Category Archives: Racing

'Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed' Review - An All-Star Sequel

It seems to be an unwritten rule that every major character gets their own racing game, and Sonic the Hedgehog is obviously major enough to have had a few in his history. The racing genre is a pretty good fit for the speedy character, so it's not surprising that we've seen a number of takes on the concept. The Game Gear Sonic Drift games were pretty mediocre kart racers that had Sonic and his pals shoehorned into SEGA's pre-existing Power Drift series. The games begged the question of why Sonic would use a car, and SEGA replied in kind with Sonic R, a game that had Sonic and company racing on foot to some of the greatest music ever to grace a racing game. Unfortunately, the game was pretty bad, so Sonic hung up his racing stripes for a while until the Sonic Riders series came about, which focused on hoverboard racing. It was popular enough to spawn a couple of sequels, but still didn't quite scratch the itch properly...

Just recently, an old tradition in gaming was broken for the first time ever. PlayStation hardware was released, and a Ridge Racer title did not accompany it. It's completely understandable, however unfortunate it might be. Ridge Racer just hasn't been putting butts in the seats like it used to in the old days. A lot of that is down to heavy competition in the genre from games offering a staggering amount of content compared to Ridge Racer, along with declining interest in the racing genre in traditional markets. After a disastrous new approach on the Vita, where a barebones version was sold for a discounted, but still high, price with the remaining content sold as IAP or offered as free DLC, it looked like Ridge Racer might finally be headed for the scrapyard...

When EA and Firemonkeys first revealed their "time-shifted multiplayer" in Real Racing 3 [Free] at the iPhone 5 event last year, it sounded like a perfect fit for a mobile game. It was essentially like racing ghosts of other real players from around the world, but it gave those ghosts their own AI so they could react dynamically when you raced against them. It was like being able to race against real people without needing those real people to be online at the exact same time as you, which can be difficult when gaming on the go...

'Garfield Kart' Review - This Fat Cat is Light on Fun

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December 3rd, 2013 11:11 AM EDT by Danny Gallagher in $1.99, 2 stars, iPad Games, iPhone games, Racing, Reviews
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Ever since Super Mario Kart on the Super Nintendo earned a place in pop culture's archive as a true gaming classic, just about every cartoonish video game series has tried to emulate that success to the point of becoming a punchline. Why would Sonic the Hedgehog, a character whose core ability is running near to the speed of sound, ever feel the need to prove himself on the racetrack in a go-kart?..

As we noted in our review, Gameloft’s GT Racing 2 [Free] is a great addition to the long line of excellent full-featured racers on iOS. While its freemium underpinnings are relatively benign, there’s still plenty of opportunity to get caught in that trap of feeling the need to pay in order to advance. The purpose of this guide is to provide some tips and tricks to avoid getting into those situations...

'GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience' Review - A Pretty Smooth Ride

Hot off the heels of the release of its arcade racer back in August, Gameloft is back behind the wheel with GT Racing 2 [Free], a racer that focuses more on ‘simulation’ rather than thrills. Just as it did with Asphalt 8, GT Racing 2 boasts impressive visuals, loads of content, and a pretty approachable experience both in terms of gameplay and presentation. In fact, the only downsides lie with its freemium timers, which are annoying but not game-breaking...

Dogbyte's Blocky Roads [$0.99] quietly crept onto the App Store last week, and ever since people in our forums have been going crazy with its vehicle editing functionality. To back up a bit, Blocky Roads is, as Eli might say, "one of those" side-scrolling racing games which we've seen plenty of in the App Store over the years. Despite being a genre that's been done so often, Blocky Roads is actually quite well-executed, and also quite fun. The real kick here is that everything in the game is created with Minecraft-y voxels, and that extends to the actual vehicles you'll use. You have the ability to build a vehicle block by block, and as you can see below, the creativity of the gamers playing Blocky Roads is phenomenal...

Gameloft's incredibly over-the-top, incredibly fun arcade racer Asphalt 8: Airborne [Free] has just received its first content update since launching back in August, and it's also now gone permanently free-to-play. The fact that Asphalt 8 is now free-to-play shouldn't be surprising; its meager 99¢ original asking price was a hell of a deal for how much game it offered, and it contained the typical free-to-play infrastructure in terms of upgrades and an in-game currency system. Not necessarily in a bad way either, the game was quite generous in what it offered and never required that you pay anything in order to play the entire game. The fact that it's now free just means the barrier to entry is completely removed...

When it comes to mobile games, I don't really expect them to last forever. There's no shortage of both quick, pick up and play titles as well as deeper experiences, but for the most part I'm content with just enjoying a game while it lasts and then moving on to something else. That's why it's so impressive to me that Disc Drivin' [$1.99 / Free / $2.99 (HD)], a game that came out late in 2010, is not only still on my device but it's still something I play almost every day. Its unique brand of asynchronous, flick-based racing clicked with me instantly, and not only did we love the game in our initial review but a ton of content updates have kept Disc Drivin' fresh for us hardcore players for a very long time, adding things like random matchmaking, customizable discs, and plenty of new tracks...

When Hutch Games released Smash Bandits [Free] back in August, it was a bittersweet moment. Sweet because the developers had successfully taken all the great action of their first title Smash Cops and fit it around a fantastic one-thumb control system with beautiful visuals and randomly generated environments. Bitter, unfortunately, due to its free-to-play system. Smash Bandits has the typical freemium trappings of in-game currency built around upgrade systems and unlocking new vehicles, and for the most part those are inoffensive. The killer was the addition of a game-stopping timer. ..

Freebie Alert: 'Asphalt 8: Airborne' - Download This Arcade Racer Now

Strap in, as this is a freebie that everyone with a compatible device needs to download. Gameloft's Asphalt 8 [Free] is an amazing arcade racer which we've both posted a glowing review and awarded it Game of the Week. We did a TA Plays too, which you can watch right here:..

Racing games on mobile platforms can be a bit of a mixed bag. Between the abuse of IAPs and the finicky nature of tilt and touch controls alone, it's hard to really find a good racer these days. 2K Drive [$6.99] is aiming high, attempting to take the throne from Real Racing 3 in the realm of more simulation-style racers, and in the process, it's a solid addition to the mobile racing genre...

As a complete role reversal from the virtuous Smash Cops, Smash Bandits [Free] puts you in the seat of a maniacal criminal ready to wreck anything and everything in sight. Sounds like fun, right? That's because it totally is...

Let me start off by saying that I am a huge car nut. As well as reviewing videogames, I have spent nearly a decade as an automotive journalist and have been lucky enough to drive everything from three cylinder hatchbacks to 180mph road-melters (unfortunately, not enough of the latter). As you can imagine, for someone who lives and breathes cars, the racing genre is the obvious pick of choice when it comes to gaming...

Quick! Smash the Update button on Real Racing 3 [Free]. EA has just added some really cool cars to the game. Specifically, it just added Dodge and Shelby muscle cars. And we're talking about the clinch-your-teeth and ride V-8 kind that everyone seems to love...

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