Set for release on 22nd September, we’ve been lucky to have some quality hands-on time with a preview build of Slightly Mad Studios’ Project CARS 2, and it has left us very impressed indeed.
Offering an authentic racing experience, Project CARS 2 looks set to improve on its predecessor in every way possible. Considering that the original Project CARS was itself a very good game, that’s quite an achievement. So, without further ado, here are eight reasons why you should be excited about Project CARS 2‘s upcoming release.
1. Stunning Graphics
Project CARS 2 looks fantastic. That’s a fact. Every one of its cars has been meticulously created, and so have its tracks. What really gives Project CARS 2‘s visuals the wow factor however, are the special effects and superb lighting that brings it all to life. There’s been times when I’ve actually been distracted by just how beautiful everything looks, resulting in some ruined laps. The spray being kicked up when driving behind cars in wet conditions, the blinding glare of a sunset breaking through the clouds; not only do you have to tame the engine under your bonnet in Project CARS 2 to succeed, you also have to tame yourself to not be led astray by the eye-candy on display. It’s easier said than done.
2. Over 130 Track Variations
You’re not going to grow tired of Project CARS 2‘s selection of tracks anytime soon, not when there are over 130 of them spread over 60 locations. All the greats are in there – Laguna Seca, Donington Park, Daytona International Speedway, Spa-Francorchamps, Nurburgring – and they are all “live”. It means that the time of day seamlessly shifts from day to night, and that the weather is often subject to change. Believe me, it’s mightily impressive. This changeability results in a game that doesn’t allow you to rest on your laurels; you’ll need to adapt your racing style to the current conditions of the track if you want to succeed as the weather isn’t just for show.
3. Improved Gamepad Controls
Any racing game is better when played with a decent wheel, but some of us don’t like the faff of setting one up whenever we want a quick race. Others simply don’t have room for such extravagance. Unfortunately the original Project CARS wasn’t all that good when played with a gamepad. It felt too twitchy, which led to many pad-only players having a diminished experience. Thankfully, Project CARS 2 doesn’t have the same issue. With a gamepad in your hands you’re now able to take cars around corners with confidence and easily straighten yourself up on straights. The difference is night and day, and it makes Project CARS 2 much more accessible for a large number of players.