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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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Tropico 4 Collector’s Bundle – 80% Off game and all DLC in a single pack

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It’s another Easter Sale and this time we have the entire Tropico 4 collection on sale for $5.99. This includes the base game of Tropico 4 and ALL DLC. The Bundle includes:

Tropico 4: Steam Special Edition, Tropico 4: Junta Military DLC, Tropico 4: Plantador DLC, Tropico 4: Modern Times, Tropico 4: Quick-dry Cement DLC, Tropico 4: Pirate Heaven DLC, Tropico 4: Megalopolis DLC, Tropico 4: Vigilante DLC, Tropico 4: The Academy, Tropico 4: Apocalypse, Tropico 4: Propaganda!, Tropico 4: Voodoo DLC

To put it in perspective, you get the game and all the DLC for less than the cost of a single DLC item. For example, Tropico 4: Modern Times is $9.99 if purchased separately. You have to admit, that’s a pretty good deal. It may be an Easter weekend, but if you’re looking to try your hand at being a dictator, now is the time to make your move. Also available it Tropico 3 and Tropico Reloaded. If you’re feeling inspired you can even sign up for the Tropico 5 Beta. All of that should keep you busy for awhile.

I have most of the DLC, but not all, so spending the $5.99 will get me all the others at a dirt cheap price. Pretty sweet!

Have fun!

Tropico 4 Collector’s Bundle – 80% Off game and all DLC in a single pack

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Next Car Game on Sale for Easter at Steam

imageAs you expect there are some nice Easter sales going on. One of those is Next Car Game from BugBear Entertainment. The price has dropped 33% to a mere $20.09. Not only has the price dropped, but there has been a new update which includes the Sandpit Shakedown – a brand new course to try out. There are plenty of other improvement such as game physics and vehicle suspension. This looks like a pretty impressive update and as soon as I get the chance I’m getting behind the wheel to try it out.

Next Car Game is pretty awesome with that good old fashioned "rubbing is racing" mentality and to hell with the idea of multimillion dollar cars and massive teams for support or even sponsors. Get behind the wheel of a beat up car with nothing but a massie engine and hopefully the right set of tires and see how you make out on the track. The rules are simple, just try to get to the end.

It’s actually a nice change of pace to step away from the Supercars and just get down to some racing. This game is still in development so we all get a chance to shape the look and feel. And by the changes being made, they’re listening to the Community. If you don’t already have a copy, now is a great time to get a copy. 33% off is a great deal.

It’s time for a SANDPIT SHAKEDOWN! The latest update of NEXT CAR GAME is here, and it will see you transported right back to where it all started from: a good, old-fashioned sandpit! That’s right folks, the update contains a new sandpit race track very much like the ones you’ve all learned to love from our previous games. The classic sandpit environment with its sweeping corners, hefty hillocks and treacherous sand banks is admittedly one of the greatest fan-favorites, and the latest incarnation, albeit still very much work-in-progress, is guaranteed to make a perfect setting for some serious, no-holds-barred racing.

Next Car Game – Sandpit Shakedown

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I have unleashed all the Plagues in Plague Inc for iPad

imageSo I’ve put Crime City aside to focus on something far more entertaining – Plague Inc. Last night I completed the last round of the plagues and finished off the world with the Bio-Weapon. I have to admit my scores haven’t been that good, but it’s all about wiping out the world, not getting a high score. To that end, I’ve accomplished all my goals!

I will say that Plague is one of the best games I’ve played and it’s wickedly good fun and satisfying. I’m very tempted to spend the money to get the Neurax Worm for the iPad version, but at the same time I might hold off since I have that available on the PC version I got from Steam. I suppose I could go with the alternative, but I’m not sure I’m up to the challenge of playing on Brutal, I’ll just get my ass handed to me.

I’m also curious to see the Necroa Virus and make some zombies, so most likely I’ll be switching over to the desktop version for those.

Regardless, Plague is awesome! I’m having one hell of a time playing it. I played the Neurax Worm on the desktop version and it was pretty damn cool. It took longer than expected to complete my mission, but I won in the end and I got the thrill of taking over people’s minds and forcing them to fly to new areas just to infect it. I was also impressed with the new UI for that plague and the new Transmission, Symptom and Ability items. I was thrown for a bit of a loop since I’d never seen any of that before.

As an aside, I’ve launched all my attacks from India. The population density combined with both airport and seaport works well for me.

If you haven’t played, it’s well worth the price no matter which version you choose. I was actually playing while watching Hannibal the other night, those was nearly an overdose of carnage!

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My first day on the track with Assetto Corsa

I finally got a chance to get behind the wheel of Assetto Corsa and while the game looks beautiful, I had some serious steering issues. To be honest, it was damn near impossible to get around corners. I would try to turn and would just keep going straight and slide right off the track and in several cases plowed right into the wall. Something seems really off with the steering. I’m obviously versed at driving and have no problems negotiation corners in Need for Speed, Dirt, Grid and every other game I’ve played, but for the life of me I couldn’t get this damn car to corner. What the hell am I doing wrong?

I’m using the Xbox controller, which I use in all the other games and it works fine, but it just isn’t working. Anyone else have this same sort of problem? Is this a problem with the controller or perhaps a config setting? I know the game is early access, but this is just ridiculous.


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