Although most of our coverage is of the world of actual trucks and SUVs, we know that Truck Trend readers are not simply one-dimensional beings. We all like to blow off steam and have fun, and one of the most popular and easiest ways is video games. We took a look at some of the announcements and rumors from the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, on coming updates to three of most well-known driving game franchises. Of course, our condition for inclusion is that trucks or SUVs figure prominently in the game-play experience.
In addition the game highlights, there's a new game controller from Sony for its PlayStation Move console that can simulate both a car and motorcycle with its configurable grips. Check out the screen-shots and details below.
Codemaster's franchise hit Dirt Showdown went on-sale in Europe just before E3 and received a favorable review from Motor Trend's Christian Seabaugh. A different game than the rally-oriented Dirt 4, Dirt Showdown has several additional gameplay modes for added carnage and entertainment including a demolition derby mode, Rampage, Hoonigan, and King of the Ring. A variety of different vehicles can be selected in the game including buggies, trucks, vans, and cars. Dirt Showdown on-sale in the U.S. in mid-June.
EA's upcoming Need for Speed Most Wanted prominently featured the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor in the game trailer that was shown at E3. If the trailer is any indication, this will be one action-packed driving game with plenty of realistic carnage, flips, and jumps. The highly-anticipated game goes on sale on October 30, 2012.
Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto series is well-known for its wide variety of lookalike cars, many of which are trucks and SUVs. Although more than 13 trucks and SUVs that have appeared in the series at one point or another, we have four officially-confirmed vehicles that will make an appearance in the upcoming GTA V: the Landstalker (a fullsize SUV that resembles a Ford Expedition XL), the Mesa Grande (Jeep Wrangler), the Benefactor Serrano (Mercedes ML), Huntley (Range Rover), and an as-yet unnamed SUV that resembles an Infiniti FX. Additonally, the Burrito fullsize van (Chevy Express) will make an encore appearance. An official on-sale date was not announced for this game at E3, but most indications point to a release early in 2013.
Not a game per se, Sony's new PlayStation Move Racing Wheel controller got a lot of attention from gaming enthusiasts E3. Designed to work with both car and motorcycle racing games, the controller features twist throttle controls, paddle shifters, and vibration feedback for a realistic gaming experience. The grips can be configured vertically for car games and horizontally to mimic motorcycle handlebars. The racing controller is available now and retails for $39.99 at Sony's online store site.