Virtual races to watch this weekend (e-race)

The COVID-19 restrictions may have stopped races all over the world but pro and amateur drivers are still virtually racing with different video games!

Here is a list of some e-races you can watch this weekend:

Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9:

eNASCAR

This week the eNascar is going to Matinsville Speedway for the Friday Night Thunder and North Wilkesboro Speedway for the Pro Invitational. The game used is also iracing and the pro-invitational got a nice line-up, such as, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jimmie Johnson etc.

For the pro-invitational Gordon, Wood and Truex Jr. are also confirmed!

Live stream will be on the eNASCAR.com/live and NASCAR’s YouTube channel.

United Kingdom  01:00 and 16:00  | European 02:00 and 17:00
United States 8 PM ET / 3 PM PT and 1 PM ET / 8 AM PT

Saturday, May 9:

All-star cup and Legend Trophy

This is usually a long program (3h) with multiple races. They use the game rfactor2.

The Legend Trophy has real professional drivers such as Button, Montoya, Fittipaldi, Pirro, Magnussen, Brabham etc.
Added to that there are 3 rounds with 20 drivers. Two of them are for real-world drivers from F3, Formule-E, F1 tests drivers and the last one is for Simracers. The best 5 of each race meet in the final (plus 5 drivers in a Last Chance Qualifier race, for a total of 20 drivers).

You can actually see the previous races here. and all the other races here.

And the next one can be seen on:  http://the-race.com/youtube  or http://facebook.com/eurosport and on ESPN2

United Kingdom 17:00 | European 18:00
United States 12PM ET / 9 AM PT 

Sunday, May 10:

DTM eSports

The DTM eSports got a mix between real-world DTM drivers and Simracers. Last time Biela, Rast, Paffet, Rockenfeller and 7 other DTM drivers were present!

It is honestly very fun to watch and the game which is called RaceRoom is probably one of the best!

There are 2 races and it goes for roughly 1 hour in total.

The previous race can be seen here.

And the next race will happen here.

United Kingdom  13:00 | European 14:00
United States 8AM ET / 5AM PT 

Sunday, May 10:

F2 and F1 Virtual Grand Prix

Another impressive line-up with both F1 and F2 drivers. Charles Leclerc, George Russell, Antonio Giovinazzi, Lando Norris, Alex Albon and Nicholas Latifi will be part of it!  The game used is either Formula 2019 or 2020.

The best place to watch it is probably on the Youtube or facebook page! But it will also be broadcast live with international broadcast partners in over 100 countries including in the UK on Sky Sports and in the US on ESPN.

United Kingdom  16:00 and 18:00 | European 15:00 and 17:00 
United States 11AM ET and 1PM ET / 8AM PT and 10AM PT

Inside Xbox

Missed the Inside Xbox today? Here is a summary of what was shown.

Bright Memory: Infinity

If you do not know that game. A version of it (the first level) is available on Steam It was apparently made by a single person, and for playing it, I can say that it is a lot of fun!

 

 

Dirt 5

Dirt is back for the 5th time!

Scorn

A lot of mystery in that game. Scorn is an atmospheric first-person horror adventure… and that is all we seem to know.

 

Chorus

An interesting space-ship fighter. Not too much info if that is only dog-fight or RPG style?

“Become Nara and Forsaken, her sentient starfighter, on a compelling, personal journey of redemption. Unlock devastating weapons and mind-bending abilities in a true evolution of the space-combat shooter. Explore breath-taking interstellar vistas, ancient temples and venture beyond our waking reality. Outgun, outwit, and outmaneuver your enemies in an epic quest to free the galaxy from oppression.”

 

Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodline 2

All right, that one is a big one and the trailer is … nice?

Call of the Sea

An adventure game set in the 1930s South Pacific. Explore a lush island paradise and puzzle out the secrets of a lost civilization in the hunt for your husband’s missing expedition.

The Ascent

This look like some steampunk, Cyberpunk style game, solo and co-op action RPG.

