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Topic   Racing/Driving game recommendations

benstylus
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29-Aug(#1)
It's no secret that racing games have fallen out of favor with the big publishers. Obviously it's difficult to compete with the twin behemoths of Forza and Gran Turismo, although there are a few other series that have had recent releases: Need for Speed, Dirt, Grid and F1 from Codemasters/EA (still breaks my heart to type that); and Milestone has been pumping out the bike games in the form of MotoGP, MXGP, Supercross, and Ride. And they all seem to be going more and more sim and realistic (Forza Horizon and Need for Speed perhaps being the outliers and sticking to the more casual experience)

As far as Kart Racers go, we've got Nintendo with Mario Kart and so think everyone else pretty much gave up. Even Sega, who fought valiantly with two amazing Sonic All Stars racers apparently phoned it in with Team Sonic Racing.

And what about the other racing genres of the past? Water, snow, flying, demolition derby, car combat... they seem to have mostly vanished. Wreckfest is thriving, but deep downit's a realistic racer with an incredible damage physics model that makes it appealing for casual play as well.

But when the big guys ignore a genre, indie devs often jump in to fill the void. The problem is that smaller/indie devs release primarily on digital platforms, so we don't get to see their games if we're browsing the shelves at our local wal-mart, Gamestop, Best Buy, etc. Nintendo's eshop is a mess, Sony's PSN store is slow and unwieldy (at least on PS3/4, don't have a 5 yet so don't know if it's improved). Xbox Store is OK I guess. Though I wish all three stores would give you the option to permanently remove a game from search results that you would never buy in a million years even as a joke (with a setting to clear that too, I suppose if you accidentally do it for a game you want to play). A "This is trash, stop showing it to me" button is probably a topic for another thread though.

So, I'm hoping to give and get recommendations for racing/driving games that may have flown under the radar, particularly for current gen (PS4/5, Xbone/XS, and Switch) consoles, but I'm never against prior gen stuff either (especially if it's available digitally and/or cheap!)

I'll start off by recommending a game.

Hotshot Racing is a throwback to the arcade racers of yesteryear. The flat-shaded polygons give it a crisp and clean look, the intentionally low poly count helps it run super smooth and fast, and has lots of different tracks and game modes. I particularly like the "Drive or Explode" mode that raises your minimum speed threshold every time you hit a checkpoint. Don't drive below the minimum speed!

Even better, it apparently has s physical release now for Switch and PS4, so for those of you who were patient or didn't know about the digital one you don't have to wade through the eshop. As far as I know it's still digital only for Xbox.
Kommie
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29-Aug(#2)
American Truck Simulator.
benstylus
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29-Aug(#3)
Kommie wrote:
> American Truck Simulator.

But y tho
Kommie
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29-Aug(#4)
benstylus wrote:
> Kommie wrote:
>> American Truck Simulator.
>
> But y tho

Y not
benstylus
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29-Aug(#5)
If you don't have anything useful to contribute, please go and find another thread.
Cevil
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* 29-Aug(#6)
Good summary there Ben. I didn't realize how few racers are being published these days. Admittedly I've never been big into the genre. In fact I don't think I've ever beaten a racing game (if you don't count Kart racers). I've dabbled in some here or there but just never been a thing for me, and there aren't exactly triple A racing games on Nintendo platforms.

I can't recommend any games right now but I have been looking at Cruise N' Blast which is coming to Switch in September. Looks like a fun arcade racing game.
PizzaTheHutt
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* 29-Aug(#7)
benstylus wrote:
> Racing is a throwback to the arcade racers of yesteryear. The flat-shaded
> polygons give it a crisp and clean look, the intentionally low poly count helps it
> run super smooth and fast, and has lots of different tracks and game modes. I particularly
> like the "Drive or Explode" mode that raises your minimum speed threshold every time
> you hit a checkpoint. Don't drive below the minimum speed!


I just bought this on sale in the eShop for $5 a couple of days ago. I haven't played it enough to have an opinion yet, but I do know I'm disappointed in how dead the online multiplayer is. I only got to do one race online, it was just me and one other person and 6 AI racers, and we got our asses kicked by the AI (I checked his profile after the race and saw he had just bought the game too). I really do like the graphical style of the game though.

