E3 2017: Project Cars 2 is Always a Learning Experience

There has been what some might consider a rebirth of the racing genre thanks to numerous titles launched within the last year or so. Some are returning classics and others being brand new entrants to the race. The first Project Cars released in 2015 and led the way for newcomers to take first place. Now, the teams at Slightly Mad Studios and Bandai Namco are looking to up the ante and build off its success with Project Cars 2.

After listening to player and fan suggestions, many changes have been implemented for the series’ second lap, including force feedback, gamepad functions, tire physics and more. It pushed the studios to advance their technology and create an authentic experience. Supporting fans will truly keep the title running like it’s been well oiled. Of course, after the first became a massively popular addition to the eSports scene, it solidified how much support Slightly Mad Studios would offer. The more people are willing to play for professional purposes, the more likely a studio is going to help propel those players to the top.

Of course, a racing game such as this comes with brand new vehicles and tracks. So, that obviously goes for Project Cars 2 as well. Over 100 brand name cars, weather-effected locations and different modes offer an authentic experience. A rally cross mode is included where the racing takes place on a combination of dirt and paved roads. Special cars and specific physics for tires means the quality of rally cross mode will match that of regular races. Fans will be happy to know they won’t need to purchase an entirely separate game just for rally cross, especially if they want to play dirty. Multi-class racing is also present to ensure the most intense and realistic racing experience is provided, and this aspect fully integrated into single and multiplayer game modes including new online championship modes.

Rain drops, wind power and snowfall can all make an impact on how you handle the car through the use of the dynamic weather system. Rainfall will be visibly falling and pooling to eventually turn into puddles which will also dry out over time. This feature does contribute to the overall level of immersion and visual presentation but more importantly the changing weather will have an noticeable impact on the performance of the cars and will force the player to adjust their driving style. In addition to changing weather, there is a 24 hour day and night cycle to add even more atmospheric variables to these races.

One of the biggest reasons you will want to keep playing Project Cars 2 is you’ll always be learning. Just like taking a driver’s test to get your license, it will require practice to master. You will find something to master different each time you get behind the wheel, and this is further compounded by the Live Track 3.0 feature. Much like how the weather effects the performance, factors such as loose surface roads such as sand, gravel, mud and snow have an impact on the grip of the tires, meaning that players will not only have to master the tracks and different cars but also different road conditions.  In fact, it’s a series that’s been used by professional race car drivers as part of their practices. That should be enough to entice any small-time racing fan as well as get novices excited for the fun to come.

Back when the first released there were rumblings of a Wii U version which never came to be. It seems like the trend of avoiding Nintendo consoles is still going as it will not be coming to the Switch. Currently, the plan for Project Cars 2 is to speed out onto PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam. There will also be enhancements via PS4 Pro and Xbox One X. It even has VR support built-in. Project Cars 2 strives for total immersion even outside of VR with the meticulous attention to detail in recreating these iconic tracks, including the environments around them. This visually stunning game supports resolution up to 12k and is compatible with 21:9 aspect ratio. Even without the Switch audience, there are still plenty of ways to hop in the driver’s seat.

On September 22 you can cruise over to retail locations or online stores to pick up Project Cars 2. The Day One Edition includes the bonus Japanese Car Pack, featuring four additional cars: the Honda Civic Type -R (Euro-spec, 2016), Honda 2&4 Concept (2015), Nissan 280ZX IMSA GTX (1981) and Nissan GT-R R32 Group A (1990). Prepare for an entirely dynamic entry to the racing genre; nothing is going to slow this game down from taking first.