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  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.

The recent E3 games conference held in Los Angeles, California this year gave us a good look at some of the upcoming racing video games that are all in the pipeline.

We’ve already seen previews of Gran Turismo 6, Forza 5, and even Need for Speed: Rivals. But there’s still one more game that’s looking to turn some heads.

This one comes Ubisoft and it’s called "The Crew.” If you watch the dedicated preview trailer of the game, you’d think that you were watching the first Fast & Furious movie again. But instead of the old Honda S2000’s they used in the movie, you get the treat of being behind the wheel of a heavily-modified Chevrolet Camaro .

The Crew has been classified as an open-world car action game, which means that there’s probably a strong reliance on online-play wherein you gather up your own outlaw crew with the objective of doing a multitude of law-breaking jobs.

Combine the detailed car customization program with the chance to play your own Fast and Furious storyline, and you have a game that definitely caught our attention.

Click past the jump to watch the "Commented Walkthrough" of The Crew

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“Need for Speed: Rivals” is the latest version of the long-running NFS franchise and is set to be released late in November. However, until then EA’s recent E3 press conference brought us a new trailer video and some more details on the upcoming racing game.

The new “Need For Speed: Rivals” will offer you the chance to drive lots of agile cars built for high-speed racing and epic chases. You can play either as a street racer and run from the cops, or as a cop and chase the racers.

As a street racer, you can drive cars like the new Ferrari F12berlinetta or the Nissan GT-R Black Edition . When playing as a cop, you will enjoy the Koenigsegg Agera R and others.

“Need for Speed: Rivals” will be released on November 19, 2013 and it is now available for pre-order on Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3 & PC.

Don’t be mistaken by GRID 2’s standing in the hierarchy of car racing video games. It doesn’t hold the cache of Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsports. Nor does it have the history of Need for Speed.

What it does have is a pretty good video game, one that’s now made even better with the presence of Aston Martin . Specifically, three of the finest Astons to have ever been built: the One-77 , the V12 Zagato and the new Vanquish .

If for nothing else, Aston Martin’s presence in Grid 2 is a perfect marketing collaboration for the two companies. But even that pales to what the possibilities could be once you get to play the three exotics in the game.

GRID 2 isn’t scheduled to hit shelves until later this year, but we’re already excited to see how these three Astons fare in the world of GRID 2.

Click past the jump to read about the Aston Martin supercars included in GRID 2


With the recent announcement of the impending arrival of the XBox One, McLaren and Turn 10 Studios have made that development much more exciting.

Sure, Forza Motorsport 5 will be launched to coincide with the XBox One. But what really got our attention was the competition that would see the winner be afforded the opportunity to be the first to ride onboard an actual P1 supercar.

Talk about a contest with a prize that’s worth all the trouble. All you need to do is visit the official Facebook competition app page, watch the launch video, which you can see after the jump, and guess the location of the starting grid in the trailer using an embedded map in the app.

Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, it should be. What’s going to be difficult though is the expected number of entries in the competition, making it more difficult for any one of us to score the winning ride. But even if we don’t get the top prize, there’s still that matter of winning a tour of the McLaren Technical Centre as a second prize of a third prize of an "exclusive gift pack".

Sounds pretty enticing, right?

Click past the jump to watch the video

With the upcoming launch of both the Xbox One and the Playstation 4, a new generation of video games is about to follow. Both Forza Motorsport and Gran Turismo have already released previews of the next-gen versions of their video game franchises.

Now, it’s Need For Speed’s turn.

Just like its predecessors, Need For Speed: Rivals takes a different approach to the usual hardcore street racing involved in Forza and Gran Turismo. Instead, its gamers will be given the opportunity to either play the game as a the street racer or the cop, ensuring that they can experience the thrills of being the chaser or the runner, depending on what suits their style better.

Even better, the cars available for Need for Speed: Rivals will be some of the finest you can ever drive, including the Ferrari F12berlinetta, which has found its way into the game as part of a new partnership with the Italian automaker.

Need for Speed: Rivals will hit shelves on November 19, 2013 and will be available for the Xbox 360, the Xbox One, and the PlayStation 4.

Click past the jump to watch the teaser trailer of Need For Speed: Rivals

Downloadable content is one of the few ways that video game manufacturers have found a way to keep their hands in your pockets long after buying the game and car games are among the biggest offenders. Now GRID2, which is set to hit shelves on May 28th, has a way to dig into your pocket before you even buy the game by way of the IndyCar Pack.

To further turn you onto the pack, Codemasters has revealed a new teaser video of the IndyCar Pack (above). Fortunately, you can get the pack for free if you preorder the game from Best Buy before its launch on May 28th, but after that, we’re sure it’ll cost you at least a few extra bucks.

From the information on GRID2’s Facebook page, we can see that this new pack will include access to the Dallara IndyCar, the IndyCar Pace car, a pair of new routes around Indianapolis Motor Speedway Oval Circuit and an “exclusive online event.” Also revealed is exclusive livery for online racing, a Camaro SS and the Corvette Z06 Centennial Edition .

Not too bad for a free pack, but we’re not too sure if it is worth actually forking out any dough to pick it up. In fact, the deals included with a GameStop or Amazon preorder – McLaren Racing Pack and GTR Racing Pack or Head Start Pack, respectively – seem like better deals too. That is, unless you really want to find out two other ways to make it around the Indy Motor Speedway…

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Microsoft’s next-generation Xbox was officially announced today and along with the new Xbox One, Turn 10 Studios dropped the first teaser video for its debut game on the Xbox One: Forza Motorsport 5. According to the first details we received, the game was specially designed for the Xbox One and will be available exclusively for Xbox One at launch.

Talking about the new Forza Motorsport, Turn 10 Studios said: "Built from the ground up to take advantage of Xbox One and the infinite power of the cloud, no game better delivers the sensation of being behind the wheel."

Full details on the Forza Motorsport 5 will be announced in Los Angeles during the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) and will be put on sale later this year. Until then, enjoy this tantalizing trailer that puts the McLaren F1 and its successor, the P1 supercar , head to head.

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Forza Horizon, the fifth installment in the Forza Motorsport series - was officially unveiled on October 23rd, 2012 and since then, Turn 10 Studios expanded it with tons of packages. The latest one was developed in cooperation with Top Gear and will be available now at a price of 400 MS Points. All the models in the pack can be individually ordered at a price of 240 MS Points.

The new pack includes a total of six cars: 2012 Aston Martin Vanquish , 2012 Bowler EXR S, 1998 Mercedes-Benz AMG Mercedes CLK GTR , 2011 Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale Zagato , 2011 Ford Transit SuperSportVan and 2002 BMW M3-GTR (available for free).

By far our favorite addition is the new Vanquish - a car that has already stolen the heart of many enthusiasts. It is powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that delivers a total of 565 horsepower that sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 186 mph.

Hit the jump to rear Turn 10 Studio’s press release.

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.


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