Its time for another MotorworldHype giveaway! This time we give away a treasured possession: our copy of Forza Horizon! In fact, not only are we giving away our copy of Forza Horizon but we are also throwing in the exclusive “review package” that Turn 10 Studios sent with the game. What’s in the review package? A bunch of random goodies meant only for journalist type folks like me.
These packages were only sent to media outlets and journalists and the items included cannot be bought! Ok well maybe some journalists are selling theirs on ebay but besides that they can’t be bought anywhere!
So, how can you get a chance at this magnificent piece of awesome-ry? By telling us which of the three new hyper cars you like the most: The McLaren P1, LaFerrari, or the Lamborghini Veneno. Just hit us up on twitter per the official rules for a chance to win the Horizon review package. Check out the official instructions below.
UPDATE: We have a winner!! Congrats to twitter user @DJKustoms!
HOW TO ENTER: Follow us on Twitter at @MotorworldHype and tweet at us with which of the three new hyper cars (McLaren P1, LaFerrari, or Lamborghini Veneno) you like the most with the hash tag “#MWHGiveaway“.
For example “@MotorworldHype I think the LaFerrari is fresh! #MWHGiveaway”
NOTE: Both“@MotorworldHype” AND “#MWHGiveaway” MUST be included in the tweet to have a chance to win. Also only one review package is up for grabs so once a grand prize winner is chosen then thats it!
However! We also have a few limited edition Forza Horizon posters to give away as well. After a grand prize winner is chosen, five (5) more contest participants will be chosen to win posters.
The grand prize winner and poster winners will be chosen at random from all the correctly formatted responses. The contest starts today (March 25th, 2013) and ends on Wednesday, March 27th at 1am pacific time. The winner will be announced by Thursday, March 28th 2013.
The winner will be notified by “Direct Message” on Twitter. Which is why you must follow us at @MotorworldHype to be eligible (you can always unfollow when the contest is over).
IMPORTANT: To be eligible the winner(s) must live in the united states (anyone of the 50 states), be a follower of @MotorworldHype on twitter, and if under 18 have parents permission to participate.
GRAND PRIZE (1):One copy of Forza Horizon (slightly used!) for Xbox 360 with journalist review package
RUNNER UP PRIZES (5):A limited edition Forza Horizon poster
If you want to know exactly what comes in the review package check out our unboxing video from when we first got it below.
For most car guys, one of the best ways to waste time online is to visit a customizer tool for the car of their choice and play around with the hundreds, sometimes thousands of possibilities for a custom spec’d ride. As of late OEMshave caught onto this and to their credit have made steps to make customizers even more entertaining to play with. Ford has been at the forefront of this movement with their latest 2013 Mustang customizer that actually gives users points depending on how they spec out their model; essentially turning the configuration experience into a game. Well, rumor has it that Ford is going to take yet another step in that direction by making the 2013 Mustang customizer available on Xbox Live tomorrow.
Users will be able to spec out their model using a controller instead of a mouse and it is said that the customizer Xbox app will even come with items for your Xbox Live avatar like a Mustang racing suit, hats, and shirts. Even though I am not the biggest Mustang fan, even I have to admit I am kind of looking forward to playing with the app. In the meantime you can still play around with the official customizer online right now.
Today Codemasters is known for their racing games. In fact, they have changed their entire corporate strategy and focus their energy strictly on racing games now. However, things were not always that way. Even though they had a few years of Colin McRae rally games under their belt, it was not until the release of “GRID” that Codemasters solidified themselves as a racing game developer worthy of mention among the big boys like Turn 10 Studios and Polyphony Digital. Today Codemasters officially announced that GRID2 is coming.
GRID2 will bring semi official street racing back to the masses and this time they are taking players around the world in various iconc licensed cars. To improve realism and handling physics, GRID2 is being developed on the newest version of Codemasters’ “EGO” game engine which should provide “total race day immersion” according to Clive Moody, the Executive Producer of the game. From the looks of the trailer I might be inclined to agree with the man. See for yourself, along with the first screen shots below.
THE RACE RETURNS IN 2013 – GET READY FOR TOTAL RACE DAY IMMERSION AS CODEMASTERS® UNVEILS GRID®2™
Be Fast, Be First, Be Famous – GRID 2 Trailer Makes Stunning Debut at www.GRIDGAME.com
Los Angeles, Calif. – August 8, 2012 – Codemasters® today announced that GRID® 2™, the long-awaited sequel to the BAFTA-award winning, critically acclaimed GRID™, is in production at Codemasters Racing Studios and set for a 2013 launch for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and PC.
