OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast

OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast

Very playable and quite addictive in short bursts but ultimately becomes very repetitive and probably a title that’s more suited to portable systems. Still there’s fun to be had especially if you remember the original Outrun.

Gameplay: Fun… in short bursts.

Graphics: Not exactly cutting edge for this day and age but still good.

Sound: Nice if you remember the original games

Ridge Racer

Ridge Racer

Basically a greatest hits compilation spanning the entire Ridge Racer series, this is essential stuff for all Ridge Racer fans and anyone who likes racing games in general. Awesome first generation PSP title from Namco.

Gameplay: Very addictive once you get the hang of it.

Graphics: Very nice considering it is a first generation PSP title.

Sound: Loads of tracks with some cool remixes

Ridge Racer DS

Ridge Racer DS

The Gameboy Advance had its fair share of lazy ports that dragged it down and now it would appear that the DS may be heading to a similar fate. The touch screen controls in this game is completely unnecessary and doesn’t add anything to the experience and while porting a N64 game to the DS might sound impressive but the gameplay and graphics definitely suffered.

Gameplay: It’s still Ridge Racer but the fun is spoiled by the shoddy controls.

Graphics: This is barely better than what a mobile phone can offer.

Sound: Not great but not terrible either

Burnout Revenge

Burnout Revenge

There are some interesting new additions to the Burnout formula here and taking out rival cars is every bit as fun as it was in the last game. The traffic checking feature might upset some fans as it removes a bit of the tension from the races but its a lot of fun and overall Burnout Revenge is a worthy successor to Takedown.

Gameplay: Adds some new elements to the Burnout formula, some better than others.

Graphics: Gritty and destructive.

Sound: Solid sound effects and some nice music

Asphalt Urban GT

Asphalt Urban GT

I really wanted to like this game and be convinced that the DS is capable of an awesome 3D racing game but Asphalt Urban GT is a severe letdown. The graphics look downright low budget on certain levels and the bizarre collision detection makes the races more frustrating than fun. The audio is also a bit of a lost cause. Unless you can get it for very cheap and have nothing better I can’t recommend this.

Gameplay: Had potential but lots of technical glitches.

Graphics: A decent effort but suffers from being a N-Gage port.

Sound: Repetitive car sounds and lackluster music

Biggest Update So Far Released For SPINTIRES™

Biggest Update So Far Released For SPINTIRES™

Spintires impressed us last year with its big trucks and realistic mud, but long after most developers have moved on to new projects Oovee® Game Studios are still releasing updates. This is great news for fans as the latest update is the biggest one yet. The update, which is free to all owners of the game, includes a host of new trucks as well as animations for the driver behind the wheel of these Soviet workhorses. In addition, the game is also now available as part of the Humble Jumbo Bundle, making it the ideal time to snap it up for a bargain

Wipeout Pure

Wipeout Pure

Wipeout Pure shows what a launch game is capable of if enough time and effort is put into it. It is a perfect showcase of the new hardware and a joy to play. Addictive from start to finish with plenty of content to back up the visuals this game is essential to any collection.

Gameplay: Starts out nice and slow but by the time things speed up you will already be hooked.

Graphics: The most impressive visuals in a handheld title to date.

Sound: If you like the genre you’ll love the soundtrack

Post Apocalyptic Mayhem

Post Apocalyptic Mayhem

Post Apocalyptic Mayhem is pretty bare bones when compared to other racing titles on the market and it has somewhat of a low-budget feel to it, but provided you can get into a decent multi-player match there is lots of fun to be had. The free DLC released for the game has also since been integrated with the base game.

Gameplay: Despite the floaty controls and lack of variety there is still fun to be had.

Graphics: Nothing spectacular, but the visuals aren’t too shabby.

Sound: Pretty generic

Excite Truck

Excite Truck

Excite Truck is a frantic arcade racer that never slows down or attempts to be even remotely realistic. Its all about hurtling around tracks and flinging your truck through the air in a quest to amass as much stars before the race ends. The weak multi-player and longevity issues drag it down but it is still a lot of fun, while it lasts.

Gameplay: Nice fast paced arcade racer.

Graphics: While not spectacular it is still pretty good overall.

Sound: Sound effects are OK but the music is a bit grating

Crash Team Racing

Crash Team Racing

A nice departure from the platform games in the series and packed with enough challenges to keep you busy for ages. There’s not much here you haven’t seen before, but Crash fans should have a good time.

Gameplay: Pretty straightforward, but still fun.

Graphics: Quite good all things considered.

Sound: All the familiar Crash Bandicoot voices and sound effects