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Our videos of Project CARS

Our videos of Project CARS

You all know that our team is composed of a few virtual gentlemen drivers, so it probably won't come as a surprise to find out that we are all very interested in Slightly mad Studios' Project CARS. Here is a first series of 1080p videos of the pre-alpha build we captured using the 360 controller. More footage will come later this week, this time played with a driving wheel. To learn more about the game, and take a look at our videos, you know what to do.
Uodate: One more video added.



The concept behind the game

Project CARS is not your typical racing game in that it gives you the opportunity to take part in the developing process. To do so, all you need to do is to give the studio a small amount of money (or more if you are the businessman type), which will grant you the right to download the latest build of the game. For 10€, you will be allowed to get a new build every month and you will also get a 10€ discount on the game's purchase. For 25€, you'll have a new code every week and a 25€ discount. You can also decide to give 45€ right away, which means you won't be charged when Project CARS is released. More money can be donated, but like I said, most players will probably won't be able to afford it. If you want all the details, you should definitely check the official website.

The Gamersyde Project

Because Slightly Mad Studios' title is such an uncommon project, we decided it should be given some kind of uncommon treatment on our part. You must wonder what we mean by that but it's pretty simple actually. In the months to come, we plan on posting gameplay footage and "homemade" screenshots on a regular basis, along with our updated impressions on the game. No doubt that with Miguel, AbSoLuT_b and I to take care of it, you should have plenty of information. I have just gotten the game myself, so I won't be able to tell you much for now, but what I can say is everything I have seen so far seems very promising, hence my enthusiasm. I will simply start with a few words on my first impressions but I promise you will have more to sink your teeth into very soon. Just wait for Miguel to plug in his G27 and you'll see.

First impressions

Even though it takes a bit of getting used to to play Project CARS with a 360 controller, the sense of speed is great and driving is incredibly pleasant. Steering is a bit sensitive but once you get a hang of it, it's just pure fun. Depending on the car, it is more or less difficult to handle the vehicle, and from what I can tell, it feels realistic enough to keep things interesting in the long run. Graphics wise, the cars look great, each having a very detailed cockpit view, and the tracks are equally impressive thanks to very good lighting effects. We particularly enjoyed driving the Californian coast or the French Riviera, so let's hope there will be more Point A to Point B environments to choose from in the future. Being pre-alpha, the code obviously isn't perfect, but quite honestly, even at this stage, it looks better than most racers out there. Cherry on the cake, sound effects are also praiseworthy and they should drive your neighbors crazy when you're up against 41 opponents (!).

California
Rouen
Azure Coast #1
Azure Coast #2
Azure Coast #3
Azure Coast #4
Kart & replay extract

All comments

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Commented on 2012-06-03 23:12:10
so whats this project about?
Commented on 2012-06-03 23:32:10
Look like crap in screenshots. Looks nice in motion. How many cars are going to be on offer in this game?
Commented on 2012-06-03 23:34:28 In reply to GangStarr
Posted by GangStarr
so whats this project about?
AIR PLANES, didn't you watch the videos? :)

Dang, this looks good.
Commented on 2012-06-03 23:34:33 In reply to KORNdog
Nothing sure yet, they're still working on it. You must have good looking crap by the way.
Commented on 2012-06-03 23:35:54 In reply to Driftwood
Posted by Driftwood
Nothing sure yet, they're still working on it. You must have good looking crap by the way.
No, unsurprisingly my crap looks like crap, hence the comparission to these screenshots ;)
Commented on 2012-06-03 23:38:29
strangely enough uses same trick as gt5 for trees. looks good for early stages though
Commented on 2012-06-03 23:51:14 In reply to KORNdog
Posted by KORNdog
No, unsurprisingly my crap looks like crap, hence the comparission to these screenshots ;)
Well, if you check the website, you'll see what the community is capable of in terms of screenshots. I confess I lack the necessary skills. The thing is the game has no photo mode, so you can't add post effects to make nice bullshots like in GT. ;)

