Forza Horizon 3 (XONE)
Racing 27 September 2016
The third installment in a series of open-world racing games developed by Playground and initiated in 2012 as a spin-off of the popular Forza Motorsport console franchise. In Forza Horizon 3, the player participates in another edition of the titular racing festival. However, apart from the role of a racer here, the player also co-organizes the fest. The game is set in Australia and the map is twice as large as it was in the second installment. As usual, the game stands out mainly with a massive number of licensed cars available (350 in total) and those were recreated with great attention to detail. The game offers newest, exclusive car models. such as Lamborghini Centenario, but also a wide set of off-road cars and various buggies. An opportunity to complete the campaign in a 4-player co-op mode is the largest new feature Forza Horizon 3 comes with.
Need for Speed (XONE)
Racing 03 November 2015
The ninth major installment in one of the most popular car racing video game series continually developed for over two decades by the Electronic Arts company. This one was created by recurring Ghost Games Studio (former EA Gotheburg) mostly consisting of ex-Criterion employees. The game's development process was also assisted by members of the Speedhunters community, including photographers, journalists, and drivers focused around broadly understood car culture. Marking the 20 year milestone of the series’ existence on the market the creators decided for a restart, naming the new game simply Need for Speed. To meet the players’ expectations the product draws from the two most popular reincarnations of the series: Need for Speed: Underground and Underground 2, featuring all the elements fans loved the franchise for – extensive car customization, authentic fell of the car culture, and a compelling story set in an open world bustling with nightlife.
Forza Motorsport 6 (XONE)
Racing 15 September 2015
The sixth installment in a best-selling racing game series, originated by Turn 10 Studios in 2005, available exclusively on Microsoft consoles. In comparison with the previous game, this one features more than twice the number of licensed car models – namely 450 – which you can drive on 26 tracks scattered all around the world, including such legendary circuits as Le Mans and Daytona. The developers did not forget about car customization. Traditionally, the title offers a realistic driving model, which can also be adjusted to suit the needs of less experienced players. Apart from the standard career mode, an array of multiplayer modes was prepared, where up to 24 players can compete at the same time. Unlike its predecessor, the game pushes the Xbox One console to its limits, achieving 1080p resolution at 60 frames per second.
DiRT 4 (XONE)
Racing 09 June 2017
Another installment in the popular series of racing games developed by Codemasters. The game expand 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 game modes, offering various kinds of challenges for the player to enjoy. The Career is the most basic mode - 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.
FlatOut 4: Total Insanity (XONE)
Racing 17 March 2017
The fourth full-fledged installment in the spectacular racing series Flatout started in 2004 by Finnish studio Bugbear Entertainment. After the cold reception of the third installment in the series, the task of creating the new entry was given to Kylotonn studio, the creators of the fifth installment of the popular rally series WRC. The game is strongly based on notes and suggestions of the community and promptly returns to the roots of the series. In the game the player traditionally participates in brutal races in which one can win not only by driving fast, but by eliminating the vehicles of the opponents as well. FlatOut 4: Total Insanity has the option to destroy the environmental objects, create astonishing crashes and sports a realistic destruction system – all the features that were the iconic traits of the series since it was created.
Micro Machines: World Series (XONE)
Racing 23 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.
DiRT Rally (XONE)
Racing 05 April 2016
The next major installment in a bestselling racing game series developed by British studio Codemasters. The title returns to the origins of the series, originally launched in 1998 as Colin McRae Rally, focusing solely on good old rallying. The player can drive a wide array of cars from 6 classes, including both new brands as well as classic models from 1960s. You can compete in several varied locations scattered across the globe, e.g. Wales, Greece, or Monte Carlo. The authors put heavy emphasis on the realism, and the driving model reflects that, taking into account numerous factors, including the road surface and your car’s customization. As your vehicle can be damaged, it is essential to hire a team of mechanics who can repair the car and upgrade it with new parts which you successively unlock throughout gameplay.
Project CARS 2 (XONE)
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.
