TOCA 2 Touring Cars – Total Engrossment

TOCA 2: Touring Cars is one of those rare occurrences of the right game at the right time. Released at the tail end of 1998, it fully took advantage of the racing game frenzy that had been set off by Gran Turismo the year prior. But TOCA 2 was not a Gran Turismo copycat –Continue reading “TOCA 2 Touring Cars – Total Engrossment”

Growing Up Gran Turismo – Part Six

Gran Turismo 5 was a real litmus test for the franchise. Its release was delayed, delayed and delayed some more. When it finally hit shelves in November of 2010, it had been nearly six years since the last full Gran Turismo title had been released. Granted, during those years Gran Turismo for the PlayStation PortableContinue reading “Growing Up Gran Turismo – Part Six”

NFS Underground – TO THE WINDOW! TO THE WALL!

3, 6, 9, Damn She’s Fine If I hear the intro to Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz’ hit Get Low anywhere, I’m taken back to 2003. Not to a club, not to a concert, but rather to my basement. Sitting in my cushy black recliner, driving the snot out of a highly modifiedContinue reading “NFS Underground – TO THE WINDOW! TO THE WALL!”

Micro Machines – Simple Brilliance

I’ll get back to the Growing Up Gran Turismo series soon, but first I want to take a break and discuss an entirely different kind of racing game – Micro Machines. It’s a game I never actually owned but very close family friends had a copy for their original NES. Every time we visited theirContinue reading “Micro Machines – Simple Brilliance”

Growing Up Gran Turismo – Part Two

December 23rd, 1999. I was a first year University student home for Christmas break. Broke as hell, I did what many students did when stuck at home for a month – went back to work at my high school job, trimming produce at a local grocery store. I had an early afternoon shift that day,Continue reading “Growing Up Gran Turismo – Part Two”

Growing Up Gran Turismo – Part One

We had a good system going. A friend of mine up the street had a newly acquired CD burner and I had a modified PlayStation One, capable of playing copied games. As long as I rented the games from our local Blockbuster, he would make us each a copy of the game. One day IContinue reading “Growing Up Gran Turismo – Part One”