On November 15, 2001, Microsoft unleashed the Xbox to the world of gaming in North America. With a built-in hard disk drive and the use of Dolby Interactive Content-Encoding Technology, the XBox brought about some new competition for the Sony Playstation 2, the Sega Dreamcast, and the Nintendo GameCube.
In late 2006, the XBox was discontinued, but its bigger and better brother, the XBox 360, was introduced on April 15, 2010.
Each vehicle will offer its own unique races, challenges, and mods to unlock, and players will get 50,000 Speed Points in the full game just for playing the demo version.
The new demo tracks and compares everything players do against their friends and offers up game-play recommendations and challenges throughout the open world as a result. Players are constantly blazing a trail of high scores not only in their game, but in their friends’ games as well.
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.
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.
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.
A few weeks after dropping the first episode of its Behind The Scenes video series for Forza Horizon, Turn 10 Studios is back with the second episode.
We’re not sure what the purpose of a "Behind-The-Scenes" video series is all about, but we’re pretty excited about Forza Horizon, which, in turn, compels us to watch these video upon their release.
In the first episode, we were introduced to some of the creators of the game and learned what makes Forza Horizon such an incredible new expression of the Forza series. For episode 2, we find out why the developers decided to put the setting of the game in Colorado.
Beautiful landscapes and picturesque views notwithstanding, Colorado is perfect for a game like Forza Horizon because it focuses on true, action-packed racing on lots of wide open roads.
Just the way it should be, right?
Forza Horizon drops on shelves at the end of October with pre-orders now available. Scoop yourself up a pre-order now or risk being left out.
Forza Horizon will be making its official debut on October 23rd, but until that happens, Turn 10 Studios is providing us with a series of videos showing behind the scenes images of the upcoming game.
In Episode One, you get to meet some of the creators of the game and learn what makes Forza Horizon such an incredible new expression of the Forza series. The video also presents the beauty that is Colorado, the unadulterated joy that is night racing, and lots of cool details to whet your appetite for the game.
To say that we’ve been waiting for this car pack to arrive can be construed as a massive understatement. If you’re wondering why, look no further than the featured car of Forza 4’s September Car Pack: The SRT Viper GTS-R.
Back in June, we got to play around with the SRT Viper - included in the June pack - in the game. Now, though, things get a little juicier with the inclusion of the SRT Viper GTS-R that competed in the ALMS series over the summer into Forza’s latest car pack. Both cars, #91 and #93, have been added to the game, which means that we can have double the fun destroying the competition with these two venomous bad boys finally in the game.
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?
Thrustmaster has a new racing game accessory and wouldn’t you know it, it’s as cool as the other side of the pillow.
Aptly named the Thrustmaster Ferrari Vibration GT Cockpit 458 Italia Edition, the racing peripheral is an 11" replica of the Ferrari 458 Italia’s wheel, providing gamers a unique interactive driving experience unlike anything they’ve ever seen before. The genuine leather steering wheel has been replaced with a rubber-coated wheel, but everything else remains the same - albeit replaced with buttons instead of the usual controls - including the Engine Start button and the turn signals. Even the sequential paddle shifters are also present and finished in brushed metal.
The accessory is also adaptable to riders of all sizes because it’s extendable, has an adjustable height, and an adjustable steering column. Heck, it’s also portable and foldable, allowing gamers to stow and move the peripheral anytime.
Finally, Thrustmaster also announced that the Ferrari Vibration GT Cockpit 458 Italia Edition comes with what it’s calling the Global Vibration System, a program that simulates the actual vibrations that come from driving an actual race car.
The Ferrari Vibration GT Cockpit 458 Italia Edition is compatible with the XBox and PC, and is scheduled to hit stores in October with a retail price of $299. Sure makes for a nice little early Christmas present, right?
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."