For a while Asphalt 9: Legends was my go-to racing game on the Switch. Yes, it's a port of a mobile game so there are microtransactions up the wazoo, but you don't have to spend a dime (I played for over a year without spending anything). I had to delete it though because I bought Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered and my SD card was full. NFS is a solid racer too and the online multiplayer has some life to it since it supports cross-platform multiplayer, which is a good thing because I'm usually the only one in the lobby playing the Switch version and just going by that I would assume the Switch version would be dead online if I didn't have the option of racing PC, Xbox and PlayStation users. Having an active online mode is important to me in most racing games.
MrBean
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29-Aug(#8)
Kommie wrote:
> American Truck Simulator.

Haha, this guy never disappoints
Slickriven
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29-Aug(#9)
Horizon Chase Turbo is on Switch, X1, PS4 and Steam. If you were into the 90's racers like OutRun or more specifically TopGear then this is a treat. They got the same composer that did TG back in the day, which was one of my favorite SNES titles and HCT is just a lot of fun and can be challenging too.
The non-Turbo 'version' came out on Android and maybe iOS so it's a more/less simple game, but the sense of speed is great and the music is excellent.

As for Hotshot Racing, I liked it for a while, and it feels a little like HCT/OutRun/TopGear but my goodness the rubberbanding on higher difficulty levels was crazy annoying. I beat a good bit of the game before the free DLC dropped and as I started to try on higher difficulties I lost interest in coming in 2nd or 3rd b/c I made 1-2 minor mistakes or took a corner iffy or something.

benstylus
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* 30-Aug(#10)
Slickriven wrote:.
> As for Hotshot Racing, I liked it for a while, and it feels a little like HCT/OutRun/TopGear
> but my goodness the rubberbanding on higher difficulty levels was crazy annoying.
> I beat a good bit of the game before the free DLC dropped and as I started to try
> on higher difficulties I lost interest in coming in 2nd or 3rd b/c I made 1-2 minor
> mistakes or took a corner iffy or something.

Fair enough, but I think higher difficulties should be hard. Highest difficulty if you make a mistake you shouldn't be first. If you can breeze through max difficulty, then the game is too easy. And I think it's ok for it to be so hard that most people will not be able to complete max difficulty (as long as the dev doesn't lock anything important or a "true ending" behind that). Though I agree it would be better for the AI to be smarter, not just given a clearly better car than the player can get, and catchup out the wazoo. That just feels cheap.

Though nothing feels cheaper than the highest difficulty on Mario Kart, and getting blue shelled 3 times during a face, then lightninged, then red shelled on the last corner of the last lap and ending up in 4th. It sucks to lose when your "mistake" was being in first place. Still wish N would allow an item toggle in that game.
benstylus
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30-Aug(#11)
PizzaTheHutt wrote:
> I just bought this on sale in the eShop for $5 a couple of days ago. I haven't played
> it enough to have an opinion yet, but I do know I'm disappointed in how dead the
> online multiplayer is.

I think that's always going to be a problem for any small release, unless you get it the first week or so after release. Much like an arcade game, most players be like "well that was fun, now back to Forza/GT."

Even Dirt 5 doesn't have many folks online anymore. F1 is pretty active but probably only for another couple of months until the actual championship ends.

Really the way to get around that is to have a group of like-minded gamers that agree to get together online maybe one night a week and play some of these forgotten games. Have a rotation in the group, and whoever's turn it is gets to pick what game is played. (It also helps if everyone owns them already, or they're cheap or on gamepass).
SwiftJAB
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30-Aug(#12)
The guys over at Penny Arcade are really into iRacing (https://www.iracing.com/). This is subscription based racing sim for enthusiast. It's PC based and claim it can run on almost everything and supports keyboard/mouse, touch, and controller/wheel support.

Kommie
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30-Aug(#13)
MrBean wrote:
> Kommie wrote:
>> American Truck Simulator.
>
> Haha, this guy never disappoints

always here to help.
benstylus
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30-Aug(#14)
SwiftJAB wrote:
> The guys over at Penny Arcade are really into iRacing (https://www.iracing.com/).
> This is subscription based racing sim for enthusiast. It's PC based and claim it
> can run on almost everything and supports keyboard/mouse, touch, and controller/wheel
> support.


I racing is super hardcore sim though. That's what many pro drivers use to practice with. And people take it super seriously.

