Forza Motorsport 6 Articles RSS Feed | Forza Motorsport 6 RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Project Scorpio's Specs Will Blow the PS4 Pro Out of the Water Sat, 08 Apr 2017 15:57:36 -0400 GeorgieBoysAXE

Six months removed from the launch of the PlayStation 4 Pro, Microsoft has been tight-lipped about its upcoming new console, code-named Scorpio. The only information that we have from the company so far is a promise that it will be the most powerful home system ever to exist, and a teased a holiday launch in 2017.

As we approach E3, Microsoft's internal team of Xbox developers met with the folks at Digital Foundry to reveal the confirmed hardware specifications for the new system, and the numbers certainly back up those bold claims made by the tech giant.

Project Scorpio set out to accomplish a specific set of goals for its processing and visual output, and is able to do so thanks to a custom CPU that can clock 2.3GHz of processing, backed by an impressive 12GB of GDDR5 RAM with a bandwith of 326 GB per second. This trounces the PS4 Pro’s bandwith of 218 GB per second.

The horsepower continues to impress with an Optical Drive that can deliver 4K, UHD, and Blu-ray resolutions, promising developers that the engine packed within the machine will be able to maintain consistent framerates with 4K fidelity -- using actual 4K assets instead of simply just scaling non-4K assets up the resolution.

In addition, the team behind the new console also promises improved performance for older Xbox titles that will be backwards-compatible with the Scorpio, much in the way that the PS4 Pro does for compatible PS4 software. Only they'll be able to do it with a significantly higher leap in performance than the PlayStation. The advancements include improved texture mapping, load times, and framerates for Xbox One software that’s capable of running on the new system.

Just look at the port of Forza Motorsport 6 running on the Scorpio setup if you need proof.  

The sleek, smooth, and state-of-the-art lighting and visuals that the team was able to push showcased a degree of fidelity that was never thought to be possible out of a home market system.

Forza Horizon 3’s presentation was already was some of the best that the Xbox One had to offer. And yet the team managed to take the engine that they developed for the sixth entry, optimize it to the standards of the Scorpio’s capabilities, and complete the port of the title within just two days.

The craziest thing about the development of this Microsoft-exclusive racing sequel is that even with the game running at its highest performance settings, it will only push the 88% of the GPU’s capabilities to deliver that kind of performance. 88% may not sound like much on paper, but that sort of resource management can make a significant difference towards the operation of a game and what it’s capable of.

Calling Digital Foundry’s impressions praiseworthy seems to be a bit of understatement, as they were eager to endorse the grand boasts Microsoft has made with Project Scorpio -- even backing the claim that it will be the most powerful home console ever released on the market at launch.

But is all this enough to trump the PS4 Pro?

Stronger, faster, and louder tech won’t necessarily guarantee Microsoft the largest market share of console gaming. We’ve seen the company edge out the competition with similar technological advantages before, only to be squandered from poor management, bad endorsement decisions, and a subpar lineup of exclusives. For every Gears of War 4 or Forza Horizon 3, there’s been a Project Spark or ReCore to shift the paradigm of Xbox exclusives firmly back into above average territory. The new system is going to need to really deliver game quality first, and performance second, if It hopes to capitalize where Sony has fumbled so far.

In addition, Scorpio’s messaging has been just as fuzzy as Sony’s intel was with the PS4 Pro. It was unclear as to whether or not this was a humble improvement on the current iteration of hardware, or a full-fledged upgrade to everything currently available. The new information released on the project puts that confusion to rest, and it would seem that Microsoft will be the first to deliver the new future of tech for console gaming later this year.

Turn 10 Select Car Pack releases today for Forza Motorsport 6 Tue, 12 Jul 2016 15:59:34 -0400 Anthony Pelone

Developer Turn 10 Studios announced today a new DLC car pack for Forza Motorsport 6 featuring seven cars handpicked by the development team. The trailer can be seen below.

Available for a $7 collective pack or individual purchase, the included cars are the following:

  • 2014 Jaguar #14 Emil Frey GT3 Jaguar XK
  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz #24 Tankpool24 Racing Truck
  • 2014 Chevrolet #4 ROAL Motorsport RML Cruze TC1 WTCC
  • 1980 Fiat 124 Sport Spider
  • 2015 McLaren 570S Coupé
  • 1969 Ford Brawner Hawk III
  • 1957 BMW Isetta 300 Export

Furthermore, these cars come with the latest content update for the game. The team has applied updates for three tracks--Monza, Catalunya and Circuit of the Americas--in the interest of competitive play. For example, Monza's chicane at Turn 4 has been fixed so as to properly differentiate between clean/dirty driving lines.

Finally, Turn 10 studios released a fun "Best Buddies" video, in which two very different cars have the time of their lives together.

Will you be purchasing these new cars? Let us know in the comments below!

Top Five Driving Games Wed, 13 Jul 2016 07:11:19 -0400 ChrisDeCoster

Twisted Metal Black

Still the best game in the franchise fifteen years later, Twisted Metal Black is undoubtedly the least realistic game on this list (and consider that this list contains Mario Kart). But it's one of the most fun as well.


This car-combat game has a massive list of twisted characters to play through in a dark, over-the-top story mode, and the gameplay, which ranges from races to frenetic death matches across huge maps, is made all the more fun with the insane weapons you unlock. It's like Mario Kart's twisted older brother -- a great multiplayer party game, but with a twisted campaign mode that'll keep you busy for a long time. And it's been re-released on the PlayStation 4, so if you missed it when it came out, give it a go.


