We're reaching into our extensive archive of magazine features to celebrate great PC games gone by. This article was originally published in PC Gamer UK issue 145 in 2005.One of gaming’s most passionate communities flourishes today amid a failure. A people united by the perfection of physics and a high-art driving simulator they saved from oblivion.1998’s Grand Prix Legends was an uncompromising simulation of the 1967 Formula One season: the days when drivers wore goggles and safety was a bucket of sand. Cars with little grip and top speeds of 200mph navigated tracks which ranged from two mile sprints to 14 mile serpentine car-breakers. There were no run-off areas and no safety car. No safety at all. Half the competitors died in 1967 because, at some point, even the greatest drivers lost control. They were not cast as victims but revered as motor-sport martyrs, and GPL gave us the keys to the cars that killed. 400 BHP, fist-wide tires and no downforce. If Jim ‘The … [Read more...] about Why I loved hardcore racing sim Grand Prix Legends
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When I was a kid, I was lucky enough to enjoy a handful of seasons racing karts. For a short while, I thought it might even lead somewhere: my first race, around a featureless corner of a disused air station in Cambridgeshire, saw a class victory (in a class of two, mind, my sole competitor an 8-year-old who, his dad told me, still thought he was Batman in his Batmobile chasing down the Joker when he was behind the wheel). Even then, by the time my next race came around at Hertfordshire's Rye House I thought I was the real deal, and well on my way to future glory. And I did alright, leading the first half dozen laps of the final until a little kid on his debut sporting a bright red helmet dived past going into the final esses. Afterwards I went to offer my congratulations on his success, just as his dad was packing up the kart into their beaten-up trailer. I think I might have been slightly patronising. "You'll do okay," I, a veteran of two whole races, said. At least I got that part … [Read more...] about Can video games save motorsport?
Nintendo Switch owners already have several major exclusive games to look forward to. In addition to a Pokemon RPG, a new Super Smash Bros. game has also been announced while arcade-y sports sim Mario Tennis Aces is also due out this summer. But it seems that these aren’t the only big titles that Nintendo is working on, according to a new leak that is currently doing the rounds. The Internet was alight today with rumors that Retro Studios, a division of Nintendo, is working on a racing game called Star Fox: Grand Prix. DasVergeben, a prolific leaker who often shares alleged “insider information” to Reddit, took to the social media platform to reveal that Star Fox: Grand Prix will be a racing game “like Diddy Kong Racing mixed with F-Zero.” The notorious Reddit user also said that the Nintendo Switch game “will have an adventure mode of some kind (think Diddy Kong Racing) and there will be some boss fights and a hub world.”In addition … [Read more...] about Rumor: Nintendo Switch Getting Racing Game Star-Fox: Grand Prix
The world of video games is full of unique and fun games that we all love to play. However, sometimes we come across a game so weird that we wonder who came up with the idea of the game and how did it get the green light for development. Here we have searched the internet and brought you Top 10 Weirdest Games available for you to try out. Top 10 Weirdest Games In this article, we have discussed our Top 10 Weirdest Games that you should definitely check out if you are into all sorts of unique but crazy adventures. Our list of 10 Weird Games include the likes of Goat Simulator, Who’s Your Daddy, and more. Japan World Cup Everyone loves a good horse race. In Japan World Cup, you choose a certain type of horse and enter it in a derby type race where the winner is the one who crosses the finish line first. As the start, everything seems normal but nearing the end of the stage, some weird things start happening. These might be good weird things or bad weird things depending on what … [Read more...] about 10 Weirdest Games That You Should Check Out
There's nothing like cracking open a new game, settling in for a nice session and then... waiting hours upon hours for it to start getting good. Games nowadays try to tell complex, involving tales, but sometimes forget that they're also, you know, games - and all you want to do is play them. Or sometimes you're able to jump right in, but the game just isn't fun until you've invested several hours trying to learn its structure or gaining the right items to make things interesting. Even the greatest games can take ages before it feels like your adventure has actually begun. Here are some of the worst offenders. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Ever since A Link to the Past, The Legend of Zelda series has had a problem with intro bloat. It started slow - a brief cutscene here, some character building there - but lately, it's gotten out of hand. Wind Waker asks you to wander around a small island village for a bit, Twilight Princess tasks you with farming chores, but at least you're … [Read more...] about 8 great games that take forever to get to the fun part