The Return of Great Racing games?

It’s been a while now since the last great racing game was created. Some would say the last one would be forza or Project Gotham Racing and with Gran Turismo trailing far behind. There been a pattern in the games though. Forza and PGR have been catering to the more hardcore racing fans, import tuner fans pick up on Need for Speed series and light hearted racers are left with nothing to play. I as well as many have taken the time to DL the Forza2 demo and noticed that the game has taken the next step into next-gen racing simulation. The game will release in a couple days and with its seemingly limitless available settings on a vehicle, many have felt its the closest a racing game has gotten to real life. Even Japanese gaming publication Famitsu has given Forza 2 the rare platinum rating. Which is great, but with so many customizations and options it often frightens the light hearted gamers.

And what does former GT racer Takeshi Tsuchiya think of the game? he loves it according to an interview he did with Turn 10 studios:

Q: You adjusted your settings a lot – how was that aspect of it?

TT: I just can’t race smoothly or enjoyably without the car being set up properly. In an actual race, I make little adjustments on every lap. You have to use your head in exactly the same way as you would in real life – you might want to set it up so that you don’t lose it on the curves, but if you overdo it, you might not be able to turn fast enough, things like that. Today, I just did enough tuning to be able to take the last corner at full throttle, but it was very close to the set-up I actually use in practice with the real car. I’m sure if I spent more time on it, I could get a better time with some fine-tuning.

On the 24th a demo for Colin McRae: DiRT was released for download on the marketplace. Those who took the time to try out the usually uninteresting rally racing games, found themselves having some old fashion fun. DiRT is scheduled to release on Jun 19th will give light hearted racers reason to pick up a wireless racing wheel that have recently dropped in price. Which Microsoft would gladly take your wallets as a price for one of these beautifully crafted race wheel. With DiRT’s simple pick-up-and-play controls and easier handling allows any type of racing fan to be able to pick up a controller and get into the game. Not too many fancy meters or didgeridoos, just damage meters for parts when you pause a game. But who pauses during a race? probably only drag racing fans. Who cares about drag racing sims anyways!?
If you haven’t tried out the demo, i personally suggest you try it once. You may have a lot more fun than you think.

That leaves us with import tuner types. The gamers that sit next to a bottle of NOS next to them. Ok with all joking aside, the fans of import games are left with nothing but a teaser video of Need for Speed: Next. With no sight of any gameplay videos or even a demo, lots are wondering whats in store in the next entry of NFS. Although the trailers seems to have stepped into the more serious side of racing, showing off a damaged vehicle, hinting maybe a next-gen damage system. The past games have attracted the more light hearted gamers. The game also has no official release date, but at a countdown clock is shown with the date MAY 31. With every day that passes a new screengrabs of the trailer is released. Maybe a surprise release? probably not, but my bet is on another teaser trailer or a surprise release of a demo. Enthusiasts will have to wait..

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– Jerome “the360loop” Francisco –


2 Responses to “The Return of Great Racing games?”

  1. 1 GTADude May 27, 2007 at 9:42 pm

    Flatout 2: Ultimate Carnage is also making an appearance on the XBox 360.

  1. 1 Top Posts « Trackback on May 28, 2007 at 4:59 pm

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