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I was really quite disappointed with GRID 2. Not particularly because it was a bad racer but because it felt like a step backwards from the first GRID. At least it did to me. GRID: Autosport is making itself out to offer pretty much everything in one nice tidy racer package, and avoiding being thought of as a sequel to GRID 2.

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Autosport offers five disciplines, Touring, Endurance, Open wheel (basically F1), Tuner and Street. I reckon that should just about cover everything. Assuming there’s a decent roster of cars to back it up there are clearly enough disciplines to make sure Autosport keeps us coming back for more many hours down the road.

Swapping between disciplines it becomes very obvious that they’re not just for show too. With the difference in cars, tracks and race types there is a definitive line drawn between each discipline that keeps them separated from each other. Although in the preview code I played there wasn’t an enormous roster of vehicles and upgrades the groundwork is there ready for the full release.

The handling models have that familiar GRID sliding feel that makes tight races all the more exciting but it’s clear that Codemasters are perfecting their formula with the franchise. The handling never feels overly simplistic but ensures GRID doesn’t fall into the trap that some simulators can and forget to actually let you have any fun. If GRID has always done one thing right it’s excitement.

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The visuals are everything we’ve come to expect from GRID and the tracks always seem to have even more detail than the car models. Which, truth be told, is the right way to do it. How many of us play racers from the bumper cam where you can’t see the car anyway? In fairness GRID’s handling model does at least give you a fighting chance of playing from a third person view but it’s still not the same. With GRID constantly staring at the track for hour after hour isn’t a problem and Autosport is looking good so far, especially the textures on the asphalt and tarmac.

Most importantly I was elated to see the return of many of my favourite features from the first GRID that had disappeared on GRID 2. There’s an XP bonus that increases as you increase the challenge by changing some, or all, of the many difficulty options (like Forza). Better still is the return of your team mate and team objectives. You aren’t required to arbitrarily make it to first place from last place race after race. There are realistic goals that you and your AI driver can achieve together. I’m so glad Codemasters put this back on, I loved this feature in the first GRID.

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So even though I only got my hands on a relatively small amount of the content it looks like Autosport will offer there’s a definite feeling that everything’s in place. The mechanics are solid, there’s a decent damage model and everything’s looking rather polished to be honest. With a ton of cars, upgrades and races Autosport just might be what GRID 2 should have been.

 

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EA Sports have released some new screenshots for FIFA 14.

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We recently interviewed Sebastian Enrique who is one of the producers for FIFA 14. He has worked on numerous versions of FIFA, and as you will hear in the interview, he eats, sleeps and breathes FIFA and football! We talk about some of the new features and how popular FIFA is, so over to Sebastian:

FIFA 14 is out on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on 24 September 2013 in North America and 27 September in Europe

What do you think of the new features announced so far for FIFA 14? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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EA Sports have released a new trailer for FIFA 14.

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We recently interviewed Sebastian Enrique who is one of the producers for FIFA 14. He has worked on numerous versions of FIFA, and as you will hear in the interview, he eats, sleeps and breathes FIFA and football! We talk about some of the new features and how popular FIFA is, so over to Sebastian:

FIFA 14 is out on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on 24 September 2013 in North America and 27 September in Europe

What do you think of the new features announced so far for FIFA 14? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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This week EA announced FIFA 14 – the latest in a long line of FIFA games. We were at the first look event and had the opportunity to talk with Sebastian Enrique about some of the new features.

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Each year EA release a new version of FIFA, and each year they manage to make the game significantly better. When FIFA 13 was released last year, it sold 4.4 million copies in its first week alone. And by the start of March 2013, 2.1 billion (yes, billion) matches had been played. That is some statistic!

So just what will EA be doing with FIFA 14 to surpass what it did with FIFA 13? Well, they are tapping into what they call “The Emotion of Scoring Great Goals”.

Some of the many new features of FIFA 14 include:

· Pure Shot— Shooting has been transformed. Players have the intelligence to adjust their stride and approach angle to find the best position for hitting the back of the net. Well-hit balls feel satisfying and goals are rewarding. As well as quality strikes, players can now shoot while off balance or rushed.

· Real Ball Physics— Strike the ball with more force and finesse. Realistic ball physics now determines the trajectories of balls in game, enabling players to strike the ball with force from distance, drill low rising shots with accuracy, and blast dipping or swerving shots, just like real footballers.

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· Protect The Ball— Dominate midfield and dictate the tempo of a match. Fend-off and block defenders from the ball while dribbling at any speed. Protect the ball from opponents to control play through midfield and dictate the pace of the match. Plus, out-muscle opponents for position before receiving the ball, then turn defenders to carve out opportunities.

