Slick Fallout 4 Sports Car Added to Forza 6

When you play Fallout games and you walk past the countless charred husks of the pre-apocalypse cars, you can’t help but wish you could drive them. While it may not include being able to drift between the rubble of the wasteland, now you can, as the Chryslus Rocket ’69 is being added to Forza 6 as a playable vehicle.

The Rocket ’69 is one of the most strikingly beautiful vehicles from the Fallout series and a great example of the retro-futuristic style of the series world before it was bathed in nuclear fire. The addition of the fictional car has been a long time in the works too, with a collaboration between the Fallout and Forza series being announced all the way back in November, around the time Fallout 4 was released. The first result of the crossover was far less exciting, a rusted 1956 Ford F100 bearing a Vault Boy paint job, with the true prize of the collab, the Rocket, being stated as simply coming “soon”.

This car won’t be available for sale in-game, unfortunately, with only those who have logged time playing both Forza 6 and Fallout 4 while connected to Xbox Live being eligible to receive this fine vehicle. There may be a little longer to wait for those lucky players too, with Microsoft stating that “due to the millions of codes being sent, it can take up to seven days for codes to arrive.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YFUxFV0EP4

Formula E ‘Virtual Championship’ to Take Place on Forza 6

Not content in running only in the real world, Formula E, the racing series for specially designed electric cars, will be running a ‘virtual championship’ that will take the form of a month-long eSports tournament on the popular racing sim, Forza Motorsport 6. The event will begin next weekend and take place across four rounds, with the ending set to coincide with the end of Formula E’s second real-life season. The prize up for grabs will be a share of a pot of €15,000, awarded as part of the final weekend of the series’ season.

Formula E’s cars were already added to Forza 6 last year, shortly before the game’s release and have already gathered popularity due to a number of Formula E events that have been held in the game over the length of the season. These “Race Off” events took place in real life, inviting gamers, YouTube personalities and even the real world Formula E drivers together to face off against each other in the game.

Unlike those events, the new “Pro Series” will take place entirely virtually, with each round providing competitors with a week to run time trials using the Formula E cars. After the event starts on the 24th, players will be able to join a special rivals event from the in-game Xbox Live lobby and compete for the best laps. When the first round ends on March 31st, those with the 10 best laps will be chosen to participate in a virtual final on April 2nd. This format will repeat 3 more times, with the last round ending on June 2nd. The top 2 from each round’s final will then be invited to London to go head to head with each other for a share of the €15,000.

It is exciting to see Formula E becoming so invested in engaging in the virtual as well as the real and makes many of the more traditional racing series look even more outdated by comparison. With AI racing already in the works and now a virtual racing championship, what exciting new ideas will Formula E come up with next?

Forza Motorsport 6: Apex Gameplay Leaks

It seems that Microsoft is trying to patch things up with PC gamers, and this means that we’re going to see a few Xbox exclusive titles arriving on Windows 10. One of these titles is Forza Motorsport 6, which will be launched as a free-to-play game on the Microsoft Store in the form of Forza Motorsport 6: Apex. Obviously, the free-to-play part might worry some of you as this could hint at a rather disappointing business model. However, we shouldn’t really focus on that right now, especially since a gameplay footage of Forza Motorsport 6: Apex has recently leaked online. The leak also includes several screenshots of the upcoming game, and I have to say that it all looks pretty good for a free-to-play title.

“Arriving on the Windows Store this spring and available for free, “Forza Motorsport 6: Apex” is a powerful demonstration of what the ForzaTech engine can do when unleashed by DirectX 12 at resolutions up to 4K. Developed by Turn 10 Studios, “Forza Motorsport 6: Apex” is the first step in Microsoft’s commitment to creating amazing Forza experiences for Windows 10 PC gamers.”

What caught my eye in particular was the fact that the developers did their best to implement as many graphics settings options as possible, including basic settings related to V-Sync and resolution as well as more advanced ones such as reflection quality, particle effects quality, depth of field and procedural quality. As for the gameplay itself, I didn’t notice any stuttering or other performance issues while watching the video, which means that the game will probably run pretty smooth.

