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Forza Motorsport 6 Will Offer You The Chance To Drive The Cars From FIA Formula E

Forza Motorsport 6 Will Offer You The Chance To Drive The Cars From FIA Formula E

We’re still a couple of months away from the release of the Forza Motorsport 6, and the folks at Turn 10 Studios have been seriously enjoying teasing us by releasing the names of cars in the game a handful at a time. This latest announcement named a few cars, but then dropped the bombshell that the game would include the entire grid of an FIA open-wheel racing series. Of course, that series is Formula E, so it’s just 10 cars.

This is still pretty impressive though. Big-name racing games are often reluctant to use open-wheel racers, and certainly tend not to bring an entire series into a game like this. And then there’s the fact that the cars are electric to make it that last extra bit of weird. In fairness, some Formula E cars were available as downloadable content for FM5, but here they will be available from the start, and it will be the entire grid. Formula E is quite different from other racing (drivers swap whole cars during pit stops as a way around the problem of long charging times, for example) so it will be interesting to see how that’s handled.

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Tech Tuesday: Augmented Reality

Tech Tuesday: Augmented Reality

Einstein is quoted as stating, “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” Is it possible that the man who proposed general relativity could have imagined the world we live in today? One where, 60 years after his death, humanity’s entire existence is supported by the passing of binary code through the ether? Perhaps. Either way, technology enables us to frame our day-to-day lives around a multitude of customized realities. Most of these, like television and video games, supplant what’s “real,” building something new from scratch. It could be argued that “virtual reality” represents the ultimate expression of this concept. However, there’s something else on the rise, and rather than replacing reality, it seeks to alter it. It’s called augmented reality, and it’s coming to a car near you.

Augmented reality, or “AR,” takes cues from a given real-time environment and puts a unique perspective on it. By combining digitally created forms with what already physically exists, AR-equipped devices overlay some form of computer-generated enhancement onto the world around us, be it video, still image, sound, or data, thus enriching the user’s own perception. Think of it as ”reality plus.”

AR has already found its way into a variety of industries. There are apps out there that can identify constellations in the sky, points of interest on a street, or merchandise in a store simply by pointing your smartphone at them. The military also uses AR extensively, replacing traditional heads-up displays for fighter pilots and creating simulated training exercises for soldiers.

Carmakers are chomping at the bit to apply this technology to consumer vehicles, with companies like Jaguar Land Rover providing numerous concepts outlining its vision for future applications. The aftermarket is equally as eager. Pioneer has plans to develop its own products.

It would appear as though the stage is set for AR to catalyze substantial advances in the way we use cars to interact with the world. But how does it all work, and more importantly, what should you expect when you find yourself sitting in an AR-equipped vehicle?

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TopSpeed Exclusive: Big News Coming from Forza Motorsport Tomorrow

TopSpeed Exclusive: Big News Coming from Forza Motorsport Tomorrow

BIG NEWS EVERYONE! Tomorrow at Gamescom in Germany, Microsoft’s Xbox team and the group behind Forza Motorsport have a very special announcement to make. The best part is we have exclusive information and the details surrounding it.

We aren’t allowed to tell you what is going on right now, but if you head back to TopSpeed.com tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. EDT all will be revealed. We’re not ones to tease, but this news is so cool and exciting that we couldn’t help ourselves.

While you wait for the announcement, feel free to offer some speculation on what you think might be coming in the comments below. If one of you guys gets it right, we will be sure to give you a shout out saying congratulations on the next live episode of the TopSpeed Podcast.

So we will see all of you tomorrow morning to talk about the crazy and cool news coming out of Xbox and Forza Motorsport.

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Ferrari Mania to Hit "Need For Speed: Rivals" on November 15th

Ferrari Mania to Hit "Need For Speed: Rivals" on November 15th

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.

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Video: New GRID 2 Trailer Unmasks European Locations

Video: New GRID 2 Trailer Unmasks European Locations

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?

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Video: GRID 2 Teaser Introduces us to Patrick Callahan

Video: GRID 2 Teaser Introduces us to Patrick Callahan

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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Review: Need For Speed Most Wanted 2012

Review: Need For Speed Most Wanted 2012

As is Need For Speed’s fashion of releasing new titles and sequels every year, this year we have witnessed NFS launching a sequel to Most Wanted, a title that is considered to be the best and the most visceral NFS game ever made.

