What's a good racing game, for casual player?

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  1. DaveF

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    I'm looking for a fun racing game for the Xbox 360 to play with the MS Racing Wheel.


    I played a bit of Burnout 3 Takedown on the original Xbox and loved it. When I bought my 360, I bought Burnout Revenge and Burnout Paradise. Revenge was a lot of fun, I've effectively finished -- I've accomplished 90% of what I can.


    Paradise is...an interesting concept...but two years of I must admit it's a terrible game for me. I don't want practice becoming a NYC taxi driver by memorizing a map and intersections. I want to race. And crash into things. Similarly, I don't want a virtual experience of fixing car engines, so hardcore sims don't appeal to me.


    Are there any other fun racing games, that are more arcade than sim: something that gets at the joy of racing going back to (my favorite) Beetle Adventure Racing (N64) or Burnout 3 and 4? Should I just buy Burnout 3 Takedown for the 360?


    Thanks!
     
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    Any thoughts on PGR3 or PGR4?
     
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    I think that PGR4 is actually inching towards realism, but I think it'd still be arcady enough for you. I liked it quite a bit. You can find it cheap enough. If you need to renew a Live subscription, you can basically get it free with a 12 month Live gold card.
     
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    I still think the "Need For Speed" series was/is one of the better "arcade style" racing series. There is a level of car management, but it is mostly a matter of pay, bolt on, and go. You don't have to spend a lot of time tweaking performance. That being said I'm not sure what the last offering in the series is like (Shift?) because I haven't tried it yet.


    One of their old ones "Need For Speed: Most Wanted" was a fun one. I'm pretty sure it is compatible with racing wheels; although, for things like NFS, I prefer the pad.
     
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    I'll check it out. I thought it was more "serious", but have never played it.
     
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    Flatout: Ultimate Carnage is fun.

    I agree that Beetle Adventure Racing is a great (and fun!) game with lots of secrets and fun things to do!
     
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    Thanks for the comments. But I think I found my next game :)

    http://arstechnica.com/gaming/reviews/2010/05/splitsecond-review-entire-seat-paid-for-only-used-edge.ars
     
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    i was just gonna suggest that.
     
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    I'm very excited by the review and the video demo. If it plays decently with the wheel and is accessible to a mediocre racer like myself, it's on the gift list :)
     
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    A version is available on iPhone too: http://toucharcade.com/2010/05/18/splitsecond-explodes-on-to-the-app-store/
     
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    The guys at my local GameStop speak very highly of Split Second. They recommended it over Blur. I plan to try both demos -- just need to get around to it.
     
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    PG 3 and 4!!
     

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