Playstation 3

Playstation 3

  Made to take on Microsoft's XBox 360 and Nintendo's Wii, the Playstation 3 by Sony Computer Entertainment broke out into the game console world on November 17th, 2006 in North America with a previous debut in Japan six days before that. The PlayStation 3 features a slot-loading 2x speed Blu-ray Disc drive for games, Blu-ray movies, DVDs, CDs and other optical media. The basic model came with a 20 GB hard disk drive and the premium model arrived with a 60 GB hard drive and several additional features. Many revisions have been made to the console, with the latest modification being the new slim model.

One of the marks of a great racing game is its ability to host races in various part of the world. It’s not enough that you have all the cars, but if you don’t have real-world racetracks to whip them around, then what’s the point, right?

Fortunately, the developers of GRID 2 understood this; that’s why this latest trailer, once again featuring the voice of the fictional Patrick Callahan, gives us a sneak peek at some of the European racetracks that will be included in the game.

The teaser is dominated by the voice of Callahan, who once again does his best to entice teams and drivers to sign up to his racing league, all while showing a multitude of racecars competing in various circuits around Europe.

Among the list of tracks that are expected to be part of the game include: the streets of Côte d’Azur, the Algarve International Circuit in Portugal, the Red Bull Ring, the streets of Paris and Barcelona, and Brands Hatch, to name a few.

If there’s also one thing this new teaser has shown us, it’s that GRID 2 is doing the whole full-court press in its attempt to get gamers interested in the game. We don’t necessarily see why it has to do it because there’s already a significant level of interest in it.

But if it means more titles flying off the shelves, why not, right?

If there were any awards for best video game teasers, GRID 2’s latest release would be a contender.

Veering away from the tried and tested method of action spliced with fast-paced music, the new GRID 2 teaser takes a much more calculated approach, introducing us to "racing visionary" Patrick Callahan.

In the teaser, Callahan outlines his plans for a new motorsports series and introduces players to two key racing clubs where he needs drivers to be a part of. He then goes on by saying that his intention is to bring some of the best drivers in the world to compete in one league to claim the title of the best driver in the galaxy. Ok, maybe just the world, but you get the picture.

The teaser also gives us a brief glimpse of some new tracks that you’ll see in the game, including Street Racing in Chicago, Track Racing at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Road Racing at the dramatic California Coast.

Combining both elements to make a pretty interesting teaser isn’t an easy task. But GRID 2 accomplishes it by taking a more cinematic approach with the usual dramatic dialogue. In the end, we’re definitely intrigued and looking forward to see how the game stacks up against the competition.

Whether you find GRID 2 racing game as appealing as Gran Turismo 5 or Forza 4 or not, you still have to give credit to the folks over at Codemasters for putting in the work to provide gamers a game that certainly doesn’t lack in high-detailed racing.

The latest trailer, through short, proves as much with some high-octane snippets of what you can expect when the game officially hits shelves on May 28.

Codemasters is definitely dropping the full-scale marketing blitz on the game, having recently announced that they’re preparing three special-edition downloadable packs depending on where you place your pre-order for the game: Amazon, Best Buy, or Gamestop.

In the end, expectations are high for GRID 2 because it has to live up to the hype that Codemasters is putting forth. Whether that translates to a pretty good racing game is still subject to how gamers enjoy the experience of playing it.

At this point, the jury’s still out.

Codemasters has officially announced the date their latest pride and joy, GRID 2, will hit the shelves. Mark the date, fellas; the game ships on May 28 for the PS3, the Xbox 360, and the PC.

We have to give some props to Codemasters for at least trying to break some ground for the GRID series, describing the game as setting "new standards for a racing multiplayer experience.” We’re not sure if those claims are going to hold up when the game is released, but at least these guys are throwing it out there.

Another wrinkle Codemasters is releasing is the chance for buyers to receive three special-edition downloadable packs depending on where you place your pre-order for the game: Amazon, Best Buy, or GameStop. If you get the game through Amazon, you get the Head Start Pack, which comes with a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 GT and discounts in the Car Upgrades Store and a RaceNet bonus.

If you get it in Best Buy, you’ll get the IndyCar Pack that comes with the series Pace Car and Dallara chassis, an exclusive online event and two additional routes around The Brickyard.

Finally, Game Stop buyers will receive the McLaren and Nissan GT-R Racing Packs, featuring the MP4-12C GT3 and two new ways around the UK’s Brands Hatch track in the McLaren Pack. In the GT-R Racing Pack, you get a GT-R SpecV , an exclusive online event and finally five daytime circuits at Yas Marina.

Noted auto journalist Chris Harris recently got an invitation from Codemasters — the fine folks behind the racing game series, GRID — to give the game a virtual test. This isn’t any old test either, as it pits Harris against McLaren test driver Mat Jackson in a race at Brands Hatch in the virtual UK.

