E3 2015: We Play Sebastian Loeb Rally Evo And Speak With The Devs. (Video)

Posted on 06.17.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Sebastian Loeb Rally Evo was one of the first racing games I played once I arrived at E3. I was lucky enough to get an appointment to test out an early build of the game and even speak with the devs. Since I didn’t know much about this game I took the opportunity to get some questions answered and dig up some more info about the game in the form of an interview below. If you also want to know what my first impressions are based on my short gameplay time you can check that out below as well. If you can’t be bothered to watch either video here are the cliff notes:

-8 different environments

-Cars from several eras of rally racing; from vintage to modern.

-Tracks were painstainkingly re-created from real counter parts using camera cars

-Rallycross will be featured in the game including the Staples Center Los Angeles course from the X Games

Ok that’s enough notes. If you want more then you have to watch the videos!

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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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Gaming Hype: Forza Horizon 2 Duracell Car Pack Brings Some 90s Flavor And Tops Off With Modern Muscle (Video

Posted on 06.02.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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A day when new DLC is released for Forza Horizon 2 is always a good day.  In the new Duracell Car Pack, an offering of a few favorites from the 90s, a classic from Mazda, and the newest American Muscle are all offered up for open world hoonage.  What exactly do I mean?  Check out the official car list below then watch the trailer.  The Duracell Car Pack is available now in the Xbox Store for 5 bucks!

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2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

While the Corvette C7 is an astonishing car, American muscle fans would be foolish to sleep on the brand new Camaro Z-28. Even at nearly 4,000 pounds, this Camaro delivers astonishing numbers on the strip (0-60 in 4.4 secs and less than 13 second quarter mile times) and that’s not even what it is built for. The Z/28 sports its road-racing homologation history proudly by delivering a sticky and well-balanced track experience. With suspension technology straight out of Formula One and a development program that included the Nürburgring, Road Atlanta, and Road America, this is a track-proven weapon just waiting to stomp the competition.

2001 Audi RS 4 Avant

The RS 4 Avant takes the notion of a wagon being some sort of sedate family transporter and tosses it right out the window. It might be surprising to hear but, in its time, this was the most powerful production car Audi ever built, with a 375-hp twin-turbo V-6. This isn’t just some monster they released to scare grocery-getters; the RS 4 Avant is a true sports car despite its ample room in the rear. Bespoke body panels surround oversize tires, enlarged brake rotors sit behind every wheel, and the suspension is lively and responsive. This speedy wagon is ready for a trip to grandmother’s house; just make sure the road over the hills and through the woods has plenty of twists and turns to enjoy.

1995 BMW M5

The 1995 BMW M5 represents the last year of the E34 series. This was the fastest production saloon car in its second evolution. It embodies both luxury and performance like no other car of its time. The M5 was hand assembled and designed for the BMW owner that wanted to lead the pack in a four-door luxury sedan. While never well suited to the track due to its excessive weight, the M5 is the ultimate touring car. The quick-revving, 3.5-liter, 24-valve, straight-6 engine delivered north of 250 horsepower and the 6-speed transmission was one of the few available in the mid-1990s. Together with its stiffer and lower suspension, the car’s performance will rival many sport coupes in its class. These cars are highly sought after by BMW enthusiasts – find out why in “Forza Horizon 2”.

1991 Honda CR-X SiR

Whether you are a Honda fanboy or just looking for a something simple and fast, the Honda CR-X SiR is a top choice for nearly any kind of racing. Start with the VTEC – the CR-X is the second model after the Integra to receive it; once you hit 6,000 RPM, the camshaft profile changes, the timing advances, and it’s time to hang on. Nimble by its very nature as a tiny two-seat hatch, the CR-X is a perfect car to whip past the competition. Next, consider the form of the CR-X, which lends itself to photographs or to looking fantastic while cruising with friends. It’s a lot of car in a small package, but isn’t that also what they say about dynamite?

