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Project CARS trailer highlights a problem in the gaming industry

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People are excited for games they want. It’s a good thing. We love the experiences that rad games offer and we want to know which games are going to offer them. Project CARS is one such exciting possible experience. There’s a new trailer to show us why, but the fact that I’m writing about it makes me sad.

Here is the Project CARS Renault Sport Trailer:

Okay, before I begin my little rant, that video looks absolutely gorgeous. It’s honestly at the point where I can’t tell the difference between a real ad for those cars and the game because it’s so darn pretty. The game is looking rad and I’m sure it will offer an incredible experience for those who want to get their vroom vroom on. Well done.

But why am I writing about one car coming to a game? How is this something worthwhile? Were any of you holding out to pre-order the game until you knew Renault was represented? No, of course not. What probably happened was the developers signed an agreement with Renault which included some extra PR around the inclusion of the car in the game. Is it a cool car that some of you will use? Of course it is! Does it need a trailer? Of course it doesn’t. But this is what gaming has become – a series of screenshots and trailers to help build hype about features or elements in a game that you might never touch. It doesn’t matter whether the trailer is actually relevant to gameplay, it’s about keeping the game in your minds until it launches.

So my work here is done. I hope you’re even more hyped for Project CARS if that’s your jam, and I hope you actually care about Renault enough to make watching that trailer worthwhile. Now I’m going to go back to searching for screenshots and trailers for other games everyone is desperate for more details on.

Last Updated: April 10, 2015


  1. Greylingad

    April 10, 2015 at 17:07

    Haha, good point! I’m sure we’re all going to enjoy the rich environment of the Witcher 3 just to forget about all the things mentioned in the trailers…


  2. Ryanza

    April 10, 2015 at 18:29

    I was holding off from pre-ordering Project Cars to see if the retail version will be DRM-FREE, it’s not. And the other reason is that Grid 2 engine. Will they be able to get a proper racing sim out of that Grid 2 engine. I still don’t know. So Renault Sport car is not going to be me to pre-order nor buy this game.

    I was really looking forward to this game and I really hoped that it would turn out good. Sad that they didn’t make a version for this game that I can buy and they didn’t advertise the game properly. You got to market yourself as the same or better than Forza and GT or else I won’t be interested in this shit.

    Don’t Support DRM. The Witcher 3 horse racing is coming.


    • Travi the Batman

      April 11, 2015 at 04:01

      ..what? PCARS runs on the Madness engine that Slightly Mad developed for Need for Speed: Shift.


      • Ryanza

        April 11, 2015 at 08:07

        Yes I was thinking about Shift 2. Don’t know why I said Grid 2. Similar games I suppose.

        I didn’t say that Project Cars should be a true racing sim like GT. They said creating a racing sim. So I am expecting, Forza and GT or better, racing sim on the PC. The Shift 2 engine kinda makes me worried. But if they can fine tune that engine to deliver an amazing racing sim then I will give props. But it’s still DRM. So no props really. The graphics does look good though. But that’s all I can say so far.


        • Travi the Batman

          April 11, 2015 at 10:06

          GT? A true sim? *iRacing elitist snort followed by chuckling*


          • Ryanza

            April 12, 2015 at 14:10

            Nit picking fucking words. Is Project Cars like Shift 2 or is Project Cars like GT. Hell is Project Cars even like iRacing. Tell us where the fuck the game stands. That is the issue I brought up. And the DRM issue.

            But thank you for the name of the engine. That helps us casual gamers how?

          • Wesley Fick

            April 23, 2015 at 00:22

            Take Shift, mix it with ProStreet and you have some of the basic elements of Project Cars. Its not exactly like that, but its pretty close to what the outcome would be if those two games had a baby. Minus all the annoying announcers at races, of course.

        • ModernTimes2

          April 11, 2015 at 15:59

          It’s not the “Shift 2 engine”, It’s the “Madness Engine” which has now seen 4+ years of development since it was used in Shift 2. It’s nothing like it was back then (and of course S2U was an EA production, which is why SMS went independent).


