DriveClub review round up

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DriveClub is out this week – and there’s even a free version of the game (read :demo) for PlayStation Plus subscribers. As the first really new racing game to hit the PlayStation 4, it’s got quite a task ahead of it to convince players not to wait for Gran Turismo 7. Of course, that’s made a little easier by people not wanting to wait until 2023. I’ve been playing DriveClub, and it’s quite good looking, straddling the line betwixt sim and arcade, like a modern PGR. I know nothing though. Here’s what critics think.

Polygon – 7.5

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DriveClub doesn’t have any one element that makes it an incredible game or a huge leap forward for the racing genre, but it makes some smart choices underneath top-of-the-line presentation. And in embracing a social media-influenced setup to build enjoyable asynchronous multiplayer, it teaches a few important lessons other developers should learn from.

SixthAxis – 8/10

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As you finish the Tour and start to take on more and more challenges, Driveclub starts to show its true colours. It may be difficult for some to adapt to in an age where racers sprawl across open worlds featuring hundreds of cars and tons of tracks, but this is a game with a very singular focus. The overarching goals soon start to peel away, and you’re left with the purity of competing against the times and records of friends and rivals, the stunning scenery and the joy of driving cars absolutely on the limit.

Joystiq – 3/5

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Driveclub is a well-made, sometimes irritating juxtaposition of the old and new. The career mode is old-fashioned and its AI is hopelessly ignorant, but the graphics and competitive jabs online feel perfectly fit for 2014. Embracing your fellow human is key to overcoming Driveclub‘s faults, which ultimately make it a better staging ground for car-loving friends than an expression of automotive admiration itself.

Destructoid – 7.5/10

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Driveclub is fast and easy to get into, nice to look at, and it has a lot going on in the background to keep you connected and competitive with your club members and other individuals. But that doesn’t change the issues in the foreground. Its approachable and enjoyable racing is marred by AI cars that love to unfairly bash and crash on the single-player side. And bugs with the interface and the networking kept me from fully enjoying the multiplayer side. Beyond all of this, it feels likeDriveclub needs more race and event types. What it offers has kept me going for a couple of weeks, but how much longer will it continue to do so?

Gamespot – 5/10

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It’s hard to find any true celebration here. Driveclub is ordinary menus and ordinary races, standard time trials, and a few drift events. Driveclub is bland social competition. Driveclub is the fear of risks and the embrace of the ordinary. It’s basic racing in basic packaging, beautiful and inert and full of attractive cars. It is not, however, an argument for a new generation of driving, given how it fails to exceed the standards of the old one.

IGN – 7.9/10

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Driveclub is the best-looking racing game I’ve ever seen on a console, but down deep it’s a more modest, conventional arcade racer than the sprawling, open-world types we commonly see today. While it successfully creates fast and fun races with a great sense of speed, the overly aggressive AI grates, the difficult drifting seems at odds with the accessible handling, and the single-player loses zest once the solo content runs dry. I’m also surprised at how partisan the day-one car list is. That said, the tentacles of Driveclub can grip tight if you get invested in the game’s asynchronous challenges, and it’s very much geared around encouraging us to hop online and compete by making it so easy.

We’ll have our own review for you later this week.

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Last Updated: October 7, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Captain JJ Underleyened

    I caught that mistake. But I’ll leave the ranting about corrections to Admiral. 😉

    • Hammersteyn
      • Captain JJ Underleyened

        Heh? No, the mistake in the header. But I realise that by saying it I’m being the grammar Nazi already.

        • Hammersteyn

          thought you meant “the line betwixt sim and arcade”

          • Betwixt is a word. Tound isnt.

          • Hammersteyn

            O_o I’m ashamed

          • Captain JJ Underleyened

            Don’t be. It’s only Geoffrey, Gavin and Admiral that lived during the dark ages.

          • Hammersteyn

            Betwixt, archaic term for between. Archaic being the appropriate word.

          • your face is archaic.

          • Hammersteyn

            LOL!

          • Captain JJ Underleyened

            The tound up. (yes, I’m being that guy now)(refresh)

        • Admiral Chief 0

          Dat nickname!

          • Captain JJ Underleyened

            You know it 😉

    • Spaffy

      And what about the mistake on the box art?
      refresh

      • Rock789

        “Race in hundreds of online and offline players”?! o_O

        What kind of game is this?!

        • Captain JJ Underleyened

          Magic. When offline DRM finally becomes available.
          Speaking of which, this just made my day. http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2014/10/07/planetary-annihilation-offline-mode/
          Sadly it took the moaning of customers for them to realise that they need to do this and in turn lost sales. I cannot understand how devs have not learned this yet.

        • Matthew Holliday

          Im going to race inside you.
          Il use your heart to keep time.

          • Hammersteyn

            lol

      • WolfyZA

        The Fappening DLC confirmed!!!

  • Hammersteyn

    I haven’t seen the new PS+ games yet, anyone else have this problem?

    • Captain JJ Underleyened

      I haven’t either. My pc doesn’t want to display any of it. 😛

    • Updates tomorrow, you’ll get all the new games tomorrow.

      • Admiral Chief 0

        …unless it is DOWN again

      • Hammersteyn

        A tad bit late aren’t they? Must be new management. Probably a municipality, higher prices, slower service delivery.

        • Skyblue

          First Wednesday of every new month but they were too busy counting their cash this month

          • Admiral Chief 0

            Indeed, all that extra cash was burning a hole!

          • Thought it was the after the first tuesday

        • CAE9872

          Dis altyd Wonesdag!

          Must admit I thought it was 1st Wednesday which was last week…

          • Hammersteyn

            eggzachary

  • Admiral Chief 0

    Daai mini is moertoe!

    • Captain JJ Underleyened

      Doesn’t look like anyone can drive. All those cars are messed up. That poor A-class

      • Admiral Chief 0

        LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL I thought it was a moertoe GTI at first glance

    • rollingmol

      Admiraal vang ek jou uit , jy’s die flipper wat die manne Afrikaans geleer het daar by die Developers van Metal Gear Solid Phantom pain http://www.gamespot.com/videos/metal-gear-solid-v-the-phantom-pain-english-gamepl/2300-6414968/ check so by die 9:00 min merk. Japan is nie meer japan nie

  • Hammersteyn

    Meh, at least the demo is free.

  • FoxOneZA

    Someone needs to resurrect SDF after the mediocrity that is Destiny, Watch Dogs and Drive Club.

    • L337J1MB0B

      Care to explain why Sony fans would care that multiplat titles like Watch Dogs or Destiny are mediocre?

  • Gerald Nchabeleng

    No replay mode as yet, even after the initial update, such a shame because it is so eye candy!
    Next….project cars!!!

  • CAE9872

    Reviews don’t overly surprise me. I will still get this.

  • Sk3tz0

    is it me.. or did not one of those reviews mention how the cars handle and race.. everything about mulitplayer and the looks.. people forget thats not why GT is so popular because of looks.. its because of how each car handles on the track.

  • Francois Knoetze

    Mine is downloaded and I can’t wait. to upgrade from PS+ to full for R509 is a steal in my books. Been dying for a racing game on my ps4.Was not in the mood for NFS rivals and next month it is project cars!

  • Nikola

    What a suprise gamespot gave it a low review, those guys are really bunch of idiots I swear not one of there reviews makes any sense. I might pick up this title will see have not played a decent racer since most wanted that I really enjoyed. Will try the free version first to make sure if it’s decent:)

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