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.
Continue reading to find out our full thoughts on this latest game
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.
Click past the jump to read more about Project Cars
Gran Turismo 6 may have scored a nice coup when BMW agreed to debut the M4 Coupe in the game,, but one competing video game franchise saw it as an opportunity to call GT6’s marketing score with one of its own.
In an announcement that was as pleasant as it was surprising, Need for Speed Rivals made its own recently-launched-car debut when the 2015 Ford Mustang became available in the game.
For what it’s worth, the 2015 Mustang is car tailor-made for a game like NFS Rivals, which possibly explains why the developers wasted little time putting installing it in the game. You can drive the Mustang as either a cop or a racer, two things the all-new pony car is well-versed at. And unlike GT6, or Forza 5, for that matter, driving skills sometimes takes a backseat to all-out mayhem in Need for Speed.
So if you’re running roughshod, steering clear of law enforcement authorities, or doing the actual pursuing of racers, the addition of the 2015 Ford Mustang in Need for Speed Rivals will make playing the game that much more enjoyable.
The preview video of the muscle car already makes it look at home in the Need for Speed franchise. Imagine what you can do with it once you get your hands on the game.
Need for Speed Rivals is already on shelves for the PS4 and XBox One with the 2015 Mustang likewise available to download.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang
Passion for cars and passion for racing games go hand in hand, so we’re certain that you’ve spent lots of time playing at least one of the famous car games out there, like Need For Speed, Gran Turismo or Forza.
As you probable know, huge leaps forward in game content and graphics a new game require a new consoles that are powerful enough to run these advanced games. This is where things have evolved at light speed over the last few decades.
From the Magnavox Odyssey released back in 1972, things went at high speed and now the world is preparing for the unveiling of the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One consoles, which will once again revolutionize digital racing, thanks to enhanced graphics, processing speeds and the ability to store their games in the "cloud," so they can pick up right where they left off, even in the middle of a highly competitive race.
What the launch of this two new consoles means for racing game players? Only good things of course.
Check them out after the jump.
If you love racing games, then you are likely familiar with Electronic Arts’ Need For Speed series. Young folks among us would’ve probably missed the days when the world of virtual racing was dominated by three words; N-F-S and everyone of us had t8he game on our PCs. I still remember the time spent speeding along canyon roads, and sunny beaches in a machine called FZR2000 — an add-on for the NFS-II SE. This car could do 248 mph if you managed to stay on the road and not crash into traffic.
Those were the days...
Later versions of the game featured numerous real-world cars, much to our liking. They even made a brand-specific game, which narrated the evolution of Porsche. One sports car brand that we, as enthusiasts of the game, missed was Ferrari. If I am not wrong, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit was the first NFS title to feature the prancing horse.
Sadly, in later iterations of the game except for a few, Ferrari was kept out, although the quality of racing simulation kept on getting better and better.
Now, what seems like ages since the first Need For Speed title was launched, we finally have a proper lineup of Ferraris to enjoy. Need For Speed: Rivals will be in stores on November 15, 2013 for PS4, on Nov 19, 2013 for PS3 and Xbox 360 and on Nov 22 for Xbox One with some proper Ferrari content. Electronic Arts has released a set of images of the upcoming title and we have compiled them here for your viewing pleasure.
Click past the jump to read more about the Ferraris that feature in NFS: Rivals
The battle between Sony’s Playstation and Microsoft’s Xbox gaming consoles is no child’s play. This is the real thing and in a market where demand for more realistic graphics and realistic physics keeps growing, both console makers are having to rework their hardware to suit the ever growing needs of the target customer. That’s where Xbox One and Forza 5 come into the picture.
Forza 5 promises to cater to the need for more realistic racing experience this year and to achieve this, the fifth edition of the Forza Motorsport franchise will lean heavily on the capabilities of the upcoming Xbox One.
