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Evolution of Turn 10's magnificent racer.
Digital Foundry has already taken a look at core aspects of the technology powering Forza Motorsport 3 in the initial demo tech breakdown, but in this feature we're expanding our analysis of the game to cover both its past and its potential future.
Microsoft has told Eurogamer there is nothing to announce regarding a third Forza Motorsport game.
Microsoft has significantly lowered the price of many popular DLC bundles on Xbox Live as part of a special promotion called Extended Play Download Days.
Everyone likes cars. Even the greens have got their favourites, made of regenerative braking systems, Atkinson cycle engines, old yoghurt pots and bits of rhubarb. And it seems that videogames about cars are just as susceptible to a bit of the old premium downloadable content as anything. Not at all surprised by this, we decided to take a spin round some of it so you don't get run over by poor value. Rev your feeble metaphors and join us.
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Turn 10 will add a baker's dozen of fresh cars to Forza Motorsport 2 this Wednesday.
Every now and then, someone pops out of the woodwork to complain that the games industry isn't innovative any more. This is clearly nonsense. Certainly, publishers might have an ongoing love affair with barely distinguishable sequels and a herd mentality that makes sheep look strong-willed, but consider this - year after year, the industry invents new and previously unheard-of ways to make you part with your cash. If that's not innovation, what is?
Download Content (DLC) is a new arrival in the exciting field of wallet-stripping, and the Xbox 360 is on the vanguard. Many Xbox 360 games have content available for download sometime after launch, allowing you to hand over a few measly Microsoft points for access to new maps, models, missions and the likes. It's a great idea in theory, obviously - who doesn't want to extend the life of their favourite game a bit? In practice, though, there's some suspicion about it. Nobody wants to find themselves paying extra money for content that should have been in the game in the first place.
Hence these DLC roundup features, where we'll be looking at the bits and bobs that have made their way onto Xbox Live - and, soon, PSN - in the past few months, and checking out what's worth whipping your card out for, and what deserves to sit, dusty and unloved, in the digital dustbins out the back of the Marketplace.
VRX Industries has created a wonderfully senseless arcade machine for us to poke fun at.
As promised, Turn 10 and Microsoft have released a downloadable new track for Forza Motorsport 2 along with a bundle of new cars, including the legendary [picks one at random] Lamborghini Gallardo.
Turn 10 has said to expect new premium downloadable content for Forza Motorsport 2 on 7th December.
The Internet has finally discovered what Steven Gerrard has known all along: that complaining loudly as you walk past someone does change their mind and get you what you want.
Forza Motorsport 2's first downloadable race-track will go live tomorrow, 26th October, developer Turn 10 has said.
A free new content pack for Forza 2 is now available to download from Xbox Live.
Developer Turn 10 has released a new patch for Forza 2 on Xbox Live.
We don't normally write these up, because if you're the sort of person who wants to play Barbie Horse Adventure with Marilyn Manson then it's probably best you do go off somewhere else to find that information, but even we were intrigued when Microsoft told us that Sir Stirling Moss - him of 74 Formula One Grand Prix races fame - will be competing against Xbox Live players in Forza Motorsport 2 on Thursday 28th June as part of its "Game With Fame" campaign.
Microsoft's Forza Motorsport 2 continues to outpace the competition, GamesIndustry.biz is reporting, remaining at number one in the UK All Formats charts despite a 34 per cent drop in sales.
Forza Motorsport 2 has raced straight into first place in the all-formats software chart, becoming the third fastest-selling Xbox 360 title released so far, GamesIndustry.biz is reporting.
For today's release of Forza Motorsport 2 we're bringing you two reviews. "Why two reviews?" you logically ask. Well, because the original was that rarest of rare beasts: a driving simulator that appealed to the everyman, appealing to driving game fans regardless of whether they preferred arcade racers like Burnout, Riiiiidge Racer and Need For Speed, or the more serious out-and-out simulations like Gran Turismo or Grand Prix Legends.
And with that in mind we decided the best way was to seek out reviewers who would be approaching Forza 2 from two polar opposite - but equally relevant - angles. So, in the petrol head camp, we have Luke Albiges offering his considered opinion, while in the quick-fix, instant thrill camp we have Simon Parkin's thoughts on the matter. Will it live up to the hype? Will Forza 2 live up to the lofty expectations and deliver the ultimate console racing sim or will Turn 10's obsession for simulated racing perfection prove to be a big fat yawn? Read on...
Eurogamer TV is hosting two exclusive in-game trailers for Forza 2 this afternoon, captured by our very own cameraman.
The demo version of Forza Motorsport 2 has popped up on Xbox Live Marketplace as promised by admins on the game's official forum, who posted last night. "That's what we've been told," we were, er, told.
Microsoft's preview event at the Raceway Docklands allowed Eurogamer to get its hands on Forza Motorsport 2. First though, there was an opportunity to sit down with the series Game Director, Dan Greenawalt.
The night before going to see Forza Motorsport 2 I ran nine miles. It was fairly tough. But not, as I was to discover, as tough as the all-over body and cardio-vascular workout you get from driving for 20 minutes round the UK's biggest indoor karting track, which is where Microsoft decided to show off the game to a bunch of games journalists. Fortunately, Forza 2 is rather more forgiving, in spite of its hardcore simulation credentials. In fact, speaking in one of the raceway's swanky corporate-hospitality meeting rooms, Game Director Dan Greenawalt declares: "The goal of this game is to really turn gamers into car lovers and turn car lovers into gamers and create a really big community that gets excited about games and excited about cars."
