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Gran Turismo 6 Concept Movie #6 Trailer Releases its Epicness 5
Nov
Posted by Darryl in Auto Addiction, Automotive, Gran Turismo, Gran Turismo 6, video, video games on 11 5th, 2013
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Gran Turismo 6 looks to be the paramount of racing games for a major gaming console. Nothing against Forza, but from the looks of the this concept trailer, which we know isn’t a direct representation of the actual game (thought it said to be actual game play), Gran Turismo 6 on the new Playstation 4 is going to be the best racing simulation game yet. Say what you will, we are just a bit biased right now checking out this stunning footage. Enjoy!



Grand Theft Auto V Gets Full List of Vehicle ‘Influences’ (Makes/Models) Revealed 3
Apr
Posted by Darryl in Automotive, Editorial, Grand Theft Auto V, GTA V, video, video games on 04 3rd, 2013
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The Grand Theft Auto franchise still roots from automotive theft, so it would only be right to continue a tradition of including some of the hottest cars on the market in the latest Grand Theft Auto V game. Of course Grand Theft Auto never outwardly identified each vehicle as a real-life make and model. With that said, many of the vehicles were ‘influenced’ by a real-left vehicle, one that we could easily guess due to the creative graphic design of each vehicle. With the latest Grand Theft Auto V (5), the site igta5.com took it upon themselves to reveal each vehicle in the latest installment and its matching influenced real-world vehicle.

So basically, you will get to steal and cruise in a new Audi R8, Viper, Ford GT, Bentley Continental GT, Porsche 911, Benz SL, Aston Martin Vanquish, Lamborghini Murcielago, and even a V12 Zagato-designed vehicle.

Grand Theft Auto V is set for a release date of September 17, 2013.

Hit up igta5.com for the complete list of vehicles.

 



Proof: Video Games Can Make You A Faster Racer 11
Feb
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Kurt, News, nissan, Nissan GT Academy, racing, video games on 02 11th, 2013
The Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 of Jann Mardenborough and Alex Buncombe
The Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 of Jann Mardenborough and Alex Buncombe

The Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 of Jann Mardenborough and Alex Buncombe

The premise behind Nissan’s GT Academy is simple: pick the fastest race car drivers in the virtual world, on the Sony PlayStation 3 console’s Gran Turismo 5, and then do what you can to turn one into a professional racer in the real world. Past winners, such as Lucas Ordonez, have progressed rapidly from gaming to winning real races, and Ordonez’s crowning achievement to date was a podium finish at the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans.

In 2012, GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough ran in the British GT Championship’s Pro-Am class with professional racer Alex Buncombe. The Pro-Am category pairs novice drivers with pros, in order to mentor rising stars and give them seat time in competition. In short, it sounds like the perfect ladder series for GT Academy drivers to aspire to.

There’s only one problem. In the opinion of the British GT Championship manager, Benjamin Franassovici, GT Academy winners are too fast to be amateur drivers, but too inexperienced to be considered professionals. Franassovici has banned GT Academy winners from competing in the series’ 2013 races, as “Their talent, going on Jann’s speed last year, doesn’t reflect this lack of experience so it is not fair to put them up against our Pro/Gentleman grid, the basis of British GT3.”

While it’s a compliment for any racer to hear he’s too fast to run in a particular series, the ban also impacts the drivers ability to get seat time. Nissan’s global motorsports director, Darren Cox, calls the decision “disappointing,” but promises that new GT Academy graduates will still have a great schedule in 2013.



Racing Gamers: Grid 2 Hits Stores On May 28 5
Feb
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.



New 2014 Corvette C7 Spotted in Gran Turismo 5 Game 13
Nov
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, Automotive, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Corvette, Corvette, Gran Turismo, Gran Turismo 5, video, video games on 11 13th, 2012

Right now, no one really knows what the highly anticipated 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 will look like. Recently, gamers took notice to the new Corvette C7 inside of the PlayStation Gran Turismo 5 game (recent game update renders new demonstration with new Corvette featured). In the game, the new Vette is not drivable and is covered by heavy camo. Having a vehicle covered by camo in a video game is a first.

The real 2014 Chevrolet Corvette C7 will be officially revealed in January at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show. Rest assured, the internet spies are busier than ever keeping an eye out for any leaks of the new Vette, so we may get to see a ‘little something’ before the official debut.

The new 2014 Corvette is set to get a 450 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque V8 engine sporting a 26 mpg highway estimate. Stay tuned!



Drive A New BMW 1 Series M Coupe for Free… On Your PC 4
May
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, BMW, BMW 1 Series M, BMW 1-Series M Coupe, video, video games on 05 4th, 2012

If you are a car enthusiast like me, chances are you have played your fair share of video games including the Forza Motorsport series, Gran Turismo series games, or even arcade style ones such as Need for Speed or Test Drive. Either way, many of these games have your favorite sports car that you can virtually drive on your big screen at home. BMW wants to give you the opportunity to do the same for specific M vehicles, primarily the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe, in a new free PC game.

