Gaming Hype: Forza Horizon 2 Demo Coming Next Month

Posted on 08.27.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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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!

[Source: Microsoft]

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Gaming Hype: First 100 Cars In Forza Horizon 2 Revealed! (OFFICIAL)

Posted on 07.22.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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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.

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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

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Gaming Hype: We Get Our Hands On Forza Horizon 2 And Ask The Hard Questions! (With Video)

Posted on 06.12.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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A few days ago E3 2014 kicked off in downtown LA With Xbox’s official press conference.  At the event Forza Horizon 2 got its grand debut in front of a ground of thousands at the event and millions more watching online.  However, once the cool intro, pretty lights, and theatrical trailer was over there still were not many details revealed other than its release date: September 30th 2014.  Luckly, I was invited to a much smaller event right after the Xbox press conference to get some hands-on time with Forza Horizon 2.  I also had the chance to interview Ralph Fulton, director of Playground Games, the studio behind both Forza Horizon games.  During my time with Ralph I asked him some pressing questions.

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Although these questions weren’t from me but questions we selected from the official Forza Motorsport forums!  How did Ralph handle the tough questions from the hardest of the hardcore fans?  Like a ninja back flipping in the shadows!  Check out the video below to see what I mean.  There is also a video of my impression of Forza Horizon 2 after playing AND a short interview with Dan Greenawalt on the new Nurburgring Forza Motorsport 5 DLC.  You can also click on any of the thumbnails in this post to get enlarged screen shots from Forza Horizon 2!

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Interview with Ralph Fulton:

Gameplay Impressions:

Interview With Dan Greenawalt:

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E3 2014 Hype: Nurburgring Announced For Forza 5 & New Official Forza Horizon 2 Info

Posted on 06.09.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Just moments ago in Los Angeles Dan Greenawalt of Turn 10 Studios and Ralph Fulton of Playground games took the stage at the Xbox E3 2014 press conference to officially introduce Forza Horizon 2 to the world!  We already knew it was coming but we did not know exactly what to expect from the latest Forza game.  Today we know much more about what is coming and we now have a whole new list of reasons to be excited for Forza Horizon 2.  First of all those early adopters who plunked down cold hard cash for an Xbox One will be happy to know that they will soon have a second Forza game to add to their “next gen” library.  Although not to be left out, Turn 10 will release Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox 360 as well.

Now that we know that everyone gets to play here are some bullet points about the Horizon sequel that we think you will be happy to read:

- Over 200 cars

-Xbox One version uses Forza 5 game engine

-Dynamic weather

- 1080p resolution

- Introduction of “Car Clubs” with up to 1000 members

- Release date is September 30th 2014

If that wasn’t enough goodness, it was also announced at an event after the conference that the Nurburgring is finally coming to Forza Motorsport 5!  Many Forza fans were quite disappointed that it was not included with the game at launch and kept hoping and wishing that “the green hell” would soon make an appearance in Forza 5 and today their wishes came true!  Players can expect to tackle the massive Nurburgring TODAY for free!

Looks like it is going to be a merry Christmas for all the Forza freaks out there!  Oh by the way, we also had a chance to hang out with Dan Greenawalt and Ralph Fulton to ask them a few more questions about Forza Horizon 2 and the new Forza 5 DLC so stay tuned for that interview and stay tuned for more racing game news from E3 2014!

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Hype Video: Forza Horizon 2 Teaser Trailer Released!

Posted on 06.06.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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We had a very strong suspicion it was coming and it has finally been confirmed that Forza Horizon 2 will be officially announced at E3 2014!  We will get more info on the game as we will likely have some hands on time with the game but so far we know a few things.  First: Forza Horizon 2 will be coming for Xbox One and Xbox 360.  Second: It looks like the location of the Horizon festival from the first game has moved from Utah to Europe.  Third: The Lamborghini Huracan will be the feature/cover car.  It also looks like the “drivatar” feature from Forza Motorsport 5 will make its way into Forza Horizon 2 and many fans will be happy to hear that Horizon 2 will have weather effects!  As mentioned before we will get you more info on Horizon 2 as E3 2014 unfolds but for now check out the latest teaser trailer that was just released a few moments ago!

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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

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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.

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

Posted on 02.04.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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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.

