Gaming Hype: Forza Horizon 2 Demo Out Today On Xbox Live. Launch Pack DLC, VIP Membership Benefits, Car Pass Announced.

Posted on 09.16.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Forza horizon 2 releases in just two weeks but starting today you can try it out for yourself by downloading the demo on Xbox Live.  To further entice potential Forza addicts Turn 10 studios has also announced the details of Forza Horizon VIP membership.  If that weren’t enough they also announced 8 free DLC cars that will be available at launch!  If they actually offer a kitchen sink I think I might be sold…  Anyway, lets get into the details of the goodies shall we?

First off is the 8 free DLC cars that will be available at launch.  Seriously, Forza has been giving away so many cars its like they’re Oprah (I’ve waited a long time to use that joke so make with the lol’s!).  Anyway here is the list of cars that players can get their hands on right away: 2003 Ford Focus RS, 1997 Land Rover Defender 90, 1993 Clio Williams, 2015 Ford Mustang GT, 1987 Buick Regal GNX, 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV, 1968 Abarth 595 esseesse, 1956 Ford F-100.  A pretty eclectic mix if you ask me.  You have a hot hatch in the Focus RS, Muscle in the ’15 Mustang GT, and obscure classic in the Abarth 595 esseesse (how the heck is “esseesse” pronounced?!?!).  On paper the DLC sounds like a nice starting point to play in Forza Horizon 2’s open world.

Next up is the new VIP membership.  Since Forza Horizon is always based around a “festival” style event they are likening VIP membership as something of a “backstage pass.”  VIP membership provides access to “exclusive benefits” in Forza Horizon 2.  The first of which is a 5 car DLC pack which includes the 2012 Lamborghini Urus, 2014 Tesla Model S, 1967 Ferrari 330 P4, 1949 Mercury Coupe, and the 2013 Donkervoort D8 GTO.  VIP members also get “2x player in-game reward acceleration, access to exclusive multiplayer events, in-game gifts from the Forza community team, and special in-game recognition.”  VIP membership will set players back $19.95.  However, current Forza Motorsport 5 VIP members can buy Horizon 2 VIP membership for half off at $9.99.

If you are already firmly in the Forza Horizon 2 camp and for sure going to pick it up then you might be interested in the “Car Pass”.  This basically nets players all of the future DLC (at least 31 cars according to Turn 10) over the next six months in one pre-purchase for $24.95.  Purchase of the Car Pass will also include the 2010 Nobile M600 as a bonus exclusive car.

Whew, is that everything? Oh, wait!  Anyone who has already decided they want to buy Forza Horizon 2 and really eager to have their copy ASAP can “pre-download” it starting today.  Basically, a player would use their Xbox Live account, purchase the game as a download, download the entire game to their console, and then be given instant access to it on the release date (September 30th, 2014).

Ok, I think that covers it all.  Forza Horizon 2 is really shaping up to be a pretty big release this year.  If things work out I will give you my first hand account of Forza Horizon 2 in the form of a review.  I will keep you all posted!  In the meantime I encourage anyone curious about the game to download the demo and get a first impression!  For more info hit up the Forza Horizon 2 website.

Press Release:

Eight Free Downloadable Cars Coming to Forza Horizon 2 at Launch

Bonus DLC Car Pack bringing 2015 Mustang GT and more to game

Forza Horizon 2 is just weeks away and, soon, Forza fans the world over will be exploring the wide-open high-speed highways and breakneck back roads of southern Europe. By now, you’re probably aware that Forza Horizon 2 will ship with more than 200 amazing cars, all built from the ground up on Xbox One. Forza has always been about bringing fans the best content, whether that’s world debut cars like Roll-Royce Wraith or track add-ons like Long Beach, Road America, and the Nürburgring.

As is the case with all Forza games, we’ll constantly be updating Forza Horizon 2 with fresh new content. Beginning on Sept. 30 to coincide with the release of Forza Horizon 2, we’ll be launching a brand new pack for the game: the Forza Horizon 2 Launch Bonus Car Pack. This car pack will feature eight cars representing the awesome variety that can be found in the Forza Horizon 2 car roster – from rough-and-tumble trucks like the 1956 Ford F-100 to the raw power represented by the 2015 Ford Mustang GT. The Launch Bonus Pack will include three never-before-seen vehicles in the Forza franchise: the 2003 Ford Focus RS, the 1997 Land Rover Defender 90, and the 1993 Clio Williams. Best of all, all eight of the cars featured in the Launch Bonus Car Pack will be available to all Forza Horizon 2 players at launch for no additional cost.

