E3 2013 has officially come to a close but we still have lots of videos from all the new racing games that made their debut during the massive video game show. In this post we dig a little deeper into Need For Speed: Rivals. The trailers all looked great but what is the new Need For Speed game really about? What makes it different from the previous games? We were lucky enough to get some time with Need For Speed: Rivals creative director Craig Sullivan to find out what’s new in Rivals and the awesome new game mechanic that just might win you over. Check out the interview and new screenshots below!
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In case you didn’t know, GRID2 is officially out for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC. If you are still on the fence about throwing down your hard-earned cash for the game then stay tuned to MotorworldHype over the next week or so. I will be giving you some previews of the various track locations in the game and wrap things up with my review of GRID2.
Today we take a look at Chicago. In GRID2 the great city of Chicago will be represented in a street course that snakes through downtown. Drivers will be surrounded by skyscrapers and other landmarks as they fight their way to the finish. To make the area as accurate as possible the team from Codemasters sent a two man team to the windy city for a three day research excursion. Each day the men spent 8 to 10 hours exploring as much of Chicago as possible, taking thousands of hi-res reference photos each day. They stood next to landmarks for scale and took as many measurements as possible. Along the way they even met a few colorful people such as a personal trainer that thought they were crazy (because she witnessed them taking pictures of a wall for 10 minutes) and a lovely “working girl” who even pointed them towards some notable landmark locations.
How did it all come out? You can see a preview for yourself by checking out the screen shots below.
It has been more than a week since Microsoft announced the new Xbox One console. The event was supposed to inspire excitement, anticipation, and enthusiasm among gamers and tech-enthusiasts everywhere. However, the presentation ended up causing a firestorm among the core gamer group due to reports that the new Xbox One would require a fee to play used games, cannot be turned off, and the biggest log on the fire: it would require a connection to the internet to work.
The fervor was only magnified by vague responses from Microsoft officials when game journalists questioned them about these rumors point blank. One thing that was clearly communicated is that the Xbox One device itself would not require an internet connection to work, but if software producers wanted to make that a part of their games not only are they free to do so but Microsoft would encourage it.
Now, Forza Motorsport 5 was the first game shown for the Xbox One and is a confirmed launch title. Forza 5 also comes via Microsoft Studios. This means, even though the game is created by Turn 10 Studios, Microsoft certainly has some level of influence. If Microsoft is really encouraging software developers to go the “always online” route; does this mean that Forza Motorsport 5 would be the champion of that initiative?
In the official announcement post on the Forza Motorsport website it states that Forza Motorsport 5 will ”take advantage of Xbox One and the infinite power of the cloud”. Usually when you hear the word “cloud” that is code for “features dependent on the internet”. Although, it could just mean that Forza Motorsport 5 will have asynchronous multiplayer features such as the rivals mode in Forza Motorsport 4 and Forza Horizon.
What do you think? Will Forza Motorsport 5 require an internet connection to work? If it does, will that influence your opinion of the game? Would it be a deal-breaker, an incentive, or are you simply indifferent?
While you ponder that I will try my best to bring you continued updated information on the next installment of the Forza franchise. I will also hopefully get some play time with the game in just under two weeks at E3, after which I will give you my impressions.
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Any day where you receive a pile of packages from Fanatec almost as tall as you, is a very good day. I had one of those days recently as Fanatec sent over their entire ClubSport set up for me to try out. They included not just the wheel base, but the pedals, and two interchangeable wheel rims. I quickly set up my camera and ripped into all of those glorious boxes! It took a while but I got through it. Anything for my readers…I do these things for you!
As we speak I am working on a review for this set so I can tell let you all know if all this gear is worth your hard-earned cash. Also, I decided to get rid of the infamous black gloves I’ve wore in my previous unboxing videos. More on that in the video below. Enjoy!
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Like many drivers, when I am going to a place I have never been before I rely on a GPS to make sure I don’t get lost. Most of the time it works out just fine. However, my GPS is pretty old so sometimes it likes to play a game called “update the directions at the last possible freakin’ second” in which a left turn suddenly becomes a right turn and I completely pass where I am supposed to go or I do something stupid and try to make the next turn with less than 20 feet to do it in. Let me tell you, in real life that is not fun!
Yet, it looks like the brains at Codemasters took a page from my old and busted GPS by turning that malfunction into a game mode for GRID2 called “LiveRoutes”. How does it work? Pretty much the same way my crappy GPS does only without the risk of getting lost or actual bodily harm. Imagine racing through the streets of Paris at triple digit speeds but not knowing where to go next; relying on a GPS to tell you! Still hard to picture? Just watch the new trailer below to see it in practice. It looks a lot more entertaining in a game than it is in real life!