Revealing the first of the game’s new locations, including Chicago and Paris, the debut GRID 2 trailer video is now showing at www.gridgame.com and captures a snapshot of the relentless, high-impact aggressive thrills that lie at the core of GRID 2’s cinematic race experience.
GRID 2 will challenge players to be fast, be first and be famous as they enter a stunning new world of competitive motorsport. In pre-production for two years, GRID 2 is now in full development on the latest evolution of the award-winning EGO Game Technology Platform. Following the success of GRID, which set new standards for damage, AI, visuals and introduced the Flashback time rewind feature – now adopted by many racing games – GRID 2 will again raise the gameplay and technological bar for motorsport gaming and remain true to the series’ core values – it’s all about the race.
“GRID’s back and we’re going to make street, track and road racing exciting again,” said Clive Moody, Executive Producer. “The core design philosophy for GRID 2 is that we treat the race as a character, not a consequence of simply putting cars on tracks. Everything that goes into the game impacts on that second-to-second, in the moment, blockbuster drama – the feel and personality of the race.”
“We’re pushing boundaries once again with what can be accomplished in the genre via new tools, technology and innovations. In single-player, split-screen and online, the next-generation of the EGO Game Technology Platform will power graphics, AI, handling and damage advancements that will immerse players in the racing experience like never before. Like its predecessor, GRID 2 will put the sheer thrill and adrenaline rush of the race at the heart of the experience. It’s what we call Total Race Day Immersion.”
In an expansive career mode, players will experience aggressive wheel-to-wheel racing against advanced AI where each spectacular race unfolds with cinematic immersion. Building on the handling model from GRID, the new TrueFeel Handling System will use real physics to hit a sweetspot between accessibility and simulation and deliver handling that is approachable yet challenging to master.
Going behind the wheel of a handpicked selection of automotive icons spanning four decades and three continents – North America, Europe and Asia – players will race their way to the top of a new, evolving world of motorsport. From Paris to Abu Dhabi, Miami to the sun-kissed California coast and beyond, beautifully created city streets, licensed circuits and edge-of-control mountain roads will become home to the most visceral and exhilarating races in gaming.
GRID 2 will also set new standards for a racing multiplayer experience with an entirely distinct and extensive gameplay component and unique progression system. Deep customisation options and integration with RaceNet* – the online community portal for Codemasters Racing games which tracks player’s races, rewards and rivals – will offer further immersion and connectivity in GRID 2’s new world of motorsport.
If you were starting to feel like your Forza experience was starting to get a bit stale the guys at Turn 10 Studios hit us all with a new DLC pack for August. The awesome part is that the new Playseat DLC pack includes my new favorite coupe the Scion FR-S! For a while I thought maybe the FR-S would be exclusive to Gran Turismo 5 since they worked closely with Toyota for the concept’s debut. Luckily I was wrong and now we can all play with the FR-S in Forza land! The DLC pack also includes the new Camaro ZL1 and the 2003 Aston Martin DB7 Zagato. For the full list of cars and the official trailer scroll below. The Playseat August DLC pack can be yours on August 7th for 560 Microsoft Points AKA 7 bucks.
Turn 10 Studios is giving Forza Horizon the limited edition treatment and are prepared to throw in a ton of extra goodies for those who drop the extra cash for the privlage. First of all starting today, Forza Horizon can be pre-ordered and when it is gamers automatically get a DLC code for a Forza Horizon themed Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 in Forza Motorsport 4. That little gift comes with both the limited edition and the regular one.
Pre-order customers will also get a “token” to instantly unlock one of the following cars: 2012 Aston Martin Virage, 2011 Mercedes Bens SLS AMG, 2010 Ferrari 458 Italia, and the 2010 Nissan 370Z. Once customers use their token, the car they pick will be instantly available to them in Forza Horizon. This token is also available to all pre-orders: limited edition or regular.
So, what exclusive goodies does the Limited Collector’s Edition come with? First of all you get a 5 car DLC pack right away (the car list will be announced later), 5 exclusive car liveries, “VIP” community membership, and a VIP “accellerator token pack”. The accelerator pack boosts your career along by giving early access to exotic cars, map unlocks, popularity boosts, and fast passes. In addition to all that, the game will also come in a special “steelbook” cover (as pictured above) instead of the regular green plastic case.
