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New Forza 5, Dead Rising 3 and RYSE: Son of Rome Editions

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Forza 5, Dead Rising 3 and Ryse: Son of Rome, have all been released alongside the Xbox One itself when it first hit retailers November 2013. For new Xbox Onr gamer’s on the block who might have unfortunately missed the release first time around – new editions of the games are available that include all DLC content as part of the package.

Here’s a re-cap of our scores for reviews of all games when they were first released. Remember that what you get now contains more content than what was originally reviewed and will therefore be better value for money.

Forza 5 Game of the Year Edition:
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Forza Motorsport 5 is another triumph of car mania with superb graphics, stunning vehicles and excellent sound; it’s almost everything we wanted albeit the shortage of tracks did add a little disappointment to the affair. Forza 5 is a beautiful world of engines and tire smoke, a world of convincing motorsport with the introduction of Drivatar and tuned AI. If you are looking for a ‘must have’ game for your new Xbox One, this is it.

Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition:
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There is never a dull moment in Dead Rising 3 and the objectives whilst mostly straight forward are a matter of getting from one location to the next in one piece. It is really quite imaginative with the weapon combo’s, vehicle combo’s and some frantic moments of escaping what appears a never ending mass of zombies. There are zombies EVERYWHERE, and not as in just everywhere, but I mean absolutely totally unmissably everywhere imaginable except the crack of your arse. Next gen capabilities for Dead Rising 3 absolutely allows for bigger environments, more on screen zombies than ever thought possible and the icing on the cake has to be its impressive visual quality.

RYSE: Son of Rome Legendary Edition:
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Ryse: Son of Rome is a well-crafted Roman Empire game that to look at is to die for! Sadly, the campaign is a bit shit and the combat system somewhat repetitive that you might get tired of – but the great news is that multiplayer is its saving grace and you can have endless hours of fun completing the many daring challenges of the Colosseum as you progress your Gladiator into an ultimate fighting machine. Ultimately, Ryse is not as good overall as I had hoped considering the E3 2013 briefing advertising it as something truly special. What was a Kinect exclusive now simply uses a handful of voice commands (thankfully) but it’s a fun game that could have been a lot better if the combat system was improved and it offered more than a six to seven hour run through.

Forza 5 Free This Weekend Only

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Looks like the Xbox team had a brainwave when it came to promoting the upcoming racer – Forza Horizon 2. For this weekend only you can download and play Forza 5 from Turn 10 Studio’s on Xbox One – and additionally unlock achievements to your profile! You can download Forza 5 by visiting the Xbox Store and searching for Forza Motorsport 5 from 12:01 a.m. PDT, Thursday, Sepember 4th through to 11:59 p.m. PDT, Sunday, September 7th 2014. The logic behind it could be to get you in the racing spirit.

The Forza Motorsport 5 weekend will allow you to check out the full Forza experience with special in-game challenges, play against others online and build your achievements and Gamerscore. Throughout the weekend, you will have the chance to compete in a special multiclass endurance in-game race event, Grand Tour of Prague. Complete this endurance event and drive at least 130 miles in the race to earn a new title and badge for your Forza Motorsport 5 profile. After the weekend, you’ll have the option to purchase the game online from the Xbox Store or visit your favorite retailer and continue playing. You will also get to keep your Gamerscore and achievements earned while playing, so invite your Gold friends to play and see who has the best driving skill.

Forza 5 was rated 94% from thisisxbox.com

Forza 5 is a beautiful world of engines and tire smoke, a world of convincing motorsport with the introduction of Drivatar and tuned AI. If you are looking for a ‘must have’ game for your new Xbox One, this is it.

If you do decide to purchase the game after the free weekend ends, let us know in the comments below.

Thanks: Xbox

Xbox One Bundle Spotted With Forza 5 and Fifa 15 for 399 Euro’s

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Since Xbox One has been shipping without Kinect, it has enjoyed a boost in sales success albeit not on the same scale as Playstation 4. With the launch of Xbox One in range of different markets from September where the Playstation 4 is already available, could open up the chance of thinning down Sony’s success.

Whilst the Xbox One will launch across other parts of the world, for us here in Europe it appears Microsoft will distribute a kinect-less Xbox One with digital copies of Forza 5 and the upcoming Fifa 15. The french Microsoft Store has been advertising the bundle for 399 Euro’s recently.

