Gaming Hype: Fast And Furious Themed Forza Horizon 2 Expansion Coming In March (Video)

Posted on 02.25.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Despite “finishing” the main “story” in Forza Horizon 2 I still love playing it because there is so much more to do beyond said story.  There are tons of races, events, and online multiplayer modes to keep me occupied for ages and that’s not counting the recently released Storm Island expansion.  Today, Microsoft and Universal Pictures announced that another expansion would be coming to Forza Horizon 2 based off the Fast & Furious movies.  In this story driven expansion “Tej Parker”  (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges’ character from the film) to source cars for the crew’s next mission.  Players will obtain the cars by completing several challenges that will take place in Forza Horizon 2’s open world setting.  All the cars that are unlocked will be available in free roam gameplay.

Here is a list of some of the cars that will be included in the expansion:

- 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
– 2012 Nissan GT-R Fast & Furious Edition
– 1998 Toyota Supra Fast & Furious Edition
– 2014 Maserati Ghibli Fast & Furious Edition
– 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner Fast & Furious Edition
– 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
– 1970 Plymouth Cuda Fast & Furious Edition
– 2013 Jeep Wrangler Fast & Furious Edition

The expansion will be available on the Xbox Live Marketplace on March 27th and will be free for two weeks.  After that it can be purchased for $10.  Even though this is likely all part of the promotion for the upcoming Furious 7 film its not clear if there will be any direct tie-ins between the expansion and the next film’s plot or any of the previous films.  Either way it sounds like it could be a good time!  I’ll be sure to give you guys my impressions of the expansion once I get a chance to play it.  I am holding out hope for a challenge involving the world’s longest runway and exploding planes!  For a quick teaser and the official press release scroll below.

Press Release:

Xbox and Universal Partnerships & Licensing Partner to Create

 Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious

Stand-alone Expansion Includes New Cars from Universal Pictures’ Furious 7,

in theaters April 3, 2015

Today, Xbox and Universal Partnerships & Licensing announced an unprecedented partnership to bring a unique, stand-alone expansion to millions of Xbox fans worldwide.

For the first time, the thrilling driving and amazing cars of Forza, the highest-rated racing series of the past 10 years, are combining with the blockbuster Fast & Furious film franchise to create an original adventure filled with high-speed automotive action in Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious.

Launching on March 27, 2015, Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is a stand-alone expansion to Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One and Xbox 360.  The all-new expansion will put players behind the wheel of iconic vehicles from the Fast & Furious film series, including exciting new cars appearing in Universal Pictures’ Furious 7, in theaters April 3.  Players do not need to have purchased or played Forza Horizon 2 in order to download and enjoy the open-world adventure.

“Forza is synonymous with racing and fun, so it’s only natural for us to work with one of the most celebrated automotive entertainment franchises in the world,” said Phil Spencer, head of Xbox.  “This is a great way to bring Forza players into the world of Fast & Furious, and in Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, every fan will get a chance to go wheels-first into the exciting action of the Fast & Furious franchise.”

To celebrate the launch of Furious 7, this stand-alone expansion will be available at no charge for a limited two-week period.  Beginning on March 27 and continuing through April 10, 2015, players can download the expansion on Xbox One or Xbox 360 at no charge.  After April 10, the expansion will cost $10, but players who downloaded it for free during the two-week window can continue to play without restriction.

Furious 7 is the latest installment in our enormously successful franchise, and partnering with the world-class team at Turn 10 Studios offered an exceptional opportunity to thank our fans in an exciting way,” said Bill Kispert, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Digital Platforms, Universal Partnerships & Licensing.  “In this adventure, fans will experience the thrill of the Fast & Furious series’ most iconic cars through the amazing gameplay of Forza.  We can’t think of a better combination for gamers and movie fans alike.”

In Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, players will be recruited by Fast & Furious expert mechanic Tej Parker, voiced by Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, to source cars for the Fast & Furious crew’s next big mission.  Players will take part in a series of thrilling car challenges set in the idyllic south of France, challenges inspired by both the Fast & Furious films and Forza’s legendary gameplay.

