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POSTED 19/5/15


PROJECT CARS

Bandai Namco



Here in my car, I feel safest of all... SMACK!

OW!

OK, so we donít necessarily feel that safe in our racing car, for itís brutal out there. Truly brutal.

You see, Project CARS (thatís acronymical for ĎCommunity Assisted Racing Simulatorí) really takes that last word to heart. If youíre expecting Mario Kart with snazzy graphics and sexy vehicles then your brainís just careened off Rainbow Road into the abyss.

This isnít a pick up and thrash racer. You canít hit a corner headlong at full tilt, bounce off some poor schlub whoís trying to race properly and get catapulted into firstdom. You have to drive like itís all real and stuff.

Seriously real (and stuff).

Weather conditions, tyre heat, track heat, brake heat, deep heat and possibly even Miami Heat all matter, and affect how your chosen vehicle handles. It takes some getting used to, which is likely more of an indictment as to how we play racing games compared to how we drive in real life, where weíve much more chance of pranging. Mind you, if you live around us a 90-year-old in a Honda has likely already dinged you.

As for cars, while weíve seen bigger ranges (no Fiesta ST? BOO!), they all look stunning. In fact all of Project CARS looks stunning.

Track-wise thereís much to love, with some 30 unique locations, presented in several configurations.

Possibly our fave bit is that you can dive in wherever. Stuff boring old grind progression, if you wanna fang it around Bathurst you can, in whatever car that you want (as long as itís in the game, natch), in whatever discipline your heart desires.

This is as incredible as it is tough. Dial assists to 11 and itís still tough. It will be too impenetrable for some gamer racers, but those prepared to give it time will find itís the only way to live, in Project CARS...

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