If you are a gamer and a car fan, there are literally dozens of games out there for your enjoyment. Just this year alone we have already tested Forza Motorsports 5, Forza Horizon 2, F1 2014, Grid Autosport, and The Crew. If you enjoy your motorized fun when it happens on two wheels, games that follow your passion are much more scarce. When I was offered the chance to review the latest installment of the Moto GP racing game, I couldn’t turn it down.
In reality, Moto GP is one of the most exciting forms of motorsport. Apart from potentially rally racing, I don’t think any other professional motorsport focuses on driver skill for success. The racing is fast, dangerous and incredibly technical. This will be my first experience with any motorcycle racing sim, and I am excited to see if MotoGP 14 can channel the excitement and suspense of bike racing in the same way that games like Forza channel the thrill of driving a car.
What I found was a game with some great features and few nagging issues, but did the good outweigh the bad? Read on to find out.
Read on to learn more about MotoGP 14
Ladies and Gentlemen, we have gotten together with Codemasters to celebrate the end of the 2014 Formula One season by giving away 12 copies of the new F1 2014 game. We have six copies of the Xbox 360 version and six copies of the PS3 version. We reviewed the game a few weeks ago and felt it wasn’t a huge improvement over last year, but it was still worth playing; especially if you are an F1 fan. Plus hey, free video games.
All you have to do to win is "Like" this article post on TopSpeed.com’s Facebook page (you can find that right here). You can choose Xbox 360, PS3, or Both.
In two weeks we will pick winners for all 12 copies and notify winners by email to get shipping addresses. Now sadly, this contest is being limited to the lower 48 states of the U.S. The games are all NTSC Region locked and international shipping and customs cause issues when shipping outside of the country. Sorry guys, we know we have lots of great and awesome readers in other countries, and we love you guys a TON. We just couldn’t make it work this time. I promise we tried though.
Good luck to all the entrants. Everyone here at TopSpeed is rooting for you to win.
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.
Kazunori Yamauchi is the creative genius and mastermind behind the entire Gran Turismo franchise. For 20 years he has been creating one of the greatest simulation racers of all time. He is currently hanging out at Goodwood with Nissan’s chief designer Shiro Nakamura to reveal the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo car, and they decided to hop onto Reddit to do an Ask Me Anything (AMA).
While sadly I wasn’t informed in time to get any questions in, I can at least dig through for all the good parts and collect them here for you. They field questions about Gran Turismo as a whole, talk about features they want to add to Gran Turismo 7, and of course they also talk about racing, cars and the experience of Goodwood.
Some of the real highlights include the addition of the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge to the Gran Turismo games, the possible inclusion of custom tracks like El Capitan and Nissan even muses about the idea of a Nismo-tuned Titan pickup.
You can find all the big questions and their respective answers collected below.
Read on to find out all the questions and answers from today’s Reddit AMA
After first showing us some Gran Turismo awesomeness late last year, BMW has finally pulled the covers of its latest concept vehicle, but one that will only be available in the world of Gran Turismo 6. This is the 2014 BMW Vision Gran Turismo Concept and as we had expected, it looks positively insane.
Remember when Mercedes became the first company to unveil its own Vision Gran Turismo Concept? When it did, we all fell out of chairs, blown away by the insanity of Merc’s creation. But what it also did was set the bar really high for the rest of the car brands that were preparing their own concepts for Gran Turismo 6.
Admittedly, we had some trepidations on what other companies had up their sleeves. But with the arrival of BMW’s GT6 concept, all the doubts that crept up in our heads about what the car was going to look like quickly evaporated.
At first glance, you get the vibes of the M4 Coupe, albeit one that’s been rebuilt specifically for video game-racing purposes. But the best part about this concept is that unlike the Mercedes version, this one looks like its ready to be transformed into the real world.
Should that happen, trust us when we tell you: it’s going to be have a lot of people clamoring for a piece of it.
In the years since Gran Turismo has been released, the game has turned into one of the pillar franchises for the PlayStation. It’s become so big, in fact, that it’s ventured into the world of mainstream consciousness, so much so that a documentary about the game has been developed.
Not a video game, folks. A documentary.
It’s called "Kaz: Pushing the Virtual Drive," and if you didn’t know, the name "Kaz" was derived from the man responsible for creating the video game in the first place: Kazunori Yamauchi.
In the film, we get treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the history and technology behind the Gran Turismo franchise. It’s got fans on both sides of the spectrum who either love the game or hate it, but one thing nobody can dispute is the fact that the game has turned into one of the richest and most popular franchises in history.
All that can be tied up to Yamaguchi, who’s obsession with cars knows no bounds. And what more fitting way to show the world how much of a gearhead and a grease monkey you really are than by turning your love into an icon of pop culture.
