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Engaged Family Gaming Holiday

Microsoft had a rough year this year with the Xbox One. They had to delay and/or cancel a bunch of games. Fortunately, families have several great options for games to play. Take a look below for our recommendations.

Star Wars Battlefront II


Star Wars is on everyone’s mind right now. How can it not be with Episode 8 looming this holiday season?

Star Wars fans will want to take a look at Star Wars Battlefront II this holiday. It isn’t available for purchase yet as of the time that I published our gift guide, but most early indications from a public beta have been positive. There have been some concerns raised by critics about the micro-transactions that are available in the game, but we don’t have all of the details from the final version of the game yet. We’ll need to wait and see if they end up being a true problem.

Forza Motorsport 7


Another year passes; another Forza game is released for the Xbox One. Last year we were able to race around the Australian Outback in Forza Horizons 3 (which is still a great gift idea in its own right if you have a racing fan in the house). This year we have Forza Motorsports 7. The biggest difference between these two games is where they place their focus on the driving.

Forza Motorsports 7 is a simulation racer so the developer’s attention is focused on crafting as realistic of a racing experience as possible. Forza 7 is also one of a handful of games that is being optimized for play on the Xbox One X so it will be a great way to showcase that new 4K TV Santa brought you!

 

Destiny 2


Destiny 2 is an amazing multiplayer shooter experience set in a cool sci-fi universe. It is also a great compromise for parents looking to find a shooter for their kids to play that isn’t as grim as Call of Duty: WW2 or Battlefield 1.

Cuphead



Ok. This one might be divisive. Cuphead is one of the coolest looking games to be released in years. With that said, it is also incredibly difficult so it will be difficult for inexperienced gamers to fully enjoy.

 

I am putting this game on the list because it is inexpensive, gorgeous, and will definitely appeal to families with kids who LOVE a challenge. Cuphead will push them to the limit, but you’ll love watching it while it happens!

Minecraft


I know I sound like a broken record, but Minecraft should be on top of everyone’s shopping list. It may be one of the best selling games of all time, but there are plenty of kids who don’t have it.

Rocket League



If I told you a few years ago that millions of players would be playing digital soccer using rocket powered cars you’d has told me I was crazy. But, here we are! Rocket League is a game that you will LOVE to watch your kids play. The colors are bright. The action is wild. And the game is just absurd enough that you’ll be laughing the whole time. Don’t sleep on this one. Its great.


Make sure to look at all of our other Holiday Gift Guides for 2017!

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Engaged Family Gaming Holiday

The Holidays are a great time for families to get new home consoles. They make great gifts for the whole family and can be responsible for a lot of great memories. Take a look below for our recommendations for home consoles this year.

Nintendo Switch


The Nintendo Switch launched in March of this year and has been a wild success for Nintendo. It is, without question, the best console for families on the market right now and it isn’t close. The console/tablet hybrid has just passed its 6 month anniversary and it is already home a better lineup of family games that either of its main competitors.

The main attraction for the Nintendo Switch is that it serves two purposes. It is both a home console that you can play on the family TV and a handheld console that you can take on the go. This can be a godsend for families that have multiple siblings because you can use it in “tabletop mode” to play multiplayer games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Edition anywhere!

Looking for some Switch games to give? Heres our list of Switch Games!

Sony PlayStation 4



The PlayStation 4 is another great console option. It doesn’t have the strongest lineup of exclusive games, but it is home to all of the major third party games like Destiny 2. You shouldn’t have any problems finding games to play with your family here. The catalog is already full of great games already and the future is bright since Spider Man will come out next year.

The biggest decision that new PlayStation owners will have to make when shopping for a PS4 is whether to purchase a base model or to spend a little bit extra for a PS4 Pro. The main difference between those two systems is going to be the graphics performance. Both of them will play the same games, but the PS4 Pro will make them look better if your family owns a 4k television.

Looking for some PS4 games to give? Here’s our list of PS4 games for this holiday!

Microsoft Xbox One


2017 has been a challenging year for Xbox fans. The exclusives have been in short supply and several high profile games have been delayed or cancelled.

