Full disclosure: I don’t enjoy racing games that do not involve guns/weapons of some kind. If I can’t drive at breakneck speeds down a track and shoot a missile/throw a shell at my opponents, I’m typically not interested. To give you an idea as to the last racing game I enjoyed, it was Burnout Paradise - and even then, I only enjoyed the destructive aspects of the game. It isn’t that I think they suck (they don’t), they’re just not my bag baby.
With that being said, Project CARS (‘CARS’ standing for Community Assisted Racing Simulator) is looking downright awesome. Touted as the most, ”most authentic, beautiful, and technically advanced racing game on the planet,” it’s a game that may just make even the most jaded racing fans stand up and cheer.
And for those of us that enjoy racing games about as much as we enjoy a kick to the face? It may just turn us into fans of the genre. For a racing game to pull a feat like that, that’s saying a lot.
Developed by Slightly Mad Studios (World of Speed, Need for Speed: Shift, Need for Speed: Shift 2), the team states that the game with feature, ”world-class graphics and handling, a ground-breaking dynamic time of day and weather system, and deep tuning & pit stop functionality.”
According to Slightly Mad Studios, ”Project CARS leaves the competition behind in the dust.”
Complete with over 60 licensed cars and 35+ tracks (not even including circuit layouts), Project CARS will feature true-to-life racing circuits and fictional (but dually awesome) kart circuits. In short, there is going to be a ton of rubber to lay down on the miles and miles of tracks in the game, and from the incredible in-game footage that has been shown thus far, this is shaping up to be perhaps the most impressive, authentic racing game players have ever experienced.
But that’s not all! Recently, it was announced that Project CARS will also support Sony’s Project Morpheus virtual reality headset. You know what this means for you, right? You get to wear the headset, look around, and feel as if you are actually racing in-game! Judging by the impressive the visuals and the mechanics of the game, this is shaping up to be an authentic racing game that racing fanatics have dreamt about for years.
"Virtual reality is a perfect fit for racing games since the game world literally comes rushing towards you from the distance and the increased sense of depth and speed that stereoscopic vision affords you makes this incredibly real and tangible,”said Slightly Mad Studios in a statement,” ”Project Morpheus also allows you to see detail you might have otherwise missed... Via our interior cameras not only can you look around the cockpit and see everything from a first-person perspective, but using head-tracking via the PlayStation Camera you can also now move around the cockpit too -- peer closer at some intricate detail or turn around and look out of the back window."
It was recently announced that Project CARS is running at 1080p, 60 frames-per-second on the PlayStation 4, offering the sort of silky smooth visuals that will make you feel like you're really behind the wheel of the car! Check out this launch trailer:
Project CARS is set to release on the PS4 this November. Recently, a more exact release date was revealed: November 18th in the United States and November 21st for Europe! However, that release date is now just a fading memory in a rear view mirror as the game has now been delayed. It was scheduled to be hitting on March 17, 2015 in North America and March 20th, 2015 in Europe, but now the game has been delayed even further!
The new release date is April 2nd in Europe and April 7th in North America. The reason behind the delay? To polish the game even futher.
While it’s certainly going to be a long wait, in the end, it looks as if it will be worth it. Until then, take a look at how stunningly realistic Project CARS is going to be via this video (‘real-life’ is on the left, Project CARS footage is on the right).
How mind blowing was that? I think you will agree with us that 2015 cannot come soon enough.
Game Category: Driving / Racing
Article by - Dusty W.
Insert Date: 5/1/2014