Depending on who you ask, Gran Turismo 6 or Forza 5 hold the throne as the world’s best car video game, but don’t sleep on one developer who’s pining to take that seat from both titles. And that could happen as soon as this year.
Slightly Mad Studios, the people behind Need for Speed: Shift and Shift 2: Unleashed, has released a slew of production images for its latest video game title, Project Cars.
You read that right: those are in-game screenshots from the video game, not real-life images. Clearly, that’s a whole new level of graphics awesomeness we didn’t think existed to begin with. What’s more, these screenshots are actually from its PC platform, so you can expect something similar, or maybe even better, for the PS4 and XBox One platforms.
Slightly Mad Studios also mentioned that the screenshots didn’t have any post-processing work done on them, nor did they go under any image alterations. What you see are a slew of cars, ranging from exotics to race cars, all boasting of graphics that are so incredibly real, it would’ve been easy to confuse them with actual images of the said vehicles.
The graphics is beyond incredible so the obvious question now is if the gameplay can match it. We’ll find out this coming fall when Project Cars drops for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U and Steam OS.
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NASCAR fans everywhere know the name Jimmie Johnson rather well, but for those that don’t, Johnson is an American NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race car driver. He currently drives for Hendrick Motorsports and is preparing his Panamera Hybrid for competition. And as if that wasn’t enough, the race car driver has also taken time to develop a new kart game: "Anything with an Engine."
This isn’t your usual NASCAR game, but the title is rather explicative of what the idea behind it is. The fun little kart game allows gamers to drive anything with an engine and provides an arsenal of weapons to help the racer get to the finish line. Boost, missiles, and land mines, among other things, are used to take out the other players in the best of three rounds and players can even get creative with a slew of characters and crazy colors to personalize their driving experience.
Jimmie Johnson’s "Anything with an Engine" is expected to be released later in the summer of 2011 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii. We’ll pass along more details as soon as they become available.
Disney Pixar’s Cars 2 hasn’t even come out yet and top execs are already salivating over the next possible money-making scheme to hand over to us on a gold platter. Following the second trailer for Cars 2 is yet another trailer, but this time, it’s for the video game by the same name.
The object of the game is to become world class spies, like Lightning McQueen, his good buddy Mater, and the rest of the gang. This is achieved by training at the international spy academy, CHROME (Command Headquarters for Recon Operations and Motorized Espionage) and taking on dangerous missions to become the fastest race car in the world. Gamers can also use their spy skills in action-packed combat racing and battle arenas while racing up to three of their friends.
Cars 2, the video game, will be released along with the movie in Summer 2011 and will be available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS.
You could use a steering wheel console with its own pedals, but no matter how you go around it, strapping it on a kitchen table doesn’t do much in the way of realism. What you need, if you’re really after the virtual racing experience, is a racing seat simulator. And not just any seat simulator; it should be one that will not only give you the feel of real-world driving, but is also pretty damn cool. This is the F1 Red Bull Race Game Racing Simulator, or shall we say, your ticket to one of the best possible virtual racing experiences you’ll ever find.
Designed and built by Playseat in collaboration with Red Bull Racing,, the F1 seat was made to take motor sport gaming to a whole new level. It’s a patented racing seat that was built to give the gamer the feeling of sitting in a real cockpit. It has a fully-adjustable Black coated steel framework, a seat that has been upholstered with high-quality leather that’s complemented by black vinyl and a red double stitching design with a matching G27 gearshift support that’s also included.
According to Fernando Smit, the founder of Playseat, the Red Bull Race Game Simulator is the next step in taking realism of virtual racing to new heights. “The time that people raced, perched on a kitchen chair with a racing wheel clamped to the table, have been gone for some time now,” he said.
“But the new Playseat formula takes virtual racing to a completely new level. The interaction with the racing game is unrivaled. The user feels every bump in the road surface. People will experience the race as if they are real racing drivers.”
The simulator is compatible with a number of game consoles, including Playstation2, Playstation3, Xbox, Xbox 360, Wii, and PC and sells for 949 Euros, which is about $1,300 based on current exchange rates.