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


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#1 of 12 OFFLINE   DaveF

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Posted May 09 2010 - 02:07 PM

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!

#2 of 12 OFFLINE   DaveF

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Posted May 10 2010 - 02:48 PM

Any thoughts on PGR3 or PGR4?

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Posted May 11 2010 - 01:23 AM

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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Posted May 12 2010 - 09:08 AM

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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Posted May 12 2010 - 09:49 AM

I'll check it out. I thought it was more "serious", but have never played it.

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Posted May 12 2010 - 10:47 PM

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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Posted May 17 2010 - 02:35 PM

Thanks for the comments. But I think I found my next game :) http://arstechnica.c...y-used-edge.ars

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Posted May 18 2010 - 01:22 AM

i was just gonna suggest that.

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Posted May 18 2010 - 01:29 AM

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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Posted May 18 2010 - 11:05 AM

A version is available on iPhone too: http://toucharcade.c...-the-app-store/

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Posted May 20 2010 - 05:58 AM

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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Posted May 23 2010 - 06:53 AM

PG 3 and 4!!
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