As players complete game challenges, they will unlock new cars that can be added to their collection and can be driven throughout the open world in free roam play.  Players will also be able to take photos of their favorite cars in Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious and share them with fellow Forza players via the official Forza Web site and the Forza Hub app on Xbox One.

See below for a list of some of the special edition vehicles that will be featured in the game:

 

  • 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
  • 2012 Nissan GT-R Fast & Furious Edition
  • 1998 Toyota Supra Fast & Furious Edition
  • 2014 Maserati Ghibli S Fast & Furious Edition
  • 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Fast & Furious Edition
  • 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
  • 1970 Plymouth Cuda Fast & Furious Edition
  • 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Fast & Furious Edition

Also, don’t forget to check out the exciting Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious teaser trailer out today.

For more information on Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious and the Forza Motorsport franchise, see www.forzamotorsport.net and download the Forza Hub app, exclusively on Xbox One. For assets related to this announcement, please visit this post on Xbox Wire.

About Furious 7

Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Furious 7.  James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black.  They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Kurt Russell.  Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel and Michael Fottrell return to produce the film written by Chris Morgan.  www.thefastandthefurious.com

About Universal Partnerships & Licensing

Universal Partnerships & Licensing (UP&L) oversees NBCUniversal’s consumer product and digital licensing for Universal Pictures, NBC Television, Focus Features and Sprout Channel.  This dedicated division is also responsible for film, home entertainment and television promotions.  UP&L is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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Gaming Hype: Forza Motorsport 6 Will Be Released Before The End Of This Year

Posted on 02.23.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Last month at the Detroit Auto Show Microsoft announced the coming of Forza Motorsport 6 and the new Ford GT as its cover car.  They also suggested that we could expect the game to release before the Ford GT launches in 2016 but that was about the closest thing we got to a release date.  Today, the release window for Forza 6 got a little narrower.  According to a report from IGN, Microsoft exec. Aaron Greenberg mentioned during an interview that Forza Motorsport 6 would be released in “Holiday 2015″ which pretty much means any time between October and December of this year with September being an outside shot but still a possibility.

2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the Forza franchise so hopefully that will ward off any gremlins that may cause the game to be delayed until next year.  Chances are the world will learn more about Forza Motorsport 6 during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) this year but I doubt we will get an exact release date.  Although, a playable demo would do nicely!  In the meantime stay tuned!

[Source: IGN]

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Video Game Hype: Project CARS Gets A Second (But Smaller) Delay

Posted on 02.18.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Ever since I played Project CARS at E3 last year I have been looking forward to playing the final version.  Its visually impressive and played like a high quality sim racer that could easily hold its own against the Gran Turismos and Forza Motorsports of the world.  In fact, I even mentioned that Project CARS on PS4 might be Sony’s best answer for games like Forza Motorsport 5 and the upcoming Forza Motorsport 6 as right now there is no information on when the next Gran Turismo is coming.

Unfortunately, Project CARS has suffered a few hiccups along its path to release.  Originally slated to release in November of last year the game was pushed back to March 2015.  Today, in an interview with Games Industry (and reflected on the official Project CARS website) Slightly Mad Studios head Ian Bell announced that Project CARS will be pushed back another 30 days or so to April 2015.  Now the game is set to release April 2nd, 2015 on PC and April 7th 2015 on PS4 and Xbox One.

As for the reason for the delay, Bell stated that their team wanted the “greatest chance for success and visibility”.  Perhaps there are a few other high profile games being released in March and they felt they might have gotten lost in the crowd?  It is an understandable move but no doubt frustrating for fans who have pre-ordered or planned on purchasing the game on release.  Although, while another month to wait seems like a long time keep in mind that this delay is significantly shorter than the first.  This extra time may also allow for the developers to add in a few more cool things that they perhaps weren’t able to get to previously.

