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

Forza5LongBeachDLC_Small

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.

Tags: · , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

ProjectCARS_McLarenF1_Interior

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.

Sony-Morpheus

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]

Tags: · , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Movie Hype: Ford Mustang “Hero Car” From Need For Speed Movie Going To Barrett Jackson Auction Block For Good Cause

Posted on 02.27.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

NEED FOR SPEED MUSTANG AUCTION

No matter how good or bad a car movie is the one constant is that people want whatever featured vehicle played the leading role in said movie.  The Firebird from “Smokey And The Bandit”, the Ecto-1 from “Ghosbusters”, the Supra from “The Fast And The Furious” are all highly sought after items for any car collector.  That’s why regardless of how you think the new Need For Speed movie will turn out, the Ford Mustang “hero” car would still fetch a premium; which is exactly what DreamWorks Pictures and Ford are looking to accomplish at the Barrett Jackson Auction in April.

If you are unfamiliar with the term “hero car”, “hero” is a Hollywood term that basically means something that was prominently used on-camera by a lead actor in major scenes of a film.  So, that means the Mustang going on sale is the actual car that hundreds of thousands (maybe millions) of people will see on screen driven by Aaron Paul and it will still have all of the modifications on it that were added on for the movie.

What really makes this special is that the proceeds from the Auction will benefit the Henry Ford Health System, a non-profit organization that helps bring quality health care to those who cannot afford it.  Let’s hope this Mustang can fetch a few million!

Press Release:

Ford-designed and built custom wide body Mustang used in the new movie “Need for Speed” will be auctioned for charity

  • All-new 2015 Ford Mustang and 2015 Ford F-150 will be on display at the auction in West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Ford will offer ride-and-drives at the auction in vehicles from its 2014 lineup; Shelby GT500, Focus ST and Fiesta ST are primed for hot-lap experiences

A custom 2014 Ford Mustang GT starring in the new movie, “Need for Speed,” will be auctioned off for charity by Ford Motor Company at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction on April 12.

Building on the excitement of the movie, premiering March 14, this Mustang will be offered at no reserve, with proceeds benefiting the Henry Ford Health System, a not-for-profit group founded by Henry Ford to improve the health and well-being of a diverse community.

Need for Speed” is the latest of more than 3,200 film and television appearances for Mustang over the past 50 years. The Mustang being auctioned is one of a handful developed purely for the movie to appear on the silver screen and at promotional stops.

The movie car boasts a custom-designed wide body rolling on unique Forgiato 22-inch alloy wheels. Other design elements include an enlarged lower grille with new air intakes, extended rocker panels, a twin-snorkel hood and low-profile mirrors. The visual sizzle is amplified by custom silver paint with Kona Blue racing stripes and angel-eye fog lamps in the grille.

“Mustang was cast in a leading role of the movie with screen time equal to many of the actors,” said Steve Ling, North America car marketing manager for Ford. “Director Scott Waugh challenged our team to give this central character enough personality and American masculinity to take on some of the world’s most exotic cars, just like in the popular Electronic Arts video game that inspired the movie.

“The new owner of this particular Mustang will take home a rare vehicle, and their bid will increase access to critical health care services.”

Founded in 1915, the Henry Ford Health System is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive, integrated health systems. It provides health insurance and health-care delivery, including acute-, specialty-, primary- and preventive-care services, backed by excellence in research and education. Additional information is available at http://www.henryford.com.

“Need for Speed” is one of the most successful racing video game franchises in the world, with more than 140 million games sold since the original edition debuted 20 years ago. The Dreamworks Studios film stars Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), Dominic Cooper (“Captain America”), Imogen Poots (“Fright Night”) and Michael Keaton (“Batman”), and is directed by Waugh (“Act of Valor”).

Beyond the South Florida Fairgrounds auction stage, Ford will offer ride-and-drive and hot-lap experiences. The public can sample Ford’s stable of 2014 vehicles, as well as hot-lap experiences in the Shelby GT500, Focus ST and Fiesta ST. In addition, Ford is showing the all-new 2015 Mustang and 2015 F-150 in South Florida for the first time.

For auction information, visit the Barrett-Jackson website or Facebook.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 181,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit corporate.ford.com.

About Need for Speed:

DreamWorks Pictures’ Need for Speed marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, when the authenticity of the world brought a new level of intensity to the action on-screen. Tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing, the story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes — one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, Need for Speed captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting, while bringing to life the passion for the road that has made our love of cars so timeless.

The film centers around Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. Struggling to keep his family-owned garage afloat, he reluctantly partners with the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). But just as a major sale to car broker Julia Maddon (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save Tobey’s shop, a disastrous race allows Dino to frame Tobey for a crime he didn’t commit, and sending Tobey to prison while Dino expands his business out West.

Two years later, Tobey is released and set on revenge — but he knows his only chance to take down his rival Dino is to defeat him in the high-stakes race known as De Leon — the Super Bowl of underground racing. However to get there in time, Tobey will have to run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet that includes dodging pursuing cops coast-to-coast as well as contending with a dangerous bounty Dino has put out on his car. With the help of his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first.

Need for Speed is presented by DreamWorks Pictures, produced by Patrick O’Brien, John Gatins and Mark Sourian, and directed by Scott Waugh. The screenplay is by George Gatins. The story is by George Gatins & John Gatins, and, based on the video game franchise created by Electronic Arts. The film releases in U.S. theaters on March 14, 2014.

Need for Speed is a trademark of Electronic Arts Inc.

Tags: · , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

Posted on 02.18.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

ForzaMotorsport5_RoadAmerica

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.

Tags: · , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

WorldOfSpeed_ScreenShot_Small

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.

WorldOfSpeed_ScreenShot_1 WorldOfSpeed_ScreenShot_2 WorldOfSpeed_ScreenShot_3 WorldOfSpeed_ScreenShot_4 WorldOfSpeed_ScreenShot_5

WorldOfSpeed_ScreenShot_6 WorldOfSpeed_ScreenShot_7 WorldOfSpeed_ScreenShot_8 WorldOfSpeed_ScreenShot_9 WorldOfSpeed_ScreenShot_10

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.

WorldOfSpeed_ScreenShot_11 WorldOfSpeed_ScreenShot_12 WorldOfSpeed_ScreenShot_13

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.

Tags: · , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

BMW M4

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!

Tags: · , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

Posted on 02.04.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Forza_5_Honda_Legends_DLC_CarPack

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.

Tags: · , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

Posted on 01.30.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

2D Boxshot Wizard v1.1

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]

Tags: · , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

Posted on 01.28.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

NeedForSpeed_BTS_CameraCars

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!

Tags: · , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

KAZ_Documentary_Trailer2

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!

Tags: · , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,