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  • Test Drive Unlimited 2 Closed Beta Starts Today

    After announcing the delay until 2011, today news arrive of how Test Drive Unlimited 2 development evolves. 

    As it has been confirmed, this blend of MMO and game speed has already begun its closed beta period in PC version, with the intention of continuing to refine the project as possible before its release.

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    The information disclosed, note that so far Atari have only sent invitations to a small number of people who have been chosen for its expertise in the kind of speed. Remember that if you want to participate in this beta (as they will send out invitations in the coming weeks), you can follow instructions through its official website.

  • Days of Thunder: NASCAR Edition Announced for Exclusively for PS3

    Paramount Digital Entertainment, NASCAR, Sony Computer Entertainment of America ("SCEA") and Piranha Games today announced the upcoming launch of Days of Thunder: NASCAR Edition, a stock car arcade racer that will be available exclusively on the PlayStation Network for the PS3 this summer. Days of Thunder: NASCAR Edition gives players the opportunity to go head-to-head against select NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers, including champions such as Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, and Tony Stewart, and the drivers from the iconic "Days of Thunder" film from Paramount Pictures. Featuring multiple single-player and online multiplayer modes, gamers will take the wheel as one of the hottest drivers on the circuit to prove that "you can't stop the thunder!"

    "Racing against NASCAR drivers such as Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin and 'Days of Thunder' characters Cole Trickle, Rowdy Burns, and Russ Wheeler simultaneously is something that could only happen in a video game, and a great way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film," said Tom Lesinski, president of Paramount Digital Entertainment. "We are pleased to team up with SCEA and NASCAR to bring fans an adrenaline packed, one-of-a-kind arcade racing experience."

    In Days of Thunder: NASCAR Edition, players will join Rowdy Burns' team as the latest rookie to tear up the NASCAR circuit. With Rowdy as their coach, players will learn to hit the pit, upgrade their ride and trade paint with other cars. They can even "drop the hammer" like Cole Trickle for a boost of extra speed. Rowdy Burns will be voiced by the actor from the film, Michael Rooker, also known for his roles in "Mallrats," "Eight Men Out" and "Cliffhanger." Days of Thunder: NASCAR Edition comes equipped with twelve NASCAR-sanctioned tracks, including Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway.

    With artificial intelligence tailored to match each film character and NASCAR driver, players will experience each driver's personality, driving style and maneuvers. For example, players will need to watch out for Cole Trickle's reckless, aggressive driving, Rowdy Burns' ruthless, veteran skills and Russ Wheeler's hot head. Days of Thunder: NASCAR Edition features many of the top NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers including Brian Vickers, Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Juan Pablo Montoya, Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, Mark Martin, Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart.

    "After 20 years 'Days of Thunder' remains one of the NASCAR community's most celebrated films," said Brad Ball, Vice President of Entertainment and Marketing, at NASCAR and NASCAR Media Group.  "NASCAR loyalists and 'Days of Thunder' fans of all ages should enjoy the opportunity to compete and trade paint with today's NASCAR drivers and 'Days of Thunder' characters – after all, rubbin' is racing."

    "With more than 38 million users worldwide, PlayStation fans are turning to PlayStation Network more than ever for unique downloadable games," said Rob Dyer, senior vice president of publisher relations, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "Offering a robust multiplayer racing experience, Days of Thunder: NASCAR Edition is a great example of exclusive content that can only be found on PlayStation Network."

    As players race to the top of the scoreboard, they will unlock car customization options and bonus tracks. Depending on how players place in races, take the lead in laps, and pick up new sponsors, they will win in-game currency necessary to refuel, make pit stops, and upgrade their cars. Players' driving styles will be monitored by an in-game tracking system, allowing players to be approached by like-minded sponsors.

    In Days of Thunder: NASCAR Edition, up to 12 people can race to the finish online, log the fastest times on the leader boards, or push themselves to the limit in single-player. There are four different modes – Quick Race, Time Trial, Career, with circuits of varying difficulty, and Derby Mode, where players are encouraged to deal as much damage as they can.

