F1 2015 has emerged from the pits gleaming and ready to race. Sporting a brand new engine, it's rebuilt from the ground up, both in terms of visuals, content, handling, AI and presentation.
That's a good thing too, because we had to bring out the Safety Car for F1 2014. "To be honest you're best off ignoring it and investigating next year's effort instead," we wrote in our review, criticising its recycled content and lousy GamePad controls. There was fun to be had with the right racing wheel, but it's clear that Codemasters had their work cut out.
Now that we've been able to get hands-on with "next year's effort," I'm delighted to report that F1 2015 is a very different beast. Though there's work to be done, it's clear that Codies are dead-set on finishing in pole position and are well on the way to doing just that.
Seeing as we're talking about a racing sim, it's only fitting that we start with the engine. F1 2015 is powered by EGO 3, which is brand new and built entirely from scratch. Every asset is therefore completely original, from the models and textures to the re-recorded engine sounds for each manufacturer and even the race engineer banter, which will now burst forth from your DualShock 4 if playing on PS4. Lighting and frame rate has been boosted across the board with PC and current-gen systems in mind. Booting up the Singapore circuit during a vicious midnight rainstorm, I was keen to put Codies' boasts to the test.Click here to read more...
Project CARS has suffered its share of delays and setbacks over the last few months, but it's finally nearing the chequered flag. Slightly Mad Studios' anticipated racer is now locked down for May 8th on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, but even though we've attended plenty of preview events, we've never caught sight of the elusive Xbox One version, let alone tested it.
Until now. Bandai Namco brought the latest build along to Level-Up 2015, where we were able to put it through its paces.
The bad news is that Project CARS will only run at native 900p on Xbox One, but the good news is that it's still a very handsome and surprisingly scalable racer that's shaping up very nicely.
Project CARS' handling, as ever, helps to set it apart from the pack. Painstakingly tweaked with input from real racing drivers including Nicholas Hamilton, Oliver James Webb and former Top Gear Stig Ben Collins, every car, track, surface and weather condition feels unique and exceptionally authentic. Thrashing about in a ridiculous supercharged Le Mans prototype feels delightfully nervy as you wrestle to keep control of a twitchy thoroughbred powered by a nuclear reactor, whereas a friendly little Focus RS can be chucked about like nobody's business. Every corner, every bump, has been tested by one of Slightly Mad's trained racing drivers and altered according to what they know happens based on their years of experience.
Though scalable and intuitive, the handling takes a little getting used to if you've been playing a lot of arcade racers, seeing as cars actually handle as they do in real life as opposed to just plugging raw data into the physics engine. The Xbox One's impulse triggers also help connect you to the road, while a quick jab of the D-Pad allows you to tab through some astonishingly comprehensive real-time metrics.Click here to read more...
After months of delays, Project CARS has finally been locked down to a firm release date. We'll be able to get to grips with the long-awaited racer from May 8th on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, with other versions to follow at a later date.
We'll have a review of the newly-playable Xbox One build later today, but for now, we can share the final specs and details with you.Click here to read more...
I'm sure I don't need to explain the Mario Kart concept to you, so suffice to say that Mario Kart 7 brings the arcade brilliance we love from the franchise to the 3DS and adds some nifty new elements such as the new glider wings. It's recommended to all 3DS owners, but literally essential at £12.25.
Grab the 5% off Facebook voucher for the extra discount using the widget at the top of the store page.
Ride is essential gaming for biker fans and is only £13.85 on PC. Less than half the price of the best deal on consoles.
Ride is one of the best bike racing games in years and is much more appealing than the dry offerings of Moto GP or SBK. The bikes are fantastically detailed and there are enough handling options to appeal to any level of race fan. Moving most events to new road circuits was a great idea too for those of you bored with the Moto GP calendar.
Mario Kart 8 has been feeling the need for speed for a while now. So we're delighted to hear that Nintendo is bringing back the 200cc motors. This new comparison video shows how fast they are compared to the 150cc vehicles, which are currently the fastest rides in Mario Kart 8.
Yes, Nintendo. So much yes. The 150cc karts feel a little slow to be honest, but this injection of speed should see us knocking a third off our best lap times and we can't wait for the new motors to land as a FREE update on April 23rd. On the same day a new paid DLC bundle will be available with two new characters and eight new tracks. Consider us tempted.
