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.
Need for Speed Payback is a racing game developed by Ghost Games and published by EA. Its story centers around three distinct characters who team up to take down a criminal cartel that controls most of the fictional Fortune Valley the game is set in. As a much-requested feature from the series’ fans, the single-player campaign can be played offline.
As expected of a NFS installment, it also offers an open-world environment, an extensive roster of cars (including the brand new BMW M5), cop pursuits, and, new to the franchise, high-stakes heist missions. Payback also boasts the deepest car customization in the series thus far, according to the developer. The players will find scrapped vehicles and parts as they explore the Fortune Valley, and build their perfect car from the ground up.
Gran Turismo Sport is a racing game developed by Polyphony Digital and published by Sony for their PS4 platform. Like the previous installments in the series, the game aims to provide a realistic driving experience and accurately recreated high-performance cars. Campaign, Sports, and Arcade modes are included with both online and offline play. GT Sport is also fully compatible with the PlayStation VR headset.
What’s new in the upcoming title is a focus on structured competitive play and eSports. There will be two FIA-sanctioned online championships, one for countries and the other for manufacturers, with the winners awarded at the FIA’s annual prize-giving ceremony in Paris just like real drivers are. Not only that, players will be able to earn a Digital Race License recognized by real-world motorsport clubs in 22 different countries, according to the game’s producer and professional racer Kazunori Yamauchi.
Forza Motorsport 7 is a racing simulator developed by Turn 10 and published by Microsoft. The game features 700 ForzaVista cars, including the largest assortment of Ferraris, Porsches, and Lamborghinis yet, as well as 30 world-famous locations and over 200 ribbons. There is a dynamic weather system, with weather changing every race or during one, which affects track conditions and vehicle handling. FM7 also makes the drivers more prominent, allowing the player to customize the look of their character.
On the new Xbox One X, the game runs at 60 FPS and in true 4K resolution with HDR support. PC gamers will also be able to enjoy 4K HDR graphics, as well as support for 21:9 ultrawide monitors, and an extensive list of wheels and other peripherals. Xbox Play Anywhere, which grants a Windows 10 copy, requires a digital purchase.
WRC 7 is an upcoming installment in the World Rally Championship racing game series developed by French studio Kylotonn and published by Bigben Games. Based on the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship season, it brings the latest cars, teams, and drivers to the screen. There is a total of 13 rallies and 52 special stages with faithfully reproduced environments, as well as 55 official teams.
According to an interview with Alain Jarniou, game director at Kylotonn, WRC 7 offers a more intense driving experience through narrower and bumpier roads that challenge the player like never before. The game also introduces Epic stages, which take up to 15 minutes to finish.
Project CARS 2 is an upcoming racing simulator developed by Slightly Mad Studios and published by Bandai Namco. Much like its predecessor, the game aims to provide an authentic and technically advanced motorsport experience. According to the developer, it comes with over 170 licensed cars, 60 locations, full VR headset support on PC, and revamped controller pad handling.
Project CARS 2 includes the latest iteration of LiveTrack 3.0 technology, which powers dynamic weather and road surface conditions, affecting tire performance and vehicle handling in a realistic, physics-based manner. All tracks feature a real-time day/night cycle with varying atmospheric conditions.
NASCAR Heat 2 is an officially-licensed NASCAR racing game developed by Monster Games and published by 704Games. Notable improvements over its predecessor include a deeper career mode with support for three NASCAR national series (Monster Energy, XFINITY, and Camping World Truck), upgraded graphics, and better physics including more realistic drafting. The game also offers an expanded online multiplayer with up to forty participants, and adds a new two-player split-screen mode.
F1 2017 is a racing simulator developed by Codemasters for current-gen consoles and PC. As the official Formula One game, it includes all 20 race tracks, 20 drivers, and 10 teams from the 2017 season. The title also brings back a total of 12 classic cars for use in several game modes, one of which is available with the Day One edition detailed after the jump.
New features in F1 2017 include an expanded, non-linear career mode, various multiplayer enhancements, and a completely new Championships mode with unique Medals and Unlocks.
