Is it here yet? Is it here yet? Is it here yet?
No, but we're less than two months away. Mario Kart 8 is finally on its last lap before May 30th - and Tesco Direct are on hand with a nifty saving thanks to their TDX-PWP4 voucher code. Thanks to HellRazer @ HUKD!
Gran Turismo 6 is back under £15 over at The Hut or Zavvi. You know what you're getting with GT by now -- there are no modern concessions or attempts to fit in with the trendy, open world driving game crowd -- it's just purist driving awesomeness. Now for under fifteen quid.
It's a daily deal, though, so get in there quick if you want to snap it up, and do be aware that The Hut Group are often a little tardy when it comes to delivering things. Nice spot ryanh898.
Publisher: Plug In Digital
Cards on the table: I've never once wanted to own a motorbike. Sure, you can get from A to B extremely quickly in zigzag fashion, but I'd much rather tilt the seat back in my clapped-out 2002 Fiesta, crank up The News Quiz and enjoy the traffic jam. I prefer leather shammies to leather trousers, F1 to MotoGP, headrests to pillions and four wheels to two in real life, all day long.
But real life be damned, because virtual motorbikes are always a blast. From MotoGP simulations to the arcade brilliance of Motocross Madness 2 and even the Trials series, there's nothing quite like leaning into the corners and sticking countless ridiculous landings - all without sweating into a leather outfit and undergoing painful reconstructive surgery.
As such, MXGP revs my throttle. Focusing squarely on the mud-churning Motocross side of things, it's a hot mess of ramps and jumps, boasting a scalable simulation model, real riders and addictive career mode. Though decidedly lacking in flair and flash, diehard fans will find a lot to love here.Click here to read more...
Carmageddon: Reincarnation's pre-alpha Early Access is available for you to try out right now over on Steam for £19.99 of your finest British pounds, but Stainless Games have also been kind enough to send us five download codes to giveaway, along with five hilariously rude sets of magnets.
Ever wanted to spell out "Max Damage is fisting a velociraptor with tiny grannies" on your fridge? Well now you can.
To get stuck in and land yourself with a chance to win some Carmageddon Early Access and a sweet sheet of sweary sentence construction, all you need to do is pop a comment in the box below detailing your idea for The Greatest Carmageddon Power-Up Ever! Remember, there are three ways to win at Carmageddon -- Racing, Wrecking, and Running Over -- so be creative. We already have repulsification, pelvic thrusting, pinball wizardy, dancing pedestrians, turbo boosts, and kangaroo hopping... but what power up would you add to the game to make it even more awesome?
Let us know below, make sure you use a legit email address for your account, and be ready with a UK mailing address should you prove victorious.
We'll be running this one through to the end of next week until 3PM on Friday 4th April and we'll be picking five winners based on invention, humour, downright silliness, and how well we feel they'd fit into Carmageddon. Hell, we might even see which ones Stainless like and do it that way. Get creative, people!
Carmageddon: Reincarnation is out now for Early Access sampling on Steam, and to celebrate Stainless have made the original game free on iOS. It's still as much anarchic fun as ever before, and now you don't have to pay a penny for it.
We'll be keeping our eyes on Reincarnation, you can see some pre-alpha gameplay here, we'#ll have an interview for you sometime next week, and be sure to tune in later today onsite for our Carmageddon: Reincarnation giveaway.
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.
Thanks to aronsimmo at HotUkDeals.
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!