In the world of console racing simulators, two franchises garner the lion’s share of attention: Forza Motorsport for Microsoft’s Xbox and Gran Turismo for Sony’s Playstation. But Slightly Mad Studios, the group behind the crowd-funded racing title Project Cars, might just have a legitimate contender on their hands.
For better and also for worse, Polyphony Digital’s Gran Turismo series has always catered to purists. In its first few entries, Microsoft’s competitor to the PlayStation driving simulator was easily dismissible as just another arcade racer that wrote checks the game really couldn’t cash. Throughout the years, that paradigm shifted, and even GT diehards like us slowly came to the realization that Gran Turismo had some very legitimate competition to contend with. Despite this, Polyphony has refused to waiver from their vision, continuing to focus on their own formula for the ideal driving game. Designed for the PS3 – and not Sony’s recently released PS4 – Gran Turismo 6 has the unfortunate task of directly competing with Microsoft’s newest Forza installment, Forza Motorsport 5, which debuted on the new Xbox One console last month. For that reason, comparisons between the two are unfair, but also inevitable.
The Electronics Entertainment Expo is going on right now, and for those that aren’t in the know, it’s one of the premier venues for new games. Both Sony and Microsoft have held press conferences about their new consoles, while many gaming studios have been previewing new titles, as well. And while we might be interested in the new Super Smash Bros. (What? It’s fun!), we know you’re aching to see the newest items in the world of racing games. We’re here to deliver, with a complete list of trailers for games like DriveClub, Forza Motorsports 5, Gran Turismo 6, Mad Max, and The Crew. Check out the list.
One series that’s struggled just below the top ranks of Forza and GT is Need For Speed. The old series was making waves three-and-a-half years before the original Gran Turismo arrived on our shores, but a string of lackluster or overly arcade-like titles and paired with a few critical misses have taken the shine off this old series. Need For Speed Rivals, due out on PC, XBox 360, and Playstation 3 on November 19, takes the series back to the halcyon days of Hot Pursuit, when the racing was between drivers and police.
Our colleagues in the tech industry had a busy night. Sony held its first Playstation 4 event, and while there was a great deal to talk about (including the fact that Sony didn’t even show the actual console), we’re most interested in the PS4’s first racing game.
Sony is making the most of this year’s E3 expo, and Gran Turismo 5 is in the spotlight again. We now have a (new) release date, another trailer, and details about the $99 Collector’s Edition.
With all of the coverage that we’ve given to the Ford Taurus SHO lately, it’s easy to forget that the bread-and-butter SE, SEL, and Limited models still offer a whole lot of goodness, even without twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6. We just spent one week with a front-wheel-drive SEL test car, and while the overall value proves to be the Taurus’s best selling point, this car possesses plenty of other good qualities.
We would imagine that by now, to tell our readers that the staff of Winding Road are huge fans of the Gran Turismo series of driving simulators would be roughly akin to telling them that water is wet—pretty obvious. That doesn’t make us at all unique, as millions of gamers with a jones for fast metal have known since the initial GT launched on the PlayStation One back in 1997. The Real Driving Simulator hit a resonant chord in that first year, and has continued to set the bar very high in each of its subsequent instantiations.