Atari’s Test Drive Unlimited was and still is a hit among many racing game addicts and now Atari is hitting us up with another does of racing awesomeness with a new chapter of the Test Drive racing franchise - "Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends". As the name suggests, the new game will be all about putting together some of the most impressive sports cars Ferrari has ever offered.
"Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends’ detailed physics underpin a huge variety of entertaining drives spread throughout automotive history. Vehicle handling uses a convincing physics model, tuned for exciting pick-up-and-play racing. High speed racing with visual damage effects are the major game play keys. Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends’ offers 50 of the Italian manufacturer’s racecars and production models, and includes rally, Formula One and GT racing modes. The playable world will track-based, compressed to 36 circuits from around the world of motorsports."
The new Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends was developed by Slightly Mad Studios and will be available starting May 31st for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.
Michael Bay’s addiction for high-octane action and mindless explosions has earned him a reputation as one of Hollywood’s most fascinating directors. For his latest project, Bay is switching genres and stepping into the world of video games, directing the official trailer for Need For Speed: The Run.
While this project was lacking in real-life actors, Bay didn’t seem to have any problems putting his imprint on the trailer. There are cars flying everywhere, helicopters shooting at runaway vehicles, and of course, lots and lots of explosions.
At the end of the day, Bay seems to have done a good job in translating his Hollywood-style directing by turning the trailer into a pulse-pounding, action-packed, two-and-a-half-minute video for the latest installment in the highly-popular Need For Speed franchise.
As a reminder, the game is set to come out November 15, 2011, so if you’re still having second thoughts on making the purchase, this Michael Bay-directed trailer will more than likely sway your decision towards forking over that $50.
It has been rumored for quite some time now that Rockstar Games is working on the Grand Theft Auto 5 game. But today the company has unveiled the first trailer that proves the game is on its way. Although an official launch date hasn’t been announced just yet, we believe that the next game will be released in early 2012.
Like with the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for the PS2, the action of the new GTA 5 will take place in San Andreas. Also, it is rumored that the game’s main hero will be Tommy Vercetti from Vice City once again. What do you think, is it he or we will see a totally new character?
All we can say for sure at this point is that the "V" in the game’s title was inspired by the US dollar and as the trailer suggest the recession is being a focal point of the game.
With so many racing games inundating the market these days, run-of-the-mill racing wheels, let alone the standard controllers, just wouldn’t cut it anymore.
These games feature cutting-edge technology and you’re using a cheap wheel to play them? Not exactly realistic, is it?
What you need is a racing wheel that will make the entire gaming experience all that more realistic. You need a wheel that will make you feel like you’re really driving those virtual cars. You need a wheel like the new Thrustmaster Ferrari 458 Italia Racing Wheel.
From the minds that gave birth to the T500RS and the Ferrari Wireless GT Cockpit comes the latest in race gaming accessories. The 11" F458 wheel features a rubberized grip that allows you stay firmly in control of your virtual race car while the built-in metal paddle shifters, a Manettino dial, and progressive resistance allows you to make all the necessary adjustments to ensure that your lap times aren’t ruined by the smallest of mistakes. The F458 racing wheel is exclusive to the Xbox 360, which you can use for all your Forza 4 exploits.
As far as PS3 and PC gamers are concerned, you’re not left out in the dark. Thrustmaster will also be releasing the TH8 RS gear shifter, which you can connect to the aforementioned T500RS, allowing you to configure your gearbox set-up with either H-pattern or sequential configurations.
The accessories are dropping on shelves this October for the price of $180 for the F458 wheel and $90 for the TH8 gear shifter. They won’t come cheap, but for the awesome experience, forking over those amounts will all be worth it in the end.
One thing to keep in mind is the fact that drinking and driving is highly illegal and dangerous. Drinking and driving in your home arcade, on the other hand, is a lot of fun. The Octane 120 Pro Beer Arcade brings together two exciting pieces of any home arcade; a driving simulator and built in kegerator. The all in one system can be fully customized to fulfill the customer’s wants and needs.
The main components include a fully adjustable steering wheel and seat, an in dash beer tap, full HD projector, and a variety of different gaming machines. The innovative platform allows for different PC gaming setups and Playstation systems to be used. Dream Arcades will also configure the system to run over 200 racing video games straight from the arcade. The simulation provided by this system may not be as advanced as other high end units on the market, but it does include a metal gas, clutch, and brake pedal setup with variable resistance. Furthermore, the steering wheel features dual motor force feedback for realistic driving conditions. After all this may be the only place where you can grip a full size leather wrapped steering wheel and pour yourself a beer at the same time.
Behind the racing bucket seat sits the heart of the party, a mini fridge with secondary tap on tap. The fridge can hold two 5-gallon or one half barrel keg to keep every thirsty driver hydrated. The Octane Pro can be built and delivered to your home in about four weeks. Current prices without shipping and handling will run about $6,000. Contact Dream Arcades at 916-761-6925 for more information.