If you have any GameCube controllers you want to use on your Wii U for Mario Kart 8 or Super Smash Bros, be sure to pick up this cheap Gamecube to Wii U controller adapter for £9.99. Check out the new trailer below.Click here to read more...
Bikers get a seriously rough deal for video gaming thrills. The late 80s and 90s teased us all into getting bikes when we grew up with classics like Road Rash and Super Hang On and then the genre just up and died. Sure there have been Moto GP titles and a smattering of MX titles, but the genre's glory days have long gone. And booting people on Vespas into oncoming traffic is generally frowned upon in real life.
The last decent pair of wheels seen on PlayStation was the free bikes DLC in Burnout: Paradise. With Road Rash seemingly presumably dead in a desert ditch somewhere, we've had to look elsewhere for two-wheeled fun. Milestone (of recent WRC and Moto GP fame) are taking another swing at the sim-side of the genre, something akin to Riding Spirits. We're not quite ready to call this the Gran Turismo of bikes either though.
Sure there are courses spread over real tracks and fictional road-based events. But the variety of bikes or race disciplines on offer doesn't vary enough to warrant a fair comparison. A Gran Turismo of bikes would need to also include dirtbikes, speedway and the multi-surface Supermoto (Supermoto would make for a great game).
That said, the game is packed with tracks, events and some incredibly gorgeous bikes. All the big manufacturers are included, with the game starting you off with lighter naked bikes and easing you through a grand showroom of rides throughout the career, building you -and your skills- up over time before unleashing you on the suicidal superbikes.Click here to read more...
Ride is finally hitting the starting line later this week on Xbox One too and the cheapest PS4 and Xbox One prices around are easily found here for just £32.99.
I'll be publishing my review of Ride on PS4 onsite later today. But here's a cheeky taste: Ride is one of the best bike racing games in years and is much more appealing than the dry offerings of Moto GP or SBK. The bikes are fantastically detailed and there are enough handling options to appeal to any race fan. Moving most events to new road circuits was a great idea too for those of you bored with the Moto GP calendar.
Note: If PS4 stock runs out, you can order it for £33.99 here.
This is the cheapest price around for Mario Kart 7 on 3DS as other retailers are selling it for around £30. £14.15 is the magic price you'll get once you go through the site's usual 5% facebook discount by liking their page via the link at the top of the site. This is for a digital version of the game, but seeing as it's £15 cheaper than a physical copy, we didn't think you'd mind.
Don't do anything without reading our detailed The Crew review first, though! What should have been great is sadly fairly mediocre due to unnecessary and unwelcome problems, but an undeniably fun core and an incredible world remain, especially if you've got some reliable mates to explore the United States with.
For those of you waiting for The Crew to go under £20 before giving it a shot, now is the time. £19.99 will get you a brand new copy on both PS4 and Xbox One, saving you nearly £5 compared to the next best deal. Project Cars is still some time away, so it's getting hard to resist The Crew's tempting offers of an open-world US setting and rich selection of motors. Hell, it's worth it to see Ubisoft cram in Assassin's Creed tower syncing into yet another game series.
Still not sure? check out Jon's full review, or take a look at the short version: "The Crew's magnificent automotive American playground and high-octane multiplayer road trips are sensational, but the tragedy is that Ubisoft and Ivory Tower didn't know when to stop. Its irredeemably dreadful storyline, grim personality, invasive premium currency, miserly economy, deeply inconsistent event quality and always-on restrictions are all unnecessary yet wilfully sabotage what should have been a masterpiece. There's still fun to be had here, but approach in a deal with a crew of your own or steer well clear. 6/10"
Forza Horizon 2 hasn't had much competition, but it's comfortably our pick of the racing games released on the Xbox One so far and this tasty £22.99 price-tag is the best we've seen so far.
Be sure to nab the free free Fast and Furious expansion DLC and free Mazda DLC too. Forza Horizon 2 should be new-gen racing devotees first pit-stop over the likes of DriveClub, The Crew and Need for Speed Rivals. Be sure to take a look at Jon's Forza Horizon 2 review to learn more. Here's the short version for those of you in a rush: Any track racer can make overtaking feel exciting, but Forza Horizon 2 also makes driving an absolute joy in and of itself. Superb cars, gorgeous scenery and a generous economy make up for a few missteps, meaning that the first big automotive release of the season will also be one of the best of the year.
