Entries Tagged as 'Gaming'

Video Game Hype: Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach Track Added To Forza Motorsport 5 As FREE DLC! (Video)

Posted on 04.09.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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This is probably one of the best days in my gaming life.  I have been a huge fan of games like Forza Motorsport and Gran Turismo for years but today Forza has really made a dream come true by adding the Long Beach Grand Prix track to Forza Motorsport 5 in its latest DLC.  For those who don’t know, MotorworldHype is based in Long Beach, CA which is pretty much where I was born and raised.  I have been attending the Toyota Grand Prix Of Long Beach since I was a kid so to be able to virtually race on such a detailed recreation in an Indy Car is beyond mind blowing.  Heck, not only can you race the full Long Beach course but it looks like you could re-create Formula Drift Long Beach as well.  This is beyond awesome!  Before this the only way to virtually race Long Beach was with an expensive PC based simulator set up.  No more!  I can’t wait to try this out for myself when we finally get our hands on an Xbox One (hopefully soon).  For now check out the preview video below.

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Gaming Hype: Project CARS To Support Sony’s Morpheus Virtual Reality Tech. Could Be First Next Gen Racing Game To Use VR

Posted on 03.27.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Whenever I play a racing game such as Forza, Gran Turismo, or any of the F1 games my preference is to switch the game into cockpit or first person perspective view.  Why?  Because it provides the most realistic feel while driving.  It might be easier to use a third person view (in which the camera floats above and behind putting the whole car in view) but when I am actually driving a car I can’t see the whole car just the road in front of me so that is how I choose play.  Many other driving and sim enthusiasts share this preference as well which is why there are many elaborate rigs out there that use three screens in an attempt to “surround” the player so they can look to the left or right and see their opponents next to them to provide an immersive feel.

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Well the guys at Slightly Mad Studios are taking that immersive feel up more than a few notches.  They have recently announced that their upcoming racing game, Project CARS will support Sony’s new “Morpheus” Virtual Reality peripheral (pictured above).  Similar to the Oculus Rift, Sony’s Morpheus uses high def screens with specially designed pixels combined with accelerometer and head tracking to put users in a 360 degree environment while playing games that support such tech.

Now imagine sitting in your Playseat Racing rig, holding onto your wheel of choice, then putting on a VR headset and being able to completely look around the cockpit of the car you are driving.  Imagine being able to “look ahead” at the next apex as you would if you were really at the track.  Can you see why this could be a big deal?

OK, so here is the bad news.  Currently Sony’s Morpheus VR headset is just something of a functioning concept.  They obviously caught how much buzz the Oculus Rift was getting and decided to try their hand at VR.  When Sony debuted Morpheus at the Game Developer’s Conference they stressed that there is no set release date, price, or any other retail related information about Morpheus to share.  Its just them exploring the possibility.  Which means it could be a good long while before PS4 owners have a chance to use Morpheus to play Project CARS.

However, with recent news that Facebook bought Oculus Rift for 2 billion dollars, its possible that might just be the push Sony needs to accelerate the process of bringing Morpheus to the market.  I guess we will have to just wait and see.  Hopefully there will be some updates on this development at this year’s E3.  I will keep you posted! What do you think about this news?  Do you think VR racing games will be the future?  Are you excited to try this out?  Do you think Microsoft may follow suit and develop a VR headset that Forza players can use? Let me know in the comments. In the meantime check out the latest trailer for Project CARS below.

[Source: World Of Mass Development]

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Gaming Hype: Road Atlanta Comes To Forza Motorsport 5…For Free! (Video)

Posted on 02.18.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Remember when Forza Motorsport 5 came out and everyone complained that there wasn’t enough tracks even though Turn 10 kept telling everyone more tracks were on the way?  Well, starting today Turn 10 gets to say “we told you so” as it was announced that a brand new re-captured virtual Road Atlanta course is coming to Forza Motorsport 5…for free!  Yes, now you and your friends can fly over that horrifying blind crest on your Xbox One!  Check out the official trailer below.

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Gaming Hype: World Of Speed Open World MMO Racing Game Announced By Slightly Mad Studios (Video)

Posted on 02.10.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Racing games are awesome but lets face it after driving the same tracks over and over again it can get a bit stale.  That’s why open world racing games like “Forza Horizon” and Test Drive were so refreshing.  The trend Open World MMO racing games continued with the announcement of “Drive Club” for PS4 and “The Crew” by UbiSoft.  Today Slightly Mad Studios (who created Need For Speed: SHIFT and SHIFT 2: Unlimited) announced that they would also be throwing their hat into the open world MMO racing game genre with their new IP World Of Speed.

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World Of Speed promises to bring a “AAA” level open-world racing experience to PCs and it will also be free-to-play.  Yes, FREE!  Although that likely means there will be tons of micro transactions within the game.  Perhaps players will have to pay real money to buy virtual upgrades for their cars?  As of now I really don’t know too much but I do know that it will have real licensed cars, feature missions, and “club” gameplay.  Hopefully I will be invited to its closed beta which starts this spring.  In the meantime check out some of the game’s early screenshots by clicking any of the thumbnails in this post.  You can also watch the announcement trailer and read the official press release below.

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Press Release:

SLIGHTLY MAD STUDIOS REVEALS WORLD OF SPEED

MASSIVELY MULTIPLAYER ONLINE RACING GAME

Award-Winning Developer bring the ultimate AAA free-to-play online racing game to PCs in 2014

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif – February 10, 2014 – Slightly Mad Studios, the critically acclaimed developer known for their pedigree in racing video games, today unveiled World of Speed, a AAA massively multiplayer online arcade racing video game. World of Speed will be available in 2014 as a free-to-play experience on PCs.

In World of Speed, players will hop in the driver’s seat of an endless garage of cars ranging from everyday city runners to the fastest super cars on the planet to the most iconic cars from throughout the storied history of auto racing. Players will find themselves racing on true-to-life tracks spanning the globe and on tracks only a speed freak could dream up, carved from roadways across cities including London and San Francisco.

 “At the heart of World of Speed lies a unique massive multiplayer online experience which incorporates a dynamic social elements and entirely new ways to compete in a racing video game – from an individual to a team level,” said Ian Bell, Chief Executive Officer of Slightly Mad Studios. “World of Speed is an online game and will be continuously supported with innovative and fresh content to keep the competition furious well after its launch.”

 World of Speed introduces a new level of connected competition allowing players real-time interactive social gameplay through intense Club and team gameplay, the Airfield social hub, and unique missions and objectives in every race to make every players actions really matter. As an online experience, World of Speed will be supported with live events and player challenges, new gameplay modes, tracks and cars and much more.

World of Speed will be entering closed beta in Spring 2014. To learn more about World of Speed and for a chance to play the fast-paced action in the closed beta, visit and sign up at www.worldofspeed.com. The game will be published worldwide by My.com.

About Slightly Mad Studios Ltd

Slightly Mad Studios is an independent, award winning developer known most recently for its work on Electronic Arts’ Need For Speed franchise with the successful SHIFT series. The company has a core studio located near Tower Bridge, London but predominantly uses a unique distributed development system that allows the team to attract worldwide talent, be cost-effective and ultra-efficient.

For more information about Slightly Mad Studios, please visit: www.slightlymadstudios.com.

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Hype Video: I Scoop All The Big Boys With The First Review Of The BMW M4 Coupe!…Kind Of….

Posted on 02.06.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The new M4 Coupe and M3 sedan made their world debuts a while ago and ever since then auto journalist all over the world have been waiting with baited breath for that coveted press drive invite from BMW.  I however am not waiting because I am pretty bloody sure my invite is going to get “lost in the mail”.  I mean I am appreciative of all the readers of this blog but I know my viewership isn’t up there with the Autoblogs and Jalopniks of the world.  However, just because I’ll be under BMW’s radar doesn’t mean I can’t still drive the new M4 coupe!  I just did it in a different way.  If you want to know exactly what I mean and what I think about the new M4 coupe then just watch the video below.  Also, keep in mind that this was all done in fun so please don’t fire bomb me!  Enjoy!

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Gaming Hype: “Honda Legends” DLC Car Pack Released For Forza Motorsport 5 (Video)

Posted on 02.04.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Are you a hardcore Honda-head? If so you will definitely want to know that today the “Honda Legends” DLC car pack was released for Forza Motorsport 5 on Xbox One.  The car pack includes the 1984 CRX Mugen test vehicle, the 1994 Prelude Si (my favorite car when I was in high school), and the 2014 Civic Si coupe.  That is a pretty strong trio for any Honda enthusiast (especially the Prelude!!).  OK, now here is the best part about this news: the car pack is FREE!  Yep, its is all part of a promo deal with Honda as they get ready to reveal the new Civic Si coupe at the Chicago Auto Show this week.  Pretty sweet huh?!  You can download the Honda Legends DLC pack right now on Xbox Live but if you want to get a closer look at what  you will get then scroll down for the official trailer.

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Gaming Hype: Forza Horizon 2 Coming To Xbox One This Fall? (Rumor)

Posted on 01.30.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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For those who do not know me, I am into video games almost as much as I am into cars so I tend to keep my ear to the ground in both areas.  Today I got a bit of juicy news that just so happens to cross over.  Apparently a “verified” Xbox/Microsoft insider took to the biggest video game forum on the internet NeoGAF and leaked a TON of info about the Xbox One and several of their upcoming games.  What got my attention was that the very first tidbit mentioned was that a Forza Horizon sequel is supposedly coming to Xbox One in the fall of this year.  Here is the exact quote from the user “ntkrnl” (edited for profanity):

“Forza Horizon: “Fall 2014, probably September. Super sexy weather system and… bleep-tons of co-op/social stuff. 1080P and open-world, so you can road trip with your bros.”

