If you have played either Fallout 4 or Forza 6 then from today you’ll be receiving a code for Fallout 4’s Chryslus Rocket ’69 to us in Forza Motorsport 6.
Microsoft have said that due to “the millions of codes being sent,” it could take you to seven days for codes to arrive. If you haven’t bough either game you’ll qualify if you by the game between now and then end of April, you’ll receive your code in early May.
The year is coming to a close and so it’s time once again to take a look back at all the great games that have been released in 2015.
Every day up until the end of the year we’ll be revealing our top three games from a number of different categories, all the way up until the coveted Game of the Year reveal.
Next up is Racer of the Year.
Third Place – Project CARS
A divisive title amongst the TiX team, Project CARS thoroughly impressed some and greatly disappointed almost just as many. However, after some debate this ambitious racing title earnt its third place medal in our Racer of the Year awards.
The plethora of customization options allows all skill level to enjoy some intense racing, meanwhile its high level of authenticity also meant that simulation fans could shape the game to their whims, with Dave Moran saying in his review:
…there are too many options to list but you can see that everything has been thought of to ensure a brilliant experience for racing fans.
Dave goes on to say:
Project CARS for me is the best racing simulation I’ve played, yes it’s a bit buggy and the frame rate is really frustrating, but I’m having a blast playing it and I’m really enjoying the challenge of mastering the game.
and indeed it’s this spark of excellence behind the bugs, as well as the exceptional support it’s received with free DLC throughout the year, that has elevated Project CARS so close to the top of our 2015 list of noteworthy racing titles.
Project CARS set a high benchmark in many people’s opinion, threatening to steal the crown from the racing legend that is Forza. However, Turn 10’s intension to celebrate their 10th anniversary in style with Forza Motorsport 6 ensured the Project CARS wouldn’t be dethroning them just yet.
With the introduction of weather effects and night racing, as well as a huge roster of cars and tracks along with plenty of enhancements to the overall formula, made the sixth numbered Forza title an undoubtedly superb racer.
In his review Dave Moran said:
The combination of the gorgeous circuits, awesome machines and a much improved AI make for some brilliant racing.
Turn 10 have celebrated their 10th anniversary in style, by creating another excellent title.
And indeed we couldn’t agree more. And yet it didn’t take the top spot…
On paper Need for Speed isn’t a better racer than Forza 6, and yet it possesses this charm that we simply couldn’t resist. The poorly scripted, cringe worthy FMV sequences defied their corniness and actually engaged us. We enjoyed the company of the characters and wanted to spend more time with them.
Solid arcade racing with strong customisation options and impressive visuals kept the racing fun, whilst the addition of a narrative with likeable characters gave us the momentum to see it through.
As Richard Berry said in his review:
Racing handles beautifully, the best I’ve experienced from an arcade racer, each car is at the mercy of whether you have set up towards drift or grip. A chase camera swings as you slide around corners and does so with such elegance that it doesn’t feel forced or out-of-place, delivering the thrill of racing and maintaining a real sensation of speed.
And so despite the strong competition by technically more competent racers, Need for Speed captured our hearts and took top place as this year’s Racer of the Year.
Forza Motorsport is renowned for its immersion into the world of racing, but surely driving around the many tracks of the 26 world-famous locations with your Xbox One controller shatters that immersion slightly? Maybe it’s time to upgrade to a racing setup? And Thrustmaster have just unveiled a new limited TX Racing Wheel Leather Edition.
The kit boasts an “industrial class servomotor for unbelievable realism and accuracy” making it one of the most advanced setups you can buy for the Xbox One – and at $469.99 you would expect a product that is of high-end quality.
As the Forza Series reaches its 10th year, we got our hands on Forza Motorsport 6. With Project CARS getting a good reception from racing simulation fans, can Turn 10 Studios grab some traction back? Let’s see.
Forza Motorsport 6 returns with an impressive roster of cars (460 to be precise) for you to experience across a wide range of disciplines. The Cover star, the 2017 Ford GT is also the first car you’ll drive in the game. You’ll spend the first hour or so being guided through a tutorial, before being cut loose to play the game how you want.
