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Codemasters Fuel – Click above to watch the video

Getting tired of driving over the same virtual circuits over and over again? Sure, it's a good way to get to know a track, but if can get tiresome. That's why Codemasters – the game studio behind DiRT, Grid and the upcoming F1 series – is releasing Fuel.

The arcade-style racing game boasts a Guinness World Record for the most virtual terrain in any video game: a whopping 5,560 square miles of drivable turf. To design the digital turf layout, developers took the entire Western United States and put the best into the game, encompassing everything from city streets and desert highways to switchback country roads and snowy mountain passes, in all manner of weather conditions.

The paddock of vehicles includes motorbikes, race cars and trucks, but they're all fictitious, so if you're looking for a realistic racing simulator, look elsewhere. If, on the other hand, you're looking for an old-school arcade game with a virtually endless array of tracks, this game's got your name written all over it. Check out the video after the jump and the high-res screencaps in the gallery below. Fuel releases for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Windows on June 5.



[Source: Codemasters]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Siiiiicccckkkkkkk!!!!! That's all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      wow, awesome video i want
      • 5 Years Ago
      I dream of a game that combines this and Gran Turismo. That will have every type of real car, so you can do any type of racing or just drive around with no boundaries.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This seems like a good idea but really the game is terrible. It mostly comes from the fact that all the cars have center-point rotation instead of a more realistic method that doesn't let a car simply rotate on a center axis.

      That and while there's a ton of miles, they're mostly empty boring places with no other interaction except driving from one far off place, to another. That and you're not free to roam as soon as you start the game and instead have to 'unlock' areas.

      If you like racing games at all I'd say pass on this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In that case, I retract my previous statement. However, I'd still like to upgrade my machine to make GRID work like it should.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That would be pretty cool. When I was younger, I'd always try to explore out of the regular map area, and end up hitting those fake barriers (or conveniently placed mountains or large rivers or what have you). Then I'd do noclip, but with obvious funky results.

      It's always been a bit of a fantasy of mine to just be able to explore and keep going for almost forever... like the real world.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Test Drive Unlimited for PC is the best free-roaming racer I've played. Highly arcadey physics, but beautiful graphics and lots of public roads to drive on.

        You might also try Racer, an open-source PC sim--there are a few free-roaming town/countryside maps floating around. It's buggy and hard to play w/out a wheel, but it's free.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No, it actually came out on the second... I'm not sure where they got the 5th from...

      the average press score from gamestats is a 6.0, with IGN giving it a 5.1. So yeah, I'd say it's a flop...
        • 5 Years Ago
        hmmm, I guess people only agree when you say it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ill have to check this game out... Like Paul said.. I always just wanted to be able to drive everywhere.. hah.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Same here! I just wish they used the Boston area! I've been wanting to race on Storrow Drive for 2 decades! It's just an aweome road.. That and Memorial drive!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        My current machine can't even handle GRID at full res, but I think I'll be upgrading pretty soon just so I could try this one out.

        Oh, and um... work with some professional 3D render software. That's *mainly* what it's for. Or at least that's what I keep telling myself.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would like to have grand theft auto with gran turismo graphics with lots of real cars, tracks inside the cities to race just like in gt5 and missions. The ability to tune cars just like you do in real life by buying parts on ebay, or from a shop and adding custom designs to your cars..
        • 5 Years Ago
        I hope gt5 gives us a small city just to cruze around with the cars you buy. Make it available online where a few 10 or so players can meet online in a small city with curvy roads and that would be awesome.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Need for Speed Underground sort of did this, but the realism of racing left a lot to be desired.

        I think one of the new Need for Speed games is attempting something like this as well, but again, it's probably not the one with realistic physics.
      • 5 Years Ago
      IS THIS A SERIOUS AUTO SITE OR A GAMING SITE? GROW UP!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't know a car car or motorcycle buff who does not love a good computer or console simulation for entertainment, mostly to do silly things you normally can't. I also don't know too many people at any age who dislike games, whether it's a simulation, cards or a slot machine. So, what does age have to do with it unless your a miserable old fart? At least shut off the caps locks key.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ugh. You're an idiot. It is a game about driving automobiles, so it is relevant to this site. And, since when are video games not for grown-ups? Are you like 80, because the only people who I've come across who think gaming is for children are elderly?
      • 5 Years Ago
      that's like 1/8 of the entire road network in the USA

      now we just need a certified gps on the vehicle of choice
      and guinness can give an award to whoever drives every square mile the fastest
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