Forza Horizon wears its influences on its sleeve, going so far as to create playable tributes to classic video game racers of the past.in the beautiful Forza Horizon 4. As part of the LaRacer @ Horizon missions, players enter a series of ten races all of which tip the hat to classic games including Sony’s Ridge Racer series, Sega Rally, Atari’s Test Drive, Dreamcast legend Crazy Taxi, arcade favourite Out Run and original Xbox launch game Project Gotham Racing, amongst others. There are nice touches within each mission too – the Project Gotham Racing level sends you to Edinburgh, one of the most memorable cities from Bizarre Creations’ epic racer, and lets you drive the boxart star Ferrari. As for the Crazy Taxi mission – that’s just easy with a massive jump ramp. Hey, hey, come on over, have some fun! You can find out how to access all the LaRacer @ Horizon missions here, and if you’re on the hunt for the hidden Barn Finds we’ve got … [Read more...] about Forza Horizon 4 pays tribute to classic racing games with playable Ridge Racer, Crazy Taxi, Out Run, Sega Rally missions
Sega rally arcade
I can honestly say I've rarely been happier this year: walking through a busy Shinjuku arcade, sliding down into an all-new Sega racer and then letting some of the blue-sky goodness and distinguished style wash over me. There's something just right about Sega and arcade racing, and even if it's not exactly been quiet in that regard in recent years - the Initial D series has been bubbling along brilliantly - this feels like a return to an older order, with Sega World Drivers Championship slotting neatly into a lineage that includes the likes of Scud Race. Like that game, it uses real-life motorsport as a backbone for its racing. Sega World Drivers Championship has been out for a while in Japan - the first location tests took place last summer, while it launched proper back in March - but this is the first time I've had the chance to try it, and in the meantime I've been preparing by developing an obsession with the real-life Super GT series that is Sega's inspiration. A Japan-based … [Read more...] about Sega is back in the arcade racing game in the best possible way
Today, if you start playing a game on your smartphone that places a heavy emphasis on music and sound, chances are you'll receive an advisory warning. It'll ask you to please insert your headphones for the "best experience". It doesn't matter if you're home alone on the sofa or your head is scrunched between numerous standing thighs on public transport, headphones are important. And we can all blame this warning on Lumines and the way it helped change our relationship with games.Apart from dance and instrument-based entries, successful music games are bloody hard to make, regardless of their soundtrack listings. In Lumines, you guide four-bricked squares down a large grid, each brick made from one of two colours. Your goal is to shuffle the colour orientation and make new, identically-coloured squares that vanish in this grid before it becomes too full. However, each button press creates a sound and the music will continuously change along with the brick and background colours, … [Read more...] about World of silence: Lumines’ brilliance remains revolutionary
It just shouldn't exist, really. The Isle of Man TT, a yearly event that turns the island's roads into the world's most daunting race track, is an anomaly - a relic of a bygone age when motorsport was raw, untamed and shockingly lethal. An epic course that thunders between the towns of Douglas, Ramsey and Peel and climaxes on the climbs of the Snaefell mountain road, it makes the Nordschleife look like a seaside karting track; modern day legends such as Michael Dunlop and John McGuinness, their elbows scraping the hedgerows of islander's front gardens as they speed past at 180mph, are heroes of a different order. Or reckless fools, if you want to look at it another way. It's been paid tribute to in numerous ways over the years - you can start with George Formby's 1935 film No Limit, if you wish, but I'd recommend the brilliant documentary TT Closer to the Edge and Rick Broadbent's colourful account in That Near-Death Thing - but never really done justice in a video game. AM3's Manx TT … [Read more...] about TT Isle of Man review
A digital-only game based on licensed content is doomed to die right from the outset. At some point, months or years from now, that licensing agreement will expire - at which point the publisher can no longer sell the game. It will be summarily pulled from digital storefronts - sometimes with little or no warning - and is unlikely to ever resurface, unless the publisher is willing to negotiate those licensing deals all over again. Last December, a slew of Transformers games were suddenly removed from Steam and PSN (and later from the Xbox Marketplace) with no warning from publisher Activision. Among them was Transformers: Devastation by renowned developer PlatinumGames, which had only been released two years previously. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Marvel titles published by Activision have suffered a similar fate. Players who have previously bought and downloaded such games can still download them again. But even this exception may not apply forever. The fact is that you do not … [Read more...] about Where do downloadable games go when they die?