Yesterday EA sent us several new pictures and a gameplay video of their upcoming racing game, Motor City Online. Previously the game was called "Need For Speed: Motor City Online," but they have wisely dropped the NFS affiliation. It didn't belong in the first place, because Motor City Online is nothing like any NFS game you've played before. If we had to describe it in one sentence we'd say "it's Gran Turismo for the PC, except with classic American muscle cars in place of modern Japanese touring cars." That description, however, doesn't adequately address the robust multiplayer world of Motor City Online, which is what this game is really about. MCO is online only, which means all the races you undertake are done against other humans, another aspect that differentiates it from Gran Turismo.
Cruisin' by the gas station
Run from the tornado!
Lots of cars
Motor City Online is the muscle car enthusiast's dream game. Consoles have long enjoyed games like Gran Turismo and its knockoffs where you get to race (mostly) Japanese cars, win money, buy new cars, and customize them using real parts from manufacturers like Nismo, Mugen, and HKS. But a lot of folks sneer at these "rice rockets" and long for "real cars" - you know, big block, five liter monsters that can churn out some massive torque! If that sounds appealing, then Motor City Online was made just for you. It includes over 35 licensed cars including classic Chevy Camaros, Ford Mustangs, Pontiac GTOs, Corvette Stingrays, and even the Cadillac El Dorados with the tail fins. Into customization? How about over 1,000 authentic stock and licensed parts that you can use to upgrade and repair your vehicle? The cars in Motor City Online originate from a wide variety of years ranging from the 30s to the 70s, so there's something for muscle car fans of every era.
Tail fins...only in America
Red Camaro tries to catch up
How does the online stuff work?
There are 12 online neighborhoods you can "visit" in Motor City Online - players congregate in these neighborhoods, where they can interact with other drivers. You challenge other players in races, wagering online money, car parts, or even entire cars that you might own. The money and parts you win in races you use to mod your vehicle, or buy a whole new one. An in-game newspaper called the Motor City Gazette keeps players informed of race results, and also posts classified ads for drivers looking to sell their car, trade parts, etc. Even real time auctions are available in the newspaper. Did you make friends in the game? Create your own club, race against other clubs and even participate in "turf wars" with other clubs. The entire game is an online world where players interact with each other in various ways, all to reach the ultimate goal of... well that's up to you. Soup up your car? Collect all the vehicles in the game? Just race and beat as many players as you can? There's no ultimate ending, which means it's up to you how far you want to go.
'Vette vs. 'Stang in a drag race
On paper, Motor City Online seems like the racing fan's dream game. Personally I prefer the Japanese cars in games like Gran Turismo, but considering the myriad multiplayer features that MCO has over GT3, I can't help but look forward to MCO. If EA can deliver compelling gameplay, then I'll definitely give these American muscle cars a try and race online for "cash." We'll be sure to throw out another article as soon as we can get a playable build of Motor City Online. In the meantime, check out the gameplay video.
Elemental: Fallen Enchantress Preview Elemental: Fallen Enchantress is a standalone expansion pack and follow-up to developer Stardock's previous game in the series, subtitled War of Magic. That 4X strategy game was highly-anticipated and slated to compete with games such as Sid Meier's Civilization V for your turn-based strategy play-time, but was released in an incredibly broken and unfinished state that it never fully recovered from. Lead designer Brad Wardell apologized profusely to fans and set out with his team to go back to the drawing board and try again.
Almost two years later, the result of that proverbial mulligan is currently undergoing closed beta testing. In today's article, Will reports his thoughts on how Fallen Enchantress is shaping up, and will tell you whether or not you should be keeping an eye on it as it nears release later this year.
The Elder Scrolls Online Details Leak - Should Fans Be Excited? The Elder Scrolls Online, long rumored to be in development, was officially announced yesterday. Still in development at Zenimax Online Studios, this MMO aims to combine traditional genre mechanics with the spirit and sensibilities, not to mention setting and lore, of the immensely popular series of single-player RPGs. Though the game is set for a full unveiling in the next issue of Game Informer magazine, what appears to be the entire cover story article has been leaked to the interwebs already. In today's article, you'll find summary and analysis of all the alleged details, as well as feast your eyes on the very first screenshots and concept art from the game. Of course, the burning question now is, should you be excited?