One of the first things you will notice is the redesigned UI, it looks great and is very simple to navigate, it also shows off just how much there is to do in the game. You’ll also receive snippets of information from Richard Hammond, James May, Tanner Foust and the soothing tones of Forza’s voiceover lady.
Forza 6’s Career mode is where you will spend a lot of your time, with more than 70 hours of gameplay across 26 destinations, including Daytona, Hockenheim and Rio Di Janeiro. I’ve previously found the careers of Forza to be rather sterile but this isn’t the case with Forza 6. The combination of the gorgeous circuits, awesome machines and a much improved AI make for some brilliant racing. This year there are packs of mods that can be bought for use in races, they can range from moving you further up the grid at the start of the race, to an extra percentage of credits. My favourite are the ‘dare’ mods, these are like mini challenges, such as having to use the cockpit camera only, or having your braking effectiveness reduced by 10% for that race. They are certainly worth playing around with. There are more specialised mods that focus on the circuit you are at, giving you extra grip for that race. The packs can only be bought with credits you have earned in game.
If you are lucky enough to own a surround-sound headset you are in for a real treat – from the roar of 24 engines at the start of a race to tyres doing all they can to stay on the track as you speed around corners – the noise is always immense, the musical score is superb too.
Drivatars continue to appear in and they are great fun to go up against, what I noticed from this year’s entry is that although they are more aggressive, it causes them to make more mistakes so you’ll take great pleasure in seeing your friends completely mess up during the course of the race.
I’m by no means the greatest racer in the world and Forza tailors for all types of skill levels with several active assists that can be selected, meaning any player can find their level. Removing assists will give you extra credits at the end of a race so there is an incentive to make things a bit harder, you can also define how aggressive the drivatars are as well. It was however disappointing to see that Turn 10 haven’t given users as much control over the HUD like in Project CARS.
I also thought it was a shame that the car damage isn’t as realistic as Project CARS. While the cars in Forza are affected by crashes and engine parts can be damaged, causing performance issues, you won’t see wheels coming off or cars coming to a halt because of an engine failure.
As you progress through your career you’ll be able to take part in Showcase Events, which does a great job of increasing the diversity within the career and will introduce you to unique areas in the world of Motorsport that you might not have known existed, racing in a 1970’s Formula 1 car was certainly an experience! Other showcases include racing The Stig’s digital cousin, taking on some of Top Gear’s challenges and racing some of the fastest cars in the world in overtaking challenges. Endurance junkies are catered for too with a whole host of races – you can certainly see how Forza Horizon has influenced the Motorsport series.
For the first time in Forza night racing is available and this isn’t just a case of adding a black sky and making the lights look pretty! Each venue feels different, driving at 150mph through Daytona is as bright as driving through day thanks to the stadium floodlights, but at Le Mans you have to rely on the headlights of your vehicle to keep you on track.
Rainfall and fog also makes a spectacular debut in the game, not only does it look and sound incredible, but they can wipe you out if you aren’t careful. What I found most impressive was that the rain had an effect on the different road surfaces, making them react to your car just as you might expect. Lashing through a huge puddle on tarmac threw my car off course, whereas coming off the track onto muddy grass lost me valuable seconds.
If you are brave enough to take on other Forza Enthusiasts then multiplayer is right up your street. Standard multiplayer allows you to select the type of lobby you want to play in, from racing a certain type of class, or taking part in drag races or special events. The racing worked well, the lobbies are simple to run and out on track there was no lag or performance issues, even in a race with 24 cars.
Forza 6 also introduces Leagues this year, a brand new multiplayer feature. Leagues are scheduled multiplayer race series where players are organised by skill level and temperament. Again you can race up to 24 players whose skills are closely matched to yours. There is also a spectate mode which will be great for casting races. Another mode, Rivals, is a great way to show off your skills and challenge people around the world to beat the scores you set across the different classes and disciplines.
