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    Secondary Hivemind Nexus vinraith's Avatar
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    Current Gen Couch-MP friendly racing games

    So I'm playing a bit of Skydrift earlier and my wife (ever the racing game enthusiast) walks in, watches for a bit, then says "this is really cool, can we play it together?" The answer there is no, in the sense that she means it, because what she's asking is "can we set up a race with you, me, and some AI opponents?" That ability to do this extraordinarily basic thing in a racing game seems to have all but vanished in the latest generation of games. We had a ton of fun doing this with Dreamcast titles, and even moreso with PS2 titles, but a large part of the reason I don't even own a current gen console is because developers and publishers seem to have decided somewhere along the line that it's more important I be able to play with a horde of strangers online than that I be able to play with friends and loved ones in the same room. I don't get it.

    So, inclusive of both console and PC games, are there any racing games out there in the current generation that actually WILL let me set up a race with someone in the same room and some AI opponents? Are any of those any good? This is something we really miss doing.

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    I don't know how current gen these might be considered, but to varying degrees of racing:

    Dirt 3
    Modnation Racers
    Sonic & Sega Allstars Racing

    Dirt is definitely in the realms of arcade, the last two are more Mario kart. I think they all have demos, or can be acquired cheaply because they aren't too recent. Modnation is PS3 only, the others are available on everything. I think Forza 4 had split screen, 360 only though.

    I'd guess that the lack of split screen is less a design decision and more a technical limitation. Having 2 people in different parts of the track means the console has to render both parts of the track, which is more work. With 30fps already being the target fps (and not even consistently in many games) for a lot of console games the double rendering may just be too much for the shiny that's expected.

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    S&SAR doesn't have online MP, as a caveat there for some reason. That said, its sequel is coming out...soon. I don't know why we have no information of it coming out on the PC, but it's already out on the consoles so you can look around for footage of that. Reviews and impressions seem to generally be rather favourable of it too. I'm not really sure of too many others, apart from DiRT 3 as mentioned above.
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    Skip Sonic & Sega All Stars and head straight to Sonic & All Stars Racing Transformed (the new one).
    It's not yet available on PC (GODDAMNIT SEGA), but it's out for 360, PS3 and WiiU and AFAIK has split-screen with AI opponents and is being hailed by a lot of players as an amazing kart racer.

    Edit: Freck, ninjaed.

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    Split/Second is good fun. PS3 version definitely supports split screen, unsure about PC.

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    Toca Race Driver 3 have split screen.remember the name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaftPunk View Post
    Toca Race Driver 3 have split screen.remember the name.
    I play this split screen myself, it's got an extremely wide variety of vehicles. F1 looking things, monster trucks, concept cars, lawnmowers, haulage trucks.
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    Thanks folks. That's less than I was hoping for but more than I was expecting, I appreciate the info.

    @Kelron,

    Thanks for the reminder, I'd actually bought Split/Second for exactly this reason, played it for a bit, then totally forgotten about it. It's a good one, we should get back to it...

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    Don't forget Blur,newer arcade racing game with split screen,quite a looker!

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