ICYMI: This week in racing games – 2 December 2022

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Welcome to Rear View Mirror, your weekly racing game news roundup. Get up to speed on all the latest racing game news from the past week.

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From the long-awaited release of Need for Speed Unbound to the reveal of the Forza Horizon 5 Horizon Holidays season, here’s everything you may have missed in the world of racing games this week.

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Need for Speed Unbound review

After three years, a new Need for Speed game is finally here. Criterion’s Need for Speed Unbound is out now for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S - it's time to hit the streets of Lakeshore.

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With its unique art style, deeper customisation, and anime-inspired cartoon effects, NFS Unbound takes the series in a refreshing new direction. But does it pay off or is it stuck in first gear? Find out in our Need for Speed Unbound review.

We’ve also got five handy Need for Speed Unbound tips and tricks to help you get started on your street racing journey.

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Forza Horizon 5 Horizon Holidays Series revealed

The holidays are coming in Forza Horizon 5.

Forza Horizon 5 is celebrating the Christmas season with the new Horizon Holidays Series. Starting next week, Horizon Holidays brings new reward cars, a chance to receive free gifts in the new and improved Secret Santa, and the return of the Ice Rink Stadium.

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Players will also receive the Cupra UrbanRebel concept racer as a free gift along with the Lamborghini Sian Roadster if enough gifts are exchanged in the new and improved Secret Santa.

Ferrari Vision GT coming to Gran Turismo 7

As part of Gran Turismo’s 25th-anniversary celebrations, the Ferrari presented its first-ever Vision GT car at the 2022 Gran Turismo World Finals in Monaco.

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Ferrari Vision GT previews the future design language of Ferrari road and race cars, we've been swooning over its dramatic design ever since it was revealed.

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While it will never enter production in real life, Gran Turismo 7 players can take the Ferrari Vision GT for a virtual spin later this month. 

In other racing game news…

Gran Turismo is synonymous with PlayStation. It’s one of the best-selling PlayStation-exclusive franchises of all time, but Kazunori Yamauchi has hinted that Gran Turismo 7 could be ported to PC like Spider-Man, Uncharted 4 and God of War.

The Forza Horizon 5 Auction House has been closed for weeks after a Super7 exploit broke the in-game economy. Thankfully, the Auction House is back open for business.

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As a goodwill gesture for the disruption, Playground Games has gifted all Forza Horizon 5 players two hard-to-find cars.

Need for Speed Unbound is enjoying the spotlight, but developer Criterion is better known for the acclaimed Burnout arcade racers. Sadly, it’s been over a decade since we’ve had a new Burnout game and EA doesn’t seem interested in reviving the series.

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This could finally change, as comments by NFS Unbound’s creative director suggest Criterion wants to bring back Burnout for a new generation.

With the 2022 Formula 1 season over, Codemasters has updated the F1 22 driver ratings for the last time – and there are some big changes at the back of the grid.

WRC Generations continues to improve, with the latest update fixing a long-standing throttle input bug among other issues.

As we race into December, we were starting to wonder what’s going on with Disney Speedstorm. The family-friendly kart racer was due to release in 2022, but Gameloft has delayed it until 2023 to give it some extra polish.

In case you missed it…

With Kazunoari hinting at Gran Turismo 7 coming to PC in the future, we examine why a GT7 PC release would be a bad move for the franchise and why it should stay a PlayStation exclusive.