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Rob Prange
27-02-2013, 11:52
Eurogamer Denmark has published a big new preview article on Project CARS, highlighting the progress made during the last few months.

For a few excerpts of the article, make sure to check out the front page story by following this link:

http://www.wmdportal.com/projectnews/the-worlds-most-beautiful-racing-game/

CrimsonChris
27-02-2013, 12:11
What a truly awful picture on the newspaper site. Could they have chosen a worse picture :P

Anyway it's nice to see such a positive reaction :-)

Steve Loader
27-02-2013, 12:54
Hmm, if the Guiness Book of Records had a category for this pCARS would be a shoe-in. :D

Remco Van Dijk
27-02-2013, 13:14
Looks like they posted a blown-up thumbnail as an example of how beautiful pCARS is? :a43:

Aldo Zampatti
27-02-2013, 13:42
Beautiful pCARS, Beautiful Article... Incredible wrong chosen picture size :)

ermo
27-02-2013, 14:21
Here is the most beautiful racing game in the world - Project CARS

The GT5s and FORZAs of this world can pack up and go home. Project CARS beats them in every aspect.

by Martin Wiinholt (http://www.eurogamer.dk/author/468). Published on Thursday, February 21, 2013 (original article in danish here (http://www.eurogamer.dk/articles/2013-02-21-her-er-verdens-smukkeste-racerspil-project-cars))

When racing driver Nic Hamilton and former The Stig, Ben Collins, join forces with Slightly Mad Studios og 14,513 gamers to make the best racing game in the world, it is worth checking out.

Project CARS was launched in October 2011 as a development project where gamers whose interest was piqued could buy in to the project along with Slightly Mad Studios. As such, the concept is different to Kickstarter, in that players are expected to contribute in the form of feedback and testing during the entire process and as such, participants in Project CARS are part of the team as members and not just money men.

>> Screenshot gallery widget here <<

"The whole point of WMD was creating a game where you're listening more to the fans than you are to the publisher," said Creative Director of Slightly Mad Studios, Andy Tudor.

"I don't want to suggest that publishers are evil," he continues, "but we'd rather ask the community what cars they want in the game and what tracks they want in the game, and then we know that the game we're making is the one that these people want to buy."

Since the first development snapshot went live in 2011 the game has seen furious progress. The graphical improvements are too numerous to mention and the feature that people were pining for the most has finally been integrated: Multiplayer.

But no racing game is better than the few square centimeters where the rubber meets the tarmac. It may sound bizarre, but the feeling of driving a 'real' car only emerges when the mathematical model, which is used to simulate how various types of tyres react to various types of tarmac, produces realistic results in the game. In Project CARS, they call it the SETA-model. We are not qualified to describe what it does or how it does it, but we can testify that the result is remarkable realism in a class far beyond other racing simulators.

Car models and tracks are also being included at a steady pace. Cars include brands such as Lotus, Pagani, Ford, Caterham and BMW and many more, but on a personal note, the february arrival of two normal road cars was very welcome.

Paganis and monster cars with 1000 hp is all well and good, but yours truly has always had the most fun with more humble cars which don't kick out as much, quite possibly because I am not as good at driving racing cars as I would like to be. The first two were front wheel drive cars, namely the 2009 Ford Focus RS and the 2011 Pirault Mega SR Cup 265 (it is named Pirault until the licensensing deal goes through with a certain French car company) and they are awesome. The Focus in particular -- bringing to mind Jeremy Clarkson's memorable (http://www.topgear.com/uk/videos/focus-rs-vs-megane-r26r-part-1) Top Gear (http://www.topgear.com/uk/videos/focus-rs-vs-megane-r26r-part-2) review (http://www.topgear.com/uk/videos/focus-rs-vs-megane-r26r-part-3) -- is a hoot to drive as you powerslide around the corners.

One of the strengths of Project CARS is that the developers have adopted a non plus ultra approach*. For instance, they designigned and implemented dynamic weather which landed in the weekly builds late last year, and of course the standing puddles are dynamic, so if you drive around long enough and the the rain isn't too heavy, a dry line emerges which one can fight over with the other cars. There's also things like tyre compounds, fanatically correct sound, car setups, head wind, 24-hour Co-Op races, dynamic time of day including night driving, moon phase and star constellations in the night sky, all of which makes you surrender completely to Project CARS.

But enough with the talk -- as they say, a movie says more than a thousand words and two movies, well, they must say more than one movie ... or something:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Tug6rRMqYuc

And here is movie number two:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cNhOCL0vKNI


*: "non plus ultra" is a term/phrase taken from Latin and means "nothing farther beyond". The Danish version is difficult to translate verbatim without sounding clumsy, so I adopted (what I thought was) a well known idiom instead. The Danish version says that SMS are not shying away from anything in their efforts, but my adaptation works better in English, I think. YMMV. :cool:

Rob Prange
27-02-2013, 14:22
Thanks ermo!

Kindly asked them to replace the EkstraBladet header image with something proper :)

Umer Ahmad
27-02-2013, 14:42
"I'm not saying that computer game publishers are evil"

lol, nice and subliminal. Well played AndyT, well played.

ermo: your English version was really good. Was it close to the original?

This term lost me, "a non plus ultra approach" <--???

Remco Van Dijk
27-02-2013, 14:50
"I'm not saying that computer game publishers are evil"

lol, nice and subliminal. Well played AndyT, well played.

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ermo
27-02-2013, 14:59
ermo: your English version was really good. Was it close to the original?

This term lost me, "a non plus ultra approach" <--???

Was it close to the original? Yeah, pretty close I think (but you should probably ask some of the other Danes in the forum for their opinion, really). I took the liberty of fixing a few slight inaccuracies from the article that would have required rather intimate knowledge of the game development process on the part of the journalist writing the piece.

"non plus ultra" is a term/phrase taken from Latin and means "nothing farther beyond". The Danish version is difficult to translate verbatim without sounding clumsy, so I adopted (what I thought was) a well known idiom instead. The Danish version says that SMS are not shying away from anything in their efforts, but my adaptation works better in English, I think. YMMV. :cool:

Simon Ashbourne
27-02-2013, 15:15
Nice read, thanks for the translation Ermo, nice to get some good press....

Will Fly
27-02-2013, 15:44
Eurogamer Denmark has published a big new preview article on Project CARS, highlighting the progress made during the last few months.

For a few excerpts of the article, make sure to check out the front page story by following this link:

http://www.wmdportal.com/projectnews/the-worlds-most-beautiful-racing-game/

avg detected a threat for me from the link above

Raphael Klapczynski
27-02-2013, 16:13
actually their website does not work here :eek:

Stephane Behr
28-02-2013, 09:32
Excellent article, it's something really pleasant to read for the community, so I can imagine how SMS can be proud of it, even more ! Well deserved, guys :D And thanks for your translation Ermo... !

Oh wait... Look at that !!! I'm even in their 20 pictures selection : n1, clouds over Eifelwald !! :cool: :cool:

Martin Wiinholt
01-03-2013, 13:03
Hi guys

Apologies about the low res image. I originally used a nice high res picture, but the junior editor who entered it into the CMS had problems with the size and so went to the internet and found something easier. Long story short, it is fixed now :-)

Michael Kondos
01-03-2013, 13:08
avg detected a threat for me from the link above

I got that too with norton.. Some malicious tool ip attack

Rob Prange
01-03-2013, 13:22
Hi guys

Apologies about the low res image. I originally used a nice high res picture, but the junior editor who entered it into the CMS had problems with the size and so went to the internet and found something easier. Long story short, it is fixed now :-)

Thanks a lot Martin! :)