There is a ray of hope though. The Xbox One X has been announced and it looks like a great console for families looking for a powerful console to help show off their new 4k television.

Looking for some Xbox One games to give? Here’s our list of Xbox One games for this holiday!

Last Generation Consoles



Families that aren’t interested in standing on the bleeding edge of console gaming technology still have plenty of reasons to pick up older consoles like the PS3, Xbox 360, and, to a lesser extent, the Wii U. These consoles should be relatively easy to find used from places like GameStop and have huge catalogs of games just waiting to be plucked from bargain bins.

In the worst case scenario a uses Xbox 360 will be a serviceable Minecraft machine for families that want to let their children play, but don’t want them using the family PC or laptop.

3DS Family of Hardware


The Nintendo Switch is the most exciting thing that Nintendo has on the market right now, but the 3DS handheld systems are still useful. They will be great purchases for families that want to introduce gaming to their children, but want something sturdier. The handheld may be entering the sunset of its life, but it has a library with hundreds of games that your children will love.

The only real problem with the 3DS family of systems is that there are so many versions that it can be hard to keep track of them. Fortunately, EFG published a handy guide to help sort all those details! You can read it here.

SNES Classic

The SNES Classic isn’t a traditional console, but it is such a big deal that I had to include it somewhere. It is a bite-sized console that includes twenty of the best games ever made. Its going to be in high demand though, so keep that in mind if you are adding it to your shopping lists.


Thats it for the consoles, but make sure to check out the rest of our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide!

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The Final Fantasy XV Universe is Expanding!

Final Fantasy XV released last year. It was one of my favorite games of the year in spite of its flaws. Square Enix has been working since its release to update the game with continuous improvements. There have been consistent DLC releases that have included Power Ranger style exo-suits and individual story modes for two of the Noctis’s best friends.

Square isn’t done with Final Fantasy XV yet, though, not by a long shot. They’ve made several announcements since the beginning of GamesCom in Cologne, Germany that will expand the Final Fantasy XV Universe and give fans plenty to look forward to.

Final Fantasy XV Comes to PC

There were some who had given up hope that a PC release for FFXV would never come, but those days are numbered. The Final Fantasy Windows Edition will launch in early 2018 and will include NVidia Gameworks technology to improve the game’s visuals. The technologies that will be included are:

  • NVIDIA Flow – creates vivid, combustible fluid, fire and smoke.
  • NVIDIA HairWorks – creates dynamic, life-like hair and fur for characters, animals, and monsters that inhabit the game.
  • NVIDIA ShadowWorks – enables characters to cast shadows on themselves.
  • NVIDIA Turf Effects – creates life-like grass and vegetation in the game environment.
  • NVIDIA VXAO – adds depth and realism based on the physics principles shadows and light.

There is also support for both GeForce® Experience™ capture and share tools:

  •  NVIDIA Ansel™, an in-game photography tool that allows gamers to compose shots from any position, adjust with post-process filters, capture HDR images in high fidelity formats, and share screenshots in 360 via a smartphone, PC or VR headset.
  • NVIDIA ShadowPlay™ Highlights automatically captures the player’s greatest gaming achievements in video and screenshot, enabling seamless sharing through social channels.

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition

Final Fantasy XV is a very beautiful game. Its so beautiful, in fact, that porting the game to anything but PC would be almost impossible. The team at Square Enix figured out a workaround though. They have created a game that maintains the same story and 10 chapter structure but replaces the realistic visuals from the original game with a low polygon chibi style. It sounds silly, but it definitely works. Take a look at the trailer and see for yourself.

The simplified graphics make it to the Pocket edition with will be right at home on older phones and tablets, but it also leads me to wonder if it also means that there is potential for a Switch port of the Pocket Edition. Only time will tell, but one would think that Square would want to capitalize on the console’s success in any way they can.

Episode Ignis

We have already gotten two other individual episodes, one for Gladiolus and another for Prompto. Ignis will get his turn during holiday 2017. We don’t really have any idea what the game will be like, but I would make a serious bet that it is more of a stealth game just like Prompto’s episode was more of a shooter.