Will you be trying out Forza Motorsport 6: Apex?

Microsoft Confirms Forza 6 Apex Coming to Windows 10

If we take Microsoft’s words at face value, the day of console exclusives galore may soon be behind us. But as we all know, actions speak louder than words and Microsoft has done so with the Forza 6 Apex. Being a Forza title, many would expect the game to be a Xbox exclusive, but the title will be coming to the Windows Store for Windows 10 shortly. What’s more, it will even be free to play.

Apex will be a curated title on the Windows Store that while being cut down, will still offer much of the Forza 6 experience. Only 1/3 of cars are unlocked but the rest can be grinded out by playing or bought with real money. From the demo, it looks like the game is decently optimized, with 4K 60FPS being possible with an i7 6700K and GTX 980Ti. This is due to DirectX 12 as well which likely is a big help. It’s unknown which settings those figures are based on but those with more GPU grunt can probably turn up the settings even higher if they want.

The biggest downside however will be the UWP or Windows Univeral App platform the game is written on. As we are now learning, games based off of UWP take more work to implement some features like vysnc or uncapped framerate. It remains to be seen how Apex and Turn 10 will deal with these restrictions. It will be interesting to see how the lowliest of the low Windows 10 PCs and tablets handle the title.

Watch Forza 6 Launch Trailer Made with Grand Theft Auto V

We can easily say that Grand Theft Auto V for PC was one of the biggest games of 2015 and one of the games where we have seen most user-created work originate from. In the past, we mostly saw amazing Skyrim work and while that’s still being created and released, we’ve gotten a whole lot more Grand Theft Auto V content. The mods for the game allow you to take it to the next step, do new things, and recreate quite a few things. The newest remake in that regard is the Forza 6 Launch Trailer that was made entirely with the use of Grand Theft Auto V and its tools.

As mentioned, the entire video that is embedded below was made with Grand Theft Auto V and its tools, but the creator also used a few mods in order to get it just right. Among the mods and tools used were the Project RELOAD GTA V Graphics enhancer, Simple Trainer, and various car mods.

“Come and join us in a whole new world of racing in our brand new games, Forza Theft Auto. Discover the fun of racing simulation while driving in a big open world while also ramming into people and kill them, by guns,” the video description reads.

The creator of the video was inspired by the official launch video several months ago and decided that it was worth a remake in Grand Theft Auto V. To avoid some copyright restrictions, the video was shortened by about 2 seconds over the original trailer and the sound was pitched down. Other than that, it looks pretty sweet and it is some amazing work.

RavevnwestR1, as the YouTuber calls himself, made the video in just a couple of days and also stated that it isn’t perfect. He thinks he could do better, so we might see an upgraded version in the future. For now, you may just enjoy the work he’s already done.

Here  is the original launch trailer for comparison purposes. What do you think? Did RavenwestR1 nail it with his rendition off Forza Theft Auto V? Let us know in the comments.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CXqEHMgiFg

This isn’t the first remake that RavenwestR1 has made and you can find a lot more cool work on his YouTube channel.

Forza 6 Director Defends Recent Microtransactions Update

Forza Motorsport 5 was a key launch title for Microsoft’s latest console but arguably the weakest so far due to a complete lack of content and microtransactions. The end result revolved around a fairly forgettable career mode, and core experience which felt unfinished. Thankfully, Forza Motorsport 6 resolved these major issues and received widespread positive reviews. The game’s impressive visuals and smooth 60 frames-per-second performance results in one of the best console racing games ever made! Initially, Forza 6 was praised for dropping obnoxious microtransactions and offering a large selection of vehicles. However, Forza Motorsport 6’s latest update has sneakily introduced microtransactions in a similar vein to Forza Horizon 2. Turn 10 Studios’ Creative Director, Dan Greenawalt made an interesting statement regarding the inclusion of microtransactions and said:

The update now incorporates in-game currency called Tokens which allows users to spend actual money in bundles costing between $1 to $100. Incorporating microtransactions in any full priced release isn’t treating consumers with respect and sadly, quite commonplace for the modern video games industry  Furthermore, to introduce microtransactions post-launch is unbelievable and a complete breach of trust. It’s unfair mainly because consumers spend time researching a game’s pros and cons before making a purchase decision. Now, Turn 10 have included a negative aspect which people didn’t expect or pay for.

