Codemasters secures official FORMULA 1 license

Yes you read that right. Thats the title of the email I got in Codemasters’s newsletter, and I’m so very happy about that.

The mailer said “We’ve secured the exclusive rights to make games based on the world’s biggest motorsport series – FORMULA 1 – and just had to let you know.

Building on the success of GRID and DiRT, Codemasters Studios is leading the design and development of the games, across multiple formats, using a new evolution of the fantastic EGO Engine technology. The first game’s expected to launch in 2009, and will feature all the Grand Prix circuits, teams, cars, and driver likenesses from that season.

Discuss this news, and more, in the official Codemasters F1 forum.”

So like they say we can expect the game as early as next year…which is great. I’ve been dying to play a latest Formula 1 racing game. The last PC version of F1 game came out from EA Sports in 2002, after which Sony got the license and the game was exclusive only to PlayStation users, which totally sucks, coz there are many PC gamers around the world who love F1. Grand Prix 4 is still very popular among F1 racers and thanks to the communities alive and very lively contribution from the members there, GP4, as its famously known, is still the favorite F1 racing sim out there, much due to the huge modding capabilities.

Codemasters is known for the superb Colin McRae rally series, and F1 game should be equally good. Can’t just wait for the game to come out.

Missing for 2 months

My last post was on 14th February, and today is 14th April. 2 months since I last posted something on my blog, so in case people are wondering where I was, well I was just a bit lazy maybe, and I didn’t find/think much to write about. But just to fill that void, here is the first post in two months. So what did I do all this time? Well pretty much the same old stuff, office, gaming, music, movies, sleep. I’ll start with the movies I saw, so I’ll start off with Race

Race Review
Race was a good movie, I liked the cinematography, the performances of the main starts, and for its music. The plot had too many twists in it, and for once you did feel like what was going on. That said, its a good watch, and worth the penny. The car race in the end of the movie was pretty good. Saif Ali Khan was very good, and Akshaye Khanna was even better. His performance was very impressive. The same can’t be said about the girls though, I felt Bipasha was somewhat off in the film. Didn’t impress me much, neither did Katrina Kaif, infact she rarely does impress me. Sameera Reddy’s role was small, and she was only used for being the center of the jokes from Anil Kapoor, who himself was pretty much ok in the movie. Music was the strength of the movie, and some of the tracks are really very good. Overall a good and entertaining movie with lot of style and substance.
Rating: 7.5/10

Sunday Review
Then I saw Sunday, a little late, it was a ok movie, not great, but the suspense factor with some comic scenes saves the movie. Ajay Devgan gives an ok performance, Ayesha Takia, was good. The plot was main strength of the movie. Arshad Warsi and Irfan also did a good job in their comical roles. Vrajesh Hirjee was also a nice character in the movie. The starting scene of his was pretty awesome. Anjana Sukhani looks very pretty. Music wise, other than the title track not much was there in the movie. So overall its an ok watch.
Rating: 7/10

Shaurya Review
I went to this movie, with no clue whatsoever about the movie. Which is quite rare for me, as I usually have something in mind as to what to expect from a movie, but this was a different case. The movie was good but had some flaws in it, but not that big to make it a disaster. Acting was the main strength here, and Rahul Bose, Kay Kay Menon, Javed Jaffrey and Minissha Lamba all did a good job. Minissha Lamba looks very good, and acts very well too. Kay Kay Menon gives a solid performance, especially in the end. Rahul Bose was ok, Javed Jaffrey was in a different role, much different from the comic roles we have seen him in recently, and was quite fine. Music wise not many songs in the movie, but one song was very good. The guy who played the role of Javed was very good, his expressions were very good and impressive. Overall its a nice movie and delivers the message it wants to give. Flaws wise, the movie could have been better on some occasions, especially the build up to the whole story.
Rating: 7.5/10

Juno Review
Juno is a comedy about a 16 year-old who gets pregnant. Ellen Page plays the role of Juno, with Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, and Jason Bateman also starring. Its a very fine made movie, and Ellen Page gives a great performance. Its a great performance for a 21 year-old, and she was nearly flawless in the movie. Michael Cera wasn’t much in the movie, but was pretty ok. The direction was pretty good, and I liked the simplicity of things. Overall its a very good movie with Ellen Page taking the center stage and delivering a great performance. A good watch.
Rating: 8/10

So thats all about the movies, now for some music. Well not much to write about in here, but recently I’ve been listening to 2 albums quite a lot: Jannat and Tashan.

