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.
Codemasters have just announced the new GRID 2, a racing game that will challenge players to be fast, be first, and be famous as they enter a stunning new world of competitive motorsport. With the new game, Codemasters are setting new standards for damage, AI and visuals, but will also raise the gameplay and technological bar for motorsport gaming. GRID 2 will be released in the summer of 2013 for Xbox 360, Microsoft, Playstation 3, and PC.
The new GRID 2 racing game
"GRID’s back and we’re going to make street, track and road racing exciting again," said Clive Moody, Executive Producer. "The core design philosophy for GRID 2 is that we treat the race as a character, not a consequence of simply putting cars on tracks. Everything that goes into the game impacts on that second-to-second, in the moment, blockbuster drama – the feel and personality of the race."
When Gran Turismo released its video racing simulator franchise four years ago with Nissan , that partnership eventually led to Gran Turismo: The Academy . Just like all genius ideas, further ideas sprout from said original idea to create another idea that leads to...well, you get the picture.
That’s why it comes as no surprise to us that the Gran Turismo 5: GT Academy Edition is dropping onto shelves in the next month. The pack - or in this case, disc - will include all the packs Gran Turismo has made available in the past couple years. Yep, you’ll get treated to Car Packs 1, 2, and 3, as well as Course Packs 1 and 2. It’ll also contain a Special Paint Pack, a Racing Gear Pack, and the cherry on top of the sundae, the Nissan GT-R that was used at the Nurburgring 24-Hour Endurance Race by Kazunori Yamauchi.
For the affordable price of €29.99 - that’s about $28 based on current rates - you can have all of it in one pretty cool package. Check out the video and you’ll probably be counting down the days to its release after you’re done.
Polyphony Digital has announced the addition of two new packs for their Gran Turismo 5 sim racing video game: the ’Twin Ring Motegi Pack’ and ’Scion FR-S ’12’ DLC. The best part of this announcement is that the FR-S will be available as a free download, in hopes of bumping up the amount of downloads taking place.
The new Twin Ring Motegi Pack, however, does not come free of charge, but includes the Twin Ring Motegi ’Road Course,’ the ’Super Speedway,’ the ’East Course,’ and the ’West Course’. For only $5, gamers will be able to try out the famous racetrack in Japan with its large variety of layouts.
The ’Scion FR-S ’12’ DLC is FREE and adds the new Scion FR-S to the gamer’s own garage. As a reminder, the model is powered by a 2.0-liter front boxer engine that delivers a total of 200 horsepower and 151 lb/ft of torque. The engine can then be mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. On the US market, the FR-S is priced from $24,930.
The Need for Speed franchise has never been about pure racing thrills the way both Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport are. While those two are all about burning rubber and collecting trophies, Need for Speed comes with added layers of story lines that make for a more dynamic gaming experience.
Their latest offering, called Need for Speed: Most Wanted, is no different.
Similar to previous NFS installments, Need for Speed: Most Wanted is a game that pits you against the authorities and engaging in a hellacious cat-and-mouse game throughout the city, complete with explosions, crashes, and yes, even road jumps.
Another new element added to the game is the involvement of Criterion Games, which allows for some of the best online multi-player challenges you and your friends can compete in.
In this trailer video for the game, we get to see what we’re in store for. Even better, there appears to be a roster of supercars that we’d love to take control of while playing the game. We see you, Lamborghini Aventador .
Need for Speed: Most Wanted is scheduled to be released later this year on a number of platforms, including the X360, the PS3, PC, the PS Vita, and iOS.
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.
Before Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport established themselves as the pre-eminent auto racing games in the world, that title belonged to Namco Bandai’s Ridge Racer.
The upcoming Ridge Racer title, Unbounded, hopes to re-establish the franchise as a significant player in the racing game market. And judging by the trailers Namco Bandai has released, it looks like they’re about to give, not just Gran Turismo and Forza a run for its money, but they’ve set their sights on Need For Speed too.
The trailer video features hardcore racing at its finest combined with heaps of destruction derby added to it. Let’s see...high-octane racing...explosives...track customizations; sounds like a recipe for a great video game to us.
Even better for interested gamers is that if anybody pre-orders the game, they will receive the limited ’Day One Edition’ for free, which now includes bonus cars and paint jobs for customization.
