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Racing Gamers: Grid 2 Hits Stores On May 28 5
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Grid 2, Kurt, News, Toys/Games, video games on 02 5th, 2013
The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 GT - image: Codemasters
The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 GT - image: Codemasters

The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 GT – image: Codemasters

If you prefer your racing games with a bit more emphasis on action and don’t care about things like a realistically-rendered cockpit, we’ve got good news: Grid 2, the eagerly-anticipated follow up to Codemasters’ original hit, Grid, will hit stores on May 28. If you commit to buying it now via pre-order, you can take advantage of a few bonus options, depending upon where you shop.

Place your order with Game Stop, and you can get the Grid 2: Turbo Charged edition, which includes downloadable content (DLC) in the form of the McLaren Racing Pack and the GTR Racing Pack. The McLaren add-on gets you a unique MP4-12C GT3 plus modified circuits around England’s Brands Hatch, while the GTR Pack gives you a Nissan GT-R SpecV and variation on the Yas Marina circuit.

If Best Buy is your store of choice, you can select the IndyCar Pack, which gives you the IndyCar pace car and a Dallara DW12 IndyCar as DLC. The added track choices are variations on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Pre-order through Amazon, and you’ll get the Head Start Pack, which gives you the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 GT as DLC, plus additional discounts on car upgrades and a one-time RaceNet bonus.

Regardless of which option you pick, Grid 2 will deliver single player, multiplayer or online action, with tracks ranging from famous world circuits to city streets and mountain roads. Grid 2 will be available in versions for the Microsoft Xbox 360, the Sony PlayStation 3 and PC.

RoadAhead Is A Must-Have App 17
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, iPhone app, Kurt, Road-Trip, Technical, Toys/Games on 05 17th, 2011

Image: RoadAhead, Inc.

If you take road trips and own an iPhone or iPad, go to the App Store and download RoadAhead immediately. As someone who just returned from driving over 4,000 miles in about a week, I can’t tell you how many times we tried to find a Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonalds or even a name-brand gas station on the road. Sure, many GPS units can deliver this information, but their data isn’t always current and in some cases is blatantly wrong. Leaving one of the track, a Garmin GPS had us wasting ten minutes looking for a Sunoco station that simply didn’t exist (and I’ll be one of their developers is laughing his ass off every time he thinks of this).

First, RoadAhead is free, so the price is right. Next, it couldn’t be easier to use, and it functions in one of two ways: you can either turn GPS on (if you’re on a highway) and it will call up data based on your current position, or you can deactivate the GPS function and search manually by highway exits. You can choose the categories you want to search (but real road warriors just need gas and fast food) and advise the app what grade of gas you’re looking for. It even tells you what the current fuel price at each station is, so you can head to the brand you trust or roll the dice on the cheap stuff to save a few bucks.

RoadAhead is smart enough to know your direction of travel, so it only produces results for upcoming exits. If you need more specific information on a restaurant, for example, tapping on the entry will call up an address and phone number, and will even give you customer reviews from Yelp. You can multi-tag your search as well, just in case you need gas, beef jerky and a pair of socks from the same exit.

Image: Road Ahead, Inc.

Does it work? I don’t know yet, since I just put it on my iPhone this morning. It’s got potential, and I spend enough time on the road to give it a good workout. If it doesn’t live up to the hype, I’ll be sure and let you know.

Source: Straightline