Gaming Hype: Forza Horizon 2′s Social Features Detailed In New Video

Posted on 08.13.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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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!

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Gaming Hype: One Of One Forza Horizon 2 Yellow Xbox One Console Up For Grabs At 2014 Comic-Con

Posted on 07.23.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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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]

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Gaming Hype: Hot Wheels Car Pack DLC Brings Audi Auto Union And Lamborghini Veneno To Forza Motorsport 5 (With Video)

Posted on 07.01.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The Forza 5 DLC just keeps on chugging along with a brand new DLC pack for this month.  Their newest offering, curated by Hot Wheels brings a slew of classics and a few modern cars to Forza Motorsport 5.  As seen above, owners of the DLC will get to drive the fabled Audi Auto Union (one of the rarest collector cars on the planet) as well as the gundam-esque Lamborghini Veneno!  There are also plenty of other gems included in the DLC but I will let you see it all for yourself by watching the video below!  By the way the Hot Wheels car pack DLC is available now!

 

….pst…hey…did you see it?  ……A-Team van!!!

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E3 2014: We Hang Out At The Playseat Booth With Tanner Foust & Adam Ferrara (With Video)

Posted on 06.20.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Apart from bouncing around to all the new racing games at E3 2014 I also made a few of my usual rounds, including the Playseat Racing booth.  Whenever I stop by Playseat I know they will have a few new things in store for the year and they kept the streak going this year with not one, not two, but three new bits of awesome!  The first is their new Top Gear partnership resulting in Top Gear branded seat rigs!  Finally, a Playseat with “The Stig” on it!  They also showed off their new screen mount which supports a 3-screen set up, and the final thing…well you are going to want to watch the video below to see what it is.  Trust me when I tell you its awesome!

Full disclosure: Playseat USA is an advertising partner with MotorworldHype.com and have provided product for review in the past.

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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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Gaming Hype: #DRIVECLUB Release Date Announced (With Video)

Posted on 04.29.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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#DRIVECLUB was one of the most anticipated games announced for the PlayStation 4 before its launch.  You may remember that I did an interview with the game’s director last  year at E3.  However, since then things have gotten a bit rocky at Evolution Studios, the team behind #DRIVECLUB.  First it was announced that the game would be delayed, and then the very director I interviewed left the team to pursue other projects.  For a moment it looked as if #DRIVECLUB was going to turn into vaporware.  Alas, no!  Today a release date has been announced and #DRIVECLUB  will be available on PlayStation 4 on October 7th, 2014!  To celebrate, a new announce trailer was released which you can watch below.  However, the question remains: will #DRIVECLUB still live up to its initial promise and be as good as we hope it will be?  Hopefully we will get a chance to review the game and let you know!

[Source: PlayStation Blog]

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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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Movie Hype: Ford Mustang “Hero Car” From Need For Speed Movie Going To Barrett Jackson Auction Block For Good Cause

Posted on 02.27.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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No matter how good or bad a car movie is the one constant is that people want whatever featured vehicle played the leading role in said movie.  The Firebird from “Smokey And The Bandit”, the Ecto-1 from “Ghosbusters”, the Supra from “The Fast And The Furious” are all highly sought after items for any car collector.  That’s why regardless of how you think the new Need For Speed movie will turn out, the Ford Mustang “hero” car would still fetch a premium; which is exactly what DreamWorks Pictures and Ford are looking to accomplish at the Barrett Jackson Auction in April.

If you are unfamiliar with the term “hero car”, “hero” is a Hollywood term that basically means something that was prominently used on-camera by a lead actor in major scenes of a film.  So, that means the Mustang going on sale is the actual car that hundreds of thousands (maybe millions) of people will see on screen driven by Aaron Paul and it will still have all of the modifications on it that were added on for the movie.

What really makes this special is that the proceeds from the Auction will benefit the Henry Ford Health System, a non-profit organization that helps bring quality health care to those who cannot afford it.  Let’s hope this Mustang can fetch a few million!

