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Behind the wheel of a fast automobile – Grid Autosport

image Grid Autosport was on sale the other day and it was too tempting a deal to pass up. I’ve got Grid and Grid 2 from Steam as well as Dirt 2, 3 and Showdown and they’re all a hell of a lot of fun to play. Grid Autosport seemed to cause a divide though. Was it too arcade or was it too much simulation?

I found it to be wildly entertaining! It is far less arcade style than the previous Grid games and is more closely aligned with the experience you get in F1 2013 or F1 2013. I spent almost all of my time in the Touring discipline and it’s quite challenging. It’s not easy to get and hold a high position in a race. Small mistakes will cost you a ton of time and wildly slinging the car with complete disregard for damage won’t get you anywhere. I saw my chance for an overtake in a tight turn and used my car like a battering ram. I ricocheted off my competitors and shoved my way into an open slot. A lap later the right front wheel was shot to hell and the steering was ruined. The car so out of alignment I couldn’t finish.

Seems you have to use a bit of skill, timing, strategy and some luck in order to gain positions in this one. My battering ram approach didn’t work out so well. Let me rephrase, it did work out, just not over the long term. Looks like I’ll need to improve my driving skills.

The graphics are excellent as is the sound. It’s a very good experience and oddly I think this is more along the lines of what Assetto Corsa is trying to put together. Except this game can brake in the turns correctly. It definitely needs a more refined touch in order to race effectively. It’s a great deal of fun, but far more challenging than the other titles. Going through a Season of racing should have you on the edge of your seat looking for an opportunity to make up some ground and throwing your hands in the air when a minor mistake costs you several positions. Nitrous won’t help you recover lost ground from a poorly timed turn.

I’m not a huge fan of all the "Power Packs" and add-ons available for Grid Autosport. This is far too much like the nickel and dime mentality of Electronic Arts and no one should follow that model. That didn’t stop me from enjoying this game, I just think it’s a terrible model to follow.

If you just want go get behind the wheel and tear up the track you’ll be frustrated with Grid Autosport. You’d be better off with Dirt 2, Dirt Showdown or Next Car Game. However, if you want to race through seasons where timing and strategy can win a race, then Grid Autosport will make you happy. I got this on sale and am very satisfied with the purchase.

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Epic Boss Event Prizes and Syndicate Rewards – Crime City

It’s a relentless stream of events in Crime City, almost to the point of being monotonous and a grind, but the prizes have been pretty high end. The pace is pretty grueling, but these rewards have had a big impact on my character. Not to mention this latest Epic Boss Event and the tiered reward structure. I got my 100 wins in within 48 hours. Life and work got in the way of me completing the 24, but I’m not going to quibble. I’ve managed to pick up the big gun, the big car, another big gun and now 4 of the Specter Faulds. Not a bad haul over these last few events, but damn I wish Gree would take a break. Do we really have to multiple event running every day of the week? Come on, how about some down time? How about just one event a week and maybe you take a week off? I’m all for playing this game, but damn, it is possible to have too much of a good thing.

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SpinTire for Sale on Steam – 40% Off

image Here’s something for the holidays (yes, Halloween is a holiday!) SpinTires is on sale at Steam for 40% Off. This brings the price down to $17.99 from the regular $30. That’s not too shabby.

If you haven’t seen SpinTires, it’s an offroad adventure full of heavy duty military trucks converted to the logging business. The goal is to explore the map, carry out tasks (such as loading lumber) and not get stuck. The getting stuck part is probably the hardest to avoid.

Now, before we get too far, this is indeed a slow paced game. This isn’t racing. Not only is the top speed a mere crawl since you’re in an 8 wheeled transport rig, but the terrain is insanely difficult, full of trees, rivers and mud that will try to swallow you whole. The countryside will blur by at a blistering 8-10mph if you’re lucky. But that’s not the point.

It’s all about exploring the landscape and testing your mettle as a driver and the power of your rig. Did you pick the right truck for the job? Do you have enough fuel? Do you even know where you’re going? Expect some long hours behind the wheel where you put in a slow, but deliberate pace.

I’m not sure this qualifies as a casual game, but that’s in the eye of the beholder. I missed getting this on Kickstarter, but the Tech Demo was loads of fun. I haven’t bought the full version yet, but with this sale, I think that’s about to change. If you’re looking for some offroad fun and challenges, SpinTires might be just what you’re looking for.

SpinTire for Sale on Steam – 40% Off

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More Steam Early Access Titles – The Forest and Killing Floor

My list of Early Access games just keeps growing and growing. I just added The Forest to my collection. I’m not normally one to play these survival style games, but this looks quite appealing and certainly fits with the Halloween season. The reviews also make it seem quite humorous and bawdy so I’m willing to give it a try. Plus, I like supporting Early Access projects.

Another Halloween themed title made it into my cart as well – The Killing Floor – Complete Bundle. Now this just looks nut. It looks like all out carnage and mayhem with a ton of DLC to add to the experience. The whole bundle is mere pennies on the dollar so it’s a really good purchase. I’m actually quite terrible at this style of game as well so I have no illusions that I will be dead time and time again. But it’s all about the experience isn’t it?

And finally, a silly little title called Count of Monster Disco. It’s from Train Simulator and just looks so damn silly. It’s a Halloween themed train so I couldn’t pass it up. There are plenty of haunted stories involving trains so this could be fun. And it was only a couple of dollars so what could possibly go wrong?

I’m still working my way through Zombie Driver, but man cannot live on zombie carnage alone. I’ll have to get these titles installed and see how I fair. I’m going to go out on a limb and say I end up dead.

But these are all on sale for a limited time so move quick if you want them.

The Forest

The Killing Floor Complete Bundle

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Behind the wheel with Zombie Driver Mission 11

It’s the Halloween season, so what better time to get behind the wheel of a tank and lay down some street justice on the zombies infecting the city! It’s been far too long since I took to the streets to save the citizens of this horrible infection. Watching episodes of The Strain may have inspired me.

Nevertheless, jump in the passengers seat as we head out in a tank to destroy some nasty chemical tanks. It appears the zombie plague may be the side effect of some cancer fighting drugs. Oh curses, government conspiracy and medical experimentation! Who knew?

It’s time to rumble down the road and see what sort of damage I can make. I don’t have a lot of speed, but I have incredible crushing power and leave a wake of destruction in my path.


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