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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.

Far removed from the realistic, and often times way too serious world of Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport , video game developer Codemasters is offering a racing game that’s a little more in tune with the inner child in all of us.

Taking its cue from the wild and wacky world of Mario Kart, Codemasters is bringing the world of Formula 1 to a more cartoonish world. The game is called F1 Race Stars and as the preview trailer shows us, there’s plenty to like about the game, including the prevalent power ups (not seen in the real world of Formula 1) and the ability to use DRS to one’s advantage (seen in the world of Formula 1).

Codemasters is also touting the gameplay of F1 Race Stars, particularly the career mode that offers three levels of difficulty, as well as a slew of challenges, timed races, and even Grand Prix competitions. Really, if you’re a little spent with the hours upon hours of playing GT5 or Forza 4 , the F1 Race Stars will offer you a fresh way to enjoy Formula 1 racing.

The game will be drop on shelves this coming November and will be available on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 consoles.

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The folks over at Codemasters may not have the cache - or maybe the high-volume marketing tools - compared to Sony and Turn 10 Studios, but that certainly doesn’t mean that they’re video game offerings, F1 2012 and GRID 2, are less enjoyable than their Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport counterparts.

The latter, in particular, looks to be something that we could spend hours upon hours of our weekends playing. The highly anticipated sequel to the popular GRID video game is set to hit shelves in the summer of 2013 and while that may still be a long time away, you can never be too early to drum up excitement for your game.

So these trailers of GRID 2 show us exactly what we’re in store for when the game becomes available. Some cars in the trailers are pretty swell, particularly the old-school Mach 1 running with the new Ford Mustang Boss 302.

If for nothing else, these trailers make us want to have the game hit shelves far sooner than it’s supposed to.

More trailers after the jump

Source: GRID 2

It’s been a while since Rockstar Games released the latest installment of its hit Grand Theft Auto franchise, but all that appears to be irrelevant now that the newest trailer for the latest version, GTA V , has hit the web.

This time, the setting is Los Santos, a fictionalized town that greatly resembles Los Angeles. The open-world freedom, storytelling, mission-based gameplay returns for another chapter in the hit game franchise that has broken multiple records during its run.

For this game, Rockstar Games released a number of teaser photos that include, most notably, the return of the Ferrari 512 TR-based Grotti Cheetah. If you remember, the supercar first appeared in GTA III before being surprisingly left out of GTA IV . With the fifth installment of the game, the Cheetah looks to be prowling the roads once again, only this time, it’s running roughshod over the streets of Los Santos.

There’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to Gran Theft Auto V. If the Cheetah didn’t tickle your fancy, then how about a jet fighter patrolling the skies of the glitzy town of Los Santos?

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.

EA is already taking pre-orders for the game and if you do so, you get the chance to immediately own a Porsche 911 Carrera S and a Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale at no added cost.

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.

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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.

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