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Some More Laps of Assetto Corsa in the Fiat 500

Since there was an update to Assetto Corsa I decided to take it for another spin around the track to see how I faired. This time I jumped behind the wheel of the Fiat 500 Arbath Edition and did my best to keep up with the pack and not send myself sailing off into the ditch. It didn’t all go according to plan. I still have some serious issues with cornering and braking. I can’t seem to get around the turns correctly and the amount of tire squeal is just about deafening. Even the Fiat, with it’s light weight and what I assume is pretty good handling, has no grip in the corners. It slides like it’s on the ice and I have to damn near come to a complete stop in order to make the turn. This just doesn’t seem right to me. Am  doing something wrong here? I’m just not used to being so delicated with a car in the turns. I don’t see this in Grid, F1, The Run, or Next Car Game. Is this just something unique to Assetto Corsa or do the other games just take too many liberties?

Still, the game looks great and the catalog of cars is pretty impressive. If this is the way it drives then I’ll just have to get used to it. I really like the progession of this game. When it first came out and I all but ignored it, there was a single car on a single track. Now we have plenty of cars in the stable from the Fiat 500 to the Pagani Zonda and lots of courses to snake our way around. This is going to be one badass game when it’s done. I love Early Access!!!

Brother can ya spare a clue?


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Time for a Lap in Next Car Game – Sandpit Showdown

Bugbear Entertainment has just released a new update for Next Car Game titled – Sandpit Showdown. There was a very nice sale over the Easter weekend so I hope you got a chance to buy a copy. For this latest update we have two new areas, the Sandpit Demolition Derby Arena and the Sandpit Race Course. I’m not very good at Demolition Derby yet so I clearly more time behind the wheel in that event. But the course is nice and open with dozens of cars slamming into each other with total disregard for safety.

Next we have the Sandpit Track with is quite a bit longer and more technical than the other tracks we’ve raced so far. There are some severe turns that not only lead to flying off the track, but also slamming into the  many dirt mounds that line this new course. Not only do we have some heavy duty concrete barriers, but construction equipment lining the track. As you’ll see in the video below you have to serpentine between the two of them and then set up for the hard right turn at the top of the blind hill. I miscalculated that damn turn just about every time and paid dearly for it. The course became littered with smoldering cars that took that turn too wide or took the time out of their busy schedule to smash every billboard in the game.

It’s a wicked track! I dialed it up to 10 laps just to see if I could make it that far. I’m lucky to have survived that long. It’s a brutal course and I made dozens of mistakes. But it was damn fun!

I’ve seen a lot of people complaining about Next Car Game and that the price is too high for an Early Access game and one without multiplayer.

Really? $20 is too high for a racing game? Compare that to Need for Speed Rivals that debuted at $50 or Nascar 14 at $40 or Assetto Corsa at $40 or MotoGP 13 at $40 or F1 2013 at $50. $20 is half the price so saying it’s too high is just a weak excuse. Just because it’s Early Access doesn’t mean you should get it for $5. Come on now.

And as for multiplayer, that just another weak excuse. I’m not a huge fan of multiplayer or at least it’s not the determining factor when I buy a game. Sure, I think Next Car Game will be an awesome multiplayer game where you can sneak up behind your friends and spin them out into the wall or flat our nail them in the side in the Demolition Derby, but to me, that’s icing on the cake. The last multiplayer games I played were Diablo and Diablo II and that was with guys from work. It was great fun, but I spent dozens if not hundreds of hours just playing the game on my own. Multiplayer really adds to a great game, but to be honest, I’m sick of jumping into those sorts of games only to hear some foul-mouthed 10 year who stole daddy’s computer. People said the same thing about Call of Juarez Gunslinger and that game was hilarious.

Get passed this multiplayer fixation and just have fun with a game why don’t ya?


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Need for Speed Series On Sale at Steam – Week Long Sale

As you know I’m a big racing fan. If it has wheels I want to drive it. I’ve recently jumped on board Next Car Game, BeamNG Drive and SpinTires. But let’s jump back a few years to the long running series of Need for Speed. The game has had it’s ups and downs, but overall there are some great "episodes" out of the series. If you’re looking to build your Need for Speed collection now is the time to hop over to Steam and grab the last couple hold outs that aren’t on Origin.

The following games are on sale for $4.99 or less. That’s iPad money kids!

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
Need for Speed: Shift
Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed
Need for Speed: Undercover

I’m sure most people have these in their library and long since completed them. But, for those that don’t or for those building a new gaming system for their kids (like a buddy at work) this is a good deal to get the ball rolling.

I remember playing Need for Speed when it first came out for the IBM PC Clones of the day. Those were some good times.

So anyway, if you want to recapture some racing glory head over to Steam and take down some racers!

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Let’s Check Out The New Update for Next Car Game – February Update

Hello and welcome to the latest update for Next Car Game. Things have been a little quiet, but the lads over at BigBear Entertainment have been busy. This is the February 15th release that includes a new track – the Figure 8, a new car – The American Sedan, some new paint schemes and a quite a few changes to the game itself including ABS, Anti Spin and much more traction control. The car has a much different feel and with the driving aids turned on it’s a lot hard to lose control. They might be dampened a bit too much, but that can always be changed. The game is coming along really nicely and I take a spin across all four tracks including the new Figure 8 to see what sort of damage I can cause as well as avoid. Things are looking and playing well. Log into Steam to get your latest update and let me know what you think in the comments.

There is still a lot more to come for this title. There is a whole car market, repairs and lots of other placeholders that will eventually be filled in. The price for Next Car Game has jumped back up a bit. If you didn’t grab it while it was on sale, that’s too bad. No idea if another one is coming, but I like the way it’s turning out. I’m having a pretty good time crashing this thing!

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