This is going to be quite a nice package tempting Xbox 360 users to ditch their last-gen consoles in favour of switching over to the new shiny Xbox One. With a constant range of dashboard improvements since the launch of Xbox One last November 2013, the console is fast becoming more and more attractive for gamers.

Via GameBlog

Forza 5 – IGN Car Pack DLC for Xbox One

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Turn 10 and IGN have teamed together to release the ‘IGN Car Pack’ for Forza Motorsport 5, a new DLC pack offering-up a selection of new cars to be used in-game. The pack contains 10 new cars, but the catch is even after purchasing the pack for £8.99 from the Store, you’ll still need to then purchase the cars individually in-game using your hard earned credits and tokens if wanting to use them in racing career. The cars included are listed below:

  • 1957 Ferrari 250 California

This fan favourite is a perfect blend of Ferrari’s 250-series racing technology in a package that not only is suitable for touring and cruising, it also lets you take in the raucous sounds of the wonderful Tipo 128F Colombo V12 through the open top.

  • 1961 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage

The trident logo of Maserati has always borne the burden of being known for its racing accomplishments. Using the four-cylinder two litre from the 200S canted at 45 degrees, the Birdcage revolutionised the exterior of race cars of its era.

  • 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS 409

Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog featured this 409 cubic inch V8 monster in their track “Let Me Ride.” This has led to countless enthusiasts preserving or restoring Impalas back to showroom condition

  • 1969 Nissan Fairlady Z 432

“432” stands for four valves per cylinder, three carburettors, and two camshafts — all features of the high-performance S20 motor yanked from the top-of-the-line Skyline GT-R. This lady is as valuable as she is rare.

  • 1977 Ford Escort RS1800

With a storied history in rallying, the 1977 Ford Escort RS1800 should prove as desirable in Forza Motorsport 5 as it is by Ford enthusiasts and collectors in real life.

  • 1984 Peugeot 205 T16

From afar, the Peugeot 205 T16 looks much like the front-wheel drive, front-engine street car it was based on. With four-cylinder turbocharged, 16-valve engine mated to a four-wheel-drive system, this 80’s classic will have you purring for some World Rally Championship action.

  • 2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello

A fair assessment of the 575M Maranello, a heavy revision of the 550 that preceded it, is that this is arguably the best version of this vehicle. Few cars have the poise, effortless grace, and startling performance as the 575M Maranello, one of the best front-engined grand tourers ever produced

  • 2008 Lamborghini Reventón

The direct inspiration for this exclusive Murcielago variant was the F-22A Raptor, an advanced jet with stealth capabilities. Sporting the Murcielago’s massive 6.5-litre V12, its 211 mph top speed is as close to flying a jet as you can come without leaving the ground.

  • 2013 Caterham Superlight R500

There are few cars in the world that can match its 0-60 in just less than 3 seconds which is why this purpose built racing car is actually banned from racing.

  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG

With the AMG upgrades, this Mercedes-Benz is nothing less than one of the best-performing hot hatches in the world. Loads of horsepower are pumped out of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine via a high-pressure turbocharger that receives a race-car-like 26psi of boost.

If you want to take a look at what’s on offer before splashing out using your hard earned real money then Turn 10 also have a visual aid in the form of a new trailer of the cars has also been released:

If you go ahead and purchase the DLC, you will be able to try out the cars free play mode before using your credits to add them to your career garage. You’ll also get the 1961 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage added to your garage. At least £8.99 gets you one car to use straight away. If you want to purchase any of the cars individually, you can, setting you back just under £2 each.

Forza Motorsport 5 Xbox One Review

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Another week and another racing game put through its paces. Last week Need for Speed: Rivals proofed to be strong on the Xbox One as a top contender, but what of Forza Motorsport 5, the king of racing games? Well it finally arrived back with the launch of the Xbox One and judging by all the hype Turn10 and Microsoft generated, it sure had better be good and far exceeding than anything that has preceded it. Was all the noise in the build up to release day just PR hype or is this game as good as they say? Ladies and gentlemen, buckle your seat belts and start your engines, this is going to be a fun ride.