ANNO 2070 Review
The year is 2070. The majority of life on Earth was devastated when global sea levels surged after the melting of the polar ice caps. Swaths of previously habitable land are now deep underwater, and sovereign nations are a relic of the past. But there is still hope...
This city-building RTS/simulation game from Ubisoft tasks you with re-colonizing what little land areas are left on the planet following a global warming apocalypse. Does it have what it takes to be worthy of your time and money, or should it be cast out to sea with the rest of civilization? Find out in today's review!
Mass Effect 3 PC Review
This latest release from EA/BioWare is the final entry in their trilogy of sci-fi action RPGs, putting you in a dire situation: rally the troops to save Earth at all costs. There was a lot of hype surrounding the final act of what has been a vast and highly-customizable story-telling experience, and the reception among many hardcore fans has been less than stellar. Even people that haven't played the game have probably heard about all the nerd rage going on over Mass Effect 3's ending...
If you want to cut through all the crap and find out whether or not the rest of ME3 is worth playing, come check out Will's spoiler-free take on the first blockbuster game release of 2012.
Batman: Arkham City PC Review Batman: Arkham City is the sequel to 2009’s smash-hit action game Batman: Arkham Asylum. As the name suggests, you will be reprising your role as the Caped Crusader and going against an even larger 'prison' filled with Gotham's criminals and villains. A textbook example on how to do a proper sequel, Arkham City takes what worked in the original, excised or improved upon what didn’t, and elevated everything to an even greater scope. The PC version suffered from a few months of delay, but in that time, Rocksteady worked closely to NVIDIA to implement some familiar technologies from the last game, such as PhysX and 3D Vision, along with new DirectX 11 optimizations. But how well was the whole package executed? Read on to find out!
Saints Row: The Third PC Review Saints Row is one of most unique series of games to build upon the open-world action template forged by Grand Theft Auto, and has met with plenty of critical and commercial success since it began on consoles back in 2006. This latest iteration, titled Saints Row: The Third promises the most outlandish fun and freedom of customization of them all, and in a much more PC-friendly package than its predecessor. Does it live up to those expectations and, more importantly, is it worth the price of admission? Find out in Will's latest review!
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim PC Review The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is Bethesda Softworks’ latest offering in their series of epic fantasy RPGs, as well as one of the most highly-anticipated PC titles of 2011. As the Dovahkiin, or Dragonborn, prepare to take the fight to the mythical beasts that have returned to the realm after centuries of slumber, all the while exploring a huge and highly-detailed open world.
The PC version of the game promises enhanced graphical fidelity, standard RPG trimmings such as hotkeys and quick-save, as well as unbridled mod support, something we’ll all be thankful for once they release that SDK. Skyrim has already sold millions of copies and set records for play-time on Steam... Find out why in today's review, which happens to be one of the biggest and most in-depth articles on the subject out there!
L.A. Noire Complete Edition PC Review L.A. Noire, as the name clearly states, is a video game built on the tropes of one of the greatest periods of American cinema: film noir. Developed by the now defunct Australian developer Team Bondi and published by Rockstar Games, this title has been out on consoles for a full six months before finally making its way to the PC. This “Complete Edition” of the game features improved graphics, keyboard/mouse controls, and every bit of previously-released DLC for free. But was it truly worth the wait? Read on and find out!
Mass Effect 3 PC Demo Impressions Mass Effect 3, EA/BioWare's third iteration in their series of sci-fi action RPGs and one of the most anticipated titles of the year, is fast approaching its March 6th release. This week, though, they released a playable demo on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 that offers a glimpse into both the single-player and multi-player portions of the full game.
Whether you're waiting impatiently for your download to finish or don't have the time to check it out yourself, go ahead and read some impressions of the demo from resident FSers Synch and Vandy in today's article!
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Xbox 360 Review
The self-appointed "most anticipated game in history" launched worldwide this past Tuesday. Why, it's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, of course (of course), what else? Unsurprisingly, the military FPS debate between this and Battlefield 3 rages on, but now that both have been released, surely we can take a look and objectively evaluate them both? Luke's taken the Xbox version of MW3 for a spin this week, so to find out what he thinks of it in today's review!
I own a '99 Accord V6 Coupe. 200 hp, 195 ft-lbs of torque, but... an automatic transmission. Yes, unfortunately they don't offer this car in manual. I've also got an AEM cold air intake that I have yet to install. I'll get around to it soon.