The medium

The Medium is a next-gen psychological horror game, Silent Hill style?

Scarlet Nexus

A Japanese futuristic a bit like Astral Chain game:
In a far distant future, humanity’s last hope falls into the hands of an elite group of psionic soldiers, who battle an invincible threat known as, Others.

Second Extinction

Second Extinction is an intense 3 player co-op FPS, where you work as a team to take down large groups of savage mutated dinosaurs

Yakuza Like a Dragon

The last Yakuza game is coming to Xbox Series X!

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

And of course, the first look gameplay trailer! Well … that is “in-game” visual, which is a bit different to the gameplay.

Virtual races to watch this weekend (e-race)

The COVID-19 restrictions may have stopped races all over the world but pro and amateur drivers are still virtually racing with different video games!

Here is a list of some e-races you can watch this weekend:

Saturday, May 2:

All-star cup and Legend Trophy

This is usually a long program (3h) with multiple races. They use the game rfactor2.

The Legend Trophy has real professional drivers such as Button, Montoya, Fittipaldi, Pirro, Magnussen, Brabham etc.
Added to that there are 3 rounds with 20 drivers. Two of them are for real-world drivers from F3, Formule-E, F1 tests drivers and the last one is for Simracers. The best 5 of each race meet in the final (plus 5 drivers in a Last Chance Qualifier race, for a total of 20 drivers).

You can actually see the previous races here. and all the other races here.

And the next one can be seen on:  http://the-race.com/youtube  or http://facebook.com/eurosport and on ESPN2

United Kingdom 17:00 | European 18:00
United States 12PM ET / 9 AM PT 

Saturday, May 2:

IndyCar Indianapolis

The e-IndyCar is stopping at Indianapolis this weekend! The game used is iracing and for the line-up, Simon Pageneaud (the previous real winner) will be there, but also Bourdais, Newgarden, Speed, Sato, McLaughlin etc and even .. Lando Norris! Of the 33 races, 24 of them have raced in real Indianapolis and 8 of them won it!

The race will be 70 laps/175 miles (281.6 km) (approximately 75 minutes).

Where to watch the race is more complicated as NBC requires an account. But you can check on Newgarden youtube channel or the official IndyCar one.

United Kingdom 19.45 PM | European  20:00
United States 2.45 PM ET / 11.45 AM PT 

Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3:

eNASCAR

This week the eNascar is going to Dover International Speedway’s virtual Monster Mile. The game used is also iracing and the line-up got, for example, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jimmie Johnson etc.

The race of 125 laps will be live stream on the eNASCAR.com/live and NASCAR’s YouTube channel.

United Kingdom  01:00 and 18:00  | European 02:00 and 19:00
United States 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT and 1 PM ET / 10AM PT

Sunday, May 3:

Moto GP

The Red Bull Virtual Grand Prix of Spain has a real nice line-up of real-world drivers from MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 and is usually very fun to watch! The game used is either MotoGP19 or the newest MotoGP20.

The previous race can be seen here.

The next race can be seen on a lot of different places:  “motogp.com and esport.motogp.com, on selected TV broadcasters, and across social media platforms including YouTube (via the MotoGP and MotoGP eSport channels), MotoGP eSport Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (via both the MotoGP and MotoGP eSport pages).

Broadcast partners showing coverage of the event will include Sky Italy, Canal+ in France, DAZN (in Spain, Italy and DACHS), BT Sport in the UK, ServusTV in Austria and Germany, Viasat in Sweden, NBC in the USA, Fox Brazil and ESPN in Latin America, Motorsport TV Russia, Eurosport India, Fox Asia, Fox Australia, TEN, and SuperSport across Africa.”

United Kingdom  14:00 | European 15:00
United States 9AM ET / 6AM PT 

Sunday, May 3:

F2 and F1 Virtual Grand Prix

Another impressive line-up with both F1 and F2 drivers. Juan Manuel Correa is racing for Alfa Romeo with Giovinazzi. Almost every team got at least one official driver! The game used is either Formula 2019 or 2020.

