Just to be clear, this is not an open world racer as The Crew. You do not cruise around with your team and challenge other people to backfire lights. Driveclub is a racing game on separate roads realistic (but not real) in various locations worldwide. You choose an event or series, you race on it, you choose another. Although it would have been fun to roam around the country roads in a band of supercars, the reality is much clearer on what you really need to do every time you play. And it really works.
The good-but disappointing race I saw in October was not feeling exactly as a SIM card or an arcade experience, which left astride a strange land. Although it has not changed in that time, several free additions have felt a little over an arcadey experience. And while it still does not fit perfectly in both camps, it now has an identity. It feels like Driveclub.
Driveclub is exhilarating. It challenges constantly that you are better. Better than the computer better than your friends … better than you. Whether PSN challenge average speed zones ID-emblazoned, blue racing lines to embrace through baffles or more ghosts on the track with you, you are always given a sense of involvement and competition. Even in the Tour mode, you still have that feeling of rivalry – something that is brilliantly enhanced by the club system.
Join a club with friends is much more rewarding than it sounds. Login to see someone on your team has boosted the club representative by completing a ranking or three is surprisingly exciting, and boost the level of a brand your club more for yourself feels like you are contributing to an effort ‘team. But it is really in its own when you have a rival club of people you know to fight against.
The challenge Driveclub system is superb. Fill in all cases and you can use your time and put the ghost of a challenge. You can aim the challenge to one person or one club, or expand the entry list to allow others to have a go. You can set the time, too, for a frantic half-hour of shaving seconds and tenths of lap time, or several days of back and forth head leaderboard. It is fascinating. And get a notification on your phone (via PSN application) that someone will challenge you load the game if you get that involved.