What's your favorite driving game?  Let us know in the comments!

Forza Motorsport 6 

The Forza series has always been well-liked, but the most recent installment took home the gold. Hitting the point between realistic simulation and arcade-style fun, Forza Motorsport 6 is also visually stunning, with great weather effects and plenty of beautiful levels to pick from.


Forza Motorsport 6 is a great racing game with no bells and whistles, just a long track, great visuals, and tight gameplay. If you like racing and have an Xbox One, than there's no reason you shouldn't own this game.

Euro Truck Simulator 2 

Laugh all you want, but there's something strangely calming about this game. You're not going at a breakneck speed down winding roads, but there's still a sense of urgency to your actions. Euro Truck Simulator 2 is a relaxing game that's best played while listening to some music or a podcast to keep your mind occupied, and then just driving until you can't drive anymore.


While most driving games are all about speed, it's a breath of fresh air in that it's not about the speed. Euro Truck Simulator 2 is all about the journey, not the destination, and that's not a thing you see in video games very often. If that sounds like fun to you, give it a go.

Mario Kart (Any of Them)

On the goofier end of the spectrum, Mario Kart games are always fun with some friends. Each one manages to be easy enough for your little cousin to pick up and hard enough that you'll still be sweating trying to catch up to first.


While there's a lot that might make you angry, (damn you, blue shell!) the Mario Kart games have an irresistible charm that will always have you coming back for more. Like most multiplayer Mario games, it's the perfect game for family gatherings, parties, and any time more than one person's in a room. With tons of maps, characters, and customization options, there's plenty of ways to keep the game fresh for a long time.


One of the best driving sims of the current generation, DRIVECLUB's strength is it's amazing multiplayer. When a friend beats your time, you'll be notified and given a chance to beat theirs, which keeps the game feeling competitive. Not only that, but DRIVECLUB feels, handles, and looks great.


In a world where games focus on realism above all else, it's fun to play a game with more "arcadey" sensibilities. DRIVECLUB's cars are unique, but handle similar enough to each other that it's not a chore to play something different. If you want something that's good to play with friends and easy to pick up and play, grab a copy of DRIVECLUB.


Some days, all you want to do is get in your car and take a long, fast drive. Unfortunately, things like speed limits, the high price of gas, and lack of a car can get in the way of that.


Fortunately, there's always been plenty of video games based on the driving experience. From old arcade games like Daytona USA to current gen games like Project CARS, there's never been a shortage of games to drive fast in. Here are five games to play if you want to get that driving experience, without the hassle. Some are realistic, some are goofy, all will be a lot of fun.

Forza 6 releases new ways to outfit cars Thu, 07 Jan 2016 10:12:35 -0500 Damian A. Hinton

Since releasing this past September, Forza Motorsports 6 has graced the Xbox One with a spectacular racing game that contains a variety of new game modes and features that have been added to the already quality franchise.

Supplementing an already solid game have been the monthly additions of Forza's most important element: the vehicles. The most recently released (as of January 5th) set of vehicles, the "Ralph Lauren Polo Red Car Pack",  includes seven cars.

The included vehicles are as follows:

2016 W Motors Lykan Hypersport

If dressing to impress is of higher value, just gander at the titanium blades within the headlights that are encrusted with diamonds and jewels. 

2015 Nissan #1 Nismo Motul Autech GT-R

The GT-R is legendary for its performance; this race-bred strain represents best-in-class ability and will give you the upper-hand in any track battle.

1973 Holden HQ Monaro GTS 350

The HQ Monaro is considered one of the most attractive body designs to ever come from Australian manufacturer Holden. 

1973 Nissan Skyline GT-R

The rarest of Nissan Skyline GT-Rs ever produced is the “Kenmeri,” dubbed so after the characters Ken and Mary from a famous Nissan marketing campaign.

1979 Opel Kadett C GT/E

The Opel Kadett was the result of a partnership between General Motors and Opel, with the goal of making a world car that could compete with the Volkswagen Beetle.

2014 Toyota #8 Toyota Racing TS040 HYBRID

The TSO40 is far from its street driving hybrid cousin the Toyota Prius, but the technology proven on the race course consistently inspires innovation that is applied to production cars.

2015 Mazda Formula Mazda

The Formula Mazda is a spec open-wheel race car class that bridges the gap between the USF2000 series and Indy Lights in the Mazda Road to Indy ladder.

These cars are free for owners of the Forza Motorsports 6 "Car Pass" which hands out seven free cars each month. Those without the Car Pass can purchase the packs for $6.99, and can also purchase the cars individually.

Microsoft releases 'Name Your Game' Xbox One bundles Tue, 05 Jan 2016 10:16:32 -0500 Alec Pearce

Christmas may have come and gone but Microsoft is still keen for people to pick up an Xbox One in the New Year by introducing two new bundles for Winter 2016, including the 'Name Your Game' deal.

You can now acquire a 1TB Xbox One along with a brand new copy of Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege. It also includes download codes for both Rainbow Six Vegas and Rainbow Six Vegas 2, available through Xbox One backwards compatibility. This will set you back $399 and does not include a Kinect if you are keen to get hold of one.

The second bundle option is a bit different and allows you to 'choose' your own deal. The 'Name Your Game' bundle includes a 500gb Xbox One and a full game download of one of four games. These are: Forza Motorsport 6, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, and Rare Replay.

This will go on sale January 12th at a price of $349 but is only available in these countries: Australia, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, and the U.K. North America is getting the release later in the month. 