Press Release:

Ford-designed and built custom wide body Mustang used in the new movie “Need for Speed” will be auctioned for charity

  • All-new 2015 Ford Mustang and 2015 Ford F-150 will be on display at the auction in West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Ford will offer ride-and-drives at the auction in vehicles from its 2014 lineup; Shelby GT500, Focus ST and Fiesta ST are primed for hot-lap experiences

A custom 2014 Ford Mustang GT starring in the new movie, “Need for Speed,” will be auctioned off for charity by Ford Motor Company at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction on April 12.

Building on the excitement of the movie, premiering March 14, this Mustang will be offered at no reserve, with proceeds benefiting the Henry Ford Health System, a not-for-profit group founded by Henry Ford to improve the health and well-being of a diverse community.

Need for Speed” is the latest of more than 3,200 film and television appearances for Mustang over the past 50 years. The Mustang being auctioned is one of a handful developed purely for the movie to appear on the silver screen and at promotional stops.

The movie car boasts a custom-designed wide body rolling on unique Forgiato 22-inch alloy wheels. Other design elements include an enlarged lower grille with new air intakes, extended rocker panels, a twin-snorkel hood and low-profile mirrors. The visual sizzle is amplified by custom silver paint with Kona Blue racing stripes and angel-eye fog lamps in the grille.

“Mustang was cast in a leading role of the movie with screen time equal to many of the actors,” said Steve Ling, North America car marketing manager for Ford. “Director Scott Waugh challenged our team to give this central character enough personality and American masculinity to take on some of the world’s most exotic cars, just like in the popular Electronic Arts video game that inspired the movie.

“The new owner of this particular Mustang will take home a rare vehicle, and their bid will increase access to critical health care services.”

Founded in 1915, the Henry Ford Health System is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive, integrated health systems. It provides health insurance and health-care delivery, including acute-, specialty-, primary- and preventive-care services, backed by excellence in research and education. Additional information is available at http://www.henryford.com.

“Need for Speed” is one of the most successful racing video game franchises in the world, with more than 140 million games sold since the original edition debuted 20 years ago. The Dreamworks Studios film stars Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), Dominic Cooper (“Captain America”), Imogen Poots (“Fright Night”) and Michael Keaton (“Batman”), and is directed by Waugh (“Act of Valor”).

Beyond the South Florida Fairgrounds auction stage, Ford will offer ride-and-drive and hot-lap experiences. The public can sample Ford’s stable of 2014 vehicles, as well as hot-lap experiences in the Shelby GT500, Focus ST and Fiesta ST. In addition, Ford is showing the all-new 2015 Mustang and 2015 F-150 in South Florida for the first time.

For auction information, visit the Barrett-Jackson website or Facebook.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 181,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit corporate.ford.com.

About Need for Speed:

DreamWorks Pictures’ Need for Speed marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, when the authenticity of the world brought a new level of intensity to the action on-screen. Tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing, the story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes — one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 140 million copies sold, Need for Speed captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting, while bringing to life the passion for the road that has made our love of cars so timeless.

The film centers around Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. Struggling to keep his family-owned garage afloat, he reluctantly partners with the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). But just as a major sale to car broker Julia Maddon (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save Tobey’s shop, a disastrous race allows Dino to frame Tobey for a crime he didn’t commit, and sending Tobey to prison while Dino expands his business out West.

Two years later, Tobey is released and set on revenge — but he knows his only chance to take down his rival Dino is to defeat him in the high-stakes race known as De Leon — the Super Bowl of underground racing. However to get there in time, Tobey will have to run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet that includes dodging pursuing cops coast-to-coast as well as contending with a dangerous bounty Dino has put out on his car. With the help of his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first.

Need for Speed is presented by DreamWorks Pictures, produced by Patrick O’Brien, John Gatins and Mark Sourian, and directed by Scott Waugh. The screenplay is by George Gatins. The story is by George Gatins & John Gatins, and, based on the video game franchise created by Electronic Arts. The film releases in U.S. theaters on March 14, 2014.