Archer
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30-Aug(#15)
The indie rally game "art of rally" is a fun casual rally game. I really enjoy it. The physics are a little wonky at times, but its fun. It has an art style I like as well. Also has a free roam mode. And some "online" challenges were you compete against others times. On Xbox/PC/Switch, digital only.

I also hear Trailmakers is really fun, but haven't had a chance to check it out myself. You build your own cars/boats/planes and just roam around an open world. I'm not sure if there is any actual racing in it. But its like a lego build your own vehicle and explore kind of thing.

If you liked Wreckfest, I would recommend checking out a small indie game called Concept Destruction. You race cardboard prototypes in different table top environments. Its like a micro machines kind of thing, small cardboard cars that run on double A batteries. I found it fun. Another casual game. On everything, digital only.

I also enjoyed an indie kart racers on PS4 called 'Bears Can't Drift!?'. Nothing special, but I enjoyed the humor. If you're really into something like Mario Kart, this might not be for you. Its a very simple Kart experience.
Slickriven
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30-Aug(#16)
benstylus wrote:
> ... And I think it's ok for it to be so hard that most people
> will not be able to complete max difficulty (as long as the dev doesn't lock anything
> important or a "true ending" behind that). Though I agree it would be better for
> the AI to be smarter, not just given a clearly better car than the player can get,
> and catchup out the wazoo. That just feels cheap.

I agree and don't 'mind' losing a race if I'm not driving well, and am at fault, but when I start last (is default I believe), make my way across the first lap/2 into the lead and start to pull away, then make no real mistakes only to see the indicators on the mini-map catching up and passing me, even if I've got boost going, is frustrating.
It has been a while since I played it, so maybe it's better now?

To be clear I don't hate the title and was actually more annoyed by that aspect b/c I was enjoying it on the initial/normal difficulty levels. But that aspect stuck out in my mind as to why I took a long break from playing it. Essentially it's like what you said, I got tired of it and went back to enjoying Horizon 4. My suggested Horizon Chase Turbo wasn't the same, I dove into that and played it a good bit and beat all of the tracks and earned all of the stuff - it's likely an easier game overall. There aren't levels of difficulty I don't believe. I did have to retry some courses to collect all of the tokens, finish with extra gas and win. I will say there was some rubberbanding in HCT but it wasn't too severe. Essentially you start every race in 20th (last) place and they seemingly expect you to catch the leader around the end of the 2nd (of 3 laps - which most races were that long). You can run into the back of cars somewhat easily (slowing you down), so that expectation isn't bad. In 1 race the starting section was super wide and I smacked a nitro and shot up the right side only for the highest 2 placed cars to really fight me passing them for a number of corners, almost like I broke the progression expectation.

Slickriven
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30-Aug(#17)
Archer wrote:
> The indie rally game "art of rally" is a fun casual rally game. I really enjoy it.
> The physics are a little wonky at times, but its fun. It has an art style I like
> as well. Also has a free roam mode. And some "online" challenges were you compete
> against others times. On Xbox/PC/Switch, digital only.

I wanted to get into that title but couldn't get it to work on my SX - I'd load it up get to the main screen and it would say 'Press any button to start', I'd hit a button, get the Xbox 'Who are you? Select a user' panel on the left and select myself but nothing would happen in the game, besides the left panel would close. So I'd hit another button, get panel back, chose myself... rinse and repeat.


Archer
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30-Aug(#18)
Slickriven wrote:
> Archer wrote:
>> The indie rally game "art of rally" is a fun casual rally game. I really enjoy
> it.
>> The physics are a little wonky at times, but its fun. It has an art style I like
>> as well. Also has a free roam mode. And some "online" challenges were you compete
>> against others times. On Xbox/PC/Switch, digital only.
>
> I wanted to get into that title but couldn't get it to work on my SX - I'd load it
> up get to the main screen and it would say 'Press any button to start', I'd hit a
> button, get the Xbox 'Who are you? Select a user' panel on the left and select myself
> but nothing would happen in the game, besides the left panel would close. So I'd
> hit another button, get panel back, chose myself... rinse and repeat.
>
>

That sucks. Maybe check it out on PC? Its only on the PC GP as well.
Anxiouz
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30-Aug(#19)
Formula Retro Racing - I got this for X1 recently ($5.99 on sale for $2.99):
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/formula-retro-ra...