If like me you are a follower of the franchise, you’ll be well aware that this is undoubtedly the best racing simulator around (forget about Forza Horizon – it’s not included), it’s that much better than F1 (no, really it is). Forza Motorsport 5 features in excess of over 200 cars, a petrol heads dream and we are talking some serious motors here from classic muscle cars to icon classics and of course the new McLaren P1, which not only looked drop dead gorgeous but handled like a dream… albeit a simulated dream. Other worthy mentions in terms of vehicles include the classic McLaren M23, Ferrari 312T2 and the modern day Lotus E21 as driven by Kimi Raikkonen in the 2013 F1 Season.

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Visually as you would expect Forza Motorsport 5 is polished, it has all the bells and whistles and is exceptional to behold. Especially good is the Forzavista mode which we did have a taste of in Forza 4, basically you can have a good look around the cars opening doors and bonnets etc, all very well modelled and detailed which is great if you are a dedicated petrol head who gets off on looking at these expensive vehicles, as for me I just want to get behind the wheel and do some serious racing.

The gameplay as ever doesn’t disappoint with some very impressive lighting and visual effects that really bring this whole experience to life, handling has improved and you can really notice the difference between the cars, it was great in Forza 4 but now it’s superb.

Perhaps the game’s most impressive revolution is the introduction of Drivatar, a cloud-based system that digitally recreates your driving style to populate other player’s games with your Forza driver; Drivatar. Racing against your friends’ Drivatars is fun and can really apply the pressure as you try to beat your best mate from down the road… even whilst he is at work and your slacking on the sofa. You’ll see things previously impossible to create with computerised AI. Human errors, poor judgement calls and random acts of aggression all make the track a much more dynamic and dangerous place to be, which in turn makes the racing feel truly on the cusp of next gen.

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Whilst still talking about AI, at the right difficulty setting, each race transforms from a mad rush to first then a lonely trek to the finish to a competitive, exciting, interesting, and involving experience. The lead will change several times, cars will get damaged, and you’ll find yourself reacting like a real driver, waiting for the right moment to pass.

It’s hard to put into words how much better this is than previous simulation models where the player’s super modified car simply tore past the AI and then spent the rest of the race effectively hot lapping. Somehow, Turn 10 have managed to bring the fun back to a genre that seemed to be all about numbers, statistics, and polygons.

With over 200 cars to choose from, there should be plenty of courses ready to pick, right? Wrong. There are just 14 circuits (each with their own variations) to pick from in Forza 5. This is a massive and notable cutback in terms of content when compared to 400 cars and dozens of courses as found in Forza 4. Newcomers such as the legendary Spa Francorchamps and Bathurst, Australia are both thrilling circuits, but the appearance of familiar stalwarts like Sebring, Indianapolis and Laguna Seca means that it won’t be long before you’ve seen all the tracks that Forza 5 has to offer. It won’t be long… as in a few hours.

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This isn’t to say Forza 5 isn’t a sizeable game however as to be fair the variety of the garage alone makes it compelling for any car enthusiast. Everything is represented in Forza 5 from sports and touring, to prototype and formula cars, Forza 5 introduces more and more disciplines to the games. Then there’s the BBC Top Gear content featuring Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond. Although not particularly deep, their commentary when choosing a new event, championship, or league still introduces some history to the proceedings. And of course there is then the car customisation that offers the opportunity for hours of artistic brilliance and tuning tinkering.

However annoying it may be that Forza 5 is small in comparison to previous titles in the franchise it shouldn’t put players off what is otherwise an extremely solid release. The new haptic feedback and overall controller design provide a much better experience than in previous games, with gear changes, tire slip, and road surface changes all well communicated via the new rumble triggers. On top of that, the analogue sticks are a lot more precise and allow for greater finesse when turning into corners. A large amount of work has been done with Calspan to further the research into tire behaviour modelling and it shows.

The sound is excellent in Forza 5, each engine resonates through the room a with incredible realism, screeching tyres and background noises reverberate around you as you struggle to keep your metal beast on the track.

Forza Motorsport 5 is another triumph of car mania with superb graphics, stunning vehicles and excellent sound; it’s almost everything we wanted albeit the shortage of tracks did add a little disappointment to the affair. Forza 5 is a beautiful world of engines and tire smoke, a world of convincing motorsport with the introduction of Drivatar and tuned AI. If you are looking for a ‘must have’ game for your new Xbox One, this is it.

