Welcome to Rear View Mirror, your weekly racing game news roundup. Get up to speed on everything that happened in the world of racing games this week.
Forza Horizon 5 Rami's Racing History revealed
During the latest Forza Monthly, Playground Games lifted the lid on Forza Horizon 5 Series 11: Rami’s Racing History. However, Playground Games is ditching numbered series going forward.
Starting on 14 August, Rami’s Racing History will feature a new eight-chapter Horizon Story where you’ll learn about the history of Mexican car culture and racing.
The weekly Festival Playlists will also celebrate four eras of cars from the 1970s to the 2010s, with new cars joining the roster including the historic 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR and the console game debut of the brand new 2021 BMW M4 Competition Coupe.
F1 22 patch finally fixes AI straight line issues
Over the last few weeks, F1 22 has been plagued by AI balancing issues. With AI opponents gaining unrealistic speed boosts on straights, single-player races were practically unplayable in F1 22. Mercifully, the latest patch, update 1.08, finally fixes this issue, rebalancing the AI performance in career mode.
rFactor 2 Q3 2022 Content Drop
rFactor 2 received a huge update this week with the launch of the much-anticipated Q3 2022 drop update. The latest update for the PC sim racer added the World Wide Technology Circuit along with four new cars: the Caterham Academy, Austin Mini Cooper S MkI Group 2, Hyundai i30 BTCC, and Ford Focus BTCC.
As well as new content, the update also introduced dynamic track temperatures as well as new ABS and traction control physics among other improvements.
In other news…
F1 Manager 2022 is fast approaching. With less than two weeks until release for those who pre-ordered the game, Frontier Developments showcased what an F1 season might like in 2030 in F1 Manager 2022 during a livestream. With no limits on the number of seasons, this highlights how driver lineups and regulations can change over time.
A new Feature Focus video also provided a deep dive into how practice and qualifying will help you prepare your team for the race in F1 Manager 2022.
If you need an indication of how mainstream Formula 1 has become, Singapore’s Marina Bay circuit is being turned into a battleground in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. The Grand Prix circuit will be a playable map in the upcoming MW2 multiplayer beta in September.
Wave 2 of the Mario Kart 8 Booster Course Pass DLC is out now, but what other tracks are coming next waves? Thanks to a datamine leak, fans have uncovered new tracks possibly coming to MK8, with a raft of fan-favourite circuits returning.
In other news, Asphalt is being adapted into a GT Academy-style reality TV show and an Horizon Chase Turbo update added a new Adventure game mode to celebrate the game’s seventh anniversary.
In case you missed it…
Considering how popular Rocket League is, it’s surprising that no other developers have attempted to challenge it with a new car sports game. Enter Turbo Golf Racing, which combines crazy golf with cars.
Find out our verdict in our Turbo Golf Racing Early Access review. If you want to try it for yourself on Steam Early Access or Xbox Game Preview, don’t miss our five essential Turbo Golf Racing tips and tricks.
With no news on the new Need for Speed game despite a rumoured November release, we’ve also rounded up all the latest Need for Speed 2022 rumours and leaks.