Game: Gas Guzzlers: Combat Carnage
Distribution: DRM Free, Desura
"Gas Guzzlers is a fast-paced addictive combat racing game for the PC. The game is played from the “behind the car“ camera perspective and features many different vehicles, weapons, upgrades, on-track bonuses as well as distinctive and astonishing environments. The player starts with a low-performance vehicle and gradually works his way up by earning money in a series of challenging races. With an initial amount of money, the player buys his first car without upgrades."
I picked this one up in a bundle (I think) a while and finally got around to downloading it. I remember being very excited for this game when it came out, but the initial reviews were mediocre at best. While it's true GG had a bit of a rough launch, the issues some people had (difficulty most notably) were ironed out in a subsequent patch and the game is now pretty kickass. The graphics and visual effects are unprecedented for an indie title, and the gameplay is fast and arcadey. It's a bunch of fun to race around and the game has online multiplayer as well (which is dead, but should be okay if you got a friend to play with). And did I mention you can have your in-game racer spout trash talk from the likes of Duke Nukem and Arnold Schwarzenegger?