Upcoming Games- Gravel: (2018)

As of right now it seems like 2018 is going to be a big year for Square Enix. In terms of big releases we are going to get to see blockbuster RPG titles such as Kingdom Hearts III and the Final Fantasy VII: Remake for the PS4. However, outside of the role playing genre of gaming Square Enix along with Italian video game developer Milestone will be releasing new racing game called Gravel.

Gravel is set to be released on February 27th and looks like it will end up being a very interesting racing title. Gravel will include various type of races such as: Speed Cross, Stadium Circuit, Wild Rush and Cross Country. Also, the graphics along with the career mode feature in this game seems very impressive. While racing titles such as Gran Turismo Sport and Forza Motorsport 7 are considered to be the top racing titles in the gaming world right now Gravel is definitely a title worth checking out.

Did Virtual Reality give Gran Turismo Sport the edge over Forza Motorsport 7?

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There is no doubt that Gran Turismo Sport and Forza Motorsport were among two of the biggest racing games of 2017.  The graphics and gameplay of both racing games were amazing but when one compares Gran Turismo Sport to Forza Motorsport 7 there are some major differences that were noticeable between two titles.  Forza Motorosport 7 includes over 700 cars to select from for the Xbox One while Gran Turismo Sport has over 150 cars from players to choose from on the PS4.  Also, the Virtual Reality feature that Gran Turismo Sport has to offer on the PS4 is one of the main things that separates this game from Forza Motorsport 7.

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However, just because Gran Turismo Sport included Virtual Reality support doesn’t automatically mean that it was a superior game.  In fact, Forza Motorsport 7 was named “Best Racing Game” by the Game Critics Awards, The Game Awards of 2017 and IGN in 2017.  Some might say as of right now Forza Motorsport 7 for the Xbox One has the slight edge over Gran Turismo Sport for the PlayStation 4.

Should Rock n Roll Racing be re-released for the SNES Classic Edition?

Aside for the Top Gear racing series from the early to mid 90’s Rock Roll Racing was probably considered one of the most exciting racing games for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.  The isometric racing game had remixes  amazing soundtracks from popular rock bands.  Rock n Roll racing also had some pretty cool features that dealt with racing for money attacking other vehicles during competitions while traveling to multiple planets.  

As far as racing titles for the SNES Classic Edition are concerned we already have F-Zero and Super Mario Kart for old school based retro game consoles.  Having more old school racing titles for the SNES Classic Edition would definitely appeal to retro gamers of the 16 bit era.  

Should the Top Gear series make a return on the SNES Classic?

When it comes down to 16 bit classics for the SNES one of the many titles that comes to mind is the Top Gear series.  Many people remember the first Top Gear game from 1992 mainly because of its colorful graphics and catchy soundtrack.  The second Top Gear had better in game mechanics while the third title had a creative inter-galactic theme to it.


All three Top Gear games are underrated 16 bit classics that do not get talked about as much as they should.  Also, when it comes down to looking for any of the Top Gear titles at used video game stores you will have a slim chance at finding any of them.  The replay value of the Top Gear trilogy was high back in the 90’s and they are racing classics that retro gamers would love to see re-released for the SNES Classic Edition.

Should there be an HD Remake for Top Gear?

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The original Top Gear game was probably one of the most exciting titles for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System when it was first released back in 1992.  When it comes down to 2.5D gaming the original Top Gear title was so much fun to play along with one of its sequels entitled Top Gear 3000 which was released by Kemco and Gremlin Interactive.  As much as many people would love to see a remake of the original Top Gear there is a less than likely chance that it will ever happen.  Gremlin Interactive had closed down in 2003 and its unlikely that Kemco going to do anything with the Top Gear series.

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When it comes down to classic racing titles from the 90’s we got to witness game series such as Sega Outrun come back to life when Outrun 2 was released for the original Xbox Console.  It would be interesting to see the old Top Gear series make a return on the Nintendo Switch preferably as a downloadable software game that could be through the Virtual Console gaming network.  If the Top Gear series was ever revived one of the main questions would include whether or should be released as a 2D or 3D game?

Should there have been more Mario Kart games in arcade centers?

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When it comes down to racing games the Mario Kart series is very popular.  We have seen numerous Mario Kart games released on various Nintendo consoles from the SNES all the way down to the Wii-U.   In terms of Mario Kart games one of the most popular titles that we have seen released worldwide was Mario Kart Arcade GP DX which came out in 2013.  Even though, Mario Kart Arcade GP DX was a fun game to play at entertainment centers some people who are retro gamers cannot help but feel that we should have seen more older Mario Kart titles released in arcade centers.  Imagine what it would have been like to play titles such as Mario Kart 64 and Mario Kart Double Dash in arcade centers in the late 90’s or the early 00’s.  Ever since Mario Kart 64 was released for the Nintendo 64 in 1996 the game had managed to sold close to 10 million units worldwide.  Also, Mario Kart Double Dash has sold close to 7 million units worldwide since its release for the Nintendo GameCube back in 2003.

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As of right now Mario Kart Deluxe 8 is off to a good start in terms of sales since it already sold over one million units worldwide since its release back in April 2017.   When we look at the sales of past Mario Kart games its obvious that frequent  arcade releases were not necessary to increase the popularity of the series itself.   However, the idea of having more Mario Kart games in arcade centers sounds great both in theory and in practice.   If players wanted to do a playthroughs on a particular cup such as Mushroom, Flower, Star or Special cup in arcade centers Nintendo could have found a way to have made it work.

Should Top Gear have received an arcade release during the 90’s?

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When it comes down to racing games the Top Gear series is one of the most well known titles of the early 90’s.   The original Top Gear game was so much fun to play for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and many people feel that the series itself was underrated.  In terms of worldwide sales the Top Gear games for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System did  not do to well.  Some people would probably argue that the original Top Gear game should have received an arcade release before it was released for the SNES.   During the early 90’s we had so many cool racing games in arcade centers worldwide including Sega Outurn, Daytona USA and Cruis’n USA that eventually received various ports to different game consoles.

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Some would argue that if the original Top Gear game for the SNES was featured in arcade centers first the game would have been much bigger than it was during the early 90’s.  However, it quite debatable on whether or not Top Gear would have been big as Sega Outrun or Daytona USA back then.  It also debatable on whether or not it would have lead to more worldwide sales for the Super Nintendo.   But the original Top Gear game had the potential to be an arcade classic considering the fact that you had a limited amount of cars to choose from along with a few stages similar to most arcade racing games.