One of the most fascinating capabilities of 3D technology is 3D gaming. But the platform on which you can actually play it is the biggest question in itself. Most people think they can play games in 3D only on PlayStation3 but other platforms are capable of 3D as well; be it XBOX 360, Nintendo WII or the latest PCs.
Without a shadow of doubt, Sony is leading the charge in this technology by developing 3D films, making 3D enabled home theaters and 3D games. Sony has covered just about every aspect of 3D entertainment. The PlayStation 3 is a result of Sony's gaming and film efforts with its 3D Blu-ray playback and ever growing list of 3D enabled games. Earlier this year, Sony released updates for the console's firmware that enables it to play new 3D enabled games. The Xbox 360 is considered, at best, 3D capable although Microsoft is leaving it up to specific developers to incorporate 3D into their games. In fact, 3D on the Xbox 360 functions quite like the PlayStation 3. As the list of available games is currently limited, you require a TV with 2D to 3D conversion to play games in 3D on Xbox, though the effect is somewhat lessened.
Here, we review the 10 best racing games you can enjoy in 3D on most of the major platforms like Xbox, Xbox 360 and PS3.
The fact that Forza 4 looks better than its predecessor is an achievement in itself.
You just can’t deny that Forza 4 is a worthy sequel to one of the best racing games in recent memory. If you're among the many gamers who have played and enjoyed Forza 3 you're rewarded for your efforts the first time you start up Forza 4. You're awarded a good car selection and a modest sum of money based on factors such as your Forza 3 driver level, VIP status and whether or not you owned any of the rare ‘unicorn’ cars.
Forza 4's World Tour mode is quite differently from Forza 3's career mode. The former gives you a great degree of freedom to drive what you want and when you want. Forza 4's racing action is enjoyed the most online where you can compete with up to 15 other drivers simultaneously.
PGR 4 has the strengths of the formidable series with new twists added along the way.
PGR 4 is all about improvements upon PGR 3. The first noticeable thing is that the car list has grown bigger. Instead of only exotics and supercars, there is a much more varied list of cars to choose from. Another addition is that you can also ride motorcycles which add depth and fun because motorcycles and cars handle quite differently. Another significant feature is that now there are dynamic weather effects such as rain and snow that can change in intensity during the course of a race. When you add all of these improvements onto a great foundation, you end up with Project Gotham Racing 4. PGR 4 has the standard modes such as arcade, career and online. Career mode has been given a facelift and now seems more realistic. Online play is just as deep and is a definite high point once you finish with your career.
DiRT 3 is a superb off road racing game that adds some new and great features and scores over its predecessor at just about every corner.
When DiRT 2 was launched in 2009 it boasted a lengthy and engaging career mode with great multiplayer options, all of it wrapped in excellence. The sequel loses none of the charm of its predecessor apart from making some great additions to this edition. Split screen multiplayer that supports two controllers is now an option along with more vehicle classes to choose from. Gymkhana events and snowy conditions pose fresh challenges and new multiplayer modes add to the overall thrill. Dirt 3 brings a variety of superb content to the gamers and because it offers a plethora of customizable difficulty settings and assistance. Newcomers as well as veterans can enjoy its excellent off road action.
GRID is a classic arcade game having enough depth and variety to test the racer inside you.
GRID features more than 40 licensed cars which include most of the big names. The game puts more focus on pure racing. The races are usually competitive and the Artificial Intelligence does a decent job of racing cleanly without wrecking you.
The tracks are a nice bunch of real circuits from Europe, street racing tracks in the US and a combination of drifting, circuits and street racing tracks from Japan. The game also offers several other race variations in the form of open wheel race cars to drifting to circuit races to Touge races in Japan and even demolition derbies. There is a lot to do and loads of variety in GRID.
The career mode is split into three tiers that are further split among the US, Europe and Japan. As you race, you earn reputation which allows you to progress to the next tier in that region. Each region offers different cars and different racing styles, so there is always a new experience in GRID.
F1 2011 feels highly authentic and truly represents the thrill and difficulty of driving the best racing cars.
