You suck at sim racing, so what car games should you play instead?
You suck at sim racing, so what car games should you play instead?
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You suck at sim racing, so what car games should you play instead?

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You love cars but racing sims, and sim racing for that matter, don't scratch your particular itch. What games are out there for you? To find out, I talked to Roadshow's reviews editor and games aficionado, Antuan Goodwin. Okay, here we go. So, there's all this emphasis since the you know, the country's been under lockdown on, you know car video games and sim racing and stuff and you talked about sim racing with Tim already, but I think that non sim racing car games are kind of getting short shrift lately. So I'm curious what you and about video game fan and card would consider some of the best car video games that are like simulation racing things.>> Yeah, there's some interesting games out there. I think it depends on what you're looking for to get out of car racing. I mean, there's obviously your forza horizon, which is basically driving around and cool cars, not Sara Lee racing just experiencing them, but as a person who really enjoys working on cars, one of my favorite games is a little steam game called my summer car. It's basically a teenage dude working on your car over the summer simulator and so like you start out with a garage and a house and a car. That is literally In all of its component pieces like bolts, header [UNKNOWN] Camshafts, everything is just in your garage. You have no instructions and the object of the game is to put the car together By the end of the summer while also maintaining like your health, so you have to eat and take showers and pee and earn money to like buy upgrades for the car. And stuff like it's such a ridiculously intricate sandboxie game and it just drops you into the middle of but it's also Really wonky because the driving in the game is pretty terrible. It's mostly just a game about ranching.>> And that's what I love most about it. It's the kind of game that I've like never finished. But I've been playing for years.>> I've, every couple of months. I'll start it up again about partway through the build. Now go into town to buy some food, crash, and die, and then put the game away for a couple of months, and then come back later, and. Start all over again it's just a fun sort of learn your way through it without having any real expectations of having goals or anything like that really aside from just wrenching on the car. Is it possible for me between alien to war which is a strictly speaking a car game but driving around Weirdly accurate recreation of 1940s Los Angeles is pretty appealing for reasons, but actually I think I'm gonna go with Automation, which has been around sorta early access on Steam forever and ever and ever and it's. Gone through a couple of iterations. But basically the premise is you design a car, and that includes designing the engine. So you have all these parameters that you can adjust. You're trying to hit targets in your head. You're trying to create a car that you can actually make and sell and turn a profit Zero listening to market feedback. It's, it's, you know, again it goes decade by decade too. So like, you know, your your targets for a car in the 1940s are going to be a lot different than they are in the 1990s or something for example. So basically a product cycle simulator Yeah, pretty much it's, there's like, you put your engine on the engine dyno and you see how much and you have to balance out like, well, if I make it perform really well then it's going to be unreliable and that has consequences or if it's crappy and slow, that lasts forever that has other consequences that gets us really surprisingly in depth. Simulator of running a car company. I really dig it it's really easy to go down a rabbit hole Yeah, I think it's interesting that you know, these are both games where it's not necessarily a game about getting in the car and racing it, you know the thrill of driving it's more like the love of the cars or the industry. You know, the nuts and bolts of it. I kinda wanted to also give a shout out to the spin tires series, which Tim just recently did a review of and he sent me an early access code right before you know, concurrent to him doing his evaluation. And I lost an entire weekend into the new snow runner game, basically, you know, dragging oil tankers up and down muddy hills and Getting truck stuck and it's basically for those not familiar the theories is basically about big trucks off roading mud simulation very, very complicated like dirt physics. And so the object of the game basically. Is to like perform jobs around these areas where you do things like you'll haul logs or you'll have oil tankers or you'll do some off roading. Like it's the kinda game where you put on a podcast you hop into, like a big, you know, four by six and you will basically spend an afternoon trying to get logged down to a town in real time. Just getting stuck in the mud and getting another truck to pull your first truck out of the mud and it's just extremely complicated, extremely frustrating but also one of the most satisfying games that I've ever played when you after a couple of hours finally pull off that job you feel like you're in my truck commercial That's it for this episode of roadshows autocomplete I've been Kyle Hyatt you've been extremely patient. And I'd ask you to not only hit the subscribe and notification buttons if you're enjoying what we do here, but maybe chime in in the comment section and let us know what you want us to cover next. Thanks. Stay healthy.

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