This may be a heads up for newcomers to Forza Horizon 2 on Xbox or maybe a reminder for veterans. Forza Horizon 2 now has 8 different cars to download absolutely free and also the launch bonus car pack which includes 8 cars & the Mazda MX-5 car pack which includes an additional 4 cars to add to your Forza Horizon 2 experience.
Remember to drive safely!
Thanks to benjammin316 @ HUKD for the list of cars.
Don't do anything without reading our detailed The Crew review first, though! What should have been great is sadly fairly mediocre due to unnecessary and unwelcome problems, but a reasonably fun core remains.
Also, bear in mind that Ubisoft have been banning some stolen Uplay keys recently , but CDKeys are one of the most legitimate resellers around.
Mario Kart 7 & New Super Mario 2 for 2DS/3DS (digital download) for £29.99 from eBay - Click here to buy!
If you're a 3DS owner looking to bolster their gaming library then you should consider this deal to get download codes for both Mario Kart 7 & New Super Mario 2. Working out at £15 each, you're saving almost as much as you're spending with this one, and it helps that both are excellent titles for Ninty's handheld. Thanks to The_Smug_B @ HUKD!
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Get Forza Motorsport V GOTY with Top Gear DLC for just 1p from GAME
Follow these instructions carefully to get Forza Motorsport V GOTY with Top Gear DLC for just 1p.
NB. Initially it didn't work for me using my debit card, but it did when I checked out using PayPal. Thanks to yolandie for the tip!
The Crew (Limited Edition) is £24.99 at GAME & Amazon.
But don't do anything of the sort until you've clicked here to read our The Crew review! The massive open world may be an incredible achievement, but the game perpetrates a huge number of unnecessary mistakes and nasty design decisions. Make sure to bookmark our gaming deals stream!Thanks to Bure11 and mranderson1971 @ HUKD!
Do you like weather? I mean , do you really like weather? Do you dream about pixel perfect reproduction of individual raindrops when it comes to your games? Do gorgeous sheets of precipitation get you all kinds of wet? Does the Pope do his business in tree-stuffed areas?
I got lost.
Driveclub is for you! It's a pretty average driving game, but boy is it pretty thanks to the recent update. Cheers mreriksen!
We slaughtered a great many of Forza 5's features (those microtransactions) at launch, but the Game of the Year Edition has long been an office favourite here at Dealspwn Towers. It's arguably the finest new-gen racing title, and a must-have if you're a Xbox-owning petrolhead. It's £15.75 at CDKeys, but be sure to get an extra 5% off with the Facebook voucher code.
NB. Do bear in mind that this is a digital download code. Thanks Mark!
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You'll need to use the latest Rakuten voucher code to get it at this price. Just enter spend350 at the checkout.
We're still working on our review of The Crew, but if you're looking for the cheapest PS4 or Xbox One price, SimplyGames have you covered with a £37.85 deal on PS4 and Xbox One.
You should definitely do your homework before getting involved. Click here to read our The Crew Launch Impressions: Part 1 and Part 2 for all the details -- the enormous seamless map is amazing and the gameplay is fun, but the story and netcode are dropping the ball all over the shop. Forza Horizon 2 is the superior game, but it's a very different kind of experience. Thanks to Mac007 @ HUKD!
Despite starring supercars, insane track toys and monstrous custom jobs, racing games are actually a lot like buses. You spend ages waiting for them and suddenly a whole fleet turns up at once, regardless of what current-gen console or PC you own. This holiday season is going to be absolutely jam-packed with racers, simulations and driving games, all of which are crying out for your attention and jostling for grid position.
This might seem rather annoying at first glance, but look a little closer and you'll discover that they're all very different and offer a totally unique take on the genre. Whether you're all about finishing first or just in it for the raw thrill of driving itself, there's something here for you. So it's high time we gave you the lowdown on which game (or games) will most likely suit you best.
Or, perhaps more accurately, the showdown. Let's do this in release date order, though it turns out that we're starting very strong indeed....
Forza Horizon 2 is a superb driving game, and I've picked those words very carefully. Yes, there are loads of cars that are fairly awarded and boast loads of tuning options, not to mention a whole mess of races across a gorgeous open world, but Playground Games' latest is actually more about the simple act of driving.
"It's the thrill of sliding a 1969 Ferrari Dino around a perilous mountain road to The Marriage Of Figaro. The heart-stopping roar of your Lamborghini Diablo perfectly setting off the William Tell Overture as you cruise over a sun-baked hill, or getting air in a VW Camper Van during a midnight thunderstorm as fireworks explode in the distance. A thousand beautiful, personal, perfect automotive moments," I wrote in our Editor's Choice review. Gorgeous visuals, great scalable handling and beautiful scenery to match the cars make for a game that comes alive when you stop racing and start driving.Click here to read more...
