It’s true that vehicles of all kinds have been included in games for decades now, even in games not necessarily focused on the driving theme. For instance, Grand Theft Auto and it’s vehicular mayhem helped launch that series into both fame and infamy, depending on what circles you were part of at that time. However, more than a birds-eye-view of the city street, games involving vehicles now have become some of the most enjoyable titles to be found anywhere in anyone’s PC Gaming Library, no matter which storefront you prefer.
But where to start? From excellent drifting games to simulations and even games like Ace Combat 7 that lovingly recreate a range of real-life jet fighters, how can you enjoy a tremendous vehicular experience, or select between them, when there are so many on offer? This is a worthwhile question, and one we hope to explore with you.
After all, behavioral habits relating to the COVID-19 lockdown have not resurfaced so much as to make a little indoors gaming time any less fun and indulgent. Let’s begin:
Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4 is known as one of the most premier racing experiences on any console, let alone the incredible graphics and loving rendition of English roads viewable up to 4K on PC. Forza Horizon is the less-rule-abiding, funner rendition of its cousin, Forza Motorsport. Instead of the dedicated tracks so celebrated in the latter, Horizon allows for a larger, condensed landscape meant to represent large swatches of the UK countryside and cities, including areas such as Devon, and even Edinburgh.
With a range of amazing vehicles with expert handling and toggle-based simulation settings, you can easily designate how ‘real’ you wish the driving experience to be at any time. Furthermore, the two excellent DLC packs, Fortune Island and Lego Speed Champions, allow you to drive around an incredible, stormy pirate island or a lovingly recreated, life-size Lego town at your pleasure. This is a racing game that knows how to have fun, and drifting, drag racing, street racing, home purchases, vehicle customization, seamless online multiplayer and time-honored events allow this game to be a real timesink for intrepid racecar drivers. You’re sure to have a blast.
Dirt Rally 2
Of course, racing isn’t all about the wacky fun of the pursuit. Racing can be equal parts art and science, but when it comes to a high-intensity rally environment, you can be sure that paying attention to the minute details of the track becomes an essential part of your day. Dirt Rally 2 provides you all of your off-road simulation excellence, including driving assistants shouting the upcoming challenge at you before each difficulty is encountered. The grind of the wheels in the dirt, struggling to gain control around a tight corner, developing a sixth sense for how the track plays out, all of this will add to the exhilarating motivation to shave further seconds from your time.
At the very least, you’ll do your best to avoid becoming another Samir.
For those who adore Formula 1, you can be sure that F1 2018, replete with some of the most famous driving personalities that ever climbed in the cockpit of those hyper-specialized vehicles, will settle all of your needs and more. With excellent driving wheel support, dedicated representations of the best F1 tracks in the world, an amazing career and multiplayer mode and a real consideration for the care of such a hyper-specialized vehicle, odds are that you’ll find heart-pounding action in this most intensive and incredible of games.
For those with two monitors, watching formula one on your second screen while driving a heart-pounding track on your first can double the fun, and brings you further into the experience. While 2020 has been a difficult year for many so far, we can’t deny that the entertainment possibilities are near-endless.
Assetto Corsa Competizione
Assetto Corsa Competizione has become known as one of the most enjoyable driving simulations on the market, with glowing reviews on the Steam store. This is, in part, due to how effectively it functions with a range of driving wheels, allowing you to customize your experience to the nth degree, giving you a true simulation experience day and night, allowing you to drive some of the most incredible cars, and doing so against AI that has actual fully-functioning logic behind its movements. This, for any aspiring video game racer, is certainly a fantastic breath of fresh air.
What driving games do you play on PC? Tell me all about them in the comments!