Gaming Hype: Forza Horizon 2 Demo Coming Next Month

Posted on 08.27.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Despite how packed it seemed to me when I was there, only a small fraction of the planet’s population got to attend the E3 expo or Gamescom this year and thus far those were the only times when Forza Horizon 2 was available to play to the somewhat general public.  However, that is about to change!  It was announced today that a Forza Horizon 2 demo is coming next month!  Yes!  Finally, many more people will get to enjoy driving through a grassy field in a brand new Lamborghini Huracan!  The demo will be available on Xbox Live on September 16th.  Unfortunately, despite the fact that when the game releases on September 30th it will be available for both Xbox One and Xbox 360 the demo next month will only be on Xbox One.  If you already have an Xbox One then you’re set!  If not then well, you’ll have to wait a bit longer before you get a chance to play; OR you can find a friend who has an Xbox One and go play at their house!

Right now we don’t know what cars will be available in the demo but I would not be surprised if it was the same offering of cars offered at the E3 demo with a few added extras.  If you do get to play the demo and are unsure if you want to pick up the game or if you miss out on the demo completely hopefully our review will help you come to a decision!  Stay tuned!

[Source: Microsoft]

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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 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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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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Gaming Hype: One Of One Forza Horizon 2 Yellow Xbox One Console Up For Grabs At 2014 Comic-Con

Posted on 07.23.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Tomorrow scores of “nerds” “geeks” and the like will descend upon San Diego for 2014 Comic-Con.  Over the years Comic-Con has morphed into an event that was strictly about the comics into a full-on celebration of all things pop culture.  That’s why these days its not uncommon for video game studios and companies to make an appearance.  This year Xbox is adding a bit of artistic flair to their Comic-Con presence with a contest in which the winners can get limited one-of-one versions of an Xbox One console themed after some of their major titles.  One of which is the bright “Lamborghini Huracan Yellow” console you see above!

How do you win?  Well if you happen to be in San Diego this week just visit the Xbox One lounge in the Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel and find the display which has all the limited design consoles.  Take a picture of your favorite one and post it to Instagram and/or Twitter with the hashtags “#XboxOne” and “#XboxSweeps” and you will be officially entered.  Microsoft will pick from those entrants and someone will win the console they took a picture of!

Not only is this cool, but its one more reason why I am super bummed that I can’t make it out to Comic-Con!  Good luck to those who enter!

[Source: Forza Motorsport Twitter, Xbox Events]

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Gaming Hype: First 100 Cars In Forza Horizon 2 Revealed! (OFFICIAL)

Posted on 07.22.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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One of the most commonly asked questions when Forza Horizon 2 was announced, and then debuted at E3 2014 was “how many cars will there be?”  Despite my best efforts I was unable to get an exact number out of Ralph Fulton, the game director.  However, it looks like today the team at Playground Games and Turn 10 are ready to spill the beans!  Well, most of them anyway.  They have officially released a list of the first 100 cars that will be in Forza Horizon 2, some of which are completely new to a Horizon game as you will see below.  If you look closely at the “poster” above (click on the thumbnail of it below for an HD sized version) you can see that there is room for at least another 85 cars or so.  Chances are as we get closer to Horizon 2′s release those cars will be revealed as well!

In the meantime check out the list of the first 100 rides!  You can also click on the thumbnails for larger pics.

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Never before seen cars:

-1973 Renault Alpine A110 1600S
-2009 Vauxhall Corsa VXR
-1945 Jeep Willys MB
-1962 Volkswagen Type 2 De Luxe (23 window!!)
-1954 Jaguar XK120 SE

Full 100 car list:

