Fire, roaring engines and galloping metal riffs are what’s needed for a perfect trailer, and SimBin Studios really seem to have nailed it this time. The Swedish developers have today released the first gameplay trailer for GTR Evolution and launched its official website.
The upcoming racing game will be released for PC in late August of this year, and will feature five new classes of cars including 30 brand new models. Cars you can look forward to race (or crash) are the Corvette C6R, Aston Martin DBR9, BMW M3 GTR, Koenigsegg CCGT and Spyker GT2R and more. The Production car class offers a slightly more sophisticated alternative with cars such as the Audi R8, Dodge Viper SRT/10, Koenigsegg CCX and Gumpert Apollo.
Other than that, it doesn’t seem to have changed that much since its predecessor GTR 2 and frankly, I don’t think it needs to. GTR 2 is to me one of the best realistic race simulators ever made, and I’m not the only one that puts the game on a pedestal. For its time, the game featured amazing graphics (such as getting blinded by the light while driving), extremely realistic handling, incredible details on the car models and sweet features such as the ability to turn your head sideways in the cockpit. If there’s anything to complain about, it’s some minor graphical issues, such as frame rate drops, and a steep learning curve that hits you like a jet-powered freight train.
The game was dreadfully hard to play using only the keyboard, even the driving school could sometimes make you feel like a monkey trying to learn how to talk. When you sooner or later had worked your way into the game, it became a very pleasant experience. GTR 2 made me feel like I was driving a car like no previous racing game had been able to do, the realistic behavior of the other drivers was often surprising and the lighting effects were so convincing that you sometimes had to squint and felt like putting a hand up to block out the sun.
The trailer above doesn’t show that much, but from what I can tell it seems like the game is moving towards a more action packed rock ‘n roll-game instead of the civilized manners we saw in GTR 2. See you on Nürburgring this fall!