Microsoft has finally confirmed that Forza Motorsport 2 will be released on 8th June.
That was the message from retail earlier this week, although this is the first time that Microsoft has officially confirmed the game's European release date.
The Xbox 360-exclusive racer features more than 300 cars, improved customisation systems and of course a host of online racing options. If you thought Forza 1 was impressively put together, this might turn your head.
Retail sources claim that Forza Motorsport 2 will be racing into shops and sitting quietly on the shelf until you pick it up, go over to the till and give the funny man some money on 8th June in Europe.
Microsoft has revealed the final section of the monstrous list of cars that make up Forza Motorsport 2.
Microsoft has confirmed reports that a Forza Motorsport 2 demo will appear on Xbox Live Marketplace fairly soon. "The rumours this week of a downloadable demo are true and the details on timing will be confirmed in the coming weeks," the publisher said in a statement.
As is now tradition, the company revealed a number of new cars going into the game, which is due out next month, and this time it's the turn of "Aftermarket Tuner Car Classics". See below for a full list of those, and scour the official website for more details on each if you fancy.
You can also start looking forward to our hands-on coverage of the ambitious racer, with playable code expected at the office within a similar timeframe to the demo. We're already fighting over the steering wheel. Well, I say fighting - there's really no contest.
We already know that Forza Motorsport 2 is due out next month, but now we're told to expect a demo version within the next few weeks.
As Forza 2 speeds realistically towards the development finish line, Turn 10 has taken a bit more time out to tell us about the line-up of 300+ real-world cars that you'll be able to get your hands on.
Microsoft has revealed that Forza 2 will feature a new Livery Editor that will let you add your own personal touch to cars through logos, decals and unique paint schemes.
Microsoft's Forza PR machine cranked into overdrive this week, with the launch of a revamped official website.
The site's latest update leads with a gigantic list of the European production cars that will make it into the game, from manufacturers including Audi, Bentley, Aston Martin, McLaren, Koenigsegg, Lotus, and TVR. Go see.
Elsewhere on the site, you'll be able to log in with your Xbox Live Gamertag and "check out a personalized homepage summarizing your online racing statistics, auctions, and tournaments."
Forza Motorsport 2 is to get its own four-part "live action mini series" on U.S. channel SPEED TV later this month, it has emerged.
Forza Motorsport 2 is due out here in May as well as the US, Microsoft said today, and we now know a bit more about the cars you'll be driving, too.
Wire up your wireless racing wheels and perform other necessary preparatory tasks: Forza Motorsport 2 is due out in May.
Forza Motorsport 2 is now up and running at 60 frames per second on Xbox 360 according to developer Turn 10.
Xbox 360 titles Forza Motorsport 2, Crackdown, Shadowrun and Too Human are now down for release before the end of June 2007, Peter Moore has admitted.
It's been a great year for announcements from Microsoft, but it's arguably been its quietest ever year for first party games. And to make matters worse, Forza Motorsport 2 recently slipped out of its tentative December release slot to Q1 2007. But all the headline-grabbing announcements at X06 succeeded in taking the spotlight off such trifling matters, and ensured that Turn 10's game could make a low profile public playable debut.
Microsoft's Tokyo Game Show demonstration of Forza Motorsport 2 has quietly confirmed speculation that the game won't be out until the first quarter of 2007.
Producers in Japan are reportedly saying the code's about 60 percent finished.
That's a bit of a shame then, and probably won't do sales of the Wireless Racing Wheel, due out this Christmas, any favours.
Despite Forza 2's release date changing to "winter" during Microsoft's recent Games Convention press conference, with a top executive refusing to guarantee a pre-Christmas debut for the Xbox 360 racer, our sister site GamesIndustry.biz has learned that the US giant is still briefing retail that it is aiming for December 8 in Europe.
Microsoft has released a video of Forza Motorsport 2's developers talking through the trailer used to announce the game during E3.
Showing on Eurogamer TV right now, the video features art director John Wendl and game director Dan Greenawalt walking through the 90-second preview and explaining how it relates to the game the developer's aiming to ship this Christmas on Xbox 360.
During the video Wendl and Greenawalt discuss how they decided to show the car being pulled apart - with textures and other elements removed until it's just the broad-stroke design lines upon which the car is based, in an attempt to tug on the viewer's "car lust".
Dan Greenawalt, lead designer on Xbox 360 racer Forza Motorsport, has revealed all sorts of interesting info about the game - including the fact that it'll feature a Project Gotham Racing-style TV mode.
It's all thanks to a new partnership between Forza developer Turn 10 and Bizarre, the studio behind the PGR series. Speaking in an interview with XboxWorld, Greenawalt said: "We are constantly redefining what it means to be an online racing game. However, we are also sharing technology. This means we are able to leverage the power of both teams."
With Forza Motorsport TV, "You won't just be watching a bunch of Ferraris racing together - you'll be watching completely customised Ferraris racing in a simulation environment... Paint schemes and physics mastery add to the excitement and diversity of the telecasts."
Microsoft's Forza Motorsport 2 development team is gearing up for the game's Christmas release on Xbox 360 - and the game's website reveals that much of what we saw at E3, contrary to public perception, was in fact using in-game assets.