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Been playing videogames for over 20 years and I have pretty much owned every console going. If I'm not playing games, I've probably got my head in a engine bay... You can follow me @SuperWidzy2 on twitter.

Project Cars 3 Review (PS4)

  • Genre: Racing
  • Developer|Publisher: Slightly Mad Studios, Bandai Namco
  • Age Rating: PEGI 3 | ESRB E
  • Price: UK £49.99 | US $59.99
  • Release Date: 28th of August 2020

We was not given a review code for Project Cars 3. I have purchased the game myself and have given a full comphrensive review of Project Cars 3 on the Playstation 4.

Project Cars 3 is the spiriutal successor of Need For Speed Shift Unleashed which Slightly Mad Studios developed before Project Cars and teaming up with Bandai Namco.

Gameplay

Project Cars 3 is a racing sim, yet drives like a arcade racer. It has the categories such as Road to GT and bonus. The road category will have players race around specific themes such as Japanese roots or Road E Specials which will have vehicle requirements. When you level up, especially manufacturer level which will give players upgrade discounts by upto 5% for example. You can upgrade the cars you have brought from the showroom and change their class type to participate in other events which of course you wouldnt been able to do. Let the V-Tec kick in bro… Car joke there.

For the bonus: invitationals and challenges. You can either pay to unlock and compete or hit the required challenge to unlock. These can both be achieved via career mode, so dont waste that money where you can purchase more cars, upgrades etc instead.

In the showroom there is many, many cars to get. From Road E to Indycar, so much variety it makes me feel like a child in a toy shop or candy shop, whatever suits, it applies here. You can unlock more cars available to purchase by increasing your driver level, again achievable via career mode.

The car physics compared to other games such as Forza, Gran Turismo for example. You will simply say both Forza and GT are better and they are. The previous Project Cars games were hit and miss. I feel as if Slightly Mad has got Project Cars 3 exactly right this time in terms of the content, menu layout (personal bugbite from previous PC games) and being something it isnt. However… Going back to the Shift Unleashed roots has probably brought some uncontenional changes to Project Cars and heavily being just that, Unleashed 3 instead. The whole feel of racing in Project Cars 3 is arcade than real sim, yet packaged as a racing sim to compete with the likes of forza, GT, assetto corsa and the list continues.

By simply tapping the LT to brake, you can drift just like that of Need For Speed Heat or throw the left stick either right or left, you can drift as well, providing you are putting some gas down. The infamous perfect cornering icons return to help those to get like it says, perfect corner i.e. the perfect racing line per track. Not a bad thing, rather a good mechanic which can really help when you want to play with more of a challenge or take it into online.

Graphics, sound and performance

The visuals for PC3 can be somewhat, yikes. In some cases they are brilliant, especailly in the showroom of the car models. Realistic and what you would expect in real life, very detailed to the real thing. When you are racing I did experience some framerate issues and the visuals looked very PS2 as well, which was very disappointing to see in a videogame well into the PS4 era. The lightning off the cars are horrendous, if you want a perfect example of how to do it take a leaf out of Forza and GT book.

The cars sound ok, no issues really to report. Nothing like hearing a V6 or V8 engine dropping into 2nd gear and bouncing it off the limiter per gear to get that nice roar of the engine via the exhaust.

Performance wise of the game as previously said about framerate issues now and then, nothing else I didnt really encounter. Playing online has been ok so far, some minor hiccups as expected, but not game breaking.

Conclusion

Project Cars 3 is a fun game to play regardless of its flaws. It fills the gap where I just want to hop into another race straight after the other than having to travel to the other side of the map in open world racing games for example. Plenty of things to do to keep you engaged such as the ingame objectives to earn xp and finish challenges to unlock the bonus races etc. If you are looking for a proper racing sim to set up your steering wheel, then I would look elsewhere. That isnt to say PC3 isnt playable as it certainly is playable, its more of a chill and play without having to try too hard in the process to win and just have fun.

Verdict

Being the spiriutal sucessor to NFS Shift Unleashed may of tainted the direction where PC3 was heading. The previous games were screaming real sim and being the car nut enthusiast go too racing game. Instead, we got a fun racing game to play, but disguised as NFS Shift Unleashed 3 with Project Cars 3 slapped over it.

