The smash hit PlayStation game Gran Turismo changed the face of racing games forever, and in a good way. Every product released in its wake has to measure up to its standard. New racing games need to have more than just straight racing. They also need to have terrific graphics, interesting and plausible driving physics, and lots of tracks with a bunch of near-photographic environments. And most of all, they need to have a lot of drivable cars. Building a racing game around a single car, a la the superb but poor-selling Viper Racing, is seemingly a recipe for failure.
You might think doing the same thing around a single car company would be equally problematic (anyone for a fine Hyundai race game?), but few marques can sustain a game as well as the wunderkinds at Porsche. If you need proof, look no further than Electronic Artsí superlative Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed. It delivers everything you could want from a racing game, and does it in the most stunning package.