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Looking for a, not too difficult, online racing game

Discussion in 'PC Games' started by Baldbloke, 26 Jun 2021.

  1. Baldbloke

    Hitman

    Joined: 26 Nov 2010

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    Location: Thorne Yorkshire

    Hi,
    I really enjoy racing games. I am terrible at them though. Still fun all the same.

    I play with a gamepad and dare I say, use D pad for steering, A button to accelerate and X button to brake. (Don't laugh:). I know that's not a popular way to drive but, It's what I first started doing when Gran Turismo first came out. You can probably tell from that I don't take it too seriously.
    Currently enjoying Automobilista and Project cars.

    Been racing against AI cars and chasing ghost cars for a while.

    I'm now looking for something with a bit more involvement. It would be nice to race against some online players for a change.

    Trouble is, my skills are at a low level. I am concerned that I'd be a pain in the neck to more experienced or serious players. If I were even able to keep up with them at all, I'd be highly likely to bump in to them and cause mayhem. I don't want to ruin a race for anyone who takes it more seriously.
    Casual players like myself might accept that these things happen.

    Can anyone suggest an online racing game for beginners or old farts, like myself, who enjoy some casual racing fun?
    Preferably, but not restricted to, VR.
     
  2. watercooledman

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    Need for speed underground 2 or grid.
     
  3. Baldbloke

    Hitman

    Joined: 26 Nov 2010

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    Location: Thorne Yorkshire

    Good call. I've just given Grid a whirl after you suggested it. It was fun. It came up with "looking for matches" prior to the race. I assume then that this game pitches similar skill levels against each other?

    Do most online racing games do that or maybe you you have to select some option or other to match competitors?
    Sorry if it's a dumb question but I'm new to this online playing.
     
  4. varkanoid

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    If you like a bit of bash and smash racing > Wreckfest
     
  5. Ree

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    Forza Horizon 4 plenty of fun to be had with that game racing and exploring. It's arcade not a sim racer too.
     
  6. jcr

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    Location: southampton

    Sonic all star racing.
     
  7. Baldbloke

    Hitman

    Joined: 26 Nov 2010

    Posts: 552

    Location: Thorne Yorkshire

    Thanks folks.
    Wreckfest. Hmm. maybe give it a look but prefer track racing.

    Forza Horizon 4 . I have that one. It's often saying "joining session" then that message disappears and I'm left where I started and wondering if I'm supposed to be waiting for something to happen. Then nothing does. I don't think it is my settings as I've managed a couple of online races before now.

    Sonic :) i'm sure it'd be fun but not quite the track racing I had in mind.

    Are ther any VR beginner friendly online games out there?
     
  8. lokiss

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    Though not massively populated, Automobilista 2 has some simple online races. Because of the multiclass and it not being about the fastest cars, you often get great Mini and hot hatch races.

    There's always good ole AC too, whatever the level you're at, you won't be the worst on a regular GT server.
     
  9. Ninco!

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    Wreckfest is brilliant, I tend to race clean, although, its not quite the point of the game but its great fun and adds another dimension; avoiding the chaos - its virtually impossible, but its good fun trying! The physics are really cool.

    Race Room Experience is another good sim, just like Automobilista, very good and you can try it for free. It can be expensive as you have to pay for additional cars/tracks, whereas AMS 1&2 you get loads of content!

    Google decent Pad settings for RRE and AMS - it transforms the games.
     
  10. Baldbloke

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    Automobilista2 minis. Yes. I'm currently having some off line fun with that in a 1965 mini Cooper. I'll take a closer look for those mini Cooper races.

    2 votes for Wreckfest. Hmm. Trying to race clean amidst carnage sounds interesting. Will give it a go tomorrow.

    Thank you very much for the ideas, all
     
  11. heartburnron

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    Checkout Horizon Chase Turbo which is free on the Epic Games store this week. A modern take on the original arcade racer - really good fun!
     
  12. Baldbloke

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    Yeah. Horizon chase turbo is really fun. No need to brake. Even her indoors enjoys it. My missus and me played that every evening for a while.
     
  13. varkanoid

    Capodecina

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    The oval tracks are best for that but if you want a real clean challenge try the cross over ones.
    Also plenty of tracks but they tend to be a mix of dirt/muck/tarmac. Its got Steam Workshop so there are plenty of mods.
     
  14. Cadder

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    I always enjoyed playing Blur
     
  15. Alan McFall

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    Project cars is the only mentionable one i've played in VR, extremely good esp. with steering wheel.
     
  16. Hellsmk2

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    Fun game single player, fairly toxic online and p2w.

    Many of the servers will kick or ban you if they think you purposely shunted another player, and should you do that accidently or otherwise... You will hear about it for the rest of the race. Anti-wreckfest.