Gaming Hype: Codemasters Announces F1 2013 Featuring 80s & 90s Seasons

Posted on 07.15.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Notably missing from E3 this year was a major presence from Codemasters.  Typically I catch up with them to get updates on the next F1 game but this year they were no where to be found.  Well today they have made up for their absence by officially announcing F1 2013 and F1 2013 “classic edition”.  Both games will be on current gen consoles and PC.

So, what does the “classic edition” mean? It means that on top of featuring all the teams, drivers, and tracks from this season, players will also get to experience some of the best cars and drivers from the 1980s and 1990s.  The classic edition will also include two “classic” tracks: Imola and Estoril.  In the standard edition of F1 2013 players will still get cars and teams from the 80s but no 90s goodness.

For all the details check out the teaser trailer, gameplay video of Nurburgring, and press release below!

Teaser trailer:

Gameplay video:

Press Release:

We’re pleased to announce that this autumn sees the release of F1 2013 For the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Windows PC as part of our exclusive multi-year deal with Formula One World Championship Limited, the game will be available worldwide in two editions: F1 2013 and F1 2013: CLASSIC EDITION.

F1 2013: CLASSIC EDITION is a limited edition, premium package which includes F1 2013, featuring all new classic content from the 1980s, and is expanded with further content from the 1990s and additional Classic Tracks.

F1 2013 features all the cars, circuits and star drivers from the 2013 season, allowing gamers to race as Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes and Sergio Perez in the McLaren-Mercedes for the first time, and includes all of the new drivers, updated rules, tyre changes and remodelled handling to authentically reflect the challenge and exhilaration of racing 2013’s stunning roster of FORMULA ONE™ cars. A range of game enhancements, split-screen and online multiplayer, plus new and returning game modes, delivers the most complete FORMULA ONE experience in videogame history.

NEW Classic Content

F1 2013: CLASSIC EDITION breaks new ground to include official classic FORMULA ONE content for the first time in the series in an expansive brand new game mode introduced by legendary broadcaster Murray Walker. F1 Classics allows players to race against a mixture of original drivers and renowned team legends in iconic cars and features four historical circuits. Classic content can be enjoyed across a range of game modes including quick race, a custom championship, time trial and in split-screen and online multiplayer modes. Players will race on grids featuring FORMULA ONE cars and drivers from different eras, experiencing the differing handling characteristics and feeling the evolution of technology over the years, providing an eye-opening contrast to the cars simulated from the 2013 season.

F1 Classics: 1980s Content includes:

  • Five iconic cars from Ferrari, Williams & Lotus
  • Ten legendary drivers including Nigel Mansell, Mario Andretti, Emerson Fittipaldi, Gerhard Berger and others
  • Circuito De Jerez – Former host of the Spanish GRAND PRIX™
  • Brands Hatch – Legendary former home of the British GRAND PRIX

F1 Classics: 1990s Pack Content includes:

  • Six Iconic cars from Ferrari & Williams
  • A host of famous drivers including David Coulthard, Eddie Irvine, Alain Prost, Jacques Villeneuve and others

Classic Tracks Pack includes:

  • Imola – Former host of the San Marino GRAND PRIX
  • Estoril – Past home of the Portuguese GRAND PRIX
  • All The Official 2013 Content Reflecting what is shaping up to be one most exciting seasons yet, F1 2013 will feature all the cars, circuits and stars from the 2013 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP™.

Expanded Young Driver Test

Based on the real world event, the Young Driver Test based at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina, where young drivers set out to earn a drive in FORMULA ONE, is expanded and tuned to ease novice players into the world of FORMULA ONE. Day One will use tutorials and explanatory videos to get new players quickly racing competitively. Day Two sets a series of increasingly demanding challenges, inviting repeat plays as gamers set to improve their score and master elite driving techniques, and unlock further race seats for their career.

Mid-Session Saves

Mid-session saves allows players to experience a complete long race weekend at their own pace rather than commit the 180 minutes plus session time required to complete a race weekend in one go.

Grand Prix Mode Returns

F1 2013 reinstates the Single Player Championship Mode. Players can once again step into the shoes of their favourite driver and race in a single race or complete a full or custom FORMULA ONE season in the pursuit of racing glory.