The bst place to watch it is probably on the Youtube or facebook page! But it will also be broadcast live with international broadcast partners in over 100 countries including in the UK on Sky Sports and in the US on ESPN.

United Kingdom  16:00 and 18:00 | European 15:00 and 17:00 
United States 11AM ET and 1PM ET / 8AM PT and 10AM PT

Final Fantasy 7 remake personal review

Final Fantasy 7 remake is officially out! Something that fans have waited a very long time now. So how this old game is doing as a remake? Well, the short answer is very well, honestly.

First and Final impression

Graphically the game is amazing, even the cut-scene transition sometimes directly to the game. This means that you need to be ready on your controller as you can switch between video to gameplay in a second. All the places look more alive and are well detailed. Some background sometimes looks very low resolution for some reason. This happens when you go high and look down, everything looks like a flat poor jpeg image. But all the character design, monster, and foreground is really great.

The story is following the original game but with a lot of changes. Everything takes way more time to be done, which frightened me a bit because I wonder if it means that the total game will be over 300 hours of gameplay(?). I personally do not believe that it denatures the original game, that is a choice from Square Enix and I agree with it. This offers an interesting and more detailed experience… but some parts of the game also feel like fillers.  I played for example from the beginning to chapter 7 non-stop. but then from 8 to 14 it felt a bit long. Without a spoiler, in some of those chapters, you will be running in a big map back and forth for some quest (unless you prefer to ignore the side quest and just focus on the main story).

The maps are ok. The most interesting ones are in my opinion in mission and not while in free mode. I would have like to spend a bit more time in the good part of Midgar, instead of being able to visit the sewers and wrecked parts of it. That is probably linked to my previous comment: the mission parts are really thrilling and I could not stop while playing them, but when in free mode, I felt the game a bit less amazing.

Plus and minus of the gameplay

The gameplay is really good and I did not felt that the game was too hard except a few bosses (I will probably work on another article with some tips on that). But a few things in battle are definitely broken.

Sadly Square decided to put a lot of cut scenes in battle and, well, if you decided to launch a very strong attack at this moment, you are screwed. What will happen is that you will lose your attack and the MP (magic point) and ATB (the bar that allows you to launch a special attack) or the Limit Break etc. And yes that is a big problem. It can take a few minutes to get those attacks ready, and just a second to see them vanish (but counted as done) because there was a god damn cut scene. That also sometimes makes the difference between an easy fight and an almost impossible fight.

So in a nutshell: if you launch an attack with a cut scene, the enemies can still attack (and kill) you. If an enemy launch a cut-scene, you lose your attack and you are frozen in time during the cut-scene. If you launch your attack just before the cut-scene (for example the boss is supposed to do something when you remove 1/3 of its life) then your attack will do 0 damages. I even had a boss that I killed just before it launches an attack with a cut scene, but it still launches it and died just after it.

I mean, seriously Square Enix? If you plan to put some cut-scenes and things like that in the middle of the battle, you need to think it through. And be sure that there are no such issues!

Conclusion

It took me 38h to finish Final Fantasy 7 Remake and I do not regret any of those. As mention, some battle features are a bit broken, but it does not apply most of the time. And when it does, just need to learn when the enemy will launch some cut-scene and void to do anything important at that moment. The rest of the game is amazing, a sweet reminder of the original game with way better graphics and more detailed story.

I would definitely recommend the game, both for people who played Final Fantasy 7 before and people who did not, as this is still an excellent game.

 

Good Company available on Steam

If you like tycoon games, meaning strategy management games, then you should have a look at Good Company.

The game, proposed by developer Chasing Carrots and publisher The Irregular Corporation, is available right now on Steam as early access and gives you the opportunity to run a robot manufacturing empire. Meaning that you will have to create and expand your company. You will have to grow staff and manage tasks to maximize profit and propose some new tech products.

It also proposes a Campaign Mode, with rewarding scenario levels and bonus challenge maps while in Freeplay Mode you are free to shape your company however you want.

Just check it out on Steam.