“Comrades” DLC

One of the most surprising announcements to come from the Final Fantasy XV Universe (and that is saying something) is the comrades DLC. This is a multiplayer mode that allows players to create their own avatars and play through a unique story with different locations. I don’t know who out there asked for a multiplayer Final Fantasy game, but here we are.

Monsters of the Deep VR Experience

Square Enix teased a Final Fantasy VR game built around Prompto last year. This has since been scrapped in favor of a fishing mini game set in VR. I saw this played at E3 and freaked out about it on one of our E3 2017 podcasts. Square Enix has announced that the game will be released on 11/21/2017.

Do any of these things look interesting to you? Sound off in the comments!

 

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Destiny 2 is Coming and We are Very Excited!

By: Uncle Badger

Destiny fans, rejoice!

Destiny 2, the sequel to Bungie’s wildly popular shared world shooter, is finally launching this fall (September 6). If you’re like me, a massive fan of Destiny 1, you’re most likely losing your mind. But, if you’ve somehow missed out on the original Destiny, here’s a quick primer:

Destiny is an online multiplayer first person shooting game. While it shares many similarities to MMOs (for example, players inhabit a shared world and are required to be online at all times), developers describe it as a “shared world shooter”. It’s a distinction that, at first blush, seems not to describe something entirely different, but after a couple hours in the Destiny universe, it becomes clear that the game has really carved out a unique space that warrants the distinction.

In the world of Destiny set far into the future, an extraterrestrial traveler has empowered human beings with extraordinary powers which we then use to defend ourselves and this traveler against “the darkness” aka evil aliens. Players can select one of three character classes; Hunter, Titan, or Warlock – and employ a vast array of weapons and armors in various quests and adventures to keep the planets safe from various enemy hordes. Destiny made a name for itself not only with fantastic gunplay upon which the game is centered, but also with a deep and expansive lore. Additionally, the game is highly social, particularly when it comes to endgame content like raids or special in-game events.

Still with me? Great.

The original Destiny didn’t quite feel like an MMO but didn’t exactly feel like a pure FPS either and, overtime, “Shared World Shooter” became less of an in-house descriptor and more of a legitimate genre. By all accounts, Destiny 2 is looking to build on that new genre with improved gunplay, more expansive shared play spaces, and, of course, TONS OF LOOT!

In terms of story, Destiny 2 couldn’t be more compelling. Set one year after the events of Destiny: Rise of Iron, the Red Legion faction of the Cabal, led by their emperor, Dominus Ghaul, attack The Last City. Ghaul, believing that he deserves the power of the Light, succeeds in stripping the Guardians of their powers and destroying the Tower. Scattered and powerless, the Guardians must acquire new powers to face Ghaul and the Red Legion.

Unlike the original game which had its lore hidden apart from the game in online ”Grimoire Cards” players had to access through a separate website (yikes), Destiny 2 promises much needed story improvements. At launch, the game will be boasting over 50 cut scenes which is slightly more than Destiny 1 even including all its expansions. Additionally, Bungie has confirmed that those loathsome Grimoire Cards are no more – 100% of the story will be told in the game itself. Huzzah!
Destiny 2 brings back all three characters classes from the original game, but with new skills and abilities. Specifically, each of the subclasses for the Titan, Warlock, and Hunter classes have been overhauled.

The Titan

The Titan’s defender subclass known primarily for its defensive bubble has been reworked considerably. The “bubble” is still an option, but now alongside that is the option to run a defender with a throwable, slammable void shield – think Captain America. The Striker subclass super ability has been changed as well from a single powerful slam to a roaming series of slams, each leaving behind a damaging field of arc energy.

The nova bomb from the warlock’s subclass has been enlarged considerably and now splits into smaller projectiles upon impact. The much beloved Sunsinger subclass has ditched the self-resurrection ability in favor of a new super called Dawn Blade. It functions very much like the Titan’s Hammers from Destiny 1.

Lastly, the hunter’s Golden Gun has been nerfed a bit, no longer guaranteeing a kill with each shot. To balance this, the length of the super has been extended, offering more shots per super. And the hunter arc subclass has an entirely new super – Arc Strider – think Blade Dancer from Destiny one but a bit more agile and with a polearm instead of daggers.