Full RaceNet Integration

Codemasters’ free Community Hub RaceNet will extend players’ FORMULA 1 experience in the game and beyond the box. F1 2012 launched with RaceNet in beta mode and has already seen over 36 million races completed by registered members. In F1 2013, RaceNet which launched in full with GRID 2™, will offer connected players regular in-game challenges, scenarios, community-wide challenges, visual stats and game progress updates to compare with their friends. Access for players is free via desktop, mobile or via dedicated apps allowing players to stay connected to their F1 2013: CLASSIC EDITION experience, and their progress in other Codemasters racing games, wherever they are.

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Gaming Hype E3 2013: We Get To The Nuts And Bolts Of Need For Speed: Rivals (Video)

Posted on 06.18.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

E3 2013 has officially come to a close but we still have lots of videos from all the new racing games that made their debut during the massive video game show.  In this post we dig a little deeper into Need For Speed: Rivals.  The trailers all looked great but what is the new Need For Speed game really about?  What makes it different from the previous games?  We were lucky enough to get some time with Need For Speed: Rivals creative director Craig Sullivan to find out what’s new in Rivals and the awesome new game mechanic that just might win you over.  Check out the interview and new screenshots below!


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Gaming Hype: GRID2 To Feature Asian Locations, Togue Racing, And Drifting

Posted on 05.14.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

GRID2 will officially release two weeks from now and the team at Codemasters is making sure they give players plenty of reasons to drool over it.  The latest trailer reveals that several locations in Asia and the middle-east including Yas Marina circuit and various togue passes in Japan will be in GRID2.  We also get confirmation of drifting as well.  Hopefully the drifting will be more than an “add on” to the rest of the game.  See it all for yourself in the new video below.

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Gaming Hype: Codemasters Releases GRID2 “LiveRoutes” Trailer (Video)

Posted on 05.01.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Like many drivers, when I am going to a place I have never been before I rely on a GPS to make sure I don’t get lost.  Most of the time it works out just fine.  However, my GPS is pretty old so sometimes it likes to play a game called “update the directions at the last possible freakin’ second” in which a left turn suddenly becomes a right turn and I completely pass where I am supposed to go or I do something stupid and try to make the next turn with less than 20 feet to do it in.  Let me tell you, in real life that is not fun!

Yet, it looks like the brains at Codemasters took a page from my old and busted GPS by turning that malfunction into a game mode for GRID2 called “LiveRoutes”.  How does it work?  Pretty much the same way my crappy GPS does only without the risk of getting lost or actual bodily harm.  Imagine racing through the streets of Paris at triple digit speeds but not knowing where to go next; relying on a GPS to tell you!  Still hard to picture?  Just watch the new trailer below to see it in practice.  It looks a lot more entertaining in a game than it is in real life!

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Gaming Hype: Stunning New Trailer For “Project CARS” Released (Video)

Posted on 04.18.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

While the world waits for E3 to see if the next Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport games make their debut on next gen systems, Slightly Mad Studios (the team behind Need For Speed SHIFT 2) have been hard at work, free from EA working on their next game for the current generation of consoles.

Known simply as “Project CARS” this game looks to build on the incredibly visceral experience the studio created with NFS SHIFT.  The team is using their new “World of Mass Development” or “WMD” platform to essentially build this game free of publishers by relying on a world wide collaborative effort that connects gamers directly to developers to ensure they deliver the exact experience that gamers want.  So far it looks like it is working out pretty well.  There are beautiful environments, licensed cars, day and night effects, weather, and some incredible lighting techniques.  All of which are visible in a trailer that could probably make Christopher Nolan jealous. 

If you want to know what I’m talking about simply scroll down and watch the trailer below.  Keep in mind that all the footage you see is in-game.

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Game Hype: New GRID2 Video Shows Off “European Expansion”

Posted on 03.29.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

In the last GRID2 video viewers were introduced to “World Series Racing”, the fictional series in which GRID2 is based.  In the latest video we get to see a few of the places around the world that players will visit in their quest for the championship.  The video also introduces a few of GRID2’s game modes like elimination, time attack, and touring car racing.

Speaking of touring car, the video gives a reveal of a few real life BTCS cars that will make their way into the game such as the Volvo S60, the Gomez Competition, and Chevy Cruze.  It also looks like players can expect a healthy amount of GT cars such as the McLaren F1 GT and Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3.

