The video game business is evolving much more rapidly than many movie studios in terms of their broad reach and level of interactivity with the players who devote hours to winning the race, collecting a mad fleet of exotic cars , or even doing the most efficient kill shots on retro robo future zombies. Or something.
The automotive genre of the gaming industry is quite a unique subset. Guys and gals who have never enjoyed most first-person-shooters, RPGs and other fantasy wizard content can somehow really love driving games.
Gran Turismo is obviously the mack daddy franchise, but its lead over the improving Forza, Need for Speed and others is diminishing.
As awesome as GT5 and GT6 are, the level of game play is always pretty serious. It might start out with paint jobs and ECU chips for an old used MX-5 that is now a giant killer, but Gran Turismo gets extremely stressful and difficult as the Mario Kart friendliness of the first tracks becomes the brutal London F1 course, Sardinia rally stage, or the legendary Nordschleife in Nürburg.
The light-hearted escapism of the old Donkey Kong Country series is long gone in this intense generation of lifelike games. Your escape will be directly into the racing cockpit. Your eyes will bleed from starting at the 250 mph warp speed down the Mulsanne straight, hate your own slow-fitted fingers, and maybe - just maybe - win a race or two.
Grand Theft Auto takes a totally different path. Instead of the glamor of the world’s best tracks and circuits, the GTA approach is much more down-to-earth. You are a professional criminal building an empire. But there are guys around every corner who want to be the next Tony Montana also.
So you become a fierce and hardened street tough playing the game. Even in the lush green lawns of posh suburbs, the boys will always be in the basement doing evil deeds and wild burnouts on GTA 5 . The goal is to be a fun escape from the reality of speed limits, paying tolls and parking tickets. All the boring parts of life.
So where does the new GTA app fit into this mix? Called iFruit, the new iPhone and iPad apps are companion pieces that integrate with console game play. Build your ideal whip, train your Rottweiler or just browse the enormous game play guide application when stuck.
Is iFruit the perfect time-waster for all those boring hours spent *not* playing GTA 5 ?
If you need an idea for a time waster this weekend, we may have an idea for you: Asphalt 7: Heat on iTunes. The game offers you the ability to drive more than 60 cars from the world’s most prestigious manufacturers, like Ferrari , Lamborghini and Aston Martin . The legendary DMC DeLorean is also included on the list.
Players can take their car on 15 tracks set in real cities around the globe, like Hawaii, Paris, London, Miami and Rio. The game also offers a multiplayer mode that allows you to race against 5 friends - locally or online. You can also check the achievements of the other players by using the game’s Asphalt Tracker feature.
There is no possible way to get tired at this game, as it offers 6 different game modes, 15 leagues and 150 different races.
The game was also optimized for 4-inch Retina Display on iPhone 5.
Real Racing was officially unveiled in 2009 and 2013 brings the game’s third installment. Real Racing 3 is produced by Electronic Arts and it is offered for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and most Android devices at no charge.
The game offers a total of 46 licensed vehicles covering three classes, a 22-car grid across real world tracks, eight varied event types and over 900 events. The game is also offered with a neat feature called Time Shifted Multiplayer (TSM) - a multiplayer mode that allows players to race against their friends, even if they have different devices or if they’re offline.
The game also offers hours of gameplay and there is no need for you to pay in order to progress. However, in order to speed up car servicing and upgrade wait times you will need to earn and spend virtual currency. You can earn currency through racing events, leveling-up, obtaining trophies and competing with friends, or you can simply buy it.
For all of you game addicts out there, "Cie Games" needs no presentation. For those of you who do not know them, we will offer you one more clue: it is the company that has developed "Car Town" - a social network game that allows players to collect and modify virtual cars.
Cie Games announced the launch of the new "Car Town Streets" - a racing game developed in cooperation with International Speedway Corporation (ISC) and specially offered for mobile gaming platforms. Gamers will be able to play it for free on iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
This new game will include "virtual" events and the first one, "Daytona Challenge," will debut today in celebration of the 55th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 24th. Top players for each race will receive a free NASCAR racecar that can produce up to 1,200 horsepower – the fastest car in the game.
The new Car Town Streets will offer gamers the possibility to find, build and race with all their favorite cars, but also form teams and compete in head-to-head race battles. In the future, the game will unlock new race challenges and missions.