A plethora of platforms – PlayStation, Xbox or PC – makes determining the best automotive video games more difficult. Regardless, there are some that stand out, and while these are not yet available, their popularity is based on previews and previous versions in the same series, and the improvements expected in the new releases.
Grand Turismo 6 (Release date: December 31, 2013; PS3, mobile device compatible): The latest installment in the world’s most popular racing simulator and highest-selling series will be in stores this holiday. Blurring the lines between virtual and reality, Gran Turismo revolutionized the racing genre in the last 15 years, allowing fans to drive a vast collection of cars on legendary tracks. Its fully refined physics engine will create the most authentic true-to-life driving experience across more than 1200 vehicles on 33 locations with 71 different layouts.
Forza Motorsport 5 (Release date: November 27, 2013; Xbox One): Forza Motorsport 5 stars the world’s greatest cars and tracks. Built to take advantage of Xbox One and the power of the cloud, it delivers the thrill of racing. Drivatar technology creates a network of opponents with real tendencies, mistakes and victories. A new graphics engine recreates thousands of physically-based materials such as perfect paint, hand stitched leather and brushed metal. Forza Motorsport 5 allows you to own and race your dream cars, from race cars to classic cars to modern tuners, with features true to their heritage. With Smart Match™ matchmaking and Xbox Live dedicated servers, you’ll experience fast and competitive multiplayer suited to your skill level.
Need For Speed Rivals (Release date: November 13, 2013; Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS 3 & 4, PS Vita, Wii, PC): A street-racing rivalry between cops and racers never stops as both sides compete in a war over the social, local and national media and to earn the best cars, mods and technology. New AllDrive joins single player and multiplayer gameplay. Racing moments are made more thrilling with access to technology and upgrades. Racers can choose from jammers to electromagnetic pulses. Cops get shockwaves, roadblocks, helicopter support and more. Personalize your car to suit your style, then save different configurations and a variety of cars.
Grand Theft Auto V (Release date: September 17, 2013; PS3, Xbox 360): All the hallmarks of the groundbreaking series return, including attention to detail and Grand Theft Auto’s dark humor, alongside a new, ambitious multiplayer approach. The biggest, most dynamic and most diverse open world, Grand Theft Auto V blends storytelling and gameplay as players jump in and out of the lives of the game’s three lead characters, playing all sides of the game’s interwoven story. Set in a metropolis full of self-help gurus, starlets, and fading celebrities, Los Santos is now struggling in an era of economic uncertainty and cheap reality TV. In the turmoil, three criminals who plot their own chances of survival and success risk everything in a series of heists that could set them up for life.