Gaming Hype: Forza Horizon 2′s Social Features Detailed In New Video

Posted on 08.13.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Today, the world got a bit more insight as to just how social Forza Horizon 2 will be once its released this September (9-30-14 to be exact).  Playground Games, the studio behind Forza Horizon 2 released a video for Gamescom (think of it as a European E3) which detailed some of Horizon 2′s social features and how they will be integrated into the different game modes.  After watching the video it appears that Playground Games really wants to make it easy for players to connect with their friends no matter what mode they are in.  It will be easy for players to find out what their friends are doing, contact their friends, and play with their friends from just about any screen in the game.  The video also provides a few more details on the in-game “Car Meets” and how that will change the way players browse tunes and paint schemes.  There have also been tweaks to enhance popular multiplayer modes like “King” and “Infected”.

To get a full rundown of how the social features work just watch the video below!

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Hype News: LA Auto Show Expecting To Host 25 Global Debuts. Lets Guess What They Are!

Posted on 08.07.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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November is one of my favorite months and for good reason.  There is just so much to look forward to on the 11th month of the year: Some of the best football games all year, Thanksgiving, the start of the holiday season, and the LA Auto Show.  The last item on that list should be particularly exciting this year as the LA Auto Show has announced that they are expecting 25 world debuts at the show this year from the likes of Acura, Audi, BMW, Chrysler, GM, Hyundai, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Scion, Toyota, Volvo, and Volkswagen.  That is a pretty long list, no?  What will all those brands debut?  Well we don’t officially know yet but if history is an indicator I am sure we will find out about most of the debuts from embargo breakers weeks before the show starts.

However, we are still quite a ways from that as well so how about we play a nice healthy game of speculation?  I am going to list off what I think (or want) each brand on that list is going to debut in LA this year. Feel free to add your own in the comments!

Acura:

Production version of the new NSX (its time Acura, its time…)

Audi:

Production ready e-Tron cars, S3, that cool new R8 with the laser headlights

BMW:

A concept for the Z4 successor, M4 convertible, a new edition to the electric “i” cars (i5, i7)

Chrysler:

We will finally get a production version of the ME Four-Twelve (wishful thinking)

General Motors:

I dunno a truck or somethin’?

Hyundai:

The official successor to the Genesis coupe

Lexus:

Production RC and RC-F coupes

Mazda:

New Mazdaspeed3, Mazdaspeed2 (because we want it), Mazdaspeed6-look they just need to “Mazdaspeed” everything and give it to us.  I want a Mazdaspeed stroller! A Mazdaspeed coffee maker!  Oh, they will also probably show off the new MX-5…and Mazdaspeed it!

Mercedes-Benz:

The new AMG GT Coupe with out that funny looking neon zebra camouflage all over it…that stuff is ugly..

Scion:

The next tC release series, production ready TRD-supercharged FR-S

Toyota:

The next Camry in its new “super beige” color, A somewhat less-concept FT-1 coupe

Volvo:

A consumer version of the semi trucks that Jean Claude Van-Damme did splits on in that crazy viral video

Volkswagen:

Baja bug!

 

 

 

 

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Hype Video: Forza Motorsport Profiles Quadriplegic Racer Mario Bonfante Jr’s Inspirational Journey

Posted on 08.06.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Forza5Story_MarioBonfonteJr No matter what we do, we never really know what will happen to us tomorrow.  You could have the best laid plans ever and do everything right to realize the goals of those plans and then something completely out of your control can happen at a moment’s notice and potentially turn all of those plans on its head.  I use the word “potentially” because it is really up to you if you will let the hand of fate disrupt your dreams and goals.  Mario Bonfante Jr is someone who did not let fate deter him from what he wanted. Mario always wanted to race and in his early years his weapon of choice was anything with two wheels.  He graduated from BMX racing to Motocross and from Motocross he moved onto cycle racing where he quickly established himself as the next American Moto GP prospect.  Unfortunately, Mario injured his neck while riding a bicycle and became quadriplegic as a result.

However, he did not let that stop him.  Now, Mario is not the first person to overcome a disability to make it in motorsports.  Military Veteran Liam Dwyer suffered a horrific injury in combat and lost part of his left leg but he over came that to become a Mazda MX-5 cup racer.  There is also the famous story of Alex Zanardi who lost both legs in a Champ Car accident but came back to racing with BMW in touring cars.  However, what makes Mario different is that he literally engineered his return to racing himself!  I won’t spoil it for you here because you really should watch the video below to see how he did it!  I will say that Forza Motorsport was involved in his return to racing in a really cool way.

