Gas Guzzlers Combat Carnage, from what I've seen of the launch trailer on YouTube and previous news, may fill a much needed void in the racing genre. There's a statistic in the most recent issue of Game Informer that says that racing is the genre with the biggest decline in the number of video games between this generation and last generation (June 2012 issue, page 27). The magazine reviewed a total of 301 last generation racing games, and, so far, has reviewed just 140 this generation. We're certainly beyond the halfway point for Xbox 360 and PS3, with Xbox 720 and PS4 rumors hinting that new machines are right around the corner.
The quantity of racing video games has certainly declined. The good news is that the overall quality of the genre has seen a solid jump - Game Informer averaged their last generation racing game scores: 7.21 out of 10. This generation saw an improvement: 7.70 out of 10. Gas Guzzlers Combat: Carnage could continue that trend for all of the deprived fans of this genre.
You'll see deep car customization from :40 into the Gas Guzzlers trailer until 2:09 in. That's 1:29 dedicated to tinkering with cars in a launch trailer - the garage is certainly working overtime. The rest of the trailer is filled with high-speed racing, guns-a-blazin' and drafting to no end, all of which makes me miss the days of games like Split/Second and the old Burnout franchise (being it went all XBLA and PSN on us). Of course, it has things that the almighty Split/Second missed - snow covered levels and arid desert courses. Track variety seems to be something this PC game doesn't hold back on.
It's a shame that it isn't coming to consoles because it's yet another racing game that looks superb instead of subpar. Alas, the Gas Guzzlers: Combat Carnage release date is May 22, according to the GameFly pre-order, and it's listed as PC-only.