1972 Mazda Cosmo Sport 110 Series II

If not for the Cosmo 110S, Mazda may not have gone on to sell nearly two-million rotary-powered vehicles over the next 40 years. The Cosmo was hand built and only sold 1,519 models in total, but it was the halo vehicle from which Mazda’s later success spawned. Seeking a way to capitalize on their investment in the Wankel rotary, Mazda brought this phenomenal and, at the time, futuristic sports car to market. Produced from 1967 to 1972, the 110S initially had 110 horsepower derived from its twin-rotor motor. The series II brought 128 ponies to bear and, with them, a five-speed transmission and an improved ride. Less than ten models were ever brought to the U.S., with car collector Jay Leno owning the only remaining Cosmo stateside. Whether you drive one for its sleek looks or for its screaming 7,000-RPM redline, the Cosmo is a JDM artifact that is worth a spin.

1990 Lotus Carlton – June Free Car

From an automaker best known for its elfin racers and commitment to lightness, the large Carlton seems a bizarre vehicle to emerge wearing a Lotus badge. An executive sedan tweaked within an inch of its life, Lotus’ engineering expertise allowed the Lotus Carlton to be the fastest sedan in the world for a period of time. Born at a time when General Motors owned both Lotus and Vauxhall/Opel, the idea was to build a halo car wearing the Lotus badge to generate some attention to the brand. By boring out and twin-turbocharging the Vauxhall inline six, the 377 horsepower Carlton got a bit too much attention — the 180 mph-capable sedan became so wildly controversial in Britain that law enforcement sometimes spoke of banning it from the road. Perhaps the police were simply jealous, as no cruiser in the UK could catch a Carlton on a clear motorway. Lest you think that it’s merely an unruly straight-line ruffian, Lotus did also tune the suspension. It’s no Elise, but you’d be surprised what the big Carlton is capable of.

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Video Game Hype: Forza Horizon 2 Pre-Order DLC Now Available For Everyone

Posted on 05.19.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Forza Horizon 2 is one of the best racing games available right now.  Seriously, check out my review if you want to know why I love it so much.  Although despite its high praises from many, some people didn’t purchase the game right away and arrived a bit late to the Horizon party.  A consequence of getting the game late is missing out on some of the goodies that were available at launch.  However one of those goodies has been made available for all.  Microsoft has just released the car pack that was previously exclusive to those who pre-ordered Horizon 2 making it available to everyone right now!

The Pre-Order car pack includes the following:

-2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP-570-4 Superleggera
-2013 BMW M6 Coupe
-2008 Ferrari California
-2013 Audi RS 4 Avant

If you like the looks of the line up then you can pick up all these tasty rides for just four bucks on the Xbox Live marketplace

[Source: ForzaMotorsport.net]

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Gaming Hype: Drive The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Early In Forza Horizon 2 On Xbox One. Then Try To Win One…A REAL One!

Posted on 03.12.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Heads up Forza fans.  Next week a free DLC pack consisting of the last 4 generations of Mazda MX-5 roadsters is coming to Forza Horizon 2 and that includes the brand new 2016 MX-5 that has yet to be released.  That’s right, players of Forza Horizon 2 will get a chance to “drive” the new MX-5 before its real life counterpart is available for sale.  If that weren’t cool enough, the DLC pack will also be absolutely free!  But wait there’s more!  It was also announced that when the Mazda MX-5 DLC pack, a new “Mazda MX-5 Challenge” rivals event will launch.  During this event, registered players will compete to set the fastest time in the challenge for a chance to win a real life 2016 Mazda MX-5 Roadster when its released!

Looks like its time for some serious Forza practice!  For more info on the DLC pack, the contest, and to watch the official trailer, scroll down!

Press Release:

Win a 2016 Mazda MX-5 in the Newest Free Car Pack for “Forza Horizon 2” on Xbox One

Mazda fans, if you are eager to see one of the most iconic and eagerly anticipated sports cars of recent years, you’re in luck. Next week, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will make its digital debut First in Forza as part of the upcoming Mazda MX-5 Car Pack! The brand new car pack features four iconic Mazda MX-5 models and will be available to download for free on “Forza Horizon 2” for Xbox One on March 17.

