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While Sony and Microsoft fanboys squabble over scraps from sub-par outings, barely-there 1080p and not-quite-60fps titles, PC gamers get to bask in the greatness of unrestricted hardware limitations, and independent games that can break boundaries and push the limits of interactive entertainment ingenuity.
One of those ingenious games planned for release on PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Wii U is Slightly Mad Studios' Project CARS, a game making an indelible impression on the gaming community by pushing the boundaries of graphics, physics and raceway immersion; no pre-baked shadows, no paper mache crowds, no down-scaled cars with missing details and sub-par lighting.
The latest trailer for the game features Zack Hemsey's “Mind Heist” from the trailer of the Christopher Nolan movie Inception, and it puts together a collage of amazing moments featuring high-end motor vehicles and race-ready super cars.
The video above is oh-so-magnificent insofar that it's all fan-made; it's all user-captured footage. No bullshots, no Photoshopping, no press-approved media sampling, none of it. Every single picture, photo, screenshot and trailer of Project CARS is Doritocracy-free and completely backed and approved by the gamers who put down money to support Slightly Mad Studios right out of their own pockets. This is a game made by gamers, from the money of gamers, for gamers.
So far, I'm loving all of what the game has to offer in terms of next-generation physics and handling. You can even see in the trailer above that Slightly Mad Studios is continually improving on the game's car handling for each vehicle, as bumps, curbs, jumps and turns move and affect each vehicle in a different way. It's absolutely beautiful.
In addition to rolling out a new fan-made trailer, the community has also let loose some brand new screenshots from build 612, courtesy of Neptunegames.it. Some of the screenshots below are straight-up mind blowing. Beautiful, beautiful work by Slightly Mad Studios and the community.
The changelog is also featured on Neptunegames.it, so you can see where SMS is starting work on the next-gen consoles. After we asked one of the team members from Slightly Mad Studios whether or not the PS4 and Xbox One would run the game at 720p and 30fps like the Wii U version or if they would be 1080p at 60fps, Slightly Mad Studios declined to answer for now since they're still early on in working on the game for the new generation consoles.
In addition to the screenshots, the changelog and the trailer above, you can also check out a nifty new helmet cam video of in-game play courtesy of AdrianF1esp.
Project CARS is set for release on new-gen consoles, SteamOS and PC in the fall of 2014.