DriveClub brings a whole new level of driving experience to the console with gorgeous looking environment and a catalog of interesting luxury cars.
It’s hard to cover in detail but basically DriveClub can be enjoyed in many ways but additional (obviously better content!) is pay-to-play. 🙁 This is unfortunate, considering how nice the game is but that’s how the developers are sustained so they can release new content. DriveClub also introduced the motorcycling form of driving – no rename to “RideClub” but yeah, you get to try out bikes but again it’s pay-to-play.
As for cars, you start off with a good selection of cars and a choice of race to go with. After that, you choose a country, a track, your car and condition settings and off you go!
And that’s pretty much what the game is, there’s no campaign or story. You just drive, level-up, and UNLOCK! Drive some more and if you’re bored, you can buy new challenges.
Thankfully they release FREE DLC from time to time so you do get to expand your vehicle catalog without forking out extra.
The game takes not of your achievement and ranks you among players world-wide, and during the game you’ll even see the shadow of the person that’s a step ahead of you in rank.
Unlock? Yes, by completing certain goals you will unlock new cars.
Free content? They’re on the store, go browse them and download whatever is available.
2 things that I need to highlight about the game.
1. This is NOT Gran Turismo! There’s no tuning and even customizing the paint job for the car is very limited. I’d say DriveClub is a balance between arcade and simulation.
2. If you’re hoping to drive many American Muscle cars or Asian makes – you’ll be disappointed.
Graphics and Audio
Graphically the game is just stunning, the introduction race alone is enough to get you glued to the game. After that it’s about trying out various tracks and weather condition and admire the beauty of nature while revving down the road and hope to survive.
DriveClub comes with this really neat feature that allows you to take control of a camera (literally) and position it whatever you want, including adjusting of camera settings! Of course the camera settings isn’t entirely correct. For example changing of shutter speed only affects motion while aperture only affects the depth of field and background when actually both settings are supposed to affect aperture but I’m digressing here – the camera feature is AWESOME!
An excellent driving game that looks great and fun to play, assuming you don’t mind repeating the course again and again, and don’t mind the lack of American muscle cars and Asian makes, not forgetting the lack of tuning options.
What this means is that the physics of car driving in DriveClub can be quite challenging but since it’s a cross between arcade and simulation, it’s not all that bad as you won’t be bogged down by the need to tune.