SPORTS AND RACING GAMES OF 2018
Forza Horizon 4
October 12 | Turn 10 | Link
Weather is a fickle thing in the UK, but you can't just make a racing game entirely set to gray skies. Forza Horizon 4 lets players shift between all four beautifully rendered seasons as you collect 450 cars.
The Crew 2
June 29, 2018 | Ivory Tower/Ubisoft Reflections | Link While the first Crew featured a map of the United States so vast that it took players over 40 minutes to get from New York to Los Angeles at 100-plus miles per hour, its sequel looks to expand that map at all angles. Numerous route options allow players to race cars through the Grand Canyon, speed boats through the Hudson River, and fly a plane over Central Park. Because why not?
September 28 | EA Canada | Link
EA has managed to wrestle the UEFA Champions League license back from Pro Evolution Soccer, and FIFA 19 is going to make sure you know it by featuring it in almost every mode in the game. The well-received story mode is also returning, starring the character Alex Hunter, of previous FIFA story modes.
Madden NFL 19
August 10 | EA Tiburon | Link
PC gamers are definitely ready for some football, as the Madden franchise has been console-exclusive since 2008. That's a decade of missing out on yellow highlighters. "Real player motion" is this year's update to look forward to.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2019
August 28 (US) 30 (Europe) | Konami | Link
Konami’s latest take on the life of football stardom adds a number of new features, including a “Visible Fatigue” system that alters how well you play after exerting yourself and myClub changes that alter how you sign and customize players. Funny enough, it’s all running on the Fox Engine, which you’ll remember fueled Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain’s stealthy neck-snapping action. Call me when Big Boss is performing CQC with a soccer ball between his legs.
May 8 2018 | Supergonk | Link
A joyfully creative indie racing game that combines F-Zero's hovercars with Splatoon's clever use of paint into a co-op racer. You and your teammates paint the track your color, and then earn boost for driving over that color. This prompts decisive moments every few seconds—is it better to focus on laying down more paint or jetting ahead? Should you save up all your paint for a forward attack to wipe out an enemy, or lay a trial to help an ally? Co-op races make Trailblazers about more than just getting first place.
2018 | SimBin UK | Link
A racing sim being developed by SimBin UK, a new studio made up of UK racing game vets, GTR 3 brings the series that started in 2004 back to life with a different team, though it looks like some of the individuals from previous GTRs are still involved. This one is making the switch to Unreal Engine 4, and the screenshots show that racing games are still incredibly pretty even if you don’t give a hoot about cars.
TBA | Bigmoon Entertainment | Link
The Dakar Rally---which no longer actually ends in Dakar---is a massive off-road race with hundreds of participants covering thousands of miles. With Dakar 18, Bigmoon Entertainment hopes to emulate the epic event with a gargantuan open world, the ability to leave your vehicle and explore or do repairs, official Dakar teams, and a wide range of vehicles---everything from trucks to bikes.
Lonely Mountains: Downhill
Mid 2018 | Megagon Industries | Link
Unlike sports games that break up friendships, Lonely Mountains: Downhill is about downhill biking where your only competition is the mountain itself. Despite the low-poly artwork that evokes more calming, artistic games, Megagon warns that this game won’t be a relaxing ride. The mountain itself is punishment enough. You’ll crash plenty on your way down. Downhill will offer several different mountains and trails to tackle, various modes, and bruises to your knees and your ego.
RELEASED AND DELAYED TO 2019
February 27 2018 (Out now) | Milestone S.r.l. | Link
An arcade-style off-road racing game with plenty of mud and dirt to spare. Gravel features four disciplines of racing, including expansive Cross Country tracks, treacherous lap runs in Wild Rush, real-world vistas in Speed Cross, and a Stadium track mode filled with epic jumps.
MX vs. ATV All Out
March 27, 2018 | Rainbow Studios | Link
In the tradition of Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, Avengers vs. X-Men and Ali vs. Frazier, MX vs. ATV All Out pits bikes and quad bikes against each other in a duel to the death, but instead of a duel it’s a race, and instead of to death it’s to the finish line. I guess, on reflection, it’s really just an off-road racing game. Race other players or the AI, tweak your vehicle, use sponsored gear to make yourself stylish and pull off stunts to make the other racers look rubbish.
Tennis World Tour
May 22, 2018 | Breakpoint
Being developed by some of the team behind Top Spin, Tennis World Tour gives the sport the sim treatment, with 30 pro tennis players confirmed so far, including Angelique Kerber and Roger Federer and a career mode. It’s due out on the PS4 in spring, but we’ll need to wait a little longer for it to come out on PC.