The Mazda MX-5 Car Pack features four amazing examples of the MX-5’s legacy of sporty style and thrilling driving. Starting with the car that reignited the world’s love of sports cars in the late 1980s – the 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata – and featuring three other models, including the 2005 Mazda Mazdaspeed MX-5, the 2010 Mazda MX-5 Super20 concept car, and the upcoming 2016 Mazda MX-5, this pack covers more than 20 years of the MX-5’s legendary contributions to sports car history.

In addition to the launch of the free Mazda MX-5 Car Pack, we’ll be kicking off an exciting Rivals contest for “Forza Horizon 2” players on Xbox One. The Rivals contest, which begins on Tuesday, March 17 and ends on Thursday, April 30, will give “Forza Horizon 2” players the opportunity to win a real-life 2016 Mazda MX-5. Once registered*, players can set a time in the “Mazda MX-5 Challenge” Rivals event in “Forza Horizon 2” for Xbox One and while anyone can set a time in this Rivals event, only registered players’ times will be eligible for prizes. For full rules and conditions for this contest, please see http://rules.xboxpromotions.com/mazdatimetrials

The Mazda MX-5 Car Pack will be making its worldwide debut this month at the Mazda booth (#513) at the SXSW Gaming Expo in Austin, TX. In addition to letting fans get their hands on the Mazda cars in “Forza Horizon 2” for the first time via two interactive driving simulators pre-loaded with the Mazda MX-5 Car Pack, Mazda will also announce the winners of its recent Mazda Design Challenge contest on both Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Stay tuned to ForzaMotorsport.net and the Forza Hub app on Xbox One, as well as our Twitter and Facebook pages for more information on the Mazda MX-5 Car Pack.

Here’s a breakdown of all four of the Mazda MX-5 models coming in the Mazda MX-5 Car pack. Plus, watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SCE3yONvOA&feature=youtu.be.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata

After 25 years in production, the Miata is still doing things right. So right, in fact, that the driving experience of the latest Miata is nearly identical to the original, and that is a good thing. Sure there is more power – 200 horses vs. 116 in the original Miata – and the new model is a bit heavier, but the intuitive steering, danceable rear end, and impeccable transmission are all still there. It’s no wonder the Mazda Miata is one of the most popular and affordable paths to racing; it’s built for the role. The 2016 Miata combines the best of the modern with what’s made the MX-5 such a reliable favorite for more than two decades – a credit its identity as an instant classic from day one.

1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata

When first introduced, the Miata brought back the memories or the roadsters of the past, particularly the Lotus Elan; small and nimble and full of fun, but now with Mazda reliability thrown in the mix. You could drive this little roadster to work and back all week then spend all weekend working out the kinks of the curviest roads you could find. Sure the Miata was cute, but any driving enthusiast who got behind the seat immediately became a fan. It didn’t take a ton of horsepower to provide excitement, it’s the whole package that make it a nimble joy to drive. These desirable traits are courtesy of precise steering and a supremely shift-able transmission. Thanks to Mazda’s rebirth of the affordable roadster, letting the sun shine in never felt so good.

2005 Mazda Mazdaspeed MX-5

When you have something as tried and true as the roadster formula that makes up the Mazda MX-5, it has been worthwhile to tread lightly with updates. However, add a factory-built turbo to the mix, and things can only get better. And it does, the Mazdaspeed MX-5 sprints to 60 mph in under seven seconds and turbo-lag is nearly non-existent. All around, the Mazdaspeed treatment stiffens the ride and accentuates the stability that the Miata has built a reputation for. MX-5 plus turbo equals fun factor multiplied. It’s a formula for success that any car enthusiast can figure out once you get behind the wheel of this pocket-rocket.

