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Fate of the Furious is Coming to Forza 7

Fate of the Furious is Coming to Forza 7

It’s a loaded lineup of cars that appeared in F8, though a few standout ones are missing

Forza Motorsport 7 hasn’t even been released yet, and we’re already getting plenty of news regarding car packs that will be available for the game. The latest to be announced is a doozy, especially for those who count themselves as fans of the blockbuster Fast and Furious movie franchise. Fittingly enough, the pack itself is named after the latest movie in the franchise, The Fate of the Furious, and it offers a lineup of cars that appeared in the movie.

The highlight of the pack is the 1968 Dodge Charger, the same car that Dominic Toretto uses in most of the movie. The car itself actually comes in its Ice Charger configuration, complete with those 18-inch wide tires. That should be something that’s already worth the cost of the whole pack. In addition to the Charger, the pack also includes a 2014 Local Motors Rally Fighter (Letty’s car-of-choice in the climactic action scene), a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (Letty’s New York City ride), a 2015 Mercedes-AMG GT S (Deckard Shaw’s car in the same New York scene), and a 2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe (another Deckard Shaw ride). All the other cars featured in the pack include a 1971 Plymouth GTX, a 2016 Subaru WRX STI, a 2018 Dodge Demon, and a 2013 Subaru BRZ, the car used by Fast and Furious debutante Scott Eastwood’s character, Little Nobody. The Fate of the Furious car pack will be available for gamers at the cost of just $9.99 and is included in the Deluxe and Ultimate Editions of Forza Motorsport 7.

For the price gamers will be paying, the pack features a loaded lineup of modern-day sports cars, muscle cars, and old-school classics, though I should point out that two of the movie’s more famous cars didn’t make the cut. Is it too late then to have Tej’s Ripsaw and Hobbs’ Ice Ram included in the game? While we’re at it, how about we throw in the submarine too for good measure.

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Drive the new BMW M5 First in Need for Speed Payback!

Drive the new BMW M5 First in Need for Speed Payback!

It looks like games are starting to be the go-to for cool-car debuts!

So, today is the day that the next-generation BMW M5 breaks cover, and it couldn’t come any sooner now that someone took the liberty of releasing some images over the weekend, just hours prior to its debut. Well, much like Porsche did with the Porsche 911 GT2 RS at Xbox E3 during the Forza 7 preview, BMW has decided to do the same by introducing the M5 in the newest and upcoming installation of Need for Speed. The game debuts on November 10th and the M5 will be available in the game at launch, which is well before the M5 will roll into dealers next spring. Of course, you’ll still get to put the pedal to the metal first in the game, and let’s be honest – that’s still better than waiting months for delivery, don’t you think?

With that said, we have a new NFS: Payback trailer to watch and get a good look at the M5 putting in work while we’re at it. Of course, the biggest thing we were waiting on was the official look of the next M-powered beast, as we already knew that it would offer up 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, all of which is channeled through an eight-speed automatic transmission to an AWD system, yet another plus for this aggressive little sports sedan. But, what’s more important to note are the major improvements that come along with this generation of the M5, as it Trumps the previous model hands down in just about every way imaginable. It has a fresh suspension system that’s tuned for everyday driving and track use via the drive mode selector, variable damper control, impressive performance credentials, and a top speed of 189 mph if you opt for the M Driver’s Package. Let’s venture into a little comparison below to see how it really stacks up to that old M5 sitting in your driveway!

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UPDATED: Turn 10 Studios Drops List Of First 167 Cars On Forza 7

UPDATED: Turn 10 Studios Drops List Of First 167 Cars On Forza 7

There are plenty of them to choose from, no matter if you’re a fan of Aston Martin, Ferrari, or Porsche

One hundred and sixty seven. We can count them all up until the cows come home, but that number isn’t going to change. 167 – that’s how many cars Turn 10 Studios has unveiled as part of the first wave of vehicles that will be included in Forza Motorsport when the game goes on sale on October 3. The number itself is impressive if you think about it, but it’s not even close to the number of cars the developer plans to include on the Xbox One and PC versions of the game. All in all, Turn 10 Studios has indicated that Forza 7 will have over 700 cars.

If these numbers aren’t enough to get you excited for the game, there’s a good chance that seeing the list of 167 cars we already know will do the trick. Want a classic Ferrari to drive around the more than 30 courses included in the game? Well, the game has a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. If a classic Ferrari isn’t your thing, you can opt for something a bit more modern like the Koenigsegg One:1. If you want to get even more exotic than that, you can choose something like the W Motors Lykan HyperSport. There are plenty more cars to go crazy over from this list so be sure to be mindful of your jaws once they slowly start dropping to the floor. Remember, there is also the option of pre-ordering the game, including the Ultimate Edition, which unlocks access to the world of Forza on September 29.

