Here we are again for another edition of our review round-ups, this time with the incredible-looking Project Cars. Developed by British developer Slightly Mad Studios, the game is finally set to release on the 8th of May after a number of delays.
The title, which was largely funded, and to a certain extent, design-led by its community, focusses on providing a realistic driving simulation, and features an array of over 60 cars which can race across 110 tracks in more than 30 different locations. Initially appearing on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, the game is set to release on Wii U and Mac later in the year.
Our very own Tef is working on our review, as we’ve held off so we can properly test the online portion of the game, though his early impressions are positive; “There’s a number of rough edges… and it takes a while to get used to, but there’s still a lot to like about Project CARS. Put a little effort into tweaking the game to suit you, and there’s plenty to enjoy here, whether it’s tackling the unique career, dropping in for a single quick race or heading online to duke it out on track with your friends.”
It looks like critics are impressed by the purity of the racing on offer, and the excellent graphics, though a few bugs diminish the experience a touch.
GamesRadar – 3.5/5
“When it works, Project CARS is unbelievably good. But overly-aggressive AI, odd collision physics, imperfect pad controls and several bugs mean it’s just shy of greatness.”
Playstation Universe – 8/10
“Project CARS isn’t quite the complete package as it stands right now, with our main gripe being the performance of enemy A.I. and some of the glitches we’ve encountered. Nevertheless, it does feel like it’s built for a long-term audience, a community-focused racer that will no doubt keep on growing and improving.”
Game Informer – 8.5/10
“In a genre where it can be hard to differentiate yourself, Project Cars makes its mark. It’s not as strong as it could be in all areas, but Slightly Mad Studios’ attention to detail and racing chops make the game a contender.”
PC Gamer – 83/100
“Beautiful, bold and varied. Slightly Mad are uncompromising in their simulation.”
Trusted Reviews – 7/10
“Project Cars has the looks, ambition, style and attitude to take on racing’s big guns, but at the moment the execution isn’t quite there. The problem isn’t the odd minor glitch so much as inconsistent handling, unpredictable difficulty and a career mode that seems to hold the best stuff back for later. Slightly Mad’s game is hugely configurable and still a major treat for motor-racing fans, but it’s going to take a little more polish to become the all-round racing great it so clearly wants to be.”
Telegraph – 4.5/5
“Project Cars is a brave step forward, one that this genre has been in dire need of for some time. When you experience just how well a racing game can work when the training wheels are taken off and you’re given free rein to act as you wish, you’ll struggle to understand just why the mainstream racing franchises didn’t incorporate the idea sooner. Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport have just gained a new podium partner.”
Gamewatcher – 8/10
“Those of you looking for more of an arcade racer may be better off looking elsewhere, especially at launch price, but if you’re looking for a beautiful and in depth racing experience then shelling out £40 on Project CARS will be money well spent.”
IGN – Review In Progress
“Tough but satisfying and cruel but fair, Project CARS is a truly fantastic racing game with the potential to become a real force in the genre. But it’s not for everybody.”