31 years of racing - Cars in video games
You don't need a driver's license and can race without remorse. Those are some of the advantages offered by racing games. PC Games Hardware takes a look at the development of the vehicles in this extremely popular genre.
The racing game genre is one of the oldest in the world of digital entertainment. You can have fun without having to think about speeding tickets or accidents. You can test your driving abilities against other gamers via the Internet or in multiplayer sessions. The high popularity of the genre has also been the base for the evolution on several successful game series like Need for Speed or Forza.
But not only the driving itself is interesting but also the way the games evolved since the first pixel cars moved over the screens. Techniques and content changed over the years. With PC gaming hardware getting more and more powerful, the visual appearance and technical possibilities of the cars and other vehicles increased. Today racing games can be as realistic as never before and the developers integrated damage models or physically correct behavior and handling.
Since the vehicles are the most important factor I a racing game, many developers put a lot of effort in creating new cars or integrating famous and popular models from the real world. In our gallery we have more than 100 screenshots of cars from many different games from the beginning of the racing genre until today. Among them are classics like Pole Position or Test Drive as well as the latest titles like Colin McRae: Dirt 2 or Need for Speed: Shift.
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