It feels like an expansion pack to Virtua Racing. It plays really smoothly, the courses are pretty good, and I had a good time with it. I got through most of the game in a weekend but for the price it's a fun time. I got it on sale for $2.99 which is totally worth it. For $6 it's still fun but just go in knowing it's not a long-term play.
Archer
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30-Aug(#20)
Anxiouz wrote:
> Formula Retro Racing - I got this for X1 recently ($5.99 on sale for $2.99):
>
> It feels like an expansion pack to Virtua Racing. It plays really smoothly, the courses
> are pretty good, and I had a good time with it. I got through most of the game in
> a weekend but for the price it's a fun time. I got it on sale for $2.99 which is
> totally worth it. For $6 it's still fun but just go in knowing it's not a long-term
> play.

That looks like the old IndyCar Racing II game I used to play back in like 1996. I might have to check that out.
benstylus
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* 30-Aug(#21)
I still play virtua racing, so I'll take a look. Only being 6 bucks is reason enough with you having recommended it
PizzaTheHutt
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30-Aug(#22)
80's Overdrive is on sale for $3 in the Switch eShop (or $2 in the 3DS eShop). I played it a few years back on 3DS and I liked it, but I don't think I ever finished it. I recall you need to pay money to be able to participate in races, you also have to pay to refill your gas tank and repair damage to your car in between races and then of course still need to have money to pay for upgrades to your car, so I remember having to replay a lot of races multiple times to grind for money.
It's inspired by Outrun and Rad Racer, and of course the 80s neon aesthetic and synthwave soundtrack.
Unfortunately no multiplayer mode at all, and there's a track editor but I never messed with it because I didn't know anyone else who was playing the game to be able to share custom tracks with via password (Miiverse was dead by the time this released).

Here's a dual review of both 80's Overdrive and Formula Retro Racing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_J3lfAc0_o
SupremeSarna
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30-Aug(#23)
I think you might enjoy Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing. You race as trucks over the long, open roads of the American West. Getting a gold trophy in this game might be one of the most satisfying achievements in gaming, and the message you get is inspiring!
benstylus
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30-Aug(#24)
SupremeSarna wrote:
> I think you might enjoy Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing.

If you're don't have anything helpful to contribute, then please don't.
benstylus
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30-Aug(#25)
Another game on the nope pile:

Rock & Racing Grand Prix

I'm sure they picked "Rock & Racing" specifically to bring to mind the classic Rock n Roll Racing from the 16 bit days. Well this game ain't it.
Anxiouz
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* 30-Aug(#26)
Add to Nope:

Xenon Racer (X1):
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/xenon-racer/bpd5...

I got this on some sale for $2.99 which felt like a steal at the time. But now it's back to $29.99 which is absurd. It's decent but really quite clumsy. And the AI is terrible so if you drift (to both make turns and gain boost) wrong through a couple corners near the end of the race, you'll end up going from 1st to 5th. I can't recommend this at all, even as a novelty at $3.
Slickriven
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31-Aug(#27)
Interesting review posted by Pizza - that 80's Overdrive actually looks pretty meh primarily from the total lack of sense of speed. At the beginning of him talking about it, I was like yep it looks like OutRun or TopGear, but then I looked and his speed was listed at 205mph and it looked like he was driving at maybe 75. He was taking corners at 205 and barely sliding, nor losing any speed.
For a sense of comparison check out this review of HCT, the guy even compares it to 80's Overdrive and well isn't impressed. I can say that some of the levels in HCT might almost make you sick with their sense of speed on corners with lots of elevation and flashing lightning in the dark rain - a level or 2 you almost have to try to memorize the corners and time when you turn as they get pretty nuts.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwXYZRrXfhs

benstylus
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31-Aug(#28)
That's an issue with a lot of racing games. They put the speedometer up high to make it seem exciting, but the sense of speed isn't there.

