Like many drivers, when I am going to a place I have never been before I rely on a GPS to make sure I don’t get lost. Most of the time it works out just fine. However, my GPS is pretty old so sometimes it likes to play a game called “update the directions at the last possible freakin’ second” in which a left turn suddenly becomes a right turn and I completely pass where I am supposed to go or I do something stupid and try to make the next turn with less than 20 feet to do it in. Let me tell you, in real life that is not fun!
Yet, it looks like the brains at Codemasters took a page from my old and busted GPS by turning that malfunction into a game mode for GRID2 called “LiveRoutes”. How does it work? Pretty much the same way my crappy GPS does only without the risk of getting lost or actual bodily harm. Imagine racing through the streets of Paris at triple digit speeds but not knowing where to go next; relying on a GPS to tell you! Still hard to picture? Just watch the new trailer below to see it in practice. It looks a lot more entertaining in a game than it is in real life!
Just as the 2012 Formula 1 season is about to go underway Codemasters announces the release date (September 2012) of F1 2012as well as announcing that a new game mode “Young Driver’s Test” will be included in the next installment. In the game the Young Driver’s Test seems to combine a tutorial along with career mode. The game will walk the players through a few driving techniques then they will be sent out to earn a spot on a team. It is likely that a players performance during the test will determine what team they will end up on. In the first development diary for F1 2012 game directors Paul Jeal and Stephen Hood visited the real Young Drivers test at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi to see if playing their game helped the drivers with their test. How helpful is the game when compared to the real thing? You will see all that from the young drivers themselves in the video below.
Today Codemasters dropped a new trailer for the upcoming DiRT Showdown game. In this new spot called “Massive Destruction” we get some gameplay teasers of “Rampage” mode and “Knock Out” mode. In Rampage mode 8 cars are put in a massive arena and the objective is to just go rip-sh*t riot on each other demo derby style until there is only one car left running. Knock Out mode is similar but instead of an arena all the combatants are on a raised platform and the objective is to “knock” everyone else off. Although if you do get knocked off you can still get back into the fight via a ramp on the side of the platform. Points are earned for each car the player knocks off and if they “own” the platform by being the only one on it.
Personally, I am looking forward to Knock Out mode! Check out the trailer below as well as some new screen shots from Codemasters.