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Forza Horizon 2 demo coming to Xbox One on September 16

A demo for Playground Games' Forza Horizon 2 is coming to Xbox One on September 16, just ahead of the September 30 release date. They promise a "brief taste" of what to expect in the full version.  You'll find an Achievements list for Forza Horizon 2 below. Some of the names are super silly.   more

Forza Horizon 2 demo coming to Xbox One on September 16 photo

Mario Kart 8 gets Mercedes update, pre-orders now live for DLC

Mario Kart 8 brings a small update today, and with it, the free Mercedes Benz DLC. Version 2.0 of the game is in tow, which comes with minor changes like an in-game DLC option. If you want the Mercedes DLC just head to t...   more

Mario Kart 8 gets Mercedes update, pre-orders now live for DLC photo

Mashup! Mario Kart 8 DLC adds Link, Animal Crossing Villager

[Update: Nintendo of America has released more details, mainly that both downloadable content packs will cost $7.99 each, or $11.99 if you buy them together. Pre-orders are now open and they grant immediate access to the...   more

Mashup! Mario Kart 8 DLC adds Link, Animal Crossing Villager photo

It looks like there sure is a lot of stuff to keep you busy in The Crew

As if a coast-to-coast roadtrip across the United States wasn't enough to keep you preoccupied, The Crew has plenty of activities planned to ensure that there will never be any downtime. Racing, wrecking, collecting, so...   more

It looks like there sure is a lot of stuff to keep you busy in The Crew photo

Ubisoft reminds us that The Crew isn't coming to the PS3 or Wii U, but is coming to Xbox 360

The Wii U still isn't in a good spot with third parties. There's a running gag in the industry that something is coming to "every console ever...except!" and everyone chimes in "the Wii U." It's a shame, because it's currentl...   more

Ubisoft reminds us that The Crew isn't coming to the PS3 or Wii U, but is coming to Xbox 360 photo

This Forza Horizon 2 trailer uses the word 'social' too much

Okay, maybe the snarky headline was a bit mean but the devs behind Forza Horizon 2 are really making sure that you know that the game is social and connected. Aside from those buzzwords, what does that actually mean in terms...   more

This Forza Horizon 2 trailer uses the word 'social' too much photo

Europe's rewarded for love of racing games with special edition of Driveclub

In preparation for the imminent beginning of gamescom, videogame billboards and posters are plastered all over Cologne, Germany. Many of PlayStation's efforts are centered around promoting Driveclub. Europe does enjoy its rac...   more

Europe's rewarded for love of racing games with special edition of Driveclub photo

Codemasters offering refunds for Colin McRae Rally on Steam

Colin McRae Rally popped up on Steam last week and if you had only glanced at the trailer or about-the-game blurb, you might've thought it was an HD re-release of the PlayStation and PC title Colin McRae Rally 2.0. It's not. ...   more

Codemasters offering refunds for Colin McRae Rally on Steam photo

Mario Kart 8 update adds map display to the TV screen

[Update: Nintendo has confirmed an August 27 launch for the update in North America as well. Find the full list of improvements below.] Welcome Nintendo to the modern age of gaming with downloadable content! Hey, at least th...   more

Mario Kart 8 update adds map display to the TV screen  photo

The new Forza Horizon 2 cars are mostly vehicles you'll never drive in real life

The new batch of cars revealed for Forza Horizon 2 brings about a bit of a staunch reminder that open-world racing games aren't all that realistic. Let's face it -- there's a slim chance you'll ever be behind the wheel o...   more

The new Forza Horizon 2 cars are mostly vehicles you'll never drive in real life photo

Ride hard and crash harder in the new Trials Fusion DLC

RedLynx's Trials Fusion gets an injection of Borderlands flavor today, as the game's first add-on takes players to the outskirts of society where rogues reside in the wastelands. Titled Riders of the Rustlands, the...   more

Ride hard and crash harder in the new Trials Fusion DLC photo

Crazy Taxi: City Rush releasing this Thursday

Crazy Taxi creator Kenji Kanno has returned to the beloved arcade racing property for a new game, Crazy Taxi: City Rush, which would normally be cause for celebration except this is designed for mobile. Drat. Our dream of new...   more

Crazy Taxi: City Rush releasing this Thursday photo

Give The Crew 40 minutes, and you'll be on the other side of the country

By videogame standards, The Crew features a fantastically massive open-world to drive around. As you can see in this video that was captured from the PC beta, getting from Miami to Los Angeles takes about forty minutes,...   more

