As some of you may know, E3 (a big conference where game companies show off their upcoming titles) just finished up for 2015. With it, we the gamers were treated with some very exciting future titles, including a few racing games. The next Forza Motorsports game, Forza Motorsports 6, was shown off in all of it’s beautiful, rain covered glory. Even more exciting, a new Need For Speed game was revealed, and boy does it look good. I can easily say that I, a diehard racing video game fan, am very excited to have a crack as these upcoming titles.
So to keep myself in check and sane until these games are released, I decided it would be appropriate to dig up some of my older racing games, and had a play with them. So for the next couple of weeks I will list off a few, classic racing games to pass time, as well as invoke a bit of nostalgia. So, without further adieu, here are a few games from my childhood.
Need For Speed III: Hot Pursuit
Need For Speed III: Hot Pursuit was one of the first, if not the first racing game that little Aatish every played. The game was released in 1998, but I didn’t actually play it until 2000. As the name implies, NFS 3 Hot Pursuit is all about police chases…except with high-powered sports cars. Lamborghini’s, Ferrari’s, Mercedes, BMW…almost every 90s pinup car is featured in this game. Cops are intelligent and ruthless, going all out to get you to stop. Every car has an interior view, the sounds are pretty good for a 90s game, and the electronic soundtrack just ties this masterpiece of a game together.
Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition
Midnight Club is Rockstar Game’s racing franchise. DUB is an automotive culture magazine. In 2005, they joined forces and gave us the beast of a game that is Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition. MC3 is an open world game, that takes place over 3 cities (San Diego, Atlanta, and Detroit), which focuses on street racing and car customization. The car customization system in MC3 is arguably one of the best every created. Everything about that car can be adjusted, with real world parts. The way the cars handled was just superb, not too realistic but still requiring skill to win races. And the soundtrack, which featured Lil Wayne, Fabolous, Twista to name a few, was the cherry on top.
Gran Turismo 4
Gran Turismo 4 is regarded by many (including myself) as the best racing simulator every created for a console. GT4 really summed up all that is awesome about cars into a game. New cars could be bought from dealerships, or you could get a used one from an every refreshing used car dealer. Cars needed to be serviced, upgraded, and raced of course. You could take awesome photos too. But most importantly, you could enjoy all of this with not one but TWO (2) players. In fact, a mister Anthony Scola and I spent many of hour young boy hours on this game. We laughed, fought, made tacos, and of course had fun racing cars. Man, those were the days.
Need For Speed: Underground
I’d ending this list with my favorite racing game ever; Need for Speed Underground. Underground was conceived in 2003, when the street racing was actually viewed a legit pass time and not assault with a deadly weapon. Need for Speed Underground was my 2nd or 3rd game for my PS2, and is by far the game that I played the most. It was Underground that got me into tuning cars. It was Underground that got me into giving cars sweet paintjobs. It was Underground that got me into urban hip-hop. Underground was the game that helped me become what I am today; a car guy.