If you have yet to pick up an Xbox One then now seems as good a time as any.

Joseph Ocasio's favorite games of 2015 Part 1 Wed, 13 Jan 2016 15:50:23 -0500 Joseph Ocasio


So, what are the remaining 5 best games of 2015? Find out at the end of the week to see who made the cut. We'll be seeing Bats, Aliens, and Super Mutants (oh my) in part 2, so stay tuned to see what made the cut. That's all for now.


6. Assassin's Creed: Syndicate


After the disastrous launch of Assassin's Creed: Unity, many look at Syndicate with cynicism. It's easy to understand why, but I was still won over. With an improved story, two likable leads, and the addition of the grapple hook, Syndicate was able pull me back into the war between the Assassins and the Templars with one of the best installments of this now 8-year-old franchise. Hopefully, this trend will continue, and the next game (rumored to be skipping this year) will continue to grow and reclaim its mantle as the definitive open-world series.


7. Rise of the Tomb Raider


The 2013 reboot of Tomb Raider was a solid title -- even if somewhat lacking. The story was average, its characters throwaways, and it tired too hard to emulate the success of the Uncharted series. Rise of the Tomb Raider manages to fix most of its predecessor's problems, with an improved story, more varied locations, and new crafting mechanics. It mixes them with the same fantastic combat and set pieces that the reboot had.


While it still feels like it's playing catch up with Sony's action franchise, Rise of the Tomb Raider manages to surprise and overcome its shortcomings to prove that it's a force to be reckoned with. It's a shame PS4 and PC owners have to wait until later this year to play it.


8. Forza Motorsport 6


When I first got my Xbox One, I never had any interest in racing simulators. Playing only arcade racers like Mario Kart, Need for Speed, or Split/Second, I never had the time or patience to really get the hang of them. After receiving an Xbox One for Christmas, I decided to give racing sims another shot with Forza Motorsport 6...and fell in love immediately.


Everything just started to click with me. The game is incredibly accessible, letting you take off the training wheels at your own pace. It also features the most varied and detailed selection of cars, tracks, and upgrades I've seen in any racing game. And it easily has the best car handling in game. 


Add the Drivatar AI that learns from your races, plus the ability to increase the difficulty and aggression of your opponents, and you will have a fair challenge. It's one of the most fun experiences I've had with a racing game, and worth picking up if you have an Xbox One.


9. Splatoon


While Nintendo has a habit of relying on old standby franchises, the big N surprised the world with Splatoon. This original online shooter had simple, yet addictive gameplay. Shooting ink all over well-designed maps made for some of the most fun to be had online this year. And it's only been getting better as the months go on, with free DLC maps, weapons, updates and so much more.


Now if only I didn't have to buy those darn amiibo figures to get some cool samurai outfits.


10. Dying Light


While zombie games aren't a new thing, Dying Light was able to remain fresh and unique. It borrowed elements from games like Assassin's Creed and Mirror's Edge, but did that so well that the lack of originality didn't hinder the overall experience. From its surprisingly well told story and characters, to its immensely addictive missions, Dying Light is more than just "a more polished version of Dead Island." It's a great game and an underrated gem.


2015 was a great year for gaming. Full of new IPs and returning favorites, it was an improvement over 2014's year of unfinished, broken games and constant remastering of old titles. I felt that 2015 was a breath of fresh air -- a year to start anew and try to put the past behind us. So, that's why I decided to take a look back and see what games truly entertained and engaged me the most this year. 


From AAA titles to indie darlings, there was something for everyone this year, making it one of the best years in gaming.


This will be split into to two parts with Part 1 covering 10-6. With that said, let us begin.

Week-long Black Friday Xbox deals will include over 150 games Thu, 19 Nov 2015 03:18:57 -0500 Michael Falero

If you have a backlog of Xbox games you've been meaning to buy, now's probably the time to get them.

Xbox has released a sneak peek video of its Black Friday deals, which will start a week early on November 20th and run through the end of the month. The sale will include more than 150 titles that range from 40 to 60% off (see above for the teaser).

How the Xbox sale will work

On Friday, November 20th, Xbox Live Gold subscribers will gain early access to the "Black Friday" deals on Xbox Live. Silver subscribers will gain access on November 24th, but they can buy a month's Gold subscription for just $1 starting on the 20th, giving them instant access to the deals. The subscription deal is for both Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners.

In addition to the 40 to 60% off, Gold members will also get up to 10% off some games through November 23rd.

The video teases a number of big titles, including Gears of War: Ultimate EditionForza Motorsport 6, and Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Critically acclaimed games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and BioShock Infinite make appearances as well.

Don't own an Xbox 360 or Xbox One? Check out our coverage of Nintendo's Black Friday deals and our holiday Gamer Gift Guides.

The Bundle Bundle: Console bundles for Xbox One available for the holidays Wed, 30 Sep 2015 12:06:34 -0400 Andrea Koenig

It seems like the latest craze for console companies is to offer a special bundle, whether it simply includes a certain game, or a full limited edition makeover to your favorite console. 

Below are the Upcoming Xbox One bundles that will be available before December. If you're both a PS4 and Xbox One gamer, you can check out the same upcoming holiday PS4 bundles right here.

