If LittleBigPlanet picked up Mario Kart at a bar, ModNation Racers would probably come along nine months later. The comparison to Mario Kart comes from gameplay similarities while the LBP part comes from the same “Play, Create, Share” ideology that allows you to create and share cars, racers and tracks online.
Need for Speed Untitled Project — PS3, Xbox360, PC
So EA have passed over the reins of the Need for Speed franchise to Criterion, the very same lads behind the Burnout games.
Sadly we have no information on this game (not even its official name) but looking at Criterion’s track record, it seems the franchise is in good hands. I mean anything would be better after Undercover right?
Blur — PS3, Xbox360, PC
Taking a tiny sabbatical from the Project Gotham Racing franchise, developer Bizarre Creations have taken on full-fledged vehicular combat with their latest venture.
The new game puts players in exaggerated renditions of real world cities like LA and London as they annihilate competition using entertaining power ups.
Split Second — PS3, Xbox360, PC
If you confuse this game with Blur, we won’t hold it against you. Your offense can be forgiven, since both games work on rather similar premises.
What sets Split Second apart from the pack is the fact that throughout a level you will be able to trigger certain environmental hazards, the results of which will be highly catastrophic, entertaining and beneficial, all at the same time. Now, that’s how we like our racing games to be.
Gran Turismo 5 — PS3
The definitive racing simulation will finally make its appearance this year with old and new gameplay elements like both internal and external damage, night racing, 16 player online play and dynamic weather effects.
All this will be accompanied by gorgeous photo realistic visuals running at a solid 60 frames per second. Wait for this one with bated breath!