Archive for 2005
Next generation physics. Next generation graphics. Next generation storage and connectivity. The PS3 will be quite a machine. What will this mean when you boot up the next F1 game? Or the next Gran Turismo? How will all this new power give you a better racing experience?
My favourite racing games are currently Project Gotham Racing 2, EA’s Formula 1, Need for Speed, and Burnout 3. What do I expect to see in PS3 versions of games like these? (Yes, I realize PGR is an Xbox thing.)
The obvious first answer is the graphics. When my wife walks into the room, I hope she can’t tell I’m playing the game instead of watching an F1 race. I expect awesome looking cars and spectacular scenery. The cars will have realistic looking damage, exhaust, smoke from tires, and the like. Take a look at the MotorStorm trailer and imagine the possibilities.
More interestingly, I hope to see better physics. Cars should corner more realistically. They’ll actually have weight to them. And collisions will look BAM! Splintering. The Forgotten with Julianne Moore was a forgettable movie, but it did have a great car accident. It was shown from inside the car, and it was totally unexpected and real. If a car hits me like that in Burnout: SMASHEM (or whatever) I want the same kind of SMASH! “What the?”. Or in Colin McRae, the bushes will crunch under your car instead of stopping it! (Gosh, they could do that now.)
Sound. Now that we have DD 5.1 on the PS3, I hope they make good use of it here. I don’t like using mirrors in racing games, so the audio could really help out. A car beside you? Behind you? Passing? You’ll be able to hear all those things. Crashes smash all around, parts fly from one end of your family room to another. Screeching, rending, skidding. Hear it all, everywhere.
And of course, all this in full four-player glory. Or online! Your choice.
Anything I missed? How else could racing games be improved? Please post a comment.
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Rumours and more rumours. I put little credit behind this one, but found it interesting nonetheless. What do you think of a $99 launch price tag for the Nintendo Revolution? I would wager that the controller alone would take up a large chunch of that, so I don’t think it’ll happen. But what if it does? I think that everyone and their dog might pick one up, just to try out the new controller.
Nintendo, due to vagaries of currency fluctuations, will be posting a larger than expected profit for its fiscal first half. They are now predicting a net profit of 36 billion yen.
Bad news, though, on the GameCube front, where sales of both hardware and software were lower than expected. The GameCube slide continues, let’s hope Nintendo’s Revolution fares a lot better than the GameCube did.