The official Formula One racing game has been updated fro the 2013 season. The new version includes all eleven teams and twenty-two drivers from the 2013 Formula One season. There are also all those nineteen tracks that the F1 circus visited during the 2013 season.What makes this game great, is its excellent learning curve. It is very easy to start driving with many driving aids available, but driving can also be very challenging if you want it to be.
It can be a bit tricky for start to drive around an oval track 180 mph when there are 43 cars on track at the same time. The first couple of races might look a bit more like a destruction derby than a NASCAR race. To get started, there are some driving assistance systems to help you out. ABS brakes, traction control and spin control assistance can be quite useful at least in the first races. You can also set the AI driver’s difficulty level, possibility of a car damage, tyre wear and fuel usage.
Grid 2 is a sequel to the Codemasters Race Driver Grid video game. Codemasters’ driving games always have excellent car handling and this new Grid 2 isn’t any different. It is fantastic to drive. The car handling feels like a combination of realism and arcade. Car behaviour feels realistic, but the car control is still quite easy. For example, it is possible to make long drifts around the corner, but if you let the tail go too wide, you will spin. Driving speeds are fast and situations come quickly on a narrow city track. Hitting the walls or other cars causes damage, which has effect on your car’s handling and performance. So you have to be careful with your driving lines.
Fast & Furious: Showdown is a video game with different kinds of driving missions. Sometimes these missions include only driving and sometimes there is also other kind of action, like shooting other cars or stealing an oil tanker for example.
In Euro Truck Simulator 2 you get to drive a big truck around Western and Central Europe. Like the name says, this is not a racing game but a simulator. So patience and slow speeds especially in the cities brings better results than speeding.
Test Drive Ferrari Racing Legends is a video game that lets you drive with Ferrari models of different ages. In addition to the Ferrari road cars, there are also single seater Formula One cars and GT racing models included in the game. The oldest models are from 1940s, while the newer models include Ferrari 458 Italia. The Test Drive Ferrari Racing Legends features almost 20 tracks and most of them come with different variations. With all the different versions combined, there are around 40 tracks to drive. The circuit list includes famous Grand Prix venues like Silverstone, Spa and Monza.
Mad Riders is very simple arcade racing game, and at first it doesn’t feel like you are going to play it for a very long. But when you get to do more stunts and get faster rides available, it can be surprisingly addictive.
In addition to the official Formula One racing game, Codemasters has also created a kart racing game based on the Formula One with real drivers and tracks. Actually the F1 Race Stars is like a cartoon miniature version of the Formula One. The game includes all the 2012 F1 teams and drivers as cartoon versions, plus two fictional teams. You can choose any team and driver. There are no differences in performance, but each team has a bonus feature, like an extra boost.
The 2012 version of the official Formula One racing game features all 12 teams, 24 drivers and the 20 grand prix circuits of the 2012 F1 season. Completely new addition is the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, and also the Hockenheim circuit returns to the calendar. The game looks good, sounds great and the changing weather conditions bring nice variation to the racing weekend. The great handling makes the F1 car enjoyable to drive, and without any driving aids, it can also be quite challenging.
DiRT Showdown is the latest game in the DiRT racing game series. The new DiRT Showdown is perhaps a bit more arcade than the previous DiRT games, but it still is great to drive. The great car control makes the game very entertaining and keeps you interested although there is no clear target in the game. You just keep playing until you have driven all the races. In the Showdown Tour, which is kind of a career mode, you get more races and tournaments available by winning, or at least placing among the top three. Winning the events brings you prize money that can be spent on buying new cars or upgrading the old ones.