2010 Mazda MX-5 Super20

When the first MX-5 Miata hit dealer showrooms in 1989, it sold like hotcakes and early buyers endured waiting lists and over-sticker pricing for a chance to own the “Mazda-Experiment Project Number Five. The cars official name “Miata” was coined by product planning head Rod Bymaster. It was based on the German translation of “reward” and it’s fitting since the Miata is certainly a rewarding drive. After 20 years of market success, Mazda put together the Super20 to show off at SEMA. The Super20 was shown in 2010 in medium gray and repainted a muted yellow for 2011. Taller tires on Enkei rims, coil-overs, and front and rear anti-roll bars give the Super20 an improved ride and smart stance. The real treat is under the hood, where 200 horsepower are ready to excite, compliments of a Cosworth supercharger, ECU tune, and Racing Beat header and exhaust.

Mazda MX-5 Challenge Rivals Event Details

*To register, users must log into Xbox Live on Xbox One and navigate to any one of the following channels: Games, Music, Movies, or Apps. From there, users should click on the Mazda MX-5 ad to reach the Mazda MX-5 ad landing experience. Once on this hub, users must register to enter the contest by following the prompts on the contest page.

Once registered, players can then set a time in the “Mazda MX-5 Challenge” Rivals event in “Forza Horizon 2” for Xbox One. You can find this event by going to the “Monthly Rivals” item in the pause menu. While anyone can set a time in this Rivals event, only registered players’ times will be eligible for prizes. For full rules and conditions for this contest, please see http://rules.xboxpromotions.com/mazdatimetrials.

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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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Gaming Hype: Forza Motorsport 6 Goes Behind The Scenes Of The New Ford GT’s Development

Posted on 01.26.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) just ended and by now I think it is safe to say that the new Ford GT easily stole the show with its striking looks and the debut of its new “Ecoboost” V6 engine.  Further increasing its momentum was the announcement that Forza Motorsport 6 was coming and that the new Ford GT would be the cover car.  Today, thanks to Forza, we get to see a behind the scenes look at how the new Ford GT was created and some insight into the design choices made by the Ford team.  Its a pretty awesome way to spend five and a half minutes!  Check it out below.

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Gaming Hype: What We Want To See In Forza Motorsport 6

Posted on 01.15.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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Just a few days ago we learned that Forza Motorsport 6 is coming and that the new Ford GT supercar will grace the cover.  Although, that is about all we know and I suspect the world won’t learn more about Forza Motorsport 6 until E3 this year.  Which is kind of crazy because it feels like just yesterday when Forza Motorsport 5 came out and I still play Forza 5 quite often because its awesome.  However, its not perfect.  It has its flaws and issues here and there so I’d like to list off some things that I would like to see in Forza Motorsport 6.  Some of these things are just improvements over what was done in Forza 5 and other items may be things that have yet to be done in the Forza Motorsport series.  Ready? Here we go!

Revise the menu system

As much as I like Forza Motorsport 5, one point of frustration for me is their menu layout.  Most of the menu isn’t that bad just a bit cumbersome but the part that annoys me the most is the menu for buying cars.  For some reason they went from organizing the cars by OEM in alphabetical order to organizing the cars in alphabetical order.  In case you have yet to play the latest Forza games and don’t know what I am talking about; it means whenever a player goes to the car buying menu and wants to pick out a car they will start at say an Audi A3 and if they want to just buy a Nissan GT-R they have to scroll right through EVERY CAR that each OEM between Audi and Nissan has in the game before they reach the car they actually want.  Its really annoying.  There are filters but in my experience they are only a minor help as “manufacturer” isn’t a filter option that is available.

They have done the same thing in Forza Horizon 2 but I let it slide in my review because the car list is not as extensive.  So while they’re at it I’d like them to fix this for Forza Horizon 3 as well!

Add night racing and weather

This is something Forza fans have been asking for since Forza Motorsport 3.  They eventually got it but in the Horizon series and not in Forza Motorsport.  The rumor is that Turn 10 Studios very much wanted to include night racing and weather in Forza Motorsport 5 but since FM5 was slated to be a launch title for the Xbox One the team just didn’t have the time to include it.  However, the Xbox One is going on two years old now and I imagine that Turn 10 went to work on Forza 6 not too soon after Forza 5 was released so I am hoping and slightly expecting that they have had the time and space they needed to include weather effects in the next Forza game.  Personally I would be fine even if the weather wasn’t “dynamic” but just an option that players can turn on and off before a race.