Players will have the opportunity to race the aforementioned cars at famous European locations and race tracks like Brands Hatch, the streets of Paris, Algarve International Circuit in Portugal, and Barcelona.

To see it all for yourself check out the video below and catch anything I may have missed in the official press release.

Press Release:

Los Angeles, Calif. – March 28, 2013* – Today *Codemasters*® announced a host of new cars, locations and racing clubs set to feature in *GRID 2*™ when it launches on May 28. In addition to revealing high performance European vehicles, including those from the game’s Super Touring Car class, Codemasters also released a gameplay video showcasing highlights of *GRID 2*’s European races; the video is now playing at

The “*GRID 2*: European Expansion” video focuses on the European cars, clubs and locations. In *Road Races* on the *Côte d’Azur*, players speed through tunnels cut into sheer rock and tackle the climbs, plunges and hairpins set amongst some of the most stunning scenery in the world.

The *Street Racing* category is showcased in central *Paris*, which comes alive to the sound of roaring engines as cars blast down its magnificent boulevards, sling-shot around the Arc de Triomphe and speed past the Eiffel Tower. *Track Racing* is represented at the *Algarve International Circuit* in Portugal which makes its console debut in *GRID 2*. Commonly known as Portimao Circuit, this state of the art, $250M track was opened in 2008 and has quickly gained a reputation as one of the most exciting circuits in motorsport, with constantly undulating asphalt and wide areas built for overtaking. Additional European locations set to star in *GRID 2* include Brands Hatch (Track Racing), Barcelona (Street Racing) and the Red Bull Ring (Track Racing).

The “*GRID 2*: European Expansion” video also reveals two of the four Touring Cars in competition. In the Super Touring Cars class, the Volvo S60 BTCS – one of the premiere performers in the BTCS and Volvo’s flagship racer – goes wheel-to-wheel with the Gomez Competition, a motorsport thoroughbred custom developed by GC Automotive in Herault in the South of France, with performance that rivals cars from global manufacturers.

Additional Touring Cars in the game include the BMW Motorsport 320 TC – the latest evolution of the car that Andy Priaulx drove to two championships –and the Chevrolet Cruze Touring car, which secured wins in both the WTCC and British Touring Car Championship in 2010, proving this American marque could compete with the best in the world.

*GRID 2*’s car list draws models from the finest manufacturers from three continents. Prime examples of European cars set to star in *GRID 2* that give a flavor of the car roster include;

BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution (Evo3)

BMW Motorsport 320 TC

Caterham-Lola SP300R

Ford Focus ST 2013

Gomez Competition GC 10.1

McLaren F1 GT

Mercedes Benz 190E 2.5 Evo 2

Mercedes Benz SLS GT3

Pagani Huayra

Volvo S60 BTCS

Further cars to star in the game are to be announced.

The individual character of every car is brought to life through *GRID 2*’s groundbreaking TrueFeel™ handling system. Drawing on expertise from professional motorsports drivers and Codemasters’ 15 year heritage in creating award-winning racing games, TrueFeel™ handling lets players feel what it’s like to drive some of the most exciting cars in existence.

 *GRID 2*, the long-awaited sequel to the BAFTA-award winning, critically acclaimed *GRID™*, will race into retail on May 28 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Windows® PC and is available for pre-order now.


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Hype Giveaway: Forza Horizon With Exclusive Review Package (Video) UPDATED

Posted on 03.25.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Its time for another MotorworldHype giveaway!  This time we give away a treasured possession: our copy of Forza Horizon!  In fact, not only are we giving away our copy of Forza Horizon but we are also throwing in the exclusive “review package” that Turn 10 Studios sent with the game.  What’s in the review package?  A bunch of random goodies meant only for journalist type folks like me. 

These packages were only sent to media outlets and journalists and the items included cannot be bought!  Ok well maybe some journalists are selling theirs on ebay but besides that they can’t be bought anywhere!

So, how can you get a chance at this magnificent piece of awesome-ry?  By telling us which of the three new hyper cars you like the most: The McLaren P1, LaFerrari, or the Lamborghini Veneno.  Just hit us up on twitter per the official rules for a chance to win the Horizon review package.  Check out the official instructions below.

