DriveClub is nuts. Evolution Studios wants to dazzle you with jazzy presentation right from the off, in an attempt to make the art of arcade racing a bit more exciting. If a PlayStation Eye is connected, you'll be able to take a photo of your ugly mug - the first step in what is being called a Social Racing Experience.
You pick a car, as well as a driving 'style' and tackle a course. All sounds pretty normal, until you start playing.
It's not just lap times you're competing for, you see. On occasion, DriveClub will throw a Social Challenge at you, asking you to beat a high score set by one of your friends. These range from maintaining a top speed for a certain amount of time, to getting more drift points on a particular corner.
It's not all about beating your mates, though. As the name kind of hints, players form clubs with six friends and then compete together to earn fame. Each club member's actions contribute to the club's success.
Of course Evolution, known for the MotorStorm games, knows a thing or two about the actual driving side of things. The different locations ooze atmosphere and the weather is more than just an aethetic effect. If you're racing in Scotland and a downpour starts, the performance of your vehicle can turn on a dime, getting looser and less predictable.
While the PS4 won't have a Gran Turismo, a more serious approach to racing, for the first couple of years of its life, DriveClub gives the PS4 a nice, approachable and interactive way to scratch that driving itch.