6/10

Xbox Series X briefing entirely leaked online

As we know earlier in the week, the Xbox Series X price and release date was leaked. Prompting Xbox and head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, to acknowledge this and confirm it earlier than expected. Of course we all got to see the Xbox Series S model too, which has gained huge traction for the Xbox since its leak.

However even more of Xbox has been leaked. Twitter user Walking Cat (@_h0x0d_) has broken down the briefing into 4 parts as you can see below. This would of been the briefing where we all got to know how much and when the Xbox Series S and X will be launching.

Source: GamesRadar

Watch Dogs Legion releasing Nov 10th on Xbox Series S, X

Watch Dogs Legion will be releasing on the Xbox Series S and X on Nov 10th.

Source: Watch Dogs Legion Twitter

Freedom Finger gets exclusive physical edition for Nintendo Switch

Super Rare Games have revealed Freedom Fighter physical edition for the Nintendo Switch.

“Shoot ’em up, smash ’em up, and punch ’em up with the music-driven, sidescrolling shooter Freedom Finger! Super Rare Games is proud to finally reveal their partnership with Wide Right Games to release this crazy cartoon action game in physical form for the first time on the Nintendo Switch™. Only 4,000 copies will be available worldwide – pre-orders for the game open on September 17th at 6pm BST (10am PT/1pm ET) for approx £27 + tax ($31 USD/33€) – exclusively at superraregames.com. Revealed as part of our #SuperRareWeek campaign and one of our most anticipated releases since its announcement earlier this year, this rare physical release includes all the content on its cart, a full-colour manual, interior artwork, an exclusive sticker, and three trading cards randomly selected from the five-card set.”

Features:

A fully voiced, fully animated Story Mode, starring Nolan North (Uncharted), John DiMaggio (Adventure Time, Futurama), Eric Bauza (Looney Tunes, Battletoads, Ratchet & Clank) and Sam Riegel (Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Fallout).

A unique soundtrack including original music by Aesop Rock and licensed tracks from Red Fang, METZ, Power Trip, Com Truise, White Fence, Ty Segall, Makeup and Vanity Set, True Widow, The Radio Dept., Drab Majesty, John Maus, Vektroid, Cleaners from Venus, and many more!

Fight your way through 40 handcrafted levels, spread out over 13 worlds! Each world features new enemies, power-ups, and challenges!

A wide selection of difficulty settings! Whether you want to chill and enjoy the story or crank the difficulty for a butt-blasting ridiculous challenge, we’ve got you covered!

A highly satirical storyline that explores hot-button topics such as communism, U.S. foreign policy, sriracha sauce, and, most importantly, crafting in video games.

Source: Super Rare Games press release

Xbox Series S revealed, £249

Microsoft have announced the price and launch date for the Xbox Series S digital only console and Series X at $499

Launching November 10th and priced at £249, it seems a very good price especially with the likes of Game pass being a huge popular model for Microsoft.

Available from these retailers: Amazon, GAME, Smyths Toys, Argos, Tesco and Very.co.uk

Source: Xbox UK

Rumour: PS5 price, release date tomorrow?

According to the express. UK retailer, GAME somewhat teased about announcement from Sony tomorrow. The tweet was deleted, yet Daily Express got hold of the info before it was deleted.

“Those awaiting preorders and have Ryi. Please standby for updates. PS5 have scheduled an announcement tomorrow so things are about to kick off this week.”

Not only GAME but also Simply Games also reckons announcement will be made any day now.

Email sent to customers:

“We are expecting the PlayStation 5 to be available for pre-order any day now, and you don’t want to miss out on the next-generation of gaming,”.

“The PlayStation 5 may not go on general sale due to limited stock, so the only way to hear about when you can pre-order is by registering your interest.”

What you reckon guys?

Source: express

Hotshot Racing Review (Xbox One)

  • Genre: Racing
  • Developer|Publisher: Sumo Digital, Lucky Mountain Games | Curve Digital
  • Age Rating: PEGI 3 | ESRB E
  • Price: UK £15.99 | US $19.99
  • Release Date: 10th September 2020

We recieved a review code from lucky mountain games, sumo digital and from publisher relations of curve digital. We reviewed Hotshot racing on the Xbox One, providing a full comprehensive review.

