Walmart’s website recently listed (now removed) a new Xbox One console, only titled ‘Xbox One Elite Console’, priced at $499.00USD.
No other details are known, although it is more than likely that this is a placeholder for a new Xbox One console bundle, most likely including the Xbox One Elite controller, with the possibility of having a 1TB HDD.
Project Cars is the ultimate racing-simulator for the current generation. It’s racing expectations hit you in the face from the moment you ‘press start’. And it is definitely not a game for everyone.
From the very beginning Project Cars feels like it assumes players come from an automotive background and would know their way around its complex menu’s. The lack of explanation provided in some areas can offer a confusing experience. I’m afraid that many people may form their own opinion on Slightly Mad Studios game before they have even pulled the right trigger to accelerate.
Take Career mode for example, players are immediately given access to the entire range of career modes on offer, from Go-Karting to Formula One, the freedom here is greatly appreciated.
However, many players will be completely lost as to where they want to begin, because Project Cars’ menus can explain things very poorly. The career modes offer no explanation besides a small logo/graphic of the type of race they will be involved in, so hopefully you can decipher them.
Once you think you have it right and press that A button – you’re locked into that Career type. No back button to change your mind.
But the good news is that you can run multiple careers at the same time. The downside is you’ll need to fill out your driver profile details for every time you want to investigate a new career mode. This may get quite tiring if you’re a naive car gamer just looking to find a race with a Nissan GTR.
Did I say Nissan GTR? Sorry, it doesn’t exist in the world of Project Cars. Nor do many other popular brands that you would imagine would exist in racing games of today. No Lamborghini, no Ferrari, no Subaru and no Nissan are just examples off the top of my head.
I feel this is a huge deal breaker for any car enthusiasts wanting to race in a similar car that they own in real life.
One great piece of news for Australia is the Bathurst track is featured here, but don’t expect any Australian cars. I image the latter part just caused you to slide your Forza disc back into your disc tray. By the time you make it into your first race hopefully you’ve left all your Forza knowledge locked up outside. Forget it all. Project Cars is a true test of skill, and by far it is the most unforgiving and raw racing experiences on the current generation consoles so far.
Project Cars is like learning to play an instrument, it’s a frustrating test of willpower until one day when you just pick it up and it just works. Along the way you will get penalised for touching the grass, love tapping other cars and just general loss of control. The game offers an insane level of customisation for your driver preference. From its difficulty, to tuning your car, to even the location of everything on your heads up display. For those true racing-sim fans – paradise. But everyone else, I must ask, how long do you want to be in menu’s compared to actually driving the cars?
There is so much driver preference customisation you may feel disadvantaged by just wanting to come home from a long days work and have a few quick races before dinner.
Forgetting Career mode, I found a much more enjoyable experience simply using the quick race feature found from the home screen. Simply pick any car and any track and off you go. I felt this was a great way to experience all that the game offered and was a much quicker learning process than from career mode.
In the brief time I’ve spent in multiplayer a large portion was waiting for matchmaking to work. Finding a specific game type with a similar class of car was a test of patience. After waiting for 10+ minutes I finally was placed in a match that was already in progress and lasted 30 seconds before ending.
After that test, I used the quick match option featured from the home screen. Which was not quick at all, but substantially shorter than the earlier 10 minute wait. The result was a race against a completely random collection cars and classes. Was it a race? not really, in fact it was more of a test of who could stay on the track for the longest.
Multiplayer is a testament to the difficulty of this game. Forget the battle to the podium simply trying to reach 1 lap with no major incident is hard, whether your fault or not someone will stack and crash into you. In fact in one match, I had a player stack their car right at the pit lane exit and every player crashed one after another.
If you’re the type of enthusiast who hears the title ‘Project Cars’ and thinks of Dad working on his rusty 69′ Camaro for years until it’s restored to glory. Think again. In fact there is really no vehicle customisation available in the game at all, the cars are all already at ‘race spec’. If that type of project is your thing then walk away right now.
