E3 2015: We Get Our Hands On The Re-Booted Need For Speed (Gameplay Video)

Posted on 06.29.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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What? More E3 stuff? Yep!  Although admittedly we are reaching the end of our E3 content so if you’re sick of it then take heart because its almost over!  If you’re loving it then unfortunately we’re nearing the end!  Anyhow, lets get down to business.  There was no way we were going to leave E3 this year without playing the new Need For Speed game which is making its re-booted return after a two year “hiatus”.  I use the word “hiatus” lightly because its not like Ghost Games (the development team behind Need For Speed) were taking a break.  Need For Speed’s publisher, Electronic Arts decided to take their marquee racing title off its yearly release schedule to give their dev team more time to work on each title.

The newest Need For Speed is the first game to come from this new dev cycle and it definitely sets itself a part from previous titles.  First, lets address the elephant in the room.  The reason why this Need For Speed is simply Need For Speed with no subtitle is because this is a complete reboot of the series and it contains elements from many other previous Need For Speed games.  You’ll find flavors of Underground, Rivals, Hot Pursuit and more all wrapped up into this new title.  Second, lets get to the important stuff such as gameplay, looks, and experience.  Luckily, I have all that wrapped up in a video below.  I also had a chance to interview one of the producers from Ghost Games and pick her (Yes HER. Girl power mofos) brain about some of the creative and design choices the team made on this new title.  Enjoy it all below!

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Producer Interview:

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Indy Car Hype: MAVTV 500 Official Results (With Video)

Posted on 06.29.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Miss out on some of the racing this weekend?  No worries we got you covered!  We’ll start off with the results from the Indy Car race this weekend at Auto Club Speedway here in sunny California.  There was a surprise win at the MAVTV 500 this year.  Who was it?  Scroll below to find out!

WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!!

Indy Car MAVTV 500 Official Results:

1st: Graham Rahal
2nd: Tony Kanaan
3rd: Marco Andretti

I bet that wasn’t the podium you were expecting was it?!  If you think that’s crazy check out the highlights below.

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Hype Video: Watch A Rotary-Swapped Mazda MX-5 In The Midst Of Track Battle

Posted on 06.23.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Sometimes people imagine things that make perfect sense and yet do not actually exist in any official capacity.  Why isn’t there a telephone booth that doubles as a time machine?  Why isn’t there a high-tech suit of armor that allows the wearer to fly and fight evil along side other super heroes?  Why hasn’t Mazda actually built an MX-5 roaster with a rotary engine?  While not always the case, sometimes imagination and ingenuity can provide tangible solutions to those questions.  Surely if necessity is the mother of invention then imagination must be its father, yes?

Anyhow the point I’m getting to is that sometimes if someone else doesn’t make the thing you want, then you can make it yourself.  That is exactly what Japanese tuner FEED did with the Mazda MX-5.  Considered by many to be a near perfect car when it comes to power and balance, some felt that it was missing one essential ingredient to actually make it so: a rotary engine.  For some mysterious reason Mazda never saw it fit to equip their peppy roadster with their tri-point engine.  Thus, FEED did it themselves and with quite successful results.  In the video below, Japanese drifting legend and accomplished circuit racer Nobuteru “N.O.B.” Taniguchi pilots the FEED Rotary MX-5 in an all Roadster battle.  The video is just a taste but its a tasty taste.  While just an excerpt from Hot Version Vol 127, the full video can be digitally rented or purchased.  In the meantime, I suggest checking out the preview!

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E3 2015: Fanatec Club Sport Steering Wheel GT For Xbox One Hands On (Video)

Posted on 06.23.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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If you are into racing games, and I mean like really into them, then you likely know the name Fanatec.  If you know the name Fanatec then you know what they do; which is make high quality racing wheel peripherals for PC and consoles.  If you know all that then you also know that Fanatec wheels aren’t cheap!  Because of their, well let’s just say “premium” pricing, buying a Fanatec wheel can be considered more of an investment than anything else.

Having said that one could imagine how bummed out Fanatec owners were two years ago when they realized their Fanatec wheels would not work on Xbox One.  Fast forward to E3 2015 and a few things have changed.  Fanatec worked closely with Microsoft and worked out a solution.  It is a pricy solution but a solution nonetheless.  The Fanatec Club Sport V2 wheel base is the flag ship product from the brand and is meant for the most serious of sim racers on console or PC.  It has the best of the best components inside it and features a design that allows for using various wheel rims via a quick-release hub.

Fanatec has created a special Xbox One compatible hub that attaches to the Club Sport V2 wheel base!  Yay!  This is great news for those who already own the $600 Club Sport V2 base and $299 Club Sport pedals.  Xbox One compatibility is merely an extra $399 away which the purchase of a Club Sport GT steering wheel which comes with the special Xbox One hub.  However, those who don’t already own the wheel base are looking at a roughly $1,300 total price tag.  Just for reference that is more than three times the price of a current gaming console or about equal the price of a nicely equipped gaming PC.

$1,300 bucks is a lot money.  Is it worth it?  Well that all just depends on how much one cares about sim racing and quality of sim racing products.  I had a chance to use the new Xbox One GT steering wheel at E3 and did a quick video on my thoughts on the brief user experience I had with Fanatec’s latest.  Check it out below.  If you want to drop the cash for this set up just visit Fanatec.com to order the Club Sport V2 wheel base and Pedals.  However, the Xbox One wheel/hub will not be available until August 31st, 2015 so you’ll have to wait on that part.  While a two month wait sucks, that is still plenty of time before Forza Motorsport 6’s release date (September 15th, 2015).

