Classic Sport Driving Is Giving Me Nostalgia For Something I Never Experienced

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Have you ever had that feeling of fondness for something truly classic? That is nostalgia. Basically, it involves seeing something from the past through rose-coloured spectacles. But even for me, who is too young for the age of classic video game arcades, today, I received this nostalgia. All thanks to Classic Sport Driving.

Now if you decide to get this game or its demo, be careful! It's easy to get lost in the beautiful backdrops you can get while randomly generating your racetrack.

As I said, this whole game is giving off a feeling of the classic racing games from the age of arcades. Remember those?

Put in a quarter, grab the joystick and go.

The funny thing is, this game can be controlled with a joystick too if you have one. It is actually a recommended input device, together with your keyboard. Only analogue input devices are recommended to invoke the nostalgic feeling even more.

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Now how does it work exactly?

Just bind your keyboard buttons and enter any keyphrase you want and you can go racing on a procedurally generated racetrack. You can even send your friends the keyphrase and race against their times! Every run is timed and your best time will shine up on the leaderboard.

Now what can I say more to convince you?
  • The graphics are beautifully minimalistic
  • The soundtrack is lovely (melodic electric music)
  • You can race an unlimited amount of tracks
  • It's available on Steam
From the short time I played this so far, I love the idea and execution and hope for a full release soon so everyone can enjoy this classic experience.

Have you tried this demo during the Steam Next Fest? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments down below!
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Motorsports and Maker-stuff enthusiast. Part time jack-of-all-trades. Owner of tracc.eu, a sim racing-related service provider and its racing community.

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Does it have wheel support, or is this another driving game for keyboard and gamepad users, with digital only inputs?

Edit, I have my answer.
The dev wrote the following on the steam forums:

"However, for the first version of the game, we will focus on digital input"

I'm out. A driving game with digital only inputs ...
 
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"As I said, this whole game is giving off a feeling of the classic racing games from the age of arcades. Remember those?"

Yeah I do, good memories. My first experience with FFB was playing the sit-down arcade machine of Daytona USA and it really surprised me because I was like twelve or so years old and didn't know that those machines could do that :D

I currently play those old games on my handheld emulation console :)

The game reminds me a lot of Lotus Turbo Challenge 2 on Amiga (Watch from the beginning for the intro music)
 
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"As I said, this whole game is giving off a feeling of the classic racing games from the age of arcades. Remember those?"

Yeah I do, good memories. My first experience with FFB was playing the sit-down arcade machine of Daytona USA and it really surprised me because I was like twelve or so years old and didn't know that those machines could do that :D

I currently play those old games on my handheld emulation console :)

The game reminds me a lot of Lotus Turbo Challenge 2 on Amiga (Watch from the beginning for the intro music)
I prefer this one ;):D

 
Does it have wheel support, or is this another driving game for keyboard and gamepad users, with digital only inputs?

Edit, I have my answer.
The dev wrote the following on the steam forums:

"However, for the first version of the game, we will focus on digital input"

I'm out. A driving game with digital only inputs ...
It's either sarcasm or stupidity. No third option given.
 
It's either sarcasm or stupidity. No third option given.
Having just played the Demo myself, I will say that while Arcade mode works very well with digital inputs, both the Sim-Light and Full-Sim modes will benefit greatly from analog input support.

In both modes, the car is very sluggish to change directions, making tight corners weird to drive because the car doesn't straighten out fast enough to stay on the road when letting go of the steering button. Chicanes basically throw you out into the brushwork unless you go really slowly. Combine this with lower grip compared to Arcade and it's not htat much fun with digital inputs. Analog inputs which the car can follow 1:1 will help this.

Another small critizism is that gears change down very slowly after a crash. At least in Arcade mode you should be in the correct gear instantly.

All in all the demo isn't too extensive, so I can't comment much on the game as such. The graphics are cute, the soundtrack is good, the game runs very well without hitches. Will be interesting if there will be more cars with different driving characteristics. Hopefully the devs implement interesting offline game modes and not just online competitions because nostaglia alone will not carry this game for me.
 
Not a fan of Arcade racing games. To bouncey and twitchy for my liking. I will stick to my Race 07 game with F1 2021 mod and tracks.
 
If they do Hang on and Super hang esque bike stuff I'm in!!! (Although I must get Shenmue again for that fix!)
 

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