All in all it is not bad deal. If you pre-order you get two freebies no matter what, plus all the cool extra stuff with the Limited Collector’s Edition. However, if you are one of those people who are not about the pre-order thing for some reason then you can just wait until October 23rd (the official release date) to grab your copy.
“Forza Horizon” Pre-Order Details and Limited Collector’s Edition Unveiled
Pre-order “Forza Horizon” and hit the road in this year’s hottest racing game, “Forza Horizon,” available starting October 23
On October 23, it’s all about speed, style and freedom on the open road as “Forza Horizon”–recognized at E3 2012 by IGN, Destructoid, G4TV and Electronic Gaming Monthly as one of the most anticipated racing games of the year–hits the streets. Starting today, fans can pre-order the game at participating U.S. retailers and receive an Instant Incentive download code for a custom “Forza Horizon”-themed 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 that can be driven today in “Forza Motorsport 4:”*
2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392: Remember the days when American muscle was all about straight line speed and knock-you-back-in-your-seat acceleration? Those days have returned with the 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392. With 470 horsepower and aggressive styling, the 2012 Dodge Challenger is beauty and brawn combined. Pre-order “Forza Horizon” and get your Dodge Challenger in “Forza Motorsport 4,” now at participating retailers.
In addition, fans who pre-order “Forza Horizon” at participating U.S. retailers will receive an additional token, while supplies last, to unlock one of the following four cars that will be instantly available when the game launches this October:
2012 Aston Martin Virage: Plush luxury meets awesome performance in the 2012 Aston Martin Virage. Comfortable enough for a long Sunday drive, yet sporting a blistering 490 horsepower V12, the Virage continues Aston Martin’s legacy of creating cars that deliver prestige and performance.
2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: While Mercedes doesn’t refer to the new SLS AMG as the “Gullwing,” this car is absolutely the return of the famed automotive icon. With more than 560 horsepower, the SLS AMG is a track tamer nearly without equal, and its classic, sophisticated lines will attract car lovers of every stripe.
2010 Ferrari 458 Italia: A new Ferrari is always cause for celebration, and you can still hear the cheers from fans of the 458. The famed Italian automaker went above and beyond the call with this gorgeous example of road-devouring art. The 458 produces 562 horsepower and has a top speed over 200 mph, giving it the kind of performance needed to master the world’s greatest race tracks.
2010 Nissan 370Z: The long line of Z model cars has a prestigious history and loyal following, but anyone can appreciate the beauty and power of this Japanese masterpiece. The 370Z features grippy handling and drift-worthy rear wheel drive, motivated by a 3.7-liter, V6 with more than enough juice to excite even the most die-hard of sports car enthusiasts.
Become an Instant VIP with the Limited Collector’s Edition
Also available for pre-order today is the “Forza Horizon” Limited Collector’s Edition that includes a “Forza Horizon” branded Steelbook™ containing the game disc and a “Forza Horizon” Festival Ticket that grants access to a valuable assortment of exclusive in-game content, including VIP Membership for “Forza Horizon.”
VIP Membership opens up a new level of exciting content for “Forza Horizon” players, including an exclusive five-car VIP Pack available at launch (more details to be shared soon), special recognition in the Forza community and exclusive access to VIP-only in-game events.
The “Forza Horizon” Festival Ticket also unlocks additional digital content for “Forza Horizon,” accessible through Xbox LIVE, including:
Five-car Launch Day Add-on Pack (more details to be shared soon)
Five Exclusive “Forza Horizon” Limited Collector Edition Car Pack liveries
“Forza Horizon” Accelerator Token Pack**
* “Forza Motorsport 4” game and Xbox LIVE account required to activate.
** “Forza Horizon” Accelerator tokens will allow you to speed up your career with instant access to exotic cars, in-game popularity spikes, fast passes and instant map unlocks.
Ever want to know how a Bugatti Veyron goes from some rich guy’s garage into your virtual Forza Motorsport garage? In the latest installment of their “Making Of” series the guys from Turn 10 Studios not only explain how they digitize cars into the game but how they find cars to digitize into the game in the first place. This is good stuff, watch below.