Each of the character classes will launch with two subclass instead of the three you might be used to from Destiny 1. And while Bungie has played coy when asked if all three classes will be returning, it’s safe to say that they’ll all be making a comeback at some point after launch.

Overall, gunplay seems relatively unchanged from Destiny 1, and that’s a good thing. Nevertheless, the small improvements are noticeable as the gunplay feels as if it’s grown up a bit. The way Destiny 2 is setting up weapons is somewhat confusing. There are still three slots, but the first two are now “Kinetic” and “Energy.” Gone are the primary, secondary, and heavy weapon designations. This means that weapons like sidearms are now primaries and can be either elemental (energy) or non-elemental (kinetic), and old favorites like snipers, shotguns, and fusion rifles are now classed with rocket launchers.
Like I said, it’s a little confusing. I’m sure we’ll get used to it.

Overall, Destiny 2 is looking to build on the success of its predecessor by doubling down on excellent gameplay and expanding the already rich mythos of the Destiny universe. And, of course, there will be a ton of loot!

Destiny 2 launches worldwide on September 6, 2017, for the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. The PC version is set to launch later on October 24.

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August “Games with Gold” Lineup Announced

The lineup of free games coming to the Games With Gold program for August 2017 has been announced. Its a mixed bag this month. Half of the games are great for families, and the other half… not so much.

Take a look below to see if any of the games are to your liking. Keep in mind that these games are free to anyone with an active Xbox Live Gold subscription that costs $60 per year.

Games

Descriptions

Slime Rancher

Rated E for Everyone

For Beatrix LeBeau, being a rancher can be tough. Especially when she moves a thousand light years away for her job! Add to that, she’s not wrangling cattle, she’s wrangling slimes. A lot of slimes! But there’s money to be made in slime science. Careful though, it’s a risky business when vacpacs and jetpacks are your tools.

Trials Fusion

Rated E 10+


Powered by a top-notch physics system, Trials Fusion is packed with a wide variety of challenging levels encouraging you to pull off countless tricks and stunts. Prepare to show off in ways you never imagined with Trials‘ intuitive and addictive gameplay.

Bayonetta

Rated M for Mature

Stylish, over-the-top finishing moves and epic set pieces push the limits of the action genre in Bayonetta. As a witch with magical powers and deadly weapons, you’ll flow gracefully in battle from one angelic enemy to the next in this critically acclaimed game.

Red Faction: Armageddon

Rated M for Mature

Save Mars from an ancient evil (that you accidentally unleashed) in Red Faction: Armageddon. After a half-century of peace on Mars, the Red Faction resistance is called upon to save Mars from destruction. Survive hordes of enemies with friends in co-op or battle across the red planet in an epic solo campaign.

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Minecraft

Microsoft announced the Better Together update at E3 2017. This update is intended to allow players multiple platforms to play together. In essence, it is intended to unite all of the platforms where Minecraft is available into a single game. This means cross-platform support that allows console, windows 10 PC, and mobile Minecrafters to play together!

The update is coming soon, but first Microsoft will be running a beta for Windows 10 PC and Mobile players. The beta started on July 31 and will be followed shortly by a similar beta including the Xbox One.

The update itself will come later this summer and will include the biggest collection of new features to ever come to bedrock platforms (mobile and Windows 10 PC). The list of new features will include:

  • Stained Glass
  • Fireworks
  • Parrots that dance
  • Customizable banners
  • Armor stands
  • Jukebox and music discs
  • Recipe books
  • Ravines

The update also includes new multiplayer features, like the ability for hosts to set player permissions and host options, and other tools. Lastly, the update includes the ability for players to share their custom creations in 3D by uploading the 3D models directly to Remix3d.com.

This is a pretty big deal for Minecraft. We’ll be keeping you all updated as we get closer to the update going live.

 

 

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Forza 7 Garage Opens Up Again to Reveal Vintage Automobiles

The Forza Motorsports Garage has opened yet again to reveal more of the 700 cars that will be included in the game at launch.

Take a look below for a complete list of the vintage cars that will be included! (or here for all the other cars announced so far!)

