2K Drive

2K Drive review

2K Drive review

Real racing?

So it really isn't Project Gotham Racing. When word got around that Lucid Games, a team formed from ex-Bizarre veterans, was working on a driving game, several eager fans put two and two together to get PGR5. That wasn't the case, of course: Lucid was instead working with 2K as part of the publisher's concerted push into iOS gaming, on an all-new game that's out to compete with the bountiful successes of CSR and Real Racing.

But there is a lot about 2K Drive that is indebted to PGR, and Lucid's pedigree injects some real legitimacy to the sometimes fuzzy world of the mobile racing genre. Street-spec cars pound around loosely re-imagined urban tracks, while flickering away behind the sweet arc of a powerslide are systems that string all the way back to Metropolis Street Racer's kudos points. So it is Project Gotham Racing, really - but 2K Drive never quite lives up to its legacy.

It makes a decent swipe, though. 2K Drive's handling is surprisingly deep, and in the mobile space uniquely rewarding. There's none of the cotton-wool swathe that mutes Real Racing's cars, and with assists off, 2K Drive doesn't pull any punches. A Fiat 500 will let its front-end lead you waywards until you aggressively coax it around a corner, a feat made possible by a handbrake activated with a swipe of the brake pedal. It's a neat way to broaden the vocabulary of the mobile racer; Lucid is totally justified in its confidence in 2K Drive's handling.

Read more

2K Drive launches worldwide

2K Drive launches worldwide

From the creators of Blur and Project Gotham Racing.

2K Drive has launched worldwide on the App Store.

The 4.99 565MB app was made by Lucid Games, the Liverpool-based studio made up of some of the people who worked at Project Gotham and Blur developer Bizarre Creations.

There's single-player, multiplayer, over 100 unique events and over 25 tracks in five environments. There are 25 licensed cars from the likes of Fiat, Ford and Nissan.

Read more