Meguiar’s Car Pack for Forza Horizon This March

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Turn 10 Studios and Meguiar’s, the world’s leader in car care, has today announced the upcoming release of the March Meguiar’s Car Pack for Forza Horizon.

The new car pack will be available on March 5 for download on the XBOX LIVE Marketplace, adding six cars for Forza Horizon players to collect, drive and customize with a 7th bonus car for Horizon Season Pass owners. Available for 400 Microsoft Points, the March Meguiar’s Car Pack brings a mix of rare exotics, modern street machines, and some racing collectibles. (Note: Season Pass owners can download the pack at no additional cost.)

The March Meguiar’s Car Pack includes:

2013 Audi RS4 Avant – Featuring performance usually reserved for sport coupes, the RS4 Avant starts with a wide body, low stance and roof spoilers designed for attention. Throw in a direct-injected V8 capable of more than 400 hp, and you’ve got a wagon that can haul your family and a weekend’s worth of gear at speeds of up to 174 mph.

2013 BMW M135i – Filling in the gap for the out-of-production M Coupe, the M135i combines the comfort, styling, and road-gripping enthusiasm that you expect from an M-badged BMW with the day-to-day drivability of a standard model. The M135i will earn approving nods from the folks strolling down Main Street and will turn the heads of drivers as it disappears headlong into the horizon.

2012 Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG – A pinnacle of off-road performance, the G65 AMG has a price tag that’s nearly as staggering as the power delivered by its twin-turbo V12. Little wonder then, that Mercedes calls this “the most powerful series-produced cross-country vehicle in the world.” Take it for a spin along the back roads of Horizon’s Colorado and try to disagree.

2003 Ferrari Challenge Stradale – Get behind the wheel of this track-bred beast from Maranello and prepare to exercise your grinning muscles. Based on the 360 Modena, the Challenge Stradale is lighter, more powerful, and more responsive. In other words, it’s more of what makes the Prancing Pony so special.

2004 Peugeot 206 RC – A hot hatch with French flair, the 206 RC borrows its two-liter power plant from the larger 306 line and brings a nimble sports suspension to conquer the twisting roads of Forza Horizon. While it’s a fine drive on tarmac, the 206 RC absolutely comes alive with rally upgrades, attacking those dusty bumps and curves with relish.

1998 Nissan R390 (FREE Download) – Its race-bred twin, the R390 GT1, took four of the top ten spots at the 1998 24 Hours of Le Mans. That’s just one of the reasons this carbon fiber masterpiece is highly valued by collectors and racers alike. The R390’s ample V8 delivers more than 550 hp of power in a body that weighs just over a ton. In short, it’s light, fast, and oh so much fun to drive. The R390 is this month’s free download sample car.

2010 Joss JT1 – Season Pass Bonus Car – A prototype with serious aerodynamic cred, the Joss JT1 is a fine choice for some high speed “Forza Horizon” cruising. In the real world, Joss fans expect the first production models to hit the streets this year; until then, see what’s in store for deep-pocketed speed freaks with the JT1.

Meguiar’s will release more detailed information on the special events and reveal the participating automaker in the coming weeks.

See the cars in action and watch the trailer below:

Worlds Cheapest Windows Phone 8 Launches in UK March 7

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O2 in the UK are leading the way with budget priced Windows Phone 8 devices as the worlds cheapest Windows Phone 8 is expected to launch in the UK on March 7th 2013.

The Huawei Ascend W1 sports a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, an Adreno 305 GPU, and 4GB of internal memory expandable via a microSD card slot. As well as a 5-megapixel camera featuring autofocus and an LED flash it also supports 720p HD video, and a FFC for Video Calling. The price for a unit will cost £119.99 without a contract, or alternatively will be shipped free for O2 contracts starting at around £13 per month.

Huawei has received an excellent response from the market in the UK, and will continue to expand its investment with customers including BT, Everything Everywhere, O2, Orange, Three / Hutchinson 3G, TalkTalk, Virgin Media, Sky and T-Mobile. Huawei has invested over £150 million into the UK to date!

