Car video games are more realistic than ever. With famous franchise like Gran Turismo and Forza motorports leading the way in mass market racing simulaion. Car video games are available in all genre, from destruction derby to drag racing. This page covers them all and on every platform: console, pc, mac, mobile, tablets.
Noted auto journalist Chris Harris recently got an invitation from Codemasters — the fine folks behind the racing game series, GRID — to give the game a virtual test. This isn’t any old test either, as it pits Harris against McLaren test driver Mat Jackson in a race at Brands Hatch in the virtual UK.
In the virtual race, Harris struggles to keep up with the more experienced Jackson and voices his displeasure to one of the game’s developers. After a few tips and pointers on how to get more out of his MP4-12C, Harris proceeds to catch up to Jackson, overtake him and then beat him to the checkered flag by the slimmest of margins.
Apparently, the whole point of the series of teasers is for Codemasters to display the kind of real-life instructions you can put to use in the virtual racing game. Quite frankly, we don’t get the idea of the whole thing, given the fact that the GRID series has always been a game that put hardcore racing as its main selling point. In any case, the video’s pretty interesting if you’re a fan of the GRID franchise.
Harris’ involvement in these teasers also appear to be of the multi-part variety, which means that we can expect to see more of these teasers in the coming weeks as Codemasters prepares for the release of “GRID 2 Effect” this summer.
Long before being unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show, the 2014 Corvette Stingray made its racing debut in Gran Turismo 5. Of course, the prototype that was initially unveiled in the famous racing game was heavily camouflaged, but now gamers will be able to drive it completely uncovered.
The camouflaged Corvette caught the attention of more than 500,000 people, so both Chevrolet and Polyphony Digital Inc. have big hopes for the real deal. The new Corvette Stingray will be available as a free download through the PlayStation Store on PlayStation 3 on Tuesday, January 15, and can be driven on some of the world’s most renowned race tracks, including the Daytona International Speedway and the Nürburgring.
For many people, driving the new Corvette in Gran Turismo 5 will be the only chance they have to drive the new American sports car. Also, considering it will take some time until the car arrives on the market, Gran Turismo 5 will be the first "real" test drive of the car.
People will have many reasons to test it, considering the 2014 Corvette has been described as "the most powerful and sophisticated standard Corvette ever." We certainly can’t wait to hop behind the virtual wheel of the digital Stingray `Vette.
Honda has announced its collaboration with Forza Horizon to promote their latest Civic Coupe. Along with the new model, gamers can also enjoy two additional Honda models: a 1986 Civic Si and a Honda Performance Development B-Spec Rally Fit. All three models will be offered in the new Honda Challenge Car Pack starting January 15th.
Along with driving the new Honda models, the players can virtually race against Honda IndyCar driver Scott Dixon and try to beat his fastest time around the track in a 2013 Civic Si. The fastest racer will have the opportunity to meet the Indianapolis 500 winner in person and receive a custom Civic Si-themed Xbox 360 gaming console.
Another contest will begin on February 15th, 2013. To enter the competition, you will have to submit a photo taken in-game of the 2013 Civic Si. The best photo will be featured on Honda social channels and on the Honda website, and the winner will receive a custom Civic Si-themed Xbox 360 gaming console.
The folks over at Turn 10 Studios sure know how to ring in the New Year with a bang, especially when it comes to downloadable content for the Forza Horizon video game.
In addition to the previously announced Recaro Car Pack that’s set to drop in January, Turn 10 will also release the Honda Challenge Car Pack on the 15th of January. As the name evidently says, the pack will include a number of models from the Japanese automaker, including the 2013 Honda Civic Coupe, an HPD Rally Fit and a 1986 Honda Civic Si Coupe for you classic-Honda buffs.
In addition to all the Honda Civic goodness you’re getting, the pack will also include an online race against Scott Dixon, which involves you trying to upstage Dixon’s time around a track in a 2013 Civic Si for the chance to meet the racer in the flesh. A photo contest will also be part of the pack with the winner receiving a custom-wrapped Civic Si Xbox 360 console. And the best part; the Honda Challenge Car Pack is free!
Wait, it gets even better. Should you be itching for some new DLC material for Forza Horizon, and you can’t wait for the Recaro and Honda Challenge packs, you can get the Rally Expansion Pack, which comes with a five more rally cars, a seven-race series in Colorado, and new multiplayer events, among other features. If you have the Season Pass, you can download the pack for free and if you don’t, it’ll only cost you 1,600 MS Points.
Not a month goes by without Turn 10 Studios releasing a car pack for its avid video game racers. For January, the developer of the Forza Motorsports franchise will be releasing the newest car pack for its latest video game offering: Forza Horizon.
Dubbed the “Recaro Car Pack,” the new downloadable content will include the usual smorgasbord of vehicles, highlighted by the 2012 Lexus LF-A Nürburgring Edition. In addition to the gnarly Japanese supercar, the Recaro Car Pack will also include the 2012 Lotus Exige S, the 2012 Cadillac Escalade, the 2005 Mercedes SLR, the 1995 Ford Mustang Cobra R, and, oddly enough, the 1983 GMC Vandura G-1500.