UPDATE 08/10/17: Hot on the heels of releasing the first wave of cars available to Forza 7, Turn 10 Studios has dropped another massive list of automotive heaven, this time detailing the Japanese- and American-made cars that will feature in the next-generation game of the hit franchise. It is worth noting though that one Japanese automaker - and a big one at that - is unlikely to appear in the game.

UPDATE 08/17/17: Wouldn’t you know it. Turn 10 Studios is back with another batch of new cars that will be available to Forza Motorsport 7. We’ve already seen the first batch of 167 cars. We’ve already seen American cars. We’ve already seen Japanese cars. Now, Turn 10 is bringing it a heavy list of European cars that will also be available on the game. Since we’re here, we’ll also do a retroactive reveal of classic cars that have also been revealed for the next-generation game of the hit Forza Motorsport franchise. Check out the new - and updated - lists below!

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Xbox One X Is Taking Forza 7 To A Whole New Level

Xbox One X Is Taking Forza 7 To A Whole New Level

Are you ready for a new era of car racing video games?

Just when you thought racing video games couldn’t get any more realistic in its current format, out comes Forza Motorsport 7 for the Xbox X. The bar for “realistic gaming” has now been set even higher. Don’t get me wrong; this type of evolution is expected, especially in an industry that’s always at the forefront of cutting-edge technology. But with the upcoming release of Xbox X (scheduled for later in the year) ushering in a new era of console gaming, Turn 10 Studios is stepping up with a game that not only offers more than 700 different cars and over 30 different racing environments, but will also boast in-game footage shot at 60 frames per second in 4K resolution.

Now I know I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer when it comes to video game tech, but I know that 4K is next-level stuff. I also know that when Forza Motorsport 7 is touted as having features like racing conditions that “change every time you race,” I’m aware that there’s something new and evolutionary that’s being offered to the table. All of that adds up to what promises to be a gaming experience that we’ve never gotten from this kind of platform. How that’s going to change our perception of car racing games will only be determined once the console and the game hit the shelves. Rest assured, though, that with Xbox X packing the kind of technology we haven’t seen used on this scale on a video game console, the possibilities of next-gen gaming will be right in our hands soon enough.

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Next Need for Speed Trailer Released; BMW M5 Face Exposed

Next Need for Speed Trailer Released; BMW M5 Face Exposed

And, we’ve only got four months to wait

Just a couple of weeks ago, we brought you the news about a new installment to the Need for Speed franchise that promised better police chases, an offline mode, and even daytime gameplay. More importantly, we’ll actually be able to pause the game for the first time since its reboot – that in itself is enough to pop champagne bottles and make it rain, right? Well, now we’re getting a look at the first official trailer and, needless to say, there are a few surprises. As promised, it does look like there are daytime gameplay and wicked police chases, but it also looks like it’s leaning a bit toward aFast and Furious-type storyline. The new game is being called “Need for Speed: Payback” and is apparently about building the perfect ride and “playing out an action driving fantasy.”

The game will be released on November 10, 2017, and those who preorder will receive the platinum car pack that includes a 2008 Nissan 350Z, 1967 Chevy Camaro SS, 1969 Dodge Charger R/T, 2016 Ford F-150 Raptor, and a 2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport. But, this isn’t the only surprise that comes along with the announcement of the latest NFS game. The trailer gives us a quick but definite glimpse at the upcoming BMW M5. We only get to see the face for just a second, but it’s enough to tease us that much more.

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Fill Those Nitrous Tanks: A New 'Need for Speed' Game is Coming

Fill Those Nitrous Tanks: A New ’Need for Speed’ Game is Coming

And it seriously addresses everything that’s wrong with the current game!

When Ghost Games, a division of EA Games, announced a reboot for the Need for Speed franchise, gamers everywhere rejoiced like Jesus was coming back. Memories of relentless police chases, in-depth storylines, and car customization flashed through our minds at high speed. When the game finally hit shelves, there’s no denying that it was pretty awesome, but it had some serious flaws. The most ridiculous flaw had to be the “always online” nature of the game in that you couldn’t play an actual single-player campaign and couldn’t even pause a game – not for your mother, not to let the dog out, and not for the end of the world. And, there was another big flaw – the police chases just weren’t as good as they should have been. It was actually difficult to get your heat level up there enough to have a damn good chase. All of that is about to change, however, with a new installment of our favorite franchise. And, the best part is, it’ll be on the shelves in time for Christmas.