 

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Hype Event: Nitto Tire Auto Enthusiast Day 2014 (Gallery)

Posted on 08.04.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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I really love cars.  Like, seriously I love cars!  They’re awesome.  Even bad cars are appealing to me!  Whether they are buying and modding a car, traveling to car shows, talking about cars, drawing cars, or going to motorsport events automotive enthusiasts invest a lot of time, money, and even emotions into their love of cars.  So, its really cool to see enthusiasts get rewarded just because their enthusiasts, which is exactly what Nitto Tire did over the weekend when they hosted their second annual Auto Enthusiast Day at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA.

There was a ton of cars of all different sizes, makes, models, and styles along with plenty of vendors and even a drift demo featuring Nitto drivers Vaughn Gittin Jr., Matt Powers, Chelsea Denofa, and Odi Bakchis. Nitto Tire provided all this for FREE to anyone who showed up!  No admission required!  They even did one better and collected toy donations for the “CHIPS for Kids” foundation!  Sure, the weather was muggy and magnificently humid but it didn’t matter.  This was all about a bunch of people coming together who share a common interest and having a good time.  If you didn’t make it out this year I would highly recommend going to the event next year but in the meantime you can check out our event gallery below!

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Gaming Hype: Codemasters Reveals F1 2014 Gameplay Footage, Plans For The Future

Posted on 08.04.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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One of my favorite driving franchises is the F1 series from the gang at Codemasters.  To some controversy their last game F1 2013 was released on what is technically “last gen” consoles (Xbox 360, PS3).  Well, it looks like Codemasters may be sparking some of that controversy again as they have announced that F1 2014 will also be released on the “last gen” consoles.  However, they have also promised that F1 2014 will be their last F1 game that is exclusive to Xbox 360 and PS3 and they have also promised that F1 2014 will be a fitting send-off.

To quell any interweb-rage about F1 2014 not coming to Xbox One or PS4, Codemasters gave a little preview of what we can expect in F1 2015.  One of the biggest tidbits is that the release cycle will likely change. Typically, Codemasters releases their F1 games at the end of the season and before the next season.  This is because Codemasters doesn’t know what new tracks, teams, or drivers will be added to F1 before the season starts so they have to wait until it all shakes out and then make their game.

However, starting with F1 2015  Codemasters will look to release their F1 games earlier in the season rather than the end.  This is because due to the architecture of Xbox One and PS4 it is easier to release content like new teams, tracks, and drivers via DLC (downloadable content) as the season unfolds.  So far, that is all we know about their future plans but Codemasters’ has hinted that they will reveal more about their next gen F1 games once F1 2014 is released this October (October 21st, 2014 to be exact).

I personally can’t wait to see what the team will do with the new consoles.  But I am equally excited for F1 2014!  If you share that sentiment then feel free to scroll down and check out the official gameplay trailer!

[Source: Codemasters Blog]

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Hype Video: Awesome CEO Ralph Gilles Does Awesome Burn Out In Dodge Hell Cat Because Awesome

Posted on 07.16.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Usually when we think of a “CEO” we think of some stuffy old person in a suit who most likely doesn’t use or much less enjoy the products or services they hock on the rest of the population.  Sure, Bill Gates uses Windows on his home computer but do you think hes on Xbox Live once a week yelling profanities as he gets aggro on newbs in Halo?  Probably not!  This is why a guy like Ralph Gilles is refreshing.  Sure he ran the business end of SRT and has to do all the boring stuff but at heart he is a car nut like the rest of us.  He is every bit of the enthusiast and he is not afraid to show it one bit!  Hence the video below in which Mr Gilles peels off one heck of a monster burn out in the upcoming 707HP Dodge Challenger “Hellcat” in front of a roaring crowd.  Seriously, can we just make this guy the next President already?  I’d totally vote for him!

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Gaming Hype: We Preview “World Of Speed” MMO Racing Game (With Video)

Posted on 06.26.14 | Andrew Beckford 1 Comment

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When most people hear the term “MMO” they think of games like World Of Warcraft and DOTA.  Adventure games seem to have single-handedly defined the MMO genre but that is slowly starting to change as other game genre’s are taking up the MMO format.  What’s most interesting to me is when racing games start to do it.  In a way, the new Forza Horizon game is something of an MMO but as its limited to consoles it wouldn’t quite have the chance to dethrone some of the other games I’ve mentioned.  Slightly Mad Studios (the team behind the up coming Project CARS) is taking on the MMO as well in their new “Free-To-Play” game World Of Speed.

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Now when the idea of a free MMO racing game is presented many questions come to mind, especially: “how ‘free’ is it really?”  Luckily we had a chance to speak with the game’s director Andy Tudor at E3 2014 and discuss some of these burning questions.  You can watch it all below and you can click any of the thumbnails in this post for HD resolution screenshots!