A rough start isn't always a bad thing, sometimes it leads to some sweet discounting and DriveClub is now available for just £11.99. This is for a preowned copy, saving you nearly £10 over a new copy.
Sony and Evolution Studios have been hard at work since launch and the game's online issues (it was practically impossible to get online for the first two weeks) have been patched, meaning this is much closer to the driving game that was originally promised. The track design is exceptional both in terms of layout and visual class. Loading times for the single-player races are super fast too. The handling can be a mixed bag and the penalty system takes a while to adjust to, but this is well worth a look and setting online challenges for other users is competitive bliss. Recent patches have also included rainy weather effects (I've never seen better) and there are a few extra events and vehicles available for free in the store too. Sony recently reaffirmed that the PlayStation + version was still on the way, but seeing as it will only give you the India tracks and a few cars, we'd rather stick £11.99 down for the full thing.
Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII.
Project CARS has been tempting and taunting us over the last few months, sliding back from Christmas to May in order to sort out all the versions. Thankfully, this track racer is also shaping up to be utterly gorgeous, boasting a fantastic driver-honed handling model too. If you want to get involved, you can pre-order the current-gen versions for just £33.96 apiece.
While you wait, why not read our Project CARs hands-on preview and watch our video interview with tamed racing driver Oli Webb for more details?
I'm sure I don't need to explain the Mario Kart concept to you, so suffice to say that the 3DS version contains the same arcade brilliance we love from the franchise and adds some nifty new elements such as the new glider wings. It's recommended to all 3DS owners, but literally essential at £12.79. Grab the 5% off Facebook voucher for the extra discount using the widget at the top of the store page.
The PS4 version of MXGP: The Official Motocross Videogame is now on sale for just £22.11, saving £6 over other outlets.
This dirt bike racer was packed with intense races and impressive physics when Jon reviewed the Xbox 360 version last year. It was a bit lacking in the visuals department though. Handily, it's been given a layer of next-gen polish here and you'll also find four exclusive tracks to enjoy, making this the best version to go for if you haven't picked up an MX game recently.
Thanks to preparationiskey.
Had I been writing this 12 years ago when Midnight Club II was released by Rockstar Games I would be advising that you should be holding a 800 MHz processor with a minimum of 128mb ram and a 32mb graphics card in that gaming rig of yours, but as time has advanced some I will assume your all good to go.
Although it has been 12 years since the release of this game it still seems to hold up quite well with what you would require from a game of its genre, We would all do well to remember sometimes that in this day and age top notch graphics alone do not make a game amazing.
The world’s most notorious drivers meet each night on the streets of LA, Paris, and Tokyo. Choose from the latest performance enhanced cars and bikes and compete head-to-head to make a name for yourself. There are no rules. Drive anywhere in the city. Find the fastest route to win. The cops know you are out there - don’t get caught.
We brought the hammer down on DriveDlub at launch for its missing features and broken infrastructure, but several months on, Sony's maligned racer has improved in terms of the netcode, challenges and amazing new dynamic weather. This stuff should never have needed to be patched in, but we're glad it's there. So perhaps this cheap PS4 deal might be worth a second look for £17.95, which is exceptionally cheap and around the level you'd usually expect for pre-owned copies.
Plenty of our readers and community members would agree. Do you? Thanks once again to preparationiskey @ HUKD.
There's plenty to choose from, including hits from Codemasters, Ubisoft and even SEGA. Here are some of the highlights.
And more besides. Thanks Gooner!
You can now get a new copy of Driveclub for just £15.85, and we're inclined to look more kindly on it with the benefit of hindsight.
We bashed DriveDlub at launch for its missing features and broken infrastructure, but several months on, Sony's maligned racer has improved in terms of the netcode, challenges and amazing new dynamic weather. This stuff should never have needed to be patched in, but we're glad it's there. So perhaps this cheap PS4 deal might be worth a second look for £15.85, which is exceptionally cheap and around the level you'd usually expect for pre-owned copies.
Plenty of our readers and community members would agree. Do you? Thanks once again to BuzzDuraband @ HUKD.
By the way, there's loads more stuff coming to DriveClub in March. Take a look!