Hollywood and the automobile industry share a rich history. Since the first motion pictures debuted cars have played a starring role, something that’s still true today, especially on the small screen.
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If you think you have what it takes to be an automotive tycoon, now is your chance to find out. Automation, the game that lets you design a car from scratch, is now available for preorder, and a new game trailer has hit the web that will help get your creative juices flowing.
Automation gives you the chance to make a car for the masses. The year is 1946 and you’re in charge of a new vehicle company. You design every aspect of it – from the chassis and engine to its exterior specifications. To edge out your competitors, you’ll need to research new technology in order for your company to grow. You don’t need any design experience to play the game, so even noobies can get in on the fun.
If you preorder the Automation game now, you’ll save $10 off of the final $30 purchase price. As well, you’ll get some exclusive content thrown in with the deal. You can find out more about the game at the Camshaft Software site and you can watch the video after the jump.
Grand Theft Auto, the last word in automotive mischief, is back with its fifth installment. While previous video games in the franchise often follow the rise of a lowly thug making his way up to mob boss, Five follows an older, wealthier, and retired gangster who has chosen to move to a new town and start anew as a family man.
However, if there’s ever a truth in the land of GTA, it’s that trouble will always come looking for you. Check out Rockstar Game’s trailer of Grand Theft Auto V, featuring an obligatory cops and robbers chase scene with an awesome Aston Martin-looking power-retractable hardtop sports car.
We’ve seen Jeremy Clarkson review some of the most beautiful and exotic cars ranging from the Bugatti Veyron to the classic Jaguar E-Type. We’ve also seen him review some of the most hideous cars like the Reliant Robin, but military vehicles? From a video game? This is a first.
Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson will be spicing up Forza Motorsport 4 with a featured role in the XBOX 360 game. With the game ready for release in October, this commercial has been released featuring the high tech M12 FAV Warthog from Halo, and the witty Jeremy Clarkson. Now gamers and auto enthusiasts are getting the best of both worlds. Interestingly, the Warthog won’t be the only vehicle that will receive Clarkson’s review. Apparently the game’s Autovista model will introduce players to a wide variety of unique vehicles.
In the short commercial, Jezza approaches the imaginary assault vehicle with his typical sarcasm and dry sense of humor, that we’ve come to know and love from his fantastic TV show. Check out the video after the jump to see the tank like all-terrain vehicle.
Ken Block and Tanner Foust are becoming household names in the world of motorsports, with Ken Block’s infamous Gymkhana videos and Tanner Foust being on every other automotive television show, rally race and former Formula Drift champion. Both are stars in their own way and both drivers have a cult fan following while campaigning their Ford Fiestas through motorsports mayhem.
This time around both Foust and Block (and their Fiestas) star in a promotional video for the upcoming DiRT 3 video game in a wicked, virtual gymkhana battle. And while DiRT 3′s Gymkhana mode has mostly been revolved around the presence of Ken Block, there’s no denying Foust’s presence after beating Block at the invitational Gymkhana Grid.
We’ll all be looking forward to campaigning either one of these awesome machines virtually on May 24th, when DiRT 3 is released.
Check out the video after the break.
The world of video games is full of competition, and getting the exclusivity to a feature helps get you a leg up on the competition. Now that Gran Turismo 5 is on sale (and receiving awesome patch updates) the world of console racing games is wide open. What can other video game developers possibly come up with to rival the fame of Gran Turismo 5? How about getting the exclusivity to include Pagani’s Huayra?
Shift 2 Unleashed, part of the Need for Speed series, will be the only racing game that will offer the ability to drive Pagani’s Huayra, virtually of course. We’ll be curious how the game executes simulating 700-hp out of a carbon-titanium monocoque chassis.
Shift 2 Unleashed will be available on March 29th in North America and April 1st in Europe.
Check out the video after the break.
[Source: Need for Speed]
With all the publicity Ken Block has created with his Gymkhana videos, and now more recently the Gymkhana Grid events, it’s no surprise that the digital video game world has embraced it as well. Given the popularity of the Gran Turismo series (and even Forza Motorsport) we can’t say we’re a bit surprised that another popular video game racing series has brought Gymkhana to homes.
DiRT 3 by Codemasters will be featuring a Gymkhana Mode in addition to the traditional off-road racing gameplay. And what better way to show off the upcoming entertainment than with a demo of Ken Block’s Ford Fiesta doing its best job re-enacting one of his videos in the game? Suddenly we have a new game to anxiously wait for a release date on.
Check out the video after the jump:
Red Bull’s much hyped X1 prototype, designed to be the ultimate expression of a race car, no longer exists within the digital confines of Gran Turismo 5.
We’re not entirely sure where the “F1-derived direct-injection 3-litre twin-turbo V6″ comes from, but the power output figures of 1,438 horsepower at 15,000 rpm and 526 lb-ft of torque at 12,000 rpm makes gives us goosebumps.
Whether the car runs or not hasn’t been revealed, but the physical manifestation of the X1 will debut at the GT5 launch party in Madrid towards the end of November.
Some of us real passionate gamers don’t think Gran Turismo 5 will make it to our grubby little hands anytime soon. But there’s always reason to hope that the company’s continuous delay in releasing the game is well worth the wait. This is probably not one of those highlights that makes us thankful that they delayed the release of the game, but it shows just how thorough GT5 will be.
The second generation Prius was available in Gran Turismo 4, so this isn’t exactly huge on the ‘wow’ factor, but it’s nice to know that they’re shoving in every new vehicle they possibly can to keep the game up-to-date when it’s finally released. And given just how successful the third-gen Toyota Prius is in Japan, it’s no surprise that Gran Turismo 5 will be featuring it.
It probably won’t be one of those awesomely popular cars to race, but for 3rd generation Prius owners, it’s pretty cool. We do find it thoroughly entertaining that it looks like a Nissan Versa is dusting it on the very scenic track.
GALLERY: Toyota Prius Gran Turismo 5
It’s hard to believe that the Gran Turismo series has been around for nearly 13 years. The original Gran Turismo for Playstation was a watershed moment in video games, combining import car modifications (before they were cool) with the most advanced racing simulator at the time.
Looking back on the original is a bit like driving a car you idolized in childhood; it seems crude and a bit disappointing now, but the charm is still there; luckily, every successive game has gotten better and better, with the physics and graphics becoming more advanced and the car list ballooning to include even the most obscure vehicles.
Despite being delayed for nearly half a decade, racing game fans are still awaiting the launch of Gran Turismo 5, and Sony is throwing them yet another bone with this so-called “trailer” that features footage from all 5 games. Hardcore fans will recognize tracks like Trial Mountain and Special Stage Route 5, while seeing some neat features from GT5, like the in-car camera and NASCAR racing.
Hit the jump to see the video
[Source: Top Speed]