Xbox One Elite Bundle

  • Xbox One Console, 1TB Solid State Hybrid drive
  • Xbox Elite Wireless Controller (plus replaceable parts)
  • Xbox Elite Wireless Controller carrying case
  • 14 Day Xbox Live Gold Trial

Available: Nov 3, 2015 (pre-order now)

Price: $499 (plus tax)

LEGO Movie Bundle
  • Xbox One Console, 500GB hard drive
  • Xbox One Wireless Controller
  • LEGO Movie video game

Available: October 2015 

Price: $349 (plus tax)

Xbox One 1TB Holiday Bundle
  • Xbox One Console, 1TB hard drive
  • Xbox One Wireless Controller
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition video game
  • Rare Replay video game
  • Full-game download code for Ori and the Blind Forest

Available: November 2015 

Price: $399 (plus tax)

Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Xbox One Console, 1TB hard drive
  • Xbox One Wireless Controller
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider full download, Holiday 2015 exclusive
  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition full game download
  • Exclusive Tactical Survival Kit Content Pack

Available: Nov 3, 2015

Price: $399 (plus tax)

Limited Edition Halo 5 Guardians Bundle
  • Custom Xbox One Console, 1TB Hard Drive
  • Custom Xbox One Wireless Controller
  • Spartan-themed SteelBook case
  • Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition full download
  • Guardian model by Metal Earth
  • Exclusive DLC: Warzone REQ Bundle 

Available: Oct 20, 2015 

Price: $499 (plus tax)

Bonus Bundle: Limited Edition Forza Motorsport 6
  • Custom Xbox One Console, 1TB
  • Custom Xbox One Wireless Controller
  • Forza Motorsport 6 full download
  • Tenth Anniversary Car Pack download code
  • Exclusive: Assassin's Creed Unity (If ordered before Oct 31)
  • Exclusive: Project Spark (If ordered between Sept 30 and Dec 31)


Price: $399 (plus tax)

All of the above bundles include HDMI Cable and Power Supply.

Xbox is currently releasing one deal per day this week to offer various deals and bundles to get gamers into the holiday spirit. You can keep an eye on them through the Xbox Wire news blog or the Microsoft Store.

For PlayStation 4 Bundles, click here.

EGX 2015: Day 1 - Into the Breach Fri, 25 Sep 2015 11:37:10 -0400 Pierre Fouquet

The first day of EGX is done, and the end was the best part. I got to meet a whole bunch of amazing role models in the games journalism world, and I got to play around with Valve's and HTC's foray into VR with the Vive. The Vive is fantastic in just about every single way! But more on Vive later, because I want you to read the rest of this; I know, cheeky me.

Forza 6

This has been out for a short time now, I do own it, but have not had the time to play it. And now I have. It's still Forza, which is perfect. There is one massive change in Forza 6 than in the previous games: a lucky draw system, where you can win a far more expensive car than you can afford, or some discounts for car parts.

I'm not quite sure how I feel about this change, but I'm moving toward liking it, as it will allow you to compete at many car classes at the same time. Instead of having to grind for a while on a low-class untill you can buy a class A or up car, you can simply win it.

The car handling feels very similar to Forza 5, but with a bit more finesse. The cars seem to react a lot more realistically to changes in speed. Breaking or lifting off the gas now seems to make the weight shift forward in a way I haven't yet felt in Forza; but, otherwise, it's just Forza. Nothing wrong with that.

Rare Replay

Who remembers Rare? I remembered their legacy but had never played many of their games, unfortunately. Rare Replay features 30 Rare games from the past 30 years, which is just about all that needs to be said about this. A fantastic throwback kit for the gamer who wants some of the best retro games from one of the best developers. Rare is now working on Sea of Thieves, a pirate MMO.

Just Cause 3

Explosions, chaos, parachutes, explosions, wingsuit, guns, explosions, cars, helicopters, explosions and Rico Rodriguez, Just Cause in a nutshell. There are two main changes from Just Cause 2 to 3, the wingsuit and the ability to have multiple tethers. The parachute received a speed decrease, to allow you to use it more as gun platform than before; the wingsuit adds the speed and it feels amazing.

Diving into your own explosion is great; or, even better, diving down into something you have just duel tethered and pulled together while it's exploding, is fantastic. Just Cause 3 comes out on December 1st.

Homefront: The Revolution

The demo opened with a monologue explaining that you are a guerilla fighter, so you are not a one-man army. But, I then proceeded to run around, on my own, killing enemies with ease. The sound design is great and the guns feel powerful. But the strange disconnect between the fact you are a guerilla fighter, but also able to defend for a long time is not exactly where I thought the game was heading towards.

The game does feels nice to control and has a very nice atmosphere, so we will see how vulnerable this one fighter is when the game releases.

Star Wars: Battlefront

There is a lot of negative and positive press surrounding Star Wars: Battlefront. One side calling it out for not having many of the features the original 2 had, and the other side praising it for looking and sounding amazing, and that it's doing its own thing.

I'm slightly towards the negative camp, for reasons I won't go into now, but a part of it boils down to it looking too much like Battlefield. I am wrong, but not fully. The sounds of the blasters are on point, the death animations, the animations of blaster shots hitting surfaces, the jetpack animations and feel of it all fit the feel of the original film trilogy perfectly.

The mode I played was just conquest mode from Battlefield, with one addition. To destroy 2 AT-ATs when on the Rebel's side, or to get those AT-ATs to the Rebel shield generator when on the side of the Empire. You capture several points, as Rebels these would slow down the assault, as the Empire it aids the assault. But other than that, it's essentially conquest with the score hidden behind 2 AT-ATs.