          • Matthew Holliday

            April 11, 2015 at 19:41

            CoD did the same with their engine, yet people still complain about that.
            are “original” IPs exempt from scrutiny?

          • ModernTimes2

            April 11, 2015 at 21:42

            Not sure what you’re getting at. The Madness engine has been watched with microscopes and x-rays by WMD members (and to some degree the public) for 3.5 years. No other sim engine has undergone this kind of scrutiny during its development.

          • Travi the Batman

            April 11, 2015 at 22:22

            ..I sincerely hope you’re kidding.
            You’re giving PCARS way too much praise. If you would have played it, you’d know it’s not a simulator. It’s a simcade much in the same way as F1 2014, Forza or Gran Turismo A.K.A a racing game with simulation elements, but no simulation physics.

            Project CARS is not as realistic as people hype it to be. Sorry to burst your bubble.

          • ModernTimes2

            April 12, 2015 at 00:27

            I’ve been testing pCARS for 3.5 years – I do have an idea of what I’m talking about πŸ˜‰

            Of course it’s a simulator – that’s exactly what it is. Claiming that it’s some kind of ***cade robs you clean of any credibility.

            Oh, and I have given you some simple facts, not any hype.

          • Travi the Batman

            April 12, 2015 at 01:43

            What’s yer profile name.

          • Travi the Batman

            April 12, 2015 at 01:45

            Also, no. No it’s not. Not anymore. Slightly Mad has made it more and more into a simcade. Look, go play Assetto Corsa, rFactor 2, Game Stock Car Extreme, GTR2 or iRacing. Those are sims.
            I’ve played sims since 2004, raced in countless leagues AND I do motorsports for a living.
            So I know what I’m talking about πŸ˜‰

          • ModernTimes2

            April 12, 2015 at 04:00

            I play other sims to, don’t worry. This isn’t about sim “credentials”, this is about the history and state of the Madness Engine – I see my passing on of facts regarding that was futile in your case though.

          • Darren Peach

            April 14, 2015 at 02:45

            LOL, All this talk of sims. Get up, Pick up your keys, Drive to Kyalami, Understeer into barrier, Spend two months in hospital with multiple compound breaks and third degree burns on your left butt cheek, Leave hospital and do 6 months of physio and finally get hom. Plonk yourself on the couch and start Project CARS. Crash badly and write off your car on The Green Hell cause……. It’s a sim and all. Press reset and try again….. Mmmmm, who gives a hoot what it is ? I can go very very fast and I don’t have to pay any costly bills when I understeer into a barrier.

          • Matthew Holliday

            April 13, 2015 at 09:27

            i think simcade is a deceptive term. but from my interperetation of it, its pretty accurate to pcars.
            i dont see the difference between a racing sim and arcade as all that much.

          • Zubayr Bhyat

            April 13, 2015 at 12:21

            Played Assetto Corsa or Richard Burns Rally? πŸ™‚

          • Ryanza

            April 12, 2015 at 14:07

            I forget how you car people can also get like this. Travi mentioned the name of the engine above. Do you really think I was calling the engine, need for speed shift 2. or was merely saying the engine that was used in shift 2.

            My issue was is Project Cars like Shift 2 or is it like GT? Where the fuck does Project Cars stand? Answer that. Don’t nit pick “shift 2 engine”.

  3. Spathi

    April 10, 2015 at 21:48

    Zoe, I really don’t get your rant. Not on any level. Without advertising, Lazygamer would stop to exist. No news, no gaming sites. And about the Renault, even though I don’t specifically care for the brand, it’s clear that you don’t have a passion for cars in general, otherwise you would’ve understood that one brand can actually make you buy a game πŸ™‚


    • Travi the Batman

      April 11, 2015 at 04:03

      Zoe is not a car fan so she aint the right person to report about sims. Well, simcades.


  4. Glacier

    April 11, 2015 at 02:17

    Does anybody know the car count in this game?


    • Darren Peach

      April 11, 2015 at 02:47

      Relatively small.


      • Glacier

        April 11, 2015 at 02:59

        That’s OK quality > quantity. There are different types of cars, they look very detailed. Career mode sounds great and there are 60 tracks with weather and different time of day


    • HardRock

      April 12, 2015 at 10:36

      About 70 at release, including the two DLCs. More to come later.


