Need for Speed 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.
Racing June 2017
Another installment in the popular series of racing games developed by Codemasters. The game extends the concepts its predecessors were based on, adding however, plenty of novelties at the same time. DiRT 4 offers over 50 cars and several kinds of championships - above all, rally events. Furthermore, the Landrush mode makes a re-appearance here, but also rallycross events were included, based on the FIA World Rallycross Championship license. The Joyride complements the modes implemented, offering different kinds of challenges for the player to enjoy. The Career is the most basic mode the game comes with - the player creates their own driver, attracts sponsors and develops their team, which gradually gets more and more effective. Apart from that, the game brings a competition-based multiplayer component supervised by the RaceNet service, which makes it possible to organize on-line leagues and tournaments. What is completely new here, is the so-called "Your Stage", which is a special module that allows the player to create their own routes. DiRT 4 utilizes a modified and modernized version of the Ego engine, which is at the source of the game's high-quality visuals.
Next Car Game: Wreckfest
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
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.
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.
Project CARS 2
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.
Micro Machines: World Series
Racing 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 singleplayer and multiplayer modes. In addition to classic races, the title offers arena battles and other modes.
Racing August 2017
TT Isle Of Man: Ride on the Edge
Racing August 2017
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 circuit led 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 June 2017
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.
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.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Racing 28 April 2017
An enhanced port of Mario Kart 8 developed for Nintendo Switch. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe reprises a lot of elements known from the two previous installments of the series, such as motorcycles, gliders, the ability to perform somersaults, or underwater racing. However, the developers introduced an interesting novelty – anti-gravity racing, in which we can stick to walls or even to the ceiling. The game doesn’t contain a story-driven single player campaign – we focus on taking part in a series of competitions in which we can race against AI-controlled opponents, as well as other players. Mario Kart 8 contains several multiplayer variants, including online as well as local game modes (split-screen, or a wireless mode for up to eight players). The new edition contains all of the content present in the original game, including released add-ons, at the same introducing new tracks and characters, such as Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy, King Boo, Dry Bones, or Bowser Jr.
WipEout: Omega Collection
Racing July 2017
A collection of two refurbished titles from a series of futuristic racing games for PlayStation 4. WipEout: Omega Collection consists of two titles: WipEout HD, with an expansion – Fury, and WipEout 2048. The player takes control of an anti-gravity vehicle and takes part in various competitions, racing against the clock as well as other pilots. The individual machines require dexterity and some knowledge of their specifications: handling, speed, or durability. Once the race begins, its free-for-all - we can harass other participants and get harassed ourselves. The tracks are very complicated, often twisted, or decreasing in width, while our vehicles quickly accelerate to haze-inducing speeds. As a result, having a favorite vehicle helps a lot. WipEout: Omega Collection offers a number of gameplay modes divided between the games included in the set, including split-screen and online modes. All titles have been upscaled to 4K, and run at 60 frames per second.
Baja: Edge of Control HD
Racing June 2017
Racing June 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.
MXGP3: The Official Motocross Videogame
Racing June 2017
A survival futuristic racing game. Distance is the debut production of Refract, a studio founded by the creators of Nitronic Rush, a well-received free racing game. The player sits behind the wheel of a futurist car that, apart from driving at insane speeds, can also fly, jump, rapidly rotate around its axis, and use afterburners. The tracks are full of imaginative traps and exploring them plays an important role, as well. Of course, the driving model is purely arcade, and while racing, we constantly perform wild stunts. Instead of circling around one route, we try to reach the end of the map as quickly as possible. Reaching the finish line is made easier by the gadgets mounted in the car that allow us to drive on ceilings and walls, among other things. Distance offers a number of varied modes for a single player and for multiplayer play. The developers have also prepared a powerful editor that lets users create their own tracks.
Red Bull Air Race: The Game
Racing June 2017
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 build 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 locales. The game is arcade-oriented, yet contains a complex physics engine that makes piloting each plane a different experience.
RISE: Race The Future
A racing game taking place in a futuristic world. The players control lightning-fast, cutting-edge vehicles. The title is the first multi-platform project from VD-dev, a seasoned French studio, known for games for Nintendo portable consoles. RISE: Race The Future employs a driving model inspired by the classic Sega Rally series, highly arcade in nature, and focuses on mastering drift techniques. Additional flavor is retained by the fact that the cars used in the races are equipped with a unique type of tires, which allows them to cross any surface (water, for example). Aside from the multiplayer mode, and a classic arcade mode, the game offers a story campaign for a single player, which takes us to a fictional world of futuristic racing, outlining the history, beginnings, and the purpose of organizing the races in which we participate.
Racing August 2017