Jannat Music Review
Pritam makes another musical hit for Bhatts. After some great music in movies like Gangster, Woh Lamhe and Awarapan for Bhatts Pritam gives another album with great music. The first track, “Zara Sa” is a lovely track with the main tune capturing the mind of the listeners. Its superbly done, and KK always sings such songs beautifully. Then the song “Judai” was another good song in the album. Sung, written and composed by Kamran Ahmed, its a nice song, well sung by Ahmed. ‘Door Naa’ is a somewhat slow paced track, but its pretty good. Lots of areas where the song really grab your attention. The other songs were good as well, but the ones I mentioned were my picks from the album.
Rating: 8/10

I have done music review of Tashan separately. Please click here to read it.
Apart from these two albums, I got some Elvis Presley albums which I’ll listen to. I’m also listening to some old tracks as well for a change.

After music, its time about some gaming. Well pretty much the usual gaming, FIFA 08, Need for Speed: Most Wanted. But I played a new game, Aliens versus Predator 2 and its expansion pack Aliens versus Predator 2: Primal Hunt. I like the AvP franchisee so this game was surely I wanted to play. It lets you play as the Alien, as the predator or as a marine soldier. I completed the Predator levels in the game and its expansion pack. I started the Alien campaign as well and completed some half of it. Its a pretty good FPS and AvP fans will love it. Its kinda old, released in 2001, so the graphics look like of old games, but it still is very good to look.

Now about some sports. I haven’t played much football over the last few weeks, but Manchester United has been putting up some good performances, and so was Ferrari. Manchester United entered the semifinal of the UEFA Champions League and is also comfortably on top of the Barclays Premier League to retain their title this season as well. Ferrari got a 1-2 in Bahrain as Massa took the win after some forgettable first two races.

So that was my update about the last 2 months. Hopefully there won’t be another gap between the next post.

Need for Speed: ProStreet in stores on Oct 31, 2007

Need for Speed: ProStreet logo

Its official now, the game is coming out on Oct 31, 2007. And the following cars are speculated to be surely featured in the game:
Mitsubishi Eclipse
Mazda RX7
Plymouth Barracuda
Toyota Corolla
Audi RS4

Lot of other details are awaited, will keep you posted as soon as I get more details…Watch this space!

Need for Speed: ProStreet official website

Need for Speed: ProStreet

Need for Speed: ProStreet logo

Its official now, the game has a name. Like I promised in my earlier post about the game, here it is. The game will be known as “Need for Speed: ProStreet”. The eleventh title in the hugely successful Need for Speed series, is again a street racing game, without cops as things look right now. ProStreet will use the “Autosculpt™” feature available in Need for Speed: Carbon, but of course more advanced than the predecessor. Like EA says “Every dent, every scratch and every crumpled body panel is a battle scar, proof of your commitment and competitive mettle. ” So I guess the game should have lots of damage visible to the car whenever there is a crash. Game AI is improved to make racing more fun. Performance and looks are going to be much more customizable.

“Need for Speed ProStreet accelerates street racing culture by providing the ultimate stage for the pursuit of street racing supremacy,” said Executive Producer, Larry LaPierre. “This is a game about building the ultimate performance-tuned battle machine, taking it to multi-disciplinary showdowns all over the world and pitting your skills and reputation against the very best street racers.” So like Larry LaPierre puts it, this game should have what Underground and Carbon had and much more. Still some more details are awaited about the other features and of course what exotics are going to be featured this time, but Mazda RX-7 is one car surely in the game as it was also featured in the teaser trailer. I will keep posting more as I find them, so watch this space.

Official Site: www.needforspeed.com

Need for Speed XI – Damage?

I was wondering some days back…when was the new NFS (Need for Speed) title coming up. And today my friend gave me a link to a teaser for the upcoming version. I was exited. Wonder whats it gonna be this time. The teaser was, well just a teaser, you just get to see a glimpse of a Mazda RX-7, with lots of stickers and stuff. The teaser tells us that more is to come on May 31, exactly 8 hours and 16 minutes from this very moment as i write. The game title is not known although speculations as to what the Need for Speed XI is officially gonna be known as. The link my friend gave me suggested it will be Need for Speed ‘Damage’. Lets see when EA lets us know more about it. But one thing is sure it wont disappoint. Year after year, they bring out such fantastic games to satisfy our “Need for Speed”. Bring it on EA!
So keep a watch on this one, you can’t miss it. Will post more as i get to know about it. Watch this space.
Official Site with teaser trailer.