Not saying slower paced racing games are bad necessarily, but if you're claiming 200 (or 300, or 400, etc.) mph, your game had better back that up.
Slickriven
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31-Aug(#29)
Agree @benstylus - sense of speed is a rather important aspect to get right in racing games and yes 75-100mph can feel fast in their own right. For me another thing that really threw me off with that 80's OD review was the sense of disbelief. Speedometer showed 205 and later gets even higher as I saw 271, but you're trying to pass economy cars and box trucks who struggle to surpass 70. I fully get that they were borrowing the feeling of OutRun (and similar games) and I'm sure if I were playing it I wouldn't be paying much, if any, attention to the speedo readout, but the missing sense of speed stood out.

benstylus
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31-Aug(#30)
Slickriven wrote:
> Agree @benstylus - sense of speed is a rather important aspect to get right in racing
> games and yes 75-100mph can feel fast in their own right. For me another thing that
> really threw me off with that 80's OD review was the sense of disbelief. Speedometer
> showed 205 and later gets even higher as I saw 271, but you're trying to pass economy
> cars and box trucks who struggle to surpass 70. I fully get that they were borrowing
> the feeling of OutRun (and similar games) and I'm sure if I were playing it I wouldn't
> be paying much, if any, attention to the speedo readout, but the missing sense of
> speed stood out.
>
>

I have 80's overdrive on the 3ds. It's fine, but far too grindy. If I want to grind I can play gran turismo.
benstylus
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* 31-Aug(#31)
One game I remember enjoying quite a bit from the Xbox/PS2/GC era is Dark Summit

https://youtu.be/uD_ZPg0VoCM

You're a rebellious snowboarder at a run-down ski resort, and you have to cause mayhem and eventually uncover and expose the secrets behind the place. IIRC, there's not a lot of actual racing in it per se - it's mostly freestyle downhill with lots of different objectives

It's campy as heck, but I had a great time with it back in the day. I'm sure it's not all that expensive nowadays either (there's a copy for PS2 on eBay right now for $2 plus $3.50 shipping).

Finn
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31-Aug(#32)
Anyone play Grip? Seen it on the switch and was wondering how it was.


Also, completely forgot about Wreckfest... Need to load that up.

benstylus
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31-Aug(#33)
I have grip on PS4, but I never got around to playing it. I have so much nostalgia for Rollcage that I'm kind of afraid to play it
Finn
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31-Aug(#34)
Oh dang, So is it a spiritual successor to Rollcage? Man it's been along time since I herd that name... And if I recall that may have been the last original PlayStation game I purchased new...

Finn
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31-Aug(#35)
Finn wrote:
> Oh dang, So is it a spiritual successor to Rollcage? Man it's been along time since
> I herd that name... And if I recall that may have been the last original PlayStation
> game I purchased new...
>
>


I am totally going to get it... Not sure on what system now though... I guess I will let my wallet decide and go where the sale is.

Anxiouz
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31-Aug(#36)
It's been a long time since I played it but I remember Dark Summit really, really fondly. I had a great time with that back in the day.

Grip is pretty cool but not at $40. I had some fun with it but its pretty similar to most futuristic racer with a gimmick, and I found it to be fairly difficult so I stopped playing.
benstylus
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31-Aug(#37)
Finn wrote:
> Finn wrote:
>> Oh dang, So is it a spiritual successor to Rollcage? Man it's been along time
> since
>> I herd that name... And if I recall that may have been the last original PlayStation
>> game I purchased new...
>>
>>
>
>
> I am totally going to get it... Not sure on what system now though... I guess I will
> let my wallet decide and go where the sale is.
>
>

I bought the digital deluxe when it was on sale on PSN, so you're welcome to my physical copy for cost of shipping (though with the price of shipping to Canada, you may still be better off buying it locally)
Finn
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31-Aug(#38)
Yeah I see the cost is like $11 for the deluxe. But I am not sure now... Just got some news I was going to have a day of just video games and my wife was going to go hang with friends before the baby... Well it turns out my wife may have to get induced Friday. Soooo. I was going to add Grip to my gaming day after finding out it was a Rollcage successor. There goes that... But in the end this is going to be soooo much better. I am vibrating right now.



bluemetal04
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1-Sep(#39)
Although I don't have it anymore, I enjoyed Driveclub VR. Racing in VR was pretty fun. Now I have VR on my PC, I may have to try something on steam. I imagine driving in VR, along with a racing wheel/pedals bundle would be awesome.
Slickriven
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1-Sep(#40)
Omega Rally is free on PC and Xbox and is decent. It's tiny with only 3 tracks, but has 3 cars and leaderboards if you're into that. I played it a while back on my PC and then just last night on my X1. The music is crap but can be toggled off. You basically only need to hold in the RT for throttle and then hold the stick in the direction you want to go, if you let off and try to use the stick only for corners it controls horribly. I found it fun in quick bursts, the longer track takes over 6 mins, I think shortest one is 4+ depending on the car as they're ranked easy, medium, expert or something and really they're just faster as they 'rank' up. It's top-down like RC-ProAM.

