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Volvo- The Game available for free download!

Posted by: Jake at 5/26/2009 2:19 PM
SimBin has announced that today, ‘Volvo – The Game’ is available for free download.

Volvo- The Game, from SimBin, is being released today and features not only the very latest S60 Concept but also some rare and iconic racing legends.

Just download the game and make your car selection among the historic beasts like the 240 Turbo Group A next to the very latest Volvo cars like the C30 and S60 Concept and test your driving skills on the two included real world circuits.


One person who will definitely play the game is Swedish racer Robert Dahlgren, who has achieved immense
success for Volvo in the Swedish Touring Car Championship since 2004, and currently competes in a Volvo C30.

Like many other professional race drivers, Robert Dahlgren uses virtual racing games to practice between real life races.
"Playing racing games helps me train my ability to concentrate and to maintain my level
of concentration over many laps,” says Robert Dahlgren.

Robert is also convinced that his own Volvo C30 will be the best car in the game, but he will be testing out each and very other car as well.

Volvo- The Game features six different cars and the race is run on two authentic racing tracks.

The six racing cars are the stars. The lead roles are played by the Volvo S60 Concept, the Volvo C30 that is currently competing
in the STCC, the previous Volvo S60 that also competed in the STCC, the Volvo S40 that notched up many notable successes in
the BTCC (the British Touring Car Championship), the Volvo 850– the estate car that became a legend in the BTCC – and finally
a true racing classic from the past, a Volvo 240 Turbo Group A.

In order to recreate the older cars’ interiors as authentically as possible, SimBin’s art team visited the Volvo Museum to study
the former racing legends.
“In terms of audio quality we’re also remarkably close to reality. One example is the S40. For that car we pulled one of the race cars out of hibernation last autumn and gave it a thorough full-speed workout, recording the engine sound straight from the racing track,” explains Magnus Ling Executive Vice President at SimBin.

The two racing tracks have been reproduced with faithful detail and immense precision. It takes about 1000 hours to create a
virtual racing track. Even the kerbs alongside the track have to be of exactly the right height.
Many of the people playing the game are experts – and they are very particular about the tiniest details.

The goal from SimBin and Volvo is to reach out to a broader public than usual for simulation type games.
This approach to the development means anyone can have fun with it and for more serious gamers and racers there is still plenty
of challenge to be found in the game’s many advanced features.

For an authentic feel, you can play the game with a steering wheel and pedals connected to your computer. But if you're like everyone else and you simply have a keyboard and mouse, that's fine too.

The game offers a choice of skill levels:  "novice” with all the driver assistance technology activated such as ABS brakes,
"semi-pro", and of course,  "pro" where there is no assistance whatsoever.

It is possible to select the Volvo of your choice, compete against your own best times and have the track all to yourself.
Or you can compete against up to eleven computer-controlled competitors. There are several alternative settings for graphics and sound.
For instance, the star, the Volvo S60 Concept, will be available in two versions – ”natural” and racing.

To download the game for free, go to  www.volvocars.com/game