Add timed/endurance racing

With world famous races like the 24 hours of Le Mans, Rolex 24 Hours, 12 hours of Sebring, and the glamorously prestigious 24 hours of LeMons its kind of surprising that there was not any timed endurance racing in Forza Motorsport 5.  I think it would be a really cool option for multiplayer racing.  Imagine getting your Forza club together and organizing a 2, 4, 6, or 8 hour endurance race?  It may be a tricky thing for Turn 10 to  do but if they could include it I think it would be incredibly cool.

More cars from more racing disciplines

Forza Motorsport 5 saw the inclusion of open wheel cars for the first time in the Forza series and that was awesome but I’d like to see that idea go even further in Forza Motorsport 6.  I want to see lots of WRC rally cars, rallycross cars, Grand-Am style Daytona Prototype cars, Japanese Super GT cars, and proper drift cars.  I am aware that there are Formula Drift and D1 cars in the Forza games now but those are mostly custom liveries and tunes made by the community.  I’d very much like to see Turn 10 create some of those cars in studio and include them out of the box or as part of a DLC car pack.  I would also like to see more liveries for the Indy Cars.

Add more wheels and body kits

This is something that has been lacking since Forza Motorsport 4.  The wheel and body kit options in the last two games are lacking and what is included is starting to become out of date.  One of the best things about the early Forza games was the level of exterior customization that could be achieved and the ability to add real body kits to a particular build.  I understand that there are many cars out there that just don’t have any body kits available for that specific application.  Yet, the default body kit of a front splitter and rear bi-plane wing are starting to get a bit tired.  If Turn 10 cannot incorporate more real body kits then I’d like to see more “default” body kit styles from them.  For example, a way to make any car into a widebody.  Their wheel catalog is also in severe need of an update.  More wheel options are always good!

Last but not least: Figure out how to end this silly kerfuffle with EA and Porsche!

RUF is cool but we want Porsche!  Now, it isn’t like Turn 10 has been ignoring this issue.  Hardly.  However, I think its about time to push a little harder to settle this issue with Porsche licensing.  As of now EA has switched their Need For Speed series to an “every other year” schedule with mobile games inbetween.  As such, its likely that the Porsche license isn’t as important to them now as it was back when they pushed Porsche as a main feature of their games.  If there was ever a time when EA may be willing to loosen their grip on the Porsche brand, it is probably now.  Hopefully Turn 10 Studios has a hard charging negotiator at the table with both EA and Porsche right now to work something out.  I would not hold my breath for this one but my fingers remain crossed.

Well, there you have it.  That’s my list for what I’d like to see in Forza Motorsport 6.  Do you disagree with anything on my wishlist.  Is there something you want to see that I may have left out? Let me know in the comments or tweet it to us at @MotorworldHype

If any more Forza Motorsport 6 news comes out we will do our best to keep you updated!

 

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Hype: New Forza Horizon 2 “G-Shock Car Pack” DLC Lets Players Hoon Nissan IDx Concept (Video)

Posted on 01.07.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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The latest DLC pack for Forza Horizon 2 dubbed the “G-Shock Car Pack” includes a pretty eclectic mix of rides.  Most notably the Nissan IDx concept AKA “the Datusn 510 rebirth” is now available to slide and race around Europe!  The car pack also features a few old school rides and a pretty awesome truck!  Its available right now on the Xbox Live Marketplace for 5 bucks and to me it seems like it would be 5 bucks well spent!  Check out the full car list and official trailer below.

G-Shock Car Pack List:

2015 Nissan IDx NISMO
1980 Subaru BRAT GL
2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Shelby
1975 Ford Bronco
1953 Ferrari 500 Mondial

Trailer:

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