The Crew is utterly enormous in scope and ambitious in scale, but with so many moving parts, there's a lot to take in. It's an 'MMO driving experience' in a massive open world with numerous events, a storyline, factions, exploration, progression, 'shared-world' multiplayer and unlockable cars to consider. How will it work? Will it work at launch, given Ubisoft's track record with Uplay and PC?
Luckily Creative Director Julian Gerighty was on hand for a lengthy interview.
Stay tuned for our detailed hands-on preview later today!
Platforms: Xbox 360 | Xbox One (reviewed)
Developer: Playground Games
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Forza Horizon 2 is the most fun I've had on four wheels since BurnOut Paradise.
It's not really a racing game, but there's certainly no shortage of races. More than 700 events and dozens of championships are scattered over a gorgeous open swathe of idealised European countryside, a playground for two hundred cars rendered in the series' fetishistic attention to detail. You'll challenge capable Drivatar AI to ad hoc showdowns with a single button, thrash monstrous off-roaders across vineyards, chase down an aerial stunt team in a Ferrari, form online clubs and get together with your friends for virtual multi-event road trips, all while trying to make your way to the Horizon Festival's grand finale.
But at its core, Forza Horizon 2 isn't about memorising apices and placing first. It's the primal yet powerful joy that comes from simply driving beautiful machines around stunning scenery. It's the thrill of sliding a 1969 Ferrari Dino around a perilous mountain road to The Marriage Of Figaro. The heart-stopping roar of your Lamborghini Diablo perfectly setting off the William Tell Overture as you cruise over a sun-baked hill, or getting air in a VW Camper Van during a midnight thunderstorm as fireworks explode in the distance. A thousand beautiful, personal, perfect automotive moments.
Oh, and I just smashed a Bentley through a greenhouse for a laugh. The races may be intense, but Forza Horizon 2 comes alive when you're just driving for the sheer sake of it.Click here to read more...
Destiny hasn't been the only beta to emerge this week, Ubisoft also launched their closed beta for The Crew.
I'd tell you all about it if I could, but unfortunately, The Crew's beta is riddled with bugs and crashes, and after completing the first mission or two, I was met with a black, frozen screen of death that the game now constantly loads into.
We do, however, have the opening scenes of The Crew captured for your perusal, mind, and you can laugh as I attempt to deal with the game's somewhat arcadey handling and crash into a barn.
At a recent Microsoft showcase, I sat down with Playground games' creative director, Ralph Fulton, to have a bit of a chat about the upcoming Forza Horizon 2. The hands-on preview is already live, and here's a little taster:
The dusty tracks of Colorado are abandoned in the sequel for the sweeping coastlines of Southern France and a Northern Italy, on a map that Playground are touting as being three times the size of the original game's. The difference is clear already, and for this European writer at least, enormously welcome. Even in the short demo I breezed through, everything seems a little more vibrant, the vineyards and rolling fields delivering more colour, peppered with quaint Mediterranean villages. The Lamborghini that adorns every shot of Horizon 2's marketing is certainly more at home here - a millionaire's paradise, and a driving fan's dream.
Forza Horizon release for Xbox One on September 30th.
I've always enjoyed the Forza series in general and applauded Turn 10 for the way that they've managed to create a game series for racers and drivers and car aficionados of all capabilities, ensuring that petrolheads come back time and time again thanks to exceptional vehicle modelling, options to tailor the Forza games to one's own specifications in terms of simulation and skill, addictive progression mechanics and rewarding unlocks, and car-porn camerawork that might make the BBC Top Gear team deliver an ovation.
The original Horizon made all of that even more accessible, choosing to target a younger, fresher audience with a Festival concept and a soundtrack curated by Rob Da Bank. It might not have been to everyone's tastes, but it clearly worked. Although Criterion had already busted open-world racing right open with Burnout Paradise and Need For Speed: Most Wanted, Horizon delivered something perhaps a little more cohesive, a little more robust, and a little more diverse.
'People told us that they'd play Forza Horizon to relax,' Playground Games' Ralph Fulton told me at a recent event, and it's not difficult to see why. In my review, I likened the spirit of Forza Horizon to the same spirit that encourages driving fans to take their beloved vehicles out for a Sunday spin. You do it for the love of it, the feel of the car, and the thrill of the open road. It's not about casual or hardcore, it's about capturing that spirit, and Horizon managed to do that in a way that few other games in the genre can come close to boasting.