Give The Crew 40 minutes, and you'll be on the other side of the country photo

There's a Hummer H1 in Forza Horizon 2, and these 99 other cars

I hate Hummers so much. Only in America would a car that stupid get that popular. Of course, Forza Horizon 2 has the H1, the actual Humvee-looking one that isn't any less stupid for civilian driving, but at least it doesn't look like a gangly, overgrown Power Wheels like the popular H2 you still see out and about sometimes. The first 100 cars are listed here.   more

There's a Hummer H1 in Forza Horizon 2, and these 99 other cars photo

Next week's PC beta for The Crew sounds fairly big

Ubisoft's closed PC beta for The Crew will begin a couple days earlier than previously announced. It's now set to take place from July 21 - 25. What's going to be playable, exactly? A decent amount, considering The Crew's ma...   more

Next week's PC beta for The Crew sounds fairly big photo

Enough talk: Here's Driveclub's fancy weather system in motion

Those screenshots of Driveclub back at E3 -- where Evolution Studios demonstrated its dynamic weather system for the PlayStation 4 racer -- looked slick. But they were mere images. A month later, we now have footage of this s...   more

Enough talk: Here's Driveclub's fancy weather system in motion photo

Save a bit on Driveclub with this PS4 bundle

If you are European and absolutely sure you want Driveclub at launch and a PS4, then Sony is happy you exist. Here's the bundle. It's just a PS4 (with controller) and a copy of Driveclub for €439.99, which...   more

Save a bit on Driveclub with this PS4 bundle photo

Action Henk slides onto Steam Early Access and Humble Store today

So Action Henk missed its initial goal of hitting Steam Early Access on June 18, but only by a bit. The action figure racing game is now available there, as well as through the Humble Store. I have been fortunate enough to s...   more

Action Henk slides onto Steam Early Access and Humble Store today photo

These first Mario Kart 8 hacks are pretty benign

Through a browser exploit, a group has successfully managed to edit Mario Kart 8's memory on the fly, allowing, right now, custom Wii U menu fonts, renamed courses, and the alteration of which music plays when. Watch a demon...   more

These first Mario Kart 8 hacks are pretty benign photo

Namco to distribute crowdfunded Project Cars worldwide

Bandai Namco picking up Slightly Mad Studios' superb-looking racing sim Project Cars for worldwide distribution is technically the story here. Given that the game was crowdfunded, that's mildly interesting, I suppose. But th...   more

Namco to distribute crowdfunded Project Cars worldwide photo

Trials Fusion rides to the Rustlands on July 29

Hey, you have that Trials Fusion season pass yet? It's your ticket to keep riding your cute little bike across absurdly dangerous locales. The first guided tour takes place later this month, and there may even be some mu...   more

Trials Fusion rides to the Rustlands on July 29 photo

Forza Motorsport 5's Hot Wheels Car Pack is silly

Hot Wheels? I'll admit it -- I got slightly excited. Those plastic orange tracks were my jam as a kid. But Forza Motorsport 5's Hot Wheels Car Pack, the last of the monthly car packs for the game, is really just more real-wor...   more

Forza Motorsport 5's Hot Wheels Car Pack is silly photo


Forza Motorsport 5's Hot Wheels Car Pack is silly photo
Forza Motorsport 5's Hot Wheels Car Pack is silly photo
Forza Motorsport 5's Hot Wheels Car Pack is silly photo
Forza Motorsport 5's Hot Wheels Car Pack is silly photo
Forza Motorsport 5's Hot Wheels Car Pack is silly photo
Forza Motorsport 5's Hot Wheels Car Pack is silly photo



The crushing despair of Mario Kart summed up in a single video

The only way this would be better is if the footage was from Mario Kart 8 so we could look out for the obligatory Luigi death stare. Still. Holy crap. We've all had our frustrating moments with the series, but I don't know that there's any topping this 30-second slice of hell. And that last-minute Bullet Bill out of nowhere. Way to make it feel personal. [Via reddit]   more

The crushing despair of Mario Kart summed up in a single video photo

Gran Turismo 7 won't be out this year, will release as a full game

It took a while for Gran Turismo to hit the PS3, first as a Prologue release. So much so that Gran Turismo 6 didn't even hit until the after the PS4 released. Polyphony seems to want to change that, though it t...   more

