Car games are probably some of the most popular video games of all time. Even those who don’t know how to drive a real car yet are often eager to get behind the wheels of the virtual ones and compete with their buddies. And so, here is a quick look at some of the of the most popular games that has many gearheads excited.
Arcade style racing games ar considered the grand daddy of all racing games that are in the market today. This are the huge machines that you would often see in the shopping malls and entertainment centers, which has a complete mockup of a car’s controls. Many gaming aficionados love this one as it gives a somewhat realistic feel to the game, which also ads to its excitement.
One of the most popular titles in this one is Daytona USA introduced by Sega in 1993. This one is well loved as it simulates one of the most popular racing events, the Indianapolis 500.
Daytona USA has multiplayer capabilities (a standard feature of arcade racing) which allows up to four people to compete head to head. The game also has great graphics, which was considered as one of the most realistic looking during its heydays.
Just like its arcade daddy, the console racing game has also been a familiar thing ever since kids in the ’70’s first got hooked to video games. The earliest console games are actually very crude, with only blocks to represent the car that the player is using. However, as home game consoles got more powerful, the look of the games themselves also became more and more familiar. One of the most popular of the early generation of console racing games was F1 Racing for the Nintendo Entertainment System (more popularly know as the Famicom).
Nowadays, with the power most consoles have, it is very common for racing games to to have that cinematic look that was only common for arcade machines then. Of all the titles released, one game of note is the Gran Turismo series, first launched in 1997. The game started the trend mentioned above , with its lush environment and exactly replicated set of cars. It also introduced the idea of having physical damage to the car, which affects its handling.
This one is actually a new trend in racing games that is fast becoming popular. Here, you will get the chance to race with the guys in the next town or even in the next country. Most next generation consoles already offer this one. Racing games for PC’s are also becoming quite popular for casual gamers.