One of the best features of the game was no reloads, the blasters instead have a cooldown, which does work. But the weirdest feature is that to get into a ship you pick up a floating logo, and after holding down the required buttons, you teleport into the ship, or gunner seat of an AT-AT, or an AT-ST.

Mirror's Edge: Catalyst

Far more fluid than its previous game, Catalyst is a prequel. It follows the origin story of Faith. You can no longer pick up guns, but fear not, as the mêlée combat is now all momentum based, and is fun. No matter how skeptical I can be of EA as a publisher, Catalyst has my full attention.

Unfortunately, I hit some bugs, so my gameplay kept being cut short, and I was constantly replaying the same sections. But I kept making it through these sections in different ways, in faster ways, and in more stylish ways. So not all was lost. I got to experiment with different ways of navigating around a more linear section.

Xbox One Elite Controller

This is Microsoft's upcoming controller, aimed at competitive and pro gamers, priced at $150 or £120. The biggest addition is the use of 4 more paddles on the underside of the controller. You can remap any other button to them. Want to reload with one of these new paddles? Remap the reload button to one. The Elite Controller was demoed with Forza 6, allowing you to change gears with two of the new paddles instead of the bumpers. You could theoretically play with manual gearing while using the clutch, which with a controller is weird to think.

The controller has an aluminium construction, and lots of rubber for grip. The triggers can be locked to half pull, allowing, in a shooter, to fire far more quickly. The triggers feel like they have a much more smooth action. Another nice feature is the swappable nature of the analogue sticks, D-pad, and 4 base buttons, as they are all magnetic. In the box, you will get 2 different D-pads, and 3 sets of analogue sticks. One set is taller than normal, one is a lot like the standard ones, and the last is a dome similar to the pre-PS4 controllers.

Is it worth the high asking price? From what I've experienced no, but not far off that, maybe at $100 to $120 it would be worth it completely. It's a well-designed piece of kit, and I would love for Sony to release a new version of the PS4 controller with similar features and make the triggers far better. Both the Xbox One and PS4 controllers are amazing, but both have different flaws. The Elite Controller fixes one of the biggest flaws in the Xbox One controller, the bumpers.

HTC Vive

I will be putting more in-depth thoughts of this in its own video, but the short and sweet version is here.

Going into this VR experience, I had only once tried VR with the Oculus Rift DK1. Which made me very motion-sick, to the point where I pretty much fell over after about 10 seconds. With the Vive, I had none of these issues, with only very slight disorientation. Not enough for it register at the time, but later thinking back on it, I remember it giving me a strange sensation.

Now: gushing time. My god the Vive is amazing! I want to highlight just one part of the demo that is set underwater, on a shipwreck. There are lots of fish swimming around, while swatting at them they swim away like you would expect. As I'm doing this, I turn around to follow a few and see a giant blue whale swimming towards me. So I physically walk, which is an amazing feeling, towards the whale who stops at the prow of the ship. I'm now stand right next to its eye and reach out to touch it. The whale gets spooked, and suddenly starts to swim away making me jump slightly. As it swims away, it flicks its tail, again making me jump. This, in turn, makes a part of the ship suddenly and very squeakily move towards me, making me physically recoil back to dodge it. I loved every minute of it!

Day 1 is no longer here, but more amazing adventures await.

I know, all a bit dramatic, but I have to dramatise some parts for entertainment purposes.

Being very new to the industry, getting to meet some very well established and respected people was like a Football, or Soccer, fan getting to meet their favourite players. I got to chat with the Outside Xbox crew, Jane Douglas, Andy Farrant, and Mike Channel. I got to get a lovely one to two conversation with Cam Robinson, and Seb Ford now of CamAndSeb (their production company being Double Jump). Lastly, I got to have a very quick conversation with Laura Dale, known to the internet as Laura K Buzz or that woman who talks about game butts. I just did some name dropping, oh yer!

I'm looking forward to day 2, this time I will look at some of the smaller indie games in the Rezzed and Indie Megabooth areas, and will get to interview Fatshark about their upcoming game Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide.

Forza Motorsport 6 Review Sun, 20 Sep 2015 17:30:02 -0400 Matt_Paprocki

A dramatic opening monologue begins Forza Motorsport 6, presenting the question of, “Why do we race?” It doesn't have an answer, but does draw absurd metaphors for bullying and romance.

Forza is not done either. Motor journalists pad load screens with their haughty speeches, one correlating early race competitors to the likes of combat veterans.

No Forza. No.

Microsoft needs their simulation racing counterpoint more than consumers need six Forzas.

Forza may finally love cars too much, and it must. Drive Club and Gran Turismo now linger on rival hardware. Microsoft needs their simulation racing counterpoint more than consumers need six Forzas.

Other sports may linger yearly, but there is something to be said for the value of exclusives, particularly from a console maker who serves Halo, Gears of War, and Forza on repeat. Microsoft left the breadth of their uniquely Western software to die on the original Xbox.

Realistic Racing Game Seeks Colorful Personality

This series remains pleasant though. There is a sense of color and comfort which Gran Turismo is willing to discard. If Sony's series is the die-hard flight simulator of car games, than Forza is their more welcoming training program, complete with dramatized music.

Nothing changes in Forza 6. It's an accessible jaunt through a world of expensive – even grandiose – motorized privilege where dollars are measured in horsepower than rather bank accounts. Earn credits, unlock, progress through disciplines, and decipher how the simulation has changed. Chances are it hasn't to anyone less than fanatical number watchers.

