Porsche took an unusual step to reveal the new 911 GT2 RS, rather than unveil the car at one of the larger shows such as Detroit or Geneva, Porsche decided to reveal the GT2 RS at the Electronic Entertainment Expo or E3 for short. E3 is a video game event where the great and the good of the industry reveal their new projects. During an onstage press conference the Porsche 911 GT2 RS was revealed as the new cover car for racing game Forza Motorsport 7 as part of a new deal between Porsche and Microsoft.
Dan Greenawalt, Creative director for Forza 7 unveiled the car, calling it the most powerful 911 Porsche have ever built. The GT2 RS uses a turbocharged flat 6 engine producing close to 700BHP. The GT2 RS, which is due a full reveal by Porsche themselves later in the year has a 0-62 time of just over 2.5 seconds and on to a top speed in excess of 205MPH. The 911 GT2 RS is a big step for the partnership between Porsche and Microsoft, as the deal was only announced earlier this year. (See more on the deal here)
Previous cover cars for the Forza Series include a Subaru Impreza, Nissan 350Z, Ferrari 458 Italia, Audi R8, Mclaren P1 and the new Ford GT, so the 911 GT2 RS is certainly in welcome company. The game is to be released on October 3rd and we are expected to see more of the GT2 RS later in the year, with it going on sale in 2018.
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Project Cars is the new racing game from Slightly Mad Studios. Now of you think that Forza Motorsport is a serious racing game Project Cars will blow you mind. Project cars is predominantly race cars with the odd road car and super car thrown into the mix as well. For this kind of game the car list is quite small, especially when compared to the likes of Gran Turismo and Forza. But saying that I wasn’t wanting for anything, there is particular lacking in Japanese cars and Classic American Muscle though. However where this game really shines is the track list. From the wide open Californian Highways to the tight twists of the Nordschleife. The Kart tracks in both Dubai and Glencairn are especially enjoyable. As I said at the start I think Project Cars is more serious than Forza, there is no rewind feature which since I had gotten used to it being their I began to find frustrating, I’d be in the lead on the final corner and spin out losing the whole race or restarting. But I began to enjoy this as it taught me to be a better driver overall.
How does it compare to Gran Turismo I hear you say, well that’s tough to say, from my experience I found the features of Project Cars to be quite comparable with Gran Turismo, but the fact that we haven’t has a Gran Turismo on current gen consoles yet I cant really compare them that easily. The graphics I think are probably better in Project cars, but they are both still behind Forza Motorsport in that department. In the marketplace I think that Project Cars fits neatly in between Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport, its not as arcady as Forza but its not quite as serious as Gran Turismo. This frankly is an excellent place to market especially as Project cars is on both consoles whereas the others aren’t.
So would in recommend you buy Project Cars, well if you find Forza a little too arcady for your liking but your not up for the hardcore racing of Gran Turismo I’d get Project Cars, it bridges the gap between them and with monthly car updates I doubt the car list problem will be around for long.
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And so the battle begins again between Forza Motorsport and Gran Turismo. There’s not much to say as yet due to the fact that neither of the games has actually launched yet. Both games were on show at E3 this year. The big difference between the two at the moment is Gran Turismo 5 is on the Current generation console of the PS3, whereas Forza Motorsport 5 is on the more powerful Xbox One.
Visually I have to say that Forza 5 has the edge currently but Gran Turismo has kind of brought a knife to a gunfight by staying on the PS3, Kazunori Yamauchi creator of Gran Turismo 6 has said: “I think a PS4 version will appear naturally. We won’t keep you waiting too long, but it won’t be too soon either.” Sounds to me that it won’t be at launch then, unlike Forza Motorsport 5, which will be available with the launch of the Xbox One.
Whatever console people will choose will be the game they choose, PS3/4 you’ll get Gran Turismo 6, Xbox One you’ll get Forza 5. There really is not contest between these two brilliant looking games as they are both on different platforms. Yes you can compare them because they are both racing simulation games. But if you have an Xbox One your not going to buy Gran Turismo 6 and vice versa.