• Jan 25, 2010
The BBC is planning to turn some of its most popular shows into video games, and along with Doctor Who and a kiddie show called The Night Garden, the Beeb is considering a console version of our favorite motoring show, Top Gear. There's not a lot (or any) information on how the Top Gear game will work, but we do know that the BBC is most interested in creating the games for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii. However, the BBC is also interested in a Facebook game as well as an iPhone version.

Since we don't know anything, let's speculate. How would a Top Gear video game work? Naturally, there'd be a driving component where you take various cars around Top Gear's famed test track. Even better than that, you could take various cars around the track as different Top Gear presenters, including the Stig. Perhaps you could recreate some of the classic battles, like when Jeremy Clarkson and the Audi R8 took on Richard Hammond in the Porsche 911 (available after the jump).

Obviously, we could go on for some time here. So we'll just say that we hope there's a Mortal Kombat style level where the boys get to rip each others' spines out, and leave the rest of the speculating to you, our dear readers.

[Source: Electric Pig]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      They should do it, would be so many missions and you could probably build a car in it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if you get bonus points for making fun of Americans....
        • 4 Years Ago
        You do get points for making it across Alabama without being shot at or killed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No bonus points for things that are requirements.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I imagine GTA-style interaction in a GT-type world.

      I also imagine any implementation of this would totally tank and the presenters will distance themselves from the product.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Star in a reasonably priced car bonus round.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Driver" comes to mind but I'm not sure that's a good thing...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not for the Wii please! What a waste. Xbox360/PS3 is a must.. I cant take anything on the wii seriously, ever.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well see here the thing... if they REALLY base it on the show, then honestly it's not going to be a car racing game at all. It's going to be more of an adventure game where they have to climb Everest with some jerry-rigged Vespa or some other wacky trials and tribulations.

      I absolutely LOVE the show, but lets be honest here - the cars are very secondary to the show. It's more about 3 screw-ups being given challenges to complete and having a good time. The fact that they have access to an awesome track and get to drive some gorgeous machinery is just an added bonus.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ehhh... I love Top Gear with my entire body and soul, but a video game? Meh.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does noone see the problem that they're putting it on the Wii and the DS? I can imagine that we can have a catfight being one of the three, but that's the upper limits of that console...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fantastic.

      Make sure there's a "Strip Poker" section with the Stig. That way, all the fanbois will buy the game for their spank-bank.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they're really serious about it, it could be a hit... imagine if they put the work into it & released a game that included the best of the Top Gear challenges over the years? I'd definitely buy it if it had the arctic challenge, amphibious cars, Vietnam etc on it. Damn, that'd be a good game! Sadly, I doubt they'd ever do it that big.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think their main issue is having the sheer scope of the game would have to be enormous and I don't think the PC Rigs and consoles aren't powerful enough to power it. Maybe in 5 years but, to really do this game justice you'd have to get the theme of being dumped in the middle of a country with little to no money. Talking to natives to search for the cars, then having millions of variables of how you and the A.I/Friends drive effect performance over 3-1000 miles of terrain. Then to have countless bikes/cars with their exact physics built into the game and traffic scenarios like Vietnam get recreated in game....

        Pretty insane when you think about it....

        I think the best bet this game has to being created anywhere near as good as the show is if they become an addition to Forza or Gran Turismo Franchises. Otherwise it won't the game won't get an inch of justice.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Platinum_Skeet
        Considering that they're apparently favoring Wii/DS development, you can pretty much throw any hope of it being a technological tour-de-force right out the window. I see this as being a quick cash grab, and nothing more.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is looooong overdue. Conceptually, I'd include:

        - Be The Stig, racing various cars on the TG track and perhaps elsewhere (they love that private one in Spain).

        - Various TG challenges, including the TV classics and a few new ones. I'd be keen to try the "avoid the redneck in Alabama" challenge, among others.

        - Jeremy Clarkson-eque challenges, where offending "Health & Safety", old people, London's socialist mayor, the environmentally aware, and pretty much anyone else is the goal.

        - "Real" test tracks they use, such as Isle of Mann's B-roads, London, South of France, and others.

        The possibilities are pretty much endless. I'm not much of a gamer anymore but if it were on an iPhone, for $10, I'd get it today.
        • 4 Years Ago
        well for starters they'd have to call it something other than Top Gear.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_Gear_(video_game)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I fully expect this to be crap. But I'm hopeful that it won't be
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