Earlier today United Front Games, the developer behind Sleeping Dogs. Posted a job vacancy listing they were searching for a ‘network/multiplayer programmer’, the original posting with the mention of ‘next gen’ has been removed.However it is still available to be accessed via Google Cache.
Fun Kart Racer, This is Not
Kart racers have become many gamers favourite pastime; they are accessible, fun and full of vibrant colours. Some kart racers also offer great depth, allowing those who love the game to work every power-up, shortcut, and speed boost to their advantage. It can become quite an art form to watch the very best navigate a track in ways you could only imagine. Handheld gaming has become the kart racer’s platform of choice these days, with the perfect bite sized attributes in the form of quick races. Although all kart racers have their defining qualities and characters, it is a fairly basic concept: provide gamers with a sleek, varied, fun, and fast paced racer that will give players loads of excitement for years to come. Sadly, PlayStation Vita’s only kart racing option ModNation: Racers Road Trip seems to fall short in almost every regard, providing gamers with a poorly designed product riddled with technical shortcomings.
Earlier this year I reviewed F1 2012 from Codemaster’s, it was one of the most hardcore racing simulations around and if you didn’t drive the way you were meant too, then you wouldn’t win. Now Codemaster’s is doing the exact opposite with F1 Race Stars, in a similar vein to karting games of yonder year (or of this year in the form of LittleBigPlanet Karting) F1 drivers and vehicles are being turned into the popular genre. Prepare for over the top racing, as your favourite F1 racing star.
This debut gameplay trailer shows off the fast paced arcade-style karting game from the Formula One sport, featuring the teams and tracks like you ever never seen them before. The game is set to release in Australia this November 15. The game will feature your standard weapon upgrades system, but the unique array of abilities is what interests me the most. There are various fantasy style power-ups, but then there are more realistic ones, like calling in Wet Weather to slow down the pack, using DRS to speed past your opponents and if you car gets overly damaged, take a drive through the pits to repair it.
There will be an extensive career mode with 3 separate tiers of difficulty featuring both traditional F1 circuits and fantastical circuits such as castles and forests. The game will feature 4 player split-screen action, which will please many karting enthusiasts. You will also be able to race in modes similar to Time Attack when you race against the clock, or even online. Online wise the game will feature RaceNet a system built around collecting your rival data, track your race history and join in regular F1 Race Stars community events.
The game will release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC and is fully license by the Formula One World Championship. The game produces a very unique take on the sport and could provide players with some excellent karting fun, let’s wait and see how this one turns out. But I am intrigued to see Codemaster’s finished product.
Jamie Briggs loves a good karting game and F1 Race Stars, actually looks very fun. He also runs Analog Addiction where you can find all his latest reviews, interviews and features and also like them on Facebook. Also follow his daily life on Twitter @AnalogAddiction and his videos on YouTube.
Little Big Planet Karting should be on Vita, simple statement but it should happen. Find out my reasons why and my suggestion for a Vita Holiday bundle, that was missed by Sony.
Jamie Briggs wonders about Sony sometimes. He also runs Analog Addiction where you can find all his latest news reviews and features. Like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter @AnalogAddiction and on YouTube.
We have some great news for LittleBigPlanet fans, LBP Karting finally has a release date, you will be able to race around as Sackboy on November 6th in North America and November 7th through to the 9th everywhere else. This is not the first news regarding release dates we have heard about Sackboy recently, with LittleBigPlanet Vita’s release date also being announced last week.
LittleBigPlanet Karting is a new direction in the LBP series, known usually for it’s platforming it will now hit the racing genre. Keeping the user creation of the original main console titles and allowing players to create custom tracks, games and various karts for racing.
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Jamie Briggs looks after Analog Addiction where you can find all his latest reviews, interviews and features and also like them on Facebook. Also follow his daily life on Twitter @Jamierock50 and his videos on YouTube.