  • Sony unveils MotorStorm Apocalypse

    Sony has officially announced via its blog on development of a new MotorStorm title for PS3. MotorStorm: Apocalypse, Then so be called the fourth installment of the series (third on the PS3) will put us driving through the streets of a city of San Francisco in the midst of its destruction.

    This new release will have online multiplayer for up to 16 players, and split-screen offline for up to four, with the possibility of combining both. In first images that we bring you can see how vehicles are completely customi zable, run by the city in the throes of destruction. The game will introduce vehicle perks with which you will be able to modify handling, boost, and offensive capabilities. It will also feature loads of online rewards as well as a Game Mode Creator. MotorStorm Apocalypse is scheduled to release early in 2011 for the PS3.

    Key Features:

    • Sixteen player online multiplayer.
    • Four player split-screen.
    • Combinations of the two. Play with three friends in the living room against 12 more online.
    • Massive vehicle customization. Change vinyls, vehicle parts, vehicle shapes and more. Upload them to the community site and share them with others. They automatically work on all vehicle types, and include your PSN ID.
    • Vehicle perks. Modify your handling, boosting and offensive abilities as you unlock new perks.
    • A wealth of rankings to progress through online with associated rewards and recognition.
    • Stacks of online rewards to earn and persistent progress giving the most determined and successful racers the status and recognition they deserve.
    • Persistent matchmaking. Keep your party together throughout your gaming session.
    • A Game Mode Creator. From a completely blank canvas you can design your own game rules and victory conditions, play them online, and incorporate them into tournaments.
  • Blur Soundtrack Involves Big Names

    Gamers across Europe will soon be able to enjoy the ultimate racing experience against the backdrop of a killer soundtrack by UK record label Ninja Tune, US artists The Crystal Method and Grammy Award-winning producer Jacknife Lee. In addition to new and exclusive 20 minutes worth of dynamic tracks by The Crystal Method, the eclectic score also features music by both iconic and up-and-coming Ninja Tune artists including Coldcut, The Qemists and The Herbaliser, while Jacknife Lee provides six original tracks. With a heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping, ‘pedal to the metal’ score, Blur is available across Europe on Friday, 28th May.

    “The style, look and feel of Blur is a solid match for the type of music Ninja Tune represents. The eighteen tracks we’ve  selected form an awesome soundtrack for the chaotic, high-octane on-track action,” Adrian Kemp of Ninja Tune said.

    “Videogames are a great medium to share new music with a new audience, so we were thrilled to be involved with Blur. A soundtrack is always key to enhancing the atmosphere of a game, and we feel our music reflects the frenetic tone of making the whole experience more intense and exciting,” explained Scott Kirkland of The Crystal Method.

    “The music in Blur plays a huge role in the overall gameplay experience, making players feel like they’re right at the heart  of the action,” added Jacknife Lee. “It was refreshing to work within a medium that engages the listener in such a unique,  exciting way.”

    Ninja Tune is a London-based independent record label founded by DJs Matt Black and Jonathan More. The past twenty years has seen the label accrue a diverse assortment of acclaimed DJs, producers and performing artists, including world-renowned talent such as Roots Manuva, Mr Scruff, The Herbaliser and The Qemists, to name but a few. Eighteen booming tracks from Ninja Tune will be available to listen to in Blur when it hits European stores next Friday.

    The Crystal Method is a platinum-selling, grammy nominated, innovative electronic outfit made up of Nevada-born DJs Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland. Most recently famed for their 2009 hit album release Divided By Night, they will be wowing Blur gamers with twenty minutes of entirely original music.

    Hailing from Ireland and having cut his teeth in the world of music as the guitarist in punk band Compulsion, Jacknife Lee is a Grammy Award-winning producer who has collaborated with some of the biggest names in world music, including U2 and Snow Patrol. The sought-after artist has provided six brand new tracks for gamers to Shunt, Barge and Shock each other to.