As we all get ready for the PGR3 Tournament many of us are starting to move away from games like Oblivion and regaining our skills on PGR3. What did I find when I connected to Xbox Live today but a nice prompt telling me there is an auto update available. So what does this update bring us?
Taken from Major Nelson’s blog (majornelson.com):
Tournaments — Be one of 64 players to qualify with the best lap time using a car and route that’s predetermined. If successful, move on into the Elimination rounds to compete with 7 other drivers. The top 4 in each race move on until the final race where only the first place driver earns the victory.
Tournament Channel (Gotham TV)— Watch other players race in tournament Elimination rounds.
“Quit to Lobby” (Abandon option in PlayTime race) Host can now take all participants back to the lobby in a play time session, rather than booting them all back to the Play Time menu.
“Lock to Host Car” and “Lock to Host Car Class” (PlayTime | Xbox Live | Create Race | Race Mode | City | Route) are two new toggles that the lobby creator can turn on or off to limit what type of cars his/her competition can use in a play time race over Xbox Live.
Previously Played Routes List (PlayTime | Route Creator | Previous Live Routes) — Play other gamers routes that they created in the Route Creator over Xbox Live and store up to 10 in your “Previously Played Routes List”. You have the option to save or discard them and use them in your own sessions.
All Cars Position Toggle (More | Options | HUD | Position toggle) — In races modes with multiple cars where target is not displayed, this shows the current place every car in the race is in throughout the event.
Hide HUD Toggle (More | Options | HUD | HUD toggle) — This gives the player the option to turn off ALL in race HUD displays in all camera views.
Voice Communicator Identifier — In a multiplayer race the name of the gamertag will now flash in the upper left hand corner when speaking into a voice communicator, making it possible to identify the speaker.
Online Career rotating car class hoppers — All 8 hoppers in the Online Career (Breakneck Racing, Nurburgring F1 Challenge, Speedway Skirmish, Knockout World Tour, Nordschleife Drivers Club, Urban Rally, Gotham Duelling, and Dusk Til Dawn Racing) now change the required entry car class daily.
Wheel Support — Control set for steering wheels and dynamic updates have been added for the Hori, Mad Catz, and Joytech Nitro wheels (all via the More | Options | Controller | Wheel A configuration).
Online Qualifier Achievement — 50 gamerscore is now awarded for qualifying, then attempting the first elimination round of a tournament.
The HUD no longer remains invisible after looking back, hitting the Guide button, and then re-entering the game and it’s now possible to view if you have already purchased a car while shopping in the showroom via the “Cars Owned” tally under the Car Stats section.
Not only is there an auto update available but I happened to be browsing the Marketplace and… 12 hot new cars are available!
So here are the 12 new sexy cars which cost 60 Microsoft points each or you can buy the Speed Pack which costs 400 points saving you a massive 260 points.
- Aston Martin V8 Vantage – Free!
- Audi RS 4
- Chevrolet Corvette Z06
- Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe
- Ferrari 612 Scaglietti
- Lamborghini Gallardo SE
- Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII
- Nissan NISMO R34GT-R Z-Tune
- Pontiac GTO
- Radical SR8
- RUF RT12
- Seleen S7 Twin Turbo
Now if only I had a high speed internet connection to download them. I can’t download the cars and try them out, but why don’t you share your thoughts on the cars in the forums?
Originally Written By: Toby Bodman