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« on: December 23, 2014, 01:40:56 PM »

Been a long time since I've played a good arcade-style racer.  Realism is entirely lost on me...I need something in the Burnout/Need for Speed vein. 

I'm out of the loop, what's the best option?
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« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2014, 02:09:35 PM »

I haven't played Need For Speed:Rivals for PS4 but I hear it's good. Maybe someone who has played it can weigh in? I'm interested as well...
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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2014, 06:04:11 PM »

Need for Speed Rivals is pretty good if you like arcade racers and I think the Game of the Year edition is on sale on the PSN for $30 through today.

It's a big open world type racer in which you can drive around and take on various driving missions as a racer or as a cop. The handling it tight and the sense of speed is really good. 
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« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2014, 07:17:04 PM »

Quote from: Scraper on December 23, 2014, 06:04:11 PM

Need for Speed Rivals is pretty good if you like arcade racers and I think the Game of the Year edition is on sale on the PSN for $30 through today.

It's a big open world type racer in which you can drive around and take on various driving missions as a racer or as a cop. The handling it tight and the sense of speed is really good.  

Thanks.  Sale must have ended yesterday, it's back up to $40 this morning.  Might still grab it anyways.

EDIT:  Looks like it is available on PC for $15.  Only catch is that you have to buy it through Origin (blech).
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« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2014, 09:19:07 PM »

I just bought FlatOut: Ultimate Cargage for $5 on Steam. Might be up your alley.
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« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2014, 09:50:40 PM »

Quote from: Rumpy on December 23, 2014, 09:19:07 PM

I just bought FlatOut: Ultimate Cargage for $5 on Steam. Might be up your alley.

The Flatout games are a lot of driving fun.

I might also suggest MX vs ATV Reflex, it's 60% off right now on Steam. I've got it and it's a lot of fun, and the different types of vehicles do really drive differently.

And a game I've found to be surprisingly fun, FUEL, available via Green Man Gaming and activates on Steam. I had this on X360 and a little while ago got it through GMG and it's still a lot of fun. Motorcycles, ATVs, buggies, cars, trucks and things I don't know what to call, and a freaking huge map. There's also an awesome mod called FUEL REFUELED that tweaks some things.
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« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2014, 11:55:17 PM »

Quote from: Rumpy on December 23, 2014, 09:19:07 PM

I just bought FlatOut: Ultimate Cargage for $5 on Steam. Might be up your alley.

Picked this up today, downloaded it, went to fire it up, and...nothing.  It goes throughout the initial install stuff, then the window disappears and nothing happens.  Apparently this isn't an uncommon issue, something to do with how it was initially integrated with GFWL.

Hopefully I can get it to work.    icon_cry
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« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2014, 09:58:38 PM »

Test Drive Unlimited 2 is on sale on Steam today, it's a nice racer with extras.
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« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2014, 07:10:24 AM »

Not sure if you're still looking for one of these, but the Crew is currently on sale on Steam for 20% off.  I've been enjoying it as an open world racing and exploration/noodling around game on XB1.

I would second FUEL, NFS: Rivals, FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage (or the first FlatOut).  You could also grab Wreckfest which is the spiritual followup to FlatOut, but it's still in Early Access so only has a few cars and tracks.

And Dirt 3 is also on a Steam Flash sale for $6, if you want a rally bent.

Distance is a game in Early Access that plays maybe a tiny bit like a successor to San Francisco Rush 2049 or something.

I would still go back and check out Blur, which was really great.
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« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2014, 02:27:18 AM »

Bugbear's Wreckfest is a lot of fun when playing online (one of the very few jokkis/folkracing games available!), but not a whole lot of content yet. at least the driving model and physics are solid. so for SURE check out the Flatout games (Flatout, Flatout 2, and Flatout: Ultimate Carnage aka Flatout 2.1), which are among the best of their kind available. i'm partial to the first one in the series, as it stays much truer to the jokkis spirit. keep far away from Flatout 3, which was not by Bugbear.

i would have also recommended DiRT 2, but it's no longer available on Steam. i guess DiRT 3 (rally) or GRiD 2 (street) would be acceptable backups, if you can't find it used.

i would have also recommended Blur (from the creators of Geometry Wars!), tho it too is no longer available on Steam (but physical copies can still be located). i am sure there are other arcade-combat kartlike racer games out there like this, but i don't know what they are.
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« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2014, 02:32:32 AM »

(actually, i'm still looking for DiRT 2 and Blur, so i think i will post a want ad in the trading forum...)
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« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2014, 02:37:18 AM »

Ah man, I didn't realize Dirt 2 and Blur were removed from sale on Steam.  I still have my copies on there so assumed they were still available. 

I agree that Grid 2 or Grid Autosport (the supposedly more cohesive follow-up) are pretty good street racing games. 
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« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2014, 08:33:50 PM »

Quote from: Gratch on December 24, 2014, 11:55:17 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on December 23, 2014, 09:19:07 PM

I just bought FlatOut: Ultimate Cargage for $5 on Steam. Might be up your alley.

Picked this up today, downloaded it, went to fire it up, and...nothing.  It goes throughout the initial install stuff, then the window disappears and nothing happens.  Apparently this isn't an uncommon issue, something to do with how it was initially integrated with GFWL.