The makers of the game have already released a list of cars that it will feature in Forza 5 and more could be in the pipeline. For now, they’ve introduced a long list of cars that the game will include, and this new list includes some modern cars, a few from the 90s and a few from the 70s. Unfortunately, the list of cars is down to only 200 — down from 500 in Forza 4 — but Turn 10 Studios has also promised more detailed cars and super-detailed tracks. We prefer quality over quantity, but the loss of 300 models and some tracks — the Nurburgring included — may be too much for gamers to swallow.
Forza 5 will also be the first to offer the LaFerrari, but — there’s always a "but" — it will not be included with the game. It will actually be offered as at-cost downloadable content... There is also a rumor that Nurburgring will also be offered as downloadable content, but there is nothing on whether it will be free or not.
Turn 10 is claiming that it is not holding back content to drive up interest — and profits — from downloadable content, and that it is purely trying to offer the most detail possible. We think this is part true and part garbage, as most gamers wouldn’t care if the Nurburgring had a minor flaw or if a car wasn’t 100-percent accurate but we do understand Turn 10 wanting to offer a totally accurate experience.
Click past the jump to read the complete list of new additions to Forza 5 and the official launch trailer.
Microsoft has just released a new video of the upcoming Forza Motorsport 5 game set to be released on November 22nd, 2013 for the Xbox One.
The new video focuses on the company’s partnership with Audi and explains why the Le Mans-winning R18 e-tron quattro is a worthy addition to the game. You will see interviews with Tom Kristensen, nine-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and his Audi Sport Team Joest teammates — the most successful team in modern endurance racing. They will explain their passion for drive and what it takes to succeed at the highest levels.
As a first, you will see some scenes filmed at the Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe, which means that it will be part of the upcoming Forza Motorsport 5.
We don’t know about you, but we are getting more excited about the release of Forza each and every day.
The upcoming Forza Motorsport 5 driving game is set to feature the legendary TopGear driver himself.
Some say, he is even faster in the dark...
That’s right, Forza Motorsport 5 will offer you the chance to race against The Stig.
The Stig’s Digital Cousin will only be available for those players planning to get both the new Xbox One and Forza 5 next month. So, if you are really good on racing games, the virtual Stig is waiting for you.
You will be able to race against him on the famous Top Gear test track that was rendered in meticulous detail, including the follow-through and Gambon sections. The game will also offer lots of in-game commentary from Jeremy, Richard and James on the career modes, and races inspired by Top Gear events, amongst other things.
The new Forza Motorsport 5 will be released on November 22nd, 2013.
Be warned, though, The Stig’s Digital Cousin doesn’t take defeat lightly.
Cruise over here for even more Forza 5 action.
Electronic Arts released a new trailer video for the "Need For Speed Rivals" racing game, this time focusing on the progression and pursuit technology upgrades. As expected, the new "NFS Rivals" will offer all the gadgets the players are used to from previous iterations, but taken to a completely new level of customization.
The best part of the new game is that it will offer its players the ability to drive a bunch of rare exotics, like the Pagani Zonda, Bugatti Veyron and the strange looking Lamborghini Veneno.
All the latest sports cars are also featured in the game, including the 2014 Corvette Stingray, the SRT Viper and the McLaren MP4-12C.
The new Need For Speed Rivals will be released on November 22nd, 2013. The game was specially designed for for the PlayStation 4 and the XBox One, but it can also be played on PS3 and XBox 360.
Remember that memorable Forza 5 "Filmspeed" ad featuring the 2014 McLaren MP4-12C that was shown a few weeks ago?
We admit that we still can’t get enough of it, specifically the process that was involved in actually making the video. What a lot of people didn’t know from the video was that no less than Tanner Foust, the same guy who hosts Top Gear USA, was the man behind the wheel of the MP4-12C.
Coming from the man who was responsible for driving the supercar to make sure that the angles were all hit on the right spots, Foust takes us on a behind-the-scenes look on how the video ad came to be. It’s a fascinating look at one of the most creative ads we’ve seen in a while.