Hotshot Racing is certainly a racer that brings so many memories from other hit racing games and ideas from other titles. For me personally, I got a lot of Outrun, Burnout 1 & 2 vibes via its boost mechanic which will be covered later in the review, and the music is so catchy as well!

Gameplay

It’s a solid racing game which will appeal to a lot of gamers. With its simplicity controls, drifting or snake other racers to fill your boost gauge. You will soon be pulling a Vin Diesel face when you go zooming past your fellow competitors. Other than boosting, hotshot isn’t a bad racer at all. As much as it isn’t offering that much new to the table to what we already have experienced, it’s certainly good to the formula. I’m sure a lot of gamers will get Outrun vibes and maybe a few such as myself with the likes of Burnout 1 & 2 more predominantly from this game.

You can select characters which will offer different cars. The more races you finish and earn money. You can customize the look of your chosen car, avatar items and more. The depth of customization is pretty good, offering plenty of choice too.

Hotshot follows the early Mario Kart formula. 16 tracks overall with 4 cups available. You can choose from normal, hard and expert. Playing on hard or expect is certainly a challenge. Managing your boost and when to use it is crucial, yet throughout each difficulty. The AI catch up is quite significantly obvious too.

The game also supports 4 player splitscreen and upto 8 players online. It requires at least 4 players to begin a match and the AI will fill the vacant slots.

Graphics, sound and performance

The developers have gone for a comic/cel shading graphics. I really dig the visuals, it’s unique and make its different from other racing games. I think if they chose to go down a different route, I’m sure it would probably fall into the generic racer bin, and get picked up at a later date. The visuals hotshot has is refreshing, not proving to be powerhouse in that department either, it’s being itself.

As far as themes go along. You will be humming to the various sound scores this game has to offer. I don’t think I have stopped humming, it’s that good!

Haven’t encountered any performance issues yet via singleplayer. I did encounter some freezing and loss of connection a few times when trying to connect to matches or when in a race itself. Overall the game seems very stable, so no complatins from me.

Conclusion

I would say the game is pretty fun to play. £15.99 worth it? Yes and no. As much as I have painted the picture quite well for Hotshot Racing, which I do stand by it. I think the game will become rather repetitive quite quickly. Customization alone isn’t going to give the game longevity, as there is only so much you can do with it. Hopefully the game will be supported with more tracks and added features to give more spice to the already good gameplay it does have on offer.

Verdict

Hotshot Racing is a good game. With its crisp visuals, tone catching music and robust gameplay. You will have fun, yet it does have its banana peel moments.

7/10

Marvel Avengers claims the UK No.1 Spot

Crystal Dynamics, Marvel Avengers has claimed the No.1 spot in the UK gaming charts. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 & 2 remaster hits a kickflip into 2nd place.

New Entry1Marvel’s Avengers
New Entry2Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2
New Entry3NBA 2K21
14Animal Crossing: New Horizons
35Mario Kart 8: Deluxe
56Minecraft (Switch)
47Grand Theft Auto 5
78FIFA 20
69Ghost of Tshusima
210PGA Tour 2K21

Source: gamesindustrybiz

Streets of Rage 4 gets huge update

Dotemu have released the patch notes heading to Streets of Rage 4 and its huge! If you haven’t played Streets of Rage 4 yet, I highly recommend it, its a blast from the past with modern day enhancements. If you played the original games on the megadrive many moons ago, then this is for you. The huge patch available for SOR4 is the ongoing support which dotemu is doing for SOR4.

A new patch for Streets of Rage 4 that brings almost 80 updates, bug fixes and balance changes to the game, all of which were tested by the community itself, is now available!
Our main goals for this update were:
– Online improvements: better fluidity and stability, less latency.
– New online stats display options available on the HUD section.
– Balancing improvements for all main characters.
– Major gameplay improvements for all stages.
– Various bug fixes.
– Fixed rare random crashes.

And now a word from our beloved CEO:
“We couldn’t be happier with the reception of Streets of Rage 4. We thank the fans who have supported the game from day one – a lot of the updates in the patch enhance the replay value for folks who have been with us from the start, additional updates are currently in production and we’ll have more to share on that soon.”

“We will always be grateful to the community for sharing its feedback since Streets of Rage 4. Even when we don’t reply, we read your comments, your opinion and feedback (no matter if it’s positive or negative)!”

Source: Dotemu