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Driving into 2011: part one

2010 was a defining year for driving games, with high profile titles such as Gran Turismo 5 and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit reaping in high sales and critical acclaim. But it was a trio of racing games that managed to offer a fresh take on what was fast becoming a stale genre: ModNation Racers, Blur and Split/Second.

Unfortunately, despite their innovative ideas, they failed to catch on, and Blur’s poor performance ultimately led to the unfortunate demise of Bizarre Creations. The fact they were released within a weeks of each other probably didn’t help either, but the racing genre is neverthelesss getting back on track after a slump in recent years.

With this in mind, I thought it would be a spiffing idea to map out 2011’s upcoming grid of driving games to mark onto your racing calendar. So join me as we take a leisurely Sunday drive and speculate over the competition.

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