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DRAG certainly seems like a promising upcoming racing game

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With very pretty graphics and a slick looking vehicle, DRAG is one of the titles you can currently try a demo of during the Steam Game Festival.

From the indie team of two brothers at Orontes Games, DRAG is not your usual simple arcade racer. Using 'deep and challenging driving dynamics', like their 4CPT-technology (4-way contact point traction technology) and every component of the vehicles being simulated (including damage!) it all sounds very promising.

Coming with one single and very short challenge level, it's a small slice of what to expect but it's already quite telling. Graphically pretty, works well on Linux and as with most racing games I'm absolutely awful at it but I can crash around in style.

It's pretty brutal too. Getting to grips with the handling model is a surprising challenge by itself and when the full game is out with online play they're going with a 'out-is-out principle', so there will be no re-spawning and you can drive as dirty as you like and really screw with your opponents.

Here's a quick look at the demo challenge:

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Keeping in mind it's obviously not finished, they probably have plenty of tweaks to the physics and driving model to come but it's a lot of fun to try and blast through the little challenge there.

During the Steam Game Festival, they are also running a competition. If you manage to score one of the top 10 times, you will win a full copy of DRAG. It's not going to take you much to beat me that's for sure. A lot of fun to try though.

Try the DRAG demo free on Steam until June 22.

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scaine 17 Jun
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I can't play the video right now... but did you use your G29 wheel, Liam? I can't wait to play this, and I'm curious if it's good enough that I splash the cash on a G29 myself... I'm not a HUGE racing fan, but honestly... this game. Just wow.
Liam Dawe 17 Jun
Quoting: scaineI can't play the video right now... but did you use your G29 wheel, Liam? I can't wait to play this, and I'm curious if it's good enough that I splash the cash on a G29 myself... I'm not a HUGE racing fan, but honestly... this game. Just wow.
No wheel, they said that's planned for an update during Early Access. Logitech F310 works great though for now, only a demo after all.
tuubi 17 Jun
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: scaineI can't play the video right now... but did you use your G29 wheel, Liam? I can't wait to play this, and I'm curious if it's good enough that I splash the cash on a G29 myself... I'm not a HUGE racing fan, but honestly... this game. Just wow.
No wheel, they said that's planned for an update during Early Access. Logitech F310 works great though for now, only a demo after all.
The demo looked pretty and ran well for me, but the handling felt really weird. Unwieldy, not just unforgiving like Dirt Rally. Or maybe it is realistic and carts like this are just horrible to drive? I guess I'll keep my eye on reviews.
mirv 17 Jun
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I really like the game, the demo runs very nicely, it's well polished, and I'll definitely buy it when it's fully released.
But.
I hope the controls are tweaked a little, or perhaps there's an alternate physics mode. Getting quite so airborne from a small bump is odd, and when the vehicle decides to turn sharply, spin on the spot, or carry on in a straight line no matter what is done, all seems a little random to me. Ok, fully aware that every racing game needs some getting used to the controls, but just a tad more stick to the ground might be nice.

That's my only beef. I like basically everything else about it, and it runs pretty flawless, including the rumble pack on my Logitech F710. That was a pleasant surprise.
That's a nice one, I will try it right now.
mylka 17 Jun
mangohud shows GPU useage under 5%
Xpander 17 Jun
Quoting: tuubiThe demo looked pretty and ran well for me, but the handling felt really weird. Unwieldy, not just unforgiving like Dirt Rally. Or maybe it is realistic and carts like this are just horrible to drive? I guess I'll keep my eye on reviews.

Handling is quite OK imo. Since the engine seems to be infront its expected to be quite light on the back and can easily spin off if you just keep the throttle on, specially on the mud/gravel or grass. It could use some tweaks here and there.. sense of speed is a bit lacking imo.. Other than that. Looks good, Runs good. Can't wait to Get my hands on the Early Access version.


DRAG demo - Linux | Gameplay
https://youtu.be/4Oivs7blCJw


Last edited by Xpander on 17 June 2020 at 3:27 pm UTC
CatKiller 17 Jun
The Linux build could do with some tuning work. I was getting some framerate drops every ~5 seconds that are completely gone running it in Proton.

Edit: Oh, DualShock 3 works out of the box in both versions, since people are wondering about controllers. The controller settings screen shows an Xbox controller, though.


Last edited by CatKiller on 17 June 2020 at 3:21 pm UTC
CatKiller 17 Jun
Quoting: mirvOk, fully aware that every racing game needs some getting used to the controls, but just a tad more stick to the ground might be nice.

If your wheels are spinning then Newton's First Law Of Motion applies 😁
Dunc 17 Jun
Oh, yes. First impressions are everything I hoped they'd be. I love the quick, “just one more go” old-school arcade feel to it. And I'm amazed how well it runs on my no-longer-cutting-edge rig. Handling is slightly strange, I'll agree. But it may just be the car.

So come on then... times. Anyone manage a sub-30s run yet? I did a 30.4 and it nearly killed me.
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