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E3 2015: We Play Codemasters F1 2015! We Suck At It But It Was Still Pretty Sweet!

Posted on 06.22.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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I got to play plenty of racing games at E3 this year but the game I was really looking forward to getting my hands on was the new F1 game from Codemasters.  F1 2015 is the first Codemasters F1 game on the new crop of gaming consoles (PlayStation 4, Xbox One).  Not to say that the previous F1 games haven’t been awesome but I always knew that if they had a more powerful console at their disposal the team could really create something cool.  So, how is it looking so far?  Check out my gameplay impression as well as a quick interview with Mr. Lee Mather who is the Principal Game designer for F1 2015.  You can also click the thumbnails for HD screen shots!

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F1 Hype: Austrian Grand Prix Quick Result (Video)

Posted on 06.22.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Did you miss the F1 race while you were hanging out with your dad for Father’s Day?  No worries, we got you covered.  Simply scroll below for the official results of the Austrian Grand Prix along with a two part-race re-cap by Will Buxton.

WARNING SPOILERS BELOW!!!

 

2015 Austrian GP Results:

1st: Nico Rosberg
2nd: Lewis Hamilton
3rd: Felipe Massa

2015 Formula One Top 5 Points Standings:

1st: Lewis Hamilton 169 points
2nd: Nico Rosberg 159 points
3rd: Sebastian Vettel 120 points
4th: Kimi Raikkonen 72 points
5th: Valtteri Bottas 62 points

Will Buxton Recap Part 1

Will Buxton Recap Part 2

[Photo: Sutton Motorsport Images]

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Hype Video: Watch Rally Driver Go Full Attack Mode In Mitsubishi Evo In Lebanese Hill Climb

Posted on 06.17.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Rally is one of the most popular motorsports in the world.  Why?  Because despite having to often trek to difficult terrain and/or put themselves in dangerous situations, there is nothing better to a rally fan than being super close to a purpose built race car going full on at speed right past them at close range.  Watching a driver tackle a course with corners flying at them at full tilt is truly a sight to behold.  Which is why I am bringing you such a sight.  In the video below, rally driver Roger Feghali takes on a Lebanese hill climb with full aim for a course record.  I’ll tell you right now whether or not he breaks the record is irrelevant.  Just merely watching the man’s attempt is pure satisfaction.  By the way, there is an anti-lag system on this car so you’ll want to turn your volume up when you watch the video so you can savor all those tasty pops and bangs!

[Source: YouTube via CrankAndPiston.com]

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Hype Interview: We Get To Talk To Henry Freakin’ Ford III About The New Ford GT!

Posted on 06.17.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Relatively speaking, I haven’t been an automotive journalist for that long.  Despite that fact I have had a chance to do some amazing things and meet some incredible people.  Although I couldn’t say that I sat down with a direct descendant of a actual automotive legend, until now!  During the Forza Motorsport 6 preview event the team at Turn 10 not only wanted to celebrate the debut of the game but also highlight their partnership with Ford as the new Ford GT will be the official Forza 6 cover car.

I was told before the event that a “representative from Ford” would be on hand to answer any questions about the partnership or the Ford GT (which was also there).  What I wasn’t told is that the Ford rep they were speaking off was actually Henry Ford III.  Yes that Henry Ford!  Crazy right?!  After I let the automotive history nerd in me settle down I actually got to sit down with Henry and have a quick discussion about the Ford GT.  He takes on questions such as how the Forza team partnership with the Ford GT began, where they see the Ford GT fitting in the market, and a few other questions about engineering and design choices.  Check it out below!

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E3 2015: We Go Hands On With Logitech’s New G920 Xbox One Steering Wheel And Check Out LeMans Edition Controllers (Video)

Posted on 06.16.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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When we showed up to the Forza Motorsport 6 preview we knew there would be news but we weren’t prepared for just how much news was waiting for us.  See, besides the reveal of the game and all its delicious tidbits of information, we also learned that there would be not one but two new steering wheels for Xbox One and one of them was in the building just waiting for us to get our hands on it!

We also caught a close up look at three very special Xbox One controllers with designs based on historic LeMans winning Ford racers like the Shelby Daytona Coupe and GT40.  Below you will find videos of my impression of the new Logitech G920 Driving Force Wheel as well as a “gloves on no glass” look at the extremely limited (and extremely expensive) LeMans edition Xbox One controllers!  After you watch the video let us know which one of the three controllers is your favorite!  Tell us in the comments below or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

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E3 2015: We Interview Dan Greenawalt For All The Forza Motorsport 6 Info! Also First Gameplay Impressions. (Video)

Posted on 06.15.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

 

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A few days ago we were lucky enough to be invited to a special preview of Forza Motorsport 6 before it will be revealed at E3.  While we were there we ran into our friend and Creative Director of Turn 10 Studios, Dan Greenawalt.  We thought that would be a good time to corner him and force him to answer not just our questions about Forza Motorsport 6 but also the questions of fans from Forza Motorsport’s official forums.

We managed to get him talking to us for almost 20 minutes before he creative a diversion and then ninja flipped away.  Afterward, I jumped into a Playseat rig and tried out the game myself.  For my interview with Dan and my first gameplay impression with gameplay footage, check out the videos below!

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