the tracks quickly become covered with car wrecks of the defeated. The game features complex car customization both in terms of appearance and performance. From the technical side, the game catches the eye with well-polished graphics and advanced damage system, which impacts not only how the cars look but also how they behave. You can race alone, competing against AI, or take part in one of many crazy multiplayer modes.
Gran Turismo Sport
Racing November 2017
A spin-off to a popular racing game series developed for Sony’s consoles and the first one in the franchise that was tailor-made for PlayStation 4. Developed by Polyphony Digital in cooperation with the FIA organization, Gran Turismo Sport focuses on the titular motor sports, having the player compete for the most prestigious cups and titles just like real race drivers do. The gameplay mechanics corresponds with previous games in the series, letting you climb up the ladder of a professional driving career and drive a whole range of licensed sport cars, dedicated racing or concept cars. The competition has a different form here, as individual players represent their home countries or favorite car manufacturers. The game features more realistic driving model, as well as noticeably better graphics. It also supports the PlayStation VR headset.
The Crew 2
Forza Motorsport 7
Racing October 2017
Gran Turismo 7
The seventh major installment in the renowned cycle of racing simulators, that has been the exclusive pride of consecutive generations of the PlayStation console. The Japanese studio Polyphony Digital, having years of experience in working with the brand, is responsible for developing the newest Gran Turismo. The game allows us to test our racing skills by driving numerous licensed vehicles, ranging from mass-produced cars, through custom racing models, to futuristic prototypes. The developers have prepared a vast collection of tracks, including both closed circuits, as well as more public areas. The advanced physics and driving models are definitely strong points of the title as they take a number of factors into consideration, including the speed, mass, aerodynamics, or the suspension settings of our machine, as well as external factors, e.g. the surface on which you are driving or the current weather conditions. Additionally, Gran Turismo 7 features a very complex multiplayer mode, along with player's achievements and statistics. Having been designed for PlayStation 4, the game boasts significantly upgraded visuals.
Racing October 2017
TT Isle Of Man: Ride on the Edge
A racing game dedicated to an annual racing series known as one of the most dangerous street circuits in the world – Isle of Man TT Race, a famed motorcycle sport event that had its first edition in 1907. In 1949-1976 the event was a part of FIM Motorcycle Grand Prix World Championship, however as a result of numerous controversies following the safety of the racers and spectators the series have been removed from the championships calendar. TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge takes place on a virtual remake of Snaefell Mountain Course, the famed 37 mile-long circuit leading through the public roads of the island. Thanks to the official license of the event, acquired through close cooperation with the Isle of Man Department of Economic Development, the game enables us to assume the role of real participants, supported by their teams and bikes of choice.
Racing September 2017
A car game where the players drive various off-road vehicles and take part in Offroad Masters competition, visiting various places around the globe – from deep forests and jungles, through deserts and beaches, to snow-covered mountains. Gravel offers four ways to play: Cross Country is based on free exploration and competition to reach check points before others; Wild Rush features races without any rules; Speed Cross is a competition taking place on reconstructions of real-life tracks; and finally Stadium Circuit, taking place on closed arenas filled with obstacles and ramps to jump. The game can be played both solo and with other players, and they can brag about their achievements through online rankings. Gravel is based on Unreal Engine 4 technology, meaning it offers high-quality visuals. Its driving model is a compromise between simulation and arcade, with a physics engine developed by Milestone making sure that the game is quite realistic and each car acts differently.
NASCAR Heat 2
Racing September 2017
Racing December 2017
A futuristic racing game developed by Caged Element and a spiritual successor to the once-popular Rollcage series. GRIP takes us to an unspecified period in the future and focuses on brutal racing tournaments of well-armored vehicles; the tradition stems from illegal city racing that was popular in early 21st century. As the sport grew more and more popular the number of modifications in racing cars constantly increased, which translated into significantly better performance for the price of taking incredible risks. In the wake of numerous unsuccessful attempts to eradicate the brutal sport, the authorities eventually admitted their defeat and accepted it as an official sports discipline along with its TV broadcasts. The rules are incredibly simple: the players’ task is to reach the finish line as quickly as possible and preferably in one piece. What differentiates GRIP from traditional racing games is the unique construction of the cars that allows them to drive on nearly all surfaces, including ceilings.
