Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2005) (PC)
Racing 16 November 2005
The ninth installment in a legendary racing game franchise created by Electronic Arts company. After two Underground games, featuring illegal night street races, the franchise went back to its roots, combining ideas from the two most recent titles with classic elements. The player’s goal is to climb to the top of a black list of the most wanted drivers. Again you get to explore a huge virtual city, taking on different racing challenges. These include circuit, sprint, drag, elimination, time trial, speed challenge, and police pursuit. After completing enough of these you can challenge subsequent drivers from the black list. Apart from elements typical for the series, such as licensed cars and diverse soundtrack, the game features complex car customization, both in terms of appearance and performance.
Forza Horizon 3 (PC)
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.
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.
Need for Speed: Underground 2 (PC)
Racing 12 November 2004
A sequel to Need for Speed: Underground, a best-selling 2003 game from Electronic Arts, which changed the shape of one of the most popular car racing franchises. The game takes you to a virtual metropolis that thrives after dark. For the first time in the history of the franchise, the city is completely open for exploration. As you ride around its streets you can challenge the drivers you meet on the way or learn more about the favorite locations of the street racing community. The gameplay mechanics did not change much; rather, the developers focused on an even more detailed recreations of licensed cars and car parts used for tuning. The game’s graphics were noticeably improved, featuring all sorts of new visual effects. The soundtrack keeps equally high level, as usually featuring songs by famous artists across a wide spectrum of genres.
Need for Speed Carbon (PC)
Racing 01 November 2006
The tenth installment in the bestselling racing game series originally launched back in 1995. The game lets you play as the main protagonist of the previous game. He returns to his home city only to find his domestic street racing scene taken over by rivaling gangs. As you take on new racing challenges, you take back your home town one district at a time. The game’s mechanics employ the well-proven solutions introduced by its predecessors, while introducing several new elements at the same time. Those include, first and foremost, canyon duels, which require much attention, as it is possible to run through the traffic barriers and roll down the slope. The other novelty is the team; you can assemble your own crew, and its members can aid you during races, e.g. by blocking your rivals. Additionally, the game features cut-scenes with real actors, several dozen licensed car models, as well as vast car customization options. Regarding the latter, Autosculpt module lets you modify almost any element of the car body.
Need for Speed: Payback (PC)
Racing 10 November 2017
Another installment of the 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, the player 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 vast selection 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's handling characteristics.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (PC)
Racing 30 October 2012
A new installment in the legendary racing series. As the title suggests, the game refers to one of the most well-received parts of the series - the original 2005's Need for Speed: Most Wanted. The game was developed by Criterion Games, a company well-know for the Burnout series. The remake resembles the original game when it comes to dynamic police chases and the so-called Blacklist, where the player challenges other most wanted drivers for races and climbs up their ranks. This time the developer put emphasis on the game's open-world environment, and the opportunity to explore it freely. The player can freely roam the streets of Fairhaven and switch between the vehicles they previously managed to acquire. Participation in subsequent races unlocks upgrades and modifications for each car. In doing so, the player earns prestige points as well, which allows them to challenge subsequent Blacklist drivers. What is typical of the series, the game offers an arcade driving system that features spectacular collisions.
Racing Tuesday, 27 February 2018
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.
Need for Speed (PC)
Racing 15 March 2016
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 7 (PC)
Racing 03 October 2017
Another installment in the best-selling racing game series developed by Turn 10 in cooperation with Microsoft. In Forza Motorsport 7, the players can participate in races taking place on over 30 different tracks, while driving one of the 700 available licensed cars. All of the vehicles can be modified in terms of their performance and appearance. The driving physics implemented herein are neatly balanced between a simulation and arcade racing and should suit both racing veterans and 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 the 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 (PC)
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 (PC)
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.
Need for Speed Rivals (PC)
Racing 19 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.
DiRT 4 (PC)
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.