After releasing the official trailer of the "DiRT 3 - Racing never stops" game just last month, execs are already planning their next monetary attack by releasing a new package for the game. The new Monte Carlo pack is supposed to offer gamers another impressive racing experience, but will come with a $10 price tag.
The new Monte Carlo Track Pack features eight additional Rally stages featuring the dramatic climbs, descents, and hairpins of snowy mountain roads. Gamers will be able to race through the Alps and conquer the legendary Col de Turini pass in single player, split screen, and online multi player.
The new game is now available from Xbox Live Marketplace, Games For Windows Marketplace (800 MSP), and Playstation Network. Depending on the market, the new pack is priced at $9.99, £6.2, or €7.99.
The Nintendo 3DS is cool for a number of reasons. One, it’s hand-held, which means that you can play it anywhere and at anytime. Two, it’s the first hand-held video game unit that boasts of 3D technology, and those that have the 3DS have had nothing but praise for all the 3D awesomeness they enjoy.
And now, die-hard fans of Formula One will be happy to know that F1 2011, the sequel to the BAFTA award-winning F1 2010 game, is getting prepped to have versions for both the 3DS and the Sony’s successor to the PSP, the NGP. The 3DS and the NGP joins the Playstation 3, the Xbox 360, and PC as available consoles where F1 2011 can be played in. As it stands, the game is scheduled to drop in stores starting September 20, 2011.
While it should make for some pretty exciting racing with all these consoles, the 3DS version is what’s looking to be the most interesting of the lot. Watching a Formula One race in 3D is one thing, but actually playing a game that supports the same high-tech format is a completely different thing.
As part of the game, players will be tasked to compete in a wide rage of competitive and co-operative multiplayer components, including a career mode that puts you in the driver seat of one of the fastest machines on the planet going nose-to-nose with the official teams and race drivers of the 2011 FIA F1 World Championship.
Needless to say, the 3DS version of the 2011 F1 game is what’s getting us all geeked up about it. September can’t come soon enough, can it?
The new DiRT 3 game has officially been launched, and to mark this occasion, Codemasters has released a new trailer showcasing the breadth of content to feature in the new game. The ’World of Racing’ trailer features DiRT 3’s wide range of game modes, from traditional Rally to innovative freestyle Gymkhana events, plus Trailblazer, and multi-car Head 2 Head, Land Rush and Rallycross stages. DiRT 3 will boast more cars, more locations, more routes, and more events than any other game in the series.
Gamers will be able to experience rally stages in Europe, Africa, and the US. DiRT 3’s extensive online gameplay features for consoles are enabled with a VIP Pass, the access code for which is included in each retail box shipped.
The game can be played on lots of platforms, including Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, and PC Games For Windows LIVE.
The Need for Speed – Slightly Mad Studios partnership that resulted in the first Need for Speed SHIFT game brought a whole new level of freshness and detail-oriented approach to the fabled racing franchise. Obviously, with the success of the first game, the second installment became a question of ‘when’, not ‘if’.
Anybody that has played the first NFS Shift game will be familiar with the dynamics of the game, especially the prevalent way in which car crashes seem to occur. While the second version is pretty much a refinement of the original, there were a couple of tweaks and modifications done to make a little less crunchy and a lot more dynamic.
Make no mistake; there’s still plenty of carnage to go around and there seems to be some sort of infatuation with wrecked vehicles that it almost feels as if it hurts us to play this game.
But at the end of the day, this is NFS SHIFT 2 Unleashed’s winning-formula and as they say with a good thing, there ain’t no way to fix it. So instead of overhauling the whole game, Slightly Mad went on a slightly conservative approach, giving the game the same overall framework while adding some tweaks and refinements along the way.
Details on Need For Speed: SHIFT 2 Unleashed after the jump.
We’ve all played racing games on various systems like the PlayStation 3 or XBOX 360, and for the most part they are all the same. Graphics have been getting better and better with more powerful processors, but the feel of actually driving is largely absent. This is not so much the game creator’s fault, but more a problem with the philosophy of controlling a car with only a handheld remote.
Back in the day when I was playing games like “Cruisin’ USA” for the Nintendo 64, I remember the rumble pack being a revelation. You could actually feel some of the feedback from the road, but mostly just when you crashed. Today, video games have expanded far beyond what I could have ever imagined as a kid and even race teams and manufacturers use these systems to develop their technology before it is ever tested on the track.
Force Dynamics is a company that designs and constructs motion simulators for various applications. They have taken the time to understand how the brain interprets speed and have translated that information into the most advanced gaming chair on the market. The 401 system features full four-axis motion movements, surround sound speakers, and a high definition display to make the driver feel as if they were really on the race track.
Hit the jump for more details on the Force Dynamics Chair