UPDATE: We have a winner!! Congrats to twitter user @DJKustoms!

HOW TO ENTER: Follow us on Twitter at @MotorworldHype and tweet at us with which of the three new hyper cars (McLaren P1, LaFerrari, or Lamborghini Veneno) you like the most with the hash tag “#MWHGiveaway“.

For example “@MotorworldHype I think the LaFerrari is fresh! #MWHGiveaway

NOTE: Both“@MotorworldHype” AND “#MWHGiveaway” MUST be included in the tweet to have a chance to win. Also only one review package is up for grabs so once a grand prize winner is chosen then thats it!

However! We also have a few limited edition Forza Horizon posters to give away as well.  After a grand prize winner is chosen, five (5) more contest participants will be chosen to win posters.

The grand prize winner and poster winners will be chosen at random from all the correctly formatted responses. The contest starts today (March 25th, 2013) and ends on Wednesday, March 27th at 1am pacific time.  The winner will be announced by Thursday, March 28th 2013.

The winner will be notified by “Direct Message” on Twitter. Which is why you must follow us at @MotorworldHype to be eligible (you can always unfollow when the contest is over).

IMPORTANT: To be eligible the winner(s) must live in the united states (anyone of the 50 states), be a follower of @MotorworldHype on twitter, and if under 18 have parents permission to participate.

GRAND PRIZE (1):One copy of Forza Horizon (slightly used!) for Xbox 360 with journalist review package

RUNNER UP PRIZES (5):A limited edition Forza Horizon poster

If you want to know exactly what comes in the review package check out our unboxing video from when we first got it below.

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Gaming Hype: New GRID2 Trailer Intros The Man Behind The Race (Video)

Posted on 03.14.13 | Darrell Rodgers No Comments

In the latest trailer for Codemasters’ GRID2 the audience gets to meet Patrick Callahan, the founder of the World Series Racing, sanctioning body of all the race events that take place in GRID2.  In the trailer, Patrick details his vision for the WSR and some of the racing teams he has in mind as participants in his grand scheme.  This trailer is actually the first in a multi-part series which by the end should give viewers some big clues on what the story of GRID2 will be.  So far, things are looking pretty interesting!  To see the new trailer for yourself just scroll down.

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Hype Giveaway: Win A Copy Of Need For Speed Most Wanted!

Posted on 03.04.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

One of the perks of being a journalist is that sometimes you get free stuff.  Free stuff is always cool but I thought maybe I should pass on the opportunity to get some free swag along to you, the readers.  So, from now on keep a look out here for chances to win some of our swag. 

The first item up for grabs is a copy of Need For Speed Most Wanted for Xbox 360.  Need For Speed Most Wanted was one of the most highly reviewed racing games of 2012 and the latest in the Need For Speed series.  If you weren’t able to fork over 60 bucks for a copy, here is your chance to win our copy.  I also want to use this chance to get to know the MotorworldHype audience a little better.  So, in a two-for-one effort you will have a chance to win our copy of Need For Speed Most Wanted for the Xbox 360 by letting us know what your favorite movie car chase or movie race sequence is.

HOW TO ENTER: Follow us on Twitter at @MotorworldHype and tweet at us with your favorite movie car chase or movie race sequence with the hash tag “#MWHGiveaway“.

For example “@MotorworldHype the 4-wide drag race from Fast & Furious 1 #MWHGiveaway

NOTE: Both“@MotorworldHype” AND “#MWHGiveaway” MUST be included in the tweet to have a chance to win.  Also only one copy is up for grabs so once its given away thats it!

The winner will be chosen at random from all the correctly formatted responses.  The contest starts today and a winner will be chosen on Tuesday, March 5th at 5pm pacific time.

The winner will be notified by “Direct Message” on Twitter.  Which is why you must follow us at @MotorworldHype to be eligible (you can always unfollow when the contest is over).

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Gaming Hype: New GRID2 Gameplay Trailer (Video)

Posted on 02.15.13 | Darrell Rodgers No Comments

GRID2 Is almost here!  Are you excited yet GRID fans?  Well get ready to wet yourselves because Codemasters just dropped an official gameplay trailer!  Go grab a fresh pair of pants and watch the video below!

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