Graphically the cars look fantastic and very realistic, the amount of different camera angles to choose from is appreciated and really suggests they have thought about exactly what this niche group of gamers would want. Slow the car’s down and look at the environments and perhaps they’re a bit blurry but who cares you’re supposed to be going fast!
Project Car’s is a raw racing-simulator experience. And expect just that. This game is for the niche that have been dying for a true racing simulator. If you can overlook the lack of vehicle-customisation and lack of cars on offer there may be a home here to truly test your skills. If you have the patience and invest the time you will find a considerably strong racing-sim that I’m sure will grow stronger as the months go by.
Project Cars is available now on Xbox One, PS4, and coming soon to Wii U and PC.
- Ultra Realistic Racing
- Realistic Physics
- Niche game many have been wanting
- Ultra Realistic Racing
- Lack of cars to choose
- Matchmaking needs improvement.
For the casual racing gamers:
For the racing simulator fans:
Activision is officially starting to roll out the track list for #GuitarHeroLive. Below you’ll find the first set of songs that will be playable in the game including hardcore tracks that Guitar Hero fans will love from Alter Bridge, Pierce the Veil and System of a Down, plus Black Veil Brides, Sleigh Bells and The Pretty Reckless as well as classics from Judas Priest and Pantera.
With hundreds of songs in the game fans will also get to rock out to songs from Rage Against the Machine, Green Day, The Rolling Stones and Red Hot Chili Peppers as well as songs that take a new twist on the classic Guitar Hero rock such as The Killers, The Black Keys and Fall Out Boy.
They will be announcing new tracks every week on #TracklistTuesday so be on the lookout for news about all the great music coming to #GuitarHeroLive. Here’s the first 24 that is announced:
Newly Announced Artists and Tracks:
- Judas Priest – “Breaking the Law”
- Pantera – “Cowboys From Hell”
- Alter Bridge – “Cry of Achilles”
- Rage Against the Machine – “Guerrilla Radio”
- Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Higher Ground”
- Sleigh Bells – “Bitter Rivals”
- System of a Down – “Chop Suey!”
- Black Veil Brides – “In The End”
- The Pretty Reckless – “Going to Hell”
- Broken Bells – “Leave it Alone”
- Alt-J – “Left Hand Free”
Previously Announced Artists, Newly Announced Tracks:
- The Rolling Stones – “Paint it Black”
- My Chemical Romance – “Na Na Na”
- Fall Out Boy – “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)”
- Green Day – “Nuclear Family”
- Pierce the Veil – “King for a Day (feat. Kellin Quinn)”
- Blitz Kids – “Sometimes”
- The Black Keys – “Gold on the Ceiling”
- The Killers – “When You Were Young”
- Gary Clark Jr. – “Don’t Owe You a Thang”
- The War on Drugs – “Under The Pressure”
- The Lumineers – “Ho Hey”
- Ed Sheeran – “Sing”
- Skrillex – “Bangarang”
Watch as Major Nelson unboxes the Xbox One version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Collector’s Edition. The Xbox version of the much anticipated game is considered as the ultimate version as it includes a cloth map of the game world and two Gwent card decks in addition to all the other items that the Playstation 4 and PC versions have.
As much as it may be sold out in the U.S., it is still available in Australia exclusively through EB Games. Bandai Namco Games Australia brings the chance to win 1 of 5 65″ LG UHD TVs for customers who preorder The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt through EB Games. For competition Terms & Conditions please visit EB Games Website.
The Collector’s Edition of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt contains:
- The standard edition of the game, containing: the official soundtrack, a beautiful and detailed map of the in-game world, unique stickers, and the developer-created “Witcher Universe – The Compendium”
- A giant, 33x24x26 cm, 100% hand painted, Polystone figure of Geralt of Rivia battling a Griffin
- An exclusive, collector grade Witcher medallion
- A one of a kind SteelBook
- A two-hundred page artbook, containing breathtaking art from the game
- A cloth map of the game world (Only available in the Xbox One version)
- Two Gwent card decks (Only available in the Xbox One version)
- Huge outer and inner Collector’s Boxes you can store your Witcher merchandise in!
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt releases for Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC on 19 May 2015 in Australia.
