Live for Speed – The online racing simulator
January 12, 2022 in Gaming
Live for Speed, or LFS for short, is a racing simulator that first saw the light during 2002. Since then, a lot has happened, both in the game and in the segment itself. To put things in perspective: EA has released 18 games in the Need for Speed series since then.
Introduction to Live for Speed
If you haven’t heard of LFS before, here are the words that the developers chose to describe the game: “Live for Speed is a serious racing simulator. No arcade modes, no steering aids – YOU have to do the driving.” In other words, this is not your typical casual car game. (It can be played casually of course) This game is for the person who enjoys realistic driving and wants to have the options to do their own tuning. The first public version of the game was released in 2002 which makes it 20 years old. The game can be played with mouse and keyboard, but just as with any other racing simulator it is recommended to use a steering wheel. Live for Speed takes full advantage of force feedback: “This allows you to feel what is happening at the contact patch between your tyres and the road, helping you to get closer to the limit without exceeding it too much!” – LFS Team
Is the game still holding up?
To start off with: the game is still very much alive. If you visit their website you will see the live feed called “Online race activity” which seems to constantly update with statuses like “porosenoq drove a new PB on Blackwood Historic” You can play the game by yourself or against the AI, but you will get the real experience when racing against other players. They made it easy to go online with a classic server list. (List of Hosts) On top of this, there are online racing leagues you can enter to really take advantage of the competitive side of the game.
One of the reasons this article came to life is because I randomly got to think about the game and decided to search it up on YouTube. To my surprise I was met with a video made about six months ago in the search result. The person (Sim Racing Bible on Youtube) gave an honest review of the game and it took me back a couple of years in time. One of many things he mentioned that took me by surprise is the game actually doesn’t look that outdated. At Least not as much as it should. The graphics look really good if you take into account that it’s 20 years old. As mentioned earlier, he also talks about how good the forced feedback is and how the game takes advantage of it.
In the comments of the video the majority (if not all) comments are positive. People are talking about how this review is taking them back to all the good times they’ve had playing LFS. There are also many comments about people wanting to play the game again because of this review. I’m no exception. There is a good chance that I’ll try the free version again very soon.
Do you want to see the review? Check the video below