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

Posted on 01.30.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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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]

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Gaming x Drifting Hype: Design Dai Yoshihara’s Falken Tire BRZ Drift Car Livery With Forza Motorsport 5

Posted on 11.11.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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If you didn’t hear the news yet, Dai Yoshihara will be moving from his V8 powered Nissan S13 to a Subaru BRZ for the 2014 Formula Drift season.  At SEMA he debuted his new car complete with a special version of the recently released Rocket Bunny Ver. 2 widebody kit.  Although when it was mentioned that the car would be a blank canvas it was meant quite literally as the car was totally white! Blanco!

The reason for this is that Falken Tire is turning to future owners of Forza Motorsport 5 to design Dai’s new livery.  Players are to create a livery design in Forza Motorsport 5, take a screen shot of their design then submit that shot to Falken Tire’s Facebook page and from there a winner will be chosen.  The contest will start during the last week of November (just after the Xbox One launch and Forza Motorsport 5′s release) and run until January 31st.

It is not said if there will be a prize awarded to the person who creates the winning design, but hey bragging rights for something as big as this may just be prize enough for many.

Good luck designers!

Press Release:

Falken Tire Invites FORZA Motorsport 5 Players to Design Livery on Team Falken’s Formula Drift Subaru BRZ

Rancho Cucamonga, CA. (Nov. 8).  – Falken Tire, a manufacturer of high performance on- and off-road tires, will continue its strong relationship with Microsoft in anticipation of the launch of Forza Motorsport 5 by conducting a special design contest for its newest Formula Drift entry.

Currently the best-rated videogame racing franchise of the past 10 years, the new Forza Motorsport 5 game is slated to be released on the “all-in-one games and entertainment system” –  according to Microsoft officials – the new Xbox One.  In anticipation of the November 22 launch, Forza Motorsport 5 will be at the heart of a nine-week promotional effort Falken Tire has set in motion beginning late November. The contest will encourage gamers and Falken Tire customers from around the world to submit their design for the new Subaru BRZ competition car to be driven by 2011 Formula D Champion Daijiro “Dai” Yoshihara for the 2014 drift season.

“Falken Tire is again reaching out to the Forza online community to ask people to create their own one-of-a-kind Falken livery for Team Falken’s new Subaru BRZ,” said Nick Fousekis, Falken Director of Motorsports Marketing.  “We are asking players to submit their Forza 5 Motorsport screenshot-based designs to Falken Tire’s Facebook page.”

“The winning design will live on Dai’s Subaru BRZ for the entire season,” declared Jonathon Bradford, Team Falken’s Formula Drift Supervisor. “Being a part of this very important network of Forza Motorsport players is key to building awareness of our brand as well as the Formula Drift Championship,” he stressed.“We suspect there’s a very strong crossover among fans and participants of both sports, and they’re also likely Falken customers.”

Added Fousekis:  “We are pleased Discount Tire will return to co-sponsor Dai’s new BRZ for the 2014 season, and with SPD Metal Works handling the building of the car, Dai has set the bar high for his championship effort. I know he’s also excited – as we all are – about having a special look designed by a Forza Motorsport 5 player.”

Working in conjunction with Turn 10 Studios, the contest will begin during the final week of November and run until the 31st of January 2014. Official Falken and Falken Sponsor Logos must be integrated into the submitted designs, with visibility from all corners of the car (quarter panels, and the center of front and rear bumpers).  In addition, Falken’s 2014 partner sponsors’ logos must be included, which are:  Discount Tire; Sam’s Autoland; BC; Sparco; SPD Metal Works; and Mobil 1. In addition, a “creative interpretation of the traditional ‘Falken Scallops’ livery should be included,” according to Fousekis.

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Gaming Hype: Turn 10 Announces Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass. Every DLC Car Will Get Forzavista Treatment

Posted on 10.28.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Remember how cool it was when Turn 10 announced that there would be monthly Forza 4 DLC for like a whole year?  No?  Well it was freaking cool.  In fact, it went over so well that they will be doing it all over again for Forza Motorsport 5.  Yes, every month there will be a 10 car DLC pack for Forza 5, not counting any free DLC gifts or promotions that may also come along the way.

The really awesome news about this is that every single car in every DLC pack will also get the “Forzavista” treatment! Players will be able virtually walk around, sit in, and start up every DLC car they get in amazing detail.  So far there is no announcement of a “season pass” to buy it all up front but I am sure that will come down the pipe soon.

[Source: Forza Motorsport 5]

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