Yep, not only is Forza Horizon coming to the Xbox One but it will apparently have a new “super sexy” weather system.  Which is something that Forza fans have wanted for a long time in Horizon and Forza Motorsport.

So, how much credence do I give to this “leak”?  Quite a bit actually and I will tell you why:

-NeoGAF is seriously one of the biggest gaming forums in the world and consistently used as a credible source from other major gaming media outlets.  The users on NeoGAF are serious and they used their own contacts to “verify” that this “ntkrnl” person really is who he claimed to be.

-Since Forza Motorsport 5 was an Xbox One launch title it would be pretty unlikely that Turn 10 studios would be set to announce Forza Motorsport 6 so soon and even more unlikely that they wouldn’t show up to E3 this year at all with nothing to talk about.

-This is how things played out when the first Forza Horizon was announced.  It came in between Forza Motorsport 4 and 5, so its not too crazy to think that Horizon 2 is meant to hold everyone over until Forza Motorsport 6 is ready.

-A separate studio produces Forza Horizon (Playground Games) and its logical that Playground was probably developing the next Horizon game while Turn 10 worked on Forza Motorsport 5 which makes the Fall 2014 release plausible.

So there you have it, a few good reasons why this rumor may be true.  Although the only way we will truly know for sure is to wait until E3 to see if Turn 10 makes any announcements.  I will do my best to keep you posted!

[Source: NeoGAF forums]

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Hype Video: Latest “Need For Speed” Movie Behind The Scenes Shows Off Serious Camera Cars

Posted on 01.28.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The whole purpose of a movie is to immerse its audience into its story so much that they might even suspend disbelief and completely buy in to what they are seeing on screen.  In instances of car chase scenes its easy to forget just how it is we (the audience) are able to get so close to action as two vehicles chase each other at high speeds through crazy city scapes or other environments.  The truth is, none of those crazy action shots are possible without a third or fourth car outfitted with thousands of dollars in rigging and cameras to follow and film the chase.

In the case of the upcoming Need For Speed movie which I have admittedly had my reservations about, it does seem like they are really going above and beyond when it comes to how they film all the race scenes.  The team behind the film have built some seriously fast chase vehicles to catch all the action.  How crazy? It ranges from supercharged Mustangs to repurposed GT Ferraris!  You can take a look at it all below in a new behind the scenes video.

I have to admit, even though I am not too jazzed about the movie’s story (the trailer did little to help), the more I see how far the production is going to produce the stunts and racing scenes the more excited I get to actually fork over 20 bucks to watch it!

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Hype News: Documentary About Gran Turismo Creator Kazunori Yamauchi To Debut On Hulu On Jan 22nd 2013 (Video)

Posted on 01.16.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Remember a while back when I told you about an upcoming documentary starring the mysterious creator of Gran Turismo, Kazunori Yamauchi?  Well today that documentary got a release date (there is a Gran Turismo 5 joke in there but I won’t touch it).  “KAZ: Pursuing The Digital Divide” will be released next Wednesday on January 22nd 2014.  What’s more is that the “KAZ” doc will be released on the popular Hulu video streaming service!  There is a caveat here though.  In order to watch on your TV or mobile device you will need to be a Hulu Plus subscriber.  However, if you are totally fine with watching it on your computer or laptop then a free Hulu account is all you’ll need to enjoy the film!

In addition to the Hulu announcement a new trailer was released today as well, watch it below!

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Gaming Hype: Forza Motorsport 5 Gets Its First DLC In “IGN Car Pack”

Posted on 01.08.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Did you get an Xbox One and Forza Motorsport 5 this holiday season? Lucky you! We still haven’t gotten our hands on a console yet but hey, we’re not bitter!  Anyhow, if we can’t play it we at least want to make sure you guys are enjoying it to its fullest so you should know that the first official DLC is out!  The “IGN Car Pack” includes 10 awesome cars including the one you see above!  If you bought the Forza Motorsport 5 season pass then you should already have this car pack.  If not, then you can purchase the IGN Car pack for $10 on the Xbox Live Marketplace.  For now check out the official car list and trailer below!

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Car List:

1961 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage

2013 Caterham Superlight R500

2013 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG

1977 Ford Escort RS1800

1964 Chevrolet Impala SS 409

2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello

2008 Lamborghini Reventón

1957 Ferrari 250 California

1969 Nissan Fairlady Z 432

1984 Peugeot 205 T16

[Source: ForzaMotorsport.net]

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