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Gravel season pass and DLC announced

Milestone is probably one of the most experienced developers when it comes to racing games.  Today Milestone have released details about the season pass and DLC updates about their off-road racing title Gravel.

Season Pass

For those ready to go beyond their limits, Gravel Season Pass will include 5 DLCs, which will give access to additional 12 new vehicles, 10 check point tracks, 4 new Wild Rush circuits and 2 new Off-Road Career Events with the aim of satisfying even the most demanding off-road racing fans.

Gravel Season Pass and Gravel Special Edition, including the Full Game and Season Pass, will be available to pre-order from 27 February 2018 on PS4, Xbox One.

In addition to the DLCs included in the season pass, new content will be available completely free, letting players broaden their car portfolio with new exclusive vehicles. The first two freemium DLCs are Gravel Free car Bowler Bulldog and Gravel Free car Acciona.

For all four-wheel enthusiasts, this DLC gives access to the first exclusive free vehicle, available for download from 7 March.
Straight from Great Britain, here’s one of Bowler latest creations, the Bulldog, a concentration of power which makes the off-road experience even more thrilling and engaging.

Details on all other DLCs will be disclosed later on.

Gravel will launch on 27 February on PS4, Xbox One, and PC/STEAM.

Need for Speed Payback announced

With a familiar Fast and Furious theme to it, the visuals of last year’s title but with some sunshine, collectable classic cars to find like in Forza Horizon, the crash sequences of Burnout, and a little of the track events last seen in Split Second, Need for Speed Payback looks to be incorporating some of the best elements of car racing films and games into their latest entry in the series.

At the EA E3 conference, Need For Speed Payback was shown off, treating us to some of the high speed racing, traffic dodging and pursuits we can expect come release, November 10th. A section of it’s story mode was highlighted, showing a stunt seen multiple times in the Fast and Furious franchise of films, where one of the three protagonists you’ll play as jumps from a high speed car onto a truck, before stealing the sport’s car within and driving off. It was exhilarating to watch, and we here at TiX towers are pretty hyped.

We look forward to seeing more, but for now, there is a reveal trailer:

New screenshots of Micro Machines Word Series

I loved the Micro Machine games back in the day, and I am very excited to see it returning this year. And to whet my appetite a little more, Codemasters have released five new screenshots of Micro Machines World Series.

These screenshots have been described as “created in the game engine using in-game assets” so whilst there may be in-game representations of the visuals, they aren’t necessarily representative of the game in action. Still, they look good and certain get my motor running.

Gas Guzzlers Extreme powers it’s way to Xbox One

Do you like cars? Do you like guns? Do you like racing? Do you like explosive action? Do you like cars shooting guns while racing and blowing things up? If you answered Yes! or Hell Yes! to any of those questions then the perfect game for you just made it’s way to Xbox One.

Gas Guzzlers Extreme is a high-octane racer from Iceberg Games. You start with a bog standard car and race your way to an armed to the teeth epic motor. Gas Guzzlers Extreme is set to offer massive explosions, the ability to upgrade your beast and a ultra fast racing experience…oh and Zombies, lots and lots of Zombies. What’s not to like.

 

  • Combat racing at its best, featuring a blood pumping single player campaign with over 12 hours of gameplay.
  • Fast-as-lightning multiplayer tournaments with 7 different modes (classic race, power race, battle race, knockout, deathmatch, last man standing and capture the flag); with up to 4 teams available in team play mode.
  • 350+ miles of road across 40 tracks, 8 arenas and 7 different environments.
  • 12 unique weapons, on-track bonuses and power ups.
  • 18 customizable cars (12+ upgrades, color, rims, stickers, etc.).
  • Multi-path tracks and sponsored events.
  • Instant play with vicious AI Bots populating your multiplayer match while other players begin to join in on the fun.
  • Beautifully displayed high definition visuals with extensive vehicle damage, motion blur effects and custom paint jobs.
  • Full force feedback controller support as well as keyboards, joy pads, joysticks and racing wheels.
  • Packed with tons of unique humor and personality.