Trust us: if you liked the commercial when you first saw it, this episode of Life in the Foust Lane will give you a deeper level of appreciation of Forza Motorsport’s Filmspeed animation.
Click past the jump to watch the video in all its awesome glory
Microsoft’s continued promotion for the upcoming release of Forza Motorsport has gone to a whole new level after announcing that it was fielding a specially prepared Holden VF Commodore to compete at the 2013 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, the V8 Supercar Series’ equivalent of Formula One’s Monaco Grand Prix.
Since Bathurst will be included as one of the race tracks in Forza 5, it represented an opportunity for Microsoft and its subsidiary studio, Turn 10 (the folks who made the game!), to capitalize on promoting the highly anticipated game ahead of its November 22 release, while also turning some heads with an incredibly worked-on Holden VF Commodore race car.
The car came to life as a collaborative project between Triple Eight Race Engineering and Xbox Australia, with the intention of running it up Bathurst in the hopes of actually winning the crown jewel race of the V8 Supercar Series calendar.
The race car’s emerald green color is direct homage to the Xbox’s traditional color, while all the bells and whistles of a full-fledged race car were all installed. Exterior components, like a front lip spoiler, the wider wheel arches, the side lamps and the large rear wing, can be found on the VF Commodore. It’s the same story with the interior where all the usual accessories of the road car were taken out to accommodate all the safety equipment that is required for race cars.
Finally, the Xbox One Racing VF Commodore boasts of a 5.0-liter, V-8 engine that produces 650 horsepower, allowing it to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.3 seconds to go with a top speed of 185 mph.
Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Holden VF Commodore
On September 17, 2013, the fifth installment of the Grand Theft Auto series finally hit store shelves. Riding the waves of great reviews it has received recently, the game enjoyed massive success, as it raked in about $800 million is sales in just its first day in stores. This equals out to between 13 to 14 million copies of the game flying off of the shelves in just one day.
Apparently, experts don’t expect GTA V to keep up the register-clanging success, as Mike Hickey, an analyst at the Benchmark Company, said "We’re looking for 23 million units of games sold by March 2014 and we won’t change that, but $800 million in the first day is phenomenal."
Another game that enjoyed similar success was the "Call Of Duty: Black Ops II," which scored $500 million worth of sales in just one day.
Click past the jump to read more about the Grand Theft Auto V.
If you love cars, chicks, guns and carnage, then you’re likely itching to get your hands on the new Grand Theft Auto V — we certainly are. Well, you still have a little bit of time to wait, but Rockstar Games has just released another official trailer for the upcoming shoot-em-up and drive-em-hard game to help ratchet up our excitement a little.
Unlike the last trailer that introduced us to the three main characters, this trailer focuses more on the overall game. It gives us an inside look at the cool things you get to do and the intense vehicles you get to drive, from Lamborghini look-alikes, to beat-up pickups to sport bikes and much more — did we really see a fighter jet?
If you’re anything like us, we prefer to spend the majority of our time finding the coolest and fastest cars to go whipping around town in. That’s when we’re not posting our character on the highest rooftop with a rocket launcher, picking off police helicopters, of course...
The game hits shelves September 17th, so mark the calendar!
The constant back and forth between Sony and Turn 10 Studios figures to have no let-up now until the release of their respective video game franchises, Gran Turismo 6 and Forza 5.
Sony scored a huge coup with the recent announcement that it had tied up with numerous automakers for its Vision Turismo feature for GT6. In response, Turn 10 announced that it had added Laguna Seca and Spa Francorchamps as part of its new content.
Ok, it’s not exactly going to blow up interest for the game the way Vision Turismo did but it shouldn’t also be underestimated given the rash of new technology and gameplay features that the Xbox One is expected to come in.
So don’t sleep on this announcement because we all know that the two of the toughest race tracks to play in any video game are Laguna Seca and Spa. Now that both tracks have been confirmed to be a part of Forza 5, anybody who plays the franchise will understand the challenges that come in winning races on those two venues.Click past the jump to watch the latest trailer for Forza 5
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