The sound of tires screeching on the asphalt, the heavy metal thunder of engines, exciting corners, and thrilling speed is what you get once you set foot in the world of racing games.
As a way of excitement, these games started fascinating us back in the days of old school gaming machines that offered crude almost 8-bit versions of the racing track simulators.
Today, just like everything else, they evolved to the limits of real immersion. Take a look at the unforgettable titles every race fan has to know by now.
Need For Speed series
From the first day NFS: Underground appeared in the stores, I can remember playing it and thinking how the human knowledge and achievements know no limits. Since then, the franchise has seen dozens of reboots, sequels, and new titles to make you fall in love with the speed.
Some were better, some were not, but the conclusion we must draw from it all is that you can’t go around claiming to be a gamer if you never tried an NFS game.
If you like the car tuning scene, wild illegal city races, cops chases and much more, this is a game for you. Some of the titles even offer the sportier versions where you run on the race tracks, and there is also an online game where you can play with friends on the internet and test your skills.
Collin McRae series
Named after the racing legend, CMR series brought a lot of fun to many a childhood. This super real and immersive race simulation will put you behind the wheel of a racing car and allow you to test your skills on some of the world’s most famous racing tracks.
With several sequels, CMR will bring you into a dessert, dirt roads, back alleys and top class race tracks where you will be able to enjoy the almost too real racing experience.
Your car will break down, and you will have to fix it in between race stages, damage management will become a real thing while you attempt to conquer the leading charts. There are not many games like this one so make sure to test it and see if it suits you.
Now, here is a game you won’t forget that easily. If the games we mentioned are too bland for your taste, we suggest you try any of the FlatOut titles. They are sure to entertain you. You may love or hate the racing games; one thing is for sure – everybody loved FlatOut!
The game features demolition derby style racing, where your car can be destroyed and once you hit a wall, your driver can be ejected through the window.
This useful feature was best-taken advantage of in the mini-games the game offered where you were able to play darts by ejecting your character through the windshield or see how far or high it can “jump.”
The technologies and the video games were always closely entwined, so it is normal that with time the graphics in video games are getting better. The games we can play today are a far cry from what we considered astonishing nearly ten years ago and the examples we are about to show you demonstrate how this trend will continue in future.
Far Cry 5
Coming up just after Christmas, the new Far Cry title is already stirring a lot of attention. And if we only look at the history of the game we can justify it by seeing how this game started.
The history is truly always repeating, and we all remember how revolutionary the first FC was and how highly acclaimed it was.
The same can be said for the new title, featuring an open world for us to explore, a lot of masterfully modeled beasts to fight and a stone-age setting we haven’t seen a lot of so far.
The new installment of this fantastic franchise is moving the boundaries once more with the amazing looking story of the 70s mafia life. A huge sandbox world that you can explore looks amazing. You can drive, shoot, interact and complete missions while enjoying all this game has to offer. Combine it all with the amazing story Mafia series are known for and you get a winning recipe for an award winning game.
Kingdom Come 2
Heralded as the best looking medieval simulation, KC2 is sure to turn a few heads this year. We have tested the game, and it looks amazing. Just. Amazing. The rendering and the lighting are excellent, even though the beta we tried still has some bugs and sound problems – there is nothing to take away from the graphics. If you want to get a real experience of medieval times, weapons and fights – look no further.
Dead Island 2
Sequel to the critically acclaimed Dead Island promises a lot. With this zombie flick set in the sandbox world of the west coast in the USA you will get a chance to go crazy fighting the zombie plague. Interaction with the surrounding items and objects, great AI, and incredible graphics are just some of the perks of this game. If you like the dark humor that seems to follow zombies like the plague (excuse the pun) you are going to love this game, too. Shoot, blow up, drive over and escape the zombies in one million different ways.
Mirror’s Edge 2
When the ME first hit the shelves, it was revolutionary in the games industry, and the sequel is looking to go even further. As before, we will be put inside the shoes of a protagonist – master of urban running, fighting and thrill seeking. This time, there will be an open world map that you will be able to explore while you jump, run on walls and slide over the buildings. No loading screens, just endless action in the authentic looking amazing world of Mirror’s Edge.
Modern gamers do not often think about the historical beginnings of their preferred activity, i.e. gaming, and same as drivers enjoy the luxury and comfort of modern cars, players of video games are only interested in the story and gameplay that is presented right in front of them. However, sometimes it is beneficial to take a look at the history books and to learn a thing or two about the early days of a particular phenomenon. Video games do not have a very long history, and their tradition lasts only a couple of decades, but the changes that occurred in those years have been amazing. The wheels of evolution are spinning very fast when it comes to video games, and games as we know them today were impossible to imagine only a decade or two ago. Luckily, designers and developers are still running high on creativity and imagination, and gamers from all over the world are happy to try out any new edition that attracts their attention.
Electronic games that can be called the ancestors of modern-day video games started to appear in the 1950s and 60s and this period was full of technological breakthroughs and accomplishments. But, the first games did not have the same role or purpose as today’s titles have, and the primary function of those old games was to help with the testing of machines or to solve some problem with the research. The computers of those days where expensive, enormous, and demanding, and only government institutions and some famous colleges could afford private computers.
However, things quickly began to change, and in 1962 came the first public video game called “Spacewar!”. Soon after, other titles followed, but the start of the 1970s saw the birth of one of the first big gaming companies – Atari. Their popular console, called Atari 2600, has turned into a legendary device, but after this company and its products, many other businesses and projects have been started. For example, Nintendo or Sega were starting to appear at that period, and arcade gaming was the dominant form of playing at that time.
The last decade of the 20th century brought personal computers into almost every home, and multiplayer gaming was becoming “a thing”. This new method of gaming was mostly beneficial for Microsoft and their successful program called Windows95. People were enchanted by the possibility of communicating with friends or relatives in distant cities by just clicking and typing in front of the screen, and the Internet revolution was a highly significant moment in the history of gaming. Without the Internet, modern gaming scene would totally collapse, and gamers are sometimes unaware of the important role does the Internet have in the modern gaming situation. However, mobile devices are seemingly taking over the gaming world, and this process is boosted by strong marketing campaign and the fact that smartphones and tablets are something we all have and use. Easy access to information and access to even more people are something that all gamers appreciate, and it remains to be seen what does the future hold for the real vampires.