Now that Nintendo has removed the fire hopping advantage from Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, there’s a different high-level technique players need to master: soft drifting. The only problem? Soft drifting is much harder to pull off in Deluxe than it was in Mario Kart 8.
In my search for the best kart in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, I paid almost no attention to the bikes. Neither did any of the build recommendation websites that I cited. That’s because a lot of the bikes in Mario Kart 8 didn’t used to be viable in competitive play. Turns out, I shouldn’t have been so quick to write them off.…
Take one part time-trial racing, two parts technical mastery and a pinch of puzzle solving, and you’re close to encapsulating Trackmania. This weekend, qualifiers for the 2017 Trackmania Cup are taking place, and it’s like watching Formula 1 racers attempt to solve a physics-based Rubik’s cube with their cars.
Here’s an embarrassing personal detail: despite being an automotive writer, until very recently, I had never watched a race live. I know, that’s like a penguin saying they’ve never been to Antarctica. I’ve done a few track events with some spirited driving on display, but it’s not quite the same as full-on racing. But…
A couple weeks ago, Rockstar added mesmerizing “props” that GTA Online players can use to create stunt races, and the coolest ones aren’t just flashy—they bend and break tracks in new ways. (Seizure warning!)
Last year, Rockstar released a free update that added impressive stunt races full of floating racetracks and large jumps. That update was so good, it became one of my favorite things to do in GTA Online. Fortunately, Rockstar has now added 15 wild new stunt races to the repertoire, and they’re excellent as well.
I can’t think of a sport where rules are molested with as much glee and abandon as they are in motorsports. That’s part of what makes racing so great: the devious and clever ways that teams will attempt to squeeze out some kind of advantage are a fascinating part of the sport.
There are few better feelings in games than shooting through a corkscrew at blinding speeds. Super Pilot is a futuristic racing game that not only feels damn fast, it lets you craft your own stunning tracks. It is this week’s indie pick!
I won’t miss 2016. It was a year that not even the Ford GT winning its class at Le Mans for America could save. But there were some unforgettable moments on and off track, including a surprise post-championship retirement, at least one very expensive mother-in-law kidnapping, and the world getting introduced to the…
Racing your Hot Wheels cars usually requires a good imagination, a makeshift track, and a lot of DIY sound effects. But with the new Hot Wheels AI race system, you can finally race your friends, or a computer opponent, on a real track, without needing a smartphone—or a license.
Since 2010's Hydro Thunder Hurricane, developer Vector Unit’s been finding new ways to do what they do best: high-speed water-based racing. With Riptide GP: Renegade they’re taking a stab at adding depth and character. It’s about damn time.
Today on Highlight Reel we have a high speed escape, Nathan Drake shenanigans, a fanciful horse, and much more!
It’s been twelve years since F-Zero Climax. That’s over a decade that Captain Falcon has been falcon punching and thrusting away—in a less savoury fashion—on the Super Smash Bros. stage without so much as thinking of the Blue Falcon. Although it’s been a joy seeing his (fantastic) legs far more since he traded in the…
When I was a kid I had a slot car racing set, but not many friends, so I used to play against myself with a controller in both hands. If only the robotic race cars of Anki Overdrive had been around back then.
A couple of weeks ago I decided to try and use video games to learn how to operate a manual transmission. After several hours behind a fake steering wheel I’ve determined I need several more hours behind a fake steering wheel.
“A tough young man like you is going to want a manual, right?” asked the Nissan salesman who sold me my first car 20 years ago. I shook my head timidly and purchased an automatic Sentra at $500 a month for six years. I can’t help thinking I’d have gotten a better deal had I said yes.
The folks over at Touch Arcade have uploaded a hands-on video of Horizon Chase. It’s being marketed as a “love letter” to the 8-bit and 16-bit racers of years past, and it drops on Thursday, August 20.
Electronic Arts has formally announced the new Need For Speed, which appears to be taking some serious cues from Need For Speed Underground, and is a “full reboot” for the series.
Among the many, many things that Mario Kart 8’s new super-ultra-mega-fast 200CC mode changes are the shortcuts every course has. Now they’re a lot easier to speed through—as long as you don’t run into a wall first.
I have enough trouble getting from start to finish in a racing game, but Drive!Drive!Drive! wants to push everyone a little further. In Drive!Drive!Drive!, racers are not only managing their position on the track in front of them—they're managing position on several tracks at once.