We have made contact for a review unit and hope to bring you more details in the coming week before launch. O2 are expected to list the item on their own website soon.

Thanks ITP

Another Huge Injustice:Gods Among Us News Dump

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So it has been yet another amazing week on the Injustice hype train that just refuses to die. The results from Injustice Battle Arena Week 3 are in, two new characters are confirmed, and week 4 of Battle Arena is being heartily discussed by celebrities and fans alike. Continue reading Another Huge Injustice:Gods Among Us News Dump

US and Canada – Slacker App Now On Dashboard

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The Slacker App is now available on the Xbox360 in the U.S. and Canada for subscribers to listen to millions of songs and hundreds of expert-programmed stations for free. The download is available today from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace.

Slacker for Xbox LIVE gives users access to one of the world’s largest music libraries and hundreds of expert-programmed stations covering every mood, genre or activity right on their TV and voice-controlled using the power of Kinect for Xbox 360. The all-new Slacker music guide makes music discovery fun and easy with the latest music news, artist interviews and recommendations from Slacker’s team of music curators. Listeners can also customize the experience with news and sports from ABC and ESPN or use new fine-tuning controls to personalize Slacker’s music stations, with newer, older or more popular songs.

Slacker delivers free and subscription-based access to millions of songs and hundreds of expert-programmed stations, plus news, sports and talk, on the web, mobile devices, in-car infotainment systems and consumer electronics platforms. By blending cutting-edge analytics with a team of expert music curators and content programmers, Slacker delivers a seamless music discovery experience and uniquely personalized entertainment. Slacker was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in San Diego.

Slacker is also available for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, Bing Toolbar, iOS, Android, BlackBerry and online at www.slacker.com

Need for Speed Most Wanted DLC Packs Out Now

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Need for Speed Most Wanted fans can now jump with excitement (if you’re that type of person) as three unique downloadable content packs has just raced its way to the Xbox LIVE marketplace. Some of which introduces a brand new Airport world expansion, legendary classics from favorite action movies, and heroic rides from the Need for Speed franchise history. Watch more friends become foes as players out-drift each other around planes, smash through each other’s faces on billboards like a Hollywood hero, or beat each other to the finish line with the speed and power of classic Need for Speed vehicles.

The following DLC packs are available now:

Need for Speed Most Wanted Terminal Velocity – Need for Speed Most Wanted Terminal Velocity introduces players to Hughes International Airport, an expansive new location in Fairhaven City that gives players more opportunities to race, jump and drift their way to becoming the Most Wanted racer. Take on new single player modes with heightened levels of maneuverability in some of the world’s most coveted new rides including the Porsche 918 Spyder 2013, BMW 1 Series M Coupe 2012, Audi RS3 2012, Ford Fiesta ST 2012 and Alfa Romeo Mito QV 2012. The cars have been hand-picked for their tight controls, enabling them to bust through airport gates, while also being quick and light enough with the new Jump Nitrous mod to jump through and over everything else. Need for Speed Most Wanted Terminal Velocity is also packed with 136 new multiplayer milestones, 10 new multiplayer speedlists, 40 new billboards, 8 new achievements and more. Need for Speed Terminal Velocity will be available for 1200 MS points.

Need for Speed Movie Legends – Always wanted to drive like your favorite action movie star? Now you can! Movie Legends features five of the world’s most iconic cars to have graced the silver screen. Gamers can take out rivals with debonair style in the luxurious Aston Martin DBS 2008 and Aston Martin DB5. Those who want to make like bandits and elude the police can get behind the wheel of the Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am Special Edition 1977. Players can also harness the power and aggression of a Dodge Charger R/T 1970 for fast races and furious chases. Finally, for racers who want to know what it feels like to disappear in the blink of an eye, comes an all new Need for Speed Most Wanted car: the Shelby GT500 1967. Need for Speed Movie Legends also comes with 8 new single player sprint events, 136 new multiplayer milestones, 50 new license plates and more. Need for Speed Movie Legends will be available for 800 MS Points.

