Looking Ahead to 2015 – Five Sports Events from Racing to Wrecking

It’s a safe guess that there’s going to be the inevitable Madden/NBA Live/FIFA/etc.. titles for the coming year though there’s not a whole lot on just what kind of changes or improvements that they’ll bring to their respective franchises just yet. But there are at least five that we can count on including a few from indies that try and put a twist on the usual production, and gameplay, formulas to entertain players looking for a different kind of challenge.

As before, if there’s a sports title that you’re interested in that’s not on this list or you just want to share it with the general public, please feel free to let everyone know in the comments!

Carmageddon: Reincarnation – Stainless Games (Linux, OS X, PS4, Windows, XBO)
TBA 2015

What is it?
Carmageddon’s racing…just with a bodycount. If you’re familiar with the classic version published by Interplay back in the 90s, getting from A to B in an actual race is just a condition. No one said that you couldn’t try and take out the competition — or a football team by driving into a stadium — while doing it. Now Stainless Steel’s Kickstarted death race followup looks to be aiming for a formal release in 2015 after debuting on Steam as part of its Early Access program. Race, wreck everyone in your path, or do both – just like in the good ‘ol days.

Distance – Refract Studios (Linux, OS X, Windows)
TBA 2015

What is it?
A group of DigiPen graduates are putting this racing game together as the spiritual successor to their student project, Nitronic Rush. And thanks to a successful Kickstarter, it was tentatively heading to PCs in 2013, pushed into 2014 with Early Access in December, and looks slated for a 2015 release on the PS4, too. It features a mysterious city with a secret history and loading up your car with enough jumping, twisting, and acrobatic abilities to make Speed Racer green with envy allowing players to drive on nearly everything from roads to buildings. Multiplayer is also going to be built in along with editing tools.

EA Sports PGA Tour – EA Tiburon (PS4, XBO)
Spring 2015

What is it?
According to Peter Moore in an interview with IGN, “We had to reimagine golf”. And living up to that statement, the newest PGA Tour game may take place across popular EA properties such as Battlefield 4. Whether that’s something fans of the series are looking forward to (“My favorite golf course on the Citadel!”) remains to be seen, but it’s a crazy and amusing twist to the series that apparently wants to trade in tiny tweaks to existing courses for radical venues to keep things exciting. Hopefully they won’t forget the PGA die-hards, though it would be great if they include both the official courses along with the ones that cover EA’s empire in one super package. I guess we’ll know more in the coming months, especially at E3.

MLB 15 The Show – SCE San Diego (PS Vita, PS3, PS4)
March 31, 2015

What is it?
The newest iteration of Sony’s MLB series. According to marketing blurbs, this will have licensed equipment, allow players to continue their MLB 14 season, and add in “Legends”, for one each team, spanning seventy years of baseball. In addition to these, the game will boast better graphics, improved mechanics, and an “overhauled Diamond Dynasty” to make it the best version yet.

Project CARS – Slightly Mad Studios (PS4, SteamOS, Wii U, Windows, XBO)
March 17, 2015

What is it?
If you want something a bit more serious than crashing cars into virtual pedestrians or racing like you’re in TRON, this racer could finally be nearly ready for release. Pushed into 2015 and finally given a firm release date, this ambitious racing project avoided Kickstarter and crowd funded this project via Slightly Mad Studios’ own platform. Boasting an advanced driving model, tuning, a wide selection of vehicles ranging from karts to Le Mans Prototypes, a career mode, online features to such as holding race weekends, Oculus Rift support, and 12K resolution, Project CARS’ is aiming high to be the only racer anyone should think about.


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