Well, E3 is over but the party is just getting started. Here, we’ll talk about the best racing titles we saw at this year’s show. Who wouldn’t love some adrenaline pumping thrills on the front seat of a Koenigsegg Regera? But look at that ridiculous price tag of USD 1.9 million for that beast. Most of us don’t have that kind of money but hey, we have video games and we have 4K monitors. This year was special for racing fans as we finally got our first look at some of the most anticipated titles.
Not all of them could make it to this top 5 list though. Let’s check out which of them did and why.
Need for Speed: Payback
After taking a year off, Ghost Games finally unveiled the new Need for Speed game they are working on. By the early impressions, it looks like the story mode returns in Need for Speed: Payback with some exhilarating Fast and Furious-like sequences. The demo gameplay suggests that the game will no longer be about just taking part in street racing. It’s about hijacking vehicles, escaping police pursuits and even change characters between such tasks. We saw a similar feature in GTA V where you could instantly switch between three characters without going through any load screens.
Payback emphasizes on the story and action and we are not sure if this is going to work. The visuals are, however, stunning and better than ever as it uses the Frostbite engine. But here comes the better part, Need for Speed can be played offline and will have day night cycles. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Need for Speed: Payback races into the stores this November 10th. How excited are you?
Forza Motorsport 7
You might consider this one as obvious but that doesn’t stop it from being on the top five. Over the years, Microsoft has built the Forza franchise into the world’s most popular racing communities in the world and Forza Motorsport 7 carries the legacy. Turn 10 Studios have put in all their efforts on this one and promise us a great racing simulation experience. The dynamic weather system is now improved. Driving in world’s most popular circuits has never been so real. The game features 4K HDR gameplay which takes hyper realism to a whole new level. With a huge roster of cars from more than one generation, Forza Motorsport 7 is what the fans should look for this fall.
The Crew 2
This is the most exciting title on the list according to me. The Crew came out in 2014 which was based upon the concept of open world driving with almost any kind of vehicles ranging from dragsters, drift cars, motorbikes to even monster trucks ( added in Wild Run DLC ). The Crew 2 expands upon this belief and brings planes and boats to its already large roster. This means you could basically fly across the various parts of United States or even drive across the coast in addition to driving across the roads. One could possibly switch from a car to a plane while in a race or the opposite. Same goes for boats. No more loading screens, no more going into garages. Can it get any better? The Crew 2 will be released in early 2018. You can sign up for the beta on the official website now.
Gran Turismo Sport
Gran Turismo has been one of the most awaited releases for the PlayStation fans. Good thing, it’s finally been announced. The game is also being developed for the PS VR. The game is looking great with stunning graphics and those tracks. Gran Turismo Sport seems to have a tightly curated roster of vehicles. However to our surprise, Porsche will debut for the first time in the franchise history. The title will be out sometime this year.
Project CARS 2
The Slightly Mad Studios’ title has always caught fans’ attention for its ultra real visuals and feel. Project CARS 2 promises over 170+ cars and 60 locations all with 24 hour day-night cycles at launch. The game will also feature the updated Live Track 3.0. If this isn’t enough, we’ll be having new motorsport classes including Rallycross, IndyCar, and Oval. CEO Ian Bell said that the PC version of the game will be the only one to run at true 4K at 60 frames per second.
Console versions will have frame drops here and there once in a while according to Bell. But honestly, we believe in a good gaming experience where numbers only matter until a certain level. Project CARS 2 looks as good as any other game on this list or even better and we couldn’t wait to get our hands on it. Do you believe the same? The sequel to the 2015 racing simulator is expected to release this September 22.
This was all about cars and planes and boats. Do you agree with the list? Let us know in the comments section.
Meanwhile, you can read about the Top 5 Xbox One Exclusive Games Coming in 2017-2018.