Forza Horizon 2 (XONE)
Racing 30 September 2014
A sequel to the bestselling racing game that was a spin-off to the flagship series of racing games developed for Xbox consoles. The title was developed by the creators of the previous entry: Playground Games (Xbox One version) and by Sumo Digital (Xbox 360 version). The new installment takes place in Southern Europe where another Horizon festival takes place. The festival is filled with good music and variety of racing challenges. Similarly as its predecessor, the title offers a large, open world where hundreds of licensed cars await the player. Similarly as the first entry in the spin-off series, the game offers a driving model that is slightly simplified in comparison to Forza Motorsport – it focuses mostly on making the races impressively looking. For the first time in the series the developers implemented a dynamically changing weather system which adds some realism to the races. The developers also added the Drivatars system known from Forza Motorsport 5, enabling the virtual drivers to gain experience even if they don’t participate in the game.
The Crew (XONE)
Racing 02 December 2014
A sandbox racing game developed by Ivory Tower Studios in cooperation with Ubisoft Reflections. The Crew was tailored for the fans of spectacular racing video games. The players become drivers racing across the American roads and cities. There are over 100 car models, whose appearance and performance can be modified as you see fit. The Crew offers several play modes – both single and multiplayer. The world’s open structure (an area covering over 5 thousand square miles) encourages you to explore, take up new challenges, and undertake hundreds of missions. It is also noteworthy that the game includes expanded social features.
Assetto Corsa (XONE)
Racing 26 August 2016
A very realistic racing simulator developed by independent studio Kunos Simulazioni, which specializes in the genre. The developers of Assetto Corsa have previously created such games like netKar Pro and Ferrari Virtual Academy. The game allows the players to assume the role of professional race drivers and participate in thrilling races of various car classes – from mass-produced vehicles, through prototypes, to the legends of GT and F1. The game has a realistic driving model developed by racing engineers and professional drivers. The model calculates many factors related to the car’s behavior on a track, including g-force distribution and tire grip. Assetto Corsa’s high quality graphics employ the potential of DirectX 11 libraries and the eighth generation consoles. It uses such technologies like HDR, motion blur, dynamic lightning and shadows.
F1 2016 (XONE)
Racing 19 August 2016
The next installment in a series of Formula One racing simulators developed by Codemasters. The game was designed in response to the players' feedback received after the release of the previous installment. As usual, F1 2016 features the official F1 license, thus the player takes control of the digital representations of real-life cars and competes against the drivers actually racing in F1 on authentic, faithfully recreated circuits. One track was added in this installment: Baku, Azerbaijan. Among other new features, a special hub-like location deserves a notice - it's where the players can talk to the key members of their team and give them instructions. For the first time in the series, the game features testing sessions allowing the player not only to get familiar with particular tracks (to develop a strategy), but also to earn points required for car upgrades. F1 2016 utilizes an improved version of the engine that powered the previous installment.
Need for Speed Rivals (XONE)
Racing 22 November 2013
An arcade racing game belonging to the long-standing and very popular Need for Speed series. The title was developed by Swedish-British studio Ghost Games (former EA Gothenburg), aided by ex-employees of Criterion Games. Players can become either drivers taking part in illegal street races or police force trying to apprehend them. As you progress in the game you unlock new cars and useful technologies. The in-built All Drive system allows for seamless coexistence of single and multiplayer modes. On the technical side, Need for Speed Rivals is powered by the advanced Frostbite 3 engine, also used in e.g. Battlefield 4.
Project CARS (XONE)
Racing 07 May 2015
A robust car racing simulation game created by the experts at this genre, Slightly Mad Studios (Need for Speed Shift, Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends and other titles), in cooperation with the community of World of Mass Development. Project CARS lets you test your driving skills, putting you behind the wheel of diligently recreated cars of different classes – from karts, through sport cars, to Formula 1 racing cars. The creators highlight the authenticity of the experience, including realistic driving model and advanced collision system, as well as impressive visuals. The game offers many varieties of gameplay in both single player and competitive online multiplayer.
WRC 6 (XONE)
Racing 07 October 2016
The sixth installment in the official World Rally Championship video game series, created by French studio Kylotonn Games. As per tradition, WRC 6 features all the official rounds of the 2016 season, including the China Rally, returning to the schedule after several years of break. Thanks to the official licensing, the game also includes all the drivers, pilots, and teams participating in the WRC, as well as the ones participating in the WRC-2 and Junior WRC. In terms of mechanics, WRC 6 introduces several key changes, mostly based on the feedback from the players themselves. Compared to the rather short special stages in the previous installment, taking place on wide tracks, now the sections are longer, while the roads are narrower and more bumpy. The driving and damage systems have been improved, visuals have been upgraded, and the eSports mode, introduced in the fifth installment, has been developed.
