Porsche reveal the new GT2 RS at E3

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.

911 gt2 rs 2Dan 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)

911 GT2 RSPrevious 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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Forza and Need For Speed are Coming Back

Car fans are a thriving breed, and many car fans have been around since they were young. Generally that car passion is brought in through either their parent or sometimes even motorsport/ TV. But there is a third way, a third way that is getting more and more common as technology improves, Video Games.

There are two schools of think in this genre, the hardcore track simulator and the more arcady street racing style. Well the kings in these genres have always been Forza Motorsport and Need For Speed respectively. And yesterday the new breed of these games was shown off at E3 Forza during the Microsoft press conference and NFS during the EA conference. Now I am a fan of both these games and the new incarnations of the franchises are looking fantastic.

First of all Need For Speed, EA have been saying that the new game will be going back to the franchises roots. Those roots being NFS Underground, this means that modifying is finally back, in the trailer shown brands like Rocket Bunny were shown off on a Subaru BRZ and that will only be the start of it. I was such a fan of the early NFS games and seeing them going back to their roots is great news. All I need now is a great story something similar to the original Most Wanted were you build yourself up from the streets to take over the city. Need for Speed will release on November 3rd 2015.

Forza was shown off in the Microsoft’s conference and they even wheeled out the new Ford GT with Henry Ford the third to go with it. Forza has been top of the tree for a while now after it overtook Gran Turismo and now they are streaking ahead (especially as we haven’t even seen Gran Turismo 7 yet). The new trailer showed much of the same that we’ve come to expect from Forza and is to be released on 15th September 2015.

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Project Cars: Is it any Good

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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Forza Horizon

Right for anyone who doesn’t know my two big passions are cars and games, and in this post I’m going to combine the two.

Last Friday Forza Horizon was released. I have played the game through in its entirety and the game has a very loose story based around a driving festival with music and cars. I have to say that Forza Horizon is the best racing game out at the moment. The cars although greatly reduced from Forza motorsport 4 are still great, especially the odd new cars such as the original Mini Cooper. The driving is great for a street racing game given the ability to customize the driving styles. Whether it be more simulated or arcade style your after Forza Horizon gives you the choice.

The graphics as with all recent Forza games are amazing and with increased interest in the scenery I think that is the biggest improvement. The environment I have always found in Forza to be coming second best to the cars.

Forza Horizon is currently the best racing game out there because, its also is the only street racing game to still have car customization. Which has been such a let down since other series (Need for Speed) have decided to remove it from the genre ruining their games forever.