Either way, I am still very much looking forward to playing (hopefully reviewing) this game when it does release!  Stay tuned to MotorworldHype.com for any further Project CARS updates.  In the meantime let us know what you think.  Were you anticipating the release of Project CARS?  Did you already put in your pre-order?  Are you upset that the game has been delayed again? Or, are you ok with them taking the time to further polish the game and give it the best chance for higher sales and visibility?  Sound off in the comments or tweet us at @MotorworldHype

[Source: GamesIndustry.biz]

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Gaming Hype: “90s Arcade Racer” Instantly Takes Me Back To High School (Video)

Posted on 01.23.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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While the game “Drift Stage” is attempting to bring back memories of racing games from the 80s, the new “90s Arcade Racer” from Nicalis is looking to inspire memories from the…well 90s.  With heavy inspiration from the SEGA arcade racing games from the 90s like Daytona USA, SEGA Super GT, SEGA Rally and others.  With a bright colors and elaborate flourishing backgrounds to expansive tracks, visuals of this game instantly takes me back to my high school days, dumping quarters into the latest SEGA racing game after school before heading home.

To get a taste of what I mean, watch the gameplay footage below which debuted today at PAX South.  I am not sure when this game will be released or for what platforms but I will do some digging and get back to you!  Stay tuned!

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Gaming Hype: Drift Stage Reaches $30,000 Kickstarter Goal In Just 4 Days

Posted on 01.14.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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It was just last week that I told you that the indie game Drift Stage launched a Kickstarter campaign with a $30k goal.  Well, in just 4 days not only did they reach that goal but they have surpassed it by an extra $7,467! As of the writing of this post the campaign has reached $37,467 from 1,601 backers.  All this and the campaign still has 24 days to go!  There is a realistic chance that the team at Super Systems Softworks may double or even triple their original kickstarter goal.  My personal hope is that they end up with enough cash to port Drift Stage to platforms like Xbox One, PS4, and Vita via digital distribution (Xbox Live Arcade, Playstation Network, etc).

Although there has been no specific mention of that or mention of any stretch goals on the Drift Stage kickstarter page.  The lack of stretch goals seems to suggest the 3 man team was definitely not expecting this kind of support.  Hopefully now that they know that there is a definite demand for this game they will make adjustments to their plans so that more people can easily get their hands on it.

I have played the demo and I have to say that I was pretty impressed.  The game’s physics instantly reminded me of games like ridge racer 4 and outrun but with a little more control.  Its not perfect but for an early build demo it was definitely very close to a good sweet spot.

For more info on the game visit DriftStageGame.com or visit the Drift Stage kickstarter page at the source link below.

[Source: Drift Stage Kickstarter]

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Gaming Hype: 80s Themed “Drift Stage” Game Launches Kickstarter For Its Home Stretch (Video)

Posted on 01.09.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Remember that awesome 80s pastel colored game Drift Stage I showed you a while back?  Well they are one step closer to finishing it but they are turning to crowd-funding via Kickstarter to get them across the finish line (pun activate!).  Along with the Kickstarter the team behind Drift Stage, Super Systems Softworks has released a bunch of new information about their game including its real inspiration, game modes, car types, and more.

For them, Drift Stage was inspired by old school racing games that used the drift mechanic such as Outrun 2, Ridge Racer, and Daytona USA.  This explains their choice to blend pixel art with 3D models for their art style.  As far as what you can do in the game, Super Systems Softworks announced that they plan to include the following game modes: Single Race, Time Trial, Infinite Drift, Daily Challenges, Career Mode, Workshop, and Local/Online Multiplayer.  While most of those modes are self-explanatory, the two that are really grabbing my interest are the Infinite Drift, and Workshop modes.

Infinite Drift is a checkpoint style racing mode that continues on forever on a randomly generated track which sounds awesome.  Workshop mode goes beyond just modifying cars but actually includes a track editor as well.  That’s right, players can create their own drift courses!  How cool is that?!

In addition to the game modes the team also announced 6 of the cars that will be playable (although they say there are more unannounced cars).  Though the cars are technically fictional, a close look at them shows that they are inspired by 80s cars like the Toyota Corolla, Nissan GT-R, Ferrari 308, etc.