Zen Studios, maker of hit digital titles like Zen Pinball 2 and CastleStorm, is pleased to reveal that its beloved digital pinball platform, Pinball FX2, will be available as a launch title for Windows 10. Collaborating with Microsoft via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program, Zen worked to ensure the title will support cross-buy on Windows 10 and Xbox One devices. With crossbuy, players will be able purchase a Pinball FX2 table once on either Windows 10 enabled devices or on Xbox One consoles, and play it on the other platform at no additional charge.
Mel Kirk, VP of Publishing at Zen Studios, stated:
Zen Studios has a history of collaboration with Microsoft, so being able to work with them on this launch title for Windows 10 is a fantastic opportunity. We’ve loved what we’ve seen so far out of the operating system and being able to allow our Xbox One fans to import their tables to Windows 10 is something that gets us excited! We love providing extra value to players, and supporting their purchases across both Xbox One and Windows 10 is as good a value as you can get.
Pinball FX2 for Windows 10 will be playable at the Xbox Booth in this year’s Game Developers Conference from 2-5 March at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco.
Xbox and Universal Partnerships & Licensing announced an unprecedented partnership to bring a unique, standalone expansion to millions of Xbox fans worldwide. For the first time, the thrilling driving and amazing cars of Forza are combining with the blockbuster Fast & Furious film franchise to create an original adventure filled with high-speed automotive action in Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious.
Launching on 27 March 2015, Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is a standalone expansion to Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The all new expansion will put players behind the wheel of iconic vehicles from the Fast & Furious film series, including exciting new cars appearing in Universal Pictures’ Furious 7, which will be showing in theaters on 3 April. Players do not need to have purchased or played Forza Horizon 2 in order to download and enjoy the open-world adventure.
Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, has stated:
Forza is synonymous with racing and fun, so it’s only natural for us to work with one of the most celebrated automotive entertainment franchises in the world. This is a great way to bring Forza players into the world of Fast & Furious, and in Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, every fan will get a chance to go wheels-first into the exciting action of the Fast & Furious franchise.
To celebrate the launch of Furious 7, this standalone expansion will be available at no charge for a limited two week period. Beginning on 27 March and continuing through to 10 April 2015, players can download the expansion on Xbox One or Xbox 360 at no charge. After 10 April, the expansion will cost US$10, but players who downloaded it for free during the two-week window can continue to play without restriction.
Bill Kispert, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Digital Platforms, Universal Partnerships & Licensing, added:
Furious 7 is the latest installment in our enormously successful franchise, and partnering with the world-class team at Turn 10 Studios offered an exceptional opportunity to thank our fans in an exciting way. In this adventure, fans will experience the thrill of the Fast & Furious series’ most iconic cars through the amazing gameplay of Forza. We can’t think of a better combination for gamers and movie fans alike.
In Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, players will be recruited by Fast & Furious expert mechanic Tej Parker, voiced by Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, to source cars for the Fast & Furious crew’s next big mission. Players will take part in a series of thrilling car challenges set in the idyllic south of France, challenges inspired by both the Fast & Furious films and Forza’s legendary gameplay.
As players complete game challenges, they will unlock new cars that can be added to their collection and can be driven throughout the open world in free roam play. Players will also be able to take photos of their favorite cars in Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious and share them with fellow Forza players via the official Forza Web site and the Forza Hub app on Xbox One.
Have a look at the list below to see some of the special edition vehicles that will be featured in the game:
- 1970 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
- 2012 Nissan GT-R Fast & Furious Edition
- 1998 Toyota Supra Fast & Furious Edition
- 2014 Maserati Ghibli S Fast & Furious Edition
- 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Fast & Furious Edition
- 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Fast & Furious Edition
- 1970 Plymouth Cuda Fast & Furious Edition
- 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Fast & Furious Edition
Brand new, high resolution screenshots of Rise of the Tomb Raider have been released showing off the new environments and wildlife. Below you can see Lara adventuring in the snowy mountains that are both terrifying and stunning.
Rise of the Tomb Raider releases for Xbox One and Xbox 360 late 2015 and may release later for other platforms.