Here’s the full list of cars in the Launch Bonus Car Pack:

  • 2003 Ford Focus RS
  • 1997 Land Rover Defender 90
  • 1993 Clio Williams
  • 2015 Ford Mustang GT
  • 1987 Buick Regal GNX
  • 2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV
  • 1968 Abarth 595 esseesse
  • 1956 Ford F-100

In addition to the Launch Bonus Car Pack, today we’re also announcing the details for Forza Horizon 2 VIP membership (discounted for current Forza Motorpsort 5 VIPs) and the Forza Horizon 2 Car Pass. As in Forza Motorsport 5, each purchased add-on car can be added to your in-game garage one time for free – without additional in-game credits.

VIP Membership

Forza Horizon 2 VIP Membership (regular $19.99; 50 percent off or $9.99 for Forza Motorsport 5 VIP members) is like a backstage pass at the Horizon Festival, giving you access to cool content you can only get here. VIP members will receive exclusive benefits in Forza Horizon 2, including the VIP Car Pack, featuring five cars (four of which are brand new to the Forza franchise). These five cars include the 2012 Lamborghini Urus, 2014 Tesla Model S, 1967 Ferrari 330 P4, 1949 Mercury Coupe, and the 2013 Donkervoort D8 GTO. VIP membership also awards with 2x player in-game reward acceleration, access to exclusive multiplayer events, in-game gifts from the Forza community team, and special in-game recognition. Current Forza Motorsport 5 VIPs receive a $10 discount on digital purchases of Forza Horizon 2 VIP membership or any Forza Horizon 2 digital offer that includes VIP membership. (Note that this discount only applies to digital offers of Forza Horizon 2.)

Car Pass

The Forza Horizon 2 Car Pass ($24.99) gets you access to six monthly pack add-ons beginning in October, with each pack featuring five amazing cars. That’s six monthly car packs for the price of five! Plus, Car Pass owners will receive an exclusive bonus car for free: the 2010 Noble M600. That’s 31 cars to collect, race, and customize in Forza Horizon 2! Look for more details on the first monthly car pack for Forza Horizon 2 coming soon!

Demo/Pre-Download Available Now

We’ve saved the best for last: the Forza Horizon 2 demo for Xbox One is here! Starting today you can download the demo for the game on Xbox Live and get a tantalizing taste for the game we’ll all be playing starting on Sept. 30. In addition the game is now available for pre-order at your local retailer and for pre-order/pre-download in the Xbox Store.

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Gaming Hype: Forza Horizon 2 Launch Trailer Drops. Is Full Of Shiny Cars, EDM, And Awesome

Posted on 09.11.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Forza Horizon 2 will arrive on store shelves at the end of this month (September 30th) so the launch party is starting to get rolling.  It kicked off with a bright, shiny, EDM-fueled trailer that just released a few moments ago.  The new trailer shows off most of what we can expect from the next Horizon game featuring everything from crazy off roading with Rally Fighters to racing trains with WRX’s.  If you avoid blinking you can see a sample of all the cars that will make an appearance in the game but if you want a full list of all 210 cars that will be available at launch hit up the Forza Horizon website.

In addition to the trailer Turn 10 Studios also released some information on how the “Forza Rewards” system will work with Forza Horizon 2.  Essentially, the “Forza Rewards” program will gift free cars to players who have earned x amount of points just from playing Forza games.  According to Turn 10 players started earning Forza Reward points way back in the Forza Motorsport 2 days.  Points are earned by playing and/or doing different things in each Forza game.  In Forza Motorsport 5 points are rewarded based on how many cars a player owns, how many miles they have driven, etc.  The amount of points a player has will determine what “tier” they are in.

Based on the tier a player falls into they will be able to choose up to 5 (non-DLC) cars to add to their Forza Horizon 2 garage right away.  It breaks down like so:

Tier Level Car
2 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe
3 2013 Viper GTS
4 2015 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4
5 2014 Local Motors Rally Fighter
6 2013 McLaren P1

Nice line up right?  Still, there may be some out there who have never played the first Forza Horizon game and might be on the fence about this new one.  To those people I would suggest trying out the Forza Horizon 2 demo which comes out for Xbox One on September 16th (next Tuesday).  Anyone that is still on the fence after that can check out our full review of Forza Horizon 2 to get our take on it.

For now check out the new launch trailer below and stay tuned for more Forza Horizon 2 updates!

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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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GRID Autpsort trailer:

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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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