List: Our Gamer Wishlist

By John Beltz Snyder

September 24, 2009


Namco Ms. Pac-Man Plug and Play: It includes Pole Position. Remember Pole Position? Great game.


MotorStorm-Arctic Edge: While the MotorStorm games may not embrace the realism of some other racing franchises, the high-intensity off-road sprints across brutal terrain always promise adrenaline-fueled fun. The newest title, set in Alaska, includes snowmobiles. It brings us back to our time with the Ski-Doo earlier this year. We will have a review of this game available very soon. Release date is September 29, 2009 for the PlayStation Portable.


Gran Turismo (PSP): This portable version of the classic Gran Turismo franchise combines elements of GT4 with the physics of GT5. It's the perfect way for us to get our driving simulator fix on-the-go. Release date is set for October 1, 2009.


Need For Speed-Nitro: For more arcade-style racing, full of drifting and boosting, Need For Speed: Nitro should be a decent street-racing game for the Wii, especially for gamers who like to outrun the cops. This one drops on November 17, 2009.


Dirt 2: While this game might be a little too X-Games-esque for some folks' tastes, it offers something a little different than other franchises. This game offers several styles of racing, different game modes, and a high level of customization. Not our first choice, but a good off-road racing game for those who are looking for something unique. Available soon on PC, PS3, Xbox360, Wi, PSP, and Nintendo DS.


F1 2009: While the graphics look a little chunky on this Nintendo Wii and PSP title, we can't resist a new Formula 1 racing game. Expect it to be released this fall.


Need For Speed-Shift: This highly-anticipated Need For Speed title promises a good balance of simulation and arcade-style gaming. The developers appear to have payed close attention to detail, especially with the cockpit view. The game modes should be both exciting and involving, without being too over-the-top for more serious driving enthusiasts. It's definitely worth a go, whether for PS3, Xbox 360, or PC. Played it already? Make sure to let us know what you think.


Forza Motorsport 3: This title alone may be reason enough to pick up an XBox 360, if you haven't already. The Microsoft platform's counterpart to Sony's Gran Turismo series offers amazing graphics, and promises realistic driving dynamics and detail. Release date: October 27, 2009.


Gran Turismo 5: This PlayStation 3 title won't be coming out in Japan until March, 2010. Who knows when it'll finally hit U.S. shores. Hopefully, our copy of GT5: Prologue will make it until then. It's been threatening to melt, we've been playing it so much. The newest GT title will finally feature Bugatti and Ferrari (hooray!), as well as the Nascar series (...).

Namco MotorStorm-Arctic Gran Need Dirt F1 Need Forza Gran

Unfortunately, we can’t always be behind the wheel. We certainly can’t do all the things we’d like to do behind the wheel. If we did, we’d go to jail. Or die.

Perhaps this explains our love of video games. They allow us to speed, swerve, even drive off cliffs without mortal or legal repercussions. And video games don’t require a fill-up every couple hundred miles.

While nothing beats caning our favorite automobiles on real pavement whenever we get the chance, racing games offer the opportunity to simulate driving cars we often wouldn’t be able to afford on roads we usually have access to. For this, we are thankful, and offer our wishlist, as drivers and gamers, of video games on sale now or in the near future.

Click through the gallery above to see our list, and enjoy.