Racing games are the games that have the most replayability on any platform. Armed with the online aspect, racing games of today have a sizeable number of players who swear by the level of competition that these games provide. In accordance, developers of the current gen have incorporated many new elements in the erstwhile racing games that have changed the face of the gaming industry.
Featured here today are 5 of the top racing games that have been the most popular and the most well received; the ones that have managed to hold their own amidst the vast number of games that are released every year on the PS3.
Let’s have a look.
[textblock style="4"]1. Gran Turismo 5[/textblock]
Developed by Polyphony Digital as a PS3 exclusive, Gran Turismo 5 is a sim racing video game, the fifth game in the Gran Turismo series. The first game in the series to be developed for the PS3, Gran Turismo 5 was released in November 24, 2010 and marks the first entry in the series with online races with support for up to 16 players
The games scores a first in yet another category. It is the first game in the series to provide a damage model. The variations in damage depends upon the vehicle being a ‘Premium’ or a ‘Standard’ category car. Both mechanical and external damage model are included which is dependent on the speed and angle of impact. There are a total of 81 tracks and 1083 cars in the game, most of which are replicas of real life cars.
With stress on reality and simulation driving Gran Turismo 5 is one of the most successful games of the PS3. Definitely one to play.
[textblock style="4"]2. Need for Speed: Most Wanted[/textblock]
Developed by Criterion Games and published by Electronic Arts, Need for Speed: Most Wanted is a racing video game that was released in 2012. The game is the nineteenth title in the Need for Speed series.
Blending the styles of previous Burnout and Need for Speed titles, the game received mostly positive reviews winning many awards in the process. Following its release, the game won the 2012 Spike Video Game Awards for Best Driving Game and was nominated for Best British Game and Best Online Multiplayer at the 2013 BAFTA Awards.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted borrows heavily from the first Most Wanted title of the franchise. The game allows players to choose one car and compete against other racers in three types of events, Sprint Races, Circuit Races and Speed Runs. It also possesses elements the Burnout series and another game from the franchise, Need for Speed: Carbon.
One for the NFS fans and definitely not one to give the miss.
[textblock style="4"]3. Blur[/textblock]
Blur is an arcade racing video game developed by Bizarre Creations and published by Activision. The game primarily features an incorporation of arcade style handling and vehicular combat with real world cars and locales.
The game has a multitude of licensed cars and numerous characters along with some cars that have been developed by Bizarre Creations themselves. The locales borrow heavily from real world setting like Los Angeles and London. The players gain ‘fan points’ in accordance with the stunts they perform and the power-ups they use in certain ways. The game was generally well received by gamers and critics alike.
With interesting twists and many added elements that nullify boredom, definitely one racing game to play on the PS3.
[textblock style="4"]4. Dirt 3[/textblock]
The third in the Dirt series of the Colin McRae Rally series, Dirt 3 is a rallying style racing game developed and published by Codemasters. The game was released on 24 May, 2011 for North America and Europe and two days later for Australia. The Japanese version was released on 25 August, 2011.
The game revolves around the player earning reputation points in various events in order to attract the interest of sponsors who provide them with new vehicles. The ‘gymkhana’ mode allows players to earn points by undertaking various challenges in obstacle courses. There are also various party modes which have players doing tasks like smashing wooden targets, spreading a zombie infection, and capture the flag.
The presentation and gameplay of the game was much well received and praised. IGN gave it a score of 8.5/10 and an Editor’s Choice award. One racing game to play on the PS3.
[textblock style="4"]5. F1 2012[/textblock]
Developed by Codemasters, F1 2012 is a racing video game based on the 2012 Formula One season and a sequel to F1 2010 and F1 2011. It is the fourth Formula One game developed by Codemasters. The game was released on 18 September 2012 in North America, 20 September 2012 in Australia and 21 September 2012 in Europe.
The game contains all the elements of the 2012 Formula One season including the teams and the drivers. The latest game in the series features a brand new “Young Driver Test” mode as a prologue to the career mode to introduce new players to the handling of the Formula One cars. In addition, for veteran players of the series, the game contains the “Champions Mode” which features the six world champions that featured in the 2012 season- Kimi Räikkönen, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher.
This is one game for the Formula One fans and racing fans alike. One game you should most definitely play.
These are the top 5 racing games that we have chosen and designated as the games that you should not give a miss on the PS3. What do you think? Do let us know your views in the comments below. Your feedback, as always, is most welcome.