Before buying a video game for car fanatics, first find out if they already own the game and secondly, if they actually want the game you’re about to buy. Gamers are a tough bunch to please but we’re here to help. First off, remember not to buy games based on trailers alone because they make games, even bad ones, look amazing. Secondly, keep reading this post for the Mojo Motors Blog top picks of racing video games.
Mario Kart 7 ($39.99)
Mario Kart has been the bread and butter of the Nintendo brand and its history can be traced all the way back to 1992. If the gamer in your life has a Nintendo 3DS and they’ve been around through the glory days of Mario Kart, this is a must buy. Especially when considering IGN.com gave Mario Kart 7 a nearly perfect score of 9.
Consoles: Nintendo 3DS
Need for Speed: The Run ($43.00)
Need for Speed: The Run is the 18th and newest game in the Need for Speed franchise. Like Need for Speed games of the past, The Run is focused on the driving and car chase gameplay, not story development. Sophisticated gamers might find this off-putting, which explains the game’s IGN.com score of 6.5. For die-hard fans of the series, meanwhile, this game is a big win.
Consoles: 3DS, PC, Xbox 360, PS3, Wii
Forza Motorsport 4 ($50.00)
Forza Motorsport 4 has been hailed as one of the best games ever. Yes, you read that correctly. Best game ever. IGN.com gave the game a score of 9.5 and even gamers who don’t typically buy racing games have fallen in love. The game also has a partnership with Top Gear which adds to its legitimacy of offering an incomparable virtual driving experience.
Consoles: Xbox 360
Dirt 3 ($36.99)
Dirt 3 is like the Forza 4 of rally racing games. IGN.com gave the game a score of 8.5 and the racing is so realistic, playing on the hardcore mode proves why being a virtual race car driver is harder than it looks. Heck, even on casual mode the game is demanding and may cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Dirt 3 also features a gymkhana mode so gamers can their Ken Block on by doing really impressive doughnuts and burnouts.
Console: PS3, PC, Xbox 360
For more gift ideas check out the Mojo Motors Blog 2011 Gift Guide.