Unlike the Hot Pursuit series, the Most Wanted ’05 didn’t really bother with damage or physics. The main goals were to take down the Blacklist and escape from the cops however possible. Most Wanted allowed users to ram through road-blocks, heavily customize a lineup of top brand supercars in its era, and introduced in-game clips that featured real actors interacting with you. Developed by BlackBox, the Most Wanted ’05 was a game that even a non-gamer would enjoy. It definitely was the best car racing game ever made, and, safe to say, is the best even in today’s standards. Even after 7 years have passed since its launch, we’d still play that game and enjoy terrorizing the streets in gleaming, noisy Blacklist cars that we won.

So the big question is, does the Most Wanted 2012 live up to the great reputation of its previous title?

Click past the jump to find out our answer to the above question.

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Second Trailer for Grand Theft Auto V Released

Second Trailer for Grand Theft Auto V Released

Rockstar Games has revealed the second trailer for the fifth installment in its very successful Grand Theft Auto series. Next to a lot of action, this video game will have everything a car addict dreams about: cars, bikes, planes, trains and lots of explosions and crashes!

The second video presents a pretty sweet car lineup, including replicas of cars like the Audi R8 Spyder, the Aston Martin DB5, and the Jaguar XF-R.

Rockstar Games has described the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V as the largest and most ambitious title in the series to date. Set in the sprawling city of Los Santos and the surrounding area, Grand Theft Auto V delivers a world of unprecedented scale and detail from the mountaintops to the depths of the ocean.

The new Grand Theft Auto V is coming to Xbox 360 and PS3 during Spring 2013. For those interested, the game is already available for pre-order.

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Video: This is how you film an R/C race, Need for Speed style

Video: This is how you film an R/C race, Need for Speed style

For some people, playing with R/C cars harkens back to the days of our childhood when the only thing we cared about was not running out of batteries for our beloved radio-controlled machines.

But for other people, R/C cars are used in far more enterprising - and awesome - ways. Take Need for Speed, for example. To create some hype surrounding the release of the new NFS game, Most Wanted, Electronic Arts decided to have a car chase recreated...using R/C cars.

The result? A rollicking two-and-a-half-minute video of awesomeness.

Featuring a Nissan GT-R, a Ford Mustang, a Porsche 911, and a band of Chevrolet Corvette police cars, the R/C car chase scene is straight out of any car movie. The video was amazingly executed by the people of RocketJump, complete with stunts, sound effects, and even a police helicopter.

Check out the video and see for yourself how a Mustang was able to jump over a helicopter. If it sounds too good to be true, it’s because it is.

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Video: Codemasters drops trailers for Grid 2

Video: Codemasters drops trailers for Grid 2

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.

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Video: Forza Horizon - Behind The Scenes Episode 2

Video: Forza Horizon - Behind The Scenes Episode 2

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.

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Video: Forza Horizon - Behind the Scenes Episode 1

Video: Forza Horizon - Behind the Scenes Episode 1

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.

If you can’t wait until October, the game is now available for pre-order, so you can set yourself up for getting in with the likes of the 2013 SRT Viper, the 2012 BMW M5, the Nissan Skyline GT-R R34, and the Ford GT, among many others.

Stay tuned, Episode Two will be available soon!

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The Spy Hunter G-6155 Interceptor Resurrected After 30 Years in the Garage

The Spy Hunter G-6155 Interceptor Resurrected After 30 Years in the Garage

For those of us that grew up in the era of the Nintendo Entertainment System – no, not the Wii, DS, DSi, 3DS, Nintendo 64, or even the Super Nintendo – many of us got our first taste of driving from glitchy and graphic-light video games. One game that gave us our drive-it and shoot-em-up fix all in one was Spy Hunter, which debuted as a cabinet game – yeah, remember those big things – in 1983. Imagine it as Grand Theft Auto only 25-plus years ago, minus the out-of-car stuff.

Though the game is not one of my particular favorites, you just couldn’t pass up on a bad-ass rig, known as the G-1655 Interceptor that had more guns strapped to it than a warship. Unfortunately, the G-6155 was originally an early-1980s Camaro, boasting its emissions-choked 305-cubic-inch V-8.

Well, this game has been modernized and is set to be released next month with a completely redesigned and re-imagined G-1655. This rig is some weird hybrid of a supercar, kind of like a Lamborghini Aventador, Gallardo, and Reventon all got together one night and had a good old time.

Add a few massive cannons to the hood, some rocket launchers flanking it, a massive gun to its roof and various other defense systems, and you have one supercar we would never give a bad review.