See, Ghost Games and EA have actually listened to the fans and is addressing all of the concerns with the next installment. We have very little to go on at the current time, but a recent newsletter promises better police chases and a single player mode where you don’t have to be online or interact with other players. After all, there’s nothing worse than busting your thumbs on a difficult race 15 times just to have a player from across the world jump in front of you and ruin it all just seconds before you win, right? And, don’t worry about losing your ability to customize your rides, either, as the newsletter promises that the “customization will play as strong a role as ever.” The most interesting thing of all, though, is the single teaser image that depicts a world that is lit by the sun. That’s right; we might not be stuck in the moonlight any longer.

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Download Ubisoft's "The Crew" for Free

Download Ubisoft’s "The Crew" for Free

Nothing beats an awesome car game that’s free!

Obviously, you like car’s or otherwise you wouldn’t be here. But, do you like video games? Do you like free video games? Well if you do, then we’ve got something to tell you that’s going to make your day, and maybe even the rest of your week. Ubisoft, the maker of games like Assassin’s Creed and FarCry, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. As such, it has been offering one game for free each month for the PC. So far, the company has given away Prince of Persia for June, Splinter Cell for July, Rayman Origins for August, and for September the company is giving away it’s resident car game, The Crew.

The Crew is an open-world game that is based in the United States. The story behind the game is to gain rank in a gang known as the 510s. As you gain rep, the game progresses, and you work toward taking down their activities across the country. The game is available on Xbox and PS4, but it looks like it is only available for free on the PC. The free download is being offered through Uplay, and once you’ve downloaded the game, you get to keep it forever. But, you better act fast. Once September comes to an end, this offer will be gone. Ubisoft will offer another free game for each of the remaining three months of the year, so it might not be a bad idea to check their website come October to see what else they are offering.

If you don’t have a Uplay account, don’t worry. It’s free to set one up, and you can even create one using your Facebook, Playstation Network, or your Xbox Live account. And, while some of the games that have been given away so far are somewhat dated, Ubisoft is still producing fresh content for The Crew and is planning a new DLC pack with 12 new missions and new cars in late November. To claim your free game, head to Ubisoft’s website here.

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Forza Goes Off-Road with its Week 4 Car Announcement for Horizon 3

Forza Goes Off-Road with its Week 4 Car Announcement for Horizon 3

This game will literally have a little bit of everything!

Forza Garage has now posted its fourth installment announcing cars that we’ll see when Horizon 3 finally hits store shelves or your digital download queue. As it has in the past, Forza has decided to put the spotlight on certain models, and this week it’s focused on those like to go off road. It’s only fitting, of course, since Australia is known to be a pretty tough place – I know you’ve seen the pictures of those massive spiders they have there, haven’t you? If not, you can fill your subconscious with nightmares here.

Anyway, getting back to the topic at hand, tough places also have awesome off-road trails and places to go, and the digital Horizon 3 world will have plenty of that. The most well-known model we’ll talk about today is the Toyota FJ40, which is just out of place if it isn’t dirty or being beat on down some dirty trail. Of course, not all of the cars announced this week are meant for off-road adventures. Other highlights include the 1967 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL, the 1971 Plymouth Cuda 426 Hemi, and there is even a 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 and a 2012 Mini John Cooper Works GP in the mix. Talk about diversity, right?

With that said, let’s take a look at the big highlights of this week’s announcement and talk a little about them. We better hurry before the boss catches me writing about video games again, though, so let’s get to it.

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Forza Kicks it Old School with this Week's Horizon 3 Car Announcement

Forza Kicks it Old School with this Week’s Horizon 3 Car Announcement

Oh how the classics make us all a little happier

Well, it’s the first week in August, and that means that Forza has made a new post in its Garage to announce the next list of cars we’ll get to enjoy in Horizon 3. Just like last week I’m as excited as can be, especially considering this week’s post is primarily dedicated to some pretty damn cool classic cars. There are a few newer rides in there, like the 2001 BMW 1 Series M Coupe, the 2015 Lexus RC F, and the 2015 Infiniti Q60 Concept, but everything else is all old school and what can I say – it makes my bum ticker beat that much better.

This week’s announcement is quite a bit smaller that it was last week, but the value of the cars included more than makes up for the lack of a long list. I’m talking about awesome classics like the 1980 Abarth Fiat 131 or the 1958 Plymouth Fury. Oh god, I can’t wait to get to playing this game already. Anyway, there are a few Fords from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s to go along with a Camaro Z28 and even a 1953 Maserati A6GCS/53 Pininfarina Berlinetta.