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While the world waits for E3 to see if the next Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport games make their debut on next gen systems, Slightly Mad Studios (the team behind Need For Speed SHIFT 2) have been hard at work, free from EA working on their next game for the current generation of consoles.
Known simply as “Project CARS” this game looks to build on the incredibly visceral experience the studio created with NFS SHIFT. The team is using their new ”World of Mass Development” or ”WMD” platform to essentially build this game free of publishers by relying on a world wide collaborative effort that connects gamers directly to developers to ensure they deliver the exact experience that gamers want. So far it looks like it is working out pretty well. There are beautiful environments, licensed cars, day and night effects, weather, and some incredible lighting techniques. All of which are visible in a trailer that could probably make Christopher Nolan jealous.
If you want to know what I’m talking about simply scroll down and watch the trailer below. Keep in mind that all the footage you see is in-game.
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In the last GRID2 video viewers were introduced to “World Series Racing”, the fictional series in which GRID2 is based. In the latest video we get to see a few of the places around the world that players will visit in their quest for the championship. The video also introduces a few of GRID2′s game modes like elimination, time attack, and touring car racing.
Speaking of touring car, the video gives a reveal of a few real life BTCS cars that will make their way into the game such as the Volvo S60, the Gomez Competition, and Chevy Cruze. It also looks like players can expect a healthy amount of GT cars such as the McLaren F1 GT and Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3.
Players will have the opportunity to race the aforementioned cars at famous European locations and race tracks like Brands Hatch, the streets of Paris, Algarve International Circuit in Portugal, and Barcelona.
To see it all for yourself check out the video below and catch anything I may have missed in the official press release.
Los Angeles, Calif. – March 28, 2013* – Today *Codemasters*® announced a host of new cars, locations and racing clubs set to feature in *GRID 2*™ when it launches on May 28. In addition to revealing high performance European vehicles, including those from the game’s Super Touring Car class, Codemasters also released a gameplay video showcasing highlights of *GRID 2*’s European races; the video is now playing at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pui_NH03i0w
The “*GRID 2*: European Expansion” video focuses on the European cars, clubs and locations. In *Road Races* on the *Côte d’Azur*, players speed through tunnels cut into sheer rock and tackle the climbs, plunges and hairpins set amongst some of the most stunning scenery in the world.
The *Street Racing* category is showcased in central *Paris*, which comes alive to the sound of roaring engines as cars blast down its magnificent boulevards, sling-shot around the Arc de Triomphe and speed past the Eiffel Tower. *Track Racing* is represented at the *Algarve International Circuit* in Portugal which makes its console debut in *GRID 2*. Commonly known as Portimao Circuit, this state of the art, $250M track was opened in 2008 and has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most exciting circuits in motorsport, with constantly undulating asphalt and wide areas built for overtaking. Additional European locations set to star in *GRID 2* include Brands Hatch (Track Racing), Barcelona (Street Racing) and the Red Bull Ring (Track Racing).
The “*GRID 2*: European Expansion” video also reveals two of the four Touring Cars in competition. In the Super Touring Cars class, the Volvo S60 BTCS – one of the premiere performers in the BTCS and Volvo’s flagship racer – goes wheel-to-wheel with the Gomez Competition, a motorsport thoroughbred custom developed by GC Automotive in Herault in the South of France, with performance that rivals cars from global manufacturers.
Additional Touring Cars in the game include the BMW Motorsport 320 TC – the latest evolution of the car that Andy Priaulx drove to two championships –and the Chevrolet Cruze Touring car, which secured wins in both the WTCC and British Touring Car Championship in 2010, proving this American marque could compete with the best in the world.
*GRID 2*’s car list draws models from the finest manufacturers from three continents. Prime examples of European cars set to star in *GRID 2* that give a flavor of the car roster include;
BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution (Evo3)
BMW Motorsport 320 TC
Ford Focus ST 2013
Gomez Competition GC 10.1
McLaren F1 GT
Mercedes Benz 190E 2.5 Evo 2
Mercedes Benz SLS GT3
Volvo S60 BTCS
Further cars to star in the game are to be announced.
The individual character of every car is brought to life through *GRID 2*’s groundbreaking TrueFeel™ handling system. Drawing on expertise from professional motorsports drivers and Codemasters’ 15 year heritage in creating award-winning racing games, TrueFeel™ handling lets players feel what it’s like to drive some of the most exciting cars in existence.
*GRID 2*, the long-awaited sequel to the BAFTA-award winning, critically acclaimed *GRID™*, will race into retail on May 28 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Windows® PC and is available for pre-order now.
