Need for Speed: Payback
Racing November 2017
Another installment of a popular racing game series, developed by Ghost Games in cooperation with Electronic Arts. In Need for Speed: Payback players get to follow the adventures of three characters - Tyler, Mac, and Jess – seeking revenge on their former partner who betrayed them. In order to do this, they have to face the Familia cartel – a criminal organization with influences nearly everywhere, even the police. This means that in this uneven fight, the three protagonists can count only on themselves. The action of the game is set in the city of Fortune Valley, and during the playthrough, one participates in a series of races divided into several main categories, including police pursuit, time challenge, stunt competition, car battles and – for the first time in the series’ history – off-road races. Need for Speed: Payback offers a traditional wide range of licensed vehicles, which can be modified as one sees fit. These cars represent five separate types: race, drift, off-road, drag and runner. Additionally, each character has unique skills affecting the vehicle handling dynamics.
Project CARS 2
Racing 22 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.
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 25 August 2017
F1 2017 is another installment of the popular formula one simulator series from Codemasters Software. The game introduces many changes and improvements in comparison to the previous installment of the series. Now, the career mode is much more complex and the multiplayer mode 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.
Gran Turismo Sport
Racing October 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.
Forza Motorsport 7
Racing 03 October 2017
Another installment of the best-selling racing series, developed by Turn 10 in cooperation with Microsoft. In Forza Motorsport 7, players can participate in races taking place on over 30 different tracks, while driving one of the 700 available licensed cars. All of these vehicles can be modified in terms of their performance and appearance. The driving physics implemented herein skillfully balances between a simulation and arcade racing and should suit both the racing veterans and the beginners, who can use a number of available facilitations. Forza Motorsport 7 is one of the first games ever to exploit the full potential of Xbox One X, allowing players to experience the 4K resolution at stable 60 frames per second. Apart from the free-to-play spinoff - Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, the seventh full-fledged installment is also the first in the series’ history to be released not only on consoles but also on PC / Windows 10.
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.
The Crew 2
The second installment in a multiplayer open world game series developed by Ivory Tower Studios, which comprises the creators of Test Drive Unlimited series. Like the first installment, The Crew 2 features open world races taking place all over the United States of America. Players participate in various motorsport competitions and try to beat other players or the AI-controlled drivers. This time around, we get at our disposal not only a number of different cars but also motorcycles, motorboats, and airplanes. The Crew 2 delivers an arcade vehicle handling model, which consorts with the tracks filled with obstacles and quarter pipes. The title focuses on giving players the freedom to drive anywhere they want, anytime they want – there is nothing standing in our way to e.g. get to a building’s rooftop and take a small spin. The well developed social aspect of the game allows us not only to race other players but also to form crews and share unlocked achievements. The entire experience is well complimented with detailed graphics and dynamic day and night cycle.
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 30 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 12 September 2017
Another installment in the driving series developed by Monster Games - the series is a reboot of the popular series started by the 2000's NASCAR Heat. The game does not introduce any significant changes to the gameplay mechanics, and the player once again gets to participate in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and race on over twenty factual tracks from the season of 2017. Gameplay builds on an elaborate career mode, in which a player not only has to win consecutive races but also manage his racing team. Developers did not forget about the multiplayer mode. Because of the possibility to chose between the arcade and simulation-like driving model, both the seasoned and beginning players can participate in the races. Similarly to the previous installments, the game acquired many official sponsors, thus NASCAR Heat 2 features real teams and racers.
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.
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.
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 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.
Baja: Edge of Control HD
Racing 14 September 2017
A remastered edition of the 2008’s racing game, developed by 2XL Games. In comparison to its original, Baja: Edge of Control HD features a number of changes and upgrades, the most prominent being the improved visuals (the HD edition features a higher resolution, new models of some of the textures, more detailed surroundings, and dynamic lighting), facilitations at the initial stages of the game, as well as remodeled controls and interface. The core of the game, however, remains unchanged – in Baja: Edge of Control HD players get to participate in thrilling off-road races while driving one of the dozens of vehicles: 4x4 cars, cross-country vehicles, racing trucks, and much more. What is worth mentioning, the vehicles have not only been modified in terms of their performance and appearance but also can now be damaged. The vehicle handling model now promises a more simulation-focused approach than the arcade-based model from the original game. Apart from the single player mode, Baja: Edge of Control HD delivers a multiplayer mode, in which players can race each other online or on a split screen.
An arcade top-down racing game. Eat My Dust! was developed by Immobile Games studio (Hopping Penguin and Master Archer 3D) for mobile platforms. The title is a typical example of the genre, featuring a light tone and vector graphics. The players can use several vehicles that are unlocked as they progress in the game. The tracks on which the races take place all feature desert scenery. Despite the fact of being short, they are filled with various ramps, traps, and destructible objects that make the races more interesting. The developers made sure that their game has simple, intuitive controls – the game uses automatic acceleration and auto-regenerating boost. The player must focus only on controlling the vehicle. Eat My Dust! offers both single- and multiplayer. The first mode offers many races against AI as part of the campaign, and time trials. As for the multiplayer mode, up to four players can play simultaneously.
An independent retro racing game, paying tribute to the classic, 80s' arcade representatives of the genre. Drift Stage was inspired by such games as Super Hang-On, Daytona USA or Outrun 2006. The player participates in racing events emphasizing showy drifting. The game offers various licensed cars from the end of the 20th century. The player races on urban tracks or coastal promenades, for example. Although the game features arcade driving physics, learning how to drift and get through corners properly requires a bit of practice. Apart from a typical career mode, the game provides an opportunity to compete against others players online or on split-screen. The game stands out with its unique, old-school visuals - instead of realistic, high-quality graphics, the creators offer 3D models with simple textures resembling old 8-bit and 16-bit games, as well as a minimalist color palette.
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.
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.
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.