While Greenawalt claims the game was designed without microtransactions, why have they suddenly appeared? This seems like an ill-advised money-making scheme and creates the perception that Turn 10 is trying to eke out every penny from people’s pockets through DLC and now, microtransactions.

Forza Motorsport 6 Trailer & Demo Released!

Forza Motorsport 6 is the latest addition to the highly-respected racing series from Turn 10 Studios and looks extremely impressive in terms of its graphical fidelity and handling model. Unfortunately, Forza Motosport 5 was a huge disappointment and characterized by a lack of content, and in-game microtransactions. Perhaps, Turn 10 had to work on a very tight schedule to release the game alongside the Xbox One. I’m fairly confident they now have the required resources and development period to create a proper sequel to Forza Motorsport 4.

After an arduous wait, Forza Motorsport 6 is just round the corner and you can now access the official demo today. As previously reported, the demo revolves around the iconic Ford GT and lets you store it in your garage for free! Forza Motorsport 6 contains 460 cars, dynamic weather system, a wealth of challenging circuits and comprehensive career mode. In the sim-simcade market, there is a lot of competition from Gran Turismo and Project Cars. However, Forza 6 from the launch trailer alone, impresses me a great deal. It’s a shame that Microsoft has no current plans to port the game onto PC.

From a technical perspective, Forza Motorsport 6 runs at a native resolution of 1920×1080 and fluid 60fps. As a huge racing fan, I find it difficult to resist buying an Xbox One just for Forza. It will be interesting to see if Microsoft ever releases the game on PC because I believe it could accumulate a professional scene.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CXqEHMgiFg

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Forza Motorsport 6 Has Gone Gold! Demo Coming September 1st

Forza Motorsport 6 is speeding into the homes of Xbox One racing enthusiasts extremely soon and heralded as the “best racing game” during Gamescom 2015. In two weeks, Forza Motosport 6 will be available to download for owners of the Ultimate Edition and consumers opting for the standard version will gain access 5 days later. Turn 10 Studios has scheduled a demo for September 1st to whet your appetite and revolves around the iconic Ford GT. Rather surprisingly, downloading the demo allows you to keep this vehicle and use it in the full game for free.

As an authentic racing simulator, it’s imperative to hone the physics system, and create a smooth, realistic experience. Forza Motorsport 6 runs at a native resolution of 1920×1080 and 60fps. As a result, the driving is extremely fluid whilst emphasizing the Xbox One’s visual capabilities. In total, there are 460 cars to choose from and the latest additions include:

2015 Mercedes-AMG GT S
1979 BMW #6 BMW Motorsport M1 Procar
2015 Volvo S60 Polestar
2014 Audi #45 Flying Lizard Motorsports R8 LMS ultra
2014 BMW #5 Ebay Motors 125i M Sport
2014 Chevrolet #3 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R
2015 Jaguar XKR-S GT
1976 Lotus #5 Team Lotus 77
1969 Lola #10 Simoniz Special T163
2014 Ferrari California T

The full 460 car list is available via Forzamotorsport.net and there’s bound to be something to suit even the most die-hard motorsport aficionados. Personally, I was fairly disappointed with the complete lack of content in Forza Motorsport 5 and hope this was due to time constraints surrounding the Xbox One’s launch. Over the years, Forza has established itself as a superb racing game and not just a clone of Gran Turismo. In fact, Forza’s physics model, interior renders and engine noises are vastly superior to Gran Turismo’s latest efforts.