The dusty tracks of Colorado are abandoned in the sequel for the sweeping coastlines of Southern France and a Northern Italy, on a map that Playground are touting as being three times the size of the original game's. The difference is clear already, and for this European writer at least, enormously welcome. Even in the short demo I breezed through, everything seems a little more vibrant, the vineyards and rolling fields delivering more colour, peppered with quaint Mediterranean villages. The Lamborghini that adorns every shot of Horizon 2's marketing is certainly more at home here - a millionaire's paradise, and a driving fan's dream.Click here to read more...
Gran Turismo 6 is back under £15 over at The Hut or Zavvi. You know what you're getting with GT by now -- there are no modern concessions or attempts to fit in with the trendy, open world driving game crowd -- it's just purist driving awesomeness. Now for under fifteen quid.
It's a daily deal, though, so get in there quick if you want to snap it up, and do be aware that The Hut Group are often a little tardy when it comes to delivering things. Nice spot ryanh898.
Carmageddon: Reincarnation's pre-alpha Early Access is available for you to try out right now over on Steam for £19.99 of your finest British pounds, but Stainless Games have also been kind enough to send us five download codes to giveaway, along with five hilariously rude sets of magnets.
Ever wanted to spell out "Max Damage is fisting a velociraptor with tiny grannies" on your fridge? Well now you can.
To get stuck in and land yourself with a chance to win some Carmageddon Early Access and a sweet sheet of sweary sentence construction, all you need to do is pop a comment in the box below detailing your idea for The Greatest Carmageddon Power-Up Ever! Remember, there are three ways to win at Carmageddon -- Racing, Wrecking, and Running Over -- so be creative. We already have repulsification, pelvic thrusting, pinball wizardy, dancing pedestrians, turbo boosts, and kangaroo hopping... but what power up would you add to the game to make it even more awesome?
Let us know below, make sure you use a legit email address for your account, and be ready with a UK mailing address should you prove victorious.
We'll be running this one through to the end of next week until 3PM on Friday 4th April and we'll be picking five winners based on invention, humour, downright silliness, and how well we feel they'd fit into Carmageddon. Hell, we might even see which ones Stainless like and do it that way. Get creative, people!
Max is back! Yes, one of the original video game nasties is making a comeback and how we've missed its cathartic delights! Carmageddon: Reincarnation emerges onto Steam later this week, and you can pre-order the Early Access for $29.99, helping to shape the game's development into alpha, beta, and beyond.
It's in pre-alpha right now, and there's not a lot to the game at present, so it's looking like it still has some way to go. There's only one mode at the time of writing and two tracks, but there are six cars from which to choose -- all of them classics.
I have to say, that whilst the game might be pretty unfinished at the moment, the unmistakeable Carmageddon feel is certainly present. It's difficult to get a feel for the handling and the damage modelling in this pre-alpha state, but everything runs the way you'd expect, though the option of remapping some of the keys would be nice. Steering with the arrow keys and having the powerup default set to Enter is not great.
On the track it's business as usual, with three ways to win: come first in the race, smash all of your opponents to bits, or run over every pedestrian in the level. As you'll see in the video, I had an absolute blast. But don't mess with the police, seriously; they will be the death of you if you give them half a chance.Click here to read more...
This was the game that finally put those awful memories of Driver 3 behind us. Ditching the on-foot sections, all the action takes place behind the wheel this time. There's a strange new mechanic where Tanner is able to mind-jack other cars by leaving his body, soaring above the city and zooming down to possess citizen drivers to smash into whoever he's chasing or just cause carnage in general. It's all explained in the story, and yes, it's a bit bollocks. But the script is amusing enough to laugh at itself and the car handling is spot on. This digital PSN copy is a tenner cheaper that the disc version. Plus your default car is a Dodge Challenger. Sold.
Bless those folks at Green Man Gaming and their voucher codes, bringing the latest Forza under £40. Overall you can save yourself around a fiver compared to the next cheapest deal elsewhere.
As a launch title for the Xbox One, the shiny and downright good-looking cars of Forza 5 show off how much graphical grunt can be got out of Microsoft's new console, and the car handling is better than ever. That said, it doesn't quite manage to top the previous instalment in terms of progression (thanks in part to a curious microtransaction system,) but despite this, those looking for a petrolhead experience will find one with Turn 10's latest. Thanks to ettienem1001 @ HUKD!