Car games are a favorite among gamers. There are literally hundreds of different car games across all of the major game systems. Today I will just be focusing on a few of the top car and racing games for the Xbox 360. Two of the titles have not even been released yet, but are highly anticipated. The Xbox 360 is Microsoft’s console gaming system.
Project Gotham Racing 4
Project Gotham 4 is one of many car games that you can play on the Xbox 360. What sets this apart from other car games are the advanced weather effects that affect the look and feel of the races. If you have an Xbox Live account, you can actually set the weather in the game to mirror the weather at your location. There are many different tracks you can race on, including some from the previous versions of the game. You can play as one of 130 different vehicles throughout the course of the game. The fourth version has added motorcycles to the game play, making the races even more intense.
Burnout Paradise is the seventh installment of the Burnout series of games. These car games are different from others since the object of the game is to crash. Developers changed some of the gameplay options in this version of Burnout. They made the environment open-world and now allow the “Crash Mode”, now called “Showtime”, to be turned on at any time or place within the game. This significantly changes the game structure, making it less rigid. Crashing is fun, making this game one of my personal favorite car games ever.
Available also on PC: Burnout Paradise: Ultimate Box Or on PS3 here:Burnout: Paradise
Forza Motorsport 4 was created by Turn 10 Studios for the Xbox 360. It is a racing simulation game that features 500 cars that you can drive and race on closed circuit tracks. The Forza car games are very similar to simulations like the Sony Gran Turismo series. This version is the first to allow Kinect gameplay alongside controller-based play. The game is also fully playable using just the Kinect commands. Also new to this version is the Autovista feature that allows users to explore the different cars within gameplay. You can see engine specs and view the inside and outside of each vehicle.
Upcoming Car Games
The next two games have been announced, but not released on to the Xbox 360 yet. Both games are part of popular series and are highly anticipated. Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Grand Theft Auto V are both going to be hits. Both of these game series have some of the most popular games that have been released ever.
Need For Speed: Most Wanted
Need for Speed: Most Wanted is an upcoming installment to the Need for Speed franchise that was unveiled during the E3 conference. It is the nineteenth title in the popular NFS franchise. Most Wanted will be released on October 30th, 2012. The game features open game play, meaning the races will have a start and end point, but you have the option of taking your own way to get there. It takes place in the fictional city of Fairhaven City, with the police cars being marked FCPD. Gameplay is very similar to previous NFS titles, where you race 15 other cars and avoid being arrested at the same time.
You can also get it on PC: Need for Speed: Most Wanted Limited Edition Or PS3: Need for Speed: Most Wanted Limited Edition
Grand Theft Auto IV
Grand Theft Auto V is the awaited and upcoming sequel to Grand Theft Auto IV, created by Rockstar Games. Unlike other car games, GTA is not a racing or simulation series. The game is more of an action-adventure game that is played with an open environment. Gameplay takes place in a fictional city called Los Santos, based upon Los Angeles in California. What makes this a car game are the available cars you can drive. In the GTA series, you can drive a variety of vehicles in open game play or use them to complete missions within the main storyline. You have the ability to take any vehicle and drive it around the city, just be sure to avoid the police.
You can get the PS3 version here: Grand Theft Auto IV
Car Games are Incredibly Fun
Car games are most certainly fun. I find racing, driving, and wrecking cars that I would never be able to drive or afford to be a fun way to unwind. Just driving is a great break from all of the action-adventure games that are out there. Here you can let go and just drive. Being able to compete also makes these games incredibly fun to play. Just avoid doing so for extended periods or you will have painful thumbs.