Anyway, before I get too excited and waste all day talking here, let’s take a look at the featured cars this week before we go into the full list that was announced. Like I said, it is short, but there’s a little something there that you’ll like regardless of your individual taste in what constitutes an “according to Hoyle” classic. Let’s get to it.

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The Next List of Cars in Forza Horizon 3 Have Been Announced

The Next List of Cars in Forza Horizon 3 Have Been Announced

The digital plot thickens

The world is digital; the theme is Australia; the cars are absolutely amazing. In case you can’t tell, I’m waiting for the September 27th release of Forza Horizon three like an underprivileged kid who’s been adopted by the wealthy. Is my enthusiasm and anxiousness for the game outright insane? It is just another car game, so maybe, but I don’t care – I’m flat out excited, and if you’re a gamer I’m sure you understand. This is now the second week of Forza Garage, and Turn 10 has finally given us even more cars to drool over in anticipation of Horizon 3.

This week, the main icon cars announced stick true to the Australian roots. So, again, you can expect to see a good number of Holden models on the list. But, that isn’t all. Among the Holdens, you’ll find cars like the 1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV and the 1978 Ford Mustang II King Cobra. There’s even a 1956 Ford F100 and a 1970 AMC Rebel – also called “The Machine.” That’s not all, but the man who signs my paycheck won’t let me talk about games all day, so we’ll talk about the rest a little later.

With that said, let’s take a look at the three highlights of this week’s announcement. Prepare to get excited!

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The First List of Cars for Forza Horizon 3 has Been Announced

The First List of Cars for Forza Horizon 3 has Been Announced

It’s only a partial list, but it’s still enough to trigger girly screams

When we saw the trailer for Forza Horizon 3 and E3 last month, everyone in the TopSpeed office went crazy. With the promise of 350 cars, and the largest open world map for the franchise yet, who wouldn’t be excited, right? Unfortunately, we have to wait until late September before we get the chance to play it ourselves, but until then, Forza is doing everything it can to tease us. And, the first major tease comes in the form of the first edition of Forza Garage – a forum where Forza will post announcements about the game.

With the first edition came a list of 165 of the cars that will be in the game. There are models like the 2010 Aston Martin One-77, 2014 BAC Mono, 1970 Datsun 510, 2015 Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats, 1977 Holden Torana A8X, and the 2016 Jaguar F-Type Project 7, to name a few. If you’re wondering why there is a Holden on the list, it’s because Horizon 3 will be based in Australia and it just wouldn’t be right not to have at least a few Holdens.

These listed model aren’t exactly what Forza thinks will be the most popular, but there’s definitely a few that I can’t wait to tear ass across Australia with. So, with that said, let’s take a look at some of the other cars on the list – it’s at least enough to hold us over until the next installment of Forza Garage hits the web.

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Forza Franchise To Become PC-Compatible Moving Forward

Forza Franchise To Become PC-Compatible Moving Forward

Forza 6 Apex to become first Forza-branded game available outside of the Microsoft Xbox

Excuse the pun, but the Forza video game franchise is all set to expand its horizon after Turn 10 Studios announced that all future Forza games will be made available on both the Xbox and PC. The game’s availability on the latter platform is the big news here as past titles of the Forza racing franchise have only been made available on the Xbox. Turn 10’s arrival on the PC coincides with the franchise’s first foray into Windows 10 with the release of Forza 6 Apex, a free-to-play version of Forza 6 that’s scheduled for a spring 2016 release.

Forza 6 Apex, or just Apex, as it’s referred to by the folks at Turn 10, is the first game under the franchise that will be made available to PC. It will also be the first Forza game that will be developed using Microsoft’s new Universal Windows Platform, a game development tool that studios can use to build games that will be compatible across all devices that run on Windows 10. One of the platform’s biggest features, at least as far as Apex is concerned, is the game’s ability to run at 60 frames per second to go with a 4K resolution. Turn 10 Studio Software Architect Chris Tector calls it the highest level of fidelity in the history of the Forza video game franchise.

All this points to an important expansion for the Forza franchise, one that will see it expand its availability past the walls of the Xbox. At the very least, those who don’t own an Xbox One will now have the opportunity to experience the thrill of the Forza franchise through their own PC units.