If anything, Forza has pushed itself away from the sim, bulking up with added “mods” which are neither logical nor welcome. Arbitrarily adding a random boost for bonus grip feels false against Forza's contrasting nine screens of live driving information, available with a d-pad tap. The system of unwrapping digital mod packs is either desperation for the new or a siphon for microtransactions to be added later.

Six Pack

Maybe the question is not, “Why do we race?” so much as, “Why do we need Forza 6?” Microsoft would appreciate numbers as justification. All publishers do, so arbitrarily, there are 450 some cars, 26 locales, 24-player online competitions, unlimited custom community designs, all in 1080p with splendid rain effects. Hooray. Oh, and ungainly named Drivatars – those snippets of data pulled from other people's sessions to build virtual opponents – which continue to prove how cruel your friends are behind digital wheels. How Drivatars function without servers will be interesting to preservationists.

Forza risks losing a battle because it has been marked as a needed holiday tentpole and nothing more.

In contrast, the spin-off series, Horizon, carries a nascent, generous atmosphere and an overall idealist peek at car culture. There's an energy. While stuffy, it's never as redundant as the core series has become, droning between sectioned off races (split between five sets to make a “career”), buying new, tweaking, and waiting for a sequel. Gran Turismo, hoity toity as it appears, at least catches a flash of identity. Without some form of backing – whether that becomes a thin narrative or other connective showcase - Forza risks losing a battle because it has been marked as a needed holiday tentpole and nothing more.

Still, it's fun winding around tracks layered with this too-sharp-for-reality reality. The cars look better that way.

9 games to look forward to in September Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:41:50 -0400 Bryan C. Tan

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

After almost three decades of innovation, hard work, and success, the story of the greatest stealth series of all time will finally be complete.


Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will be the final chapter of the Metal Gear series pioneered by gaming visionary Hideo Kojima, linking all the games into one cohesive story. As Punished "Venom" Snake, also known as Big Boss, players will traverse through Afghanistan and the Angola-Zaire border in the first open world Metal Gear on a mission to exact revenge on those that wronged him.


Besides the usual sneaking elements, The Phantom Pain includes a host of new features to complement its whole new game world, namely, intelligent AI companions and enemies, real-time day-and-night cycles, and a fully customizable Mother Base utilizing the Fulton surface-to-air recovery system. Multiplayer will also make a return to Metal Gear with two brand new online modes, so players needn't worry about what to do after they're done with The Phantom Pain's highly-sophisticated single-player.


V will come to Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on September 1st.

Mad Max

Cars, guns, and a whole lot of action - a storied film franchise will be making the transition to video games, but unlike other movie games, this one looks like it's going to be an epic of apocalyptic proportions.


From the masterminds of the Just Cause series, Avalanche Studios, Mad Max puts players in the shoes of franchise protagonist Max Rockatansky in search of the car he lost, the Interceptor, and to build the car of his dreams, the Magnum Opus. Through canyons, caves, and deserts, Max must survive by scavenging for resources such as food, water, and fuel before War Boys take them away first.


Max's car can be customized as well as his weapons, while friendly relationships can be formed with strongholds to garner new quests and rewards, and lower the threat level of each region. With radical vehicular combat, dangerous environmental hazards, and a tense expansive story, players will be in for an exhilarating experience in the open world of the wasteland. 


Get Mad on Windows, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on September 1st.

Tearaway Unfolded

One of the best games ever on the PlayStation Vita will finally be making the big leap to console, with the creators of LittleBigPlanet, Media Molecule, reinventing their award-winning platformer for the current generation.


Tearaway Unfolded is an expanded retelling of the original Tearaway story that puts players on a quest to help atoi, the messenger, deliver an important message. Through a vibrant papercraft world filled with colorful drawings and doodles, the magical adventure of Tearaway has been reimagined for the TV.


The power of wind can be unleashed in-game by swiping on the DualShock 4's touch pad, and the power of light can be activated by shining the DualShock 4's light bar. Stuff hurled out of the TV can be thrown back in to solve puzzles and defeat enemies, while the mobile companion app lets players customize the wild papery world of Tearaway Unfolded.


Adventure Unfolded on PlayStation 4 on September 8th.

Super Mario Maker

After 30 years of making side-scrolling platformers about an Italian plumber, Nintendo is finally letting go of the reins and leaving the controls to the fans.


Super Mario Maker gives fans the tools to create their very own Super Mario levels and bring their imaginations into reality using only the Wii U GamePad. Enemies, obstacles, blocks, and more can be combined by dragging and dropping them together, with more parts becoming available the next day after spending 5 minutes creating a course.


Sound effects and animations can be edited in all the classic environments, and Amiibos can be scanned to add special elements to courses. With a Course World filled with player creations, creators, and challenges, Super Mario fans will be treated with a plethora of crazy iterations of their favorite Nintendo series.


Become the greatest Super Mario Maker on Wii U on September 11th.

Forza Motorsport 6

It's been ten years since the first Forza Motorsport came out on the original Xbox and changed the racing genre forever. To celebrate, Turn 10 Studios looks to do the same again with the sixth instalment in their critically-acclaimed franchise.


Forza Motorsport 6 will be a wetter, darker, and more realistic affair as rain and night will finally be able to affect cars during a race, all in glorious 60 frames per second at 1080p resolution. More than 70 hours of gameplay will be present in the new career mode called "Stories of Motorsport", along with unlockable Showcase events that relive the greatest moments in motorsport history.


Split-screen racing will also return to Forza, and feature 24 cars on track in a single race, ensuring a jam-packed experience both online and offline. With over 450 intricately designer cars to collect, customize, and race across 26 world-famous tracks, Forza Motorsport 6 will surely be an all-consuming experience for racing fans.


