Sony has announced its PlayStation Plus games selection for the month of April, and it's another good 'un, dropping Mad Max and Trackmania Turbo into the laps of subscribers.
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Microsoft has announced the Xbox Live Games with Gold titles for November.
Xbox One Xbox Live Gold members can download Ubisoft's racing game Trackmania Turbo for free during November.
Telltale's Tales from the Borderlands Complete Season (Episodes 1-5) is a free download for Gold members from 16th November to 15th December.
Well happy Tuesday everyone. Ubisoft has just releasedd a free update for Trackmania Turbo that brings VR to Nadeo's game via PlayStation VR, Oculus and Vive.
The update allows you to play on 40 tracks set across the game's four environments, though giving the twisting and often torturous nature of Trackmania courses I'm not sure it's the best way to a) set fast times or b) keep your lunch from interfacing with the rest of your living room. Still, I'm sure it'll be fun.
A four track demo is also available, though if you know what's good for you you'll already own Trackmania Turbo, an outstanding entry in Nadeo's series.
Ubisoft has announced release dates for its trio of VR games coming later this year.
First up is Eagle Flight, the multiplayer flying game from Ubisoft's FunHouse division, where you soar through historic Paris as a bird of prey, either alone or in multiplayer.
It's rolling out on the three main VR platforms in waves, coming first to Oculus Rift on October 18th, followed by PlayStation VR on November 8th and HTC Vive on December 20th.
PlayStation 4 owners who have pre-ordered the digital version of Trackmania Turbo have found themselves only able to access the game's trial version.
What's the most hardcore PC driving game? You might be surprised by one very credible answer. You can spend hours perfecting set-ups on iRacing, or erecting three screens and a fully pneumatic D-Box rig for a tricked-out Project Cars experience, but nothing compares to the steel-edged challenge of Trackmania, a driving game with its own cruel rhythm: race, reset and repeat until you've spent whole angry hours in the pursuit of shaving a few tenths of a second off a 20 second run.
Trackmania Turbo hits PS4 and Xbox One this week, bringing the series' unique blend of track creation and arcade-style racing to a generation where the genre has been largely ignored. Crisp lighting and vibrant colours create a distinctively sharp feel to the game, reminiscent of the likes of OutRun 2 and Scud Race, while the wild track design takes influence from WipEout and Hot Wheels. Developer Nadeo ties this all together with an experience targeting a slick 60fps - essential in bringing the feel of the classic arcade racers to home consoles.
However, Trackmania Turbo differentiates itself from classic arcade racers by keeping the focus on stunts and time trials set on wild courses featuring corkscrew twists, loop-the-loops, and high-speed jumps. The single-player mode hosts 200 tracks set across four environments, but it's possible to create your own crazy courses and share them online, and this is where the real fun lies.
Taking to the road, the game's arcade sensibilities clearly come to life; subtle use of camera blur helps to increase the sense of speed in addition to the high frame-rate, while the high contrast art style and primary use of direct lighting creates sharp imagery that allows you to see hazards coming from a distance. Handling here is firmly focused on drifting and things only get more slippery as you move from tarmac to soft and muddy rally circuits. The 60fps update is essential to the feel of the game as we slide around right-angle corners or jump across cavernous ravines. Motion appears silky smooth and the controls are tight and responsive.
UPDATE 15/3/16 4.30pm Trackmania Turbo will get an open beta on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Ubisoft has announced.
You'll be able to try the game free of charge on either platform from 18th March at 1pm UK time until 21st March, 1pm UK, shortly before the racer's 24th March launch date.
Here's a video-based teaser for said open beta:
Trackmania Turbo has been delayed until early 2016.
Racing-slash-puzzle series TrackMania is coming to PC and, for the first time, PS4 and Xbox One, on 27th November 2015 (in the UK).