MotoGP 17 is a motorcycle racing game from Italian developer Milestone. Based on the 2017 world championship season, it includes all this year’s riders, teams, tracks, the new rules, and the Red Bull Rookies Cup championship. A total of 110 official riders and 76 historical riders are included, as well as over 20 bikes from the official 2017 season and over 40 historical ones.
More than just a seasonal update, the title also comes with several innovations, according to lead designer Matteo Pezzotti. First for the franchise, the game will run at 60 FPS on all platforms. It also has a new competitive online mode, a revamped career mode, and more robust character and bike customization. For added realism, the physics system has been improved, and the new sound design features engine samples extracted by putting each single motorbike through its paces on a dynamometer, once again demonstrating Milestone’s dedication to a realistic racing experience.
DiRT 4 is a rally racing game developed by Codemasters for current-gen consoles and the PC via Steam. The game features over 50 off-road cars, as well as tracks in five locations from three continents: Australia, Spain, Michigan, Sweden, and Wales.
New in the upcoming title is a system called “Your Stage”, which according to the developer blog allows the players to create a nearly infinite number of unique stages at the press of a button. This ambitious feature should provide more variety and give DiRT 4 more replay value.
WipEout Omega Collection is a racing game which combines the content of WipEout HD, WipEout HD Fury, and WipEout 2048, and brings it up to par with current-gen console capabilities. All the textures have been reworked and the sound effects remastered, according to Sony, and the game runs in 1080p on the PlayStation 4 and dynamic 4K with HDR support on the PS4 Pro, both targeting 60 FPS. 28 licensed music tracks have been added from artists like Chemical Brothers, Swedish House Mafia, DJ Kentaro, and The Prodigy.
The Omega Collection includes nine game modes, 26 tracks, and 46 ships in total. It supports two-player split-screen as well as online multiplayer for up to eight players.
Ride 2 is a motorcycle racing title developed by Milestone S.r.l., a video game studio based in Milan, Italy, and specializing in racing simulators. Like its predecessor, Ride 2 aims to provide a highly realistic experience, with an accurate physics engine and true-to-world graphics. The game features over 230 licensed bikes, all of which are highly customizable using over 1,200 real-world parts and accessories. Even the rider has many options in clothing, riding style, and gear.
American fans were in an unenviable position when the game’s release was delayed in the NA, while going ahead as scheduled in Europe. However, they can take solace in the fact that nine free DLC packs will launch from February to July, and the game will also have a Day One Edition with added bonuses. Square Enix is to publish Ride 2 in the region.
Forza Horizon 3 is an open-world racing game developed by Playground Games and published by Microsoft. This time the Horizon Festival takes you to Australia, where you’ll be able to tear through roads, beaches, rainforests, and the dusty outback while listening to one of the eight radio stations or your own music collection on OneDrive.
The game has an impressive total of 350 Forzavista-enabled cars, and a map twice as large as that of its predecessor. Horizon 3 also offers more customization including widebody kits, vanity licence plates, tire lettering, and even horn sounds. Finally, the fan-favorite Auction House and Storefront features are returning in the upcoming installment.
Forza Horizon 3 is an Xbox Play Anywhere title, which means you can play it on both Xbox One and Windows 10 at no additional cost. Cross-platform play is supported in the four-player seamless campaign co-op.
NASCAR Heat Evolution is a racing game developed by Monster Games and published by Dusenberry Martin Racing (DMR) for current-gen consoles and Windows. It includes all 23 tracks from the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, as well as 43 drivers from the most popular race teams. The game features a dynamic AI system which adjusts to the player’s skill level. There are several game modes: Race, Season, Chase, Career, Online, and Challenges. In the latter, the player can try to surpass a real-world NASCAR record.
The game’s cover athlete is Carl Edwards of Joe Gibbs Racing, who earned the spotlight by being the first Toyota driver to cross the finish line in the 2016 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. DMR is also working with Toyota in regards to in-game branding.