The new BMW 1 Series M Coupe ACR racing game is an exclusive BMW Experience offered online via Autoclubrevolution.com. From the site, PC users are able to download, install and play the game along with their online friends and get the ultimate driving experience behind the screen of your computer wheel of a new BMW 1 Series M Coupe.

The video below demonstrates and summarizes what you should expect in this new game with levels of customization tailored for BMW vehicles. Enjoy The Ultimate Driving Machine!



Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends Official Trailer Video Released 19
Apr
Posted by Darryl in Automotive, Ferrari, PlayStation 3, Racing Games, video, video games, Xbox 360 on 04 19th, 2012

Many automotive enthusiasts love a good racing game but sometimes we want to break away from Forza Motorsports, Gran Turismo and even Test Drive Unlimited. As an alternative, Atari has revealed its first official trailer for their next game in the Test Drive racing franchise, Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends.

The game looks to be a hit, especially among enthusiasts who would love to slip behind the wheel of a Ferrari in particular. I mean, who would not want to “virtually” drive a Ferrari -vintage or new? The new game combines an astonishing 70 years of Ferrari’s automotive culture and history. You will not want to pass up on this new game and at least drive a $30 million+ Ferrari 250 GTO around a race track.

Hit up the official Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends trailer below and let us know if you like what you see.



Video: Michael Bay Packs Action in new Need for Speed ‘The Run’ trailer 7
Nov
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, Michael Bay, Need for Speed, video, video games on 11 7th, 2011

I will go ahead and admit it; I am a sucker for Michael Bay films and racing games. Put those two together and you have a “virtual blockbuster” which is what the new Michael Bay-assembled Need for Speed “The Run” trailer essentially is. The Electronic Arts team recently took to the box-office action-movie hit maker Michael Bay, known for directing and producing films such as Armageddon, Transformers series, Bad Boys – etc., and assembled a team to produce the Need for Speed ‘The Run’ trailer.

If I ever had the chance to meet Michael Bay, I may need someone to keep me from smothering him with all types of questions especially since he is known to be a car buff. Check out Michael Bay’s Need for Speed The Run TV commercial below.



Grand Theft Auto Is Back, And Here’s The GTA V Trailer 3
Nov
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Grand Theft Auto V, Kurt, video, video games, Videos on 11 3rd, 2011

Hard-working relaxation engineers ply their trade in Los Santos.

Some would argue that video games that promote violence, car theft, gunplay and vehicular homicide (not to mention the occasional date with a professional relaxation engineer) are a pox on society, and lead to the breakdown of morals. Others argue that it’s better to get your freak on in a virtual world than in real life, where such behavior usually has seriously negative consequences. Regardless of which side of the fence you’re on, there’s no denying this: Rockstar Games has made a fortune with its Grand Theft Auto video game franchise.

GTA V drops next year, and you can check out the first trailer below. The plot of GTA V is pretty basic: a man moves to Los Santos (which looks identical to real-life Los Angeles) to escape his shady past, settle down and raise a family. As the saying goes, you can run but you can’t hide, so our hero (or anti-hero) soon finds himself caught up in the usual mayhem that constitutes day-to-day life in the City of Saints.

Like the other GTA games, it looks like GTA V will be part cinema, part first person shooter and part driving game. Also like the other versions, it looks like it will be a blast to play, as long as you don’t take it too seriously.



The Smoking Tire Drives The Art Morrison 3G Corvette 4
Oct
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Chevrolet, Corvette, Kurt, The Smoking Tire, video, video games on 10 4th, 2011

If you own Gran Turismo 5 for the Sony PS3, chances are good you’ve seen the Art Morrison 1960 3G Corvette. You may even own it, if you’ve got a bank account big enough, or you may have simply looked it over and opted to buy something more contemporary. After all, who wants a fifty-year-old relic when you can buy something really fast, like a Nissan GT-R, for less money?

Watch Matt Farah drive the Art Morrison 3G Corvette in The Smoking Tire episode below, and you’re likely to come away with an entirely different perspective. First, the only thing the Art Morrison Corvette has in common with an original 1960 Corvette is the body style. Underneath, the 3G Corvette rocks a modern chassis, modern suspension, modern brakes and a seven-liter V-8 good for 538 horsepower. It’s got 50 / 50 front to rear weight distribution and and extremely low center of gravity, so it’s going to hold its own against a lot of cars on the racetrack.

