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5:00 PM on 10.03.2014

Next Car Game now has an actual name

It's still listed as Next Car Game on Steam Early Access and the like, but Bugbear Entertainment has settled on a proper name for its demolition derby racer: Wreckfest. "As Wreckfest is all about the madness of colliding cars...

Jordan Devore



Watch me play (and crash) in Driveclub before the game is even out! photo
Watch me play (and crash) in Driveclub before the game is even out!
by Dale North


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[Update: Shows over, but you can watch me play through again in the video above.]

Funny thing. I love racing videogames but I'm a terrible driver. In real life, too! Ask anyone that has ridden in my car. In fact, Hamza rode with me to lunch yesterday. I think I ran two lights, curbed, and cut people off in that short two-mile drive. Sorry, Hamza. You know better now.

I talk a lot of sh*t about others that play racers. And now, thanks to the magic of streaming, I'll have to eat some words. Whatever. Now they (and you) can see how bad of a driver I really am in my livestream of Driveclub, kicking off in about 30 minutes (3:00pm PST). 

Sony is only letting me show a little bit ahead of the game's October launch on PS4, but it's still enough time to see me wreck. Watch me play through new challenges I've just unlocked in the game's single-player mode for the first time. See the shiny cars. Get a glimpse of where our upcoming review (October 7) is going. 

Ask me questions during the chat and I'll do my best to answer them while driving 150MPH. 

See you on the road!

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If I made my own racing game... photo
If I made my own racing game...
by Dale North

With both Driveclub and Forza Horizon 2 hitting the streets this month my mind is fully in racing game mode. We racing fans are spoiled this month with two very nice titles, and I'm racing my days away in them. As of late I am this close to getting a speeding ticket IRL.

I think about racing games a lot. While I'm Destructoid's resident JRPG guy, I've always loved racing games. I've been playing them regularly since Pole Position (yeah, I'm old), and I'm perfectly open to racers of all sorts, from casual kart games all the way up to full-on simulations. 

But lately, after spending time with Driveclub and Forza Horizon 2, I'm hung up on what my ideal racing game would be. Both of them hit positive marks for me, but there are plenty of things I'd change or do differently. And I have some ideas of my own that no one has managed to work into a racer yet. 

So here's what my racing game would look like.

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Review: Forza Horizon 2 photo
Review: Forza Horizon 2
by Brett Zeidler

The original Forza Horizon impressed us back in 2012 with its ability to incorporate what we already loved about Forza Motorsport into an absolutely massive open-world sandbox racing game, while not completely ditching its simulation roots and easing new players into an arcade-simulation racer hybrid. It also helped that the game was really nice to look at.

Playground Games and Turn 10 are back with Forza Horizon 2, and I am so glad they are.

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7:00 PM on 09.19.2014

This PlayStation Network flash sale has racing games for cheap

Sony's latest PlayStation Network flash sale, which runs until 12:00pm Pacific on Monday, September 22, is centered around racing games for PS3, PS4, and PS Vita. Heck, there's even a pair of discounted PlayStation Portable ...

Jordan Devore

10:15 AM on 09.18.2014

Motorcycle combat racer Road Redemption on Steam Early Access

It has been a little over a year since the Road Redemption Kickstarter campaign launched, and to nobody's surprise, it has slightly missed its projected August 2014 launch window, but it is not too far behind yet. The Road R...

Darren Nakamura

1:30 PM on 09.11.2014

Driveclub will be getting lots of free DLC

Driveclub will be getting a fair amount of DLC according to developer Evolution Studios. While the game will launch with 25 tracks, seven more will hit as free DLC over time. In addition, a new car will appear for free every ...

Chris Carter

6:30 PM on 09.03.2014

EA Access adding Need for Speed Rivals, more trials

When it was announced, I thought EA Access sounded like a decent value depending on your personal gaming habits. That's still where I'm at. This month's addition to the Vault, Need for Speed Rivals, doesn't do much to change ...

Jordan Devore



Play Forza Motorsport 5 for free this weekend photo
Play Forza Motorsport 5 for free this weekend
by Dale North

Xbox One-owning Xbox Live Gold members can play Forza Motorsport 5 for free this weekend, starting 12:01 a.m. Pacific time September 4, running through midnight on Sunday. The entire game is available for free play. It's a big ass download so you had better get started.

There's a special race event called Grand Tour of Prague running this weekend, letting you earn a new title and badge for your profile. You'll keep all of your data, so at the end of the weekend you can choose to buy the full title and continue on.

During this weekend event, Xbox Live users in USA can qualify for a chance to win a trip to the Forza Motorsport Grand Prix road Racing Class at Bondurant, located in Arizona. All expenses are paid for the three-day trip.

Watch out for my Drivatar. 

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12:45 PM on 08.27.2014

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.

Dale North

10:30 AM on 08.27.2014

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...

Chris Carter



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

[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 new Yoshi and Shy Guy colors.] 

Whoa! The official Nintendo UK Store website has a listing for upcoming Mario Kart 8 DLC that will add characters and courses from other Nintendo properties, including The Legend of Zelda's Link, Animal Crossing's Villager, and a kart based on F-Zero's Blue Falcon.

The first pack releases in November and includes Link, Cat Peach, Tanooki Mario, four vehicles, and eight courses. Then, in May, the second add-on introduces Villager, Dry Bowser, Isabelle, four more vehicles, and eight new courses. The DLC packs are priced at £7.00 each.

"As a bonus for purchasing both packs -- as a bundle or separately -- you can get eight different-colored Yoshis and eight different-colored Shy Guys that can be used right away."

It's about time this happened. I'll be dying to boot up Mario Kart 8 again come November.

[Via NeoGAF]

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10:45 AM on 08.22.2014

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...

Brett Makedonski

1:00 PM on 08.14.2014

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...

Chris Carter





5:00 PM on 08.12.2014

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...

Alasdair Duncan

7:00 AM on 08.12.2014

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...

Brett Makedonski