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In the latest trailer for Codemasters’ GRID2 the audience gets to meet Patrick Callahan, the founder of the World Series Racing, sanctioning body of all the race events that take place in GRID2. In the trailer, Patrick details his vision for the WSR and some of the racing teams he has in mind as participants in his grand scheme. This trailer is actually the first in a multi-part series which by the end should give viewers some big clues on what the story of GRID2 will be. So far, things are looking pretty interesting! To see the new trailer for yourself just scroll down.
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GRID2 Is almost here! Are you excited yet GRID fans? Well get ready to wet yourselves because Codemasters just dropped an official gameplay trailer! Go grab a fresh pair of pants and watch the video below!
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If you have been waiting impatiently for GRID2 from Codemasters then today I have a fix for you that may ease your nervous itching. A slew of new information on Codemasters’ latest has hit my inbox today and it is all good stuff! Firstly, GRID2 has finally been given a release date! Expect the game to hit store shelves on May 28th this year. I know at first that seems like really long time from now but consider this, you can pre-order your copy today at Game Stop, Best Buy, or Amazon (more on that in a bit). They also dropped a few new screen shots which you can see at the bottom of the post. Finally, we also get to see the official box art (pictured above). Now, about that pre-order business. GRID fans will be happen to know that depending on which retail outlet they order from, they will be guaranteed a few DLC goodies! Here is how it breaks down:
If pre-ordered at Game Stop players can choose the GRID2 ”Turbo-Charged Edition“
The Turbo charged edition comes with the McLaren Racing pack which includes a special edition McLaren MP4-12C GT3 race car which will be available to play in single and multi-player modes as well as a special online event. This pack also includes two new routes around the Brands Hatch GP circuit. In addition to the McLaren Racing Pack the Turbo-Charged edition also comes with the GT-R Racing pack which includes a Nissan GT-R SpecV road car which will be available to use in both single and multiplayer. The GT-R racing pack also gives you access to an exclusive online event and all 5 course configurations of Yas Marina Circuit.
If pre-ordered at Best Buy players can choose the GRID2 ”Indy Car Edition“
The Indy Car edition comes with a special edition Dallara chassis Indy Car and an exclusive Indy Car Series pace car, both of which can be used in single and multiplayer. This edition also has access to a special online event and two extra course configurations on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Finally, if pre-ordered from Amazon.com players can choose the GRID2 ”Head Start Edition”
The Head Start Edition includes the Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren 722 GT race car which is available to use in single and multiplayer modes. This edition also gives players instant discounts on car-upgrades in online game modes as well as a Codemasters RaceNet bonus.
That all sounds pretty good huh? It seems like you get the most when you pre-order from Game Stop and then it ramps down from there. I predict Game Stop getting the lion’s share of the pre-orders. Although the idea of driving an Indy Car in GRID sounds pretty awesome to me! Anyhow, if you want to see a crop of new visuals then click the thumbnails below for HD resolution screenshots.
GRID® 2 SET TO SHIP TO STORES MAY 28, 2013
Pre-Order Special Edition Revealed
Los Angeles, Calif. – Jan. 31, 2013 – Codemasters® today announced that GRID® 2™, the long-awaited sequel to the BAFTA-award winning, critically acclaimed GRID™, will ship to stores on May 28, 2013* for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC.
Codemasters has also announced a range of pre-order Special Editions for GRID 2 with extra content, redeemable via download on PlayStation Network, Xbox LIVE® for Xbox 360 and Windows PC, illustrated in screenshots also released today.
Gamers who pre-order at GameStop can choose the GRID 2: Turbo-Charged Edition, which includes two additional packs:
McLaren Racing Pack
Receive the exclusive McLaren MP4-12C GT3 Special Edition car to race in single-player, multiplayer and a special online event; plus expand the game with two new routes around the Brands Hatch GP circuit.
GTR Racing Pack
Receive the exclusive Nissan GT-R SpecV road car to race in single-player, multiplayer and an exclusive online event; plus experience all five routes around the Yas Marina circuit by day.
Gamers who pre-order at Best Buy can choose the GRID 2: IndyCar Edition, which includes:
Receive the exclusive Dallara IndyCar and the IndyCar Pace car to race in single-player, multiplayer and an exclusive online event; plus expand the game with two new routes around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Oval Circuit.
Gamers who pre-order at Amazon can choose the GRID 2: Head Start Edition which includes:
Head Start Pack
Receive the exclusive Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 GT car to race in single-player, multiplayer and enjoy discounts in the Car Upgrades Store in online game modes and a unique RaceNet bonus.
GRID 2 will challenge players to be fast, be first and be famous. Going behind the wheel of a handpicked selection of automotive icons spanning four decades, gamers will race their way to the top of a new, evolving world of motorsport. From Paris to Abu Dhabi, Chicago 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 racing yet.
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 customization 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.
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