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After last week’s earth shattering reveal, the first trailer for Evolution Studios’ MotorStorm: Apocalypse has been posted, and believe me, if you thought the inclusion of an everlasting earthquake sounded good, then wait until you see it in video form. From the footage shown here, it could very well have the muscle to stand up to the competition, but unfortunately we won’t find out until 2011.

As is traditional in MotorStorm trailers, the video ends with a stranded motorcyclist retrieving his bike ready to get back into the action, only to be wiped out by an imposing hazard. First it was a rally car in the midst of a high speed rollover from the first MotorStorm trailer, then a vaulting monster truck in Pacific Rift, but can you guess what it is this time?

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While we are all celebrating the belated confirmation of Gran Turismo 5‘s release date, it’s time to analyse the fine details of the latest trailer shown at Sony’s conference.

Me being me, the first thing I noticed were the shots from 00:59, which clearly featured the prestigious Top Gear test track complete with authentic camera angles lifted from the BBC show. Look closely however, and you will notice that his Holiness the Stig is behind the wheel in many of the shots – could this mean we can fulfill our motoring fantasies of being the very being whose genitals are upside down and who once punched a horse to the ground? F1 racing driver Sebastian Vettel can also be seen recording voice samples.

In addition, some beautiful night time shots were in ready supply, and we were also treated to another glimpse of the touted damage modelling. A Mitsubishi Evo X is seen to lose control and veer into a tyre wall, which crucially results in the car going airborne, indicating that rollovers might indeed be possible.

Revel in the excitement and see it all for yourself in the Gran Turismo 5 E3 2010 trailer after the break.

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It’s the announcement racing devotees have been waiting for – the release date of Gran Turismo 5 has finally been officially announced. After 6 years of waiting, rumours and lies, it’s finally coming.

And the release date is…

November 2nd 2010.

Finally!

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It seems that Sony can’t get enough of exciting pre-E3 reveals, as they have now announced MotorStorm: Apocalypse, the successor to the platnium selling MotorStorm: Pacific Rift and portable spin-off Arctic Edge.

This time around, the action will take place in an abandoned city inspired by the West Coast of America after previously focusing on desert and tropical terrains. Don’t think the switch in environments will result in a tame experience however, as MotorStorm: Apocalypse is set to continue the series’ hallmark of gloriously rampant racing by introducing real-time environment destruction. Seemingly taking its cues from Split/Second, this will include collapsing buildings, along with an all new festival  mode (now with an added storyline and cut scenes) that focuses on an evolving earthquake.

Evolution Studios are also promising a greater emphasis on split-screen and online racing, with an in-depth ranking and perks system inspired by Modern Warfare 2. More is likely to be revealed at E3 next week, but for now a salivating selection of screenshots awaits you after the break. MotorStorm: Apocalypse is currently slated for a 2011 release.

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By now, we’ve all grown tired of the classic game cliché of shooting down hapless helicopters, but it’s rare we get to experience it in a racing game. This is set to change however, as Disney Interactive have revealed two new game modes entitled Air Attack and Air Revenge in the run up to the release of Split/Second: Velocity.

Air Strike has you hurtling around the track whilst avoiding an onslaught of missiles from an overhead attack helicopter. You are granted three lives and it’s essentially a game of survival, meaning the longer you survive intact the more points you will accumulate. Air Revenge ups the ante by replacing points with power, allowing you to will jam the pesky chopper’s targeting system and send it crashing down in an orgy of explosions and devastation.

From the video posted above, it all looks like tremendous fun and will hopefully be a worthy addition to the game’s arsenal when it comes crash landing on May 18th in the US and May 21st in Europe.

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Courtesy of IGN, the very first trailer for Test Drive Unlimited 2 debuted today, offering a tantalising glimpse at the game’s lavish locale. The new dynamic lighting and day and night cycles are shown off to full effect, to the point it makes you wish you actually lived in the island of Ibiza.

Naturally, a slew of prestigious posers cars are also showcased throughout the trailer, including an Aston Martin DBS, Gumpert Apollo, Ford GT and, curiously, an Audi Q7. Rejoice: now you can pollute the tranquil island of Ibiza in gas guzzling SUVS, which is a first for a Test Drive game.

Test Drive Unlimited 2 is set to continue right where the original landmark MMO racer left off this Autumn for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

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You’ve seen the film, but now it’s time to reveal the behind the scenes outtakes you didn’t see.

This final bonus supplement to Collateral Collision gives you an insight into the arduous production process of my ambitious car chase machinima, featuring a series of vehicular mishaps for your viewing pleasure. Most of which involve me losing control and crashing a lot, but let’s gloss over that.

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We posted recently about the pre-order incentives available for Modnation Racers on the PS3, well, the Playstation blog recently dropped some pictures and they are just so darn adorable how could we not share them with you?

The available packs are for Kratos (of God of War fame), Ratchet & Clank and everyone’s favourite incarnation of Nolan North, Nathan Drake (of Uncharted fame) and after the jump you will be delighted by screens of both Kratos and Ratchet.

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Today EA announced that Black Box’s PC exclusive free-to-play MMO racer Need for Speed World will launch sometime this summer.

According to the press release: “Need for Speed World brings together best in class action racing with an unparalleled social experience. For the first time in a racing game, players will be able to compete against any one of their friends, family or pick from thousands of top ranked players to challenge in intense online battles and police pursuits across 150 miles of sprawling open world. Need for Speed World takes the well known and popular cities from Need for Speed Most Wanted and Need for Speed Carbon to create the biggest, most exciting race world ever released in the Need for Speed universe.” Read more… »

Those who have been hotly anticipating the upcoming Sony-exclusive racer ModNation Racers will be relieved to know that a release date of May 25th has finally been announced. A European date has yet to be confirmed, but SCEE have stated they are aiming to release it the same week as North America. If this is the case, we can presume it will be available May 25th if Europe’s traditional Friday release dates are anything to go by.

ModNation Racer’s innovative track creation and share facilities have gained a fair amount of publicity since its debut at E3 last summer, so Sony must be feeling confident about this one. Hit the jump for a lowdown of some pre-order exclusives that are to be bundled with the game.

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Presumably to coincide with the start of the new F1 season this coming weekend, Codemasters have confirmed their plans to release F1 2010 this September. The game will be a sequel to F1 2009 which was only released on the Wii, PSP and iPhone, and will this time feature on the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. As expected, it will include all of the official teams and drivers from the coming season including the return of Michael Schumacher and the Korean International Circuit.

Codemasters are renowned for their racing pedigree in the genre having developed high quality titles such as GRiD and DiRT 2, and F1 2010 is said to utilise the Ego Engine that powered these titles. As a result, we can expect a “highly advanced damage model,” along with dynamic weather and “extensive competitive multiplayer options.”

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Following on from the previous Ferrari DLC, Need For Speed: Shift is gearing up for another garage expansion with the release of the Exotic Racing Series Pack. Available on March 18th for 800 points on XBL and $10 on the PSN, the pack will include an additional track known as Riveria, 50 new themed events and the following exotic supercars:

  • Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
  • BMW M1 Procar
  • GUMPERT apollo
  • Honda NSX
  • McLaren MP4-12C
  • Maserati GranTurismo S
  • Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss

This salivating selection of cars are all showcased in the newly released trailer posted above. Unfortunately, the narrator with the monotone voice seemingly won’t go away.

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