Holiday 2014: Racers. Racers everywhere.

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Somehow, we’ve ended up with at least four racing games debuting later this year.

  • Sep. 30: Forza Horizon 2 (X1)
  • Oct. 7: DriveClub (PS4)
  • Nov. 11: The Crew (PC, PS4, X1)
  • Nov 2014: Project CARS (PC, PS4, X1)

I’m not sure who will come out on top. The platform exclusives should fare well unless the reviews condemn it. Simulation fans will likely drift towards Project CARS but footage like this leaves me wanting:

I’m getting Forza Horizon 2 because it looks like it’s a nice mix of open world and Project Gotham-esque racing (not quite arcade but not quite simulation). If DriveClub PS+ Edition impresses, I’ll consider picking it up down the road. The Crew? I’ve seen footage of it from the beta but it looks like a little too big for my liking.

Project CARS is the only simulation game coming this holiday season and while I am a fan of simulation games, there needs to be more than just the driving to get me excited. It is a game after all.

Next Gen Sports: Not So Hot

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Both Electronic Arts and 2K Sports unveiled footage of their next generation versions of their Madden 25 and NBA 2K14 titles. They’re showing off some of the most underwhelming footage imaginable.

 

Improved skin, improved grass and yet everything still looks unnatural and a bit stilted. I cannot wait until they do honest overhauls.

Levolution & #DriveClub

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I can see the marketing behind both Battlefield 4’s “Levolution” and the hash symbol in #Driveclub. I can see the smugness radiating off of them. I’m sure I would feel the same way but they’re just so dumb.

Today, some footage from those to titles came out. Battlefield 4’s “Levolution” was a spectacular showcase of the destruction and interactive elements that DICE are including in their next game.

It looks like a nice mix of player controlled and “scripted” elements. Even if Battlefield 4 doesn’t offer the same level of destruction offered by Bad Company 2, this level of interaction looks to offer more than what Battlefield 3 had to offer.

The Drive Club direct feed footage below is the first of its kind. This is a launch game but we’re just getting direct feed footage now. I was concerned about the game’s progress but this trailer put those concerns rest.

Let’s watch GiantBomb unbox a Wii U

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So many of the folks I know (including myself) aren’t planning on picking up a Nintendo Wii U any time soon. So with that in mind, I watched this unboxing video from GiantBomb. It’s 17 minutes long but since it’s GiantBomb, I lapped it up.

In the usual GiantBomb fashion, they disclosed the footage limitations Nintendo requested of them. It’s kinda nuts. 10 minute videos in 30 second chunks?

The Nintendo Wii U launches on November 18th, 2013

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