That’s how much Gran Turismo has grown over the years and "Kaz: Pushing the Virtual Drive" will let you in on all the secrets that helped the game reach the heights it has reached.
Best of all, if you live in an area that’s Hulu-compatible, you can watch the entirety of the documentary there.
Otherwise, you can wait for it to appear on a variety of other platforms, including the Sony Movie Channel, Sony Entertainment Network, Amazon Instant Video, and Crackle from February 5.
The official debut of the Acura NSX is still years away, but until then, Acura is offering you the chance to drive the NSX concept in Gran Turismo 6. According to Acura, the new "real driving simulator" will offer sports car enthusiasts their first opportunity to get behind the wheel of the next Acura NSX. Of course, the experience won’t be identical to actually driving the NSX, but it’ll still be tons of fun.
"Whether in the virtual world of Gran Turismo today, or on real-world roads and racing circuits less than two years from now, the Acura NSX will be an incredibly innovative and thrilling ride that delivers something entirely new to the world of super sports cars," said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of Auto Operations at American
Gran Turismo 6 is available worldwide as of today, December 6th, 2013, so hurry up and get it, and get your opportunity to test the NSX.
Click past the jump to read more about the Acura NSX.
Shortly after unveiling the absolutely scintillating Red Bull X2014, Sony and Polyphony Digital decided to give us all a peek at what we can expect with all of its Vision Gran Turismo Concepts. Yup, the two companies weren’t just content with just one teaser image; they decided to give us a tease of a handful of vehicles that will appear as part of the Vision Gran Turismo Concepts.
We’ve already seen the concepts from BMW, Mercedes, and most recently, the Red Bull. Now we’re being given the treat of looking at all these teasers of arguably some of the nuttiest concepts we’ll ever see. We’re not just talking about one or two brands, either. The whole program involves concepts from Alfa Romeo, Alpine, Aston Martin, Audi, Bertone, BMW, Daihatsu, Ford, GM, Hyundai, Honda, Infiniti, Italdesign, Lamborghini, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Subaru, SRT (Chrysler), Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Zagato.
That’s a lot of concepts to handle, even for us. Fortunately, we have all these teasers to keep us company until their respective unveilings happen.
Click past the jump to read about a few of the unveiled Vision Concepts and to see all of the teaser images the Polyphony released
When Polyphony Digital announced Gran Turismo 6, it also announced that a series of makers around the globe would develop a series of concept cars especially for the game. With Mercedes and BMW revealing their respective concepts, the folks over at Red Bull Racing have now released their creation.
You shouldn’t be very surprised to hear that Red Bull is providing a concept for GT6, as it did the same thing for GT5 when it released the X2010.
The concept developed for GT6 is called X2014 and it is offered in three different versions: the Red Bull X2014 Fan (X2014/F), the Red Bull X2014 Standard (X2014/S) and the Red Bull X2014 Junior (X2014/J). So, we’re not talking about just one car, but three different concepts imagined for the racing world.
All three of them were designed by Polyphony Digital Inc. in collaboration with Adrian Newey, Chief Technical Officer of four-time F1 champions, Red Bull Racing.
Just like with the other concepts, the new X2014 will be offered exclusively int he GT6, so if you want to drive it, you’ll have to buy the game.
Click past the jump to read more about Gran Turismo 6.
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
Fans of Formula One legend Ayrton Senna will be thrilled to know that their iconic hero will be part of Gran Turismo 6.
GT6 producer Polyphony Digital, together with the Ayrton Senna Institute, recently made the announcement that a collaboration was in order between the two companies that could see Senna, considered by many as one of the greatest racecar drivers in history, as a playable character in the actual racing simulator.
The Senna pack will be made available as a downloadable content and, while nothing imminent was announced as to what the pack will contain, all points seem to lead to him being in the game with players afforded the opportunity to "trace the roots of Ayrton Senna’s racing career."
In addition to this news, plans also call for a limited edition PlayStation 3 Ayrton Senna Bundle to be sold in Brazil with the bundle coming with an assortment of freebies, including a copy of Gran Turismo 6, bonus in-game credits, and even the inclusion of Anniversary Edition cars.
There’s a lot to like about Ayrton Senna being in Gran Turismo 6, especially for those who still consider him as the finest F1 racer in history.
Remember, GT6 hits shelves on December 6, 2013. If you’re having trouble with the math, that date is around six weeks away!
Click past the jump to watch a preview of Gran Turismo 6
Bathurst — also known as the Mount Panorama or Motor Racing Circuit Bathurst — is a racetrack located in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. Each year, the track is the home of two major shows: Bathurst 12 Hour Motor Race, held each February, and the Bathurst 1000 Motor Race, held each October. What is very cool about this circuit is that it is not a traditional racetrack, as it is actually becomes a public roadway when it’s not being raced on.
