Over the last few weeks I've noticed that there's going to be some serious competition this Christmas for racing simulator games. In the build up to December the 25th we'll see 4 racing games to choose from, which are Project Cars, The Crew, Drive Club and Forza Horizon 2. Any parent who is buying for their teen gamer (or significant other) is obviously going to feel overwhelmed with choice, so it's important that you make good on your purchase to avoid dissapointment. Firstly the games and their respective cover arts, which look like this:
Here is Driveclub, an exclusive racing game to the PS4 and, therefore, likely to make better use of the console's many features. The overall point of Driveclub is that you and friends play online as a team to earn points and rewards.
Next up is Project CARS, which after watching the trailer could be the dark horse out of the 4 to take the crown as best racing simulator. The beauty of this game is that you can create authentic race weekends and invite your friends (or others) to take part. This probably means that you won't see your child or other half very much over Friday, Saturday or Sunday! Project CARS is set for release on PS4, Xbox One, Wii U and Steam.
The Crew is racing game from the famous developers Ubisoft. The emphasis here is that you and friends can explore the open world of various cities across the good ol' USA. Taking inspiration from the popularity of Fast and Furious, you must infilitrate and rise through the ranks of an illegal street racing gang. Whether gamers will have good things to say about The Crew remains a mystery. The game has been created for PC, PS4, Xbox One and 360.
Lastly is the Xbox exclusive Forza Horizon 2, which is scheduled for release on both Xbox One and 360. After reading the marketing jargon, I get the impression that this game is just building on the excellent reputation it's garnered from fans and critics alike. You can bet your bottom dollar that Forza is the game that all the others are striving to be.