 

1968 Abarth 595 esseesse

1934 Alfa Romeo P3

1950 Alfa Romeo 158

1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA Stradale

1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2

1968 Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale

1939 Auto Union Type D

1959 BMW 507

1957 BMW Isetta 300 Export

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

1960 Chevrolet Corvette

1964 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport 409

1966 Chevrolet Nova Super Sport

1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport 396

1967 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 427

1969 Chevrolet Camaro Super Sport Coupe

1969 Chevrolet Nova Super Sport 396

1969 Datsun 2000 Roadster

1967 Dodge Coronet WO23

1968 Dodge Dart HEMI Super Stock

1969 Dodge Charger Daytona HEMI

1969 Dodge Charger R/T

1969 Fiat Dino 2.4 Coupe

1952 Fiat 8V Supersonic

1932 Ford De Luxe Five-Window Coupe

1940 Ford De Luxe Coupe

1946 Ford Super Deluxe Station Wagon

1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt

1965 Ford Mustang GT Coupe

1967 Ford Falcon XR GT

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

1951 Holden 50-2106 FX Ute

1967 Honda RA300

1959 Jaguar Mk II 3.8

1961 Jaguar E-type S1

1956 Jaguar D-Type

1954 Jaguar XK120 SE

1945 Jeep Willys MB

1968 Lancia Fulvia Coupé Rallye 1.6 HF

1939 Mercedes-Benz W154

1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupé

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR

1967 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL

1949 Mercury Coupe

1965 MINI Cooper S

1969 Nissan Fairlady Z 432

1966 Nissan Silvia

1969 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds 442

1968 Opel GT

1958 Plymouth Fury

1965 Pontiac GTO

1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

1969 Pontiac GTO Judge

1965 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C

1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe

1963 Volkswagen Beetle

1963 Volkswagen Type 2 De Luxe

1967 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

1967 Volvo 123GT

Read more at https://news.xbox.com/2017/07/25/forza-garage-week-2-vintage/#cyBsUD8V3OmeMsFs.99

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Porsche 918 Spyder

Forza Motorsports 7 was announced during the Microsoft media event at E3 2017. The biggest announcement they had at the time was that the game would include Porsche cars for the first time in franchise history. Today, Microsoft announced the opening of “The Garage.” This is the marketing mechanism for the developers to slowly announce all of the 700 cars that will be in the game at launch. (700. freaking. cars)

The first batch was announced today and included a huge collection of Porsches, Lamborghinis and Ferraris. Take a look below for the complete list!

2011 Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

 