On top of all the racing there is of course the famous Forza customisation options – budding artists can spend days and weeks creating some amazing liveries and budding mechanics can head over to the garage to tune each vehicle – both can then be sold to the masses around the Forza world. Finally, an upgrade shop allows you to make improvements to your car – each item now shows you what effect it will have – whether it’s extra grip or added weight.
Turn 10 have celebrated their 10th anniversary in style, by creating another excellent title. The new weather effects are superb, the online works brilliant and the career mode plus the showcases are well worth your time.Make sure you experiment with the mods in career too. I’m pleased to say Forza is back on track.
The rain effects in Project Cars is pretty damn good, in PlayStation 4’s Driveclub it’s incredible – so how will Forza 6 fare? By the looks of the trailer that’s fresh from gamescom, the team at Turn 10 are giving it their all!
The annual Con of Con’s kicked off last night in San Diego with their Wednesday preview night. Over the next 4 days San Diego convention centre plays host to the hottest names in comic books, fantasy and sci-fi fiction authors, TV shows, movies, gaming and general geek/nerd culture. In 2014 San Diego Comic Con held over 700 separate events throughout the city including hotels, the Gaslamp Quarter, Petco Park and of course it’s massive convention center of which the exhibition hall is over 460,000 square feet alone.
A regular exhibitor during the annual event is of course the Microsoft Xbox team and this year they’ve put together a superb line-up for those willing to venture across to the Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel (a five minute walk from the convention).
If you are in San Diego this weekend or simply interested to know what Xbox related fun you could have been having whilst mingling with A list celebrities, then keep on reading.
The Xbox Lounge has over 90 gaming stations for fans to get hands on with upcoming titles including Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Forza Motorsport 6, Tom Clancy’s The Division, and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. Everyday throughout the convention the team on hand will be running daily Xbox One tournaments, shoutcasting, celebrity appearances, signings, and more. The Halo 5: Guardians fans at the show should make sure to also check out a new Warzone map that will be revealed at the Xbox Lounge via a massive 6′ x 6′ map constructed by Mega Bloks.
The Xbox Lounge is located in the Manchester Hyatt, Seaport Ballroom and is open during the following times:
Thursday, July 9: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, July 10: 11 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 11: 11 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 12: 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Highlights include: Halo 5: Guardians “Breakout” Comes to Life, Xbox Tournaments Powered by ESL, Halo 5: Guardians at the Xbox Booth (#100 in SDCC) and The Gathering of the Laras (cosplay event). For the full list of programming at the Xbox Lounge, check out the official Xbox events schedule.
If can’t make it down to the Manchester Hyatt then make sure you at least drop by the Xbox Booth in the convention center for daily giveaways. Of course the biggest draw for many at San Diego Comic Com is the 1000’s of panels held across the four days located on and off site around the convention. Not wanting to miss out Microsoft and varios developers and publishers can be found holding talks in the following locations on the following days:
A Rare Chit Chat: Past and Future
(Room 24ABC: Thursday, July 9, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
Join developers from legendary game studio Rare as they celebrate 30 years of creating hits like Battletoads, Banjo-Kazooie, and Perfect Dark. Explore the origins of classic titles, see how the Rare magic continues to shape future projects and meet the team behind some of gaming’s best-loved icons as they prepare for upcoming release of Rare Replay.
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition: The Art of Improving on an Xbox Classic
(Room 6A: Thursday, July 9, 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.)
Reigniting the passion and fervor of Gears of War fans, Xbox and The Coalition take fans behind the scenes of the fan favorite franchise – re-imagined and reloaded for Xbox One. The panel will feature Rod Fergusson (Studio Head, The Coalition), Peder Skude (Sr. Game Designer), Kyle Gaulin (Cinematics Director), and Bonnie Jean Mah (Narrative Director).
Hunt For the Truth: Following the Trail of the Halo 5: Guardians Story
(Room 6BCF: Friday, July 10, 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.)
Join 343 Industries and special guests as they examine the compelling and prolific storytelling in and around Halo 5: Guardians. This panel will bring new insight into the mysteries surrounding the Master Chief, and sneak peeks of the stories we have yet to tell. Q&A session following.
