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Feature: Smashing

Wreckfest is a splendid antidote to po-faced racing sims

I am not one who subscribes to the school of games criticism where each game is compared to others in its field. Firstly, because you may as well just plot the game on a graph for all the lack of detail and nuance this provides, and secondly because to be meaningful it really depends upon the reader's having a working knowledge of every other game.…

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Feature: Driving the nail in

The Crew 2 as a single-player game review

The Crew 2 is out proper tomorrow, at which point its servers will probably collapse for a bit, then eventually get stable as players fill up the vast amount of empty space in this miniaturised rendition of the United States. Meanwhile, I've been playing it this week to experience its vast amount of solo content, which is undeniably the focus of the game's core progression.…

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F1 2015 is free for keeps right now on Steam

Formula One fans should take note of this small window of opportunity where, not only can you play F1 2015 for free, but it will remain in your Steam library permanently. I'm not sure what else you need to read about it? You click a button and have a free forever game. It is yours. Like so many other Steam games you own, you never…

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Best Coast: Our Road Trip Across The US In The Crew

The Crew is free this month from Ubisoft, just two years on from its release. Back then it received mixed reviews. But free is free, and the size of the game’s open world – a huge recreation of the United States – is intriguing enough to entice Adam and Brendan to revisit the racer with a challenge in mind. Who can get from East coast…

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Feature: Amphetamine addiction is ugly

Impressions: Need For Speed

None can know the minds of EA. We were sent review code for Need For Speed [official site] yesterday, plenty ahead of its release... and told that the review embargo for this online-enhanced game would be 8am the next day. The game's not out until the 17th. A very strange situation indeed, to be given less than 24 hours to review a large, involved driving…

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Feature: Burnout Paradise?

Early Impressions: The Crew

Ubisoft's The Crew is now out, via Steam in the US and UPlay and something called "shops" in other parts of the world. Ubisoft, after the PR disaster of trying to impose post-release embargoes on Assassin's Creed: Unity reviews, have taken the rather bold step of informing customers not to trust early reviews. This is because they've withheld review code from journalists until just before…

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Freeware Garden: Red Hot Overdrive

I've been looking for a decent, freeware 16-bit-esque racer in the style of Outrun for quite some time now and kept bumping into unfinished prototypes, bad ideas, boring implementations and short one-level offerings. Thankfully and due to the wonders of the internets, I found a terrific one in the most unlikely of places: the Adventure Game Studio forums. A place where people are bound to…

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VRROOM! Need For Speed Most Wanted’s MP Trailer

I have drawn a graph to explain how excited I am about Criterion's Need For Speed: Most Wanted. You can see it below. Up here I'll instead comment on just how weird it is to be talking positively about Need For Speed. So recently it was the wideboy gaming release, a new copy out every Christmas for people who wear their caps sideways and speak…

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Engines Of Destruction: Gas Guzzlers

Gas Guzzlers: Combat Carnage is sort of a 3D Death Rally, or at least that's what it looks like and that's reason enough for me to be quite eager to see if that's what it plays like. Customisable cars with guns on top drive around and pretend to race each other while actually only really caring about exploding one another. It's out in just four…

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Formula For Success: Breaking Into Driving Games, Part 2

If you missed part one of Craig Lager's two-part guide to getting going in proper racing games, that's here. Now read on for the final part, covering advanced techniques, what high-end kit to pick up and which games will best make you wheely good. Everyone will tell you that the most important thing with racing is consistency. One really fast lap is nothing compared to…

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Feature: You too can master the car wot goes fast

Off To The Races – Breaking Into Driving Sims, Part 1

Mr Craig Lager of GamingDaily fame takes to the podium to present a two-part guide to getting started in - and ultimately mastering - racing games. You can do it! “You’re not braking to slow down here, you’re braking to put weight at the front of the car so it’s easier to turn in” - my driving instructor shouts to be heard over the Lotus’s…

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One Red Light: F1 2011 Launch Trailer

"Codemasters: Birmingham" really doesn't have the same ring to it as "Eidos: Montreal" or "2K Czech" does it? But despite its inauspicious origins, their F1 2011 is looking pretty snazzy. Also, from my non-F1-caring-about perspective, massively daunting. It reminds me of when F1GP2 came out in 1734, and my tiny brain couldn't understand why you'd play a game where touching gravel once in three hours…

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Cars Take Off: Trackmania 2 Canyon Out

Trackmania 2 Canyon is available right now as a digital purchase straight from its very own official website. It’s the game with an obscene amount of player-controlled cars racing around thousands upon thousands of physically impossible tracks. The game uses Nadeo’s own ManiaPlanet system for updates and downloads, which is why it’s only available direct from the website. That may change but don’t count on…

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Bit Of Posh: Test Drive Unlimited 2

Come on open world racing games, smarten up. After the weak Need For Speed World, and the almost great Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, I'm now banking my hopes on next year's big-money, big-car Test Drive Unlimited 2. The original Test Drive Unlimited also fell into the "almost great" category, so I'm very much hoping to see even more this time. To get an idea…

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It’s Quaint Brighton’s Split/Second

Here's a peculiar trailer for Brit-based racer, Split/Second. It's like a report for a gaming TV show, but without the gaming TV show. And it's an American pretend TV show, which offers the rather hilarious opener that Black Rock Studio's home town, Brighton, is "quaint". But forget all that, because what you've got here is a neatly packaged explanation of what Split/Second is - a…

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