Jostling for attention this holiday season will be racing simulations Project Cars 2, Forza Motorsport 7 and Gran Turismo Sport, with Need for Speed: Payback drawing plenty of comparisons to the Fast & Furious format of camaraderie and high-velocity crime.

Project CARS 2
From Sept 22
For PS4, XBO, WinPC
An intensely dedicated racing simulation spanning five disciplines – open-wheel, GT, prototypes, rally cross, touring cars – with over 180 car marques involved and 60 tracks to conquer, Project Cars 2 challenges Gran Turismo Sport and Forza Motorsport 7 for this year’s genre crown, and isn’t beholden to PlayStation or Xbox platforms.

Forza Motorsport 7
From Oct 3
For Xbox One, Windows 10
A flagship title for the upgraded Xbox One X console which launches a month later on November 7, boasting upwards of 700 cars and 30 tracks, plus player-created drivers and the introduction of weather that changes over the course of a race. As with Forza Horizon 3, purchasing on Xbox One or Windows 10 grants access to the game on the other platform as well.

Gran Turismo Sport
From Oct 17
For PlayStation 4 and PSVR
A relatively pared-down, competition-focused entry to the notoriously extravagant racing franchise still boasts over 170 cars and 19 tracks. Four years after the console’s release, this is the flagship franchise’s first PS4 title after 2013’s Gran Turismo 6 remained a PS3 exclusive.

Need for Speed: Payback
From Nov 10
For PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC
Where GT Sport, Project Cars 2 and Forza 7 look to simulate motor racing, NfS: Payback is firmly within the arcade tradition, complete with turbo boosts and outrageous police chases, and its story mode leans in on similarities to cinema’s blockbuster Fast & Furious franchise. — AFP Relaxnews


Holiday 2017 preview: Four driving games for September to November