Some would say that cutting up a survivor 1960 Corvette is an act bordering on blasphemy, but I’d beg to differ. Art and Craig Morrison have taken something and improved it in every way, and there are plenty of low mileage, trailered-to-car-shows 1960 Corvettes to gawk at. Their 3G Corvette took over 3200 man hours hours to build, and the result is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece of design and engineering.



Video: New ‘Endangered Species’ Forza Motorsport 4 Trailer Narrated by Jeremy Clarkson 3
Oct
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in ASTON MARTIN, Automotive, Forza, Forza Motorsport, Forza Motorsport 4, Jeremy Clarkson, video, video games on 10 3rd, 2011

Leading up to the official release date of Forza Motorsport 4 (October 11, 2011), the latest Xbox game to compete with Sony’s Polyphony Gran Turismo, a new dramatic trailer filled with true automotive enthusiast passion is released into the wild. In the new trailer, Jeremy Clarkson, host of Top Gear – as if you didn’t know, narrates what is probably one of the best car video game trailers ever called “Endangered Species”. Sure, as Clarkson puts it, it is all about safety and mpg’s but in the confines of your living room you have a safe haven where we can push the laws of physics without negative consequences. Enjoy the video below!



Forza Motorsport 4: Has Gran Turismo 5 Met Its Match? 8
Jun
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Forza, Forza Motorsport, Forza Motorsport 4, Kurt, video, video games on 06 8th, 2011

Like many other gamers, I bought into the hype surrounding Gran Turismo 5. I bought a Sony PS3 just for that game (although I told the wife it was for the up-sampling BluRay player), and patiently waited two years for the game to be released. When GT5 hit the market, after a countless series of delays, players began to notice certain flaws. The physical damage, which Polyphany Digital assured us would be just like real life, wasn’t (at least not initially). The detailed images of cockpits and controls were limited to premium cars, which represent a fraction of the total cars available. Even the content seems a bit disjointed: by trying to be all things to all racing fans, Polyphany essentially let down rally fans, NASCAR fans and even TopGear fans. What’s the sense of including the Top Gear test track, when you can only drive it in “special” events?

At this week’s E3 event, Turn 10 released the teaser video below for the upcoming Forza Motorsport 4. If the images from the video are any indication, then all hail the new king of driving games. The visuals are stunning, including lurid detail of both cockpits and engine bays. Turn 10 has scrapped the physics engine from Forza 3, and thanks to a partnership with Pirelli, now has perhaps the most realistic driving experience of any game on the market. Via Microsoft’s Kinect, a camera will track the movement of the player: want to look left? instead of hitting a button on the controller, you simply look left. Just like driving a real car, only without the ridiculously high cost of gas and the paranoia involved with trading paint. Take a look at the video below to see what I mean.

I’m not selling my PS3 just yet, and I can’t afford an X-Box 360 unless I sell a real car or a few duplicate body parts. I’ll be watching the release of Forza 4 (set for October 11th) with some interest, and if it turns out to be as good as the hype, it may be time to start selling blood plasma. Any readers need a new kidney? I may have one for sale.

(Source: IGN Entertainment YouTube Channel)



Video: Real-Life Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Action 23
Nov
Posted by Larry in Automotive, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Pagani, Pagani Zonda Cinque, video, video games on 11 23rd, 2010

99.9% of all car enthusiasts have a ‘need for speed’ which is why the ‘Need For Speed’ gaming franchise has been so successful over the years amongst us car guys and has continued that success with the latest release of ‘Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit’. Featured in the video below is some real-life jaw-dropping Italian sports car action with a mean Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Police car and Pagani Zonda Cinque on the run driven by stunt drivers Marc Basseng and Marc Hennerici. Think of it as another ad push for the Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit game. Have you picked up your copy of Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit yet?

[source: Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit]



Dear Playstation: “Gran Turismo 5 Is Gonna Be Awesome” 22
Nov
Posted by Larry in Automotive, Commercial, Gran Turismo, Gran Turismo 5, PlayStation 3, video, video games on 11 22nd, 2010

With the NEW set release date of November 24, 2010, Gran Turismo 5 begs to be the best racing simulation game ever. All of the hype and speculation around its release date over the past couple years has had everyone up in arms where some were resorting to playing Forza 3 on the Xbox 360 while hope of an actual release of GT5 faded into the background. Now with a confirmed release date, GT5 looks to be ‘awesome’ as the kid in the commercial below puts it. The GT5 commercial below is rather hilarious featuring Kevin Butler as Sony’s VP of ‘Add More Awesome’ says he is not going to give back the press fleet of cars they used for the making of the game. I don’t blame him, GT5 does look like it has plenty of awesome but we won’t know for sure until two days from now. Now if I could only afford that new 3D TV I saw in the store over the weekend so I can enjoy GT5 in full 3D HDTV bliss. Enjoy the commercial below!







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