Check out the video trailer of Ridge Racer Unbounded after and we’re for certain that you’ll be dying to get a copy of the game too.
Apparently, some people just can’t get enough and the fact that they’re willing to splurge on an "XL version" of a game they already have is proof that Gran Turismo 5 is alive, kicking, and more popular than it ever has been.
Taking advantage of all of this, Polyphony Digital and Sony Digital are releasing a new XL Edition of GT5, which is set to drop on shelves on January 17, 2012. In addition to all the content the standard game already has, the GT5 XL Edition is expected to have all of the game updates, including the latest ‘Spec 2.0 that was just released a few months ago. On top of that, buyers will also receive a voucher that will get them an additional $20 worth of DLC content. Among the packs included are the Racing Car Pack, the Car Pack 2, the Course Pack, the Paint Pack, and the Racing Gear Pack.
There’s no denying the popularity Gran Turismo 5 has over casual and hardcore gamers alike. The release of the GT5 XL Edition is further proof that when it comes to real-like game play and overall features, GT5 is always chalk-full of those. And all for the bargain price of $39.99 in North America.
One of the most talked about sports cars of the year was finally revealed a month ago, and since then, it’s been popping up everywhere, including in the popular racing franchise, Gran Turismo.
For fans of Gran Turismo 5, the thought of finally getting behind the wheel of a Toyota GT 86 is certainly worth the $3.99 price tag attached to the second round of downloadable content for the game.
Polyphony is set to release a Car Pack 2 program and Update 2.02 through the PSN Network just in time for Christmas. For the former, that means you can finally play a slew of new vehicles in the game, including the 2011 Mini Cooper S, the 2010 Volkswagen Golf VI R , the 2010 Volkswagen Scirocco R , and the 2012 Nissan GT-R Black Edition R35 . Other fixes and improvements that are part of the Car Pack 2 program include the ability to change wheels on Standard cars, free coupons that allow you to wash cars, change oil, overhaul your engine, or refresh the car body in GT Auto. The CP2 pack also allows you to see how the oil changes, aerodynamic parts, engine overhauls, and racing modifications will affect performance points and engine power in GT Auto. Meanwhile, in screens where the [Garage] and [Driver List] buttons are displayed in the A/B Spec events, Special Events, and Seasonal Events, pressing the ’square’ button will lead you to the [Garage], and pressing the ’triangle’ button will bring up the drivers list.
Then, there’s the Update 2.02, which is important to get as soon as possible if for only one - and only one - reason. By downloading the update, you finally get your hands on a 2012 Toyota GT 86 .
It’s not every day you get to sit across from one of the most phenomenal minds in the gaming industry, so when we got the chance to have a chat with Gran Turismo creator, Kazunori Yamauchi, we took it with open arms.
We did our best warming up to him with a few questions about how he got into the industry and whether he figured himself to be a programmer or a business man, before we got down to the nitty gritty. Unfortunately, being the professional that he is, Yamauchi stayed tight-lipped about any of the new features to be applied to the recently confirmed Gran Turismo 6 .
He did, however, agree that the Gran Turismo franchise did not provide gamers with enough room to play around in the tuning of their chosen vehicles. He stated that it would be better for gamers to have wide freedom when tuning their vehicles, but that it all really came down to a battle against time. And anyone who remembers the number of delays the gaming world had to deal with before we got GT5 , understands exactly what he means.
That being said, if Gran Turismo 6 does show up with significant improvements in tuning, we’re totally taking the credit for suggesting it to Yamauchi.
Hit the jump for more information on Gran Turismo 6.
We knew that it was all but hypothetical, but it was still nice to hear the words straight out of the horse’s mouth.
In an interview conducted at the SEMA Auto Show ’s Gran Turismo awards, Gran Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi confirmed that Polyphony Digital is already hard at work in the development of Gran Turismo 6, the sixth installment of the hit racing franchise.
Talking about the game’s status, Yamauchi said: “Of course we’re working on GT6 already and I think what really will be the separating factor is something that we can’t update through a DLC is something that obviously has to be saved for GT6."
That piece of confirmation should be music to the ears of fans of the Gran Turismo franchise, but on the flip side, all these expectations should be tempered considering that there will be inevitable delays before the game is officially released.
Another question is whether the game will be available on the Playstation 3 or if it will end up being developed for the 3’s eventual successor, the Playstation 4.