Take over Motorsport on Xbox One on September 15th.

Blood Bowl 2

Craving for a video game that combines American football with a fantasy boardgame? Well, Blood Bowl 2 might just be the one.


The sequel to Cyanide Studios' 2009 Blood Bowl, Blood Bowl 2 brings the humor and brutality of the original adaptation into a new graphics engine that fully realizes the character-driven world of Blood Bowl 2 with new cameras and animations.


The all-new single-player story campaign puts players in charge of leading the human race back to glory, while the revamped multiplayer mode lets players create, manage, and develop their own teams comprised of eight races from the Warhammer world. With the ability to upgrade stadiums, customize jerseys, and transfer players, Blood Bowl 2 is a turn-based strategy game with countless possibilities.


Reap Blood on Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on September 22nd.


As the days get shorter and the nights get longer, it's only fitting to pass the darkness with some new-found horror.


From Frictional Games, the creators of the highly-acclaimed Amnesia and Penumbra horror series, SOMA is a first-person sci-fi survival horror game that takes place underwater. In a remote research facility, machines have begun to become human, and alien entities have begun to disrupt the peace.


Players have to find out what happened to the abandoned facility, and find a way out, without weapons, and without help. Through a futuristic setting, disturbing truths about technology and human nature await to be discovered.


Escape SOMA alive on Windows, Mac, Linux, and PlayStation 4 on September 22nd.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5

After more than a decade, the sequel to the greatest skateboarding game series of all time has finally arrived.


The tenth installment in the Tony Hawk's series and the first main entry since 2007, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 brings it back to where it all began. Classic gameplay with signature Pro Skater moves mixed with extended trick combinations is brought to life in over 80 unique missions across 8 different environments.


As a pro or personalized skater, players can shred pavements online with up to 20 people at once, and build and share their very own skateparks using over 250 obstacles for endless creativity. With new items like power-ups and projectiles, leveling up to be the best pro skater around will be a fresh and entertaining experience.


Go Pro on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 29th, and PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on November 10th.

LEGO Dimensions

Developer TT Games is back once again with another instalment in their successful LEGO series, but this time they're pulling out all the stops with what is undoubtedly the biggest LEGO game to date.


LEGO Dimensions bring the colorful worlds of 14 fan-favorite brands such as DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, and The LEGO Movie together in a LEGO Multiverse threated by an evil mastermind. Starting out in the world of Oz with Batman, Gandalf, and Wyldstyle, players will have to traverse the 14 different Adventure Worlds in order to save their friends and their universes from oblivion.


LEGO Dimensions also marks LEGO's first foray into the toys-to-life arena, with physical minifigures, vehicles, and gadgets available for purchase to be unlocked in-game. Up to seven toys can be dropped onto the LEGO Toy Pad included in the Starter Pack into the game, providing an action-packed experience regardless of whether players choose to play solo or co-op.


Travel through multiple Dimensions on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 from September 27th.


Arise for the Fall


The hustle and bustle of the summer has finally come to a close, and the time has come to settle in for colder winds.


But while we have to say goodbye to sunny beaches, crowded festivals, and smoky barbecues, we can now say hi to the most exciting, congested, but ultimately fun time of the year for video games: the fall.


To start us off on the wonderful gaming journey towards the end of the year, here are 9 games coming to a platform near you in the cool, refreshing month of September.

Preorder Your Forza 6 Edition Xbox One Now Wed, 24 Jun 2015 03:19:54 -0400 K.W. Colyard

Microsoft has just announced the Forza Motorsport 6 Limited Edition Xbox One console: a cobalt blue system with a matching controller and a 1TB harddrive. Like most limited edition Microsoft consoles, the Forza Motorsport 6 Xbox One will have custom start up, shut down, and disc tray noises. This is the first limited edition Microsoft console to be based on a racing game.

The Forza Motorsport series marked its tenth anniversary in May of this year. According to Microsoft, the Forza Motorsport 6 Xbox One bundle commemorates the franchise's decade-long, racing simulator legacy, which began on the original Xbox console in 2005. Forza Motorsport 6 will be the third game in its franchise to come to the Xbox One, following Forza Motorsport 5 and Forza Horizon 2.

The Forza Motorsport 6 Limited Edition Xbox One console bundle is available for preorder now from Microsoft Stores and select retailers. Look for it in stores when Forza Motorsport 6 launches on September 15.

Why Microsoft won E3 Tue, 16 Jun 2015 12:52:15 -0400 Michael Slevin

Some of the most interesting conversations post-E3 come out of debating who "won."

There are many factors that decide who had the most successful conference, but based on software, services, and making fans excited to own a console, Microsoft made Sony and Nintendo look bad.


We can all almost unanimously agree that Xbox has better games coming out this year compared to Nintendo and Sony. Sony has incredible games coming next year, but short of their 2016 lineup Sony does not seem to have a killer 1st-party exclusive app for this winter.

Meanwhile, Microsoft is sitting with Halo 5, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Forza 6, and a timed exclusive in Rise of the Tomb Raider. All of these games come out this year, on top of both Microsoft and Sony getting most big AAA third-party games.

And then there is Nintendo, who do not have much lined up for this year. Xenoblade Chronicles X and Super Mario Maker headline Nintendo's Fall/Winter lineup, but these two games will have a hard time competing since they are attached to the Wii U, which is much less popular than the 3DS.