It is certainly not perfect, but it looks good enough for me to find the game pretty. :)
Commented on 2012-06-03 23:52:27 In reply to Driftwood
Posted by Driftwood
so you can't add post effects to make nice bullshots like in GT. ;)
It's a shame really, could actually make them look half decent?
Commented on 2012-06-03 23:53:53 In reply to KORNdog
Posted by KORNdog
half decent?
You mean like how GT looks in motion? :D

Enough with the trolling, I'm off to bed. Enjoy the videos at least. ;)
Commented on 2012-06-03 23:54:54 In reply to Driftwood
Posted by Driftwood
Enjoy the videos at least. ;)
I never had any issues with those. Just the screenshots ;)
Commented on 2012-06-03 23:56:14 In reply to KORNdog
Like I said, most of the blame should be on me. ^^
Commented on 2012-06-04 00:38:17
Game looks incredible!
Commented on 2012-06-04 00:44:32
I think the screens look nice. Sure, they aren't the post processing bonanza you get in GT5, but at least they represent how the game actually looks :P
Commented on 2012-06-04 03:08:33
So it finaly arrived at the 360/Ps3 : ), Awesome for you guys : ).
Its a kick ass racing game, i played it in alpha on pc.
I dont know what will happen on consoll but on Pc it was all physx and dx11.
The racing is totally different then anything else, trust me.

Search : Project CARS dx11HD on youtube for an example.
IF this game look the same on consol you are in for a hell of a ride : )
Commented on 2012-06-04 05:06:01
Screens look nice i agree
Commented on 2012-06-04 06:58:44 In reply to R3dDevil
Posted by R3dDevil
Search : Project CARS dx11HD on youtube for an example.
IF this game look the same on consol you are in for a hell of a ride : )
Our videos are from the PC version you know. The game is simply planned for release on HD consoles.
Commented on 2012-06-04 07:40:24
Environment looks sooo real. Love it!
Commented on 2012-06-04 09:16:49
project C.A.R.S is the best looking racer currently, and should be a real treat to drive also. (I'm a mac user, but would/will build a PC just to play this game)

To be able to try it out doesn't require more than signing up on their crowdfunding portal - http://www.wmdportal.com/

Good to see you guys are giving it some coverage. :-)
Commented on 2012-06-04 10:08:22 In reply to Xoar
Notice how the dash parts in the cockpit view all shake realistically!

Do'nt think we've ever seen that level of detail in a racer before
Commented on 2012-06-04 12:32:35 In reply to KORNdog
Posted by KORNdog
Look like crap in screenshots.
Haha, hilarious comment! Although I expect nothing less from you. Even in these not so glamorous screenshots, it's pretty clear that this is the best looking racer on any platform. The LOD on the cars during gameplay is as good as Forza 4 in photomode and the environments looks great too (Apart from those terrible GT5 trees in some shots).
Commented on 2012-06-04 13:28:50
Finaly roads and not stupid tracks all over again. Great graphics IMO. Also...the best engine sounds Ive heard in racing game so far.
Commented on 2012-06-04 14:09:15
Is Spa or Nürburgring available? Would love to see some vids of them if they are.
Commented on 2012-06-04 14:10:37 In reply to Xoar
Spa is (named Belgian Forest), Nürburgring isn't (yet ?).
Commented on 2012-06-04 14:24:33 In reply to Jin187
Posted by Jin187
Haha, hilarious comment! Although I expect nothing less from you. Even in these not so glamorous screenshots, it's pretty clear that this is the best looking racer on any platform. The LOD on the cars during gameplay is as good as Forza 4 in photomode and the environments looks great too (Apart from those terrible GT5 trees in some shots).
I think dirt3 looks better tbh.
Commented on 2012-06-04 14:30:14 In reply to KORNdog
Posted by KORNdog
I think dirt3 looks better tbh.
Odd
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