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Thanks to the Xbox Series X, Forza Motorsport Is Going to Look Amazing
Next-generation gaming consoles typically means next-generation gaming titles, and we can expect as much as when the Xbox Series X arrives later this year. One gaming title that we’re all excited to see is the new Forza game that will serve as one of the Series X’s flagship titles. Details about the actual game remain under wraps, but you can expect the next-generation Forza game, whether its Motorsport or Horizon, to be nothing short of a jaw-dropper. We got a brief glimpse of the game from the official announcement trailer, and let’s just say that we can expect to spend a lot of time on our couches once the next-gen Xbox console — and the next-gen Forza title — arrives in time for the holidays.
Fosmon’s Quad Xbox Controller Charging Station Is Every Gamer’s Altar
There’s nothing more annoying than controller batteries failing just when your FIFA 2019 Ultimate Team is close to scoring the match-winning goal or you’re finally overpassing that tough rival in NFS Payback. But there’s a solution that will prevent you from sending the controller crashing into the TV in anger: meet Fosmon’s Quad Pro charging station.
It’s not all good news, though – this gizmo is only compatible with Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, and Xbox One Elite controllers, so PlayStation users might want to look elsewhere.
Forza Motorsport 7 Adds New Hot Wheels Car Pack
Hot Wheels has been making the headlines left and right these days. That’s not an accident because the Mattel-owned toy car maker is on the tail-end of its 50th-anniversary celebration. Today, Hot Wheels is in the news because of a new car pack for Forza Motorsport 7. It’s called the Hot Wheels Anniversary Pack, and it includes some of the most iconic Hot Wheels cars in the toy company’s history. The Hot Wheels Anniversary Pack will be available on November 6 as part of Forza 7’s November update.
Forza 7’s Drift Pack is Going To Get Your Drift Juices Flowing
Forza Motorsport 7 already has a litany of cars in its fold. Adding more is becoming a little excessive, and yet, the game’s latest downloadable content, the Formula Drift Car Pack, is going to be welcomed with open arms by fanatic gamers like myself. More importantly, the pack is actually coming to both Forza 7 and Forza Horizon 4. That means that you can still go drift-crazy even if you don’t own a copy of the FM7. And the best part? The Car Pack is free!
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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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.
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.
The team at Codemasters gaming studio made some waves when they announced that their latest iteration of the yearly racing series, F1 2014 would only be released for the old consoles, leaving next-gen gamers sitting out in the cold. After more than a week of playing the new game, I can understand why the choice was made, and it’s not really a good one.
A common practice in Formula One for losing teams is to give up on the year, and start working on their car for the next season. Rather than dump more money into a non-competitive car that has no chance of making any serious headway in the championship, teams will start focusing all their money and effort into making a better car for the upcoming season. Rather than sink tons of money into F1 2014, Codemasters seems to have given up on current generation of consoles to focus their efforts on the upcoming F1 2015 game. What that means is that F1 2014 is little more than a re-skinned version of the 2013 edition, but with less content, and less reason to continually play.
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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.
The time is fast approaching, and I can’t wait. Forza Horizon 2 hits store shelves in just a few weeks, and now we have the official launch trailer as well as news on the arrival of a demo version you can play early. First, just take a look at this trailer. All of the footage in this is straight gameplay from the Xbox One version of the game and it looks stunning. The cars, modifications and scenery are all top notch.
September 30th cannot come soon enough.
Thankfully we don’t have to wait for the release date to bomb around the great European countryside as there will a demo released on September 16th on the Xbox One. I think I *cough* may be sick *cough* next week. According to some reps, the demo will be a timed affair with a few select cars from the game just like the demo for the original Forza Horizon was.
If you are an Xbox 360 player, yes the game is coming to you too, but we have no word on a demo for your system. I am sorry.
When you do pick up the new game, Turn 10 and Playground games have announced that there will be a special reward system that will grant you some fancy cars to start the game with if you are a returning fan. If you have played any Forza game before you are likely familiar with the Forza Rewards system. Essentially, Turn 10 keeps track of how much you play and you gain points based on time played, miles driven, cars owned and more. If you have enough points when you fire up Forza Horizon 2 for the first time you will get a selection of cars that range from the BMW 1 Series M to the Huracán and the McLaren P1. You can find a full list of cars, their unlock tier and a link to the Forza site to check your standings after the break.
So to recap; we have a great new trailer to watch, a demo coming out in just a few days, and a way to unlock a small collection of awesome cars before the game even launches. Can I get a “hell yes?”
