Today Evolution Studios and Sony Computer Entertainment released the 1.10 patch of Driveclub, including five stunning Japanese tracks.
If you know me, you also know that I love Japan from the bottom of my heart. I love its games, I love its culture, and even more so, I love its unique beauty. That’s why I had high expectations, but also a bit of anxiety about this patch.
Since when Turn 10 decided to exclude Fujimi Kaido once again from Forza Motorsport, much to my chagrin, I have been missing a track able to truly convey the “feel” of Japan.
Thankfully, as soon as I started driving on the Nakasendo track, my fears were dispelled. Driveclub gets it right, even thanks to its beautiful graphics and to its atmospheric weather (I always found that Japan’s beauty is especially poetic in the rain), the “feel” is exactly right.
Evolution managed to play on my rampant nostalgia for the archipelago of the rising sun without really reproducing any particular place one to one, but it still feels exactly as it should feel. The texture of the rocks, the rich and varied vegetation, and the colors… oh the colors… If there’s something that makes Japan unique is its color palette, and Driveclub simply gets it.
If you want to see what I mean, you can check out the gallery just below. No special effects have been used while taking the screenshots, in order to preserve the original feel of the game.