Next Car Game: Wreckfest (XONE)
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.
Forza Horizon 3: The Blizzard Mountain (XONE)
Racing 13 December 2016
The first major expansion for the bestselling racing game, Forza Horizon 3, by Playground Games. The Blizzard Mountain takes us back to Australian roads and off-road tracks where yet another edition of the Horizon moto festival takes place. The most important element of the DLC comprises of fifty new events and challenges taking place in previously unavailable locations: on snow-covered mountain routes that, contrary to popular belief, can also be found in Australia. The game is enriched with three new gameplay modes: Hill Climb, Descent, and the eponymous Blizzard. The rich set of licensed cars from the vanilla game was expanded with seven new models, including a hidden one. All in-game vehicles can be equipped with winter tires that make driving in harsh, winter conditions significantly easier.
FIM Speedway Grand Prix 15 (XONE)
The fifth installment of the speedway series started in 2002 by Techland. The game concentrates on the most important and prestigious speedway competition, i.e. the Grand Prix, which aims to determine the individual Speedway World Champion. FIM Speedway Grand Prix 15 features the official BSI Speedway license, offering real-life tracks, motorcycles, and the speedway’s finest, like Nicki Pedersen, Greg Hancock, and Jaroslaw Hempel. During gameplay you compete on diligently recreated arenas in Sweden, Wales, Danes, Poland, Australia, and more. Each of them offers different driving conditions. The game is complemented with a professional audio commentary. The production by Techland offers a single player campaign and multiplayer for up to 4 players.
Forza Motorsport 5 (XONE)
Racing 22 November 2013
The fifth installment of the popular series of car racing simulators. The title was developed by studio Turn 10 which belongs to Microsoft. Similarly as the previous entries in the series, Forza Motorsport 5 allows the players to try themselves as drivers of super fast cars. There are more than 200 precisely modeled vehicles available in the game and one can use them to drive on 15 famous tracks, including Spa, Bathurst, Yas Marina and Circuit de la Sarthe. The game has a realistic driving model and control system that uses Kinect technology. What’s interesting, the developers cooperated with the team from the Top Gear TV series. It resulted in the commentary by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May being featured in the game.
Trackmania Turbo (XONE)
Racing 22 March 2016
Another installment in the series of racing games started in year 2003. For the past few years the franchise was developed by Nadeo Studio, the founders of the series, under the banner of Ubisoft. The general concepts of the gameplay are left unchanged and the objective is to complete wicked tracks, filled with various obstacles, ramps, barrels, and treacherous turns. Trackmania Turbo features 4 distinctive environments, including a tropical archipelago, a large stadium, a rocky canyon, and a hilly valley. Each of them offers different experience and requires a slightly different driving technique. In campaign mode there are about 200 tracks to complete, divided into 5 categories based on their difficulty level. There is also a multiplayer mode in which, in addition to the well known modes, Double Driver was added. This mode allows two different players to control a single vehicle. The game has also an editor traditional for the series, which allows creating new tracks.
RIDE 2 (XONE)
Racing 07 October 2016
RIDE 2 is a continuation to a motorcycle racing simulator developed by Milestone and released in 2015. The player takes part in subsequent, exciting competitions coming in several single and multiplayer modes. World Tour is the main mode here and the player competes against the AI in subsequent events (there are various kinds of them) organized all over the world. The game offers over 30 tracks falling into seven categories, as well as more than 200 bikes. As for the motorcycles included, they were carefully recreated thanks to all the required licenses the creators had obtained. Similar to the previous game, high level of realism was important for the creators when preparing the second installment as well. Thus even the smallest mistakes can result in a crash and the bikes are quite difficult to control. However, numerous optional assists can be enabled, making the gameplay easier. What's more, RIDE 2 offers an extensive bike customization system allowing the player to replace over 1200 parts in their machine.