It's early days and early doors for Bugbear Entertainment's Next Car Game, but it's clear that the veteran studio are working on a single major goal for their upcoming racer.
Destruction. Unbridled, unabashed, silly and deliciously irresponsible car-nage.
To illustrate this point, Bugbear released a tech demo that shows off the outrageous physics and damage model powering their project, which I've appropriately tested to destruction in this new gameplay preview. Thrill! as I blast a muscle car out of an enormous cannon. Gasp! as I create a track special by plowing headlong through a grinder. Yawn! as I, erm, take a while to line up a perfect shot in an unbelievable game of car-sketball. Yes. That is exactly how it sounds.
If you like what you see, the project is now available to buy into on Steam Early Access - though £18.99 is arguably a big ask for a small amount of content at present. That said, I'd actually pay good money for a multiplayer version of this tech demo on XBLA or PSN...
Bugbear Entertainment have loosed Next Car Game's prototype build onto Steam Early Access, which was only previously only available to eager pre-order customers and us press types. The creators of FlatOut (the good ones) and Ridge Racer Unbounded are working on a completely insane new racer that boasts ludicrously entertaining damage modelling.
Mind you, £18.99 isn't going to buy you a huge amount of game at present, Early Access being what it is. As an early tech demo that's going to evolve over the coming months, you'll only be able to access two cars, three tracks and a small selection of game modes - though it is a nifty look at the insane physics engine powering the gleeful, ridiculous destruction. You can get a taste of it in our gameplay preview above.
So, perhaps, it might be worth keeping an eye on our coverage before taking the plunge - we have more videos and write-ups planned as the project progresses.
As far as I know, this includes all of the downloadable content and presents a fairly major saving compared to the standard version elsewhere.
Ridge Racer Unbounded comes with a lot of content for you to plough your way through and it's surprisingly good fun whether you're checking out the creation suite, or taking part in any one of the various events featured in the game. The merchants listed above are both parting with Xbox 360 and PS3 copies of the game for £19.97, which should save you almost £10 on the next best offers out there. Thanks to clutch08 @ HUKD.
Developer: Bugbear Entertainment
Publisher: Namco Bandai
It is for the umpteenth time that I bury my controller in the sofa, cursed to watch my car explode into flames at the death of the race, a drift gone slightly awry having sent my car slamming into some neighbouring garages as the lead I built so carefully over three laps is snatched away at the very last moment and I finish in 7th.
Ridge Race Unbounded is not good for your blood pressure.
Anyone who has cursed the rubber band machinations of the oh-so-sweet, yet-brutally-unfair racers in older Mario Kart games will find much to swear about here, with Bugbear's title generating a significant feeling of impotence on a number of occasions, as flat-out speed (forgive the pun) is spat upon by fellow racers who glide past you serenely, often even without boosting.Click here to read more...
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Ridge Racer Unbounded is a week away from launch, and promises to let us "race without restraint" and "follow our own course" through its twisting city tracks. Which means, of course, that racers can smash through concrete barriers, pillars and masonry with merry abandon and reduce competitors into crumpled steel cubes. The new launch trailer shows these destructive mechanics in action, and we've got it after the break.
Smashing through cities is going to be Ridge Racer: Unbounded's forte, but surprisingly, BugBear's hardcore racer is also going to let us create them as well. The track editing suite appears to be both powerful and intuitive, allowing us to slap together unique masterpieces out of prefabricated design elements.
Ridge Racer Unbounded will release on March 30th for PS3 and Xbox 360. You can read our latest hands-on preview here, and check out the latest trailer after the break.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 (previewed)
Developer: Bugbear Entertainment
Publisher: Namco Bandai
There's going to be a very obvious point of comparison when Ridge Racer: Unbounded emerges later this month. Those who take their speedy racing with a healthy dose of adrenaline-fuelled boosting, and car crashes that would make Michael Bay weep tears of joy, will find solace here. But we've seen all of this before, thanks to a studio called Criterion.
There's no Ridge City in this game. No scything raceways through valleys and mountain passes, verdant countryside and untouched beaches. No sign of Reiko Nagase. It's a bit disconcerting. For a Ridge Racer title, this looks awfully like bits of Burnout Paradise or Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit.
Then again, if you're going to take inspiration from somewhere, your sources should probably be of the highest quality.
Jon already gave a detailed overview of the game's core mechanics in his earlier Ridge Racer Unbounded preview, but here's a little refresher. Set on the streets of the fictional Shatter Bay, the basic backstory pits you as a member of underground racing gang - The Unbounded - who've gone and modded their cars to be able to smash through city structures, taking out concrete pillars, hurtling through brick walls, and thumping into explosive trucks and petrol stations.Click here to read more...
Bugbear, the creators of FlatOut, are hard at work putting the finishing touches to Ridge Racer: Unbounded. The latest iteration of the long-running series plans to put the focus on aggressive destruction and all-out carnage, and this latest behind-the-scenes trailer explains the reasoning behind the design decsision.
Trailer after the break, preview here. Look out for Unbounded this March on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.Click here to read more...
It's not just rampant destruction that's the order of the day in Ridge Racer: Unbounded, but creation too. The latest trailer from Namco-Bandai shows fof the new City Creator mode, which will allow players to create any number of tracks they like and upload them to the internet. We rather like this idea.
We checked the game out at the Namco showcase a couple of weeks back and we liked what we saw. Sure, it might be shaping up to be a rather different take on Ridge Racer than we've seen before, but that's rather the point with this particular title. Different? Yes. But it also looks like it could be a lot of fun too. Feast your eyes on Jon's preview for more. and click below to see the trailer.Click here to read more...