Gran Turismo 7 won't be out this year, will release as a full game  photo

That Mario Kart 8 Mercedes-Benz DLC is no longer Japan-only

I wasn't sure the Mercedes-Benz DLC for Mario Kart 8 would release outside of Japan, but it will. Nintendo announced this morning that the GLA-Class Kart will also be out this summer in North America and Europe. It was more t...   more

That Mario Kart 8 Mercedes-Benz DLC is no longer Japan-only photo

Trials Fusion's first update makes it even more competitive

Games in the Trials franchise have a way of bringing out the unbridled competitiveness in people. Knowing that you're just a tenth of a second off of a friend's score, you might play the same track over and over to make ...   more

Trials Fusion's first update makes it even more competitive photo

Forza Horizon 2 won't have 'token' microtransactions

Forza Horizon 2 creative director Ralph Fulton told Digital Spy that it would eschew the series' microtransaction currency, tokens. "The approach we've taken is that we've designed our game at Playground Games from ...   more

Forza Horizon 2 won't have 'token' microtransactions photo

Video: Bust up some guy's vineyard in Forza Horizon 2

In Forza Horizon 2, you're headed to Southern Europe. We sent one of our video guys, the energetic Mike Cosimano, to check it out at E3. He really, really dug the last Horizon and it sounds like the sequel is more of the same on a grander scale, for better or worse. That includes Drivatars. They're back, with a vengeance.   more

Video: Bust up some guy's vineyard in Forza Horizon 2 photo

Driveclub vs. Forza Horizon 2 at E3 2014

The Xbox and PlayStation booths are directly next to each other in the West Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center for E3 2014 this year, which made it really convenient to compare two upcoming racing games. I put the dela...   more

Driveclub vs. Forza Horizon 2 at E3 2014 photo

Driveclub has the best dynamic weather engine I've ever seen

At E3 yesterday, Evolution Studios showed off a brand new build of Driveclub that highlights their impressive weather simulation system. This build was so new that it needed to be streamed over from the art director's co...   more

Driveclub has the best dynamic weather engine I've ever seen photo


Driveclub has the best dynamic weather engine I've ever seen photo
Driveclub has the best dynamic weather engine I've ever seen photo
Driveclub has the best dynamic weather engine I've ever seen photo
Driveclub has the best dynamic weather engine I've ever seen photo
Driveclub has the best dynamic weather engine I've ever seen photo
Driveclub has the best dynamic weather engine I've ever seen photo



Mario Kart 8 is $48.80 at Amazon and Walmart

If you own a Wii U and aren't playing Mario Kart 8 right now, well, you have very different priorities than the rest of us. Perhaps this deal will be tempting enough for you to change your ways: Walmart and Amazon are both se...   more

Mario Kart 8 is $48.80 at Amazon and Walmart photo

The Crew is a high speed racing roadtrip with friends

Any fan of racing games will tell you that all titles in the genre aren't created equal. Far from it, in fact. It's a nuanced category, as the more realistic games that strive to be simulators often appeal to different types ...   more

The Crew is a high speed racing roadtrip with friends photo

Why the heck is Forza Horizon 2 trying to get me killed?

Driving is dangerous. We take it for granted, but you're more likely to die driving to the airport than zipping through the air a mile high in a heavy, metal tube. I am pretty okay at driving, but I am notably not great at dr...   more

Why the heck is Forza Horizon 2 trying to get me killed? photo

Race to sign up for The Crew beta

Ubisoft's social racer The Crew hits the pavement on November 11. However, you and friends can get a head start if you're so inclined. On July 23, Ubisoft's launching a closed beta for The Crew on PC. How do you ge...   more

Race to sign up for The Crew beta photo

Criterion's new IP is all about speed and multiple vehicles

Criterion's Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit was one of my favorite games of the last console generation, so the news that the team is working on a brand new IP that goes beyond racing is really exciting. At EA's press conference...   more

Criterion's new IP is all about speed and multiple vehicles photo

Forza Motorsport 5's game of the year edition is lacking

Turn 10 Studios announced a Racing Game of the Year Edition for Forza Motorsport 5 by way of IGN, scheduled to arrive on July 22, 2014 for Xbox One for $60/£50/€70. Given how much DLC there is for the game, you'd b...   more

Forza Motorsport 5's game of the year edition is lacking photo

Forza Horizon 2 will display at 1080p, running at 30 frames per second

So it seems Forza Horizon 2, unlike Forza 5, will not be running at 60 frames per second. While it will still display in 1080p, the open-world nature of Horizon doesn't seems to play nice with the idea of a locked 60fps rate,...   more

Forza Horizon 2 will display at 1080p, running at 30 frames per second photo

What's your favorite Mario Kart 8 track?

