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.
Passion for cars and passion for racing games go hand in hand, so we’re certain that you’ve spent lots of time playing at least one of the famous car games out there, like Need For Speed, Gran Turismo or Forza.
As you probable know, huge leaps forward in game content and graphics a new game require a new consoles that are powerful enough to run these advanced games. This is where things have evolved at light speed over the last few decades.
From the Magnavox Odyssey released back in 1972, things went at high speed and now the world is preparing for the unveiling of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One consoles, which will once again revolutionize digital racing, thanks to enhanced graphics, processing speeds and the ability to store their games in the "cloud," so they can pick up right where they left off, even in the middle of a highly competitive race.
What the launch of this two new consoles means for racing game players? Only good things of course.
If you love racing games, then you are likely familiar with Electronic Arts’ Need For Speed series. Young folks among us would’ve probably missed the days when the world of virtual racing was dominated by three words; N-F-S and everyone of us had t8he game on our PCs. I still remember the time spent speeding along canyon roads, and sunny beaches in a machine called FZR2000 — an add-on for the NFS-II SE. This car could do 248 mph if you managed to stay on the road and not crash into traffic.
Those were the days...
Later versions of the game featured numerous real-world cars, much to our liking. They even made a brand-specific game, which narrated the evolution of Porsche . One sports car brand that we, as enthusiasts of the game, missed was Ferrari . If I am not wrong, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit was the first NFS title to feature the prancing horse.
Sadly, in later iterations of the game except for a few, Ferrari was kept out, although the quality of racing simulation kept on getting better and better.
Now, what seems like ages since the first Need For Speed title was launched, we finally have a proper lineup of Ferraris to enjoy. Need For Speed: Rivals will be in stores on November 15, 2013 for PS4, on Nov 19, 2013 for PS3 and Xbox 360 and on Nov 22 for Xbox One with some proper Ferrari content. Electronic Arts has released a set of images of the upcoming title and we have compiled them here for your viewing pleasure.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ferraris that feature in NFS: Rivals
The battle between Sony’s Playstation and Microsoft’s Xbox gaming consoles is no child’s play. This is the real thing and in a market where demand for more realistic graphics and realistic physics keeps growing, both console makers are having to rework their hardware to suit the ever growing needs of the target customer. That’s where Xbox One and Forza 5 come into the picture.
Forza 5 promises to cater to the need for more realistic racing experience this year and to achieve this, the fifth edition of the Forza Motorsport franchise will lean heavily on the capabilities of the upcoming Xbox One.
The makers of the game have already released a list of cars that it will feature in Forza 5 and more could be in the pipeline. For now, they’ve introduced a long list of cars that the game will include, and this new list includes some modern cars, a few from the 90s and a few from the 70s. Unfortunately, the list of cars is down to only 200 — down from 500 in Forza 4 — but Turn 10 Studios has also promised more detailed cars and super-detailed tracks. We prefer quality over quantity, but the loss of 300 models and some tracks — the Nurburgring included — may be too much for gamers to swallow.
Forza 5 will also be the first to offer the LaFerrari, but — there’s always a "but" — it will not be included with the game. It will actually be offered as at-cost downloadable content... There is also a rumor that Nurburgring will also be offered as downloadable content, but there is nothing on whether it will be free or not.
Turn 10 is claiming that it is not holding back content to drive up interest — and profits — from downloadable content, and that it is purely trying to offer the most detail possible. We think this is part true and part garbage, as most gamers wouldn’t care if the Nurburgring had a minor flaw or if a car wasn’t 100-percent accurate but we do understand Turn 10 wanting to offer a totally accurate experience.
Click past the jump to read the complete list of new additions to Forza 5 and the official launch trailer.
Microsoft has just released a new video of the upcoming Forza Motorsport 5 game set to be released on November 22nd, 2013 for the Xbox One.
The new video focuses on the company’s partnership with Audi and explains why the Le Mans-winning R18 e-tron quattro is a worthy addition to the game. You will see interviews with Tom Kristensen, nine-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and his Audi Sport Team Joest teammates — the most successful team in modern endurance racing. They will explain their passion for drive and what it takes to succeed at the highest levels.
As a first, you will see some scenes filmed at the Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe, which means that it will be part of the upcoming Forza Motorsport 5.
We don’t know about you, but we are getting more excited about the release of Forza each and every day.
The upcoming Forza Motorsport 5 driving game is set to feature the legendary TopGear driver himself.
Some say, he is even faster in the dark...
That’s right, Forza Motorsport 5 will offer you the chance to race against The Stig.