· Career Mode— Search for talent year-round with the new Global Scouting Network that brings the world of professional scouting to life. Develop and refine your own scouting network. Evaluate footballers to uncover the attributes of players who could bolster your squad during the transfer windows. A new hub delivers easy navigation, fewer interruptions and live scouting reports.

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Sebastian Enrique is one of the producers for FIFA 14. He has worked on numerous versions of FIFA, and as you will hear in the interview, he eats, sleeps and breathes FIFA and football! We talk about some of the new features and how popular FIFA is, so over to Sebastian:

It’s easy to see from the first look we were given that EA are serious about making FIFA 14 even better than FIFA 13, and that “The Emotion of Scoring Great Goals” is already there. It will be interesting to see just what else they have in store for us.

Additional features will be revealed in the months leading to the game’s retail launch in late 2013. At the moment EA have only announced FIFA 14 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, but expect it to appear on other platforms.

What do you think of the new features announced so far for FIFA 14? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Sony today announced the BBC Sport app, which will sit alongside BBC News and BBC iPlayer on the Sony Entertainment Network, will be launching on Sony BRAVIA and PlayStation 3 devices in time for Wimbledon 2012, providing exciting new television content over and above that available on free-to-air television.

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The application has been designed specifically for the ‘big-screen’ to deliver an ultimate home entertainment experience. The principal purpose is to deliver live sporting events where there are simultaneous activities or multiple camera angles, making it an ideal fixture to get front row seats to watch Formula One™ and major sporting events coming to London this summer, including Wimbledon and the Olympics.

With the BBC capturing highlights of the key sporting events over the summer, the app will provide UK consumers with an incredible mix of both live and on-demand sporting events from the UK and around the world, straight to their living rooms at the simple touch of a button. Throughout the London 2012 Olympics Games, the BBC Sport app will give audiences access to 2,500 hours of content and up to 24 simultaneous live events, all in HD.

Edd Uzzell, Sony category development manager for BRAVIA, believes the launch of BBC Sport app is one of the most exciting developments for the Sony Entertainment Network.

“Televised sport is one of the biggest rating wins for broadcasters. This truly is a killer app and will provide a substantial amount of additional sporting content that you can’t get through the current broadcasting model. We strongly believe this will kick-start more widespread usage of the connected television offering, providing sport fans using the app with in-depth big-screen coverage of their favorite events. The app will also have extensive penetration in the UK thanks to its availability on PlayStation 3” says Uzzell.

“Launching this app to millions of PS3 owners in the UK will be a very welcome addition to PlayStation’s universal entertainment credentials” added Alan Duncan, UK Marketing Director for Sony Computer Entertainment UK.

In addition to the current BBC red-button function consumers with the BBC Sport app will have access to more interactive content and extra coverage of future sporting events.

The app’s user interface will be familiar to consumers who currently use the BBC Sport website, it will be simple to navigate using the standard remote control, Media Remote smartphone application or PlayStation 3 controller. It will launch on PS3, 2011 & 2012 Internet Enabled BRAVIAs’ with more devices to follow.

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The BBC has launched its new sport app for connected TVs, enabling audiences to access the BBC’s interactive coverage of major sporting events via the BBC Red Button.

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This is the BBC’s next generation TV experience, seamlessly integrating linear TV with online and on-demand content at the simple click of a button.

Initially focusing on Formula 1, the BBC Sport app will bring all the race action together in one place, with live streams, on-demand video and additional content. During races that are covered live on BBC One, fans won’t miss a second of the race, with access to alternative options such as on-board cameras which take the viewer to the heart of the action and the ‘driver tracker’ that shows where each car is on the circuit. As well as the races themselves, there will be full coverage of practice and qualifying sessions.

Over the next few months, the BBC Sport app will also include coverage of Euro 2012, Wimbledon and London 2012 Olympic Games for sports fans across the UK.

The BBC Sport app will sit alongside the award-winning BBC News app, which includes the best of BBC News on TV, online, and on-demand along with the BBC iPlayer app for connected TVs.

The BBC News and Sport apps both launch today on Virgin Media’s TiVo service, bringing BBC Red Button to around 500,000 Virgin Media TiVo homes, for free. The BBC Sport app for connected TVs will be made available on a range of additional devices.

Launching BBC Sport on connected TVs is another important step in the BBC’s strategy to bring its content to audiences across four screens: the PC, mobile, tablet and connected TVs.

Phil Fearnley, General Manager for News and Knowledge in the BBC’s Future Media division, said: “We are very excited to be launching our new BBC Sport app and Red Button service for connected TVs. Today’s launch will ensure we bring our next-generation TV experience to sports fans across the UK, integrating TV and online content seamlessly at the click of a button.

“With predictions there’ll be almost 36 million connected TVs installed in UK homes by the end of 2016*, the new BBC sport app is a great new way for these audiences to access the best of BBC’s content.”

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