Going a step further, Codemasters artists will then turn that into game art for the car. And not only does the winner get his (or her) car in the game, but they also get " a load of GRID swag" and "a framed high-resolution render of your car as it will appear in the game." The contest ends July 25th, get designing!
Codemasters is working on a solution that will be included in a forthcoming patch, which is should be available "within the next few weeks or sooner."
Codemaster's previous racer, DiRT, sold well initially, but never broke one million (at least in the US), so with a shift to an arcade style of racing and a customer base downloading the demo in large numbers, GRID could be the next online racer to see million-plus sales. Considering the recent debate surrounding the game, the community seems to be well aware of the game, so what of it readers? Will you be buying GRID come next Tuesday, or will Ninja Gaiden 2 be the major purchase of the week?
The second game marks the return of the Formula 1 Racing franchise, with Codemasters using their expierience on DiRT and Race Driver: GRID to bring out an F1 game based on the 2009 season.
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Many shouted conspiracy, while more levelheaded viewers assumed it was simply a mistake. To find out exactly what happened, Joystiq went directly to the source, GameTrailers. The verdict, according to GT Editor in Chief Shane Satterfield: "It was a mistake in our post-production process." Head over to Joystiq for the full interview, which includes an explanation of why GameTrailers is so teh bias.
The 795MB GRID demo allows gamers to race around in and experience three different regions including Europe Touring Cars at Jarama Circuit, U.S Muscle cars at San Francisco and Japanese Drift Racing at Yokohama Docks. We're also told that GRID demo players in Europe will have a chance to win a BMW 3-Series, if they can log the fastest lap time in the Jarama Euro Touring cars championship. So, no more complaining that European Live gamers don't get any exclusive offers. Mmkay? Download the GRID demo, see if it's your cup of racing tea and try and win team X3F a new BMW. Dibs on riding shotgun.
Codemasters, their in-game advertising peeps at Engage In-Game Advertising and eBay Motors are all happy-go-lucky today with the announcement that upcoming racer GRID will incorporate eBay Motors' auction service into the game. In-game advertising FTW!
According to Codemasters, the eBay integration "allows GRID players to buy and sell performance vehicles in a realistic setting" as the "marketplace experience becomes an essential element in a player's strategy to win races by upgrading cars for optimal performance". There will even be an in-game eBay Motor Muscle Series. And, per the new GRID video embedded above, it looks like there will be a special eBay Motors car as well. Hell, GRID is eBay'tastic! It makes us wonder if eBay will be waiving all selling fees on copies of GRID that are sold through their online auction service. That'd be a great promotional tie-in.
Underground street racing? We're surprised no one thought of this idea for a video game a long time ago. They should really look into making a movie or something. Well, at least these 20 screens look good.
Gather the siblings, kids and parents, it's Xbox Live Arcade Wednesday and we have two brand new releases! Both Gameloft's 800 point, mind straining Brain Challenge and Codemasters'
Damnation is described as a fast paced shooter that features a bunch of vehicular fun, high flying stunts in wide open environments all set in locations "inspired by iconic elements of American history". Yeah, that's a bit of a vague description, but that's why we have screenshots. Posted in the gallery below are a few preview screens of what Damnation has to offer and instantly we get a sense that it's a hybrid between Tomb Raider, Indiana Jones, some western flick and a pinch of Shadowrun for good measure. So, that means Damnation could end up being a not-so-cohesive, broken, mis-matched gaming experience or one that takes the best elements from each of its inspirations. Though, we have no way to tell ... we'lll just have to wait and see.
We all know that Turning Point: Fall of Liberty is a game set in an alternate WWII reality where the German Nazi army invades and occupies the U.S. and the "Big Apple" New York City. And if you're like us, while killing Nazi scum we couldn't shake our curiosity as we wondered where exactly this "Big Apple" was located. We just didn't know if this apple reference was simply a nickname for the city or if there was a giant piece of fruity goodness hidden somewhere. And thanks to the video above, we now know that NYC does in fact house an abnormally large apple. Check it out for yourself and we think you'll agree that it's refreshing to see that Fall of Liberty developer Spark Unlimited has a sense of humor and respect for giant pieces of produce.
Triumph Studios' quirky title Overlord was fairly decently recieved when we got our hands on it. The humor worked, the formula was fun, plus you got minions. The Pikimin-like gameplay worked so well that the devs figured it would be a worth endevor if they put resources into DLC development. However this DLC has taken much longer than expected to get here, so it may not sell as well as it might have back in November. The two packs that were slated for last year are here, along with a third, which is new. The "Raising Hell" Pack will be 800 MSpoints and is a single player expansion, adding new locations and goals. The "Challenge" pack will be 400 MSpoints and adds 7 multiplayer maps, and a harder single-player difficulty. Finally, the "Split-Screen" Pack will enable local split-screen play, and includes a single new map.
The official, in-depth, DLC description after the break:
Our friend Major Nelson informs us that Sensible World of Soccer is now back up on Xbox Live Arcade and ready for download. Arcade soccer fanatics (and there are more than a few of you, apparently), will know that a broken version of the game was put up on Xbox Live Arcade earlier this week. The new version is apparently bug free and ready to free kick its way right into your heart. Major Nelson advises those who downloaded the borked version to delete it and redownload it from XBLA. The download will be free of charge for those that have already paid for the full version.