With the Bathurst 1000 getting closer — it kicks off on October 10th — the folks at Polyphony decided to reveal a new promo video for the upcoming Gran Turismo 6 that features the Aussie raceway.
We are not very sure if Bathurst will be featured in GT6 or if this is just a simple marketing strategy, but it is still pretty neat to see this racetrack in its digital form.
Gran Turismo fans who are getting giddy about the game’s impending launch now have something specific to hitch their proverbial wagons on.
Series creator, Kazunori Yamauchi, has come out and said that the sixth installment of the hit racing franchise is roughly 80-percent complete, with some fine tuning still in the pipeline before the game hits shelves later this year.
In addition to earlier disclosing that Gran Turismo 7 will come out within two years, news of GT6 being this close to completion is stoking what is already a growing fire among Gran Turismo fans
While it’s understandable to look forward to GT7, considering that it’s going to be released for the much more powerful PlayStation 4, looking past GT6 is going to be a mistake.
It’ll be interesting to see how fast the game flies off the shelves or how close it’s going to come to approaching the $800 million Gran Theft Auto V fetched in its first day.
Click past the jump to read more about Gran Turismo 6
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!
We all know the thrill of playing a game like Need for Speed. No matter how expensive our wrecks turn out to be, there still just a reset button away from being brand-spankin’ new again.
So it comes as no surprise that the newest title to come out of the Need for Speed franchise, appropriately dubbed "Rivals", allows us to go through the ringer of being chased by some highly-powered police cars. Of course, the cars that are at our disposal are no slouches either, making for a really awesome game that allows us to wind down after a day’s worth of work.
Check out the new trailer video featuring the "undercover cop" and you’ll notice a bevy of rare exotics getting wasted like there’s no tomorrow. There’s a Pagani Zondas, Bugatti Veyrons, and yes, even the rarefied Lamborghini Veneno.
All of them, and a whole lot more, are part of the new Need for Speed: Rivals game.
The game is scheduled to hit shelves this November as part of a series of launch titles for the PlayStation 4 and the XBox One. But don’t worry, the game will also be available for the PS3 and the XBox 360.
Click past the jump to watch the new trailer for Need for Speed: Rivals featuring the Undercover Cop
BMW has unveiled a new concept car. Normally, we’d be really excited to see it once it makes its debut in a major auto show and you would’ve thought that with the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show just around the corner, this concept would be one of the main attractions, right?
Unfortunately, that won’t be the case because the BMW Vision Gran Turismo — that’s its name, by the way — will only appear as a virtual concept in Gran Turismo 6.
Here’s the thing, though. Once we washed away the disappointment of not seeing the Vision Gran Turismo in real-scale, we couldn’t help but get even more excited about the release of GT6, not only because of its incredible playability, but because of the rash of new features it’s going to come with.
The BMW Vision Gran Turismo is one of them and by the looks of how it was designed, the dynamic sports coupé’s combination of BMW’s unmistakable racing genes with the design freedom that you can have on a virtual car has given birth to a concept that goes beyond even our already bloated expectations.
But the best part about the unveiling of the BMW Vision Gran Turismo is that this concept won’t be the only one that will be prominently featured in Gran Turismo 6. Expect to see even more concepts from some of the biggest automakers and design houses in the world, a lot of whom will create their own unique concepts that will be exclusively used in the game as part of Gran Turismo’s "Vision Gran Turismo" initiative.
You don’t even have to be a BMW fan to appreciate how big this project is going to be. The BMW Vision Gran Turismo is only the beginning and more concepts will be unveiled from 2013 to 2014 as gifted downloadable content (DLC) to owners of Gran Turismo 6 through online updates.
Talk about raising the stakes. Your move, Forza.
Click past the jump to watch a trailer of GT6 Concept Movie #4: Vision Gran Turismo
Recently after its official release, the Gran Turismo 6 demo topped more than 1 million downloads, so it is pretty easy to imagine that the full game will be a real success. To be really ready for when the game arrives on the market during the holiday season, the world’s first virtual-to-real race driver, Lucas Ordonez, is offering us a few tips on how to handle the powerful cars of the game.
So, here are the four tips he offered: take steering wheel in the right position, look as far as possible, use all track available and find the limit on corners of the track.
The tips were offered during a practice session he had on a Gran Turismo simulator at the Suzuka racetrack. This might be pretty helpful for him, considering this weekend he will get behind the wheel of a real car — the GT-R Nismo GT3 — in the Super GT 300 session.
