For the second time I find myself in a familiar position. Coming off a previous Transformers movie which ultimately turned out to be a disappointing experience, swearing off the movies entirely but then being lured in once more by Michael Bay’s uncanny ability to put together a bad-ass mega trailer thus having my hopes moved once more to the “up” position. I was really having not so great feelings about the upcoming Transformers 4: Age Of Extinction flick but damn if today’s new trailer didn’t re-kindle my interest.
There still is not too much known about the story of the next film but from the trailer it appears that some time has passed since the events of “Dark Of The Moon” and the world advanced to a point to where they do not need to rely on the Autobots to protect them (or so they think). In fact it seems like the world as turned against the Autobots according to the viral marketing site TransformersAreDangerous.com and their hotline (855) 363-8392 (seriously call it!). Then as usual a massive alien threat comes to Earth and starts wrecking stuff and in the middle of all this Mark Whalberg, who plays a struggling salvage man trying to put his daughter through college comes across an old semi truck that just happens to be Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots, then wackiness ensues. There is also a ton of explosions, shooting, and more importantly…Dinobots! It really does look good this time. Don’t take my word for it though, you can watch the trailer below. And to Mr. Bay if you’re reading you have brought me from hopeless about this film to cautiously optimistic, congrats…now make it count!
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Ever wonder what its like to take a lap around the legendary Sepang circuit? What about taking a lap around Sepang in a purpose built go-fasty-fast Ferrari 458 Challenge EVO? I wonder that too! Although its unlikely (for me anyway) that such an experience will ever happen. However, we can at least know what it would look like thanks to Ferrari posting this video on their YouTube channel. Scroll down and take a ride with driver Paul Van Lohenhout as he hits every apex Sepang has to offer!
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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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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.
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.
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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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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Ever wanted to know what “one wheel peeler” means? Or if a Takata race harness was strong enough to support the weight of a person? Then this week’s episode of Drift Garage is meant for you! Join Chris Forsberg and Ryan Tuerck as they continue their quest to turn a once downtrodden Nissan 240SX into a budget drift car AKA “missile car”. In this episode the pair also welds a diff, and bolts in new Recaro seats and harnesses! Scroll down and enjoy!
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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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Back in the day completing a sub-minute lap at Tsukuba Circuit in Japan was a very big deal. These days with the leaps and bounds made in tuning tech, serious time attack cars are starting to knock on the door of 50 second laps, even quicker really. However, changing the equation from a fully prepped time attack car to a car that has a stock engine block is a whole another story. A while back I showed you a preview of the new HKS GT Supercharger fitted on the Arvou S2000. Well, recently the Arvou team took their S2k to Tsukuba in an attempt to click off a 59 second lap. Keep in mind that besides the Supercharger, the Arvou S2000 has a stock engine block! Do they pull it off? Is the HKS GT Supercharger really THAT good? Watch the video below to find out. Oh, and before you ask, they were in fact running street radial tires.
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In the latest episode of Drift Garage Professor M. Issile hosts us once again as we take a look at Chris Forsberg and Ryan Tuerck’s journey to build a budget drift car. In this episode the duo cleans and straightens the chassis before adding some much needed boost. There is also dry ice because reasons. Watch below!
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The whole purpose of a movie is to immerse its audience into its story so much that they might even suspend disbelief and completely buy in to what they are seeing on screen. In instances of car chase scenes its easy to forget just how it is we (the audience) are able to get so close to action as two vehicles chase each other at high speeds through crazy city scapes or other environments. The truth is, none of those crazy action shots are possible without a third or fourth car outfitted with thousands of dollars in rigging and cameras to follow and film the chase.
In the case of the upcoming Need For Speed movie which I have admittedly had my reservations about, it does seem like they are really going above and beyond when it comes to how they film all the race scenes. The team behind the film have built some seriously fast chase vehicles to catch all the action. How crazy? It ranges from supercharged Mustangs to repurposed GT Ferraris! You can take a look at it all below in a new behind the scenes video.
I have to admit, even though I am not too jazzed about the movie’s story (the trailer did little to help), the more I see how far the production is going to produce the stunts and racing scenes the more excited I get to actually fork over 20 bucks to watch it!
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