MotorStorm %26ndash; Evolution Studios %26ndash; PS3 %26ndash; 03/06/2007
Of all the games at launch, this is without doubt the most enjoyable. As you bounce around the brilliantly designed tracks the chaotic action is infectious. Buggies bounce off trucks, motorbikes jump over SUVs %26ndash; while the losers cartwheel into bottomless canyons in a jumble of car parts and regret. The arcade handling is perfectly balanced, whether you%26rsquo;re tearing around in a buggy, a super-light bike or just ploughing through the lot in a massive truck. And the handling needs to be good as the track deformation %26ndash; creating ruts and furrows in the road as you race %26ndash; means each lap is completely different.
Filthy fun and incredibly addictive, the race is on to win best PS3 driver and, at the moment at least, MotorStorm is firmly in the lead.
Lair %26ndash; Factor 5 %26ndash; PS3 %26ndash; February
This looks amazing. Especially when you kill a dragon by jumping on to its back mid-flight and stabbing its brain. The only thing letting it down are the wafty (and tricky) Sixaxis controls.
Make the pad work and this could result in superb Lord Of The Rings-type carnage.
Gran Turismo 5 %26ndash; Polyphony %26ndash; PS3 %26ndash; ETA 2007
The shock announcement last month that Turismo HD had been canned isn%26rsquo;t actually a disaster. It means that Polyphony can get cracking on a proper full Turismo game on PS3 - GT5. It also means that we get a selection of %26lsquo;concept%26rsquo; versions of HD to download for free in the meantime. These tasters will highlight different aspects of the game, such as the visuals or the next-gen driving engine. Meanwhile the fifth installment is scheduled for 2008 with the tagline %26lsquo;Online Car Life Simulator%26rsquo;.
While we%26rsquo;re waiting for a proper GT you can%26rsquo;t argue with free %26lsquo;episodes%26rsquo; to fuel our motoring passion. Don%26rsquo;t make us wait too long tho.%26rsquo;