The Stig’s Digital Cousin will only be available for those players planning to get both the new Xbox One and Forza 5 next month. So, if you are really good on racing games, the virtual Stig is waiting for you.
You will be able to race against him on the famous Top Gear test track that was rendered in meticulous detail, including the follow-through and Gambon sections. The game will also offer lots of in-game commentary from Jeremy, Richard and James on the career modes, and races inspired by Top Gear events, amongst other things.
The new Forza Motorsport 5 will be released on November 22nd, 2013.
Be warned, though, The Stig’s Digital Cousin doesn’t take defeat lightly.
Electronic Arts released a new trailer video for the "Need For Speed Rivals" racing game, this time focusing on the progression and pursuit technology upgrades. As expected, the new "NFS Rivals" will offer all the gadgets the players are used to from previous iterations, but taken to a completely new level of customization.
We admit that we still can’t get enough of it, specifically the process that was involved in actually making the video. What a lot of people didn’t know from the video was that no less than Tanner Foust, the same guy who hosts Top Gear USA, was the man behind the wheel of the MP4-12C.
Coming from the man who was responsible for driving the supercar to make sure that the angles were all hit on the right spots, Foust takes us on a behind-the-scenes look on how the video ad came to be. It’s a fascinating look at one of the most creative ads we’ve seen in a while.
Trust us: if you liked the commercial when you first saw it, this episode of Life in the Foust Lane will give you a deeper level of appreciation of Forza Motorsport’s Filmspeed animation.
Click past the jump to watch the video in all its awesome glory
Microsoft’s continued promotion for the upcoming release of Forza Motorsport has gone to a whole new level after announcing that it was fielding a specially prepared Holden VF Commodore to compete at the 2013 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, the V8 Supercar Series’ equivalent of Formula One ’s Monaco Grand Prix.
Since Bathurst will be included as one of the race tracks in Forza 5, it represented an opportunity for Microsoft and its subsidiary studio, Turn 10 (the folks who made the game!), to capitalize on promoting the highly anticipated game ahead of its November 22 release, while also turning some heads with an incredibly worked-on Holden VF Commodore race car.
The car came to life as a collaborative project between Triple Eight Race Engineering and Xbox Australia, with the intention of running it up Bathurst in the hopes of actually winning the crown jewel race of the V8 Supercar Series calendar.
The race car’s emerald green color is direct homage to the Xbox’s traditional color, while all the bells and whistles of a full-fledged race car were all installed. Exterior components, like a front lip spoiler, the wider wheel arches, the side lamps and the large rear wing, can be found on the VF Commodore. It’s the same story with the interior where all the usual accessories of the road car were taken out to accommodate all the safety equipment that is required for race cars.
Finally, the Xbox One Racing VF Commodore boasts of a 5.0-liter, V-8 engine that produces 650 horsepower, allowing it to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.3 seconds to go with a top speed of 185 mph.
Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Holden VF Commodore
On September 17, 2013, the fifth installment of the Grand Theft Auto series finally hit store shelves. Riding the waves of great reviews it has received recently, the game enjoyed massive success, as it raked in about $800 million is sales in just its first day in stores. This equals out to between 13 to 14 million copies of the game flying off of the shelves in just one day.
Apparently, experts don’t expect GTA V to keep up the register-clanging success, as Mike Hickey, an analyst at the Benchmark Company, said "We’re looking for 23 million units of games sold by March 2014 and we won’t change that, but $800 million in the first day is phenomenal."
Another game that enjoyed similar success was the "Call Of Duty: Black Ops II," which scored $500 million worth of sales in just one day.
Click past the jump to read more about the Grand Theft Auto V.
If you love cars, chicks, guns and carnage, then you’re likely itching to get your hands on the new Grand Theft Auto V — we certainly are. Well, you still have a little bit of time to wait, but Rockstar Games has just released another official trailer for the upcoming shoot-em-up and drive-em-hard game to help ratchet up our excitement a little.
Unlike the last trailer that introduced us to the three main characters, this trailer focuses more on the overall game. It gives us an inside look at the cool things you get to do and the intense vehicles you get to drive, from Lamborghini look-alikes, to beat-up pickups to sport bikes and much more — did we really see a fighter jet?
If you’re anything like us, we prefer to spend the majority of our time finding the coolest and fastest cars to go whipping around town in. That’s when we’re not posting our character on the highest rooftop with a rocket launcher, picking off police helicopters, of course...
The game hits shelves September 17th, so mark the calendar!