You can purchase Gas Guzzlers Extreme now on the Xbox Marketplace HERE.

F1 2016 shows off its immersive Career mode

The latest F1 2016 trailer gives fans an idea of what to expect from the the new Career mode.

Players will experience the tension of the Formation Lap as they weave to warm their tyres, before facing the drama of the manual race start, where they have to balance their revs and release the clutch at the right time. Get this wrong and players could jump the start and face a penalty or fail to get away from the line as the anti-stall kicks in.

Race strategy is also vital as players battle their rivals.You’ll be able to manually enter the Pit Stop as well as manage dealing with the Safety Car and Virtual Safety Car conditions.

Over the course of the Career, players can decide how they want to upgrade their car by consulting with the Research and Development Engineer on areas for improvement, and by completing tasks during Practice sessions. They can either upgrade their team over a number of seasons to make it into a title challenger or they can negotiate with their Agent to move between teams to work their way up the grid.

F1 2016 will also feature a Multiplayer Championship that allows up to 22 players to compete against each other over the course of a season. The new mode allows players to race as team mates or to battle it out as different teams.

F1 2016 releases on August 19.

Customise your racing experience with Thrustmaster’s TX Servo Base

T300 Servo Base

If you crave more realism from racing games, then you might be interested in Thrustmaster’s racing ecosystem.

At the centre is Thrustmaster’s TX Servo Base, which can take a variety of different steering wheels – perfect if you fancy jumping into the cockpit of Ferrari’s Formula 1 or going for an offroad sprint in a Jeep Wrangler – there’s a steering wheel to match your racing experience and you can even choose from two pedal sets. With a clutch pedal giving you the most realism when paired with the TH8A gearbox.

Intrigued? Check out the TX Servo Base – Ecosystem overview trailer below and visit Thrustmaster for more information.

Racer of the Year

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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.

Check out the review here.

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Second Place – Forza Motorsport 6

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…

Check out the review here.

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Racer of the Year – Need for Speed

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.

Check out the review here.

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Be sure to check out the site again tomorrow to see the next category and its winner.

Honourable mentions go to Riptide GP2 and Giana Sisters: Dream Runner, both of which were nominated by the TiX team but didn’t quite make the cut.

Rock’N Racing Off Road DX review

When Rock’N Racing was announced it caught my eye, it reminded me of racing games from my younger years (not that I can remember names but it hit the nostalgic part of my brain), so I felt I had to give it a go.

As soon as the game began to load my heart sank a bit, the horrible soundtrack and voiceover immediately annoyed me but I lowered the volume and carried on. The game has all the modes you expect, Championship, Time Trial and Multiplayer but you’ll quickly realise there is much content behind it.

There are five different championships that comprise of 4 races ranging from two to eight laps, which doesn’t seem to bad at first, except you can finish 4 races in as little as two and a half minutes  on the smaller race tracks. Each championship win unlocks a new vehicle to use, from buggies to Monster trucks but there is no option for customisation, not even colour.

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Time trial is basically the same set of races for you to complete in the quickest time possible and the multiplayer allows you and you friends to race locally, which turns out to be the most entertaining mode.

The racing is a pretty poor experience, the cars are quite hard to handle, though with practice you’ll get used to them but the AI is horrendous. Some races the cars are a nightmare to beat and other times the other seven cars will fail to finish the race! Some cars just stop in the middle of the track for no reason, before starting to race minutes later while others just crash into the tyre traps and never escape again, the inconsistency is infuriating.

The tracks themselves aren’t the most inspiring either, it feels like the developer went for the easy option and just made small changes to a set template, the jumps can result in some awesome crashes but you can ruin your races if you aren’t too careful.

If you like really annoying voice overs while driving then this is the game for you, hearing “That was awesome!” in an awful American accent 20 times a race is your thing then you will have a great time, the visuals are ok at best the music is pretty forgettable too.

The best thing about this game is the fact you can pick up 800 gamerscore very easily, it’s fair to say I was pretty glad it was a short game…

Thanks to Xbox for supporting TiX

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