2013 Ariel Atom 500 V8

2016 Ariel Nomad

1958 Aston Martin DBR1

1960 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato

1964 Aston Martin DB5

1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

1998 Aston Martin V8 Vantage V600

2006 Aston Martin #007 Aston Martin Racing DBR9

2008 Aston Martin DBS

2010 Aston Martin One-77

2012 Aston Martin V12 Zagato

2012 Aston Martin Vanquish

2013 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12

2016 Aston Martin Vulcan

2017 Aston Martin DB11

2014 BAC Mono

1992 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport

2011 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

2013 Donkervoort D8 GTO

1948 Ferrari 166MM Barchetta

1952 Ferrari 375

1953 Ferrari 500 Mondial

1957 Ferrari 250 California

1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

1962 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

1963 Ferrari 250LM

1964 Ferrari F-158 F1

1967 Ferrari #24 Ferrari Spa 330 P4

1968 Ferrari 365 GTB/4

1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT

1971 Ferrari #2 Ferrari Automobili 312 P

1976 Ferrari #1 Scuderia Ferrari 312T2

1982 Ferrari #71 Ferrari France 512 BB/LM

1982 Ferrari #72 N.A.R.T. 512 BB/LM

1984 Ferrari 288 GTO

1987 Ferrari F40

1989 Ferrari F40 Competizione

1990 Ferrari #1 Scuderia Ferrari 641

1992 Ferrari 512 TR

1994 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta

1995 Ferrari F50

1996 Ferrari F50 GT

1998 Ferrari #12 Risi Competizione F333 SP

1998 Ferrari #30 MOMO Doran Racing F333 SP

2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello

2002 Ferrari Enzo Ferrari

2003 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale

2004 Ferrari 612 Scaglietti

2007 Ferrari 430 Scuderia

2008 Ferrari California

2009 Ferrari 458 Italia

2010 Ferrari 599 GTO

2010 Ferrari 599XX

2011 Ferrari #62 Risi Competizione 458 Italia GTC

2011 Ferrari FF

2012 Ferrari F12berlinetta

2013 Ferrari 458 Speciale

2013 Ferrari LaFerrari

2014 Ferrari #51 AF Corse 458 Italia GTE

2014 Ferrari #62 Risi Competizione 458 Italia GTLM

2014 Ferrari California T

2014 Ferrari FXX K

2015 Ferrari 488 GTB

2015 Ferrari F12tdf

2012 Hennessey Venom GT

2011 Koenigsegg Agera

2015 Koenigsegg One:1

2016 Koenigsegg Regera

2013 KTM X-Bow R

1967 Lamborghini Miura P400

1986 Lamborghini LM 002

1988 Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV

1988 Lamborghini Jalpa

1997 Lamborghini Diablo SV

2008 Lamborghini Reventón

2010 Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 SV

2011 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera

2011 Lamborghini Sesto Elemento

2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4

2013 Lamborghini Veneno

2014 Lamborghini #14 GMG Racing LP 570-4 Super Trofeo

2014 Lamborghini #18 DragonSpeed Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo

2014 Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4

2014 Lamborghini Urus

2015 Lamborghini #63 Squadra Corse Huracán LP620-2 Super Trofeo

2016 Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV

2016 Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4

1956 Lotus Eleven

1966 Ford Lotus Cortina

1967 Lotus Type 49

1971 Lotus Elan Sprint

1976 Lotus #5 Team Lotus 77

1990 Vauxhall Lotus Carlton

1999 Lotus Elise Series 1 Sport 190

2000 Lotus 340R

2002 Lotus Esprit V8

2005 Lotus Elise 111S

2009 Lotus 2-Eleven

2011 Lotus Evora S

2012 Lotus Exige S

2016 Lotus 3-Eleven

1939 Maserati 8CTF

1953 Maserati A6GCS/53 Pininfarina Berlinetta

1957 Maserati 300 S

1961 Maserati Tipo 61 Birdcage

1997 Maserati Ghibli Cup

2004 Maserati MC12

2010 Maserati Gran Turismo S

2014 Maserati #35 M.Calamia Swiss Team MC Trofeo

2014 Maserati Ghibli S Q4

1966 McLaren M2B

1969 McLaren #4 McLaren Cars M8B

1976 McLaren #11 Team McLaren M23

1988 McLaren #12 Honda McLaren MP4/4

1993 McLaren F1

1997 McLaren F1 GT

2011 McLaren #59 McLaren GT 12C GT3

2011 McLaren 12C

2013 McLaren P1

2014 McLaren #60 Bhaitech 12C GT3

2015 McLaren 570S Coupé

2015 McLaren 650S Coupe

2015 McLaren P1 GTR

2010 Noble M600

2009 Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster

2010 Pagani Zonda R

2012 Pagani Huayra

2016 Pagani Huayra BC

1955 Porsche 550A Spyder

1957 Porsche 356A Speedster

1960 Porsche 718 RS 60

1970 Porsche 914/6

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS

1982 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.3

1987 Porsche #17 Porsche AG 962C

1987 Porsche #17 Porsche Dunlop 962C

1987 Porsche 959

1989 Porsche 944 Turbo

1993 Porsche 928 GTS

1995 Porsche 911 GT2

1998 Porsche 911 GT1 Strassenversion

2003 Porsche Carrera GT

2004 Porsche 911 GT3

2008 Porsche #7 Penske Racing RS Spyder Evo

2011 Porsche #45 Flying Lizard 911 GT3-RSR

2012 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0

2012 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S

2014 Porsche 918 Spyder

2015 Porsche #19 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid

2015 Porsche Macan Turbo

2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS

2016 Porsche Cayman GT4

2017 Porsche #1 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid

2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo

2018 Porsche 911 GT2 RS

2011 Radical SR8 RX

2015 Radical RXC Turbo

2004 Saleen S7

2016 Spania GTA GTA Spano

2005 TVR Sagaris

2015 Ultima Evolution Coupe 1020

2016 W Motors Lykan HyperSport

2016 Zenvo TS1

Read more at https://news.xbox.com/2017/07/19/forza-motorsport-7-garage-kickoff/#ZqcfAySZGZMZWS0q.99