Need for Speed is a trademark of Electronic Arts Inc.

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Gaming Hype: Road Atlanta Comes To Forza Motorsport 5…For Free! (Video)

Posted on 02.18.14 | William Johnson No Comments

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Remember when Forza Motorsport 5 came out and everyone complained that there wasn’t enough tracks even though Turn 10 kept telling everyone more tracks were on the way?  Well, starting today Turn 10 gets to say “we told you so” as it was announced that a brand new re-captured virtual Road Atlanta course is coming to Forza Motorsport 5…for free!  Yes, now you and your friends can fly over that horrifying blind crest on your Xbox One!  Check out the official trailer below.

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Gaming Hype: World Of Speed Open World MMO Racing Game Announced By Slightly Mad Studios (Video)

Posted on 02.10.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Racing games are awesome but lets face it after driving the same tracks over and over again it can get a bit stale.  That’s why open world racing games like “Forza Horizon” and Test Drive were so refreshing.  The trend Open World MMO racing games continued with the announcement of “Drive Club” for PS4 and “The Crew” by UbiSoft.  Today Slightly Mad Studios (who created Need For Speed: SHIFT and SHIFT 2: Unlimited) announced that they would also be throwing their hat into the open world MMO racing game genre with their new IP World Of Speed.

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World Of Speed promises to bring a “AAA” level open-world racing experience to PCs and it will also be free-to-play.  Yes, FREE!  Although that likely means there will be tons of micro transactions within the game.  Perhaps players will have to pay real money to buy virtual upgrades for their cars?  As of now I really don’t know too much but I do know that it will have real licensed cars, feature missions, and “club” gameplay.  Hopefully I will be invited to its closed beta which starts this spring.  In the meantime check out some of the game’s early screenshots by clicking any of the thumbnails in this post.  You can also watch the announcement trailer and read the official press release below.

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Press Release:

SLIGHTLY MAD STUDIOS REVEALS WORLD OF SPEED

MASSIVELY MULTIPLAYER ONLINE RACING GAME

Award-Winning Developer bring the ultimate AAA free-to-play online racing game to PCs in 2014

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif – February 10, 2014 – Slightly Mad Studios, the critically acclaimed developer known for their pedigree in racing video games, today unveiled World of Speed, a AAA massively multiplayer online arcade racing video game. World of Speed will be available in 2014 as a free-to-play experience on PCs.

In World of Speed, players will hop in the driver’s seat of an endless garage of cars ranging from everyday city runners to the fastest super cars on the planet to the most iconic cars from throughout the storied history of auto racing. Players will find themselves racing on true-to-life tracks spanning the globe and on tracks only a speed freak could dream up, carved from roadways across cities including London and San Francisco.

 “At the heart of World of Speed lies a unique massive multiplayer online experience which incorporates a dynamic social elements and entirely new ways to compete in a racing video game – from an individual to a team level,” said Ian Bell, Chief Executive Officer of Slightly Mad Studios. “World of Speed is an online game and will be continuously supported with innovative and fresh content to keep the competition furious well after its launch.”

 World of Speed introduces a new level of connected competition allowing players real-time interactive social gameplay through intense Club and team gameplay, the Airfield social hub, and unique missions and objectives in every race to make every players actions really matter. As an online experience, World of Speed will be supported with live events and player challenges, new gameplay modes, tracks and cars and much more.

World of Speed will be entering closed beta in Spring 2014. To learn more about World of Speed and for a chance to play the fast-paced action in the closed beta, visit and sign up at www.worldofspeed.com. The game will be published worldwide by My.com.

About Slightly Mad Studios Ltd

Slightly Mad Studios is an independent, award winning developer known most recently for its work on Electronic Arts’ Need For Speed franchise with the successful SHIFT series. The company has a core studio located near Tower Bridge, London but predominantly uses a unique distributed development system that allows the team to attract worldwide talent, be cost-effective and ultra-efficient.

For more information about Slightly Mad Studios, please visit: www.slightlymadstudios.com.

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