A racing video game is a genre of video games, either in the first-person or third-person perspective, in which the player partakes in a racing competition with any type of land, air, or sea vehicles. They may be based on anything from real-world racing leagues to entirely fantastical settings. In general, they can be distributed along a spectrum anywhere between hardcore simulations, and simpler arcade racing games. Racing games may also fall under the category of sports games.
1. Halo: Combat Evolved
2. Grand Theft Auto III
3. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
4. Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec
5. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3
6. Devil May Cry
7. SSX Tricky
8. Advanced Wars
9. Madden NFL 2002
10. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages/Seasons
11. Final Fantasy X
12. Mario Kart: Super Circuit
13. Super Smash Bros. Melee
15. Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
16. Star Wars Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron II
My proudest gaming achievement: after at least 2000 hours, two corrupted save files, countless enduring friendships, and nearly 5 years I have finally gotten the Platinum Trophy in Gran Turismo 5. So long, and thank you so much for all the fish.
imgur website + /w5kzEJp PERIOD jpg. I'd have to say some AAA games do fit this bill.. thoughts?
I think somebody has an axe to grind against microtransactions and is looking for some validation. Here’s the image in question:
So first off, the meme is disingenuous in its message. The meme-maker never actually purchased anything; this is a screenshot of the UI from a Free to Play mobile game called “Asphalt 8″, by Gameloft. It’s currently available at the App store and via Google Play. We’ve already established that in-app purchases are probably going to be there because (as we have firmly established in the past) money has to be made somewhere and the game is free. But let’s break the meme down a bit further.
The purpose of the game is to race cars on tracks to earn currency with which to buy more cars and tracks. One can spend real dollars to purchase more cars and/or tracks. That is really no different than Gran Turismo, Forza, Mario Kart, or really any other racing style game that offers paid DLC. As a racing game, a lot of the UI is going to be dedicated to displaying information about your cars, your tracks, and your statistics. Here is Asphalt 8′s:
The sections in red are, of course, things that lead to in-app purchases or managing in-game currency. This is where they offer you new tracks and featured cars. The sections in green are buttons to immediately race. The meme tried to downplay the one in the lower left, but it’s there. Finally, all of the sections in blue are dedicated to showing you pertinent information, not selling in-app purchases or handling in-game currency. These show things like options, leaderboards, what cars you own and their stats, and so on.
Let’s compare this to the UI for a AAA racing game like Gran Turismo 5:
Using the same breakdown, we’ve got the blue still representing player info, the red representing options to spend game currency, and the green to actually start the game. The overall menu favors the ‘immediately play’ much more, but the overall is not that far removed from Asphalt 8. This isn’t so different from other games that feature a similar emphasis on statistics, play, and the spending of currency:
As I said, the meme itself is disingenuous. It’s conflating any element that isn’t “start game” with “GIVE US YOUR MONEY”, and that’s unfair. If you look at AAA games, they certainly have some elements of it but I don’t think it’s as oppressive as the meme makes it out to be. Heck, even Doom II only had two out of five choices in the main menu to immediately start playing - New Game and Load Game. 60% of that menu doesn’t lead to gameplay!
In all seriousness, if you don’t like microtransactions or in-app purchases you’ll probably want to avoid certain genres of games that have wholly embraced them as a business model. Sports, racing, MMOs, or any game with a heavy “collectible” emphasis will probably feature them, because they want to make it easy for players who want to buy things to be able to do so. But I don’t really think that the meme maker has a point other than “I really don’t like microtransactions”. I understand not liking something and do sympathize, but there are a lot of people out there who are voting with their wallets. In-app purchases and microtransactions are here to stay.