Their Kickstarter goal to finish the game is $30,000.  Even though the campaign just launched today, the team as already received 239 backers to the tune of $8,565 as of the writing of this post.  That’s almost a third of the way there and there is still 29 days left to back the game.  For a pledge of $10 backers will receive a DRM free digital copy of the game, access to backer forums, and their name in the credits.  Pledge more and rewards include extras such as early access, digital download of the game sound track, vinyl stickers, and shirts.  There was a special reward of getting a customized billboard in the game for anyone who pledged $500 or more but those are all gone!

Perhaps the best part of this news is that Super Systems Softworks has also released a free demo of the game to everyone who wants to try it out right now!  The downside is it looks like the developers are only targeting PCs (Windows, Mac, Linux, Steam) as their release platform.  It would be really awesome if there was a stretch goal to get this game on consoles via Xbox Live Arcade and/or PlayStation Network but as of now it looks like there are no such plans.  Those who strictly game on their PCs are in luck though provided that Drift Stage meets its goal.  While I can’t see into the future (yet) I would feel pretty safe on betting that Drift Stage will hit its goal and thensome based on its early results.

Oh, they also released a new trailer for the game which you can view below.  If you want to check out the official Kickstarter page hit the source link below the video.

[Source: Drift Stage Kickstarter]

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12 Days Of Hype: Forza Horizon 2 Is The Virtual Automotive Theme Park All Car Lovers Need To Visit

Posted on 12.23.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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There are lots of things many of us want to do in our lives that we just can’t.  For example: I have always wanted to plow through giant hay bales in a Lamborghini Huracan on a European countryside.  Sadly, such a thing is out of my reach.  …Or is it?  Forza Horizon 2 is the latest game in the Forza franchise and just as its predecessor did, it encourages ultimate automotive mayhem and mischief!  There are all kinds of events and races that players can participate within the world of Horizon 2 that it is easy to get sucked into the game for hours.  If you want a bit more info as to what’s in store then check out the review we did when Horizon 2 was released.  The cliff notes is that its a great game that any car lover would enjoy.  It is also available for Xbox 360 and Xbox One (although the version we reviewed was Xbox One).  If you want even more info on the game check out the source link below.

[Source: Forza Horizon 2]

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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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Gaming Hype: NAPA Chassis Forza Horizon 2 DLC Drops Today. Is An Eclectic Mix Of Classic Muscle And Modern Performance (Video)

Posted on 12.02.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The latest DLC car pack for Forza Horizon 2 is now available and it has a pretty interesting mix of cars.  The NAPA Chassis pack features classic muscle cars like the Buick GSX but also has pretty crazy modern super cars like the McLaren 650S.  Oh, they also threw in a Range Rover for good measure.  Basically, its going to be really easy to hoon around in the cars provided and it will only set you back 5 bucks!  As a bonus the Lotus Esprit V8 is available to everyone for free this month.  Check out the official NAPA Chassis DLC trailer below to see all the cars you’ll get for dropping a Lincoln.

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Gaming Hype: Falken Tire Car Pack DLC Launches For Forza Horizon 2 (With Video)

Posted on 11.04.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The DLC train keeps on rolling for Forza Horizon 2 as their latest DLC drops today in the form of the Falken Tire Car Pack.  For only $5 bucks you can get six cars that would probably cost over $300k in real life.  That is a pretty darn good deal if you ask me!  So what’s included?  Allow me to fill you in!  In the Falken Tire Car Pack players will get access to the following:

-2014 Alfa Romeo 4C
-2014 BMW M4 Coupe
-2014 Chevrolet SS
-1988 Lamborghini Jalpa
-1969 Toyota 2000 GT
-1990 Subaru Legacy RS

I am personally looking forward to hooning a pristine 2000GT all over Europe!  For the official trailer for the car pack check out the video below.  If you want to grab this DLC for yourself its available NOW for $5 in the Xbox Live Marketplace.  If you bought the “Car Pass” when you got Forza Horizon 2 then this Car Pack is already yours!

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