Colin McRae Dirt 2 | 365 Games | £1.99
Dirt 2 is one of the finest rally titles ever made. It still looks incredible today and the career mode is absolutely huge. This is the last great game in the series before Codemasters became massive Ken Block fanboys and turned the racing artform into skatepark-infused bullshit. Codemasters have been teasing us recently via a few images of a new game on twitter, fingers crossed they'll make Colin proud once again.
Thanks to sslkeo at HotUkDeals.
Gran Turismo 6 is exactly what you'd expect from Polyphony Digital's evergreen series: an eternity of tracks to drive around, forever, in an infinity of cars. The latest iteration pushes the boat out with an enlarged garage, lunar rover and superb visuals - and you can net it for twenty quid again courtesy of Amazon. Thanks to DanTHFC @ HUKD!
If you're a Flubit fan, you might be able to shave off a little extra too.
While Warfighter is a bit meh, you're almost getting it for free in this bundle and you might enjoy rattling through it's campaign once before trading it in. Need for Speed: Most Wanted is excellent fun though as Criterion takes the reigns of NFS and give it an open-world makeover. All cars are unlocked from the start, you just need to drive around and find them. Like Burnout: Paradise, you'll spend as much time exploring and messing around as you will racing.
Thanks to Sstuff at HotUkDeals.
Codemasters have been nailing racing games for years now, with dominant strangleholds on the rallying, Formula 1 and of course, the tarmac with the Grid series. The latest addition to the series is packed with incredible looking cars and an extensive career mode. And just to make sure you throw caution to the wind -and have fun- there's the good old rewind button to fix those last corner spinouts. £4.99? An absolute steal.
Thanks to djnettle at HotUkDeals.
GT6 doesn't try to make any concessions to keep up with the pack, so it's just one for the series fan to be honest. That said, the simulation driving model is excellent and the visuals push the PS3 to the limit. The AI is as dull as ever, but Gran Turismo has never really been about adrenaline, instead it focuses on the tiny details of each car. Sony are considering bringing the game to PS4, but they've also said it could evolve into GT7. Either way, I'd expect a lengthy wait. Amazon have cut £8 off the price, almost lapping the competition.
Thanks to Diolusion at HotUkDeals.
GT6 does what Gran Turismo has always done: an eternity of tracks to drive around, forever, in an infinity of cars. The latest iteration pushes the boat out with an enlarged garage, lunar rover and superb visuals - and you can save a fiver vs GameStop. Thanks to cheapskate7 @ HUKD!
Costco members should be aware that GT6 can be found for £20.18 in some branches, if you're lucky - as by J1135.
The PS4 and Sony really need a racing game. And we should have one on the horizon. But earlier this week, when I asked Sony’s UK PR team for a release date or even a rough release period for DriveClub, they were only able to say, “I'm afraid we don't have any info on the release date for DriveClub at the moment.”
Originally planned as a launch title in the West, the game was delayed into 2014, with a general understanding it would be arriving on PS Plus in January or February. Instead, an announcement was made that next month’s free PS4 game would be the horror title, Outlast (which we can’t wait for by the way) and there was no mention of DriveClub at all.
DriveClub was confirmed for a February release in Japan when the PS4 launches next month in the Eastern territory, but earlier this week it was pulled from the launch line-up with only “various reasons” cited for the delay [Inside Games].Click here to read more...
GT6 doesn't try to make any concessions to keep up with the pack, so it's just one for the series fan to be honest. That said, the simulation driving model is excellent and the visuals push the PS3 to the limit. The AI is as dull as ever, but Gran Turismo has never really been about thrills, instead it focuses on the tiny details of each car. Sony are considering bringing the game to PS4, but they've also said it could evolve into GT7. Either way, I'd expect a lengthy wait. Zavvi have the best price online today, beating the competition by £5.
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.
Bugbear Entertainment's Next Car Game is deep in Early Access, but is already turning heads with its impressive physics and truly ludicrous damage modelling that turns cars into chunks of twisted, brutalised yet still inexplicably functioning metal. I've delved into the latest Early Access build (available only by pre-ordering) to show you exactly what that means in practical terms.
Spoiler alert: it means awesomeness.
With the new console versions not really offering much over the PS3 version, you may as well save yourselves £25 and pick up the game for £19.95 at Game Collection in their latest flash sale. EA have tried to blur the lines between online and offline gameplay with varying degrees of success. In what's been a surprisingly slim year for racing games, Rivals has got away with phoning this one in a little, but if playing cops and robbers is your thing, you're in for a tire-burning treat.
Burnout: Paradise has been one of the best multiplayer experiences of the generation. Criterion's open world racer will keep you hooked for months on the collectibles alone, but it's the online co-op tasks that will pull you in for even longer. This edition features lots of extra DLC, although not the Big Surf Island expansion. It's an essential purchase for anyone that missed the game first time around. It also features the best motorbikes in gaming, which at the time of release, were an enormously generous free bit of DLC.
Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII at HotUkDeals.
The PS4 may be out, but the PS3 isn't going anywhere - as evidenced by Polyphony Digital bringing another huge racing sequel to the platform. Gran Turismo 6 is set to feature a huge number of cars, authentic handling... well, you know what to expect, but there's also a lunar rover. Apparently premium currency packs will be available to fast-track your way to the better cars, though we've never been adverse to a little GT grind. Simply Games will save you a fiver. Thanks to missgem @ HUKD!
Developer: Ghost Games
Need For Speed: Rivals ought to be the best racing game on PS4 and Xbox One. On paper it already is: an enormous open world where street racers challenge each other to reckless head-to-head showdowns, all as the police strive to shut them down hard and fast with an insane range of gorgeous tricked-out supercars. It's a fun factory, a powerslide paradise, underpinned by the AllDrive system that brings players together into a single seamless session on both sides of the law. Ghost Games have the pedigree to pull it off, consisting primarily of Criterion veterans, but the reality match the mission statement?
Everything nearly works as intended, it's almost brilliant, but unfortunately you can feel the limitations of the PS3 and Xbox 360 holding Rivals back where it counts.Click here to read more...
We'll have a review for you soon, but Forza 5 is shaping up to be one of the hottest racers of the year and should be on the wishlist of any racing fan on the Xbox One. Gorgeous graphics and meticulous attention to detail even has this GT fan seething with green-eyed envy. Go on, look at that orange McLaren P1 and tell us you don't want it.
Thanks to OneAce at HotUkDeals.
Platforms: Xbox One
Publishers: Microsoft Studios
Kinect Sports actually proved to be a pretty solid launch title for the original incarnation of the motion control peripheral. Once you understood the limitations of the hardware -- something that could be said of Wii Sports' debut as well -- the game became an absolute blast, and a party staple to be enjoyed with friends and family. No, it wasn't perfect, but it was a lot better than most of the drivel that came out for the Xbox 360's Kinect camera.
Fast forward to late-2013, and Rare have some unfinished business with Kinect, and now, with the improved motion sensor in Kinect 2.0, can they finally deliver the motion control experience we all hoped for several years ago?
The answer, actually, might just be yes. A muck-about with Kinect Sports Rivals: Preseason -- the free Wave Race-esque download that'll be launching alongside the Xbox One in a matter of days -- not only shows off the impressive subtleties of movement that the new Kinect camera picks up on, but it presents the whole thing in a slightly more visually impressive manner, even if everything is still incredibly bright, wholesome, and, dare I say it, saccharine. Then again, we've been complaining about the drudgery of greys and browns in gaming for years, so I'm going to shut my face on that one.Click here to read more...
Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII at HotUkDeals.
GT6 is released December 6th.
Thanks to joshwk at HotUkDeals.