With the latest game in the Forza universe, Forza Horizon 2, launching at the end of the month and a brand new demo for the gaming coming next Tuesday, it seemed like a great time to talk about the full car list. Over the last several weeks there have been small releases of cars, but now we have the entire roster, and it is a pretty large one. Microsoft promised more than 200 cars, and we are rolling into the game with 210.
Some of the big names on this list we already knew about like the Lamborghini Huracán, Local Motors Rally Fighter and the McLaren P1, but the last announcement brought a few special surprises. If you like the off-road scene, you can bomb around in a Land Rover Defender 90; for the supercar fans, they have the return of the Ferrari F40 and (my personal favorite) the 1966 Ford GT40 MkII. Oh yeah, they have the Lamborghini Veneno as well.
The entire car list this year is pretty incredible, with five machines from Alfa Romeo, every Corvette ZR1 (and ZR-1) ever created, and no less than 15 Ferraris. They also have seven different Lambos, a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and the Koenigsegg Agera. Seriously, there is something here for everyone. They even have a Honda Civic CRX Mugen from 1984. With a large Italian-style countryside to frolic around, this looks to be shaping up as one of the best games in the series. Oh man, they have the Aston Martin DB5 and Vanquish too!
You can pick up your copy of the new game starting September 30, 2014 on Xbox One and Xbox 360. To see a full list of the cars, check after the break. They are sorted in alphabetical order by brand for your convenience.
Find the entire 210 car roster for Forza Horizon 2 after the break
When I reviewed Forza Motorsports 5 I loved the game, but I felt there were not enough tracks. Turn 10 is doing what it can to change that with a new pack of downloadable content (DLC). The new track is Road America, the legendary race circuit nestled in the thumb of Wisconsin near Elkhart Lake.
Long time Forza fans will know the name, as Road America has been in previous games, but they are not going to recognize the new track in Forza 5. It has been completely redone from the ground up using all the new technology and effects built into Forza 5. The result is a track that feels so real the old versions of the game can’t compete.
The best part about this new DLC map, it is 100-percent free for everybody. Just turn on your shiny new Xbox One, head to the storefront and download the map. Turn 10 Studios has also made sure to integrate the map fully into the game. Road America will immediately become part of all your single player and online interactions. It will blend in smoothly, as though the map came with the game to begin with.
If you decided to buy the Car Pass, I have even more good news. A new pack of cars dubbed the Road America Booster Pack adds five new machines to your arsenal, and it is a “free bonus” for you. It won’t count towards your six car packs that came with the Car Pass.
Hey, Turn 10, thanks for being so awesome. Everyone here at TopSpeed.com and all the Forza 5 players out there appreciate it.
Hit the jump to learn more about the new cars included in the Road America Booster Pack.
For all of the attention being paid to Gran Turismo 6, Forza 5 must be feeling pretty left out. So, in an attempt to steal some of the spotlight back, game developer Turn 10 Studios has released a new downloadable content for the Xbox game, called the IGN Car Pack.
Made up of 10 very diverse models, the IGN Car Pack features a wide variety of rides ranging from old supercars like the 1957 Ferrari 250 California, the 2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello and the Lamborghini Reventon, to present-day makes like the 2013 Caterham Superlight R500, and the 2014 Mercedes A45 AMG), and old-school classics like the 1977 Ford Escort RS1800, the 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS 409, the 1969 Nissan Fairlady Z 432, and the 1984 Peugeot 205 T16.
There’s a lot to like about the list, although we would’ve liked to seen a bigger list than the one the IGN Car Pack has. If anything, Turn 10 Studios needs to get its game up to another level because its nemesis, Gran Turismo 6, is doing it these days in spades.
Click past the jump to read about, in our opinion, the best car of the pack, the Lamborghini Reventon
Depending on who you ask, Gran Turismo 6 or Forza 5 hold the throne as the world’s best car video game, but don’t sleep on one developer who’s pining to take that seat from both titles. And that could happen as soon as this year.
Slightly Mad Studios, the people behind Need for Speed: Shift and Shift 2: Unleashed, has released a slew of production images for its latest video game title, Project Cars.
You read that right: those are in-game screenshots from the video game, not real-life images. Clearly, that’s a whole new level of graphics awesomeness we didn’t think existed to begin with. What’s more, these screenshots are actually from its PC platform, so you can expect something similar, or maybe even better, for the PS4 and XBox One platforms.
Slightly Mad Studios also mentioned that the screenshots didn’t have any post-processing work done on them, nor did they go under any image alterations. What you see are a slew of cars, ranging from exotics to race cars, all boasting of graphics that are so incredibly real, it would’ve been easy to confuse them with actual images of the said vehicles.
The graphics is beyond incredible so the obvious question now is if the gameplay can match it. We’ll find out this coming fall when Project Cars drops for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U and Steam OS.
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