For me, it's unquestionably Mount Wario. The snowy setting, the fact that it's all one giant course, that final adrenaline rush of a descent down the slopes toward the finish line -- I love it so much. But there are quite a f...   more

What's your favorite Mario Kart 8 track? photo

Driveclub doesn't want you to rage quit if you suck, loser

Losing is a lot more interesting than winning, but the win -- in games and in life -- is incentivized and held up high. Driveclub is aiming to stick a shiny participation medal on your coat for the things that got you into f...   more

Driveclub doesn't want you to rage quit if you suck, loser photo

Forza Horizon 2 coming this fall for Xbox One and Xbox 360

The follow-up to 2012's Forza Horizon is coming to Xbox One and Xbox 360 this fall. IGN has the scoop on Microsoft's announcement of open-world racer Forza Horizon 2. They say it's being handled primarily by the group that di...   more

Forza Horizon 2 coming this fall for Xbox One and Xbox 360 photo

Driveclub made quite the impression on me with these 4 new videos

After missing it's expected launch release date, Driveclub retreated into the dark before resurfacing recently. Driveclub continues its coming out party this week, releasing four new videos. The first three are the expected ...   more

Driveclub made quite the impression on me with these 4 new videos photo

Review: Mario Kart 8

After the first three console entries, Mario Kart and I have had a semi-bumpy ride. After hundreds, possibly thousands of hours spent playing Super Mario Kart, 64, and Double Dash, I didn't have the same fervor as I...   more

Review: Mario Kart 8 photo

Mario Kart 8: Get Hype

I hope you're downloading Mario Kart 8 right now. I've had it for weeks and I'm still excited about today's launch. This is one of those games where reviews don't matter -- you know you want it, you know you're going to love it, and you know you're going to play the crap out of it. Lemme know when you're ready to race. For now, enjoy this awesome launch trailer.    more

Mario Kart 8: Get Hype photo

F-Zero helped inspire the creation of Mario Kart

Nintendo producer Hideki Konno recalled the origins of Mario Kart in an interview with IGN, and it seems F-Zero helped inspire the beloved kart racer. F-Zero became a successful single-player racer, and the Nintendo team back...   more

F-Zero helped inspire the creation of Mario Kart photo

Wii U scores great-looking The Next Penelope

Former Arkedo co-founder Aurelien Regard's The Next Penelope is looking hot, a sort of top-down F-Zero-like racer that's also sometimes a boss-fighting shoot-'em-up. If you haven't yet seen the first footage, you'll want to g...   more

Wii U scores great-looking The Next Penelope photo

Watch this World of Speed real world vs. in-game footage

Here's a look at how World of Speed is coming along by way of a real vs. game comparison video. Footage from the upcoming MMO shows a McLaren 12C speeding around Moscow, spliced against real-world footage of the same locales...   more

Watch this World of Speed real world vs. in-game footage photo

Turn 10 is adding 20 more cars to the Forza Motorsport 5 season pass

The Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass will give owners more than initially promised, which is the kind of sentence I rarely if ever get the opportunity to write. Let's cherish this moment. Specifically, Turn 10 Studios has plans fo...   more

Turn 10 is adding 20 more cars to the Forza Motorsport 5 season pass photo

It looks like Iíll be playing Driveclub this fall

It’s been about a year since I’ve played upcoming PS4 racer Driveclub. It debuted at E3 last year; I found myself rushing to my PlayStation appointment to get my hands on it. I can’t tell you how disappointe...   more

It looks like Iíll be playing Driveclub this fall photo

DAYTONAAA!

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DAYTONAAA! photo

Driveclub PS Plus Edition's full-game upgrade is no longer terrible

Evolution Studios detailed the PS Plus version of Driveclub and the offer sounded good. Mostly. With a membership, you can play every game mode, 11 tracks, 10 cars, and one location at no extra cost. Then, if you like the gam...   more

Driveclub PS Plus Edition's full-game upgrade is no longer terrible photo