Forza Horizon 2 will arrive on store shelves at the end of this month (September 30th) so the launch party is starting to get rolling. It kicked off with a bright, shiny, EDM-fueled trailer that just released a few moments ago. The new trailer shows off most of what we can expect from the next Horizon game featuring everything from crazy off roading with Rally Fighters to racing trains with WRX’s. If you avoid blinking you can see a sample of all the cars that will make an appearance in the game but if you want a full list of all 210 cars that will be available at launch hit up the Forza Horizon website.
In addition to the trailer Turn 10 Studios also released some information on how the “Forza Rewards” system will work with Forza Horizon 2. Essentially, the “Forza Rewards” program will gift free cars to players who have earned x amount of points just from playing Forza games. According to Turn 10 players started earning Forza Reward points way back in the Forza Motorsport 2 days. Points are earned by playing and/or doing different things in each Forza game. In Forza Motorsport 5 points are rewarded based on how many cars a player owns, how many miles they have driven, etc. The amount of points a player has will determine what “tier” they are in.
Based on the tier a player falls into they will be able to choose up to 5 (non-DLC) cars to add to their Forza Horizon 2 garage right away. It breaks down like so:
||2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe
||2013 Viper GTS
||2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4
||2014 Local Motors Rally Fighter
||2013 McLaren P1
Nice line up right? Still, there may be some out there who have never played the first Forza Horizon game and might be on the fence about this new one. To those people I would suggest trying out the Forza Horizon 2 demo which comes out for Xbox One on September 16th (next Tuesday). Anyone that is still on the fence after that can check out our full review of Forza Horizon 2 to get our take on it.
For now check out the new launch trailer below and stay tuned for more Forza Horizon 2 updates!
Tags: · Features, Forza Horizon 2, Forza Horizon 2 car list, Forza Horizon 2 gameplay, Forza Horizon 2 Launch Trailer, Forza Horizon 2 video, gaming, Hype, Microsoft, online racing, Video, video games, Xbox 360, xbox live, Xbox One
In about 5 days Mercedes Benz will officially debut their new AMG-GT coupe to the planet Earth. However, for those extra anxious to see it Mercedes just dropped a few teaser images of the car on their Instagram account. The only catch is the images show the virtual version of the AMG-GT which will appear in #DRIVECLUB for Playstation 4. The two images posted show a rear shot of the AMG-GT and an interior shot but since both pictures are in “twilight” it is hard to make out too many details in either shot. But hey! It’s better than a stick in the eye! Click the thumbnails below to check out the two pictures.
Tags: · AMG-GT, DriveClub, european cars, gaming, Hype, Mercedes Benz, Mercedez AMG-GT, online racing, Playstation 4, PS4, racing games, Sony
The next Formula One game from Codemasters is coming this October (a month earlier than usual) and we are going to present to you four reasons why we have high hopes for this game. Check out the four “hot lap” videos below taken from actual game play as a preview of things to come. Naturally, should we get a copy we will do a full review of F1 2014 and let you know if its worth purchasing. For now we are pretty optimistic! Now stop reading and start watching below!
Sochi Hot Lap:
Spa Hot Lap:
Red Bull Ring Hot Lap:
Bahrain Hot Lap:
Tags: · codemasters, F1, F1 2014 Gameplay, F1 2014 gameplay video, F1 Game, F1 Racing game, Formula 1, Formula 1 Game, Formula One, Formula One Game, gaming, Hype, Microsoft, Motorsports, online racing, playstation 3, Playstation Network, PS3, PSN, racing game, Sony, Video, video game, XBL, Xbox 360, xbox live
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!
Tags: · Features, Forza Horizon 2, Forza Horizon 2 demo, gaming, Hype, Microsoft, News, turn 10 studios, Xbox, xbox live, Xbox One
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!
Tags: · Features, Forza Horizon 2, Forza Horizon 2 car list, Forza Horizon 2 gameplay, Forza Horizon 2 Gamescom 2014, Forza Horizon 2 multiplayer, Gamescom, Gamescom 2014, gaming, Hype, Microsoft, online racing, racing games, Video, video games, Xbox, xbox live, Xbox One
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.
Tags: · #WhyIGame, engineering, Features, Forza 5, Forza Motorsport, Forza Motorsport 5, gaming, hand controls, Mario Bonfante Jr, Motorsports, quadriplegic, Video, Xbox, xbox live, Xbox One
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]
Tags: · codemasters, Codemasters F1 2014, Codemasters RaceNet, F1, F1 2014 game, F1 2014 gameplay trailer, Features, Formula 1, Formula 1 Game, Formula One, gaming, Hype, Microsoft, Motorsports, playstation 3, Playstation 4, Playstation Network, PS3, PS4, Sony, Steam, Video, Xbox 360, xbox live, Xbox One
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]
Tags: · #SDCC2014, Comic-Con 2014, Forza Horizon 2, gaming, Hype, online racing, racing games, san diego comic con, video games, Xbox, Xbox Events, Xbox One, Yellow Forza Horizon Xbox One, Yellow Xbox One
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.
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
Tags: · Forza Horizon 2, Forza Horizon 2 car list, gaming, Hype, Microsoft, News, online racing, Playground Games, racing games, turn 10 studios, Xbox, xbox live, Xbox One
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.
Tags: · Android, Apple, gaming, Google, Google Play, Hype, iOS, iTunes, James May, Jeremy Clarkson, Microsoft, Reliant Robin Rocket, Richard Hammond, the stig, Top Gear, Top Gear game, Top Gear mobile game, Top Gear Race The Stig game, Windows, Windows Phone