Hard to argue with free, but it is rather short and can be frustrating if you don't grasp the controls, your thumb really can't come off of the left stick so it'll slide around, and that's a pain. Even with music off, the audio isn't great as it 100% doesn't sound like any 4-cylinder hatchback I've ever heard driving by.

benstylus
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1-Sep(#41)
I tried out Grip this afternoon. It really is a lot like Rollcage, and it's pretty good.

I do miss the obstacle course type stages from Rollcage Stage II. Grip has "car-kour" stages but they're quite a different experience, and I don't like the what I assume is a time limit because I've been reset twice while trying to complete a stage without it telling me why. They're also multi-year stages (get all the crystals) rather than the simple "get from point a to point b without falling off".

I suppose there's always mudrunner/snowrunner for that kind of methodical driving across impossible terrain. Or Trackmania if I want it a little faster paced
benstylus
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2-Sep(#42)
Picked up trailblazers for ps4 at gamestop yesterday. From what I've read it's a team based racing game where you paint the track where you've been in your team color, and then when you go over a spot matching your color (either on a future lap or where a teammate painted) you get a boost.

Sounded fun will post impressions when I play it
PizzaTheHutt
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2-Sep(#43)
That sounds like Splatoon
Slickriven
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2-Sep(#44)
Looks like hot shots racing is set to leave GP soon, so I might have to prioritize it again.

benstylus
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3-Sep(#45)
I just ordered a wad of cheap and hopefully janky ps1 racing games from Lukie Games.

Including the legendarily titled Racing™ from A1/Agetec's budget line
Anxiouz
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3-Sep(#46)
benstylus wrote:
> Including the legendarily titled Racing™ from A1/Agetec's budget line

What kind of game is that? grin
benstylus
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3-Sep(#47)
Hey they at least didn't pull a candy crush saga and try to threaten legal action against the publisher of Banner Saga for daring to use one of their sacred title words
Slickriven
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Has Written 1 Review
5-Sep(#48)
With Hotshots Racing set to leave GP around the middle of the month, I wanted to give it another shot and maybe it's a touch better but it's still crazy rubber-bandy. I did stick with it enough to earn a gold medal for all of the hard and 1 of the expert cups - including a normal and hard on the new championship from the DLC. The game isn't horrible, but it BS on expert and sometimes on hard or normal. I wanted to earn the achievement for beating a race with all of the cars, so I selected a track I liked and beat it on normal (arcade mode) with a bunch of cars back to back. After running it a few times I got good on it and could watch the mini-map a little and I could build up a reasonable gap of a lead, drive straight and solid, hitting boost and still witness the icon for the 2nd and sometime more cars just closing the gap in a flash.

From playing before, I had 4 normal golds for championships plus 1 gold and 1 silver for hard. When going for the rest of the hard championships, I could enter a corner and maybe get it a touch wrong or get slammed into and come out of the corner 8th, which is last. I am happy to be done with the game, and am happy I didn't pay for it.

benstylus
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (9) Has Written 26 Reviews
5-Sep(#49)
Who's played Destruction All Stars on PS5? I still don't have a PS5 so I haven't. Is it all car combat, or is there some racing in there too?
Finn
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Canada
5-Sep(#50)
It's good, not great.... Glad it was free. Every once in awhile I play and it's fun for about 30 min and then I am done.

Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
10-Sep(#51)
Finn wrote:
> Oh dang, So is it a spiritual successor to Rollcage? Man it's been along time since
> I herd that name... And if I recall that may have been the last original PlayStation
> game I purchased new...

I'm a massive fan of the original Rollcage, and I was really disappointed in Grip. The vehicles feel too heavy compared to the original.

