The recent launch of Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One consoles have brought a number of games to the fore. Games such as Forza Motorsport 5, Need for Speed: Rivals, Gran Turismo 6, The Crew and Drive Club are gaining in popularity as their release dates draw closer.
Some of these games have been well known for years while others have been introduced recently.
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Drive Club, an Evolution Studios product, was recently introduced at the E3 conference. The game has a co-operative team-based game-play with separate individual first person perspective.
The gamer has to join a club and earn points as a team in challenges like "drift-offs" to lead the charts, competing worldwide.
The in-car game-play includes detailed graphics for cockpit view, light reflection, dashboard buttons and steering wheel enhancements.
Drive Club carries proprietary graphics with multiple layers of rendering to make the game appear realistic. Rumours suggest that the game is built by Evolution Studios's native game engine. The gamer can tweak the weather and time of the day in the race.
One can upgrade engines and the looks of the car starting from the scratch.
The PS4 exclusive game will reportedly be connected online when the gamer is playing team challenges along with team members from other parts of the world.
The release date for Drive Club is yet to be announced, but the game is available on pre-orders from Amazon for £39 ($59.96) with free shipping.
Drive Club E3 Trailer:
Forza Motorsport 5
Forza Motorsport 5 is the latest flagship game by Turn 10 studios exclusively available for Xbox One.
The game includes world famous circuits with an ample number of opponents to compete against based on cloud services by Xbox.
The game features Drivatar Technology which keeps racers from different parts of the world always ready to race through cloud services.
With hundreds of cars to choose from, the multiplayer experience is enhanced along with advanced simulation in the game-play.
The game sports a dynamic car collection including classic sports cars, modern tuners, purpose-built racers and exotic cars. Forza Motorsport 5 has introduced a new range of cars named as Open-Wheel Cars which includes the famous Grand Prix cars such as 1976 McLaren M23 and 1976 Ferrari 312-2.
With the Smart Match feature in multiplayer mode, gamers can race in the game according to their style and driving skills.
Unique career modes are available in the game with rotating challenges for the player to keep racing all the time.
The game is expected to be released this year; it is available on pre-orders from the Microsoft Store for £39 ($59.99)
Forza Motorsport 5 Trailer:
Gran Turismo 6
Gran Turismo 6 is a racing simulator game developed by Polyphony Digital which reportedly includes more than 1,200 cars, 33 locations and 71 varied layouts.
Many of the cars and locations are carried forward from the previous Gran Turismo 5 version. The game includes all cars ranging from historic to modern sports vehicles.
GT6 is created on a new game engine with added compact operation of cars, restructured game-play, flexible customisation options and a new rendering engine for high-end graphic delivery.
Players can make their own cars with custom tyres, body and aerodynamic parts in the game which suits their style of playing.
A new physics engine has also been introduced in the game which includes new suspension models, new tyre models and aerodynamic models for each car in the game.
The racing tracks along with large scenery have been detailed and made close to the real world.
A few enhancements like, short loading time and new user interface have been added.
Players can make their own online events, join communities and play on domestic and worldwide levels against each other.
The game will include new locations and cars online with the DLC packs.
Gran Turismo will be released in the fourth quarter of 2013 for Sony PlayStation 3 consoles. The game will be available on pre-order from Amazon along with bonus offers.
The offer reportedly comes with 4 car pack which includes BMW Z4 GT3 '11, Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 '13, Tesla Model S Signature Performance '13 and Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (C7) '14. In addition to 4 car pack, Amazon will be offering a $1m in-game credit which will allow the user to buy, build and race a self line-up of cars.
Gran Turismo 6 E3 Trailer:
Need for Speed: Rivals
Need for Speed recently revealed their 20th iteration this year by introducing Need for Speed: Rivals. Developed by Ghost Games, Need for Speed Rivals is an open world game which deals with racers facing cops during challenges and missions.
The game can be played in both the racers and in cops mode. Both earn speed points by completing their respective challenges and can unlock new cars and upgrades.
The game features an All Drive mode which enables the user to switch to online game challenges at any point of time from the single player offline mode. The switching is possible at any point in the game no matter whether the user is playing an offline challenge or escaping from cops. This feature is expected to add to the replay value of the game.
Customisation is possible with the cars. This feature includes latest upgrades like bodywork, paint jobs, custom licence plates, rims and decals.
Built on the Frostbite 3 gaming engine, the game delivers an enhanced graphic with minute details along with dynamic weather conditions and effects.
The game will be released on 19 November for PS3 and Xbox 360 for £39 ($59.99) and PC for £32 ($49.99). For PS4 and Xbox One, the game is available for £39 ($59.96) on pre-orders from Amazon.
Need for Speed E3 Trailer:
The Crew, an Ubisoft Reflections and Ivory Tower production is an open world racing game which includes more than one player. Gamers have to join or make their own crew and challenge other groups for races and tasks.
By earning points, the group can gain their rankings. The player can drive anywhere, whether it's a road or beaches, or mountains.
Customisation of cars is possible along with upgrades tweaking the performance suited for the type of track the player will be driving on.
The crew members can save a player from getting caught by police or from losing a race.
This game needs an all-time online connection for multiplayer game as the gamers join from all over the world.
The game delivers high-quality graphics ranging from large scenery layouts to minute car engine details. Weather effects are also tipped to revamp the user's game-play experience.
The Crew is scheduled to release later this year for next-gen consoles and can be pre-ordered for £55 for Xbox One and £54.99 for PS4 and PC from Amazon.
The Crew E3 Trailer: