I wasn’t really a believer that a full racing game experience would translate well to smart phones and tablets. However EA’s (Electronic Arts) “Real Racing” series pretty much proved me wrong. Sure its still not as involved and deep as something like Forza Motorsport or Gran Turismo but it comes respectably close. Add that to the fact that the latest game in the series Real Racing 3 has been downloaded well over 10 million times and you have evidence that not only is there a demand for this type of game but people are enjoying it.
Recently it was announced by EA that in their latest update for Real Racing 3, three McLaren race cars would be added to the car list: the 650S GT3, the P1 GTR, and the legendary ’95 McLaren F1 GTR. They also threw in a few Corvettes just because. Both the update and the game are free on the Google Play and Apple App stores so if you want to try it out you don’t have much to lose.
If you want to see the cars in action you can watch the launch trailer for the update below!
The new Need For Speed reboot is still about a month and a half away (unless you’re going to play on PC) but that isn’t the only Need For Speed game coming out this year. Need For Speed No Limits looks to take a similar experience to the console version of Need For Speed and put it on mobile devices. The presentation seems to look very much like the console version but there will likely be different types of goals and game modes. From the gameplay trailer (below) drifting will still be a part of the mobile version of Need For Speed along with a pretty extensive suite of aftermarket upgrades.
There is no exact release date yet but its expected to be available for iOS and Android before the end of the year. I would be willing to guess sometime in November as that is when the Need For Speed console reboot will drop. Check out the official gameplay trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.
If you were looking forward to playing the new Need For Speed (NFS) reboot on your gaming PC, it looks like you may have to wait a bit longer. Today in a blog post Ghost Games, the dev team behind NFS announced that the PC version will be pushed back until Spring 2016 mostly due to the team wanting to make graphical improvements and be able to offer the game at an unlocked frame rate.
For those who don’t know PC gamers generally prefer their games to run at 60 frames per second although more powerful gaming PCs are capable of running games at even higher frame rates. However recently some games for PC have been “locked” at 60 fps or less. This means users with high end PCs still couldn’t truly run the game at its full potential, which isn’t really ideal to those folks.
Apparently those same folks have been pretty vocal to Ghost Games about not having a locked frame rate and it appears that the team has heard their voices. As the blog post states:
Part of the conversation includes hearing from our PC community that an unlocked frame rate in Need for Speed is a massive priority for you, and we fully agree. To deliver this, we’ve made the decision to move the PC release date to Spring 2016. Our PlayStation 4 and Xbox One release dates will remain the same, starting November 3, 2015 in North America and November 5 worldwide.
The post also states that all the updates for the console games up until that point will be available for the PC version at launch so that PC players won’t be behind on content.
Are you exciting to play the new Need For Speed? Does this announcement upset you? Would you rather have the game sooner locked at 60fps or are you ok with waiting longer for the potential for more? Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype
About two weeks ago Bugatti released some glamour shots of their Vision Gran Turismo project promising that its real life counterpart would be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show this year. Well, the show has officially kicked off and this beautiful concept has been introduced to the planet at large! There is something about seeing such an outrageous design made tangible that is stimulating to the ol’ eye balls.
Seriously this car looks amazing! Since the car had something of an early debut with the first shots there isn’t much new information to be had with its official reveal. In fact there is something of a lack of information when it comes to this particular car mainly that despite two reveals, it hasn’t been stated as to when Gran Turismo players can expect to download the Bugatti Vision GT for gameplay.
This leads me to a theory … WARNING: SPECULATION ALERT! The Tokyo Game Show (TGS) starts next week and with the complete absence of anything Gran Turismo related at E3 and at Gamescom, I strongly believe that Gran Turismo 7 will be announced at (TGS) this week. Could the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo be the first Vision GT car for Gran Turismo 7? Is that why it hasn’t been officially said that it will be available for Gran Turismo 6? I have nothing official to bolster this theory but certain things line up. I guess we’ll find out for sure this week! For now you can scroll down and check out the gallery of official photos from the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo reveal. Let us know what you think of the car in the comments!
We’re a bit late posting this but we had some serious technical difficulties over the last 24 hours! However, for the most part that’s all fixed now so please feel free to scroll down and watch our review below. A few things to note before hitting play:
1. This review is pretty long. About 16 minutes in total so if you just want the gist skip to minute 14. If you want the gist of the gist then yes we think Forza Motorsport 6 is awesome and its worth the asking price. By the way Forza Motorsport 6 comes on on September 15th in North America.
2. All game footage is at 1080p 30fps but the game runs at a solid 60fps.
A lot of what we covered in this review was taken from suggestions made to us by fans on the official Forza Motorsport forums so we want to give them a huge shout out for their part in this!
One of the biggest new additions to Forza Motorsport 6 is night racing. Its what fans have asked for repeatedly before every new Forza game and this time they have it. Microsoft has given us a little bit of wiggle room on our full-game embargo so that we can show off a few slices of game play footage. In the video below we take on Spa-Francorchamps, (a track that isn’t in the demo) at night in an Audi R8 V10. Check it out below! For our full Forza 6 review stay tuned as it will release next week!
If you’ve been anxious to get your hands on Forza Motorsport 6 after watching our gameplay impression from E3then I am happy to say that your wait is finally over! As of right now the official Forza Motorsport 6 demo is available in the Xbox Live Game hub. Just boot up the ol’ Xbox One and download it! The Forza Motorport 6 demo will give players a taste of everything that’s offered in the full version: a “sampling” of the 460 cars and 26 tracks that will be in Forza Motorsport 6, and experiences featuring the new environment effects like rain and night racing.
As an added bonus anyone who downloads and plays the demo will have the Ford GT added to their “Forza Garage” for free. So, if someone decides to buy the game after playing the demo they’ll have Ford’s new supercar already waiting for them.
Forza Motorsport 6 Launch Trailer:
In addition to the demo being dropped today Turn 10 also announced a new “Forza Fuel Challenge” contest. The aim of the contest is to ultimately match a really fast Forza 6 player against a real life driver. To enter, just download the demo and complete the demo experience. This will unlock the “Forza Fuel Rivals Challenge”. From there, the fastest players from 5 different countries will be selected for an all expenses paid trip to the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin, Texas where they will virtually race in Forza against a professional driver (coughcoughProbablyTannerFoustcough) who will be racing on the actual track. Even better is that there will be “wild card” positions as well, so you wouldn’t theoretically need to be the fastest to be chosen for the trip. That’s great news for a guy like me because I suck at Forza! Yay!
Forza Fuel Challenge video:
Oh, and one more thing. Turn 1o Studios also announced the “Fast & Furious Car Pack” for Forza Motorsport 6. The DLC car pack will include the following:
· 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition (EDIT: This car is NOT in the Fast & Furious car pack but will be available at a later date)
· 1968 Dodge Charger Fast & Furious Edition
· 1969 Dodge Charger Fast & Furious Edition
· 1970 Ford Escort RS1600 Fast & Furious Edition
· 2014 Terradyne Gurkha LAPV F5 Fast & Furious Edition
· 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Fast & Furious Edition
· 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS Fast & Furious Edition
· 1995 Toyota Supra RZ Fast & Furious Edition
· 1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R Fast & Furious Edition
· 2002 Nissan Fairlady Z Fast & Furious Edition
· 2001 Honda S2000 Fast & Furious Edition
Those who own the “Ultimate” or “Deluxe” editions of Forza Motorsport 6 will get the Fast & Furious DLC pack for free. Otherwise it can be purchased on the Xbox Live store.
That’s a ton of Forza news is it not?! This is definitely a good day for Forza fans. I should also let you know that we will be reviewing Forza Motorsport 6 ourselves and we are taking suggestions as to what you want to see covered in our review. Simply tell us any points you want us to cover for example: “I want to see a graphical comparison between Forza 5 & Forza 6”. You can give your suggestion to us in two ways. You can leave it in the comments below, or you can visit this thread on the official Forza Motorsport forums and post it there.
For all the official info straight from the source, you can check out the press release below.
On Your Mark – The “Forza Motorsport 6” Demo is Now Available
We’re just a few weeks away from the global release of “Forza Motorsport 6” and today, we’re sharing several announcements that will get your motor revving, including the “Forza Motorsport 6” launch trailer debut, demo availability, the Forza Fuel challenge and more!
And don’t forget – there are just mere days to go until the game becomes available to “Forza Motorsport 6” Ultimate Edition owners via early access on Sept. 10, so head over to the Xbox Store to get your copy.
“Forza Motorsport 6” Demo Now Available
Forza fans can get their first taste of the biggest, most comprehensive and realistic game in the Forza franchise to date, with today’s release of the “Forza Motorsport 6” demo for all Xbox One owners! The demo features a sampling of the 460 cars and 26 tracks found in the game, as well as new features like night racing, genre-defining car handling and physics, cloud-powered Drivatar opponents, and Rivals events where players challenge one another in hot lap competitions.
Everyone who plays the “Forza Motorsport 6” demo will automatically get the new Ford GT delivered to their Forza 6 garage at no additional cost.
Forza Fuel Challenge Begins Today
In addition, the demo kicks off the Forza Fuel Challenge. Xbox is selecting the three fastest drivers from the U.S., U.K., Canada, France and Germany for an all-expense paid trip to Circuit of the Americas, Texas to experience the ultimate Forza challenge.
Two fans will be chosen based on their lap times in the official Forza Fuel Rivals challenge found in the demo – your speed will earn you a place. Our third space goes to a wild card, so don’t worry if you don’t hit the top spots, as one additional winner will be chosen at random just for taking part. Players must complete the entire “Forza Motorsport 6” demo experience before the Forza Fuel Rivals challenge will be available.
Fast & Furious Car Pack
We’re also announcing the car list for the Fast & Furious Car Pack for “Forza Motorsport 6.” These cars will be available to Ultimate Edition and Deluxe Edition owners of the game at no additional cost. All other players will be able to purchase this pack separately.
1968 Dodge Charger Fast & Furious Edition
1969 Dodge Charger Fast & Furious Edition
1970 Ford Escort RS1600 Fast & Furious Edition
2014 Terradyne Gurkha LAPV F5 Fast & Furious Edition
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Fast & Furious Edition
1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS Fast & Furious Edition
1995 Toyota Supra RZ Fast & Furious Edition
1999 Nissan Skyline GT-R Fast & Furious Edition
2002 Nissan Fairlady Z Fast & Furious Edition
2001 Honda S2000 Fast & Furious Edition
Look for more details on all of the cars in the “Forza Motorsport 6” Fast & Furious Car Pack in the near future.
Meet the Celebrity Cast of “Forza Motorsport 6”
Lastly, if you’re eager to learn more about the game before launch on Sept. 15, stop by ForzaMotorsport.net for the cast of celebrities and drivers that are lending their passion and expertise (not to mention their voices) to the game’s Showcase events, including Benoît Tréluyer, Richard Hammond and Mark Skaife.
A while back at E3 2015 I gave you my first gameplay impressions of Forza Motorsport 6. Well in a few days you’ll get a chance to come to your own gameplay impressions because Microsoft just announced that the demo for Forza Motorsport 6 will drop on Xbox Live September 1st! For those who pre-ordered the digital download of the game will get early access to the full game in about two weeks from now before its released to the world a week later.
While there hasn’t been many specific details about what the demo will include, Microsoft did mention that rain racing will be a part of it. If I’m guessing I think the demo will likely be almost exactly like the E3 demo that I played but with a few more cars. I guess we’ll find out for sure in a few days!
A few more cars have been announced as well. Its all in the press release below!
The latest mile marker on the road to Forza Motorsport 6’s launch has arrived: We’ve gone gold! In two weeks, Forza Motorsport 6 will be available to play via early access for owners of the Ultimate Edition.
Five days later, Forza 6 will be unleashed to everyone! Before the full game launches, however, fans will have the chance to experience the thrills of Forza Motorsport 6 in the official free demo for the game, which launches on September 1.
The Forza Motorsport 6 demo will let players experience the most beautiful and comprehensive racing game of this generation, named “Best Racing Game” and “Best Simulation Game” of gamescom 2015. The demo features a selection of the 460 Forzavista cars available in the full version, all with working cockpits and full damage. You’ll experience highlights from the game’s 26 world-famous locales, including wet weather and night racing, all at a stunning 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second.
Everyone who plays the Forza Motorsport 6 demo will automatically get the new Ford GT delivered to their garage in Forza Motorsport 6 for no additional cost. In addition, the demo will include additional features that allow fans to get even deeper into the Forza Motorsport 6 experience. Look for more details on that when the demo launches on September 1!
We’re celebrating all of this Forza news with some new details on the game, including the announcement of a number of previously unannounced cars in Forza Motorsport 6, as well as full details on all the tracks in the game.
See below for more details on the cars released this week, and the full post on ForzaMotorsport.net for new screenshots and details on the tracks that will include night and wet racing options.
Brand New Cars Led by the awesome power of the 2015 Mercedes-AMG GT S, these ten newly-announced cars bring the total car count to Forza Motorsport 6 to 460 cars, the largest number of cars ever seen at the launch of a Forza game!
The rest of the cars we’re revealing today include:
2015 Mercedes-AMG GT S
1979 BMW #6 BMW Motorsport M1 Procar
2015 Volvo S60 Polestar
2014 Audi #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports R8 LMS ultra
2014 BMW #5 Ebay Motors 125i M Sport
2014 Chevrolet #3 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R
2015 Jaguar XKR-S GT
1976 Lotus #5 Team Lotus 77
1969 Lola #10 Simoniz Special T163
2014 Ferrari California T
The full 460 car list including all previously announced vehicles is available on Forzamotorsport.net.
In some controversial news, EA Games has announced that the upcoming Need For Speed reboot featuring car culture celebrities like Ken Block, Akira Nakai, and Magnus Walker will require an internet connection to work. Commonly referred to by gamers as “always online” this means if the game does not have an active connection to the interwebs it simply won’t boot up to gameplay. This isn’t just for muli-player mode either. Since Need For Speed will be based in an active open world environment even the “single player” mode will require a connection.
Now, some of you may be thinking that such a thing isn’t a big deal since these days high-speed internet is pretty much ubiquitous. Most of our game consoles are connected anyway so why does it matter if this game needs an internet connection to work? Well opponents of “always online” will mention that high speed internet isn’t quite as common as most of us like to think and not everyone has a reliable connection. They will also note that this would mean if the game’s own servers go down, an occurrence which is happening more frequently as of late, then the game may still not work despite the player themselves having a solid connection. Another con to “always online” is the possibility that if the game requires an internet connection it may also require a premium console-based internet service, for example Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus. These services generally cost about $50 a year. So, if for example someone has an Xbox One console but does not have Xbox Live Gold their cost to entry just went up as they would have to purchase the game which will likely be about $60usd plus the additional $50 for Xbox Live, bringing the total investment for one game to $110.
Taking all that into account it is understandable why some fans of Need For Speed are upset that the new game will be going the always online route. In fact, some fans are so upset that an online petition has been started in hopes to convince EA Games to reverse their decision. As of the writing of this post the petition has 2,065 signatures of their 2,500 signature goal. While that may not be a lot of people in the grand scheme of things, its definitely enough to be noticed. Despite that it is unlikely that EA will have a change of heart on this issue.
Recently the Executive Producer of Need For Speed 2015 Marcus Nilsson spoke to the Official Xbox Magazine in an interview and explained the choice to go always online. According to Nilsson, the main reason why the new Need For Speed will require an internet connection is due to the re-working of Autolog. For those who don’t know, Autolog is a suite of online-based features used in Need For Speed games which tracks player stats and also connects players to each other within the game’s open world environment. “We’ve been pretty big with Autolog throughout the years and, as we know, its a pretty big feature,” said Nilsson. “This time around it we’re going to give it more of a human voice. It will treat your friend’s play as if it were part of the narrative experience.”
Marcus goes on to mention some of the new social features that will make their way into Need For Speed: “We also have a new snapshot system as well; Which is taking pictures of lots of different moments – [they go] out to the Need For Speed network where people can ‘like’ them, and those likes are being pushed back into the game as currency. So you get progression from sharing your photos. The Xbox One has really good built-in systems to make videos and stream them, which we are also going to use.”
Those features actually sound pretty cool and I got a small taste of them when I had a chance to demo Need For Speed at E3 this year. In the demo presentation it was mentioned that attempting to get “likes” and attention from other players and characters would play a big part in the gameplay. It even has something of a Twitter-like built in social network which is used to send and receive messages in-game. So for some, despite the possible pitfalls of an always online game, it may be worth it if it means adding innovative, cool features like Autolog.
We won’t really know how big of a factor that Autolog and always online will be until the final version of Need For Speed is released. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to review the final version and give you my take on it before it launches.
For now, we want to know what you think? Are you upset that the new Need For Speed will require an internet connection? Or are you ok with it because of the features it will bring to the game? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.
Ever since the new Need For Speed reboot was announced, EA games has teased that players will interact with certain “Icons” that represent different aspects of the car culture represented in the game. EA has been tight-lipped as to the identity of these icons, however they pretty clearly teased them in game art featuring the silhouettes of these individuals as well as featuring particular brands in the customization mode of the game. Based on that we speculated that Ken Block of Hoonigan, Akira Nakai of RAUH-Welt Begriff (RWB), famous Porsche collector and driver Magnus Walker are more than likely in the game. However, there were a few figures we didn’t quite recognize.
Well today EA is finally officially revealed the identities of the Icons featured in the game. And guess what? Its Ken Block, Akira Nakai, and Magnus Walker. How ’bout that? By now you’re probably asking “What about the other figures you guys didn’t recognize?” Well, it turns out that Chicago-based drifting club Risky Devil and infamous Japanese street racer (and rumored Yakuza member) Morohoshi-san round out the group.
These Icons will motivate the player as they take on the different areas of the car culture: Speed, Style, Build, Crew, and Outlaw. Players looking to make a name for themselves with speed will need to impress Magnus Walker. Those looking to build the most unique cars will look to Nakai-san for approval. Ken Block serves as the authority on Style while Risky Devil and Morohoshi serve as the icons of clubs and outlaw driving respectively.
It really looks like EA is taking the extra step to infuse Need For Speed with authentic car culture (thanks to our friends at SpeedHunters.com) and I am interested to see how it all pays off. I have already had a chance to play the new Need For Speed at E3 about a month ago. For my gameplay impressions scroll below. You can also check out a brand new Need For Speed trailer!
What do you think about Need For Speed’s “Icons”? Does including these personalities make you more excited for Need For Speed, or are you not impressed? Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.
New Need For Speed trailer:
E3 2015 game play impressions:
Official press release:
CARVE YOUR OWN PATH THROUGH NEED FOR SPEED ON YOUR JOURNEY TO BECOME THE ULTIMATE ICON
An Immersive Narrative Inspired by the Heroes of Today’s Car Culture Brings an Emotional and Authentic Experience to Need for Speed
GOTHENBURG, Sweden – August 5, 2015 – Ghost Games™, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) studio, announced today the car culture icons who have inspired the narrative behind the reboot of Need for Speed™, and revealed how technology is blurring the lines between live action film and in-game.
Play as yourself in Need for Speed and witness the action from your own point of view as your entourage of friends and the icons entice you into the Five Ways to Play. Make choices that will determine your path through Ventura Bay as you build your reputation through the different styles of driving and progress on your journey to become the ultimate icon.
The real world automotive icons are the stars of today’s urban car culture and have inspired the stories behind the gameplay by how they express themselves on the streets every day.
Speed Icon – Magnus Walker collects and restores classic Porsche 911s. He is known for his high speed driving and will push you to enhance your reputation through adrenaline-fuelled driving.
Style Icon – Ken Block is notorious for his style of aggressive driving, as he showcases in his phenomenal YouTube GYMKHANA series. Earn his recognition by mastering the art of precision sliding and jumping through corners and on the streets.
Build Icon – Nakai-san is the founder of RAUH-Welt BEGRIFF (RWB), a world renowned tuning and customizing company. Focus on creating that perfect customized ride as you look to impress him.
Crew Icon – Risky Devil are an infamous drift crew. These guys are the kings of close proximity driving and control. Ride in packs, inches away from wiping each other out as you get to grips with precise control and wild drift trains.
Outlaw Icon – Morohoshi-san doesn’t care how people categorize him, he just does what he wants. He’s often seen on the night streets rolling around in his customized ride. Risk it all as you mess with and escape from the cops to grab his attention.
“We’re honored to be working with these icons – they live and breathe the lifestyle we’re looking to recreate and have been such an inspiration to the team as we return Need for Speed back to greatness,” said Marcus Nilsson, Executive Producer at Ghost Games. “We wanted to create a powerful story that’s emotional but also pushes the boundaries of technology by adding real-time compositing to the power of Frostbite. This allows us, for the first time ever, to blend live action film seamlessly with your in-game car and garage.”
Taking inspiration from the film industry, the addition of real time compositing has allowed Need for Speed to offer a unique narrative for every player. Your customized car will feature in the live action sequences, showcasing personal choice within the game and blurring the lines between live action and in-game.
See the Need for Speed Gamescom trailer by visiting www.needforspeed.com for more information on the game and the icons. Need for Speed launches November 3 in North America, and November 5 worldwide on Origin™ for PC , PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. Join the Need for Speed conversation on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter®. Press assets for Need for Speed are available at http://info.ea.com.
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