HIt doesn’t always have to be a big deal. Racing games offer as many scenes as big action movies and exhaust the technical capabilities of modern computers and video game consoles. There is enough variety – from fun racers to big racing scenes in the open world.
“Gran Turismo 7” – Racing fun in front of stunning views
The game design philosophy behind Gran Turismo can be summed up in one word: love. For 25 years, Sony’s exclusive racing game series has been offering extensive gaming fun against gorgeous backdrops. Few other series offer more cars, more range, and more attention to detail than Polyphony Digital’s Car Hymn.
Nearly 90 million copies of the series have been sold since 1997. Players are initially given a few dollars to win small races against a few easy opponents.
If you want to climb to a higher level, you must purchase licenses, which provide you with a larger selection of racing series, cars and tuning parts. In the end there are more than 400 cars to choose from, from the classic Volkswagen Beetle to high-end racing cars. PS fans can shoot steam on more than 30 tracks.
Visually, the PS5 version is amazing. Shiny asphalt, different weather conditions and cool roads tickle the potential of Sony’s new console. The difficulty level is easily accessible: as in a role-playing game, racing drivers can slowly improve the car in order to keep up with the fast-paced competition. This makes “Gran Turismo 7” ample racing fun for weeks of fun.
Worth playing because: Sit behind the wheel and enjoy the ride. With “Gran Turismo 7”, Polyphony Digital and Sony return to the old strengths of the series and offer a complete racing experience.
“Gran Turismo 7”, Polyphony Digital/Sony for PS4/5, USK from 0
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Forza Horizon 5 – A must for Xbox Series fans
Rarely there are too many scenes: “Forza Horizon 5” is the new flagship of Microsoft’s Xbox Series console. Playground Games presents an open world racing scene that chases players across idyllic Mexico in search of money and fame.
There is no stopping – “Forza Horizon 5” is full throttle from the very first moment. Ride the Mustang GT through the narrow streets, take a pickup through the swamp or ride a buggy over the beach. There is always a race or a challenge somewhere in the gaming world.
What makes it so special is that each plot of land is freely movable and, as in the open world adventure, introduces new missions in the form of racing challenges. This can be a regular street race or sometimes a test of skill where fans have to achieve record distances over jumping ramps. If things go wrong, the reset button helps.
With each successful challenge, drivers rise in rank and unlock new roads, buy new cars or tune in with prize money.
Diversity is the key. Whether it’s alone against time or against human opponents online – “Forza Horizon 5” offers several game modes. Almost every action, from drifting to ruthlessly smashing traffic lights, earns you experience points. There are also buttery smooth animations, cool weather effects, and an engaging soundtrack.
Worth playing because: Forza Horizon 5 is a must for any fan of the Xbox series. An amazingly organized huge adventure playground for all racing enthusiasts.
“Forza Horizon 5”, Playground Games, Xbox Game Studios for Xbox One / Series, Windows, USK from 6
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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe – great fun for the whole family
Nintendo’s exclusive “Mario Kart” racing game series has nearly 30 years on the cover. Since Super Nintendo, it has shaped generations of video game fans. Part Eight combines all the strengths of the predecessors into a comprehensive, carefree package.
The crazy races with the famous heroes and villains from the Jump’n Run model haven’t lost any of their fun even decades after its premiere. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe isn’t even new. It’s the remake of the Nintendo Wii “Mario Kart 8” – with few technical details and subtle game details.
In the different engine classes, players race against computer opponents or against up to 7 human opponents along diverse paths from “Sugar Valley” to “Screaming Roaring Villa”. Not only does it calculate the perfect drift, but it also includes the use of common additives such as banana peels or rocket thrust.
In addition to racing, fans can also pop opposing balloons or search for coins in online arenas. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is basically one thing: great fun for the whole family.
Even after 30 years, it’s a great pleasure to slow down the competition with a banana peel or ditch it with a well-branded turtle shell.
Anyone who knows all 48 methods by heart can breathe a sigh of relief. Nintendo announced 48 additional tracks by the end of 2023 in an additional paid package.
Worth playing because: Messy, funny, unparalleled. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe presents various and funny races in a unique comic format.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Nintendo for Nintendo Switch, USK from 0
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“GRID Legends” – a simulator with a great driving experience
If the competition is colorful and frantic for you, then “GRID Legends” is the right choice for you. The latest branch of the long-running series from the English development studio Codemasters is based on proven virtues, such as a good driving experience. However, fans do not have to do without the audio-visual features.
GRID Legends consists of two parts. On the one hand, there is the classic racing game mode. Players are slowly climbing the career ladder by earning points and money with racing games wins around the world to unlock new tracks and cars.
On the other hand, Codemasters decorate the game with the story mode. In it, a young racing driver saves a small racing team from ruin to eventually become #1. The story sequence is organized in docu-soap style with famous actors such as Ncuti Gatwa from the Netflix series Sex Education.
But it doesn’t matter if it’s a classic racing simulator or the docu-soap that some are used to – the different car driving behavior is in no way inferior to competitors like Gran Turismo 7. ‘GRID Legends’ may not be sparkling or all-encompassing, but it delivers extreme weeks It’s fun to drive.
Worth playing because: If you ignore the story, which takes a while to get used to, Codemasters offers “GRID Legends”, a full-scale racing simulation with a great driving experience and breathtaking scenery.
“GRID Legends”, Codemasters, Electronic Arts for PS4/5, Xbox One/Series, Windows, USK from 0
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“Hotshot Racing” – a racing game with stylish retro graphics
The big scene doesn’t always have to be. Lucky Mountain Games and “Hotshot Racing” from Sumo Digital take a few cars and tracks to offer their fans carefree driving pleasure. In the footsteps of the classic ’80s “Out Run”, run in elegant retro graphics through jagged mountains and over sunny beaches.
Long battle for experience points, complex tuning? Think! In “Hotshot Racing” players can step on the accelerator pedal without restrictions. What matters alone is the exact moment of the drift. When used correctly, it fills a kind of energy bar that speeds up the car at the touch of a button. No more playful tactics or ingenuity.
The eight selectable drivers differ mainly in their spirited sayings and cars only in differences in top speed, acceleration and drift behaviour.
It seems simple, but it isn’t. At higher levels of difficulty, contestants need to know the ways from the inside out in order to maintain their struggle against the competition. Only those who drift at the right moment and ignite the boost have a chance to win. In addition to the Grand Prix game mode, there are also online races.
Worth playing because: Old but good. “Hotshot Racing” revives old racing classics like “Out Run” and relies relentlessly on uncomplicated fun.
“Hotshot Racing”, Lucky Mountain Games, Sumo Digital, Curve Digital for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows, USK of 6
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