WRC 8 is the official video game of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship, bringing 52 teams, 14 rallies, and 100 special stages to the screen. Developer Kylotonn promises better graphics, new physics for all road surfaces, dynamic weather conditions that affect driving, and a redesigned, more authentic career mode.
The game also offers an Online mode for competing with drivers from all around the world, weekly challenges, and of course annual eSports WRC competitions.
Wreckfest is a demolition derby racer from Finnish developer Bugbear Entertainment that is said to be a spiritual successor to their FlatOut series. One of Wreckfest‘s most touted features is the physics-based collision system that realistically affects driving depending on which part of the vehicle is damaged.
As the game is already out on PC as of June 2018, the pre-order details listed after the jump pertain to the upcoming Xbox One and PlayStation 4 launch.
MXGP 2019 is the latest motorcross simulator from Italian developer Milestone. It includes all the season’s riders, bikes, and teams of MXGP and MX2 classes, allowing the player to experience official race events from all around the world.
The game comes with new modes, namely Track Editor, Waypoint, and the upgraded Playground training area. The long-requested Track Editor can be used to create custom tracks in four different landscapes (forest, dunes, hills, jungle) and share them with the community.
F1 2019 is an officially-licensed racing game based on the 2019 Formula One World Championship. Developed by Codemasters, it is said to be “the most ambitious release” in the history of the franchise, and brings new features including, for the first time, a way for the player to personalize a 2019 regulation car for multiplayer races, and driver transfers between teams.
As this is the tenth installment in the F1 series, the developer is marking it off with an Anniversary Edition (which is actually the standard version of the game) as well as the Legends Edition, both of which are detailed after the jump.
Monster Jam: Steel Titans is a monster truck game based on the real-life motorsport event. Developed by Rainbow Studios and published by THQ Nordic, it includes 12 stadiums, a massive open world, and a variety of modes such as Head2Head, Freestyle, Waypoint, and timed destruction.
Thanks to a partnership with Feld Entertainment, Monster Jam Steel Titans puts the player behind the wheel of 25 of fan-favorite monster trucks including Grave Digger, Max-D, El Toro Loco, and others. According to the developers, the game boasts realistic truck physics and visuals.
Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled is a kart racing game developed by Beenox and published by Activision. It is a remaster of the classic PS1 title that was released back in 1999, and stars characters from the Crash Bandicoot series, who race against the alien Nitros Oxide to save their world from destruction.
The HD remaster includes the original game modes, characters, tracks, power-ups, and weapons, and adds new karts and tracks on top of that. There is also online play complete with leader boards and rankings.
DiRT Rally 2.0 is an off-road racing game from Codemasters. A spin-off of the main DiRT series from the save developer, it is generally considered more difficult and realistic, leaning towards simulation rather than arcade.
The upcoming installment includes challenging stages in six real-world locations (New Zealand, Argentina, Spain, Poland, Australia, and the US), as well as a roster of over 50 historic and modern-day rally cars. As the official game of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, it also features eight official WorldRX circuits and licensed supercars.
The Grand Tour is an episodic racing game developed by Amazon Game Studios that is based on the company’s Prime Original show sharing the same name. It features the same cars, locations, and challenges as the first episodes of the show’s Seasons 1 and 2, as well as all of the upcoming Season 3. In other words, new episodes of the game will be released alongside the new season of the show.
The Grand Tour game also includes seamless transitions from clips of the show to gameplay, as well as original voice acting by the three hosts. Four-player split-screen mode is included for replayability.
GRIP: Combat Racing is an arcade combat racer developed by an indie studio Caged Element. The gameplay is inspired by the 90s title Rollcage, and it is worked on by one of its original programmers. Of course, technology has come a long way since then, and so GRIP runs on the latest-and-baddest Unreal Engine 4.
The game’s tracks are set on a variety of exotic planets, and feature destructible structures that can be used against one’s opponents. The pickups include not only power-ups, but all sorts of heavy weaponry as well. GRIP: Combat Racing offers both split-screen and online multiplayer.
Crayola Scoot is a family-friendly game involving – you’ve guessed it – scooters and paint. Players customize their character, perform tricks and splash their colors across the stage, upgrade their scooters, and challenge the Scoot Legends for the Crayola Color Cup on 12 parks across 3 worlds. The game supports four-player split-screen battles.
Crayola Scoot is developed by the British Climax Studios, and published by Outright Games for current-gen consoles and PC.
Forza Horizon 4 is a racing game developed by Playground Games and published by Microsoft exclusively for Xbox One and Windows 10. As it is an Xbox Play Anywhere title, a digital purchase for Xbox entitles one to a free Windows 10 copy (not available with boxed versions of FH4).
The game is set in Great Britain, and allows the player to drive more than 450 cars across its scenic landscapes. One of its most touted new features is dynamic seasons, which challenge the drivers with ever-changing dry, wet, muddy, snowy, and icy road conditions.