Project CARS 2 (PC)
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.
Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (PC)
Racing 16 November 2010
Another installment in one of the most popular racing game series, developed since 1995 by Electronic Arts. Criterion Games, a team popular mainly for the Burnout console series, was entrusted with the task of creating this installment. The title of the game refers to the two earlier installments that featured police pursuits, released in 1998 and 2002 respectively. In the game, the player can pick their side and play either as a cop or a racer. A set of gadgets was introduced into the gameplay, emphasizing the arcade nature of the series. Cops can deploy spike strips and set up road blocks, while the racers can use things like radar jammers. As usual, the game features dozens of licensed cars and a soundtrack including numerous popular songs. The Autolog system is a completely new feature, the role of which is to organize a network of players allowing them to compete against each other.
The Crew 2 (PC)
The second installment in a multiplayer open world game series developed by Ivory Tower Studios, which employs the creators of the 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.
Need for Speed: Undercover (PC)
Racing 18 November 2008
After the slightly more realistic ProStreet, in which the players raced on professional racing circuits, the popular Need for Speed series returns to city streets with a traditional, arcade installment. Developed by a Canadian EA branch, Undercover puts a special emphasis on the storyline. As an undercover cop, the player has to infiltrate the ranks of a racing gang. To do so, they have to prove their worth in a series of driving challenges, including regular races, time trials, highway battles and outruns. As usual, the players receive a massive number of licensed cars which can be modified both visually, and in terms of their performance. The game's improved visuals and excitable soundtrack are complemented by cinematic cutscenes featuring mainly Maggie Q (Mission: Impossible III) and Christina Milian - a singer.
DiRT Rally (PC)
Racing 07 December 2015
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.
Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box (PC)
Racing 03 February 2009
A complete edition of the racing game released in 2008 by Criterion Games. The title was a great success and received many DLC expansions during the months following its debut. The game takes place in the titular Paradise City which has open structure and across which the player can freely move while accepting various racing challenges. The title slightly refreshes the formula of the series but without resigning from its characteristic traits, such as the arcade driving model and spectacular traffic crashes. The mechanics of Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box are same as in its predecessor that was released one year earlier. However, the game contains all DLC expansions that were previously available only through the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. These DLC expansions introduce, among other things, motorcycles and night races to the game. The Ultimate Box is the first installment of this popular console series that was released on PC.
Assetto Corsa (PC)
Racing 19 December 2014
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.
Need for Speed: Underground (PC)
Racing 18 November 2003
The seventh installment in the legendary racing series developed since 1995. Created once again by EA Black Box, the game brings revolutionary changes to the series, focusing on illegal street racing, popularized mainly by The Fast and the Furious movie. This time, apart from usual races, the player can take part in several racing events, such as drifting competitions or drag races. The game offers a wide set of licensed cars popular among the illegal racing aficionados. The game stands out with a wide array of car customization options it delivers - the player can buy licensed car parts produced by the most popular real-life manufacturers. Money is an important aspect of the game, because the player spends the cash they earned in races to buy new cars and parts. Need for Speed: Underground features a diverse soundtrack as well. The player can listen to a variety of genres, such as rap, techno, or metal.
Need for Speed: The Run (PC)
Racing 18 November 2011
Another installment in one of the most renowned racing game series developed by Electronic Arts since 1995. In contrast to the previous installment, the game was developed by EA Black Box - an internal studio of the American company. The story is centered around the eponymous coast-to-coast race across the United States. Winning this huge event is the only way for the protagonist to obtain money required to pay his debt to a dangerous criminal organization. In the game, the player has to complete different racing challenges, and the story campaign features quick-time events for the first time in the entire series. The relatively short story campaign is complemented by a set of separate challenges. These require the player mostly to drive on twisted mountain roads, sometimes buried under avalanches. Impressive visuals have their source in the Frostbite 2 engine, popular mainly for being used in the Battlefield series.