We don’t know if you’ve noticed, but "retro" has become a staple word in the world of consumerism these days. Whether its sneakers or classic teams now being made available on sports video games, everybody’s digging the whole reliving the glory of the past in the modern-day setting.
Codemasters, the video game developer behind the Formula One racing game, is jumping on that trend after announcing that it would be bringing Formula One’s past into its latest game, F1 2013.
From old race tracks, to past drivers, and even the classic racecars, all of them will be made available and playable in the game. It’s the dream for F1 racing fans. Think Gerhard Berger can win in today’s racing scene? Well, we might have an answer soon enough. In addition to the Austrian great, F1 2013 will also features a number of greats, including Nigel Mansell and Mario Andretti, as well as five previous race cars from Ferrari, Williams, and Lotus, and old tracks like Jerez and Brands Hatch.
And that’s just for the 1980’s content. Move on to the 90’s and you’re treated to racers like David Coulthard and Alain Prost, tracks like Estoril and Imola, and more new cars from Ferrari and Williams.
Believe us when we tell you that F1 2013 may have jumped to the top of our must-have video game list. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait too long for F1 2013 to hit shelves because it’s expected to drop sometime this fall.
Click past the jump to watch the trailer for F1 2013 Classics Edition and read the accompanying press release
Earlier this month, the new GRID 2 racing game received a sweet Super Modified DLC Pack. Today, it’s time for another one called the Drift Pack. It includes four special-edition cars specially designed to deliver optimum performance and a stunning racing experience across GRID 2’s game modes.
The first of the four car is the Daijiro Yoshihara Nissan 240SX - a 650-horsepower Nissan raced to victory in the 2011 Formula Drift Championship by Daijiro ’Dai’ Yoshihara. Next there is a Team Orange Mitsubishi Evo X - a model that delivers 570 horsepower and was been driven by Nobushige Kumakubo, General Manager of Ebisu Circuit.
The third one is a Chevrolet "Tyler McQuarrie" Camaro. It is powered by a COPO LS-7 V-8 engine that delivers a total of 750 horsepower. Tyler McQuarrie took the helm of the Camaro in Formula D. The last car is the NOS Energy Nissan 370Z, a model driven by Chris Forsberg, one of the most successful drivers in Formula Drift history.
The upcoming Gran Turismo 6 will feature a total of 33 locations, with 71 different layouts. One of these locations is the 1.86 km (1.15-mile) hill climb at Goodwood, which joins famous locations, like Silverstone and Willow Springs.
At the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Gran Turismo will launch a new demo that will allow the expected 185,000-plus spectators to challenge Nick Heidfeld’s 41.6-second course record set in a Formula 1 car in 1999. Players will be able to race a range of stunningly recreated cars, thanks to the numerous PlayStation "race pods" installed at the event. Nissan and Alfa Romeo and Ford will also have pods on their Moving Motor Show displays.
Gran Turismo’s decision to feature the hill climb in the game comes in the same year as the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s 20th anniversary, so for sure participants at the event will have lots of surprises prepared.
Click past the jump for the video.
Without question, Gran Theft Auto V is one of the most unique video games to have ever been developed in recent years. Races, for example, are taken in the context of GTA V as surviving the day without getting killed even if it means you having to run over a pedestrian or 10.
The franchise is already rich in history, something that has come to be expected from Rockstar Games’ super gaming franchise. Now in its fifth installment, GTA returns packed with improvements on just about every aspect of the game.
The graphics are sharper, the controls have been refined, and the story is still as complicated as ever. But as is the case with the GTA franchise, it’s not so much of a thinking man’s game as it is pure survival - in the context of trying to complete as many missions as possible.
The game is scheduled to hit shelves on September 17th, which makes it a little more than two months before we get our hands on one. And that’s when all the fun begins.
Click past the jump to watch more trailers of Gran Theft Auto V
It’s been just a little over a month since GRID 2 hit shelves and the racing game has turned out to be a rather enjoyable diversion from our everyday lives.
It still doesn’t hold up to Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsports, but it’s the newest racing game out these days and as such, deserves our full attention. But if there’s one thing about the game that disappoints us, it’s the relative lack of some spicy aftermarket racecars; a problem that Codemasters addressed with the release of a new DLC, called the Super Modified Pack.
As the name evidently suggests, the Super Modified Pack will feature four beastly racecars, including an 890-horsepower R32 Skyline GT-R, a 5ZIGEN Honda Civic Super Modified, and fully customized takes on the Subaru Impresa WRX STI and Mazda RX-7.
That’s four belligerently powerful custom-tuned Japanese racecars that could be yours for $5.99 on Playstation 3 or 480 Microsoft Points (around $6) on the Xbox 360.
Sounds like a good deal to us.
Click past the jump to watch the other DLC pack that are offered on GRID 2