In contrast to the Forza Motorsport series, Forza Horizon tends to have a more relaxed, arcade-like atmosphere, and the latest installment is no exception to the rule. Much like its predecessor, it boasts an open world, this time shared between players, albeit still playable offline. There are also casual and ranked team multiplayer modes.
Dakar 18 is an officially-licensed racing game based on the annual cross-country rally of the same name. It is developed by Bigmoon Entertainment and published by Deep Silver. Like its real-world counterpart, Dakar 18 is set in South America and boasts a fully-explorable open world measuring over 5,000 square miles in size.
Players may pick from five vehicle categories, namely car, motorcycle, quad, truck, and SxS, and play alone offline or race with up to 7 others in fierce multiplayer competitions. A full roster of authentic teams, vehicles, and pilots is included, with one rally legend available as a pre-order bonus.
NASCAR Heat 3 is a racing game developed by Monster Games and published by 704Games that features officially-licensed NASCAR cars and drivers. Like with its predecessor, players may race in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
New in NASCAR Heat 3 is “Xtreme Dirt Tour”, a dirt oval racing mode featuring nine circuits eight of which were invented for the game, including dirt racing at Bristol Motor Speedway. Another addition to the career mode is that the players can now manage a team of up to four drivers across different series.
F1 2018 is an upcoming racing simulator from Codemasters. As an officially-licensed Formule One game, it gives players access to the full roster of official drivers and teams, as well as all the circuits of the 2018 season.
Codemasters’ F1 series is known for their realistic racing simulation and attention to detail. Compared to the previous installment, the developers promise enhanced visuals with “revised lighting, sky, clouds and atmospherics systems”, as well as car physics system with player-controlled Energy Recovery System (ERS) for a more authentic experience.
MXGP Pro is a motorcross title from Milestone, an Italian developer renowned for authentic racing games. It features all 2017 season riders and tracks from MXGP and MX2 classes, and includes 19 official tracks reproduced utilizing 1:1 photogrammetry technology. Even the rider models themselves are made through state-of-art 3D facial scanning.
A new mode called The Compound provides challenges and training from the pros for those looking to master the sport. This is of course in addition to the Career mode, which remains central to the game. MXGP Pro also comes with improved physics engine, more realistic handling, and expanded rider and bike customization.
The Crew 2 is an open-world racing game developed by Ivory Tower and published by Ubisoft. Compared to its predecessor, it offers more freedom by allowing the players to drive not only cars, but also planes, boats, and bikes, and even swap between them on-the-fly. The missions and challenges are divided into four categories – Street Racing, Off-Road, Pro Racing, and Freestyle – with different vehicle types used.
Much like in the previous title, there is a focus on co-op multiplayer and social aspects of the game, with the players able to join various racing events and challenge each other to beat their records. All progress and achievements are tracked and ranked online.
Onrush is an arcade racing game developed by Codemasters and published by Deep Silver. Described by the developer as a game with no finish line, it is said to be all about style, flair, and taking down your opponents by slamming into them at breakneck speed. And in case a player is taken out, they can respawn right in the middle of the action.
A total of four gameplay modes are included in Onrush: Overdrive, Switch, Countdown, and Lockdown, which feature different mechanics and victory conditions. Online multiplayer supports up to 12 people in competitive 6v6 mode.
MX vs ATV: All Out is an off-road racing game developed by Rainbow Studios and published by THQ Nordic. This latest installment in the MX vs ATV franchise is said to offer a complete off-road racing experience packed with a variety of bikes, ATVs and UTVs, tracks, gear, music, riders, and personalities. There is a selection of modes including Supercross, Nationals, Opencross, Waypoint, Tag, and Free Ride, and the game supports 2 player split-screen and 16 player online play.
Gravel is an off-road racer developed by Italian studio Milestone S.r.l. While the company is best known for more realistic simulators such as Superbike, MotoGP, and WRC series, it is taking an arcade-style approach with Gravel by prioritizing adrenaline, pure fun, and spectacular stunts.
The game offers four key disciplines – Cross Country, Stadium Circuit, Speed Cross, and Wild Rush – which can be tackled with over 50 licensed vehicles ranging from the 70s all the way to 2017. A variety of exotic locations are available, including mountains, forests, and deserts, and driving over rough terrain like snow, mud, and sand provides unique challenges to the players.
Monster Energy Supercross is an officially-licensed motocross game developed by Italian studio Milestone and published by Square Enix. It features real-world bikes and athletes from the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, as well as authentic stadiums recreated using 3D scanning and photogrammetry techniques.
Players may race in 250SX and 450SX classes, customize their bike and rider with authentic gear, create and share their own tracks, and compete with up to 12 others over LAN or internet.