Codemasters latest racing outing DIRT 2 comprises a combination of both games mentioned previously, and so providing the DIRTY approachable gameplay from the original DIRT whilst incorporating some welcome additions that first made its debut and appearance in Race Driver: GRID.
When game developers start to create simulation of real life sport, and so focusing exclusively on both the realism and authenticity of this activity in order to deliver the closet virtual approximation of the given exercise in question - well, the end results can be quite staggering to say the least!
You'll soon discover that Forza Motorsport 3 is a no-brainer - if you have the faintest interest in racing games then you'll make sure you have this on pre-order or you'll be trying to sell things around the house in order to buy an Xbox360 just to play it on!
Hot Pursuit is the ultimate arcade racer with a definite touch of OutRun and Ridge Racer in respect of its handling. This becomes evident, in fact, when cornering, with cars gripping the track and sliding around as if Scalextric models!
It's abundantly clear that Need for Speed: Shift is intended to compete with franchises which have a serious foothold in the present gen-console space - Forza on the Xbox and Gran Turismo on the PlayStation spring readily to mind.
It's feasible that some may question the need for yet another 360 racer because at first glance PGR4 feels more expansion pack than sequel. After a few hours, however, all becomes clear. This is no mere addition to PGR3, although, arguably, the game PGR3 should have been, when you come to think about it.
For many ardent fans Codemasters' Colin McRae: DIRT is considered the best Xbox 360 arcade racer. Whilst it might have lacked a decent online mode it more than made up for this in playability and with some eye-catching visuals to boot! So where in fact does Codemasters' new race fit in exactly?
Just imagine it: a car begins to reach 200mph, and in the camera view of the cockpit, the screen sways from the momentum of the car as it turns sharply around a corner. It zooms in as the car breaks abruptly, lunging the driver forward, and zooms out as the driver presses the gas pedal, pushing him back into the seat.
You have to admit that car handling in Test Drive Unlimited 2 is very much its own beast. It's not quite a fully fledged simulation for there is no room for reckless arcade drifting here, unless last place sounds like an attractive prospect for you! Instead this is a driving mechanic which requires real discipline, the keenest of eyes, with a strict racing line at all times.
Milestone is a developer specialising in motorsports who have already released two titles this year in the genre: namely SBKX and Superstars V8 Next Challenge. Though both games were perfectly playable they suffered from production values and structure lagging well behind the times.
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