Tagged: racing

Mad Riders hitting download services on May 30

Ubisoft sent out word that Mad Riders will hit PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on May 30. The game comes from Dead Island developer Techland.

It will be available for 800 Microsoft points, or $9.99 on PlayStation Network and PC.

The game offers racing and stunts across 45 tracks. You can use boosts, hidden shortcuts, and more. It also features multiplayer for up to 12 players, and has support for leaderboards, and drop-in and out gameplay.

Below is the new trailer. Check it out.

Trials Evolution sells half a million in three weeks

trials_evo_frontpage_largeThe highly addictive Xbox Live Arcade hit, Trials Evolution has sold over a half million units in three weeks. This comes from Ubisoft’s 2011 financial results, which also states that the game sold more than 100,000 copies on its first day.

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that RedLynx, the studio behind the game, has “great multiplatform potential,” hinting at the game’s release on PSN.

The publisher also noted impressive figures for Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (7.2 million), Driver: San Francisco and Rayman Origins (2 million each).

New Need for Speed and Dead Space games by March 2013

My sentiments exactly.

From the why-am-I-not-surprised department comes word that Need for Speed and Dead Space franchises are getting new entries by March 2013. Both titles were announced and referred to at EA’s earnings call. However, no details were offered.

Dead Space 3 has been rumored to take place on a frozen planet. Meanwhile, Need for Speed: Most Wanted 2 has popped up in retailer listings. EA also noted that there will be new entries in several PopCap franchises such as Bejeweled and Plants vs. Zombies.

EA boss: "We don't want to burn out Burnout developer"

Criterion is best known for the excellent Burnout series and the well received NFS installment Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. However, they work for EA, who are known to make their studios churn out a game every year. EA boss Frank Gibeau, interestingly, noted that would be the “worst possible idea”, adding that it would “limit their creativity and hurt quality.”

Choice words, but what about meeting customer demand? The same formula Activision applies to its cash cow – alternate studios every year. The upcoming NFS title is based on the Frostbite 2 engine, which also powers Battlefield 3. It is being developed by Black Box in Vancouver.

Need for Speed: The Run is set for release this November. It is not known what Criterion is currently working on, but many are speculating a new entry in the Burnout franchise.

Hot Pursuit packs adding new game modes and supercars

Three content packs are coming up for Need for Speed Hot Pursuit to fulfill your dreams of driving around in supercars that you can’t possibly buy in your lifetime. Dubbed "Armed and Dangerous", "Lamborghini Untamed" and "Porsche Unleashed", the packs will be released one by one in consecutive weeks starting February 22. Each pack will cost 560 Microsoft points and equal amount of money on PlayStation Network.

"Armed and Dangerous" features two new game modes. First up is "Most Wanted", an open world battle mode where the cops are out to get you. The second is "Arms Race" where every man makes a dash for the finish line while making use of a full range of weaponry.

"Lamborghini Untamed" adds Lamborghini Diablo SV, Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV and Lamborghini Sesto Elemento. These cars will be playable as both cop and racer. There will be 10 new events, trophies and achievements.

Finally, "Porsche Unleashed" will add the Porsche 911 Turbo (1982 Edition), along with the Porsche 959 and 911 Speedster. This pack will also feature new events and stuff.

EA has released a trailer to highlight these packs. Enjoy.

Ridge Racer gets PSN re-release

Get your racing cars ready, because Ridge Racer Type 4 is coming to town! The PS1 classic is hitting PlayStation Network next month for both PS3 and PSP.

It was originally released in 1999 to raving reviews. The game offers arcade-style drift racing that is synonymous with the series. The re-release features 48 cars, over 300 variations, eight tracks, two-player split-screen and enhanced graphics. No price was given.

A new Ridge Racer game is also in development for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. They are also making a Nintendo 3DS version.

Ken Block in DIRT 2

Codemasters today announced that Ken Block, the multi-medal-winning Subaru Rally Team USA driver and co-founder of DC Shoes, has been signed on as one of the key motorsport athletes who will be featured in Colin McRae: DIRT 2.

X Games team-mate of the late Colin McRae, Block is at the forefront of a new breed of pro drivers, competing as Subaru Rally Team USA Driver #43 in the Rally America National Championship and the world-famous X Games. He has also gained notoriety for his mind-blowing stunts in his Subaru WRX STI. For Colin McRae: DiRT 2, Block is working with the development team at Codemasters Studios as technical consultant, lending his wealth of knowledge to the game and advising on car handling.

“Colin McRae is one of the main reasons that I am a rally driver. He is a big inspiration to me and the way I drive my rally car,” said Ken Block. “It’s really an honour to be a contributor to the creation of Colin McRae: DiRT 2 and to be able to continue the passion that Colin had for rally and for these videogames.”

They have released a video where Block discusses his relationship with the legendary driver and how he was inspired by McRae to pursue his own career.

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DIRT 2 Trailer

Question: what do showering women and ladies in underwear have to do with off-road racing action? I, for one, do not know, and will most probably never figure it out. But if you want to try, check out this video for DIRT 2, Codemasters’ upcoming driving game.

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Need for Speed Shift Dated

Seeing as how the Need for Speed franchise has become an annual one, what would 2009 be without a NFS game? EA sent out word that Need for Speed SHIFT, the latest entry in the series, will hit stores on September 18.

Deviating from the arcade gameplay of the series, the game will offer simulation gameplay, featuring some of the world’s most iconic racing tracks, including the storied Brand’s Hatch in the UK. It will also include high-performance cars such as the Pagani Zonda, Porsche 911 GT2 and Lotus Elise.

The game is being developed by Slightly Mad Studios in collaboration with Black Box and Patrick Soderlund. Slightly Mad consists of people who worked on the critically acclaimed games GT Legends and GTR 2.

NFS Shift is due out on PC, PSP, PS3 and Xbox 360.

Smash Cars Announced for PS3

TikGames and Creat Studios today announced that Smash Cars will be released for the PS3. A sequel to the original 2003 ‘no rules’ RC racing game, the upcoming title will be offered solely through PlayStation Network starting Q2 2009.

Real-time physics, innovative stunts and next-generation graphics combine into a dynamic, tricked-out single and multiplayer RC car racing experience where players twist and turn, grind and gear up, performing aerial tricks and stunts while racking up trophies and points as they race to the finish, all in an unlikely location. Set on a beautiful and tranquil Mediterranean island, the fast-moving, bumper car gameplay style transforms this calm and relaxing setting into a dynamically frenzied raceway. A high-speed mini car racing game with a distinct arcade flavor, gameplay is presented from the unique perspective of a small RC vehicle, setting out to conquer the big world. Players will enjoy realistic driving physics and suspension as the tiny vehicles interact with full-size people and other beach dwellers along their path to victory.

To win the race, RC vehicles must achieve nitro-fueled rocket boosts for accelerated speed bursts by grabbing big air and pulling off gnarly tricks and jumps. Points are earned by performing the best jumps and aerial tricks, hitting dynamic obstacles, colliding with other cars, skidding and “drifting” along sharp turns, and finishing first. Players can choose from the default Monster Truck style chassis, Buggy or Sports Car configurations, and a visit to the Workshop offers players the opportunity to personalize their vehicle by selecting paint color, glass styles, and decals. Additional body styles are unlocked as players advance.

The game will include Trophy support. It will be demoed at the GDC later this week.