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« on: October 23, 2009, 03:58:36 PM »

Well, since my RPG recommendation thread, I've realised that I seriously do not have the time to devote to a story-based game. Fallout 3 is serving me very well in the RPG stakes when I play it once a month :P

So, with this more casual stance established, I'm craving a racing game. I have a 360 and PS3, and would prefer a PS3 game because I prefer the pad. But recommendations for either would be appreciated.

I've had DiRT 2 recommended to me (thanks Myau!), but I'm not sure if I fancy a rally game. Burnout Paradise is an option, but I'm not sure about the whole sandbox thing. The new Forza is just out, but I prefer a more arcadey game (hence Burnout) to a serious simulation style racer.

Recommendations would be greatly appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2009, 04:26:59 PM »

I actually second Dirt 2.  I rented it and loved it.  There are lots of different difficulty levels so if you like to win, you can always tone down the difficulty with no real consequences.  While it does have rally racing, it has other types of racing too.  There are a lot of different types of races and if you don't like one, you can avoid not doing it as much if you want.  I'd give it a try.
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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2009, 05:22:44 PM »

Forza 3. The end.
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« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2009, 10:22:28 PM »

Yeah, Burnout Paradise is one lots of people loved, but the sandbox thing kind of turned me off, too.  It's cool, but I just don't like it as much as the previous games.  You can get Burnout Revenge on the 360, and it's out-freakin' standing.
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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2009, 01:16:33 AM »

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« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2009, 12:33:32 PM »

Well, since my RPG recommendation thread, I've realised that I seriously do not have the time to devote to a story-based game. Fallout 3 is serving me very well in the RPG stakes when I play it once a month :P

So, with this more casual stance established, I'm craving a racing game. I have a 360 and PS3, and would prefer a PS3 game because I prefer the pad. But recommendations for either would be appreciated.

I've had DiRT 2 recommended to me (thanks Myau!), but I'm not sure if I fancy a rally game. Burnout Paradise is an option, but I'm not sure about the whole sandbox thing. The new Forza is just out, but I prefer a more arcadey game (hence Burnout) to a serious simulation style racer.

Recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

If you like the Dirt 2 demo, but don't want rally, get GRID.  It's the same developers, but it's a street racing game.  Midnight Club: Los Angeles is also a great arcade racing game, and it should only cost around $30 (I don't know how much that is in your fancy currency).
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« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2009, 04:47:08 PM »

Well I've looked at a few reviews, and at the moment DiRT 2 is the most appealing. I didn't realise that they'd changed the Colin McRae series into an actual racer, as well as a rally game. I'm downloading the demo on PSN now.

I'm still really tempted by Burnout Paradise, because I friggin' love Burnout. But the whole 'find your own route' thing doesn't appeal to me at all.
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« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2009, 11:32:42 PM »

Well I've looked at a few reviews, and at the moment DiRT 2 is the most appealing. I didn't realise that they'd changed the Colin McRae series into an actual racer, as well as a rally game. I'm downloading the demo on PSN now.

Yep.  There are a few homages to Colin in the game.  I'll keep what they are a surprise.
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« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2009, 04:39:08 AM »

Well I've looked at a few reviews, and at the moment DiRT 2 is the most appealing. I didn't realise that they'd changed the Colin McRae series into an actual racer, as well as a rally game. I'm downloading the demo on PSN now.

I'm still really tempted by Burnout Paradise, because I friggin' love Burnout. But the whole 'find your own route' thing doesn't appeal to me at all.

It's far simpler and actually a whole lot more fun in practice than in theory, dude. Burnout Paradise is easily one of the most fun experiences I've had with a racer. Toss this in next to my Forza 3 recommendation.
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« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2009, 12:02:17 PM »

Well I've looked at a few reviews, and at the moment DiRT 2 is the most appealing. I didn't realise that they'd changed the Colin McRae series into an actual racer, as well as a rally game. I'm downloading the demo on PSN now.

I'm still really tempted by Burnout Paradise, because I friggin' love Burnout. But the whole 'find your own route' thing doesn't appeal to me at all.

Burnout is actually pretty spiffy, there's a "recommended" route that shows up.  Your car's turn signal will turn on when it's coming up to the recommended turn, and the street sign at the top will flash.  So there's no arrow, but it's how the game says you'll get to the target quickest.  This might be the week to buy it as a download, too.  I don't know how it is in the UK, but it's on sale this week on PSN in the US.

I still recommend Midnight Club for an 'arcadey' racer, but Burnout's top quality no matter what.
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« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2009, 09:39:52 AM »

I have found that turn signal fairly helpful since I learned about it.
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« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2009, 07:52:47 PM »

I actually second Dirt 2.  I rented it and loved it.  There are lots of different difficulty levels so if you like to win, you can always tone down the difficulty with no real consequences.  While it does have rally racing, it has other types of racing too.  There are a lot of different types of races and if you don't like one, you can avoid not doing it as much if you want.  I'd give it a try.

I actually forgot to mention my favorite mechanic of the game.  I don't know if the original Dirt had this feature or not, but Dirt 2 has a rewind feature that gives you a few chances per race to rewind time if you crash/do something stupid.  Takes some of the "I have to race perfectly to win" tension out of the game, which was very welcomed for a casual racer like myself.
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« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2009, 01:08:56 PM »

Well, I ended up buying Burnout Paradise. It cost me £15, as opposed to £45 for DiRT 2 :P

I've only played for about half an hour, but I liked what I saw. I just hope that the competition gets more fierce in the races!
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