Forza Motorsport 2

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Xbox Live DLC Roundup

Racing special: PGR4, Forza 2, Test Drive, GripShift.

Xbox Live DLC Roundup

Halo 3 Heroic Map Pack, BioShock, Phantasy Star, Stranglehold, Guitar Hero, more.

Forza Motorsport 2

Turn 10 reclaims pole position.

Key events

1st April 2008

Xbox Live DLC Roundup

29th January 2008

Xbox Live DLC Roundup

8th June 2007

Forza Motorsport 2

4th April 2007

Forza 2 demo confirmed

23rd February 2007

Forza 2 website re-launches

22nd September 2006

Forza 2 slip confirmed

Digital FoundryTech Evolution: Forza Motorsport 3

Forza old vs. Forza new vs. Gran Turismo.

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 reduces DLC prices

Up to 60 per cent off certain bundles.

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.

Xbox Live DLC Roundup

Xbox Live DLC Roundup

Racing special: PGR4, Forza 2, Test Drive, GripShift.

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.

Project Gotham Racing 4

Challenge Pack - FREE

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Xbox Live DLC Roundup

Xbox Live DLC Roundup

Halo 3 Heroic Map Pack, BioShock, Phantasy Star, Stranglehold, Guitar Hero, more.

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.

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Forza 2 DLC released

Road America the track.

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.

Forza 2 DLC on Friday

Car pack and a new track.

Turn 10 has said to expect new premium downloadable content for Forza Motorsport 2 on 7th December.

Forza 2 DLC price cut

Turn 10 lops off 200 points.

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.

New Forza 2 track tomorrow

Set wallets to automatic.

Forza Motorsport 2's first downloadable race-track will go live tomorrow, 26th October, developer Turn 10 has said.

Race Stirling Moss on Xbox Live

Apparently he likes a bit of Forza.

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.

Forza 2 in pole position

McRae: DIRT in at four.

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 2 leads UK charts

Movie tie-ins can't keep up.

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.

Forza Motorsport 2

Forza Motorsport 2

Turn 10 reclaims pole position.

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...

Luke's opinion

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EGTV captures Forza 2

Demands performance.

Eurogamer TV is hosting two exclusive in-game trailers for Forza 2 this afternoon, captured by our very own cameraman.

Forza 2 demo roars onto Live

First review on Eurogamer.de.

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.

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Eurogamer talks to Forza 2's game director.

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.

Forza Motorsport 2

Bodyshop Pro.

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."

Forza's June date confirmed

Forza's June date confirmed

Racing sequel on the grid.

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.

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Forza 2 dated by retail

But MS says no comment.

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.

Final Forza 2 car list

310 vehicles in total.

Microsoft has revealed the final section of the monstrous list of cars that make up Forza Motorsport 2.

Forza 2 demo confirmed

Forza 2 demo confirmed

Plus new cars revealed.

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.

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Forza 2 Asian car list

More info from Turn 10.

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.

Livery editor for Forza 2

It's got guts.

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.

Forza 2 website re-launches

Forza 2 website re-launches

Car porn alert.

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."

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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 2 PAL release in May

More cars unveiled, too.

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.

Forza 2 due out in May

Gives it vroom to manoeuvre.

Wire up your wireless racing wheels and perform other necessary preparatory tasks: Forza Motorsport 2 is due out in May.

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Under starter's orders.

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.

Forza 2 slip confirmed

Forza 2 slip confirmed

Won't be around 'til 2007.

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.

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Pre-Christmas Forza 2 release 'hangs in balance'

'This financial year' - Lewis.

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.

Forza 2 trailer dissected

Forza 2 trailer dissected

Devs talk you through it.

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".

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New Forza 2 details revealed

New Forza 2 details revealed

Including PGR3-style TV mode.

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."

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Forza E3 demo in-game

MGS racing for the line.

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.