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Guest Writer: James Pisano
Battle Chasers: Nightwar, a beautiful single player RPG that started out as a very successful Kickstarter project and developed by Airship Syndicate and Published by Nordic Games, is based on one of the most popular American Comic Series in the 90s, by Joe Madureira.  Joe Madureira is the Creative and Animation Director on the game, so the “flavor” of that world remains intact.  The beautiful artwork, the rich and immersive environments, and the strategic depth are all high points that I know will have me coming back for more and more this October when the world will be able to enter the arcane punk wonderland of Battle Chasers: Nightwar.
In the time I had my hands on this game at E32017, it was clear to me that the developers thought through things like deep party synergy without falling prey to trite conventions.  The party they had setup for the demo was made up of Calibretto – and Ancient War Golem, Gully – A young girl on a quest to find her father, and Knolan, a sage-like Wizard who packs much more power than one might think.  Calibretto looks like he -should- be the tank, but he’s really a healer who can also deal some AOE damage in a pinch.  Gully has the look of an elfish rogue, but is actual rather tanky and handy with crowd control abilities and taunts.  And Knowlen is mostly arcane DPS with a sprinkling of heals available for support.  Each party member can be cycled to be the party’s representative on the overworld, and is able to use their unique abilities to damage enemies before actually entering the encounter screen, which adds another layer of strategy and engagement that makes this game all the more appealing for me.
As far as the level design, we were told by the company’s PR rep that the dungeons are procedurally generated, which adds a TON of re-playability and depth.  The environments looked complex and cohesive enough that I was surprised to hear that they were constructed this way, especially given the beautiful art style.  And if you’re one for deep lore from a team that really cares, this is your kind of game.  So come October 3rd, gather the family around and fall in love with this sure-to-be-epic RPG on your platform of choice.  Yes, it’s being released on PC (Steam & GOG), Xbox One, PS4, and Nintendo Switch.
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Further Game Play Details for Sea of Thieves Announced

Sea of Thieves is a multiplayer open world game where you gather players to create a crew and go on adventures.  This game has been on the gaming radar for two years and has a projected release of early 2018. Microsoft revealed new gameplay details during a lengthy video demo during their E3 2017 press event.

Developer:  Rare

System:  Xbox One, Windows 10

Release Date:  Early 2018

The beginning of the video explains the world and hints at some of the adventures to be has over the sea, on land, or even underground. The most interesting feature that Rare showed off during the demo was the map system. Players have to use thematically appropriate treasure maps to find their adventures.

The gameplay shown in the demo shows a wide range of what one might encounter in the game.  One of the first things that was shown were the skeleton enemies that can rise out of the ground to attack.  These creatures explode when they are shot by your pistol.  The demo showed a quest where players need to retrieve a chest and bring it back to their ship.  The person holding the chest can’t fight without putting the chest down. This makes teamwork mandatory. Players need to protect their friends’ backs.

Combat isn’t all skeletons though. You can also fight other players in naval battles! This looks like one of the primary sources of player vs player action. We don’t know exactly how it will work yet, but it sure looks exciting!

ESRB Rating Concerns

Its worth noting that we don’t know how the game will be rated by the ESRB yet.  There was a small spray of blood when pirates were injured. It was no worse that the battles with the characters in Horizon Zero Dawn though. Sea of Thieves is worth monitoring for more information as the release approaches.  The fact that the game is an open world multiplayer almost automatically disqualifies it for young gamers.  This may be one for older children (tweens and teens) with support from a parent to monitor the content other players may present.  It is even possible that an M rating will be assigned (although it looks like that is unlikely based on what we’ve seen).   We’ll obviously be providing more information as the game gets closer to release.

 

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