In terms of games, Microsoft wins. They may not have had the exciting announcements that Sony had. However, judging what is coming this year, Microsoft has a vastly superior lineup this year, but with Sony looking stronger than Microsoft in 2016 with Uncharted 4, The Last Guardian, and other potential hits.


Microsoft introduced backwards compatibility, perhaps the biggest announcement in any press conference. This is a huge move in favor for the consumer, who is now offered a console that can play games from two libraries.

Add in the fact that Fallout 4 PC mods will be available on the Xbox One version (with mods on PS4 presumed to come later), and you have some really cool services and features coming to Xbox One.

Sony is certainly playing the long game, introducing phenomenal looking games slated for 2016. That being said, Microsoft is seizing the moment and looks to tighten the console sales gap separating them and their Sony counterpart.

Playing Xbox games on Oculus is lame Fri, 12 Jun 2015 08:05:50 -0400 Michael Slevin

Yesterday, Microsoft and Oculus announced a partnership. Now, an Xbox One controller promised to come with each Oculus headset.

On the surface, this is a big move. However, I have a bone to pick with this partnership. It has nothing to do with the companies themselves, the controller being packaged in, or the need to have Windows 10 in order to stream your Xbox One games to Oculus.

No, my problem is in the immersion that Oculus offers with Xbox One games. In case you didn't know, the Xbox One games that you will be able to play will be shown to you in a virtual theatre, in which you will play games on a big screen.

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Personally, the reason the Oculus Rift is so exciting is because it offers a new level of immersion within gaming. Why would I want to play a game on a virtual TV when I have a big screen right in front of me.

Upon first hearing the announcement of a partnership, I imagined Xbox's best exclusives and being immersed in their worlds. Gears of War, Halo, Forza. I want a shift in how I experience those games. I want to be in those worlds. But instead, I get put into, essentially, the same world I have been playing these games in for years.

This is *so* close to being what I want, but it isn't. Bundling the controller is smart, and Microsoft tying Windows 10 to streaming the games is a very business-savvy move on their part.

But the most important thing to me as a gamer is the experience.

The kind of experience and gameplay provided is critical, especially with VR.

The difference between wearing a VR headset and not wearing a VR headset and just playing on my TV, is that the headset should provide a level of immersion. No distractions, just getting to be inside the world of whatever game I am playing.

Xbox One games on Oculus, as of right now, seem to offer no real improvement on the Xbox One experience.

For now, it seems smarter to simply play Xbox One games on your TV screen, as opposed to the virtual screen that your Oculus headset would provide. 

Oculus and Microsoft partnership announced Thu, 11 Jun 2015 11:51:17 -0400 Michael Slevin

Oculus announced today at its pre-E3 press conference that it will be a partner with Microsoft.

Xbox One games such as Halo, Forza, and Sunset Overdrive will be available to stream to the VR headset.

The Oculus Rift will also natively work with Windows 10. It is clear that Microsoft wants to jumpstart gaming on the Windows platform. However, it should be noted that Microsoft did announce the Microsoft HoloLens. Perhaps this means that the HoloLens will not be gaming oriented.

Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe went on to note the need for Oculus to come packaged with a controller, prompting the announcement that each Oculus headset will come with an Xbox One controller and adapter.

It will be interesting to see if the relationship between the two companies expands to exclusive games and software, or if this is the full extent of the relationship.

The Oculus Rift is slated for a Q1 release date, but in the meantime you will have to play your Xbox One games the old fashion way, perhaps on one of the fancy new 1TB consoles

1TB Xbox One unveiled Tue, 09 Jun 2015 08:03:50 -0400 Michael Slevin

Microsoft has unveiled a new 1TB Xbox One system, as well as a new Xbox One controller.

This announcement comes a week before E3, where we will hear more about what Xbox is up to on the software front.

The new console is an improvement on the Xbox One's standard 500GB, and will also come with a matte finish.


The new controller makes a small, but welcome, addition in the form of 3.5mm stereo headset jack. This will allow you to plug your favorite gaming headset into your controller with ease.

Microsoft also announced that there will be an Xbox One Wireless Adapter, which will plug into your USB 2.0 or 3.0 port of any Windows 10 PCs, laptops, and even tablets, allowing you to wirelessly use an Xbox One controller. The adapter will be available for $24.99 or $79.95 bundled with an Xbox One controller.

The new 1TB console also means a permanent price reduction for all 500GB Xbox One systems to $349.

Will you be getting the new console? If so, what are you going to use all that new space for? Let us know in the comments below.

Forza Motorsport 6 Announced on Xbox One Mon, 12 Jan 2015 18:51:59 -0500 Ciara Guibault

Earlier this evening at the North American International Auto Show, Microsoft and Ford teamed up to announce Forza Motorsport 6 on the Xbox One. Since this will be Forza's 10-year anniversary, Turn 10 and Microsoft made big plans to release the Forza Motorsport 6 trailer during the announcement of the new Ford GT supercar, which will be the cover car for the new game. 

According to Alan Hartman, the studio manager at Turn 10, the involvement of the car manufacturers has changed over the last three to four years, as they've realized that this is a very important venue for them; car companies want to be featured in a game with Forza's name recognition and power. Raj Nair, who leads Ford's global product development, said that Forza Motorsport 6 will give fans the opportunity to "virtually experience" Ford's lineup of performance automobiles. 

A release date for Forza Motorsport 6 has not been announced yet, but gameplay will be unveiled during E3 in June, and the announcement trailer that was shown at the auto show can be viewed below.