Those were the days, when a game called ‘Road Fighter’ was such a rage, it would cause the buttons on most controllers to break and disappear inside it’s plastic body. Your friend would have a spare, so both of you would make that little red car travel a thousand miles, within 21-inches of screen space in a single day, falling off the chair many times as your body bent in the direction in which you wanted the car to turn.
Times have changed, the gaming industry has changed and the games on offer these days are so good, they almost satiate the urge, the dream and the wish to own and drive a ‘Supercar’ at some of the most famous and exotic locations in the world. Since most of us are still working to bring that dream on wheels to reality, we list the Top-5 racing games you can play in 2014 to quench your need for speed. Certain games are very popular, yet, are not a part of this list, as they have an extreme arcade feel to them. We tried to compile titles which come close to giving you the real feel. However, if you feel we missed out on something which should’ve been here, feel free to leave a comment.
1) Gran Turismo 6:
Available on the Playstation platform: Gran Turismo 6 is by most measures a remarkable game. The game looks amazing in terms of graphics, considering, it is still available on Sony’s older PS3 platform. You can drive about 1200 cars available within the game on the best range of circuits assembled for a racing game we’ve ever played. The exhaustive list includes Bathurst. Spa. Silverstone. Monza. Brands Hatch. Fuji. Willow Springs. Nürburgring. Suzuka. Daytona. Indy. Circuit de la Sarthe also called as ‘Le Mans’ and the Monaco street circuit. The headlights on the car work, the wipers work when it rains outside, the interiors are a photocopy of the original, while the handling and all other traits are detailed to match the actual real-life car. The Nurburgring for instance, every dip, every incline, every inch of tarmac, has been painstakingly recreated to be the exact same in the virtual world and there is no other game which will give you an opportunity to practice your skills while you play virtually and give you an opportunity to become an actual race-car driver, courtesy the Nissan GT Academy, which is now also selecting racers in India, read about it here
2) Project CARS:
Project CARS (Community Assisted Racing Simulator) is a game developed by Slightly Mad Studios. It is scheduled to be released for Microsoft Windows, SteamOS (Linux), PlayStation 4, Wii U and Xbox One in November 2014. Funding for the game was raised by the community and the developers themselves, without the financial aid of a traditional publisher. Through the purchase of Tool Packs players could contribute to development in roles including content creation, QA, and marketing media. These members will receive their share from the game sale profits. How cool an idea is that! As of June 6th, 2014, there are over 67 driveable cars and over 52 race tracks confirmed to be included either in the first release or a following DLC. the game will offer dynamically simulated changes in weather and lighting conditions. Can’t wait for this one.
3) Forza Horizon 2:
Forza Horizon 2 will release on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One in September 2014. Forza Horizon 2 again takes place during the fictional “Horizon Festival”, this time being held in southern Europe, focusing on southern France and northern Italy. The game world is approximately three times larger than that for the original Forza Horizon, with events set in Provence, Tuscany and Côte d’Azur, among other regions and they have included the Lamborghini Huracan, which will feature as the ‘Hero’ car in the game.
4) Dirt 3:
For fans who love sideways action on loose gravel, snow and dirt, rather than burning rubber on tarmac, there hasn’t been much in the market which could dethrone this amazing title. For a game which was released way back in 2011, it does fairly well graphics wise, in comparison to newer titles. However, the game still is a favorite with people who can only drive straight, while going across. Gameplay and physics is amazing considering it’s age, although it won’t give you the social media options most others do provide these days.The game is available for Windows, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 and is one of our favorites, even after all these years.
5) F1 2013:
If you can’t listen to those howling V8’s anymore, at least you can drive them yourself and satisfy your aural senses playing this title from Codemasters. F1 2013 features all the drivers, their teams and the circuits that featured in the 2013 F1 calendar. So although there is no Indian GP on the calendar anymore, you can still drive an F1, V8 powered car at the BIC. A ‘Classic Edition’ of the game features additional drivers, cars and circuits from the 1980s and 1990s, including the Williams FW07B, FW12, FW14B, FW18, Ferrari F399, F1/87/88C, Lotus 98T, and 100T. Additional circuits include Estoril, Imola, Brands Hatch and Jerez.