Need For Speed Heroes – Take a trip down memory lane in five famous cars from Need for Speed history: the raucous Lamborghini Diablo SV from Need for Speed III Hot Pursuit, the terrifyingly powerful Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34) from Need for Speed Underground, the ‘drift-a-licious’ Nissan 350Z from Need for Speed Underground 2, the ferocious Porsche 911 GT2 from Need for Speed Undercover and the ultimate Most Wanted car, the BMW M3 GTR from the 2005 Need for Speed Most Wanted. Players can test the limits of these Need for Speed throwbacks in 8 new high intensity Races and Speed Runs. Need for Speed Heroes also comes with 25 new liveries, 136 new multiplayer milestones and more. Need for Speed Heroes will be available for 800 MS Points.

Deluxe DLC Bundle – Get all three packs in one! Players will have full access to all the content from Need for Speed Terminal Velocity, Need for Speed Movie Legends and Need for Speed Heroes with this DLC. Need for Speed Deluxe DLC Bundle will be available for 2000 MS Points.

If you wanted to read our review of Need for Speed Most Wanted – you can do so via this direct link.

Ultimate Xbox LIVE Sale Starts NOW

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We wanted to let you know that starting today and running until 4th March 2013, over 60 Xbox 360 Games on Demand titles will be on sale up to 75% off, with some as low as 85% off, for the “Xbox Ultimate Game Sale”.

Each day, a different set of titles will be on sale, so be sure to follow Major Nelson on Twitter (@majornelson) where he will announce that day’s special offer. Each game is only on sale for a limited time so you won’t want to miss it!

The special offer for today (Tuesday 26th February) is enough to make a Spartan blush. Halo 4 for Games on Demand is 33% off at £24.99, while Halo 3, Halo Reach and Halo Wars are just £8.99.

Some of the other titles you can expect to see on sale include:

  • Assassins Creed & Assassins Creed 2
  • Batman Arkham Asylum
  • Batman Arkham City
  • Bioshock
  • Borderlands & Borderlands 2
  • Call of Duty 2 & 3
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops & Call of Duty Black Ops 2
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, 2 & 3
  • Dirt 2
  • Dishonored
  • Fable III
  • Fallout 3
  • Fallout 3 New Vegas
  • GRID
  • Left for Dead 2
  • Max Payne 3
  • Metal Gear Solid HD
  • Orange Box
  • Portal 2
  • Resident Evil 4, 5 & 6
  • Red Dead Redemption
  • Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution
  • Street Fighter X Tekken
  • Tekken 6
  • The Darkness
  • Tomb Raider Legend

Defiance Revealed as the Lead Sponsor for SCI-FI-LONDON 2013

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Trion Worlds’ groundbreaking sci-fi video game Defiance has been unveiled as the lead sponsor for this year’s SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival, the UK’s leading Science Fiction experience.

Now in its twelfth year, the UK’s leading science fiction and fantastic film festival, SCI-FI-LONDON, will host film screenings, special events, workshops and celebrations across the capital. In the current economic climate, SCI-FI-LONDON makes no apologies for its defiantly carnival attitude.  We are the home of fantastic film!

The SCI-FI-LONDON festival runs Tuesday 30 April – Monday 6 May, 2013.

Full details will be available soon on the Sci-Fi-London website.

Due to be released on 2nd April 2013, the highly anticipated Defiance is a true genre revolution – a multiplatform online shooter that will interconnect with an upcoming Syfy Network television series set in the same universe.

Original Call of Duty Dev’s – Respawn Entertainment Heading to E3 2013

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We all know by now about that crap between ex Infinity Ward heads Jason West & Vince Zampella, which involved Activision in a massive court case – but now that is well and truly history it is time to start looking towards the future with the team who first created Call of Duty before they became Respawn Entertainment.

