Since the lockdown means we’re not really allowed to go anywhere, and that means no driving, many car lovers and people who actually enjoy driving (we do exist) have been feeling a bit down. Yes, not being able to drive takes away a big part of our freedom, but it also takes away the pleasure we get from it!
So, how will we fill this void until we are allowed back behind the wheel? Gaming of course! Now I know some people roll their eyes when they hear gaming and I get it. You don’t have to be a “gamer” to be into games. A good car game is the perfect distraction while your car is gathering dust your garage!
Choosing a car game can be hard though, so you kind of have to know what you like.
Here are four of my personal picks:
Assetto Corsa or Gran Turismo
These are racing simulators. So if you want realistic racing – this is for you! What I think is really cool about these games is that you can race around on tracks around the world! Like most racing games you can play online and race against other players in real time – more about this later. These racing games aren’t really for me, but I do enjoy the realism and how well made these games are.
Need for Speed Heat
This is what I’ve been playing during the lockdown. Think about the Fast & Furious movies – this is basically that (kind of). This is for someone who likes street racing in modified, pimped out cars, getting chased by the cops, joining a street racing crew and building up your rep as a bad ass in the underground racing world! I like this game because it makes me feel much cooler than I actually am. I mean, I will NEVER be part of an underground racing crew in real life, but when I’m alone in my room with my PS4 I will!
Grand Theft Auto V
This is probably my all time favourite! Although it isn’t purely a motoring game, cars is a huge part of it. It’s an open world game, which means you can pretty much do whatever you want and go wherever you want. This game is filled with violence and PG18 themes though, so it is not for everyone. You play as three different characters and get involved in all things illegal! I mean, everyone has fantasised about hijacking a car and driving over a few pedestrians on your way to steal a submarine, right? No? Just me?
Motoring events during lockdown
Like most events that were supposed to happen during this time, a lot of motoring events have been cancelled. Car manufacturers and enthusiasts are becoming innovative and using the internet to keep things going. From car launches, concept reveals, car shows and even racing is happening online.
Here in South Africa a few companies have come together and created the Solidarity e-Race! This online racing event is open to all online-racers and will be used to create awareness and raise funds for the South African Solidarity Fund. The Assetto Corsa Competizione game will be used as the platform for the e-Race.
If you don’t already know, the Solidarity Fund has been created to help SME’s keep their ‘doors open’ during this difficult time.
The Solidarity e-Race started with qualifying races on the 9th of April and players had until this morning to enter. There are some awesome prizes up for grabs too!
Keen? For more information and to enter, click here.
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