Whenever there is a racing game from Codemasters there is usually reason to be excited about it and the F1 2011 is no exception. F1 2011 has full F1 license and features all the official tracks, teams and drivers from the current season. F1 2011 builds on the roaring success of Codemasters' first F1 title by incorporating its most impressive features and fixing many of its flaws. The car handling and visual detailing are noticeably better and the new Co operative Championship mode presents an exciting way for friends to experience intense racing together. The complex driving physics and rules may cause complexities for motor racing novices but Formula One fans will definitely enjoy this incredibly loyal depiction of the sport.
The Paradise includes all the characteristics of Burnout games from fast racing to hardcore wrecking in an all new brilliant open world.
The biggest difference between the Paradise and previous Burnout games is that you are given the freedom to explore a huge city. Rather than selecting races from a menu, events are scattered across the map at stoplights. Sprinkled around the city are jumps, billboards and shortcuts you can crash through and get rewarded with achievements. Exploring the city is a lot of fun in itself.
One of the best features of Paradise is the seamless integration of online play. You can jump online or offline with the d pad and there isn’t any loading or long waiting. Just a small pause and you are racing around the town with real people. It’s really impressive and is a lot easier than playing online in a lot of other games. The game’s online performance is amazingly smooth with very little lag.
Split/Second takes the best out of kart racing, Burnout and PGR and combines them to make one spectacular game.
Split/Second is presented like a TV show where you race through a 12 episode season in order to win a championship. It isn't normal racing as each track is specially rigged with explosives which the drivers can activate during the course of the race to wreck their opponents or open up new sections of the track.
Each episode has six events. Each event has its worth in points and those points add up to unlock new vehicles and events and qualify for the next episode. It’s not mandatory to win every event in order to progress through the game. So, if you are stronger at certain race types you can focus more on them and without worrying too much about others.
Race types include regular races with 8 cars. These are time trials where you try to set the best time while the game automatically actuates the hazards around you. The race types add a fair bit of variety to the game.
Midnight Club : L.A. is thrilling and beautiful, and, not an easy nut to crack.
Midnight Club: L.A. lands you down in Los Angeles, hooks you up with shady characters you race for and then sets you free in the city to find other racers. There are lots of shortcuts and hidden paths you can take through the city and the overall design of the city is very pro racing as there is a dearth of unbreakable objects that stop you dead in your track and impossible tight corners. The traffic is the densest traffic you would have ever seen in an open world racer. Considering that this is L.A., it makes sense.
There are 40 plus vehicles in total split between muscle, luxury, tuner, and exotic cars and only 3 bikes. They are all real world vehicles that you can upgrade with real world parts but the choppers and SUVs from MC3 are a surprising omission.
This fast and exciting game keeps finding a way for you to try another lap.
Although, Blur is at core a kart racer but it uses real car models instead of karts. Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, BMW, Toyota, Audi, Nissan, Lotus and many more are represented with vehicle types ranging from tuner hatchbacks to sports cars to exotics to SUVs and even pickups. Each vehicle has full damage modeling. It is a unique thrill to be able to use real world cars like Viper, Corvette and Supra and smash them up in such an insane way. The tracks you race on are modeled on street racing style tracks found in cities like London, Tokyo, Los Angeles, New York and Barcelona among others. The tracks have been designed to provide the best racing experience possible for the style of racing that Blur offers. So you can expect a lot of wide corners and fairly simple track designs.
Most Wanted is great fun with edge of the seat races and highly tense police chases.
Need for Speed Most Wanted is simply the best of all the Need for Speed games. It combines great car customization and open world of Underground with police chases of Hot Pursuit and solid racing that is the hallmark of the series. Regardless of the console, Need for Speed Most Wanted is a must play for racing fanatics.
EA's long running series took a dark trip a couple of years ago when the developer focused solely on illegal street racing. While the night racing was certainly a hit, the rebellious world was always missing a key factor: the cops. This installment comes back to the daylight. The actual racing hasn't changed much but the omnipresent police make this game a great deal more interesting.