PizzaTheHutt
GameTZ Subscriber Gold Good Trader Has Written 3 Reviews This user is on the site NOW (4 minutes ago)
12-Sep(#52)
Cruis'n Blast review. It looks fun and I plan to check it out at some point, but the lack of online multiplayer is a bummer. Hopefully it's cheap come Black Friday.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwDvlYYqxG0

If any of you are thinking of getting it, Best Buy gives a $10 gift card with purchase
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/cruisn-blast-nintendo...
Anxiouz
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13-Sep(#53)
There looks to be some fun there but $40 in 2021 is a big ask for what I'm seeing.
benstylus
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (9) Has Written 26 Reviews
13-Sep(#54)
I'm buying it. We can always use more arcade style games.
Taz
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* 13-Sep(#55)
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ive played a lot of racing games, forza horizons is great but Blur is probably my favorite racing game of all time and holds a special place in my heart.
Kuliddar
Bronze Good Trader Global Trader - willing to trade internationally Canada
14-Sep(#56)
Blur on XB360 or PS3 and also Split Second on PS3 and XB360 (BC on Series X).. Really fun games. That TV commercial for Blur was epic lol.

PizzaTheHutt
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* 14-Sep(#57)
Anxiouz wrote:
> There looks to be some fun there but $40 in 2021 is a big ask for what I'm seeing.


I agree. When it was first shown at E3 I wasn't even expecting it to get a physical release, I thought it'd be an eShop release for around $10 cheaper than what they are charging now. More reviews are out now, mostly mixed, with some saying the lack of online multiplayer and the game being a little light on content make it a tough sell.

edit: Looks like some people are having trouble finding the game in stores.
Renaissance2K
GameTZ Subscriber Triple Gold Good Trader Has Written 4 Reviews
14-Sep(#58)
Taz wrote:
> ive played a lot of racing games, forza horizons is great but Blur is probably my
> favorite racing game of all time and holds a special place in my heart.

Blur is sitting in my disc collection because it was never released digitally, but I know I want to play it at some point. I tried it back on release - it was subject to one of those crazy Best Buy coupons that made it nearly free - and really enjoyed it.

Taz
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* 14-Sep(#59)
Renaissance2K wrote:
> Taz wrote:
>> ive played a lot of racing games, forza horizons is great but Blur is probably
> my
>> favorite racing game of all time and holds a special place in my heart.
>
> Blur is sitting in my disc collection because it was never released digitally, but
> I know I want to play it at some point. I tried it back on release - it was subject
> to one of those crazy Best Buy coupons that made it nearly free - and really enjoyed
> it.
>
>

I really wish it would have become backwards compatible or even better, a remastered edition but sadly the developer Bizarre creations are no longer around.

I really believe that with Blur and Split Second coming out around the same time (a week apart) actually hurt each other from making more sales. Dividing the player base hurt both games and thus made both developers cease operations soon after. Both games are really good. (I however think Blur is a little better)
benstylus
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (9) Has Written 26 Reviews
14-Sep(#60)
My local gamestop didn't get my cruis'n preorder in yet (no delivery today). Guess I'll try again later in the week.
benstylus
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (9) Has Written 26 Reviews
14-Sep(#61)
I liked all the four letter racing games I played back on PS3: Blur, Pure, Grid, Dirt, Fuel... I never played Baja though
Anxiouz
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18-Sep(#62)
I may have jumped the gun on dissing Cruis'n Blast. This thing looks great. I still think $40 is too steep for me but I'm going to keep an eye out for a sale for sure.
benstylus
GameTZ Subscriber GameTZ Full Moderator 550 Trade Quintuple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (9) Has Written 26 Reviews
* 18-Sep(#63)
If it were a digital game for 20 the LRG version would still be 40. So it's a good price for a game I honestly never expected physical
sailorneorune
GameTZ Subscriber Quadruple Gold Good Trader Gold Global Trader (7) Has Written 3 Reviews
18-Sep(#64)
So I played Cruis'n Blast, and it's pretty good. Very arcadey, as expected. Controls are smooth, and the tracks have a fun atmosphere. The music (when you can hear it over the chaos of the race) is enjoyable. The Brazil music track is my favorite so far, very funky.

We like offbeat racing games here, so we're probably going to sneak this to one of the Switch setups at OMGcon. wink

razeak
Double Gold Good Trader Has Written 9 Reviews
22-Sep(#65)
Beetle Adventure Racing for N64. It's excellent.

Topic   Racing/Driving game recommendations