  5. Darren Peach

    April 11, 2015 at 02:45

    While some may be baffled by your gripe, I get it. One that I observed a few years ago was when Gran Turismo 5 came out and there were only 200 premium cars and worst still was the fact that the standard cars had no interior views. Sacrilegious. Once you go interior there is no substitute.


  6. Travi the Batman

    April 11, 2015 at 03:58

    “Keep the game in your mind before it launches ”
    B- but that’s how marketing works, Zoe!


  7. you fool

    April 11, 2015 at 14:01

    erm… just want to point out most project cars trailers are FAN MADE, this is NOT a new trailer its been on youtube (on an account not owned by p.cars, sms, renault or bandai) since Renault was announced months ago, just like every other car that has been announced its got fans who make trailers, why did you pick up on this trailer and not the lykan hypersport? or would you have said that they are being paid by FF6? hey wait here is a thought, they released the lykan hypersport video to get free advertising when people google to find out what the car in FF6 is and they release a renault video as the renault clio cup season starts! so they get views on their video from people looking for the clio cup. flipping idiot. think before you write rant but cant be bothered to find out why they might be doing the thing that has pissed you off in the first place. further more, p.cars isnt aimed at gamers, its aimed at racing fans. oh and you say ” Were any of you holding out to pre-order the game until you knew Renault was represented? No, of course not.” well actually ALOT OF PEOPLE WANTED THE CLIO CUP IN THE GAME, so they probably would wait to see if its in the game, and not once does the trailer try to get you to pre order the game. did you even watch the video? Or did you just try to further your career by jumping on the hypetrain without knowing anything about the game and how it is being made? lazy journalism.


  8. Nona Yobiz

    April 11, 2015 at 14:09

    This article highlights another problem in the gaming industry: Everybody with a computer and a keyboard can call himself a gaming journalist.


  9. Matthew Holliday

    April 11, 2015 at 19:47

    still not sure im buying into this game.
    the visuals are amazing, sure, but what makes it different from GRID Autosport? good visuals, race tracks and decent driving.

    personally find race track games to be boring. its all about technical driving, once you get used to that, the game just becomes repetitive and boring.
    GRID autosport lasted me 7 hours befor i got bored of it, what guarantees does this game give you that it wont do the same?


    • Wesley Fick

      April 23, 2015 at 00:14

      Well, it depends. If you liked Need for Speed Shift and Prostreet, this is right up your alley. The sense of speed is there, the handling is spot on (especially in a Porsche) and the sounds are just as good. Technically it is also very good but ultimately it brings back the joy I had in taking a car round the Nurburging in GT4.

      While I also have Autosport, I don’t believe its the best Codemasters can do. GRID was a fine piece of work, but Autosport is them rushing to put up an apology for GRID 2, which saw some of the first game’s fans (myself included) shy away from it because of the changes to the physics and the handling model. #2 just felt like another Shift 2 and that didn’t sit very well with me.


      • Matthew Holliday

        April 23, 2015 at 09:04

        never got into shift. didnt feel like a NFS game.
        pro street was the drag one right? meh.
        i like NFS for its mindless fun. it doesnt pretend to be anything else and makes all other racers look like tryhards. handbrake turns at 250kph, NOS etc…

        i actually thought GRID autosport was pretty good, great driving and pretty graphics, perhaps the driving was a bit limited, unforgiving if you dont drive the way they wanted, but it was SO boring and repetative.
        GRID 1 was fun, il give you that much, it ran 100% on trash PCs while still giving you great graphics, but on certain modes/tracks, you could still hit handbrake round a corner when you wanted to and drift like the fast and the furious, without dropping you to last place.

        heck, even with all the flack grid 2 got, i atleast finished that game, which cant be said for grid 1 or autosport.

        project cars doesnt look like mindless fun. it looks like it will punish mistakes hard and wont reward excellence enough to make the effort worth it.