Hopefully I can get it to work.    icon_cry

Yeah, I've heard about issues, particularly if one is using Windows 8. I think there's a way to get around it by installing the live client manually from within the game folder's support directory. Hope you can figure it out. It's a really fun game.
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« Reply #13 on: January 01, 2015, 03:44:32 AM »

Quote from: Gratch on December 24, 2014, 11:55:17 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on December 23, 2014, 09:19:07 PM

I just bought FlatOut: Ultimate Cargage for $5 on Steam. Might be up your alley.

Picked this up today, downloaded it, went to fire it up, and...nothing.  It goes throughout the initial install stuff, then the window disappears and nothing happens.  Apparently this isn't an uncommon issue, something to do with how it was initially integrated with GFWL.

Hopefully I can get it to work.    icon_cry

oh wait, you're 'Skinypupy' on OO, right? so you figured it out.
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« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2015, 09:07:05 AM »

Quote from: Rumpy on December 31, 2014, 08:33:50 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 24, 2014, 11:55:17 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on December 23, 2014, 09:19:07 PM

I just bought FlatOut: Ultimate Cargage for $5 on Steam. Might be up your alley.

Picked this up today, downloaded it, went to fire it up, and...nothing.  It goes throughout the initial install stuff, then the window disappears and nothing happens.  Apparently this isn't an uncommon issue, something to do with how it was initially integrated with GFWL.

Hopefully I can get it to work.    icon_cry

Yeah, I've heard about issues, particularly if one is using Windows 8. I think there's a way to get around it by installing the live client manually from within the game folder's support directory. Hope you can figure it out. It's a really fun game.

This is why u don't buy FO UC, but go for the slightly older but much better FO 2. I don't know how well FO 2 runs on 8.1, but I've run it on XP & 7 without ever having a problem.  I will say it's the best arcade racer I've played on the PC in the past 5 years. FO UC really just felt like a far inferior racer with slightly better eye candy.

If you  haven't played it I'd also recommend Driver San Fransisco. That game's given my kids and I countless hours of fun and far exceeded my expectations.
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« Reply #15 on: January 01, 2015, 06:02:11 PM »

Quote from: hitbyambulance on January 01, 2015, 03:44:32 AM

Quote from: Gratch on December 24, 2014, 11:55:17 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on December 23, 2014, 09:19:07 PM

I just bought FlatOut: Ultimate Cargage for $5 on Steam. Might be up your alley.

Picked this up today, downloaded it, went to fire it up, and...nothing.  It goes throughout the initial install stuff, then the window disappears and nothing happens.  Apparently this isn't an uncommon issue, something to do with how it was initially integrated with GFWL.

Hopefully I can get it to work.    icon_cry

oh wait, you're 'Skinypupy' on OO, right? so you figured it out.

Yeah, I got it working.  I liked the racing, but the way the cars "stick" together whenever there was a collision drove me absolutely nuts.  Seemed like there were tons of bugs too, stuff like random items (like a huge chunk of chain link fence) that magically attached itself to my car.  Kinda takes away the fun of slamming into other racers when your end up either stuck to them, or there's a bug that makes you restart.
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« Reply #16 on: January 01, 2015, 11:56:58 PM »

Quote from: kronovan on January 01, 2015, 09:07:05 AM

This is why u don't buy FO UC, but go for the slightly older but much better FO 2.

Well, no issues on my end. But I didn't realize it was a remake of the second one until after I bought it, otherwise I probably would have done that.
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« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2015, 01:03:38 AM »

I have a free copy of FlatOut 2 in my Steam inventory that I can gift to you, Gratch, if you add me as a Steam Friend (or PM me an email address).
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« Reply #18 on: January 02, 2015, 09:05:28 PM »

Quote from: Gratch on January 01, 2015, 06:02:11 PM

 I liked the racing, but the way the cars "stick" together whenever there was a collision drove me absolutely nuts. 

This is a problem in the series as a whole, not just limited to this particular game.  I try to avoid congestion points, but it's not always possible. When it happens,  you can lose control of your car, not to mention precious speed. I once landed on top of a car after a jump and I was at the mercy of the other car, which plowed us both into a tree. One time I slammed right into a car just as it respawned, unable to avoid it. Another time, I was into my last lap in first,  when a car slammed me and sent me into a tree. The reset is a little too slow, and I end up restarting the race most of the time.
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« Reply #19 on: January 03, 2015, 01:15:34 AM »

given that it's a collision that in real life would normally end in a disabled car, i can live with that behavior smile
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« Reply #20 on: January 13, 2015, 09:24:48 PM »

Quote from: Gratch on December 23, 2014, 07:17:04 PM

Quote from: Scraper on December 23, 2014, 06:04:11 PM

Need for Speed Rivals is pretty good if you like arcade racers and I think the Game of the Year edition is on sale on the PSN for $30 through today.

It's a big open world type racer in which you can drive around and take on various driving missions as a racer or as a cop. The handling it tight and the sense of speed is really good.  

Thanks.  Sale must have ended yesterday, it's back up to $40 this morning.  Might still grab it anyways.

EDIT:  Looks like it is available on PC for $15.  Only catch is that you have to buy it through Origin (blech).

Heads up that Rivals in now on sale for $12.00 on PSN. I'll probably grab it at that price.
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