1.       2002 Acura RSX Type-S

2.       2007 Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione

3.       2011 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde

4.       1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio Verde

5.       1964 Aston Martin DB5

6.       2010 Aston Martin One-77

7.       2012 Aston Martin Vanquish

8.       2013 Audi R8 Coupé V10 plus 5.2 FSI quattro

9.       1995 Audi RS 2 Avant

10.   2006 Audi RS 4

11.   2011 Audi RS 5 Coupé

12.   2013 Audi S4

13.   1997 BMW M3

14.   1991 BMW M3

15.   2012 BMW M5

16.   2011 BMW X5 M

17.   1990 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z

18.   1979 Chevrolet Camaro Z28

19.   2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

20.   1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS-454

21.   2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

22.   2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

23.   1995 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1

24.   1964 Chevrolet Impala SS 409

25.   1970 Dodge Challenger R/T

26.   2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

27.   1957 Ferrari 250 California

28.   1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

29.   1994 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta

30.   2012 Ferrari F12berlinetta

31.   2007 Ferrari 430 Scuderia

32.   2013 Ferrari LaFerrari

33.   1980 Abarth Fiat 131

34.   2010 Abarth 500 esseesse

35.   2013 Abarth Punto Supersport

36.   2009 Ford Focus RS

37.   1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

38.   2000 Ford SVT Cobra R

39.   1993 Ford SVT Cobra R

40.   1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500

41.   2011 Ford Transit SuperSportVan

42.   1997 Honda Civic Type R

43.   2006 HUMMER H1 Alpha

44.   2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Track

45.   1956 Jaguar D-Type

46.   1961 Jaguar E-type S1

47.   1954 Jaguar XK120 SE

48.   1945 Jeep Willys MB

49.   2011 Koenigsegg Agera

50.   1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV

51.   2014 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4

52.   1982 Lancia 037 Stradale

53.   2013 Lexus GS350 F Sport

54.   2010 Lexus LFA

55.   1956 Lotus Eleven

56.   2012 Lotus Exige S

57.   2010 Maserati Gran Turismo S

58.   1994 Mazda MX-5 Miata

59.   2011 Mazda RX-8 R3

60.   2013 McLaren P1

61.   2013 Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG

62.   2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series

63.   2009 Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series

64.   2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG

65.   2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

66.   1965 MINI Cooper S

67.   1999 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI GSR

68.   2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII MR

69.   2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR

70.   2010 Nissan 370Z

71.   1969 Nissan Fairlady Z 432

72.   1994 Nissan Fairlady Z Version S Twin Turbo

73.   2000 Nissan Silvia Spec-R

74.   1971 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R

75.   1993 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec

76.   2012 Pagani Huayra

77.   2009 Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster

78.   1969 Pontiac GTO Judge

79.   1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am SD-455

80.   1987 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am GTA

81.   1973 Renault Alpine A110 1600S

82.   2003 Renault Sport Clio V6

83.   2010 Renault Megane RS 250

84.   2011 RUF Rt 12 S

85.   1965 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C

86.   1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STi

87.   2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STI

88.   2011 Subaru WRX STI

89.   1994 Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205

90.   2013 Toyota GT86

91.   1995 Toyota MR2 GT

92.   2005 TVR Sagaris

93.   2012 Vauxhall Astra VXR

94.   2009 Vauxhall Corsa VXR

95.   2013 SRT Viper GTS

96.   1992 Volkswagen Golf Gti 16v Mk2

97.   2010 Volkswagen Golf R

98.   1984 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI

99.   2011 Volkswagen Scirocco R

100.   1963 Volkswagen Type 2 De Luxe

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Hype App: Top Gear Challenges You To Race The Stig Across New York In New Mobile Game

Posted on 07.03.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Mobile games serve an amazing purpose.  They give us something to do during awkward silences at gatherings, provide a distraction during long lines, and furnish entertainment while we sit on “the throne”.  The icing on the mobile game cake is when the game is actually themed off something we really like.  This is why the announcement the new Top Gear mobile game “Race The Stig: New York” is so awesome.  Its a racing game, its Top Gear, and it has the Stig!  What more could someone want?!

“Top Gear Race The Stig: New York” is pretty much what its title suggests.  It pits players against the Stig in an “endless runner” style game across New York.  Players can select from several “Top Gear vehicles” like the “Reliant Robin Rocket” or the “indestructible truck”.  The game is available now on pretty much all mobile platforms: iOS, Android (including Amazon devices), even Windows Phone!  Its also free and catching on fast.  It just came out yesterday and it already has over a million downloads just from Google Play!  Download this game now and thank us the next time you are sitting on the john.

[Source: BBC]

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Gaming Hype: I Played Ubisoft’s Next-Gen Driving Game “The Crew”! This is what I thought… (Video)

Posted on 07.02.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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While Microsoft and Sony have their racing games, other studios have been making what I like to call “driving games”.  Simply put the difference between a “racing game” and a “driving game” is that a racing game is about competitive racing and little else.  A driving game is a game that might have a narrative story that has driving and cars as its core mechanic.  For example Forza Motorsport and Gran Turismo are both racing games while Forza Horizon and Need For Speed are driving games.  See the difference?

I personally like both types of games but when it comes to driving games Need For Speed is one of my favorites.  Unfortunately, EA is taking a break in 2014 to put more time into the next Need For Speed game which means we aren’t getting one this year.  Bummer right?  Well, maybe not!  Ubisoft is looking to fill the Need For Speed-sized hole in our hearts with their new open world driving game “The Crew” specifically designed for the now “current gen” consoles like Playstation 4 and Xbox One.

I had a chance to play it for a while at E3 this year and I have to say I was… Well, just watch the video below for my initial thoughts.  I filmed this just moments after playing!

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Gaming Hype: Hot Wheels Car Pack DLC Brings Audi Auto Union And Lamborghini Veneno To Forza Motorsport 5 (With Video)

Posted on 07.01.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The Forza 5 DLC just keeps on chugging along with a brand new DLC pack for this month.  Their newest offering, curated by Hot Wheels brings a slew of classics and a few modern cars to Forza Motorsport 5.  As seen above, owners of the DLC will get to drive the fabled Audi Auto Union (one of the rarest collector cars on the planet) as well as the gundam-esque Lamborghini Veneno!  There are also plenty of other gems included in the DLC but I will let you see it all for yourself by watching the video below!  By the way the Hot Wheels car pack DLC is available now!

 

….pst…hey…did you see it?  ……A-Team van!!!

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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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