Best Nascar/auto racing game for the PC? 10 replies

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LaughingCheese

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#1 10 years ago

Are there any great racing games for the PC?

I've been looking at Grid which looks pretty good.

But are there any that are Nascar/Formula 1 specific, or do the consoles own that market?

And either way I guess I would have to get a steering wheel and pedals to really enjoy them?

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#2 10 years ago

Need For Speed is a realistic street racing game series.

TrackMania is less realistic and you can get Nations Forever Free on Steam... Trackmania Nations Forever on Steam




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#3 10 years ago

Laughing Cheese;4806110Are there any great racing games for the PC?

I've been looking at Grid which looks pretty good.

But are there any that are Nascar/Formula 1 specific, or do the consoles own that market?

And either way I guess I would have to get a steering wheel and pedals to really enjoy them?

You're going to be getting into SIMs mainly with NASCAR and Formula type racing games, which are much more complex as far as car tuning and demanding as far as player skill than arcade racers. Thus it obviously helps to have a control set you are comfortable with, like a fast response wheel/pedal set. You can even go all out and get one with clutch and H shifter such as the Logitech G25, but few games support those features.

NASCAR video games since 2003 have been made only by EA Sports, as they bought exclusive rights to it. You can however find older NASCAR games by Papyrus and Hasbro Interactive. I'll just link you to a Wiki reference article for simplicity's sake.

[COLOR=Blue]List of NASCAR video games - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/COLOR]

Formula 1 racing games go way back. In '83 there was Pole Posiotion, but the Grand Prix series revolutionized Formula 1 games by turning them into full on SIMs. There's also the F1 and Formula One series games. There are many more for consoles, but these are the primary ones for PC. Once again, I'll use Wiki for simplicity.

[COLOR=Blue]List of Formula One video games - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/COLOR]

If you want to narrow it down to which are the most popular and read some detailed and varied reviews on them, GameRankings.com is a good site that lists review sites from around the world and has a search engine that is filterable to show which titles have been the most popular with consumers. They may be doing site maintenance right now though because I can't connect to them currently.

If you have only arcade racing experience or have no racing experience at all, you are going to want to start with something simpler and more arcade-like in car handling. If you have no racing game experience at all, start out with something like NFS maybe. It is by no means a realistic racer like SIMs are. The cars generally drive like they're glued to the track, take LOTS of damage and still drive well, and are very easy for even those whom know little about cars to tune. With Pro Street EA tried to get more realistic with the game, but it still falls far short of SIM realism, and even short of GRID in that respect.

You could also try the GRID demo and if it's to your liking, it is an excellent game and one that will make jumping from arcade to SIM much easier. GRID has driver assists by default which can be turned off. With them on it's somewhere in between arcade and SIM, leaning a bit toward arcade. The cars spin out, but mainly when hitting off track surfaces, getting hit or hitting other vehicles and/or if you steer or tune them poorly. They take damage, which affects their handling, more so as you increase difficulty level.

In GRID it is very beneficial to try to race as cleanly as possible. Besides taking performance inhibiting damage, If you contact other cars they can pull you toward them even if you lightly smack them, and steering away doesn't help. That and your teammate often smacking you are the only two things I really don't like about the game, other than it having Drift, which you must succeed at to unlock all the Head to Head challenges. These 3 things are the most arcade elements of GRID, but it's a game targeted at mass appeal, so understandable. Besides that, even though unrealistic, the cars pulling you toward them actually can force you to drive better, even further gearing you toward SIM racing.

That being said, you CAN get away with much more contact in GRID than you can in any full on SIM and in many races, it's damn near impossible to avoid it if you want to win. Since the trophies are won by a series of races though, you don't have to win each one, you just have to lead in the points at the end of the multi race event.

Be forewarned however that the 3 types of racing in the GRID demo are by far not the hardest you will encounter in the full game. There is much faster open wheel racing, prototype racing, and Le Mans racing, and even drift will put you to more challenge than the typical arcade racer. Once you master GRID, you can play it with driver assists off, which can prepare you for SIM handling much better than a full tilt arcade racer.




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#4 10 years ago

iRacing is by far the most realistic simulation out there right now. You are going to pay out the ass to play it though, but it is amazing.




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#5 10 years ago
Zedo Mann;4806120Need For Speed is a realistic street racing game series. TrackMania is less realistic and you can get Nations Forever Free on Steam... Trackmania Nations Forever on Steam

Thanks, I'm downloading it now!




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#6 10 years ago
iDeekz;4806429Thanks, I'm downloading it now!

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#7 10 years ago

Yeah, if you're looking for a more serious racing game with an arcadey feel, you should go for GRID. Not only is it a serious looker in graphics, it's a blast to play.




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#8 10 years ago

The best Nascar game for the PC has to be NR2K3. NASCAR Racing 2003 Season - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia There is also ARCA Sim Racing which probably has the best online play of any recent racing sim. ARCA Sim Racing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Both have a big community and people to race with. There are lots of downloads and community made graphical updates for nr2k3 to keep it current.




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#9 10 years ago

Oh man, totally forgot about this thread.

Thanks for the responses guys, I'll look into it more later.

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#10 10 years ago

well, i just bought me NASCAR 2009, it is GREAT! you can race with 43 cars at the same time not with only 4 like NFS or 12-16 like other racing games i know (excuse me if there are games with a similar amount of cars, i did not know of them in the moment i wrote this). further you can paint the cars yourself (ofcourse in NASCAR style) wich gives you a bit personal touch in your racing. you can download some blank sheets the let your mind go loose on EA's website but i did not feel the need to do that cause the ingame painter does just fine for me. but one obviously thing many people seem to miss: you drive in circles the whole time, i love it! cause i'm a NASCAR fan, but you wouldn't believe how often i read a review like: "NASCAR09 sucks! you can only drive in circles" ...:rolleyes:... WTF!!!? it's NASCAR moron! what did you expect damnit! oh, another good feature is the gameplay, you can manualy swith from Pro- or Normal-style for driving and you can swith rules on or off, rules on includes realistic feature like yellow and black flags, this is for me the first game with feature fuel! when you don't go in the pit when you have to (but you decide when) you will run out of fuel, or your tires will blow up, or your engine overheats or your totalled after a major crash, super-realistic and a hell of fun for me! oh, another cool thing! you can set up how much the lenght compared to the original race has to be, so if you set up to 100% you will drive +-300 laps for 2 and a half hours! awesome! ideal for playing with friends cause you can switch controlers with every pit stop! if your not into long races just set up to 10 laps... and the difficulty is realy hard, in the beginning i couln't win a single race and the A.I. was on easy! but you get how to do it after a while. I loves this game!!!




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