Full throttle, drifting the corners and the smell of burning rubber. Auto races. There’s little more exciting, more empowering than flying over the track on your metal horse. Sadly, street races are illegal. And I don’t have my driver’s license.
To be honest, I’ve never been very interested in cars. When I’m in “car boasting” company, I’m happy if I manage to nod and look amazed at the right times. But however uninterested I may be in automobiles, I do enjoy a good ‘virtual drive’ now and then.
We’ve already written about The Best Free Racing Games in the past, but X games aren’t enough to last a lifetime.
Project Torque is a self-proclaimed MMORG. No, not a role-playing game, but a Massively Multiplayer Racing Car Game Online. To dispel the common misunderstanding from the start: online is not the same as in-browser. It actually means you can race against other people from all over the world – with up to twenty different participants. Take a look at the trailer below.
A fun and simple racing car game online. Aeria Games, the online publisher, has delivered splendid work with Project Torque. Not entirely surprising, though, you might already know Aeria Games from previous titles like Wolf Team and Last Chaos.
Online Racing Madness
As said before, Project Torque supports online races with anything between two and twenty different racers. To make this manageable, there are a number of supporting online elements.
You can connect with friends or other racers by using the integrated chat and email clients. Although you don’t have to even touch it to enjoy yourself, the community is an integral part of the game if you’re looking to dive in completely.
Project Torque also regularly organizes tournaments. This, as well as your overall prestige in the normal races will determine your place in the online rankings.
In-Game Shop and Item Mall
There are hardly any games left without a source of revenue. After all, keeping those servers up is a costy job, nevermind developing the game itself. Although some games have been trying in-game advertisement, most still apply a system of micro-transactions. This involves the selling of premium upgrades and car customization parts.
Participating in these micro-transactions is by no means obligatory. Players willing to spend a few bucks here and there have the advantage of quality and often exclusive items. But it lacks the hard work that makes these kind of games great. By working hard, and ascending the skill ladder. You don’t need any of the fancy premium stuff to have fun in the game.
Project Torque is just one of many racing car games online. We’d love to hear the games you play. You can give your suggestions or feedback in the comments section below.
Minimum System Requirement
OS: Windows XP or Vista 32
CPU: 2000 MHz, (AMD: 2000)
Video: DX8 compatible, 512MB Graphics card
Sound: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
Network: DSL, CABLE
input: Analog Controller, USB wheel, or keyboard
Recommended System Requirement
CPU: 2500 MHz, (AMD: 2500)
Video: DX9 compatible, 1GB Graphics card