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E3 2012: Top Racing Game Debuts [w/ Videos]

The 2012 edition of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 for short) wrapped up at the Los Angeles Convention Center yesterday, and there was plenty of monumental video game news being announced. There were numerous sequels to beloved adventure, first-person shooter and sports games, as well as some intriguing new properties like Watch Dogs, ZombiU and The Last of Us. There were also new services announced, such as Microsoft’s SmartGlass, which will allow smartphones and tablets to interface with the Xbox 360.

Of course, there were also many new racing games that had their coming out parties at E3. And because racing games are the ones we cover most closely, they’ll be the only genre you’ll see highlighted here. You want info and insight on the likes of Assassin’s Creed III or Gears of War: Judgment? There are umpteen hundred other outlets that will give you that. Anyway, on with the games that will get your motor running.

GAME REVIEW: Gran Turismo 5 for Playstation 3

Way back in 2005, gas was cheap(-ish), the economy was moving right along, and the Western zeitgeist knew nothing of the many atrocities that would be perpetrated against it by the close of the decade (We’re looking at you, Jersey Shore.). Also in Aught-five, Sony and captive developer Polyphony Digital released a game called Gran Turismo 4 for the Playstation 2. As we know all too well, a lot has happened in the intervening near-as-makes-no-difference six years, but it has taken the Polyphony Digital team (led by company founder, Gran Turismo creator and all-around car nerd Kazunori Yamauchi) that long to bring the next complete title in the canon – Gran Turismo 5 – to market.

While many cynics opined that GT5 would be the heir to Duke Nukem Forever’s throne of heinously long development times (assuming, of course, DNF is ever released), the PS3 exclusive finally dropped just before Thanksgiving, much to the delight of automotively-literate gamers worldwide. But when you consider just how lengthy the gestation period was, and how rival Turn 10 Studios was able to crank out the first three installments of the Forza Motorsport franchise during that period, you can’t help wondering, “Was it worth the wait?”