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.
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.
The Mazda 787B already holds esteem as one of the most iconic race cars in history, highlighted by its successful win at the 1991 Le Mans 24 Hours race. That win make it the first and only Japanese race car to win the prestigious endurance race.
For a race car that holds so much esteem, the folks over at Turn 10 Studios decided to bring the 787B into their game as part of their February ALMS Car Pack.
In this video, we catch up with some of the people responsible for bringing the 787B into the virtual world. More than just the sheer sight of the green-and-orange racer romping Forza 4, the 787B’s defining quality will always be its four-rotor Wankel engine, the source of what Turn 10 Studios says is the loudest engine they’ve ever recorded.
For something that often falls in the realm of hyperbole, the 787B has a legitimate claim to that title. It’s so loud that it actually beat the TVR Cerbera Speed 12 , a car that packed a sizzling 960 horsepower and 650 lb/ft of torque.
Check out the video and find out the lengths Turn 10 Studios had to go through to fully capture the banshee-like screams of the Mazda 787B. Better yet, turn up the volume and listen to it yourselves!
There’s a reason Bill Gates is one of the wealthiest people in the world; he takes ideas and runs with them until they make him so much cash, he can start to work on something else. As co-founder of Microsoft, one would expect Gates’ expertise to stick strictly to computers, but the company as a whole has found another way to roll in the profit: a West Coast Customs collaboration on an all-American Ford Mustang . Their project is appropriately called the Microstang and it’s a Mustang equipped with Windows 8 and Kinect.
The Microstang has received Dynacom’s 1967 fastback replica body and plenty of Microsoft’s latest technologies. We’re not very sure about those shiny wheels, but the interior is what makes this car really cool. Microsoft has fitted it with cool gadgets like an Xbox 360 with Kinect, a Windows operating system, a Windows Phone, Windows Azure, Bing, Ford Sync, and a rear windshield projector screen. There is also a Viper SmartStart app that can help the driver remotely start the car via the Windows Phone.
The Ford Microstang by Microsoft and West Coast Customs will officially be presented on March 25, 2012 at 6 PM Pacific (9 PM Eastern) on the Discovery’s Velocity Network during the Inside West Coast Customs show.
When we’re playing our favorite car racing video games, be it Forza 4 or Gran Turismo 5, we often marvel at the intricate level of realism that these games exhibit.
What we don’t take into account is the level of work done behind the scenes to give us a product worth blushing over. For their part, Turn 10 Studios, the development geniuses behind the Forza Motorsport franchise, is giving us a quick look at precisely that.
In order to build and develop a game as intricate as Forza 4, you need people that work about as hard as these guys. Half-assed isn’t gonna cut it, and certainly, when you invest as much time on developing a game like this, you need to be on your p’s and q’s all day, all the time.
Watching this video makes you appreciate all the hard work they put in just so we can spend inordinate hours of time on our couches playing the games to our heart’s content.
Leave it to Forza 4 to give us even more reason to love this game. Fresh off of releasing a new downloadable content just a week ago, Turn 10 Studios has announced that another pack will be released on February 7th, one that includes past and present ALMS race cars.
Turn 10 Studios, the makers of the Forza Motorsport gaming franchise, have released an early holiday present for rabid Forza 4 gamers out there. The December IGN Pack for Forza 4 was made available last week and comes with a grocery list of some of the finest digital rides you can have in the game.
Among the highlight vehicles included in the December IGN Pack are the Suzuki Monster Sport SX4 Hill Climb Special, the very same car that Monster Tajima used to break the ten-minute barrier at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb earlier this year.
All in all, the December IGN Pack will include 10 new vehicles that you can enjoy over the holidays. The pack is available through XBox Live so if you want to get your hands on a new set of awesome rides to put in your Forza garage, Turn 10 Studios is your hook-up.
Michael Bay’s addiction for high-octane action and mindless explosions has earned him a reputation as one of Hollywood’s most fascinating directors. For his latest project, Bay is switching genres and stepping into the world of video games, directing the official trailer for Need For Speed: The Run.
While this project was lacking in real-life actors, Bay didn’t seem to have any problems putting his imprint on the trailer. There are cars flying everywhere, helicopters shooting at runaway vehicles, and of course, lots and lots of explosions.
At the end of the day, Bay seems to have done a good job in translating his Hollywood-style directing by turning the trailer into a pulse-pounding, action-packed, two-and-a-half-minute video for the latest installment in the highly-popular Need For Speed franchise.
As a reminder, the game is set to come out November 15, 2011, so if you’re still having second thoughts on making the purchase, this Michael Bay-directed trailer will more than likely sway your decision towards forking over that $50.
How’s this for an awesome early Christmas present from the developers of Forza 4 ? Turn 10 Studios has officially released the latest downloadable patch for Forza 4 and it’s got plenty of new content that will surely drive up the racing juices of Forza 4 fans the world over.
The November Speed Pack will feature a lot of the most salivating supercars in the game, including the long awaited Lamborghini Aventador and the 2012 Dodge Viper SRT8. In addition to these two thoroughbreds, the content patch will also carry some taste of the old and new, with the likes of the 1992 GMC Typhoon and the 2013 Ford Focus ST racing along with the group.
Apart from the vehicle infusion, the Speed Pack will also carry a new Rivals mode that will allow you to match wits with the Aventador in a hot-lap battle. So for a mere $7, you can hop on over to the Forza Motorsport website and find out how you can avail of the November Speed Pack.
But if you’re the type that finds it hard to part with the seven bucks, this trailer figures to be all the convincing you’ll need.
It has been rumored for quite some time now that Rockstar Games is working on the Grand Theft Auto 5 game. But today the company has unveiled the first trailer that proves the game is on its way. Although an official launch date hasn’t been announced just yet, we believe that the next game will be released in early 2012.
Like with the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for the PS2, the action of the new GTA 5 will take place in San Andreas. Also, it is rumored that the game’s main hero will be Tommy Vercetti from Vice City once again. What do you think, is it he or we will see a totally new character?
All we can say for sure at this point is that the "V" in the game’s title was inspired by the US dollar and as the trailer suggest the recession is being a focal point of the game.