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The best car games on PlayStation 4

At Motormessenger, we’re big fans of console gaming. But with Gran Turismo Sport still some  distance away, which games should you pick up now to get your motoring fix?

DiRT Rally

If you like your rally sims served with crushing realism, forget WRC 6 and go for DiRT. It’s a proper return to form for Codemasters, with the slight disadvantage of not featuring all the fully-licensed WRC cars from 2016 more than offset by the glorious graphics, punishingly tricky courses and breadth of virtual machinery available.

You can fire through Finnish forests in a Richard Burns-spec Impreza WRX STi, or drift your way down the Col de Turini in a snarling E30 M3 if you wish. For those who fancy something a little different, there’s the bump-tastic Rallycross option and also the max-power lunacy of the Pike’s Peak hillclimb.  And – rarely for a current-generation racer – there is a distinct learning curve to be made between cars. Just because the MkII Escort Mexico is loose at the rear doesn’t mean that you can drive the mid-engined Renault 5 Turbo II in the same way on the same stage.

Were you 7km into a 9km stage when you slid wide and clipped a boulder, flipping your car? Tough luck; there’s no rewinds here and that’s why DiRT is so addictive.

  • Price: £54.99

Project CARS: Game of the Year Edition

Despite the popularity of the PS4 in the console wars, there’s been a lack of high-calibre track racing sims of late. Sure, there was Driveclub, but that’s not exactly all about differential preloads and snappy gearing. Project CARS marries a range of fully-licensed road, touring, open-wheel and GT cars with a broad range of genuine and original global racetracks, such as Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and Mount Panorama.

Add into the mix a range of challenging weather effects (you can race on the Nordschleife at night during a storm if you wish) and you’ll have something to keep you on your toes… especially if you’re in a P1 and deploy KERS at the wrong moment.

If you can get past the absence of big-name manufacturers such as Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini, then Project CARS is well worth your time. Make sure to purchase the GOTY which comes equipped with 50+ more cars and the combined Nurburgring Nordschleife and GP circuit.

  • Price: £44.99

Rocket League: Game of the Year Edition

There are times, however, where trying to rein in the oversteer on a Zonda Cinque isn’t particularly appealing. For those quick and easy gaming sessions, we recommend Rocket League.

It’s a ridiculously fun game to play, and the main game essentially revolves around car football with customisable vehicles sporting large rocket boosters. The GOTY edition adds a variety of gaming modes such as Snow Day and Hoops (Basketball), but the basic premise is the same – skillful control of the ball or puck, coupled with timely use of rocket boosts and aerial flight, will get you goals.

Be warned, however – Rocket League is very, very competitive and people will not take kindly to putting three goals or more past them!

  • Price: £19.99

[P.S. Sometimes you can get really lucky on DiRT: https://twitter.com/Noucheisms/status/828211578671620096]

Which other current-gen console games would you recommend for the petrolhead?

 

 

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All the types of winter driver you’re likely to meet in Scotland

As if watching your car slowly disintegrate due to road salt wasn’t annoying enough, winters in Scotland can often bring out the worst of drivers. Here’s a rundown of the main culprits you’re likely to meet on your next bitterly cold Scottish city journey.

The Oblivious

These people are the ones who only remove about 30cm of snow from their windscreen before setting off for a drive – completely oblivious to the fact that this myopic porthole they’ve created means that peripheral vision is non-existent. This makes them particularly susceptible to ignoring road signs or squashing errant pets and children.

Snow is highly likely to tumble off their roof as they drive, meaning that any unwary child or dog will get a pasting nearby. The Oblivious are also the most likely to hold up traffic by doing 40mph on a 60mph B-road, then continue into a 30mph village restriction at the same speed.

The On-the-Clocks

You’re driving along, checking your mirrors and blind spots as you are wont to do. Then boom, out of nowhere you are carved up by a mentalist on a KYMCO with a large padded box strapped to his back. Why didn’t I see him before? How did he fit into that gap between the Q7 and the bus?

You pull up next to him at the lights. His helmet is illuminated by the garishly bright screen of a GPS. The light thinks about changing to amber, and he is gone.

The Kia Drivers

For these people, a car is simply an appliance. They have no understanding of mechanical sympathy – if it starts, it will be driven. Hard. Lured in by the premise of a ridiculously long standard warranty (to compensate for the cheerless, plastic existence pushed upon you by these cars), A Kia Driver is the most likely to rev a car to 5000rpm within 10 seconds of starting it from cold.

Their driving style can be best described as binary – hard on the brakes, hard on the throttle. You are merely an obstacle to be slalomed round in order to get to the next traffic light.

The Urban 4×4 lover

Part of living in a democratic society is having the right to choose. However, these rights also come with responsibilities.  If you exercise the right to buy a Porsche Cayenne and only drive around the city’s financial district, you should be responsible for knowing that your car is too large for the majority of tight streets and parking spaces there.

These people are usually found obstructing traffic in a notorious traffic blackspot, because their off-roader has a blind spot the size of a 787 Dreamliner. They are also the reason why you cannot get parked in a shopping centre car park as they occupy one-and-a-half spaces with their tankers.

The Bam

Know variously as a Ned, Chav or Tink – and not content with burning their own cars during the summer – The Bam endures well into the winter months, seeing each fresh snowfall as another chance to perfect their Colin McRae impersonation.

Thriving off the snow and slush, your local supermarket’s car park becomes fair game for a Tokyo Drift-style drift battle between various VXR products and 15 year-old BMWs. Check the front page of tomorrow’s newspaper to find out what happens when they run out of  both opposite lock and space.

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