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E3 2017 Racing Game Roundup

As the 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo wraps up, virtual driving fans are left with heightened expectations for improvements in graphics, simulation, and the overall racing experience. But mostly graphics. This year, visual fidelity is summed up with three magic phrases: 4k, 60 fps, and HDR. Here's what each conference is throwing down:

Need for Speed: Payback

Ghost Games

The adrenaline filled racing series from EA is taking inspiration cues from the Fast and the Furious films by turning their game into one giant cutscene with some driving in between. At least, that's the general audience reaction when watching the gameplay trailer. The game allows players to drive as three difference characters in the story mode along with the ability to customize cars from barn-find derelicts into supercars of different purposes like a drag racing monster or off road beast.

Forza Motorsport 7

Turn 10

Turn 10's.... tenth Forza game boasts over 700 cars, over 30 tracks, dynamic weather, improved spectator system, and enhanced graphics on the new Xbox One X game system - namely 4k resolution and 60 frame per second stability. Microsoft also announced a six year partnership with Porsche to announce the release of the 2018 911 GT2 RS. The partnership is non-exclusive, meaning other companies won't be locked out of Porsche rights, but its exact details are not yet revealed. It will mostly likely entail Forza 7 receiving new downloadable Porsches at a much faster rate than other franchises.

The Crew 2

Ivory Tower

In the Ubisoft corner, Ivory Tower studios is taking the free-roaming aspect of The Crew and turning it up to 11 by giving players the chance to race on land, sea, and air in a mix of supercars, off roaders, motorcycles, airplanes, and speedboats. Ubisoft says the racing locales will reach from New York to the Rocky Mountains to everything in between including racing next to and on the Mississippi river. Players can collect and customize their vehicles as they see fit. Interested parties can register for the Beta on any of the three systems right now following the official link. A 9-minute gameplay video of The Crew 2 can be seen by clicking on this link.

Gran Turismo Sport

Polyphony Digital

Polyphony is taking the Sport term seriously as they say they are the first online racing game to feature FIA certified championships. Players can undergo matchmaking to find other racers of similar skill and compete in championships representing a country or manufacturer of their choice. Players will have access to 140 cars with detailed interiors, 27 different race tracks, and 19 different locales. Additional details to be announced.