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KontrolFreek boosts driving game performance


Earlier this month, IGN was sent a prototype controller adapter designed to improve sensitivity in driving games. Those who play racing games know that nothing beats a good wheel and pedal set up, but there are many who don't want to spend extra money on such a peripheral. Control pads, however, are far from optimal. Analogue controllers have ushered in the era of analogue steering, but making small adjustments with an analogue stick can be a pain. This typically results in oversteering and requires constant correction -- something that can really pull you out of the experience.

Enter the new adapter from KontrolFreek. The small adapter attaches directly to the left analogue stick easily. The adapter sports little wings on each side to give players extra leverage, making small adjustments easier. The adapter may look silly, but IGN claims that it actually does improve control. Head over to the KontrolFreek website for more info. You can also register to be notified when the product becomes available. So, would you stick some horns onto your controller if it gave you the edge?

Test Drive gets another...test drive

Test Drive: Unlimited lives up to it's name with a second demo now available on Marketplace. This one includes four new rides -- the Ferrari F430, the Ford Mustang GT, the AC Cobra, and a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R motorcycle -- plus new challenges and improved graphics. All told you should have this game thoroughly tested by the September 5 release date.

[Thanks DapperDan]

Forza Motorsports 2 faceplate

This Forza Motorsports 2 faceplate popped up at EBGames, on sale September 12. Now we just need a game and a racing wheel to go with it.

[Thanks Crimson Angelus]

New PGR3 content peels out on XBLM


Time to make room in the garage. Bizarre Creations just put the pedal to the metal with 12 new cars available on Marketpace as part of the PGR3 Style Pack. Here's the vehicle list:
  • MW M6 (2006)
  • BMW Z8 (2001)
  • BMW M3 CSL (2003)
  • BMW MINI COOPER S (2005)
  • Gumpert Apollo Coupe 4.2 V8 (2005)
  • 2005 Chrysler® Firepower Concept
  • Ferrari 365 GTB4 "Daytona" (1968)
  • Ferrari F430 Challenge (2006)
  • Mercedes CLK DTM AMG (C209)
  • Pagani Zonda F (2005)
  • RUF R.K. Spyder 3.8 (2006)
  • Vanwall GPR V12 (2006)
The new wheels will set you back 400 MS Points, or 60 points per car if you you go the a la carte route. The pack also includes Photo Mode Integration and three mini-games so it's probably worth parting with the full Abe Lincoln if you're PGR freak. Race fans weigh in with your value assessment. Do you appreciate the option to download individual cars?

[Thanks Sinz]

Vote on fan-submitted Test Drive designs


Tired of test driving the same old Ferrari's and Lamborghinis? Cruise over to Atari.com and vote for your favorite fan fabrication in the Test Drive: Unlimited Design Contest before the final flag drops July 10. The winner gets their ride included in the game as a driveable car, plus $2500.

[Thanks X Budd]

NFS Carbon race modes revealed


EternalGaming scored some details on Need For Speed Carbon from the same source who leaked early deets on NFS Most Wanted:

Race modes include the now classic Drift, Sprint, Speedtrap, and Circuit modes as well as the brand new Canyon series of events that include the Canyon Duel, Canyon Race, and Canyon Drift. These Canyon series of events will have you hanging around tight turns that force you to dent the guard rail as you speed by at breakneck speeds.

They also report that the police will be several times stronger than in Most Wanted, and that you'll have the ability to customize your crew's rides.

[Thanks Aaron]

360 driving peripherals: feedback wanted

Hardcore fans of the 360's numerous racing titles are no doubt grinding their gears over the knowledge that the first driving game peripheral available for the new console, the Joytech Nitro Racing Wheel, does not support true force feedback (recalling one of the original Xbox's most annoying faults). Even more frustrating, Pelican's Xbox 360 Force Feedback Racing Wheel, which nominally does have the missing feature, exists only in the Amazon.com phantom product zone. Anyone else sensing a lack of drive in this area?

Leave your own forceful feedback and tell MS that we expect more from our coffee table steering wheels.

RR6 demo hits XBLM, makes little sound

If a demo debuts then disappears, did it ever really exist? Depends on who gives a damn.

Despite a slight hiccup (see Major Nelson), the Ridge Racer 6 demo is once again available on Xbox Live Marketplace. No doubt gamers are throwing their still-in-the-plastic copies of Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter under the coffee table in order to spend a few hours downloading this one. If you'r one of the few sweating RR6's existence, you might  be wondering whatever happened to that missing King Kong demo?

[Thanks, Drew]

First review of Burnout: Revenge for 360

1UP has posted the first review of Burnout: Revenge for the 360:

People who have played the current-gen version should get the 360 version if:
  • They didn't play it to completion, but wanted to.
  • They played it to completion, but love Burnout a lot.
  • They have a nice HDTV and stereo system.
  • They are addicted to achievement points and playing on Live.
People who haven't played the current-gen version should get the 360 version if:
  • They are breathing.
I assume most of our readers fall somewhere in the first category and all in the second. See you at the cash register this Tuesday.

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