In the virtual race, Harris struggles to keep up with the more experienced Jackson and voices his displeasure to one of the game’s developers. After a few tips and pointers on how to get more out of his MP4-12C , Harris proceeds to catch up to Jackson, overtake him and then beat him to the checkered flag by the slimmest of margins.

Apparently, the whole point of the series of teasers is for Codemasters to display the kind of real-life instructions you can put to use in the virtual racing game. Quite frankly, we don’t get the idea of the whole thing, given the fact that the GRID series has always been a game that put hardcore racing as its main selling point. In any case, the video’s pretty interesting if you’re a fan of the GRID franchise.

Harris’ involvement in these teasers also appear to be of the multi-part variety, which means that we can expect to see more of these teasers in the coming weeks as Codemasters prepares for the release of “GRID 2 Effect” this summer.

A while ago a heavily camouflaged Chevrolet Corvette C7 was spotted in Gran Turismo 5 and everyone imagined that the car will be making its virtual debut earlier than the real-world one. Today, Chevrolet and Sony have confirmed that Gran Turismo 5 players can indeed enjoy a first-of-its-kind driving experience of a camouflaged Corvette C7 prototype.

While developing this virtual prototype, designers from Chevy and Polyphony Digital paid attention to even the tiniest details and tried to replicate the real car by as much as possible. Unfortunately, they opted for a soft camouflage to keep the car’s design a secret until its world debut in January. You didn’t really think they would unveil the car in a video game, did you?

"Until now, only the most skilled drivers on the Corvette team have been authorized to push the test prototypes to the limits on some of the most challenging track surfaces in the world," said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Global Marketing. "Through this unique collaboration with Gran Turismo, Chevrolet is able, for the first time, to give performance car enthusiasts access to such an exclusive driving experience."

Check out the above video to see the digital version of the C7 Corvette draped in its camo livery!

In this economy, $90,000 is a treasure chest for a lot of people. It’s enough money to sustain a decent-sized household for an extended period of time. But for Neiman Marcus, $90,000 is only enough money to score you this rad-tastic racing simulator just in time for the holidays.

Pretty sweet, right?

If you’re the lucky few that can afford to throw 90 grand on the Pinel & Pinel Arcade Trunk, then we applaud you for it. It’s not like you’re splurging on a designer handbag, or even a diamond-encrusted timepiece. Nope, it’s a racing simulator that comes with controllers for four people, a 55-inch Sony 3D TV, racing seats, a PlayStation 3, a Thrustmaster T500RS wheel , a Bluetooth system, a multitude of microphones, a choice of 24 games, and, for the aesthetically inclined, 51 different colors for the calfskin cabinet.

And they said we love to splurge on unnecessary items. Trust us, if you’ve got the money and a sizable chunk of free space in your living room, there’s nothing unnecessary about this racing simulator.

Rockstar Games has revealed the second trailer for the fifth installment in its very successful Grand Theft Auto series. Next to a lot of action, this video game will have everything a car addict dreams about: cars, bikes, planes, trains and lots of explosions and crashes!

The second video presents a pretty sweet car lineup, including replicas of cars like the Audi R8 Spyder , the Aston Martin DB5, and the Jaguar XF-R .

Rockstar Games has described the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V as the largest and most ambitious title in the series to date. Set in the sprawling city of Los Santos and the surrounding area, Grand Theft Auto V delivers a world of unprecedented scale and detail from the mountaintops to the depths of the ocean.

The new Grand Theft Auto V is coming to Xbox 360 and PS3 during Spring 2013. For those interested, the game is already available for pre-order.

It’s not exactly dropping its full covers to show us what it looks like well before its highly anticipated world debut, but the mere fact that the Chevrolet Corvette C7 is already inside Gran Turismo 5 makes the wait and anticipation that much more intriguing.

To be clear, the Corvette C7 that was spotted in Gran Turismo 5 was still in full camouflage, providing very little in the way of sneak peeks to make us wonder what’s underneath those covers.

The video comes courtesy of YouTube user "1320edwinpr" who found a way to discover the much talked about Corvette C7 inside Gran Turismo. It doesn’t appear like the car is already playable, and that’s not surprising at all because the Corvette C7 won’t make its world debut until the Detroit Auto Show on January 13, 2013.

That being said, it’s pretty cool to see that despite still being kept under wraps in this world, the video game world of Gran Turismo 5 is doing a finer job with all the teasing.

Give credit to the folks over at Electronic Arts for knowing how to promote a video game.

With the release of Need for Speed: Most Wanted drawing closer and closer, the promotional train is out in full force, making a stop in Paris, France for an impressive supercar parade in and around some of the city’s most famous landmarks.

The video, courtesy of YouTube member alexsmolik, features a plethora of Ferraris , Porsches , Lamborghinis , and even a Ford GT Heritage taking through the streets of Paris while visiting a number of tourist destinations, including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and Champs Elysées.

All these cars have also been stickered up with Need For Speed: Most Wanted badges just so the people checking them out know what the whole parade is all about.

Check out the video and watch them exotics take Paris by storm, Need for Speed: Most Wanted style.


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