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Forza Motorsport 5 Bathurst ViDoc

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Soon you will be able to drive the amazing Bathurst circuit at Mount Panorama in Forza Motorsport 5.When Xbox One racing began talking with six-time Bathurst winner Mark Skaife about entering a car in the 2013 Bathurst 1000 the thought of placing in the top ten was just a dream. Driver’s Mattias Ekstrom and Any Priaulx put in an amazing drive, here is the story of how it came together.

In this video Richard Hammond one of the hosts of “Top Gear,” the most popular motoring show in the world, provides narration and insight for the GT Racing Career in “Forza Motorsport 5”. In “Forza Motorsport 5,” all three presenters from the show, Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond will be on hand, providing their unique perspective through voiceovers on the collection of cars featured in the career mode events.

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In this video James May one of the hosts of “Top Gear,” the most popular motoring show in the world, provides narration and insight for the Modern Muscle Car Career in “Forza Motorsport 5”. In “Forza Motorsport 5,” all three presenters from the show, Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond will be on hand, providing their unique perspective through voiceovers on the collection of cars featured in the career mode events.

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Xbox One Launch Games Now Shipping To Retailers

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Xbox One is due to launch on November 22nd 2013, unless it’s all changed last minute which we can’t really see that happening, but … launch games for the console have only gone “Gold” and are now shipping to stores as we speak, or type as a matter of fact!

Teasing us with images, Microsoft just can’t help themselves – here’s a big ol’ box of Forza 5 Day One Editions:

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There are just eleven more days to go until the world can experience next-gen gaming with support from 300,000 cloud servers!

Thanks Xbox Wire

Xbox One Games On Marketplace Up To Hefty 43GB File-Size

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With Xbox 360 games initially out at launch up to 7GB, most are now coming in on double disks requiring around 15GB if installed to consoles HDD. With the upcoming Xbox One, games are packing in the data at up to 43GB at launch. The concern here is that for a 500GB HDD (less what the console O/S is taking up) it would store around just nine games?

Twitter user @MoonlightSwami who has a banned Xbox One console has timed the initial bootup at 17 seconds to get to the dashboard. He has revealed that games on the Xbox Live Marketplace vary from 8GB to 43GB. NBA 2K14 is the highest size at 43GB while EA’s Madden and FIFA are 12GB and 8GB, respectively. Forza 5 is shown at 31GB, Dead Rising 3 at 19GB and Call of Duty: Ghosts 39GB.

It was also discovered that the Day One update you need at launch to be able to play and use your Xbox One console is around 500mb. This is a mandatory online update that cancels out all the restrictions previously set by Microsoft’s DRM policies.

Thanks Engadget

Forza 5 Set for Amazing Post Release DLC Content

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Forza Motorsport is set to benefit from some amazing post-release content, “delivering new cars months before they hit showrooms, and continuing to add automotive icons sought after by fans around the world.” explains Xbox Wire.

Forza Motorsport 5 Car Packs has been confirmed to be released on a monthly basis following the launch on November 22nd. For the first time ever, every vehicle will be available in Forzavista mode; allowing players to explore every inch of each car… inside and out.

Each Forza Motorsport Car Pack will include ten individual cars, with the first pack arriving on Friday, November 22nd, and subsequent packs available the first week of every month, beginning January through March 2014. Fans of specific makes and models may choose to purchase individual cars, a la carte, while devout fans may opt for the Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass that will offer savings of 18% versus purchasing individually.

The LaFerrari Car Pack, available on launch day for Xbox One and Forza Motorsport 5, is the first opportunity for fans around the world to enter the cockpit of Ferrari’s long-awaited new hypercar. Powered by an innovative 950-hp hybrid engine and limited to 499 global production units, when released, the LaFerrari will be one of the fastest and rarest cars in the world, and Forza fans will get the unique chance to drive the digital experience before anyone else.

In addition to the LaFerrari, the pack will include nine additional cars, details of which will be unveiled by the Forza team soon.

More information regarding the Forza Motorsport 5 LaFerrari Car Pack will be shared on November 18, 2013.

Via Xbox Wire