Developed by Electro Phantom Games studio, an arcade racing game, inspired by the late installments of the Need for Speed series. The action of Speed Elixir is set in an open world, in which we will find mountainous and desert landscapes as well as highways, and each of the surfaces is characterized by different car handling. A dozen or so of various game modes has been prepared for virtual drivers, including classic races, time attacks or police chases (hot pursuits), but during the gameplay we can also devote ourselves to pure exploration and admiring the view. The arcade driving system used in the game places special emphasis on speed and spectacular drifting, requiring a lot of practice to achieve mastery. The characteristic feature of the game, taken from the aforementioned Need for Speed series, is the integration of single and multiplayer modes, allowing for smooth transition between them, without the need to enter the lobby.
The third full-fledged installment in a popular racing game series, created by SimBin Development Studios, who started the GTR series back in 2004. The studio is also known for developing such games as GT Legends and RACE. In GTR 3, players get to drive licensed GT and WTCC class vehicles and participate in a series of races, held on well-modelled representations of reals race tracks from all over the globe. In terms of the gameplay mechanics and driving physics, the game represents a high-quality execution also featured by the previous games developed by SimBin. GTR 3 delivers a realistic car physics simulation, which together with user-friendly mechanics and a number of available facilitations, becomes accessible also for the beginner motor vehicle enthusiasts. The game features high-quality audiovisuals and includes both traditional single player, and multiplayer modes.
Baja: Edge of Control HD
Racing December 2017
A third-person perspective action game developed by independent studio Team6 Game Studios. The developers were mostly inspired by the Road Rash series. The gameplay revolves around brutal bike races. The player is taken to the open world of fictional city of Ashen and takes on the role of a member of a biker gang. He is tasked with fighting for influence against other groups and eventually taking control of the whole territory. The main attraction of Road Rage is its story campaign in which the player must complete 42 main and 56 side missions. In addition to races, which aren’t necessary played fair since using melee weapons is a common sight in this game, the player will also participate in escort missions, battles against other gangs, and package deliveries. The look and gender of the protagonist, similarly to the weapons and motorcycle used by the character, can be freely customized by an advanced editor. The game has decent, three-dimensional graphics.
Red Bull Air Race: The Game
A flight simulator based on the official license of Red Bull Air Race World Series, developed by Slightly Mad Studios. The famed tournament sees each pilot make a timed approach to a stunt course built from narrow checkpoints. The pilots use high-performance stunt planes such as Zivko Edge 540, MXR Technologies MX2, CAP 232 or Extra 300. Red Bull Air Race: The Game allows the players to experience the virtual recreation of each tournament, complete with real participants, airplanes, and locations. The game is arcade-oriented, yet contains a complex physics engine that makes piloting each plane a different experience.
The Karters is an arcade racing game developed by the Polish developer Cmoar Studio. The game was inspired by Crash Team Racing from the PS One console. In the game, we control one of the dozen or so cartoonish characters available and take part in crazy races that take place in many various locations, such as jungle, sunny beach, dust-filled canyon, or wacky town. Driving model used in The Karters is far from being realistic. Instead, it focuses on pure fun and arcade controls. The overall design alludes to the classic arcade racers like Crash Team Racing or Mario Kart. Just like in those games, gameplay in The Karters is enriched by many cartoonish weapons and power-ups located all over the racing tracks. Along with single player and multiplayer, the game also offers the Battle Arena mode, where damaging your opponents' cars is number one objective.
Power Drive 2000
A retro-futuristic racing game by Megacom Games. Power Drive 2000 presents a futuristic version of the year 2000, as visualized in the 80s science-fiction productions. Therefore, the streets of the cyberpunk city are lit up by bright neon lights, and we drive a super-fast sports car, Avenger 2000, which is equipped with an afterburner and an on-board AI. Power Drive 2000 offers a purely arcade driving model, while our task is to complete a race not quickly, but rather as spectacularly as possible. There are six game modes to choose from: Race Mode (racing a “ghost”), Collector Mode (collecting diamonds scattered on the street), Outrun Mode (a police chase), Vaporizer Mode (touching a barrier disintegrates the car) and Gauntlet Mode (an infinite race in which one has to avoid collisions). In any of these, we may play either alone or in multiplayer mode (over the Internet or in split-screen mode). All of the above is presented using attractive visuals which look vintage while employing modern effects.