The World of Albion – The History and Future of the Groundbreaking Fable Series
(Room 5AB: Friday, July 10, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
Game Director David Eckelberry and Lead Designer Alex Skidmore talk through the evolution of the pioneering Fable series. Fable’s latest incarnation – Fable Legends – is no exception, bringing cross-platform play and 4v1 multiplayer, whilst maintaining the popular attributes of the franchise that players have come to love.
The Evolution of an Icon in Rise of the Tomb Raider
(Room 25ABC: Saturday, July 11, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Join key leads from the award-winning Crystal Dynamics development team – including Camilla Luddington (actress and voice of Lara Croft), Rhianna Pratchett (lead script writer), and other surprise guests – to discuss the journey of one of the most iconic characters in entertainment history.
Building the Halo Universe with the Collectible Mega Bloks Series
(Room 24ABC: Sunday, July 12, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
A worldwide fan-base of passionate players building an epic universe beyond gameplay. With over 65 million Halo game titles and over 35 million Mega Bloks Halo sets sold, some of the world’s most hyper-engaged fans are bringing the Halo universe to life through construction, helping to shape this legendary world in their own way. Fans can expect teasers of the new Mega Bloks Spring ’16 line and a look back at the history of Halo and Mega Bloks, info on how the games become builds with behind-the-scenes stories and making-of moments, why Halo chose Mega Bloks, and what’s next for both brands.
There are many other panels during the event with more big named developers and publishers offering up insights into newly released and upcoming games. For more information or to plan the rest of your Comic Con experience head to the official Comic-Con schedule builder.
And just when you thought things couldn’t get more exciting! Whether you’re at San Diego Comic-Con or following along at home, Xbox giving you a chance to win a collectible Xbox One.
At SDCC: Be sure to check out the custom consoles on display at the Xbox Lounge. You’ll need to tweet or post your favorite console on Instagram with #XboxSweepstakes and #SDCC for your chance to win.
Xbox owners who didn’t make it to San Diego also have a chance to enter from home. Keep your eyes peeled for the sweepstakes on your Xbox Live homepage over the weekend for details on how you can also enter.
Are you in San Diego this weekend for Comic Con? If so please let us know what you think of the convention and if you manage to get your hands on any of the games in the Xbox Lounge.
A further 39 cars have been revealed for the latest installment of Microsoft Studios and Turn 10 Studios’ Forza Motorsport 6.
Including such classics as the 1965 MINI Cooper S, 1960 Chevrolet Corvette, 1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, and the 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS 409, the latest list includes some dream cars that every petrol head dreams of getting behind the wheel of.
Along with the classics, you can expect to tear around the track in some of the more modern additions include the 2015 Audi S1, the 2015 McLaren 650S Coupe, and the 2011 McLaren MP4-12C.
All 39 cars announced today is:
2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello
1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II
1967 Lamborghini Miura P400
1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
1977 Ford Escort RS1800
1952 Ferrari 375
1974 Toyota Celica GT
2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS
2015 Audi S1
2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
2015 McLaren 650S Coupe
2010 Aston Martin One-77
2010 Lexus LFA
2009 Lotus 2-Eleven
1993 McLaren F1
2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR
1969 Pontiac GTO Judge
2008 BMW M3
1993 Nissan 240SX SE
2013 Viper #91 SRT Motorsport GTS-R
1965 MINI Cooper S
1960 Chevrolet Corvette
1995 Ford SVT Cobra R
2012 Bowler EXR S
1964 Chevrolet Impala SS 409
1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV
2009 Lexus IS F
2011 McLaren MP4-12C
1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3
2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
1995 Toyota MR2 GT
1970 Chevrolet El Camino SS 454
2013 BMW M6 Coupe
1945 Jeep Willys MB
2006 HUMMER H1 Alpha
2012 Scion tc
Microsoft Studios and Turn 10 Studios’ Forza Motorsport 6 is set to release on the Xbox One on September 18, 2015.
For more information, visit the official Forza Motorsport 6 website.