To boot, the enemies that it’s thrashing to hell and back in the teaser video just happen to be a few very lightly disguised Mustangs. The Mustang-ites will likely have a wah-fest over that one…

Any who, the game drops for the PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS on October 9th, so if you’re feeling a little retro and want to drop $40 to satisfy your retro urges and take out some automotive frustrations, feel free to snag this game up. It’s bound to be a blast.

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Grand Theft Auto V to have a bag of surprises

Grand Theft Auto V to have a bag of surprises

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?

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Video: Grid 2 - First trailer revealed

Video: Grid 2 - First trailer revealed

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."

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Gran Turismo 5: GT Academy Edition drops on shelves in late September

Gran Turismo 5: GT Academy Edition drops on shelves in late September

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.

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Forza Horizon can now be pre-ordered

Forza Horizon can now be pre-ordered

Turn 10 Studios won’t launch the new Forza Horizon until October 23rd, 2012, but the company has announced that the game is already available for pre-order. As a bonus for those pre-ordering the game, Turn 10 Studios will be offering a 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 for the Forza Motorsport 4 complete with a custom Forza Horizon livery created by Forza community team. A series of exclusive cars will also be available in Forza Horizon: the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, the 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia, the 2012 Aston Martin Virage, the 2010 Nissan 370Z, and the 2010 Volkswagen Golf R.

Next to these exclusive additions, the new Horizon game will also feature cars like the 2013 SRT Viper, the 2012 BMW M5, the Nissan Skyline GT-R R34, and the Ford GT, among many others.

As a reminder, the new game will ditch simulated racing in favor of arcade action in order to one-up other famous racing games currently on the market.

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Scion FR-S will be offered for free in new Gran Turismo 5 DLC

Scion FR-S will be offered for free in new Gran Turismo 5 DLC

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.

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Video: Forza Horizon E3 trailer

Video: Forza Horizon E3 trailer

Last month, Turn 10 Studios dropped the first screenshot and the cover box for the upcoming Forza Horizon game. Now, the company is offering up the first trailer, as well as a series of new screenshots for the game set to be released on October 23rd, 2012.

While the game is still being kept a secret, this new trailer offers a few more details on the upcoming game. As promised, the 2013 SRT Viper will be one of the cars featured, but the screenshots also reveal other cars: the 2012 BMW M5, the Nissan 370Z, the Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 and the Ford GT, among many others.

Here’s how Turn 10 Studios describes the game: "The moment you put your hands to the controller to play the Forza Horizon E3 2012 demo, you know you’re about to experience something special. After all, Forza Horizon is a new take on the Forza franchise; an open-world action racing game that transports players to the epic open roads of Colorado. It’s where gear-heads mix with hipster kids in a clashing cacophonous clamor of V12 engines and driving beats."

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Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends - new trailer released

Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends - new trailer released

Back in April 2012, Atari announced the introduction of the new Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends racing game developed by Slightly Mad Studios. The official debut for the game won’t be made until May 31st, 2012, but Atari is helping us out by providing a new trailer video to give us an idea on the list of cars featured in the game.

The game will offer 36 circuits, including variations - GP circuits, test circuits, and bonus circuits; a wide variety of driving environments; and 52 stunningly detailed cars from classic to modern Ferrari models. The game can be played in both single and multiplayer version, allowing an impressive number of up to eight players to join the race.

The game is also features a pretty cool Campaign Mode: the player can experience the rich history of the Ferrari brand and unlock tracks and cars throughout Ferrari’s history.

Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends will be priced at $49.99.

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Forza Horizon: Box Cover and First Screenshot Revealed

Forza Horizon: Box Cover and First Screenshot Revealed

Turn 10 Studios is preparing the next chapter in the Forza Motorsport history books with a new Horizon version. Forza Horizon will debut in Fall 2012 for the Xbox 360, and we already have an insight into the game with the box cover and first screenshot of the future game.

No other details have been provided, but the screenshot reveals that the new generation SRT Viper will be a part of the action when the game hits the shelves. The company has also announced that the new Forza Horizon will ditch simulated racing in favor of arcade action in order to one-up other famous racing games currently on the market.

"Forza Horizon combines the automotive thrills that Forza fans expect with a gorgeous open-road world that begs to be explored. "Our goal is to turn gamers into car lovers, and car lovers into gamers," Forza 4 director Dan Greenawalt said. "This is part of our DNA. That’s why we’ve been working on this series for more than 10 years. Our goal is to take people who play Skyrim and Call of Duty and make them in racing game players. That is why I come to work every day."

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