12 Days Of Hype: Playseat Racing Evolution Top Gear Edition Simulator Seat

Posted on 12.13.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Counting today there are only 12 days until Christmas Eve!  So we are going to post at least one awesome thing each of those days that we think would be awesome gifts for the gear head in your life (or for yourself).  We are starting off the first day with the Playseat Racing Evolution Top Gear Edition simulator seat.  We previewed this set up at E3 earlier this year and its finally available for sale in the USA.  The Evolution Seat is a great way for gamers to play their favorite racing games like Forza, Gran Turismo, F1 2014 and PC games like iRacing.  As a bonus this seat is decked out in a Top Gear theme featuring their “test dummy” checkered design, the Top Gear logo, and The Stig him-her-eh-itself!

Its built to handle many types of wheel/pedal set ups like Logitec, Fanatec, Thrustmaster, and Mad Catz.  Its adjustable for people of different heights, and can fold to save space when not in use.  We have the Forza edition rig and we love it!  Its a bit on the pricy side at $499 but its totally worth it!

You can order it by clicking here and you can check out our preview of it from E3 as well as some more pictures (just click the thumbnails) below.

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Hype Review: F1 2014 By Codemasters Is The Best Way To Pass The Offseason (Video)

Posted on 12.09.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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There is no more F1 racing until next year.  This really, really sucks if you’re an F1 fan like me.  Luckily, Codemasters has been filling the void for years with their F1 video game franchise.  F1 2014 is the last game for “last gen” consoles (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3) before they move on to the new kids on the block Xbox One and PlayStation 4.  So, is it worth it to take one more ride before upgrading?  Well, I have put together a pros and cons review for you to help you form your own opinion.  Check it out below!

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LA Auto Show: Chaparral 2X Vision GT Is Chevrolet’s Virtual Laser Ignited, Jet Engined, Race Car Of The Future (Video)

Posted on 12.01.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Chevrolet has officially thrown their hat in the “Vision Gran Turismo” Project, a invitational from Gran Turismo head Kazunori Yamauchi to OEMs to create a no-limits, blue sky car.  When faced with the challenge Chevrolet put together a tag team of their design chief Ed Welburn and their storied relationship with the Chaparral racing program.  Together they came up with the Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo.  Its certainly, designed out of the box, proposing many concepts that would be absolutely nuts to do in racing today.  The Chaparral 2X Vision GT made its world debut at the LA Auto Show this year and I had a chance to take a closer look at it.  Check it out below along with a few pictures.

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Gaming Hype: Tons Of Codemasters F1 2014 Gameplay Video!

Posted on 09.03.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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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!

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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: New GRID Autosport Trailer Provides Buffet Of Touring Car Racing Goodness (Video)

Posted on 05.15.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Codemasters promises that the upcoming GRID Autosport will be a more professional-minded take on the GRID series focusing more on organized motorsport disciplines and in their latest trailer they are driving that point home with a deep look at how Touring Car racing will be represented in GRID Autosport.  It looks amazing and it seems like that is at least in part due to some real world input from BTCC drivers!  Check out the trailer below to see for yourself!

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Gaming Hype: Codemasters Is Taking The “GRID” Series Pro In “GRID Autosport” (With Video)

Posted on 04.25.14 | William Johnson No Comments

GRID_Autosport_Small With E3 coming up in a little more than a month all of the studios are starting to tease and announce new games and projects so for people like me who love racing games this is a pretty exciting time of year.  One of the first big announcements out of the gate is the Codemasters team announcing a new GRID game.  Called “GRID Autosport” this new installment of the series seems to have an even greater focus on pro racing than GRID 4 did.  It seems like they really want to hit all major motorsports disciplines: rally, touring, drifting, and even open wheel!  While the guys from Codemasters say that GRID Autosport wont be a full on sim like Forza or Gran Turismo they say it will have a more realistic feel than previous GRID games.  I suppose it will fall somewhere in between.  Either way based on some of the game play visuals in the trailer below. The other big tid bit is that it appears that this game will not be released on the next gen consoles AKA Xbox One and PlayStation 4.  That bit of news was kind of a bummer at first but in the long run its probably better that Codemasters goes the current gen route rather than rushing the game out to get it on next-gen hardware.  Also, rumor has it that Codemasters has been playing around with the next gen hardware and are currently working on the next version of their EGO game engine.  Hopefully this means we may hear something at E3 this year about oh I don’t know…F1 2014 for next gen?  All just speculation for now but that would be awesome!  Speaking of E3 you can expect GRID Autosport to come out just a little while after E3 on June 24th 2014 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. In the meantime check out the first official GRID Autosport trailer below as well as some screen shots and official box art.

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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

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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!

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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

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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!

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Gaming Hype: Gran Turismo 6 Glitch Allows Players To Get An Easy 20 Million Credits (Video)

Posted on 12.12.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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One of the down sides to modern console racing games is that the good cars cost a lot of in-game credits and those credits are typically not easy to come by.  When a player only gets about 5,000 to 10,000 credits for winning a race and the cool cars cost up to a million credits then you can see why players will often look for shortcuts!

Luckily the guys at IGN found a glitch in Gran Turismo 6 that when exploited correctly can allow someone to earn an easy 20 million credits!  In involves a fair level of console/game trickery but the results seem to be well worth it!  Watch the video below to learn how it works.

[Source: IGN YouTube channel]

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