I know. I know. Project CARS 2 came out in September of last year. What little dust Slightly Mad’s racing sim sequel kicked up has settled, and the rest of the game-playing world has moved on to bigger and better things. Monster Hunter World or Shadow of the Colossus, anyone? But Project CARS 2 has haunted me.
HIGH A great sense of speed and lovely visuals.
LOW The braindead, cheating, rubber-banding opponent AI.
WTF They sure do like phoning up this dude who never, ever talks.
Ticket to RIDE
HIGH Nailing a succession of corners at high speed without sliding off the bike like a total klutz.
LOW Encountering several nasty glitches within the first hour of turning it on.
WTF A game centered around going extremely fast has such glacial loading times?
Riding with the Angel of Combustion
HIGH The sandstorms are absolutely jaw-dropping.
LOW The bosses need more variety.
WTF Who thought releasing this on the same day as MGS V was a good idea?
The Fast and the Spurious
HIGH The minimalist aesthetic is consistently lovely.
LOW The cars could stand to feel a bit grippier.
WTF The ending feels sudden and anticlimactic.
My Childhood On A Disc
HIGH I still know the Battletoads jetbike level by heart, 20-ish years later.
LOW Gunfright. The entire thing.
WTF Battletoads Arcade? There are a bunch of better Battletoads games out there, Rare.
Poetry in Motion, but More Limited than Haiku
HIGH The look and feel of the driving
LOW The lack of customization and personality
WTF Limited modes make this seem like a budget title
We Meet Again, Bathurst
HIGH California One.
WTF Getting an off-track penalty for taking a mandatory pit stop.
So Close, So Far
HIGH Flying a crop duster into a cargo plane, then riding a jeep out of it.
LOW The frustrating early mission that introduces the wonky drive-by mechanics.
WTF We're escaping a full-on military response by hopping onto a freakin' freight train?
Feet of Clay
HIGH Killing Jiang Shi by attaching spells to their heads.
LOW Losing five hours of progress to a glitchy save file.
WTF There's an achievement for beating someone up with a fish.