  10. David Gordon

    April 11, 2015 at 20:45

    this article highlights a problem with gaming journalism that people writing about stuff they don’t understand or research to get an understanding about the subject their writing about shouldn’t do so.


  11. PicklePod

    April 12, 2015 at 02:42

    I get what you are trying to say, but you’ve picked the worse type of game and and just acted like a hypocrite
    -Out of all the games out there, you pick a simulator? I play sims sometimes, mostly flight sims. Each vehicle or aircraft is highly detailed to closely resemble the real thing as much as possible (depending on the title), so when a single plane is added to DCS World for example, its a big deal. This isn’t Ace Combat or Need for Speed, also fun games to play and better examples you could have used.
    -You could have written something a bit more in depth, listing different games that do this for example, but you ended up writing about one car and complaining about a video about one car, a short click-bait article the same way that the short trailer generates hype. You contradicted yourself. This might highlight a problem with gaming journalism?


  12. Ryanza

    April 12, 2015 at 14:19

    I agree with Zoe’s rant. Zoe don’t let this people get you down. Your rant is valid. You want to write about Project Cars not Project fucking Car. Who cares about one car that we see everyday on our streets. Show us the shit we can never afford. Show us the shit we can never drive. Renault, fuck off.


  13. jonathan carter

    April 12, 2015 at 16:13

    I think you (the author) are thinking about it too much. The Clio cup has a huge following and is deemed by many the way into serious competitive motor sport. The fact there is a trailer on it is great.


  14. Axon1988

    April 13, 2015 at 08:31

    It’s not just that, but how a lot of companies focus on doing more PR for the DLCs that are coming to games rather than the base game itself.
    Or my biggest issue right now is how companies use development of a game to focus on DLC rather than fixing bugs. I play games where there are game breaking bugs in the game since launch, but the game has 24 DLC available? REALLY NOW…


  15. The Jackal

    April 13, 2015 at 09:10

    You guys are fucking idiots. Lets wait for the game to be released before we rate it and say what type of game it is. And please don’t buy this shit before there has been proper reviews out.


  16. Kikmi

    April 13, 2015 at 09:54

    Can’t tell you how happy it makes me they used an actual orchestral song and not some fucking ridiculous toaster in a blender dubstep crap


  17. Zubayr Bhyat

    April 13, 2015 at 12:26

    TBH Renault doesn’t excite me that much at all. There are so many other great cars in the game that are worthy of attention – and not advertised that much. I played on an early version of the game at rAge – and that RUF was plain awesome, so was the rest of the game.

    Where I have a problem is when pre-order incentives have useful characters or classes that make the game feel more complete. Evolve’s Behemoth πŸ™ Anyway – different game, different kettle of fish.


  18. Joker121

    April 13, 2015 at 15:04

    “rad” do people still use that word??


  19. Joker121

    April 13, 2015 at 15:10

    wait a month before you even think about buying this game. Check reviews etc multiple reviews and check what averages in terms of realism physics etc etc you can come up with. Then make your decision. Lots of people will buy on launch date let the hapless fools serve as your guinea pigs


    • PD

      April 22, 2015 at 23:20

      I’m not sure that the ‘hapless’ fools that buy pCARS on launch are the guinea pigs. The game has been in closed beta for 3 years with the community providing input and feedback to the devs. The guinea pig stage has been and gone……and the closed beta community will tell you how great this title is.


  20. ModernTimes2

    April 13, 2015 at 17:19

    How on earth is it a “problem in the gaming industry” that a video featuring Project CARS and Renault Sport?

    This is a whole new level of completely pointless whining.


  21. Wesley Fick

    April 23, 2015 at 00:08

    Having played Project Cars before, I can see why they introduce each new car with its own trailer. They all have different characteristics and personalities. Hell, they even have different engine notes. Gran Turismo doesn’t do the same because all of their cars sound like vacuum cleaners (with the exception of a handful of examples). As a long-time racing fanatic and enthusiast, I’ve certainly grown to latch on to certain cars in every game because they either match my driving style or are difficult to master. I remember each one somewhat fondly and the RUF RGT that was shown off at rAge was certainly enough to give me goosebumps on my arms.


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