The Recaro Car Pack will go live and be up for download on January 1, 2013. As is always the case, the car pack can be had for a reasonable amount of just 400 MS Points. But if you’re a Forza Horizon Season Pass holder, you get the pack for free and on top of that, get free dibs on a 2009 Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster.
The things people do when they have a lot of time to themselves range from the inane to the genius. Drift Alliance driver, Ryan Tuerck, will never be confused for a rocket scientist, but the man is, at least in this particular case, a bonafide genius.
Together with his Drift Alliance teammate Chris Forsberg, Ryan took the game of H-O-R-S-E and put a different spin to it. Actually, he took the game, used a different word, and proceeded to make it more awesome than any of us could have imagined.
Ladies and gentlemen, presenting The Game of D-R-I-F-T.
The mechanics remain the same, at least for the most part. One driver does a stunt, then the other copies it and when he can’t, he gets the letter D. The end happens when one spells D-R-I-F-T similar to H-O-R-S-E in basketball.
Both Tuerck and Forsberg used Nissan 240SX drift cars, so nobody has any kind of advantage when it comes to the car. By the end of the video, though, you’ll discover that one of these two just completely obliterates the other in a series of stunts that are too cool to describe.
Just in time for the holiday season, Turn 10 Studios is dropping the first ever expansion pack for Forza: Horizon. Judging by the list of seven new vehicles that are part of the December IGN Car Pack, you’d be a fool to let this pack go by without snagging it up.
That’s the kind of list usually reserved only for fantasy garages. Now, for less money than a new pair of Air Jordans, you can own all of those exotics and have them at your complete disposable. Of course, you can only drive in the virtual world of Forza: Horizon. But, hey, that’s where the fantasy kicks in.
The December IGN Pack for Forza: Horizon will go live on December 4. Be on the lookout for it. In the meantime, check out this trailer of the pack from Turn 10 Studios. If that doesn’t get you excited, we don’t know why you even have an XBox 360 to begin with.
A while ago a heavily camouflaged Chevrolet Corvette C7 was spotted in Gran Turismo 5 and everyone imagined that the car will be making its virtual debut earlier than the real-world one. Today, Chevrolet and Sony have confirmed that Gran Turismo 5 players can indeed enjoy a first-of-its-kind driving experience of a camouflaged Corvette C7 prototype.
While developing this virtual prototype, designers from Chevy and Polyphony Digital paid attention to even the tiniest details and tried to replicate the real car by as much as possible. Unfortunately, they opted for a soft camouflage to keep the car’s design a secret until its world debut in January. You didn’t really think they would unveil the car in a video game, did you?
"Until now, only the most skilled drivers on the Corvette team have been authorized to push the test prototypes to the limits on some of the most challenging track surfaces in the world," said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Global Marketing. "Through this unique collaboration with Gran Turismo, Chevrolet is able, for the first time, to give performance car enthusiasts access to such an exclusive driving experience."
Check out the above video to see the digital version of the C7 Corvette draped in its camo livery!
In this economy, $90,000 is a treasure chest for a lot of people. It’s enough money to sustain a decent-sized household for an extended period of time. But for Neiman Marcus, $90,000 is only enough money to score you this rad-tastic racing simulator just in time for the holidays.
Pretty sweet, right?
If you’re the lucky few that can afford to throw 90 grand on the Pinel & Pinel Arcade Trunk, then we applaud you for it. It’s not like you’re splurging on a designer handbag, or even a diamond-encrusted timepiece. Nope, it’s a racing simulator that comes with controllers for four people, a 55-inch Sony 3D TV, racing seats, a PlayStation 3, a Thrustmaster T500RS wheel, a Bluetooth system, a multitude of microphones, a choice of 24 games, and, for the aesthetically inclined, 51 different colors for the calfskin cabinet.
And they said we love to splurge on unnecessary items. Trust us, if you’ve got the money and a sizable chunk of free space in your living room, there’s nothing unnecessary about this racing simulator.
Just a few days ago, we brought you the second trailer for Grand Theft Auto V, which is set to be released for Xbox 360 and PS3 in the Spring of 2013. The wait for the launch can be very aggravating, we know. To help satisfy your GTA thirst, Gevorg Karensky has created an awesome live-action short movie with a plot based on GTA — GTA IV and its main character, Nico Bellic, if you want to be specific.
His movie, called Grand Theft Auto: RISE, looks pretty true to the original and features one of our favorite cars — the BMW M3 — and not just a replica, like in the game. Unfortunately, the M3 meets a rather unhappy ending, but we still enjoyed every second of the car chase it was involved in.
Let us know in the comments section bellow if you like this movie, or you will rather wait for the GTA V for some "real" action!