The latest Turn 10 report from the Forza Motorsport 2 developer talks of an “upcoming DLC track” that is currently undergoing testing. They’re not saying which track it is (otherwise it wouldn’t be a mystery) but they did confirm that it will have four separate configurations. My guess would be Motegi, but we shall see.
The other thing they’re not revealing is how much this will cost, but unless some charitable company comes forward and foots the bill (plastering their logo all over the grandstands) expect to cough up at least a couple of bucks for this when it shows up on Live sometime next week.
Gran Turismo producer and Ford GR owner Kaz Yamauchi has been subjected to a very lengthy interview at Kikizo in which they ask about, well, everything to do with the PS3, Gran Turismo 5, and even touch on the subject of the game’s most immediate competition, Forza Motorsport 2:
Kikizo: Could you give us your opinion on Forza MotorSport 2 for the Xbox 360, and in particular, the ability to reskin your car in very great detail – are you going to have this degree of superficial car customisation in GT5?
Yamauchi: Straight off the bat, I think that in terms of feature sets, Forza is ahead of us. They have more options, you can do basically anything. We take a different approach obviously – we try to concentrate on what are the core values for a racing game, and we try to elevate those standards up as high as we possibly can. I am having difficulty trying to explain the differences, but one way you can look at it is, you can buy a watch that is super multifunctional, but economical, or a watch that is reduced in functions, but premium – higher end.
He’s plainly referring to the graphics here and overall production values, something the GT series has obviously always had in spades. So, what’s more important, graphics or gameplay? The eternal debate continues.
If you’re an Xbox 360-owning racing fan, chances are you’ve already gone out and picked up a copy of Forza 2, and chances are you’ve enjoyed it. However, if you’re a non-Xbox 360-owning racing fan, chances are you’ve been looking at the screenshots and ravings about the game with a good bit of curiosity and maybe even a little envy as console racers play a game in which you can go from power off to racing online against friends, lag free, inside of two minutes. That can’t be said of your average PC racing sim. If you’re part of that latter group, this deal is for you, then.
Microsoft has announced two new bundles, a $449.99 Xbox 360 Elite bundle and a $349.99 Xbox 360 Premium bundle. Both include free copies of Forza Motorsport 2 and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. While we could take or leave the latter, the former of course makes this a very appealing offer for those wanting to get their console race on.
WorthPlaying has word on the next update to Forza Motorsport 2, one that would pick up where the last update left off. This one would fix the Elan bug, allowing that car to return to the online rankings, as well as a whole suite of other smaller glitches and cheats. No word on an anticipated release date, but given it’s currently being tested, expect it to show up online within the next few weeks.
Forza 2‘s first round of downloadable content is up for download, and believe it or not, it’s free. The update is plainly sponsored by Nissan, who already have their car on the front of the box, and includes three new cars from the marque’s 2007 lineup: the Sentra SE-R, Altima, and, naturally, the 350Z. In addition to these cars Microsoft is launching a suite of in-game tournaments that feature them and, starting August 10, will be running another contest for you customizers out there to see who can make the most pimpin’est Nissan out there.
Now, this DLC may be free, but remember: it’s always the first one that’s free. The next ones … not so much.
WorthPlaying has details on an upcoming update to Forza Motorsport 2, a game that has had a few ugly problems in need of addressing. The update will touch on a number of bugs in various ways, like a temporarily ban the Lotus Elan from scoreboards, thanks to a bug enabling it to be far faster than its performance index would indicate. Fixes for the auction house are promised, along with some other miscellany, like being able to rotate the view of the car in the Auction House.
The auto-update should be made available sometime today.
As seen at Joystiq, 360 Gamer has a sad piece on some of the more distasteful things people are putting on their Forza Motorsport 2 cars. The focal point of the article is the above SS-themed Merc, which is disturbing to say the least. Microsoft is using a sort of self-policing policy with Forza 2, giving those who create such cars temporary or permanent bans when they are reported by other gamers. However, given the flood of cars up for sale in the Auction House, many distasteful, it’s not looking like that policy is working.
If you’ve spent any time online with Forza 2 you’ve probably noticed there’s no shortage of tournaments to compete in. But, they’re all lacking one thing: real prizes. You can win plenty of in-game cash, but nothing that’ll stuff your non-virtual wallet. That’s exactly what XLEAGUE.TV is hoping to address with their announcement that they’ll now be featuring Forza 2 tournaments. XLEAGUE.TV, a subscription-based online tournament service, will offer prizes of up to £1,000 for the best team of two drivers. Unfortunately, subscriptions are not free: tournaments are open to gold and platinum members, which will set you back either £4.49 or £7.99 depending on how much bling you want.
Also, apologies to our domestic readers; if you hadn’t guessed by the funny symbol in front of the numbers above, these tournaments are for Europeans only.
Forza 2 topped the sales charts in the UK last week, and according to Eurogamer it’s done it again this week, beating out nearest competitor Tomb Raider Anniversary. Codemasters DiRT only managed a #4 debut; not exactly promising.
Chuck “PFunk” Bellows over at SimHQ has offered up his opinions on Forza Motorsport 2, in typical long-form SimHQ style, offering up six-pages of stream of consciousness coverage of the game, which he ultimately was obviously quite enamored of:
FM2 is an improvement over the original Forza in just about every way. I bought the original shortly after getting my Xbox 360 as it was one of the first original Xbox titles Microsoft made backwards-compatible for the 360.
FM2 is one of those titles that would cause even the staunchest PC-only simulation fan to consider purchase a console. For the money you’d spend on one of those top-of-the-line video cards, you could get the 360, the extended in-store warranty and still have some cash left over to put toward Microsoft’s Wireless Wheel for the 360 (I wouldn’t want to attempt this one with the stock gamepad), along with those bags of sunflower seeds they keep by the cash registers at my local Circuit City. Hint: don’t use those things as a substitute when you quit dipping Copenhagen. You’ll get an ulcer.