I’ve at all times loved video video games as a cold-weather exercise. As a then-girlfriend of mine as soon as mentioned, whereas watching me lap a Scion FR-S round Lime Rock for half an hour, “Y’know, most individuals who play these video games compete in races to win cash and progress. You identical to to drive the vehicles.” Proper now, between the winter climate and the spiking COVID case rates, it looks as if the right time to settle in on the sofa with a controller and a few good digital vehicles. Because the winter drags on, I needed to place out the decision: What video games ought to automobile fanatics be enjoying?
The primary sport that at all times involves thoughts, no less than for me, is the Forza Horizon sequence. I’ve sunk a mixed 599 hours into the most recent three entries, with that quantity solely set to rise over the following few months (if I can drag myself away from Halo Infinite). These video games are extremely detailed, each of their visible design and within the quantity of fantastic management gamers are given over automobile tuning — particular person gear ratios, brake bias, adjustable aero, it’s all there.
However, everybody is aware of Forza. As a substitute, I wish to advocate a a lot smaller, however much more detailed sport: Automation. Automation might not be essentially the most user-friendly of video games, with its stacks of menus and graphs, however it’s fairly presumably essentially the most intricate simulation of automobile design ever constructed. Not solely do you design your automobile’s exterior, you’ll be able to develop new engines and drivetrains to make your excellent automobile. Need a automobile sport that allows you to use an engine dyno? Automation is that sport.
Now that you simply’ve heard my suggestion, what’s yours? Do you just like the video games the place you may get into the fantastic particulars of engineering, or would you somewhat simply drive? Do you wish to set blistering lap occasions, or simply drive from Tucson to Vegas in real-time? Give us your finest automotive video games, and we’ll accumulate the highest ten this afternoon.