Still no confirmations as of yet to what exactly the team at Respawn are creating, but with the talent that first brought the worlds biggest console game to date to the masses, the expectations that their next IP can only be equally as awesome or better is an understatement.

This needs to be a AAA title to compete with their own history, so with confirmations that Respawn are attending E3 this year, more information must surely be about to come to light in the coming weeks.

A few years ago I had the opportunity to interview Jon Shiring around the same time he left Infinity Ward to work with Respawn Entertainment – you can read that in full via this link with some snippets below.

Since you first started as part of the development team on the Call of Duty franchise, did you ever imagine that it would be as huge a success as it is today – because with your work going into that process with the rest of the team it must feel quite an achievement?

Well, I didn’t imagine it would be as big as it is today. But I mean everyone on the team loved the games we made – so we didn’t expect it to be small, either. Just selling the number of copies that we’ve sold, hearing people talk about the games on late night talk shows, and hearing random people talk about the game when you walk around is really awesome. After CoD4 came out I was walking behind some young college guys who were looking at a girl and one of the guys said, “UAV is online.” I almost ruined their covert ops by laughing. That’s a great payoff for years of hard work!

I am extremely proud of the games I’ve worked on and how much of an impact they have had. We came up with our games ourselves and then executed our vision with very very little outside influence. And so we really felt like we’re the ones responsible for the success and that we can all be very proud of what we’ve done.

You posted on twitter, information that confirmed you are no longer employed with Infinity Ward, but what are your plans for the future – more programming for video games or are you considering a complete career change?

I’m definitely going to keep programming games. As I said earlier, it’s the only thing I’m interested in doing right now.

Garry Schyman Records Musical Score for Bioshock Infinite

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Award-winning composer Garry Schyman has created a unique musical score for BioShock Infinite developed by Irrational Games and published by 2K Games. Having recorded the original Bioshock score, Schyman returns with a recording of solo string instruments, intimate string ensembles, and experimental percussion. Schyman’s raw and intensely emotional score reflects BioShock Inifinite’s compelling narrative, following the development of the relationship between the lead characters, Booker DeWitt and Elizabeth, and immersing players in the game’s spectacular alternate early Twentieth Century setting.

Film, television and video game composer Garry Schyman is one of the interactive medium’s foremost composers, renowned for his multiple award-winning score for the original BioShock – winner of Best Original Score from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, Spike TV’s Video Game Award for Best Original Score, G4 TV’s Soundtrack of the Year and four awards from the Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G) including Music of the Year, Best Interactive Score, Best Original Instrumental and Audio of the Year.

“It doesn’t get any better for a composer than to be able to score a game as remarkable as Bioshock Infinite,” says Schyman. “It provided a vast canvas filled with extraordinary and completely unique characters and situations that permitted me to be creative in ways that we composers usually only dream of. Much thanks goes to Ken Levine, James Bonney, and the entire team at Irrational for inventing such an astonishing world and then letting me write music for it!”

BioShock Infinite will be released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows on March 26th, 2013.

Microsoft Unveiling Next-Gen Xbox To Employees Next Week?

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Next week marks the start of a Microsoft “by invite only” event called START FY14 from March 4th – March 7th 2013 in Seattle, WA, US – and some information has come to light thanks to NeoGaf that shows the Xbox Gold and Entertainment team will be in attendance holding a “Deep Dive”, “Groups” and “Q&A” events for those invited. This is likely to mark the first official unveiling of the next-gen Xbox as Microsoft embark on their plans for the Fiscal Year 2014.

A website has been set up for the event which reads the following:

The purpose of START (Strategies, Tactics and Regional Targets) is to bring together all levels of employees from CCG to share high-level corporate direction as well as Business Group and segment product strategies and details necessary to build out timely, comprehensive and integrated business plans.

The Xbox agenda is as follows:

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It is highly likely that once this event has been completed, the public announcement of the next Xbox will shortly follow.

Is it a wise move for Microsoft to trust the tight lips of all those attending – expect possible leaked information from next week.

Source: NeoGaf