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The Crew - Launch Trailer: Video

The Crew - Launch Trailer: Video

There are several paths to immersion when it comes to video games. You could focus on details, like the layout of a room or the books you find on a shelf. Or, you could go with customizability, like transplanting your beautiful mug onto some in-game avatar. Or, you could do what The Crew does, and create a positively enormous open world to explore.

Open-world racers have been pretty popular lately, with games like Forza Horizon, Need for Speed, Burnout Paradise, and Midnight Club making noteworthy titles over the past few years. Now, Ubisoft hopes to stand out from the crowd with The Crew, which places players within the continental U.S. as an illegal street racer trying to make a name while infiltrating an organized crime syndicate. While the story is almost certainly a formula at best, no one will purchase this game hoping the plumber will actually fix that lady’s sink, if you know what we mean. The real draw will be the huge amount of content in store. IGN, for example is making an initial report that some missions can take as long as two-and-a-half-hours.

That means plenty of driving shenanigans stretched from sea to shining sea. However, anyone without an Internet connection will unfortunately miss out, as this world is classified as online persistent. That, of course, comes with its advantages, like lots of multiplayer possibilities between friends and strangers alike, but disadvantages as well, like dropped connections.

You can pick up your copy of The Crew today for the PC, PS4, Xbox One, or Xbox 360. You can also read the TopSpeed review of the beta build here.

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Video: F1 2014 Launch Trailer

Video: F1 2014 Launch Trailer

As the current 2014 season of Formula One begins to wind down, Codemasters is preparing to launch its latest edition of the official Formula One racing game, F1 2014. The new game takes all of the excitement and unpredictability of the 2014 season’s rule changes, new tracks and shuffled drivers, and puts it right into your hands.

The game comes out in just a few days, and Codemasters has just released the official launch trailer for the game. As is par for the course, there is plenty of excitement, speed and noise. Actually, that last part is a bit of a lie. Sadly, thanks to the new turbocharged V-6 engines in the F1 cars, the noise has been toned down a bit. You win some and you lose some I suppose.

The game will be available for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC gamers on October 16th in Italy, October 17th in the UK, Spain and Australia, and October 21st in North America. If you happen to live in Japan, the game has been available since October 2nd. Now press play and see what you have to look forward to when you get your copy.

As usual, I am working on getting my own copy of the game, so hopefully we should have a review sometime soon. Keep your eyes here for that.

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Grand Theft Auto V Hits Next-Gen Consoles on November 18th

Grand Theft Auto V Hits Next-Gen Consoles on November 18th

If you didn’t pick up the latest and greatest Grand Theft Auto game when it arrived late last year it seems that your patience is finally paying off. Rockstar has announced that the open-world, car-filled game will make its way to the Xbox One, PS4, and PC on November 18, 2014.

Best yet, this isn’t just some direct port over. Rockstar has been working hard over this last year to make GTA V look better than ever on the new-generation systems. Included in the upgrade is higher resolution, new weapons, cars and missions, more traffic and wildlife wandering around, and a new foliage system for plants. Rockstar even redid the damage and weather systems for more realism, and added 100 songs across the game’s 17 different radio stations.

Experts have heralded GTA V as the best game of the franchise, and now it’s getting better. If you want to run around the world swiping, crashing, racing and driving some of the coolest cars that have ever been a part of a Grand Theft Auto game, you can pick up your new copy just in time for the holidays. If you are feeling generous, I’ll take a PC copy. Just let me know if you need my address.

If you are curious to see how the game looks with its upgrades, we have included a new trailer after the break.

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TopSpeed Review: Grid Autosport Preview

TopSpeed Review: Grid Autosport Preview

Yes, that headline is correct. I have a preview build of the new Grid Autosport game, and I am here to tell you about it. Before I go too much into detail on how the game looks, feels and plays, I need to clarify that this is pre-release code and it is not final. Codemasters has promised that they are still working on making everything crisper, faster and bug-free.

As it is, all things written here are subject to change.

If you have been sleeping under a rock and are unfamiliar with Grid Autosport, it is the new game from the team at Codemasters who among the previous Grid games, is responsible for creating the F1 franchise racing games and the Dirt series of rally games. The Grid franchise itself looks to cut a path between the sometimes brutal realism of Gran Turismo and the laughably fake physics of Need for Speed.

This new game takes the lessons learned from Grid 2’s more approachable gameplay, then tightens things up a bit to be more realistic and adds in a handful of new driving modes and cars. Rather than pure street racing, Grid Autosport adds things like open-wheel racing and drift matches to the mix.

Is it any fun, and should it be on your purchasing radar? Hit the jump to find out.

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