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E3 2014: We Hang Out At The Playseat Booth With Tanner Foust & Adam Ferrara (With Video)

Posted on 06.20.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Apart from bouncing around to all the new racing games at E3 2014 I also made a few of my usual rounds, including the Playseat Racing booth.  Whenever I stop by Playseat I know they will have a few new things in store for the year and they kept the streak going this year with not one, not two, but three new bits of awesome!  The first is their new Top Gear partnership resulting in Top Gear branded seat rigs!  Finally, a Playseat with “The Stig” on it!  They also showed off their new screen mount which supports a 3-screen set up, and the final thing…well you are going to want to watch the video below to see what it is.  Trust me when I tell you its awesome!

Full disclosure: Playseat USA is an advertising partner with MotorworldHype.com and have provided product for review in the past.

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Gaming Hype: We Get Our Hands On Forza Horizon 2 And Ask The Hard Questions! (With Video)

Posted on 06.12.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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A few days ago E3 2014 kicked off in downtown LA With Xbox’s official press conference.  At the event Forza Horizon 2 got its grand debut in front of a ground of thousands at the event and millions more watching online.  However, once the cool intro, pretty lights, and theatrical trailer was over there still were not many details revealed other than its release date: September 30th 2014.  Luckly, I was invited to a much smaller event right after the Xbox press conference to get some hands-on time with Forza Horizon 2.  I also had the chance to interview Ralph Fulton, director of Playground Games, the studio behind both Forza Horizon games.  During my time with Ralph I asked him some pressing questions.

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Although these questions weren’t from me but questions we selected from the official Forza Motorsport forums!  How did Ralph handle the tough questions from the hardest of the hardcore fans?  Like a ninja back flipping in the shadows!  Check out the video below to see what I mean.  There is also a video of my impression of Forza Horizon 2 after playing AND a short interview with Dan Greenawalt on the new Nurburgring Forza Motorsport 5 DLC.  You can also click on any of the thumbnails in this post to get enlarged screen shots from Forza Horizon 2!

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Event Hype: WekFest LA Gallery Is Live With Nearly 300 pictures!

Posted on 06.06.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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We got a little behind the 8 ball as we are prepping for E3 2013 but we are happy to finally bring you our photo gallery from WekFest LA 2014 last weekend!  We took a ton of pictures and most of them are actually good enough to show you!  How about that?!

“Well, how was the show?”  you might be asking.  To be totally honest, this year’s WekFest is probably the best one I have been to so far.  At first I was a little worried because there were considerably less cars than I was used to seeing at the Queen Mary Events park but after a short stroll it was easy to see that the organizers went for quality over quantity.  I am going to let you guys in on a little secret.  When we cover car shows like this we do not photograph every single car at the show… *GASP!*  I know, shocking right? Well here is why: even at some of the best shows there still seems to be quite a few cars that just do not seem like they belong there.  In other words sometimes we will come across a car that is pretty much stock.  It might have a few basic mods like wheels and lowering springs which is cool and looks clean sometimes but it is not particularly interesting.  So, when we come across a car like that we will skip it and shoot something that is a little visually interesting.  There are obviously exceptions but for the most part that is our general rule of thumb.

However, at WekFest LA 2014 this almost never happened.  While the car count might have seemed low, most of the cars there were top notch!  Were there some cars that we skipped? Yes but it was not many.  Also some cars were skipped not because they weren’t interesting but there was just too much of a crowd around it to get a clean shot!  The cars were that good, as you’ll see in the gallery.

Is WekFest perfect? No.  There are always things that can be done to make an event better but I can’t really think of anything significant that bothered me enough to mention except for one thing: the name of the event “WekFest LA”.  Despite its name WekFest LA is held in the city of Long Beach, not Los Angeles.  In fact, WekFest LA is held just a short walk away from Long Beach’s most famous and iconic landmark: the Queen Mary.  You can’t get more “Long Beach” than that!  Also, Long Beach has a pretty rich automotive enthusiast history as well as motorsport history with events like the Toyota Grand Prix and Formula Drift.  So, I am not really sure why the WekFest organizers continue to call the event “WekFest LA”.  As you know, MotorworldHype is based in Long Beach so we think it would be cool if WekFest repped our city instead of LA.

Will changing the name to “WekFest Long Beach” or “WekFest LB” physically make the show better? No.  But I think it would be a nice nod to the locals who come out to attend the show!  Either way, the show itself was awesome as you soon see in the gallery.  If you have not attended before I would highly recommend coming out next year!  If 2014 was any indication, 2015′s WekFest will be pretty damn epic.  We also want to give a big thanks to the WekFest crew for inviting us out.  Now scroll down to check out our massive gallery!

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